The True Church and the Holy Ministry: Two Treatises on Ecclesiology by E. Greenwald and Henry Eyster Jacobs
This volume contains two separate treatises on the subjects of church and ministry. These essays contain doctrines and arguments that remain relevant to the contemporary church, and debates within Lutheranism in particular. The first section is a booklet written by E. Greenwald on the nature of the true church. In this treatise, Greenwald argues that the Lutheran church is the true church because of the nature of its Biblical and apostolic teaching. He then treats two subjects which differentiate the Lutheran reformation from other Christian traditions. First, he discusses the centrality and nature of justification by faith; second, he treats the Lutheran view of Holy Communion. The second treatise is written by Henry Eyster Jacobs on the nature of the Holy Ministry. In this document, Jacobs cites and documents the view of the Holy Ministry as explained by the Lutheran dogmaticians of the seventeenth century.
Within the broader worls of contemporary evangelicalism, Lutheran distinctives remain unknown to many. The Lutheran tradition does not quite fit into any particular theological mold that guides theological dialog on a popular level. Lutherans are not Calvinists or Arminians, they are not Roman Catholics, but are not quite Protestant either. Within the milieu, an easy and brief introduction to Lutheran theology and practice is needed. George Luecke's The Distinctive Characteristics of the Lutheran Church is a compact introduction to Lutheranism. He discusses the central themes of Lutheran theology, the uniqueness of Lutheran worship, and the various Lutheran churches in America. Though written in 1920, this book remains relevant to contemporary society.
The Augsburg Confession is the foundational confession for the Lutheran faith. Written in 1530, this document continues to define what Lutherans believe in opposition to other branches of the church. This volume includes Charles Porterfield Krauth's translation of the Augsburg Confession, along with an extensive historical and theological introduction. At the end of the volume, Krauth includes his comments on the Confession, and corrects some common misunderstandings of its teaching. This edition has been sightly modified so that it is easier for the modern reader.
George Henry Gerberding's "The Lutheran Pastor," is an extensive treatment of pastoral theology from a Lutheran perspective. This work is both theological and practical, as he expounds upon various aspects of pastoral life and ministry. He begins by a discussion of the call, outlining various approaches to the call within Lutheranism. He then discusses the personal life of the pastor, the role of the pastor in the worship service, and private visitations. Though a century old, this work is an extremely beneficial and practical volume for anyone in, or considering, a pastoral role in the Lutheran church.
What has God called me to do?
How do I love my neighbor?
What is my identity?
How does the Christian faith impact my daily life?
These are among the many questions answered in this book. Throughout this work, Jordan Cooper writes about the essential aspects of how to live as God's child. He writes about the importance of the sacraments, the difference between God's commandments and promises, how to follow Jesus, the nature and purpose of Christian worship, and the different types of relationships that God has called us to. Through an explanation of Scripture, along with theological and practical application, Cooper teaches Christians how to live as those who have been baptized into Christ.
Liturgical worship is often viewed as nothing more than an outdated tradition, or a series of meaningless words and motions. The reality, however, is much different. The form of worship that is often described as liturgical, or traditional, has strong roots in both Scripture and Christian history. In this book, Rev. Cooper explains the Biblical and theological foundations of liturgical worship. This is then followed by chapters on various aspects of the worship service. The meaning of each element is illuminated alongside of the rich Scriptural teaching within these aspects of Christian worship. At the end of the work, a glossary is included which serves as a guide for those who are unfamiliar with liturgical terminology.
C.F.W. Walther was the first president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and president of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He remains the most influential theologian to arise from the Synodical Conference. He is most well known for his book "The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel," and his contributions to the debate on God's eternal election. Though a dogmatic thinker, Walther was primarily a pastoral theologian. He served at Trinity Lutheran Church in St Louis from 1841 until his death in 1877. This volume is a compilation of several of Walther's sermons. These sermons are edifying as well as theologically rigorous. In these message, Walther shows a great concern for the believer's life in Christ. He is a careful expositor of God's Word, a studied dogmatician, and a caring shepherd of Christ's church.