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.
The True Church and the Holy Ministry: Two Treatises on Ecclesiology by E. Greenwald and Henry Eyster Jacobs
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.