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Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal

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Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal presents engaging essays from contemporary Lutheran scholars, teachers, and pastors, each offering a fresh reappraisal of natural law within the context of historic Lutheran teaching and practice. Thought-provoking questions following each essay will help readers apply key Bible texts associated with natural law to their daily lives.

Why the Natural Law Is Necessary

No contemporary thinker is interested in a wooden representation of the natural law that is tied necessarily to the particular metaphysical foundations in the Thomistic-Aristotelian synthesis. The history of natural law shows a wide variety of interpretations and applications. But they all have some elements in common. They all oppose cultural relativism, the notion that laws are mere moral conventions that vary among societies, with no transcendent ontological claim to being universally valid and binding. To the contrary; those who hold to the natural law believe that for a law to be just, it must conform to the structure of reality itself and not depend on the oscillating opinions and preferences of human beings. The law must be the same for all human beings and at all times, so that if murder is morally wrong in America, it is equally so in Asia and Africa. If torture is to be condemned as evil in Jerusalem, it must be equally so in London and Tehran. The United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights formulates rules with respect to freedom and equality that are binding on all nations and peoples, not because of any majority vote, but because of an inherent correspondence between reason and nature. That is what is meant by saying that the Law is "written on the hearts" (Romans 2:25) of all human beings.

- Carl Braaten -

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9780758627339
Publication Date: 
2011-01-01

Office and Ordination in Luther and Melanchthon

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Office and Ordination in Luther and Melanchthon
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Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon worked hard to institute reforms in the church during the Reformation. As they continued their work, many questions about the Office of the Ministry arose. Who could perform ministerial functions such as hearing confession, baptizing, and distributing the Sacrament? Who could call a man into the Office of the Ministry? Most important: did those Evangelical priests who had been ordained have the power to ordain others?

Dig into a thorough examination by Rev. Dr. Lieberg of multiple source documents, including Luther's Concerning the Ministry (1523). An examination of Melanchthon is also included, with an extensive look at the dispute surrounding the ordination of Johann Freder (ca. 1555). See what lies behind the Lutheran Confessions' language on the doctrine of the ministry, particularly the Augsburg Confession, the Apology, and the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope.

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9780758669698
Publication Date: 
2020-11-01

Organizing for Ministry and Mission: Options for Church Structure

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Organizing for Ministry and Mission: Options for Church Structure
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9780758673114
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2022-11-30

Pastor Craft (Hardback)

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9781948969604

Pastor Craft (Paperback)

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Pastor Craft (Paperback)
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9781948969611

Pastoral Leadership: For the Care of Souls

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Christ's sheep need shepherding. That's where you come in.
With more than 60 years of ministry between them, Harold Senkbeil and Lucas Woodford have come to understand that everything in ministry--even administration, leadership, and planning--revolves around the ancient tradition of the care of souls. Pastors are entrusted with the care of a flock by the Good Shepherd and are called to be faithful to this task. But pastoring seems to be getting more and more difficult.

Based on a sound theological framework, Senkbeil and Woodford present a set of practical tools for church leadership and strategy. Calling on their vast experience, they encourage pastors to protect, guide, and feed their flock as Jesus would, bridging the eternal wisdom of the word of God with the everyday practicality of hands-on leadership. Originally published as Church Leadership & Strategy, this revision includes a new chapter and litany.

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9781683594758
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2021-08-04
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Pastoral Leadership: Shepherding and Caring for God's People

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A book for pastors and church leaders, Pastoral Leader: Shepherding and Caring for God's People offers practical acvice ues the context of biblical accounts and figures to offer practical advice and counsel on aspects of pastoral leadership The author, Rev. Dr. Jamison Hardy, draws from more 20 years of experience as a pastor and bishop to encourage pastors to be actively engaged in what is going on throughout the life of the parish and lead their congregations instead of passively following them.
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9780758673299
Publication Date: 
2023-06-20
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Pastoral Ministry: Theology and Practice

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Pastoral Ministry: Theology and Practice
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While thorough and scholarly, Dr. Richard H. Warneck's Pastoral Ministry: Theology and Practice is insightful and practical. He not only speaks to the many challenges faced by pastors, but also presents the theological foundation of pastoral ministry in such a way as to inspire and restore the vision of parish ministry for pastors and their congregations.

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9780758658593
Publication Date: 
2018-06-01

Pastoral Visitation: For the Care of Souls

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Christ comes to, and through, his people

Many consider pastoral visitation antiquated and impractical. People seem busier than ever, and technology appears to trivialize personal contact. As a result, personal visits are often reserved only for the gravest of situations.

Tyler C. Arnold argues that pastoral visitation is essential to the pastoral role. In Scripture, God visits his people to show his personal interest and concern. This is seen most clearly in the incarnation. Christ's ministry is one of presence. But Jesus is not only an example of visitation ministry; he is the embodiment of it. And in visitation, pastors and laypeople continue Jesus's ministry by bringing Christ to the individual in their very place of need.

Established in strong theological foundations and sensitive to contemporary concerns, Pastoral Visitation exhorts pastors to return to this classic method of individual soul-care.

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9781683596233
Publication Date: 
2023-01-25
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Patterns of Preaching

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Patterns of Preaching
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This collection of sermons by noted homileticians illustrates thirty-four distinct styles of contemporary and traditional preaching.
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9780827229532
Publication Date: 
1998-06-01

Pedagogy of Faith: Essays on Lutheran Education

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You're standing on a bridge that extends into an unknown destination. As a Lutheran educator, your vocation is an exhilarating mix of steady theology and shifting cultural trends. Talk about an age-old challenge! Each new generation of Lutheran educators creatively confronts the collision of God's Word with a changing world. This is by no means an easy task, but it matters to the Church eternally.


And so it's with humility and a teachable spirit that educators like you often tap into the wisdom of teachers past and present. From sixteenth-century reformers to colleagues across the hall, fellow sojourners fuel, inform, and shape your passion for top-notch Lutheran education.


That's why The Pedagogy of Faith: Essays on Lutheran Education offers a one-of-a-kind gift to our teaching community in the twenty-first century. Never before has there been a more diverse collection of authors and topics distilled into a single text on Lutheran education. The authors-theologians, professors, DCEs, school staff, missionaries, parents, and more-collectively represent hundreds of years in the educational arena.


This book is not a blueprint but rather a starting point for your own thoughts, prayers, and reflections. "Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses . . . let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1 ESV).

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9780758654496
Publication Date: 
2016-06-01

Preacher's Catechism

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Preacher's Catechism
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Your work as a pastor can make it easy to overlook the deep needs of your own soul. These 43 questions and answers, written to reflect the format of historic catechisms, seek to provide nourishment for weary pastors in the thick of ministry. Each chapter features content designed to care for your spiritual health, feeding your mind and heart with life-giving truth aimed at helping you press on in ministry with endurance, contentment, and joy.

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9781433559358
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2018-07-31
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Preaching and the Holy Mystery: The Eucharist as Context and Resource for Proclamation

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Preaching the Holy Mystery offer preachers a feast of ecumenical information and insight about each liturgical moment in the Eucharist while also exploring the manifold ways that preaching can do in words what the Eucharist does in prayer and ritual.
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9781878009722
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2016-07-30
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Preaching and the Literary Forms (POD)

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Preaching and the Literary Forms
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Long argues that the literary form and dynamics of biblical texts can and should make a difference in the kinds of sermons created from those texts, not only because of what the texts say but because of how they say it. He presents a methodology for taking the literary characteristics of biblical texts into account in the text-to-sermon process and then applies that methodology in separate chapters on preaching on psalms, proverbs, narratives, parables, and epistles.
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9780800623135
Publication Date: 
1988-10-01

Preaching by Ear: Speaking God's Truth from the Inside Out

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According to Kenton Anderson, professor of homiletics at ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University, this volume represents "a powerful tool" because it offers a new (actually old) model of preaching. For centuries, preaching has been shaped from a literary standpoint (i.e., reading, writing, outlining, and displaying sermons), but a premodern method of oral preparation and delivery has largely been forgotten. Preaching by Ear hearkens back to an earlier era when sermons were rooted inside the preacher and moved out in a natural and powerful way.
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9781683592167
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2021-09-01
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Preaching by Heart

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Preaching by Heart
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There's a seemingly innocuous villain that is taking up residence in the pulpits of countless churches, disrupting the connection between the pastor and the people and keeping the proclamation of God's word from having its full effect. That villain is the preacher's notes. Preachers know this all too well. Many wish that they could ""preach by heart"" without the aid of notes, but are unsure how to do so--and are left feeling frustrated and discouraged by the presence of that disruptive interloper. Author Ryan Tinetti shares an unexpected solution in the form of an ancient and time-tested practice known as the method of loci, or Memory Palace. Surveying portions of classical rhetoric that are especially relevant for contemporary preachers and diving deep into the theory and practice of the Memory Palace, Preaching by Heart plunders these ancient treasures that have been so formative for preachers through the ages but too oft neglected in our own time. When pastors preach by heart, they find greater satisfaction in the homiletic task and their proclamation is even more effective. Preaching by Heart shows how to pitch the notes and reach that goal.
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9781725269514
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2021-06-22
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Preaching for the Church

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Preaching for the Church
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Lays out the theology and process of homiletics in an effective goal (God's plan), malady (God's judgment), means (God's grace in Christ) approach.
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9780758654670

Preaching is Worship: The Sermon in Context

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Preaching is arguably the most important work of the Christian pastor. Multiple contexts surround the sermon and impact the sermon, even when the preacher is unaware of them. Homileticians may identify as many as seven preaching contexts: theological, literary, historical, personal, cultural, pastoral, and liturgical. The last of these is the primary focus of this book. This book provides essays that will help professors prepare students for preaching in the context of the Church Year, Divine Service, and parish concerns, in addition to helping pastors renew their efforts toward sound liturgical preaching.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780758629722
Publication Date: 
2011-01-01

Preaching the Creative Gospel Creatively

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Preaching the Creative Gospel Creatively
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Christian preaching need not be tedious or predictable. The very nature of the Gospel itself is enough to motivate our best efforts to present it creatively. Beloved professor of preaching, Francis Rossow, provides help for preachers looking to be more creative in their preaching, showing hot varied literary constructions and parallels open numerous, often overlooked, doors to creative preaching.
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9780570039174
Publication Date: 
1983-01-01

Prep Talks: Tales of Challenges & Opportunities in Christian Education

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Prep Talks: Tales of Challenges & Opportunities in Christian Education
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Inspired by real-world events and experiences - real-world challenges - Prep Talks is a collection of fictional accounts that address critical issues in contemporary education, providing school leaders with studies they can use for professional staff development so educators can better prepare for and address the challenges of being a Christian school in the modern world.
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9780758659316
Publication Date: 
2019-05-07
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Proclaiming the Parables

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Proclaiming the Parables
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Proclaiming the Parables contains a general discussion of the term parable, followed by a thorough exegetical, textual, and homiletical study of five parables: Mark 4:26-29 (Parable of the Growing Seed), Matthew 21:28-32 (Parable of the Two Sons), Luke 13:6-9 (Parable of the Fig Tree), Luke 18:1-8 (Parable of the Persistent Widow), and Luke 16:1-13 (Parable of the Shrewd Manager)

Each outline can be used as a basis for a powerful, meaningful message on God's kingdom. The strength of this book is its sincere and constructive endeavor to demonstrate the positive, affirmative use of biblical scholarship and how such scholarship can give new depth and substance to the scriptural message of redemption and the proclamation of God's kingdom.
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9780758656322

Reader In Pastoral Theology : Articles From Logia--A Journal of Lutheran Theology

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Reader In Pastoral Theology : Articles From Logia--A Journal of Lutheran Theology
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120884513

Rhetorica Ad Herennium

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Rhetorica Ad Herennium
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Cicero (Marcus Tullius, 106-43 BCE), Roman lawyer, orator, politician and philosopher, of whom we know more than of any other Roman, lived through the stirring era which saw the rise, dictatorship, and death of Julius Caesar in a tottering republic. In his political speeches especially and in his correspondence we see the excitement, tension and intrigue of politics and the part he played in the turmoil of the time. Of about 106 speeches, delivered before the Roman people or the Senate if they were political, before jurors if judicial, 58 survive (a few of them incompletely). In the fourteenth century, Petrarch and other Italian humanists discovered manuscripts containing more than 900 letters of which more than 800 were written by Cicero and nearly 100 by others to him. These afford a revelation of the man all the more striking because most were not written for publication. Six rhetorical works survive and another in fragments. Philosophical works include seven extant major compositions and a number of others; and some lost. There is also poetry, some original, some as translations from the Greek.

The Rhetorica ad Herrenium was traditionally attributed to Cicero and reflects, as does Cicero's De Inventione, Hellenistic rhetorical teaching. But most recent editors attribute it to an unknown author.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Cicero is in twenty-nine volumes.

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9780674994447
Publication Date: 
1954-01-01
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Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel

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Selected Sermons of Norman Nagel
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Concordia Publishing House introduces a collection spanning 50 years of sermons by master homiletician, Rev. Dr. Norman Nagel. This book offers pastors an opportunity to closely examine Nagel's rich use of the English language to couple illustrations and biblical insight, as well as deliver the imaginative phrases, quotes, and stories that made his sermons memorable and enriching. The collection covers sermons from 1949 to 1999, including his years in London, England, and at Cambridge, Valparaiso University, Holden Village, and Concordia Seminary, his alma mater.
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9780758660985

Sermons for Special Days and Occasions

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Sermons for Special Days and Occasions
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Both of these books include ready-to-use sermons that are appropriate for all Protestant denominations. All sermons in these books are Law/Gospel based and address holidays and occasions that pastors continually look for. The sermons may be used as they are written, or they can be adapted to fit a preacher's specific style.

Sermons for Special Days and Occasions is a handy collection of 16 sermons that provide preaching options for specific days and occasions including secular holidays and saints' days, as well as weddings, funerals, anniversaries, ordinations and others.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780570049760
Publication Date: 
1997-06-01