Systematics

Ad Fontes Witebergenses: Selected Proceedings of Lutheranism and the Classics III: Lutherans Read History

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Ad Fontes Witebergenses: Selected Proceedings of Lutheranism and the Classics III: Lutherans Read History
$20.00
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9780984535163

Anatomy of an Explosion

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Anatomy of an Explosion
$4.99
ISBN/SKU: 
130640014

Aphorisms on the New Testament Offices and Their Relationship to the Congregation: On the Question of the Church's Polity (1849) PAPERBACK

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Aphorisms on the New Testament Offices and Their Relationship to the Congregation: On the Question of the Church's Polity (1849) PAPERBACK
$16.99
Johann Konrad Wilhelm Loehe (1808-1872) was one of the pivotal nineteenth century theologians in the struggle to restore a confessional identity to the Lutheran churches of Europe and North America. In an age when the doctrine of the ministry was contended on both sides of the Atlantic, Loehe found himself in a protracted struggle with theologians of the State Churches of Europe and various synods in North America over the nature and work of the pastoral office. As the translator for the 1849 Aphorisms notes in his preface: "Both sets of Aphorisms are not to be seen in isolation, but rather in intimate connection with the "churchly program" that Löhe developed with great energy (yet without detriment to his parish duties) in the years when he was most crippled with devastating grief over his wife's early death. The political crisis of 1848 awoke unfounded hopes in Löhe's breast that his "churchly program" might in fact be realised sooner rather than later. In the end of the day, perhaps only half of Löhe's aspirations turned into hard fact, namely, the establishment of the order of deaconesses and the erection of the "caritative" institutions bound up with the "procession of diakonia from the altar." To this day much of Lutheranism in the old world remains under the shackles of the State control that Löhe lamented in the shape of the "supreme episcopate of the princes." Moreover, his hopes of a renewed Lutheranism, centred in the sacrament of the altar, gladly and unforcedly practicing "unmixed eucharistic fellowship" (his term for our "closed communion"), and moving toward a greater fullness of liturgy, polity, and life than was achieved in the 16th century, have been sadly disappointed. Both sets of Aphorisms emerge from this context of conflict and expectation. With one foot in both Lutheran Orthodoxy and Lutheran Pietism (he would not see these successive ecclesial phenomena as alternatives), Löhe reached back behind these powerful factors in his formation to the New Testament text, his prime motivation being loyalty to revealed truth. From the communion of saints he surely bids us test his assertions against the yardstick of the inspired text."
ISBN/SKU: 
9781891469374
Publication Date: 
2013-09-16
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Repristination Press

Apostolic Agenda: The Epistles of the Holy Apostle Paul to Titus and Philemon

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Apostolic Agenda: The Epistles of the Holy Apostle Paul to Titus and Philemon
$24.00

Apostolic Agenda: The Epistles of the Holy Apostle Paul to Titus and Philemon is the first full work of Friedrich Balduin (1575-1627) available in the English language. This significant Lutheran theologian of the early 17th century begins each chapter with a simple outline, then proceeds into his analysis and explanation. Next, he examines theological questions from the section. These questions are the heart of the work, often addressing false interpretations through the use of classical and patristic resources. Balduin then concludes each section with theological aphorisms, or summary statements of doctrines to be gathered from the text. In these pages, pastors will gain insight into how to apply the texts of Scripture to the lives of their congregations, and all Christians will learn about the heart of the faith--the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781934328200
Publication Date: 
2020-04-20
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Emmanuel Press

Authentic Christianity: How Lutheran Theology Speaks to a Postmodern World

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Authentic Christianity: How Lutheran Theology Speaks to a Postmodern World
$15.99
Burnt-out believers and spiritual secularists have given up any hope that an engaging and meaningful spirituality can be found in a single Christian denomination. So rather than attending worship at a local church, they attend to their spiritual needs elsewhere. Instead of being fed by a single denomination, they feast upon a smorgasbord of spiritual beliefs. And while these disaffected believers have not rejected the existence of God or the need for meaningful spirituality, they have strongly rejected whatever it is they think the church today has to offer.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758658302
Publication Date: 
2017-10-10
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Biblical Dogmatics: A Study of Evangelical Lutheran Theology

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Biblical Dogmatics: A Study of Evangelical Lutheran Theology
$18.99
A.G. Voigt's Biblical Dogmatics is a short and comprehensive account of Christian Theology from a Lutheran perspective. Voigt uses the traditional Loci method of Lutheran Scholasticism, while being sensitive to the best of early twentieth century Biblical scholarship. He covers all major topics in Christian theology, and does so in a manner that is readable and exegetically sensitive. This is an ideal introduction to Lutheran Dogmatics. Among the topics covered in this work are: Theology proper, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, the nature of salvation, the sacraments, the church, and eschatology. Voigt's approach to these issues is Biblical and Confessional.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780615894607
Publication Date: 
2013-09-24
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Just and Sinner Publications

Christ's Church: Her Biblical Roots, Her Dramatic History, Her Glorious Future

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Christ's Church: Her Biblical Roots, Her Dramatic History, Her Glorious Future
$25.00
Description: ""The Church, who is she?"" asks Bo Giertz in this book, which, he adds, ""is first of all for those who have some notion of the life which is present within the church walls and also have some desire to understand that life better and know more about it."" If you're among the tens of thousands who've read Giertz's bestselling novel The Hammer of God about ordinary people in their relation to the Church and her message, then you know his ability to engage you in the dramatic events of everyday life. Giertz shows the same engaging ability, when he in Christ's Church takes you on a walk from her biblical roots toward her glorious future. Endorsements: ""Christ's Church demonstrates the resilient vigor of Bo Giertz's literary work. First published under the dark clouds of an erupting world war in 1939, Christ's Church has not lost its power to convict and comfort. If anything the vitality of Giertz's book is even more potent in our day of pluralism, doctrinal indifference, and inbred suspicion of all religious institutions. Confident of the church's oneness in Christ, built secure on the foundation of the apostolic Word, Giertz sees the church as a living legacy of God's faithfulness. This is a book that speaks with clarity and conviction to seasoned Christians at home in the Father's house as well as to those who stand outside but peep in the window, seeking a glimpse of life lived in God's family"" --John T. Pless Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana ""One of the most insightful thinkers in the rich tradition of Swedish theology, Bo Giertz drew deeply from the biblical roots of the church's understanding of itself out of the midst of his daily routine as parish pastor. Anchored in the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Bo Giertz's succinct but penetrating synthesis of biblical teaching on God's people assembled by the Holy Spirit rings true around the world seventy years after its composition. Giertz aids readers to embrace the catholic practice of the church and to bring the Gospel to those around us at the beginning of the twenty-first century."" --Robert A. Kolb Missions Professor of Systematic Theology, Emeritus Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri-- About the Contributor(s): Bo Giertz (1905-1998), Bishop of Gothenburg in the Lutheran Church of Sweden, was voted the most influential Swedish church leader during the 1900s. He penned no less than thirty books. Christ's Church was his first, written at the age of thirty-three.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781608997039
Publication Date: 
2010-10-04
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Resource Publications (CA)

Christian Dogmatics

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Christian Dogmatics
$39.99
A helpful handbook on doctrinal theology Pieper's
ISBN/SKU: 
9780570032212
Publication Date: 
2005-01-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Christological Character of the Office of the Ministry & Royal Priesthood

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Christological Character of the Office of the Ministry & Royal Priesthood
$5.00
ISBN/SKU: 
0001027964

Church and Ministry (Kirche und Amt)

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Church and Ministry (Kirche und Amt)
$26.99
A translation of Walther's famous treatise on church and ministry.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780570042419
Publication Date: 
1987-01-01
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Concordia Publishing House

Closed Communion?

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Closed Communion?
$34.99
The faithful practice of closed Communion is challenged in our day both culturally and ecclesiastically. As Western culture careens down a path of individualism and autonomy, the privatization of faith leads many to regard participation in the Sacrament as a matter of personal entitlement.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758658586
Publication Date: 
2017-10-18
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Confessing the Gospel: A Lutheran Approach to Systematic Theology 2 Vol Set

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Confessing the Gospel: A Lutheran Approach to Systematic Theology 2 Vol Set
$89.99
A modern dogmatics text, Confessing the Gospel: A Lutheran Approach to Systematic Theology presents readers with contemporary discussions of pressing issues and current challenges in the last several decades of the Church's life.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758651860
Publication Date: 
2016-05-02

Cremation, Embalmment, or Neither?: A Biblical/Christian Evaluation

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Cremation, Embalmment, or Neither?: A Biblical/Christian Evaluation
$17.95

This book documents today's rising rates of cremation in the West, and notes that these rates now include many deceased Christians, a stark contrast to Christians in the past who had consistently rejected cremation from their earliest years in pagan Rome to the mid-1960s. Christians opposed and spurned cremation for a number of reasons, discussed in this book. By mid-fourth century, Christianity's rejection of cremation influenced pagan Rome to abandon cremation. Earth burial became the only acceptable way to dispose of deceased humans, resulting in a major cultural change in the West. Converts to Christianity had to promise they would never be cremated. Graveyards were named coemeteria, Latin for where dead people "sleep;" from which we get the word "cemetery," a name now contradicted by cremation.

This book is a clarion call to Christians. Dr. Schmidt has amassed historical, biblical, theological, and practical evidences that the modern Christian church will only refuse to hear to its great loss, both now and at the judgment Seat of Christ where we each shall receive what is due to for things done "while in (might we add "to") the body" (2 Corinthians 5:10).

--Craig A. Parton, M.A., J.D. United States Director,

International Academy of Apologetics, Santa Barbara, California.

This powerful apologetic clearly establishes that cremation fails to find endorsement in the inspired Holy Scriptures. Dr. Schmidt's research will prove invaluable for those who might query the need for burial rather than cremation. Hopefully, this book will have a wide influence on Christian thought and practice.

--Donald Howard, Pastor Emeritus, Anglican Church, Diocese of Sydney,

NSW, Australia. Author of Burial or Cremation: Does It Matter?

I heartily recommend Dr. Schmidt's excellent book Cremation, Embalmment, or Neither?A Biblical/Christian Evaluation to clergy and faithful laypeople alike concerned with the increasing rates of cremation among Christians. This will be in keeping with the Apostle Paul's admonition: "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world" (Romans 12:2).

--Archpriest Victor S. Potapov, Rector,

Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Washington, DC.

This book provides an excellent opportunity for Christians to engage in deep theological thought regarding end of life decisions. Dr. Schmidt has thoroughly documented the historical roots for Christian burial. A must read for all Christians.

--Beth Hoeltke, Ph.D., Librarian, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781490872094
Publication Date: 
2015-03-27
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Daily Exercise of Piety

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Daily Exercise of Piety
$12.99
ISBN/SKU: 
9781891469329

Discourses in Matthew - Jesus Teaches the Church

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Discourses in Matthew - Jesus Teaches the Church
$29.99
Focusing his exploration on Jesus' Five Discourses, Scaer demonstrates that Matthew was written as catechesis, a method in concert with its content and organization. The discourses summarize the message the disciples are to carry to "all nations," and each discourse builds on its predecessors to culminate in the narrative of Jesus' death and resurrection, which is the Gospel's interpretive key.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758603395
Publication Date: 
2004-11-03
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Concordia Publishing House

Doctrine is Life: Robert D. Preus Essays on Justification and the Lutheran Confessions

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Doctrine is Life: Robert D. Preus Essays on Justification and the Lutheran Confessions
$36.99
The 18 essays in this volume offer a cross-section of Preus's research and commentary on the doctrine of justification and on the Lutheran Confessions and their application in the life of the church today. Also included in this volume are 4 reflections on the life and ministry of Robert Preus provided by David P. Scaer, John Stephenson, Kurt Marquart and Daniel Preus.

Preface and introduction written by Klemet I. Preus, Robert's son.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758612663

Doctrine is Life: Robert D. Preus Essays on Scripture

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Doctrine is Life: Robert D. Preus Essays on Scripture
$36.99
Doctrine is Life: Robert D. Preus Essays on Scripture includes 11 essays on Scripture: The Formal Principle of Theology.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758608543
Publication Date: 
2006-09-13
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Doctrine of Atonement

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Doctrine of Atonement
$24.00
Post-Enlightenment theology has frequently rejected the historic Christian doctrine of substitutionary atonement. For theologians standing in the tradition of the Lutheran Confessions, rejection of substitutionary atonement is particularly problematic because it endangers the unconditional nature of the justification through faith. If one rejects vicarious satisfaction, then the only alternative is to make redemption dependent on what sinners do for themselves. In this study, Jack Kilcrease argues for substitutionary atonement within the perspective of what he calls the ""Confessional Lutheran Paradigm."" The author also critiques a wide variety of modern Lutheran theologians' understandings of atonement: Werner Elert, Gustaf Aulen, Gustaf Wingren, Robert Jenson, Eberhard Jungel, Wolfhart Pannenberg, and Gerhard Forde. As Kilcrease demonstrates, although these authors often give many fine theological insights, their distortion or misrepresentation of the doctrine of atonement carriers over to a problematic understanding of law, gospel, and justification through faith. ""Jack D. Kilcrease lays out the Lutheran teaching of the atonement beginning with the Reformer and discusses how his views on Christ's death have been adjusted by leading theologians, most recently Gerhard Forde. Those aware of the current controversy will want to give careful attention to Kilcrease's The Doctrine of Atonement. Hardly a peripheral issue, this is a 'must' read, especially for those who are new to the issue."" --David P. Scaer, Chairman of the Department of Systematic Theology, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN ""Kilcrease offers a helpful survey, succinct yet insightful, of historic Lutheran positions on the atonement as well as a walk through later revisions and challenges. Accessibly written, this is a good introduction for the uninitiated as well as a springboard for further study for those well-versed in theology."" --Wade Johnston, Assistant Professor of Theology, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI Jack D. Kilcrease is Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at the Institute of Lutheran Theology in Brookings, South Dakota. His articles have appeared in the academic journals: Logia, Lutheran Quarterly, Pro Ecclesia, Theofilos, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Concordia Theological Quarterly, and Testamentum Imperium. He is also the author of the books: The Self-Donation of God: A Contemporary Lutheran approach to Christ and His Benefits (2013), Martin Luther in His Own Words (2016), and Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics: The Doctrine of Holy Scripture (forthcoming).
ISBN/SKU: 
9781532639043
Publication Date: 
2018-03-22
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Wipf & Stock Publishers

Doctrine of Creation: A Constructive Kuyperian Approach

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Doctrine of Creation: A Constructive Kuyperian Approach
$50.00
Apart from the doctrine of God, no doctrine is as comprehensive as that of creation. It is woven throughout the entire fabric of Christian theology. It goes to the deepest roots of reality and leaves no area of life untouched. Across the centuries, however, the doctrine of creation has often been eclipsed or threatened by various forms of gnosticism. Yet if Christians are to rise to current challenges related to public theology and ethics, we must regain a robust, biblical doctrine of creation. According to Bruce Ashford and Craig Bartholomew, one of the best sources for outfitting this recovery is Dutch neo-Calvinism. Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck, and their successors set forth a substantial doctrine of creation's goodness, but recent theological advances in this tradition have been limited. Now in The Doctrine of Creation Ashford and Bartholomew develop the Kuyperian tradition's rich resources on creation for systematic theology and the life of the church today. In addition to tracing historical treatments of the doctrine, the authors explore intertwined theological themes such as the omnipotence of God, human vocation, and providence. They draw from diverse streams of Christian thought while remaining rooted in the Kuyperian tradition, with a sustained focus on doing theology in deep engagement with Scripture. Approaching the world as God's creation changes everything. Thus The Doctrine of Creation concludes with implications for current issues, including those related to philosophy, science, the self, and human dignity. This exegetically grounded constructive theology contributes to renewed appreciation for and application of the doctrine of creation--which is ultimately a doctrine of profound hope.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830854905
Publication Date: 
2020-11-10
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IVP Academic

Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls: Justification in Biblical, Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Perspective

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Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls: Justification in Biblical, Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Perspective
$60.00

Many factors contributed to the Protestant Reformation, but one of the most significant was the debate over the doctrine of justification by faith alone. In fact, Martin Luther argued that justification is the doctrine on which the church stands or falls. This comprehensive volume of 26 essays from a host of scholars explores the doctrine of justification from the lenses of history, the Bible, theology, and pastoral practice--revealing the enduring significance of this pillar of Protestant theology.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781433555411
Publication Date: 
2019-03-01
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Ethics

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Ethics
$16.99
The Christian does not live in a vacuum, says the author, but in a world of government, politics, labor, and marriage. Hence, Christian ethics cannot exist in a vacuum; what the Christian needs, claims Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is concrete instruction in a concrete situation. Although the author died before completing his work, this book is recognized as a major contribution to Christian ethics.

The root and ground of Christian ethics, the author says, is the reality of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. This reality is not manifest in the Church as distinct from the secular world; such a juxtaposition of two separate spheres, Bonhoeffer insists, is a denial of God's having reconciled the whole world to himself in Christ. On the contrary, God's commandment is to be found and known in the Church, the family, labor, and government. His commandment permits man to live as man before God, in a world God made, with responsibility for the institutions of that world.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780684815015
Publication Date: 
1995-09-01
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Touchstone Books

Faith Alone: The Heart of Everything

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Faith Alone: The Heart of Everything
$19.95

Bo Giertz wrote Faith Alone in 1943. It is a prequel to his better-known novel, The Hammer of God. The novel begins in 1540 and ends in 1543, during which time the largest peasant revolt in the history of Scandinavia occurred under the leadership of Nils Dacke. The Dacke Rebellion, as it is known, started in the county of Småland but bled over into the Ydre district on Östergötland's southern border with Småland.

The plot follows the story of two brothers, Anders and Martin. It was the wish of their mother that these two brothers would become priests in the Catholic Church, and so they were both sent to study for the priesthood in the town of Linköping, Sweden, when they were quite young. It was at this time that the Reformation began in Germany, and Sweden fought for independence from Denmark, breaking the Kalmar Union. German mercenaries hired by King Gustav Vasa to fight Danish troops brought Reformation literature with them. So, Martin became a Lutheran and left for Stockholm to work for King Gustav Vasa as a scrivener. His brother Anders continued with his studies and became a Catholic priest.

When the king has to pay his debt to Lubeck for the mercenaries he hired for the war, he confiscates the church's land, bells, silver, and gold to do so. With this he firmly declares his cause with the Reformation doctrine of Martin Luther. However, the people of Småland are fond of Roman Catholicism and chafe at Lubeck's measures. So, they rebelled. Anders takes up with their cause and joins with Nils Dacke and his men. Martin stays with the king, before becoming disillusioned and falling in with a group of Schwärmerei, or pre-Pentecostal legalists. As the war comes to an end both brothers are brought back to the Reformation faith through the patient shepherding of a Lutheran priest named Peder.

This is Bo Giertz's masterpiece-written with the doctrinal clarity and purpose of G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis, the historical acumen of Bernard Cornwell, and the psychological insight of Kafka. The result is a Scandinavian Noir that cuts open the soul and lays it at the foot of the cross.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781948969352
Publication Date: 
2020-08-01
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Fire and the Staff

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Fire and the Staff
$33.99
- Continues the tradition establshed by J. H. C. Fritz and C. F. W. Walther of fine works on practical ministry
- Shows pastors how to carry out ministry on the basis of confessionally Lutheran theological principles
- Stories and personal experience lend immediacy to the discussion
- Unique in its presentation and content
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758604040
Publication Date: 
2006-12-27
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Arch Books

First Things First: A Primer in Lutheran Theological Prolegmena

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First Things First: A Primer in Lutheran Theological Prolegmena
$16.95
Christian theology in any form is meaningful and useful only when it arises from and then serves and supports the church's proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus begins David Lumpp's exploration into the first things of theology. Especially since the postmodern turn, there has been renewed focus on the presuppositions of the theological task. Lumpp sharpens this focus by bringing to light the distinctive assumptions and emphases of Christian theology, particularly from a Lutheran perspective. Only by keeping the first things first, can the trajectory of Christian theology generate meaning for life in today's world.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780911770803

Gates of Hell: Confessing Christ in a Hostile World

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Gates of Hell: Confessing Christ in a Hostile World
$15.99
A collaboration of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's Praesidium, The Gates of Hell gives practical advice to confessional leaders, showing them how to encourage God's people to keep confessing and retain hope as society degrates and becomes even more hostile to the Gospel.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758659132
Publication Date: 
2018-01-30
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