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Restoration of Creation in Christ: Essays in Honor of Dean O. Wenthe

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This book was created to honor retired president of the Fort Wayne seminary, Dean O. Wenthe. The book will provide articles on Christology and creation.
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9780758639516
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2014-01-03

Sacred Meditations

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Written by Johann Gerhard as a young man, Sacred Meditations delves deeply into the truth and paradox of Christian faith and life. Each devotion a powerful journey into the revelation of God to the human race, Johann Gerhard's meditations immerse the reader in Christ, bringing him or her through trial to glory, through anguish to peace, through doubt to certainty, through confession to absolution, through cross to resurrection. This classic work of Lutheran spirituality reminds us all that the Word of God is living and breathing, changing not only how we think or live, but even who we are.

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9780982158609
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2008-10-06
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Schola Pietatis: Vol. 3

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Schola Pietatis: Vol. 3
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In the third volume of this five volume work, Gerhard applies the understanding of 'godliness' which he has explicated in the first two volumes to an examination of the First Table of the Law; that is, the first three of the Ten Commandments.
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9781891469633
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2015-01-20
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Scriptural Baptism: A Dialog Between John Bapstead and Martin Childfont

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Scriptural Baptism: A Dialog Between John Bapstead and Martin Childfont
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As a theological student in Finland, Dr. Saarnivaara became interested in the question of Scriptural baptism. Which baptism, he wondered, had the most authority: the one a person received in infancy, or the one received as an adult after a conscious conversion. Should he, as one who had been baptized in infancy, be baptized again, after his conversion, in order to be a Christian in the Biblical sense, or was the baptism he received as a child valid?


In seeking an answer, he studied the Bible and the copious literature on both sides of the question. Now, in this book, cast in dialog form, Dr. Saarnivaara offers the result of his study, examining the question exhaustively from both sides.


Some of the questions which are thoroughly discussed are:


Was infant baptism practiced in the time of Christ and the Apostles?


Did Christ want His Church to practice infant baptism, or baptism after conscious conversion?


Does the New Testament teach baptism as a means of grace, or as an act of obedience and confession of faith?


What does the Bible teach as the relationship between baptism and regeneration?


What was the practice and teaching of the post-Apostolic and the Ancient Church?


What was the original method of baptism: immersion or pouring (or sprinkling)?


In developing his theme, Dr. Saarnivaara has set forth the pros and cons of this age-old and still acute problem with admirable exactitude and lucidity. It is easy for the layperson to comprehend, but it is not superficial reading. From the thousands who regard religious problems like baptism worthy of thoughtful consideration and study, however, Dr. Saarnivaara's book should receive keen attention.

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9781592442492
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2003-05-01
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Self-Donation of God: A Contemporary Lutheran Approach to Christ and His Benefits

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In The Self-Donation of God, Jack Kilcrease argues that the speech-act of promise is always an act of self-donation. A person who unilaterally promises to another is bound to take a particular series of actions to fulfill that promise. Being that creation is grounded in God's promising speech, the divine-human relationship is fundamentally one of divine self-donation and human receptivity. Sin disrupts this relationship and therefore redemption is constituted by a reassertion of divine promise of salvation in the face of the condemnation of the law (Gen 3:15). As a new and effective word of grace, the promise of a savior begins the process of redemption within which God speaks forth a new narrative of creation. In this new narrative, God gives himself in an even deeper manner to humanity. By donating himself through a promise, first to the protological humanity and then to Israel, he binds himself to them. At the end of this history of self-binding, God in Christ enters into the condemnation of the law, neutralizes it in the cross, and brings about a new creation through his omnipotent word of promise actualized in the resurrection. "In this study, Jack Kilcrease offers a masterful, panoramic approach to Christology, thoroughly grounded in the Scriptures and in constant debate with the christological reflection of fellow Lutherans, the wider Catholic tradition, and modern and contemporary voices. All in all, this book testifies to the gospel as God's triumph of grace in the world." --Mark Mattes, Grand View University "Jack Kilcrease writes with clarity and precision; he is clearly at home in the classical primary sources (patristic writers, creedal and confessional documents, Luther, and the fathers of Lutheran orthodoxy). His methodology is marked by careful exegetical work and analysis, systematic exposition, and apologetic engagement. . . . Kilcrease writes as a classical and confessional Lutheran but with ecumenical awareness. The Self-Donation of God is comprehensive in scope and substance, dealing with all the loci associated with traditional christological discussions." --John T. Pless, Concordia Theological Seminary Jack Kilcrease (PhD Marquette University) is a layperson in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Aquinas College and the Institute for Lutheran Theology.
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9781620326053
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2013-03-20
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Shepherd's Letter: The Faith Once and For All Delivered to the Evangelical Church

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Shepherd's Letter: The Faith Once and For All Delivered to the Evangelical Church
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A Shepherd's Letter is Bo Giertz distilled and served neat.

He wrote this book to introduce his theological agenda for the Diocese of Gothenburg to which he was elected bishop in 1949. Here, he takes a straightforward approach to the theological themes that guided his writing of The Hammer of God, Faith Alone: The Heart of Everything, and With My Own Eyes.

What he wrote for the sheep of the Gothenburg diocese, has applicability for all Christians everywhere even today, and will enrich their understanding of the "faith once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3).

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9781948969987
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2022-04-19
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Surviving the Storms: Memoirs of David P. Scaer (Hardback)

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9781935035237

Surviving the Storms:Memoirs of David P. Scaer (Paperback)

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9781935035244

Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord

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260190017

The Chief Theological Topics: Loci Praecipui Theologici 1559

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In honor of the 450th anniversary of Philip Melanchthon's death in 1560, a second edition of his Loci Communes ("Commonplaces" or "Common Topics") has been issued. Originally published by CPH in English under the name Loci Theologici 1543, this book is actually Melanchthon's last Latin edition, published in 1559. Generations of Lutheran pastors learned theology from this book in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This revised English edition includes several new features: a new translation of Melanchthon's "Definitions of Terms That Have Been Used in the Church," a new historical introduction, cross-references to the original Latin, a Scripture index, and an index of persons.

Melanchthon's Loci praecipui theologici is one of the several most significant and influential compendia of theology written during the Reformation. This translation, which presents the final stage of its textual development, had an enormous impact on developing Lutheran and Reformed theology, whether in its content or its method. The new edition of Preus's work with Mayes's introduction and translation of the appendix, "Definitions," is a welcome presence in Reformation studies.

Richard A. Muller, P.J. Zondervan Professor of Historical Theology

Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The third and final "age" of Philip Melanchthon's Loci editions was not only longer but also more carefully worded and in some ways more overtly evangelical than the second "age" of 1535. Melanchthon was putting his best foot forward, yet he hardly backed down from flawed assertions such as the necessity of good works to retain faith. Here, this premise entered his treatment of the Law's first use. Students of the Lutheran confessional heritage cannot ignore this book!

Ken Schurb, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Moberly, Missouri

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9780758626875
Publication Date: 
2011-01-01

The Lonely Way: Selected Essays and Letters, Volume 1

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Despite studying under Harnack, Holl, and old Liberalism, Sasse became a prominent figure in confessional Lutheranism by the time of World War I. A leader in the German ecumenical movement for years, he untiringly advocated that real unity could only be the result of real doctrinal agreement.


He had the respect of Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans, and the Reformed alike. In his later years, Sasse believed that the Missouri Synod was the last hope for world confessional Lutheranism and dedicated his efforts to raising the Synod's consciousness of its worldwide significance. This collection of the writings of Herman Sasse is comprised, with several exceptions, of materials never before published in English.


This volume compiles material from 1926 through 1939, including articles, papers, essays, theses, lectures, and pastoral letters.

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9780570016403
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2005-08-12
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The Lonely Way: Selected Essays and Letters, Volume 2 POD

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Despite studying under Harnack, Holl and old Liberalism, Hermann Sasse became a prominent figure in confessional Lutheranism by the time of World War I. He was a prominent figure in the German ecumenical movement for years and untiringly advocated that real unity could only be the result of real doctrinal agreement.


He had the respect of Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans and the Reformed alike. In his later years, Sasse believed that the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod was the last hope for world confessional Lutheranism and dedicated his efforts to raising the Synod's consciousness of its worldwide significance.


This collection of the writings of Hermann Sasse is comprised, with several exceptions, of materials never before published in English. This volume compiles material from 1941 through 1976, including articles, papers, essays, theses, lectures, and pastoral letters.


Despite studying under Harnack, Holl and old Liberalism, Hermann Sasse became a prominent figure in confessional Lutheranism by the time of World War I. He was a prominent figure in the German ecumenical movement for years and untiringly advocated that real unity could only be the result of real doctrinal agreement. printer to scan text

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9780758658241
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2002-01-01
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The Necessary Distinction: A Continuing Conversation on Law & Gospel

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9780758659941

The Venerable and Adorable Eucharist: A Study of the Lutheran Doctrine of the Lord's Supper in the 1500s

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9780758674111

Then Fell the Lord's Fire

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Bo Giertz preaches to preachers in a series of ordination sermons and clearly demonstrates the concern for the care of souls that endeared him to faithful laypeople and clergy alike in a collection of essays on pastoral theology. Capably translated and packed with theological and devotional treasures, this work is a substantive contribution to the English corpus of the Swedish bishop's thought and work, edifying for both shepherds and sheep.
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9780982158647
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2012-09-14
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Theological Ethics: Volume 1

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Theological Ethics: Volume 1
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This first volume of Helmut Thielicke's important and influential ethics, presents the classical problems of Theological Ethics: the relationship of autonomous and Christian ethics, of secularism and faith, of dogmatics and ethics; ethical principles in the light of the Christian doctrines of creation and the fall; justification and sanctification; and ethical norms and the problem of natural law. As Paul Tillich accurately predicted in his review of Thielicke's work, it has become "a standard in ethical theology" and, as Paul Althaus observed, it is both profound and fully engaged in the concrete practice of Christian life.

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9780800662646
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1966-01-01
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Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism, Volume 1 POD(A Study of Theological Prolegomena)

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Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism, Volume 1 POD(A Study of Theological Prolegomena)
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This is an exhaustive, scholarly study of the age of Lutheran orthodoxy, the period from 1577 to 1713, in which Lutheran doctrine was developed, systematized, and defended by theologians such as Melanchthon, Chemnitz, Gerhard, Calov, Quenstedt, and other.

Section 1: An analysis of the rise and decline of Lutheran orthodoxy, indicating the main contributions of the major theologians.

Section 2: An analysis of the orthodox Lutheran approaches to the theological prolegomena-the methodology of theology, the relationships between natural and revealed religion, the nature of theology, and the training and posture of the theologian.

Section 3: A thorough discussion of the orthodox theologians' approach to Scripture-its inspiration, authority, interpretation, reliability, and efficacy.

Volume 1 of 2

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9780758634641
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1970-01-01

Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism, Volume 2 POD (God and His Creation)

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Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism, Volume 2 POD (God and His Creation)
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This book discusses classical contributions to two major articles of faith: the doctrine of God and the doctrine of creation. The author presents a thorough analysis, drawing from the works of prominent theologians of the period from 1577 to 1713, including Chemnitz, Selnecker, Mentzer, Gerhard, Quenstedt, and Hollaz. Because of his focus on doctrine and methodology, Preus is able to give a fair picture of classical Lutheran theology as a whole.


The first section of the book on the doctrine of God explores the knowledge of God, His existence and essence, His attributes, and the triune nature of God.


In the second section, Preus examines the doctrine of creation, discussing practical applications of the orthodox view of divine providence and the eschatological overtones.


The final section is an outline of orthodox theologians' attitudes toward emerging scientific cosmologies and describes implications of the modern scientific picture for Lutheran theology.

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9780758634658
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1972-01-01

Theology of the Lutheran Confessions

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Theology of the Lutheran Confessions
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In this classic new edition, a translation of "Theologie Der Lutherischen Bekennt-nisschriften, Edmund Schlink points the reader to Scripture as the basis of the Lutheran Confessions. They are neither "just" historical documents nor merely expressions of a philosophy. They remain the church's summary exposition of Scripture, upon which members must take a stand. This volume helps the informed reader of Scripture and the Confessions take that stand.
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9780758603616
Publication Date: 
2004-01-01

Theology of the Presence and Absence of God

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In a consumer-driven and technologized world, can we still experience the mystery of God? This book answers yes by exploring the rich resources of the Christian tradition of thinking and speaking about God. Focusing on God's dialectical character--divine availability ("presence") and divine excess ("absence")--and the belief that "God is love" (1 John 4:16), professor Anthony J. Godzieba tracks how God became a problem in Western culture, then responds by showing how human experience is open to divine transcendence and how that openness encounters the revelation of God as Trinity. The book's contemporary edge comes from its insistence that belief as embodied performance is the most authentic way to participate in the mystery of God's love, which is "the answer to the mystery of the world and human beings" (Walter Kasper).

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9780814663585
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2018-05-24
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Thinking about Christian Apologetics: What It Is and Why We Do It

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Most introductions to apologetics begin with the "how to" of defending the faith, diving right into the major apologetic arguments and the body of evidence. For those who want a more foundational look at this contested theological discipline, this book examines Christian apologetics in its nature, history, approaches, objections and practice. What is apologetics? How has apologetics developed? What are the basic apologetic approaches? Why should we practice apologetics? Countless Christians today are seeking a responsibe way to defend and commend their faith. If you are one them, Thinking About Christian Apologetics is the place to start.

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9780830839452
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2011-09-28
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This Is My Body: Luther's Contention for the Real Presence in the Sacrament of the Altar

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9781579107666
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2001-09-01
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To Know and Love God: Method for Theology

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To Know and Love God: Method for Theology
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It is the job of all believers, not just theologians, to serve God by discerning what is true about the crucial issues of life. Our task is to learn more about God. Our privilege is to love God passionately with our minds. Clearly then, spiritual life must have theology as one of its ingredients, but this, by itself, will not guarantee a vibrant spiritual life. Rather, evangelicals must link a theological experience and an experiential theology. Knowing and loving God are both necessary.

David Clark explains how evangelical systematic theology is structured and how this discipline assists believers in understanding God more fully and worshipping him more completely. To do so, he uses strategies of analytical philosophy to reveal the nature, purposes, methods, and limits of evangelical systematic theology. He attempts to speak both to and for evangelicals, with the goal of showing how a reasonable, articulate, and credible evangelical theology can proceed.

Other questions are raised while trying to define evangelical systematic theology: Is systematic theology a legitimate intellectual enterprise? How does theology build upon the teachings of the Bible? How can evangelical theologians in different cultures assist each other? How does theology contribute to transforming society? What does the existence of other religions mean for evangelical theology? How does systematic theology relate to other intellectual disciplines? How does it connect with the life of the church? What are the purposes and the final goal of systematic theology? The answers to these questions are not ends in themselves, but assist believers in attaining the goal of knowing and loving God.

Asserting that evangelical systematic theology is the science by which evangelical believers learn of God, Clark claims that the insights of apparently contradictory viewpoints can and should be drawn together. He works past the false dilemmas, imprecision, overstatement, inferences, and generalizations that often cloud theological discussion and arrives at clear definitions, precise distinctions, careful analysis, and modest conclusions.

Clark argues that evangelical systematic theology is rooted in the Bible and focused on Christ. Good theology provides vision, fosters wisdom, and nurtures covenantal relationship with God. Good theology leads to knowing and loving God.

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9781433521898
Publication Date: 
2010-02-04
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Trinity

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Trinity
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Augustine knows by faith that God is a trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he is seeking as far as possible to understand what he believes. In the first seven books Augustine begins by searching the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments for clues to understanding and then argues in the language of philosophy and logic to defend the orthodox statement of the doctrine against the Arians. In the last eight books Augustine seeks to understand the mystery of the divine Trinity by observing an analogous trinity in the image of God, which is the human mind; and in so doing, he also suggests a program for the serious Christian of spiritual self-discovery and renewal. This second edition is newly produced, now featuring convenient footnotes rather than the previously used end notes in the original edition.

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9781565484467
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1991-01-01
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Understanding Four Views on the Lord's Supper

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Understanding Four Views on the Lord's Supper
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The Lord's Supper has been the central and characteristic action of the church at worship. But there are still many ways of understanding it and many questions surrounding this meal...

Who should participate in the Lord's Supper? How frequently should we observe it? What does this meal mean? What happens when we eat the bread and drink from the cup? What do Christians disagree about and what do they hold in common?

These and other questions are explored in this volume of the fair-minded, informative Counterpoints series. Contributors make a case for one of the following views:

  • Baptist view (memorialism)
  • Reformed view (spiritual presence)
  • Lutheran view (consubstantiation)
  • Roman Catholic view (transubstantiation)
  • All contributors use Scripture to present their views, and each responds to the others' essays. Included are resources for understanding the topic further, such as:

  • A listing of statements on the Lord's Supper from creeds and confessions
  • Quotations from noted Christians
  • A resource listing of books on the Lord's Supper
  • Discussion questions for each chapter to facilitate small group and classroom use
  • The Counterpoints series presents a comparison and critique of scholarly views on topics important to Christians that are both fair-minded and respectful of the biblical text. Each volume is a one-stop reference that allows readers to evaluate the different positions on a specific issue and form their own, educated opinion.

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    9780310262688
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