Systematics

Quest For Holiness : A Biblical, Historical & Systematic Investigation

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Quest For Holiness : A Biblical, Historical & Systematic Investigation
$35.00
Adolf Koberle's 'The Quest for Holiness' is a significant contribution to world religious literature and a work of abiding value. As such it well deserves translation into the English language and widespread distribution among English language readers. Although written by a profound scholar, this book is not merely for theologians but for all who desire a sound, scriptural setting forth of the truths and the implications for each individual embodied in the steps of justification and sanctification. For simplicity, clarity, and completeness on this subject, this book is unsurpassed. It is written not merely with ink but with the lifeblood of the true believer striving daily for greater holiness and God-pleasing perfection.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781592448395
Publication Date: 
2004-08-26
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Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness

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Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness
$34.99

In Reading Backwards Richard B. Hays maps the shocking ways the four Gospel writers interpreted Israel's Scripture to craft their literary witnesses to the Church's one Christ. The Gospels' scriptural imagination discovered inside the long tradition of a resilient Jewish monotheism a novel and revolutionary Christology.

Modernity's incredulity toward the Christian faith partly rests upon the characterization of early Christian preaching as a tendentious misreading of the Hebrew Scriptures. Christianity, modernity claims, twisted the Bible they inherited to fit its message about a mythological divine Savior. The Gospels, for many modern critics, are thus more about Christian doctrine in the second and third century than they are about Jesus in the first.

Such Christian "misreadings" are not late or politically motivated developments within Christian thought. As Hays demonstrates, the claim that the events of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection took place "according to the Scriptures" stands at the very heart of the New Testament's earliest message. All four canonical Gospels declare that the Torah and the Prophets and the Psalms mysteriously prefigure Jesus. The author of the Fourth Gospel puts the claim succinctly: "If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me" (John 5:46).

Hays thus traces the reading strategies the Gospel writers employ to "read backwards" and to discover how the Old Testament figuratively discloses the astonishing paradoxical truth about Jesus' identity. Attention to Jewish and Old Testament roots of the Gospel narratives reveals that each of the four Evangelists, in their diverse portrayals, identify Jesus as the embodiment of the God of Israel. Hays also explores the hermeneutical challenges posed by attempting to follow the Evangelists as readers of Israel's Scripture--can the Evangelists teach us to read backwards along with them and to discern the same mystery they discovered in Israel's story?

In Reading Backwards Hays demonstrates that it was Israel's Scripture itself that taught the Gospel writers how to understand Jesus as the embodied presence of God, that this conversion of imagination occurred early in the development of Christian theology, and that the Gospel writers' revisionary figural readings of their Bible stand at the very center of Christianity.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781481302333
Publication Date: 
2016-08-15
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Reason I Believe: The Basics of Christian Apologetics

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Reason I Believe: The Basics of Christian Apologetics
$14.99
How would you respond to the question, "Why should I be Christian instead of Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist?"

In answering, you might focus on what Scripture teaches and what you believe - namely, the Gospel message. But the skeptics will press you for more. They'll ask why a loving God allows evil in the world. They'll promote science that supports Darwinian theories. They'll challenge the reliability of Scripture. People don't often believe something just because someone says they should, especially when it comes to religion.

But what if you answered, "You should be Christian because Christianity is the only religion that can be proven to be true"? And what if you had the evidence to support this powerful claim?

ISBN/SKU: 
9780758657800
Publication Date: 
2017-11-10
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Reclaiming the Reformation: Christ for You in Community

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Reclaiming the Reformation: Christ for You in Community
$22.95

What treasures of the Reformation can pastors, Christians, and the church make use of today when trying to navigate burnout and scandal? What should a person look for in a church?


In Reclaiming the Reformation, Magnus Persson examines his own journey from popular preacher where church was a party, to the Lutheran faith and a pastor in the Church of Sweden where he relishes the liturgy nourished by its historic roots. Persson relies heavily on Luther's book On the Councils and the Church to answer this question and explain his journey.


Originally titled Christ's Church, On the Marks of the Church - Reclaiming the Reformation shows the influence of Bo Giertz but also draws on many different influences from within and without the Lutheran tradition to explain how everything the church does needs to be focused on communicating Christ crucified for you.


The church does this through the Word, the liturgy, and the sacraments. Through these means the soul is nourished and matured to handle the distress and tribulation with which the world harries the church and her people. Here, true rest is found for the souls of pastors battered by the pressure to be the next biggest church in town before they burnout and check out with scandal. 

ISBN/SKU: 
9781948969727
Publication Date: 
2021-11-02
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Restoration of Creation in Christ: Essays in Honor of Dean O. Wenthe

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Restoration of Creation in Christ: Essays in Honor of Dean O. Wenthe
$44.99
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.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758639516
Publication Date: 
2014-01-03

Rethinking Fundamental Theology

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Rethinking Fundamental Theology
$38.95
ISBN/SKU: 
9780199673988
Publication Date: 
2013-07-11

Schola Pietatis: Vol. 2

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Schola Pietatis: Vol. 2
$21.99
In the second volume of this great devotional work, Gerhard builds on the foundation established int he first volume: "In the first volume of this treatise I have related in an orderly way the main, important, and motivational reasons which should generally encourage and awaken every person toward godliness. Now, additionally, follows that we provide a sure form and good directions from the Word of God as to how and in what manner a person should and can practice godliness. It is necessary for us to know both, for God has prescribed both for us in His Word."Rev. Dr. Elmer Hohle's translation of the Schola Pietatis (1623) is his latest contribution to the Repristination Press collection of Gerhard's works.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781891469626
Publication Date: 
2013-08-09
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Schola Pietatis: Vol. 3

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Schola Pietatis: Vol. 3
$22.95
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.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781891469633
Publication Date: 
2015-01-20
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Schola Pietatis: Vol. I

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Schola Pietatis: Vol. I
$21.99
In the first volume of this five volume work, Gerhard explores the meaning of godliness: “The first part consist of these words: Train yourself in godliness. In order that we properly understand this apostolic principle, we need to take note of two things: First, what is meant by godliness. Secondly, what it entails for one to train himself in godliness.” Johann Gerhard (1582–1637) wrote his "Schola Pietatis" as a corrective to Johann Arndt's "True Christianity”—it was intended to serve the faithful as a model of faith expressed in life, and to avoid the Pietistic pitfalls of Arndt's work. The “Schola Pietatis” also represents the pinnacle of Gerhard's devotional works: the author of the "Sacred Meditations" and "Daily Exercise of Piety" now examines the whole of the Christian life.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781891469619

Scriptural Baptism: A Dialog Between John Bapstead and Martin Childfont

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Scriptural Baptism: A Dialog Between John Bapstead and Martin Childfont
$17.00
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
Publication Date: 
2003-05-30
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Self-Donation of God: A Contemporary Lutheran Approach to Christ and His Benefits

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Self-Donation of God: A Contemporary Lutheran Approach to Christ and His Benefits
$38.00
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
Publication Date: 
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
$18.95

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).

ISBN/SKU: 
9781948969987
Publication Date: 
2022-04-19
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Spiritual Care

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Spiritual Care
$19.99
Bonhoeffer says spiritual care is a function of the congregation and that it is an aspect of the broader, more encompassing activity of proclamation. In Spiritual Care, we are confronted with the awesome truth that in speech God's presence is known and that speech is also our own; in silence God's presence is known and that silence is also our own. The text demands us to consider how the gospel message is brought to people in the midst of their personal lives, and his message and counsel use the tools given within the traditional life of the church so that such grace becomes enacted, enfleshed, and incarnate in the Christian community.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780800618742
Publication Date: 
1985-10-01

Strengthening Integrity and Accountability in Church Leadership

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Strengthening Integrity and Accountability in Church Leadership
$19.99
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758667373

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

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Surviving the Storms: Memoirs of David P. Scaer
$39.99
ISBN/SKU: 
9781935035237

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

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Surviving the Storm: (Paperback) Memoirs of David P. Scaer
$22.99
ISBN/SKU: 
9781935035244

Synoptic Problem: Four Views

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Synoptic Problem: Four Views
$25.00
Leading Scholars Debate a Key New Testament Topic



The relationship between Matthew, Mark, and Luke is one of the most contested topics in Gospel studies. How do we account for the close similarities--and differences--in the Synoptic Gospels? In the last few decades, the standard answers to the typical questions regarding the Synoptic Problem have come under fire, while new approaches have surfaced. This up-to-date introduction articulates and debates the four major views. Following an overview of the issues, leading proponents of each view set forth their positions and respond to each of the other views. A concluding chapter summarizes the discussion and charts a direction for further study.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780801049507
Publication Date: 
2016-07-19
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Take Courage: Essays in Honor of Harold L. Senkbeil

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Take Courage: Essays in Honor of Harold L. Senkbeil
$18.95

Take Courage is a collection of essays, written by pastors and professors, about the care and cure of souls in the 21st century. As spiritual physicians, pastors are called to diagnose and treat all those suffering with the disease of sin. This noble task requires much from these undershepherds who are placed over Christ's flock. Yet the Good Shepherd himself has provided the effective tools of this healing art: the life-giving word and sacraments. Pastors, then, specialize in applying the medicine of forgiveness and bringing comfort to broken consciences. Collectively, these essays teach and expound upon this theme.


This helpful book honors the 45 years of faithful service given by one such undershepherd, Harold L. Senkbeil. As a pastor, seminary professor, author, speaker, husband, father, and the executive director of DOXOLOGY, Senkbeil has consistently provided competent treatment for both laity and pastors by distributing the forgiveness won by Jesus on the cross.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781945500589
Publication Date: 
2021-03-23
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Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord

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Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord
$29.95
ISBN/SKU: 
260190017

The Chief Theological Topics: Loci Praecipui Theologici 1559

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The Chief Theological Topics: Loci Praecipui Theologici 1559
$56.99

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

ISBN/SKU: 
9780758626875

The Inspiration of Scripture

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The Inspiration of Scripture
$14.99
There are two reasons which justify an investigation into the position of the seventeenth-century Lutheran dogmaticians regarding the inspiration of Scripture.

First, the dogmaticians have had no small theological influence upon their Lutheran posterity, even down to the present day.

Second, the attitude of the old dogmaticians toward Scripture has been the chief point where they are remembered and judged.

Preus explores the writings of
Gerhard
Calov
Quenstedt
Baier
Hollaz
and others
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758603609
Publication Date: 
1970-01-01

The Lonely Way: Selected Essays and Letters, Volume 2 POD

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The Lonely Way: Selected Essays and Letters, Volume 2 POD
$37.99

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.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780758658241
Publication Date: 
2002-01-01
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The Necessary Distinction: A Continuing Conversation on Law & Gospel

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The Necessary Distinction: A Continuing Conversation on Law & Gospel
$27.99
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758659941

The True Visible Church and the Form of a Christian Congregation

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The True Visible Church and the Form of a Christian Congregation
$28.99
This book contains two works. The first is a paraphrase translation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church--The True Visible Church of God on Earth, adopted by the Missouri Synod at the session of its general synod in 1866. The second is a paraphrase translation of The Proper Form of an Evangelical Lutheran Local Congregation Independent of the State.

Both works, with Church and Ministry, stemming from Walther's 1841 Altenburg Theses, form the core of the LCMS doctrine of church and ministry, demonstrating how a congregation should operate when calling a pastor, in matters of church discipline, providing spiritual and earthly care, and handling ecumenical issues.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758609908

The Works of David Henkel

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The Works of David Henkel
$34.99
ISBN/SKU: 
9780978912901
Publication Date: 
2006-01-01
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