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Luther: Letters of Spiritual Counsel [Paperback]

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Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.56" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2003
Publisher   Regent College Publishing
ISBN  1573830925  
EAN  9781573830928  

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Martin Luther is often thought of as a world-shaking figure who defied papacy and empire to introduce a reformation in the teaching, worship, organization, and life of the Church. Sometimes it is forgotten that he was also a pastor and shepherd of souls. Collected in this volume are Luther's letters of spiritual counsel, which he offered to his contemporaries in the midst of sickness, death, persecution, imprisonment, famine, and political instability. For Luther, spiritual counsel was about establishing, nurturing, and strengthening faith. Freshly translated from the original German and Latin, the letters shed light on the fascinating relationship between his pastoral counsel and his theology. Theodore G. Tappert taught Church History at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also translated Pia Desideria by Philip Jacob Spener and The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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Martin Luther

MARTIN LUTHER (1483-1546) was professor of Bible at Wittenberg University, and this exposition of Galatians came out of his classroom. Undoubtedly the most powerful discussion of justification by faith prepared by any of the Reformers, this commentary on Galatians has had a profound impact on many through the centuries, including both John and Charles Wesley.

Alister McGrath (PhD, University of Oxford) is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, president of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and senior research fellow at Harris Manchester College in Oxford. He is also a noted author and coeditor of Crossway's Classic Commentaries series.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

Martin Luther was born in 1483 and died in 1546.

Martin Luther has published or released items in the following series...
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  3. Bloomsbury Revelations
  4. Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
  5. Facets
  6. Kregel Classic Reprint Library
  7. Library of Christian Classics
  8. Luther Classic Commentaries Luther Classic Commentaries
  9. Luther's Works (Augsburg)
  10. Luther's Works (Concordia)

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Worthy Reference to Pastors & Interested Laypeople  May 23, 2007
Concurring totally with Reviewer Joshua's summary of the contents and its usefulness to the faith, this review will content itself with the humble addition of several quotes to highlight this delightfully rich resource for the church.

First, a fascinating and relevant inquiry into ceremonies and rites of worship involving elevation of the Sacrament and processions, etc., Luther saliently responds in part: "If your lord, the margrace and elector, etc. permits the gospel of Jesus Christ to be preached with purity and power (goes on to add administration of the Sacraments as Christ mandated; removal of invocation of the saints, etc.) in procession, go along in the Lord's name and carry a gold or silver cross and wear a cope or alb..." He adds further along: "Only do not let such things be regarded as necessary for salvation and thus bind the consciences of men. How I would rejoice and thank God if I could persuade the pope and the papists of this! If the pope gave me the freedom to go about and preach and only commanded me (with a dispensation) to hitch on a pair of trousers, I should be glad to do him the favor of wearing them."

Further relevant is this encouragement to a German prince going into battle with the Turks: "Secondly, I beg that those on our side may not place their reliance on the Turk's being altogether wrong and God's emeny while we are innocent and righteous in comparison with the Turk, for such presumption is also vain. Rather it is necessary to fight with fear of God and reliance on his grace alone. We too are unrighteous in God's sight."

Finally, this admonition to Bruck who read the Augsburg Confession in public: "As we read in Rom. ch. 8, we know not what we should pray for as we ought. If God should hear our prayers according to our request--namely, that the emperor grant us peace-- perhaps it would turn out to be less rather than more than we think and the emperor would get the glory insted of God. Now God himself desires to give us peace so that the glory might be his alone, as it is fitting."

Relevant Pastoral Counsel for Today  Mar 29, 2004
This book is a very readable collection of Martin Luther's pastoral letters, organized topically by chapters, and chronologically within the chapters. The "Letters of Spiritual Counsel" give insight into the pastoral heart of Luther, and how he applied the correction of the Law and the comfort of the Gospel to the daily lives and affairs of people in his time. The reader clearly learns how Luther brought the consolation of Christ's death and resurrection to the troubled at heart. Sections that I found particularly helpful were those that dealt with people who were sick and dying, as well as with the families of the recently deceased; how he dealt with people who were troubled over their election to salvation; and his advice in matters of the civil realm. One of the best sections is his advice to clergymen, in which he gives suggestions on how a pastor should deal evangelically with various troubles in the congregation. Overall the letters show how Luther sought to turn people to Christ alone for their salvation, and how this specifically served to comfort them in a multitude of daily matters. This book would be an excellent resource for any pastor or seminary student, and can easily be read in bits and pieces since most of the letters are relatively short. Despite the difference in time periods, a modern pastor will recognize the problems that Luther approaches are familiar to us today, and much of Luther's pastoral insight has enduring value for today.

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