These examples of Martin Luther’s pastoral ministry are filled with doctrine, application, and many examples of his wit and zeal. Gain clear examples of Luther’s clear and precise teaching. Some of his included sermons are: “On the Nativity of Christ”, “On Christ’s Passion”, and “Of Prayer.” This is a treasury of teaching that is still useful for bringing hearers and readers to the place of worshipful obedience. This volume contains a biography of Luther written by Philip Melancthon.
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Philip Melanchthon 1497–1560), born Philipp Schwartzerdt, was a German reformer and scholar. He was educated at Heidelberg and Tübingen before accepting a position at the University of Wittenberg, where he became professor of Greek. A close friend of and collaborator with Martin Luther, Melanchthon was the first systematic theologian of the Protestant Reformation as well as the intellectual leader of the Lutheran Reformation. Alongside Luther, he is a primary founder of Lutheranism.
Martin Luther 1483–1546) was a key figure in the Protestant Reformation and one of the most significant figures in Western history. Over the course of his life, he was a monk, a priest, a professor of biblical literature, a Reformer, a husband, and a father.
Luther is most noted for his 95 Theses (1517), in which he argues that indulgences are not acts of penance which can replace true repentance. In 1520, Pope Leo X and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V demanded that Luther retract all of his writings. Luther refused. He was subsequently excommunicated and declared an outlaw.
Luther has been both praised and vilified for what he preached and wrote. His translation of the Christian Bible into the vernacular greatly influenced the church. His works continue to impact all Christians and animate the movement that bears his name. His works are also represented in Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings and the Luther’s Works collection.