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Lutheran Confessional Studies Collection (6 vols.)



The Lutheran Confessional Studies Collection brings together six volumes that examine key Lutheran confessional writings. Through reexamining these historic works and the formulation of the Book of Concord, this collection explores the significance of these texts and the role that they play in Lutheran churches. Topics include the meaning of ordained ministry, the expression of Christian belief, and the mission of the church. The Lutheran Confessional Studies Collection will be enjoyed by those interested in Lutheran doctrine, the history of the Reformation, and current discussions in the Lutheran church.

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  • Analysis of Lutheran confessional writings
  • Discussion of the Book of Concord in both historic and modern contexts
  • Practical application to current discussions in the Lutheran church
  • Title: Lutheran Confessional Studies Collection
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 964
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Called and Ordained: Lutheran Perspectives on the Office of the Ministry

  • Editors: Todd W. Nichol and Marc Kolden
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 238

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What is ministry? How are we to understand the distinctive ecclesiastical office known as ordained ministry? With clarity and insight, this collection of essays takes the discussion behind the current impasse between functional and ontological definitions. The contributors provide a distinctively American and ecumenical proposal that is consistent with the confession of justification by faith alone.

Todd Nichol is King Olav V Professor of Scandinavian American Studies at St. Olaf College.

Marc Kolden is professor emeritus of systematic theology at Luther Seminary, St. Paul Minnesota.

Lutheran DNA: Testing the Augsburg Confession in the Parish

  • Author: James G. Cobb
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 116

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Lutheran DNA takes the Reformation’s Augsburg Confession of 1530 and asks whether parish issues today continue to find expression through the lens of this historic writing. The Augsburg Confession is named in Lutheran churches as a clear expression of Christian belief and practice. How is it so today? Stories, illustrations, and reflections flow out of this parish pastor’s experiences as he reflects on meanings from Augsburg to Baltimore.

This book exhibits the heartbeat of Lutheranism in The Augsburg Confession of 1530. Its 28 “articles” disclose how Lutheran congregations around the world (with a steady membership of about 60 million) are to function in order to preserve their identity as healthy and effective disciples of Jesus Christ in the interim between his first and second coming. The author describes the theological pulsation in the form of personal stories and experiences, tested in various parish settings, and geared to make readers partners in catechetical and spiritual formation. The book lends itself well to parishioners concerned about their theological identity and rationale for mission.

Eric W. Gritsch, professor emeritus of church history, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary

James G. Cobb serves with his wife Judy as co-pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, Towson, Maryland. He has published sermon volumes, chancel dramas, journal articles, and a parish manual on entry issues for new pastors.

Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession?: The Mission of the Holy Christian Church

  • Author: Lucas V. Woodford
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 252

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There is a great debate in the church today. It centers on one question: “What is the mission of the church?” Lucas Woodford attempts to bring clarity to this issue, writing that clearer confession leads to clearer mission. Throughout the ages, the creedal confession of the holy Christian church has carried her through uncertainty and struggle. The Apostles’ Creed has steadied and stayed the mission of the church for centuries. It centers on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit—the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. This book celebrates the historic mission of the holy Christian church, and it invites the North American church to do the same.

Lucas V. Woodford is the senior pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and School. He hosts a regular blog that seeks to foster collegial dialogue about Lutheran theology and the mission of the holy Christian church.

Formulators of the Formula of Concord: Four Architects of Lutheran Unity

  • Author: Ted Jungkuntz
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 158

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For 400 years, the Formula of Concord has served as a major cornerstone of Lutheran doctrine. In this text, Ted Jungkuntz tells the story of the four chief architects of the Formula of Concord, providing fascinating insights into the personal lives of the men who shaped an important part of our Christian heritage. Of special interest is the never-before-translated diary of Nikolaus Selecker, one of the original formulators.

Unity in the Triune God: Trinitarian Theology in the Full-Communion Agreements of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

  • Author: Timo Tavast
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 200

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Unity in the Triune God focuses on the ecumenism of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with its full-communion partners—the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ (1997); the Episcopal Church (1999); the Moravian Church in America (1999); and the United Methodist Church (2009). Together, these ecumenically active denominations have shown in their full-communion agreements that the doctrine of the Trinity and the church’s common Trinitarian confession are not meaningless relics from ancient times, but rather are dynamic and many-sided ecumenical resources that can be used for several functions in full-communion agreements. The goal of this study is to reveal the differing ways in which to utilize this ecumenical potential of the Trinitarian faith.

Tavast opens fresh possibilities for reimagining the implications of a robust Trinitarian ecclesiology for the life of the church. The book is accessible to those new to the ecumenical movement, yet will be appreciated by those who have long been involved in a quest for greater church unity.

—Robin J. Steinke, dean of the seminary and professor of ethics and public life, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

Tavast provides the kind of detailed analysis that ecumenical theology needs today: careful, scholarly, and sympathetic. That the Trinity provides the foundation for the unity of the church is too often an unexamined cliché.

—Michael Root, professor of systematic theology, The Catholic University of America

This is a unique and creative application of key Trinitarian theological claims . . . demonstrating the importance of rich, nuanced, and theological thinking for the life of the church in the twenty-first century. It sheds new light both on Trinitarian doctrine and on the role it plays in ecumenical dialogue.

—Kristin Johnston Largen, associate professor of systematic theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

Timo Tavast is an ordained member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

Studies in the Lutheran Confessions

  • Author: Willard Dow Allbeck
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 318

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This text is designed as a companion to the Book of Concord. It provides historical context for the formulation of the Book of Concord, an overview of the ecumenical creeds, studies regarding the origins of the Augsburg Confession and the Smalcald Articles, and information about the catechisms.

Willard Dow Allbeck served as Wittenberg Synod Professor of Historical Theology at Hamma School of Theology for over 30 years.


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