Luther: Letters of Spiritual Counsel

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Regent College Publishing, 2003 - Literary Collections - 367 pages
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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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I love his letter to his mother! Thank you God for Luther and his care for those hurting and Your care for us.

Contents

GENERAL INTRODUCTION
13
COMFORT FOR THE SICK AND DYING
26
CONSOLATION FOR THE BEREAVED
53
CHEER FOR THE ANXIOUS AND DES
82
INSTRUCTIONS TO THE PERPLEXED
109
ADMONITIONS TO STEADFASTNESS
139
INTERCESSIONS FOR THOSE IN TROUBLE
171
ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE PERSECUTED
190
ADVICE IN TIME OF EPIDEMIC AND FAMINE
228
COUNSEL IN QUESTIONS OF MARRIAGE
258
SUGGESTIONS FOR PROBLEMS FACING
295
EXHORTATIONS CONCERNING RULERS
318
BIBLIOGRAPHIES
350
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Martin Luther (1483, 1546) was a German monk, a theologian and church reformer, he is considered to be the founder of Protestantism. Luther was a professor of Bible at the University of Wittenberg when he posted his famous 95 Theses (1517). In addition to writing many books, Luther translated the Bible into German. Luther believed that salvation was only by faith in Jesus, unmediated by the church. He challenged papal authority by emphasing the Bible as the only source of religious authority and believed the church to be a priesthood of all believers.These ideas helped to inspire the Protestant Reformation and changed the course of Western civilization. He married Katharina von Bora thus initiating the practice of clerical marriage within Protestantism.- Publisher.

Theodore G. Tappert was a distinguished church historian and author. He was Schieren Professor of the History of Christianity at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Tappert was also archivist of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and a consultant to the Lutheran Church in American's Board of Publication.

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