Pastors

  • Grief: The Burden of Your Loss

    Grief: The Burden of Your Loss

    In Living with Grief, Pastor Kristian Kincaid talks about three major impacts of grief: emotional, physical, and spiritual. The impacts of grief occur when the mind and body are thrown...

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  • C. F. W. Walther’s Explanation of Predestination

    C. F. W. Walther’s Explanation of Predestination

    The idea of predestination can be difficult to understand. Are Christians truly saved simply by Baptism and belief in Christ, or is there human effort that is needed? Are Christians...

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  • Johann Gerhard on St. Timothy

    Johann Gerhard on St. Timothy

    During 1 and 2 Timothy’s introductions, we see a small snapshot of the fatherly affection that Paul has for Timothy. We watch as Paul takes Timothy on his journeys, teaching him in the...

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  • Smaller and Smaller Churches: Evaluating Our Retention

    Smaller and Smaller Churches: Evaluating Our Retention

    My hometown church is small. It always has been. I started attending my junior year of high school, and at that time, it was already a pretty small congregation. But it’s smaller now,...

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  • A Christmas Sermon from C. F. W. Walther

    A Christmas Sermon from C. F. W. Walther

    In a few short days, we will be celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This is a monumental event, and C. F. W. Walther agrees. As a devotion for this significant...

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  • Revelation and the End Times

    Revelation and the End Times

    When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying. “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive...

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  • Mark 8 and the Identity of Jesus

    Mark 8 and the Identity of Jesus

    Who is Jesus? This is a question that divides and unifies. It’s a question in which the answer can explain the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian. Volume 2 of the...

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  • The Reformation and Sixteenth-Century Educational Reform

    The Reformation and Sixteenth-Century Educational Reform

    Martin Luther: Learning for Life presents a clear and succinct overview of Luther's own education, Luther's educational ideas and programs, and the impact and limitations of Luther and...

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  • What Was Martin Luther's Best Book?

    What Was Martin Luther's Best Book?

    The posting of the 95 Theses set into motion the events that would lead to a reformation and purification of the public teaching and practice in the Western Church, especially in...

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  • Katie Luther & The Reformation

    Katie Luther & The Reformation

    Originally published in German in 1906, The Mother of the Reformation presents a compelling portrait for those desiring to know more about a quietly influential Reformation character,...

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  • Community: Organic or Created?

    Community: Organic or Created?

    In April 2018, I sat down at my computer with an open Bible and thought I’d write a Bible study on creation, working through Genesis chapters one through three. God, on the other hand,...

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  • Professional & Academic Catalog

    Professional & Academic Catalog

    View CPH's selection new of Professional & Academic books including commentaries, Luther's Works, Lutheran Church Fathers, and congregational resources.

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  • Discipleship and the First Commandment

    Discipleship and the First Commandment

    The following is an excerpt from Luther's Small Catechism: A Manual for Discipleship, written by John T. Pless.

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  • Luther on the Coming of Christ

    Luther on the Coming of Christ

    The following is a selection from Luther’s Works, Vol. 56.

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  • Understanding the Differences among Commissioned Ministry Roles

    Understanding the Differences among Commissioned Ministry Roles

    Commissioned ministers serve in a variety of roles with their own particular emphases. Understanding what each of these commissioned ministers is trained to do will lay a foundation for...

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  • The Origin of the Small and Large Catechisms

    The Origin of the Small and Large Catechisms

    In Luther’s day, there were any number of catechisms and catechetical materials. They were often extremely extensive and required the young people to memorize not only the Ten...

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  • Doctrine of Justification: Its Use and Definition according to Gerhard

    Doctrine of Justification: Its Use and Definition according to Gerhard

    This post is adapted from the latest edition in Gerhard’s Theological Commonplaces series, On Justification through Faith.

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  • 6 Bible Verses Gerhard Used to Tie Justification to Righteousness

    6 Bible Verses Gerhard Used to Tie Justification to Righteousness

    Works-righteousness was as big of a theological issue in Gerhard’s time as it is in ours. So Gerhard went back to the primary source—the Bible—to see what God has to say about the...

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  • The Second Luther: Nikolaus von Amsdorf

    The Second Luther: Nikolaus von Amsdorf

    This post is an excerpt adapted from Nikolaus von Amsdorf: Champion of Martin Luther’s Reformation, a new edition of Robert Kolb’s biography about this important Reformation figure.

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  • How Church Management Software Can Help Pastors

    How Church Management Software Can Help Pastors

    I had only been a pastor for a short while at my first congregation. I remember trying to look up families and guessing the ages of their children. I cannot remember if it was for...

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