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The Proper Disctinction of Law and Gospel

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A transcript of Walther's Friday evening 'Luther Hour' lectures, delivered at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., from Sept. 12, 1884, to Nov. 6, 1885. This represents perhaps Walther's greatest contribution to the church. Foreword by Jaroslav Pelikan.
ebook, 484 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Chris Rosebrough (first published January 1st 1929)
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Ken McGuire
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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On the back cover, it says it is about "Theology & Doctrine/Doctrines". But this is not any stuffy theology by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it is at least as much about pastoral care as it is about theology. If you want a highly original treatment on any theological theme, look elsewhere. Walther has no interest in that. There is very little really new here. Just about all of it is in the Lutheran Confessions.

But if you want to hear about how to apply the scriptures to real peopl
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel by C. F. W. Walther (1811-1887) is a seminal work of American Lutheran theology. A collection of 39 lectures given by Walther during 1884 and 1885, it is widely taught in Lutheran college- and seminary-level theology courses.

In classic Lutheran theology, “Law” is used to denote those parts of Scripture that reveal God’s demands on humanity, while the “Gospel” reveals the gracious and free salvation earned and given by Jesus.

Like Martin Luther before
Dec 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book on a series of lectures that Dr. C.F.W. Walther, the first president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, gave to seminary students in the 1880's (if I remember right). I read it for a class in college and it perfectly breaks down this theological principle that helps define who we are as Lutherans. It makes for an adjusted view of how one reads scripture when they realize that it is through the law/gospel filter that we come to a truer understanding of our faith.
Jonathan Rodebaugh
This book is a gem. Walther meticulously points out the vast array of troubles associated with incorrectly mingling law and gospel. Even though this is a staunch Lutheran work, all denominations would do well to read this work.
Jul 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
39 lectures to seminary students in 1884-1885. Translated from German.

Does a good job of pointing out when Law and Gospel are to be used in sermons, the difference between them, and the primacy of the Gospel.
Douglas V.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book that I encourage every pastor to read. Walther was one of the few theologians and pastors in the 19th century who truly understood the proper distinction between the Law and the Gospel.
Jul 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got an excerpt only of this one in the mail. It was good though, seems like an interesting german chap, this Walther. How to distinguish and then apply Law and Gospel are great questions.

The apply part must be fuller in the fuller version, imagine that.
Christopher Porter
Essential reading for Lutherans - Missouri or otherwise.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a very deep but excellent book. If you want to learn how to teach God's word properly then this is the one to read.
Alyse Lasley
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a quick read, but a thorough study on how the Scripture directs humns to salvation. A must read for seminarians and teachers of theology.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be read by everyone every 2-3 years. Great insight and application.
Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pastors should study this every year!
Dale Critchley
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While somewhat dated in cultural references, the teachings hold true. It strikes me that some who vocally and belligerently proclaim Walther should go back and read this again.
Tr Sandersfeld
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book to help one distinguish between the Law and Gospel taken from 39 of Walther's lectures.
Jay D
Great for Calvinists heading out of of Calvinism.
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Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther was the first President of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod and its most influential theologian. He is commemorated by that church on its Calendar of Saints on May 7.
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