Saint Louis, MO—Concordia Publishing House (CPH) announces the release of the second volume of C. F. W. Walther’s Gospel Sermons, which covers the Time of the Church (the season after Pentecost) and includes sermons for several feast days. Now translated into English, this collection of Walther’s (1811–1887) key writings draws on his nearly 30 years as pastor of the first German Evangelical Lutheran (joint) congregation of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.
“Walther’s Gospel Sermons is a devotional treasure worthy of a place on your bookshelf,” says Rev. Jeremiah Gumm, pastor of Cross of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Liverpool, New York. “The devotional value of these well-translated sermons spanning the historic Church Year is priceless for the modern reader, who will certainly grow in faith and appreciation of the past through this resource.”
Not only do Walther’s sermons give today’s Lutherans a glimpse of life into the nineteenth century, they offer a clear articulation of the two key teachings of Scripture: Law and Gospel.
“These books may look intimidating, but every sermon gave me a new morsel of Gospel to digest,” says Laura Lane, editor of professional and academic books at CPH. “It speaks to me today just as well as it spoke to those congregation members in the 1880s.”
C. F. W. Walther
One of the most significant Lutheran theologians in North America, Walther dominated the theological landscape of the mid-1800s. A leader in the Saxon immigration to Missouri in 1839, Walther helped to found the college that would become Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, as well as to organize The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. In addition to serving as a pastor, Walther was the synod’s first president and the president of the seminary and its leading teacher. A prolific author, Walther wrote on a variety of topics, corresponded with numerous religious leaders, edited the theological journal Der Lutheraner, and helped start CPH.
About the Translator
Donald Heck (1916–1991) was a pastor of the LCMS who found the sermons of Walther fascinating and insightful and wanted to share the clear Law and Gospel messages with English-speakers. His sermon translations of the Gospel sermons of Walther have been published by CPH in two volumes.
Both volumesof Gospel Sermons can be purchased at cph.org, by calling (800) 325-3040, or at your local Christian bookstore.
Concordia Publishing House is a not-for-profit company and the official publisher of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Offering more than 8,000 products and services for use in churches, schools, and homes, CPH is committed to providing books, Bibles, and curriculum that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions.
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