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The Church and The Office of The Ministry

by Walther, C.F.W.

Item #: 531194WEB / 2012 / Hardback / 536 Pages


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Matthew Harrison’s new edition of this seminal writing by the first president of the LCMS restores Walther’s precise language on the doctrines of church and ministry. As the subtitle of the original German edition states, The Church and The Office of The Ministry is “a collection of testimonies . . . from the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and from the private writings of orthodox teachers of the same.” Professional church workers and interested lay members will find a wealth of insights from the Bible, the Confessions, ancient church fathers, Luther, the orthodox Lutheran fathers, and more on the key questions of what or who is the Church, what is and who holds the Office of the Ministry, and what are the powers and duties of each.

During the 20th century, the ecumenical movement made the doctrine of the church one of the most discussed issues of its day. Today, this controversy still exists with congregations exploring the boundaries of what it means to define the church. C.F.W. Walther's classic study of The Church and The Office of The Ministry provides biblically-based answers to these questions facing congregations today.

This new study edition includes:
  • New reader-friendly updated translation
  • Footnotes explaining terms and history
  • Side notes highlighting texts from the Bible, Lutheran Confessions and Martin Luther
  • Marginal references to Johann Gerhard
  • Glossary of key German and Latin terms
  • Appendices including supporting documents
  • Scriptural index
  • Topical index
  • Free downloadable data charts
  • Editorial introductions from Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison

About C.F.W. Walther

One of the most significant Lutheran theologians in North America, C. F. W. Walther (1811–87) 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 Concordia Publishing House.

“The issue of church and office is too often a muddle among us, and Walther can be most helpful if he is allowed to speak with the precision he intended.”
—Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

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