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This book began as a popular eighteen-booklet Bible Study series. In this new work, we gather together all the rich content of the series, order it around the Nicene Creed, and present it in one accessible volume so readers can access the facts they need.
As Lutherans interact with other Christians, they often find themselves struggling to explain their beliefs and practices. Although many Lutherans have learned the “what” of the doctrines of the Church, they do not always have a full scriptural foundation to share the “why.” When confronted with different doctrines or denominations, they sometimes cannot clearly state their faith—much less understand the differences.
Because of insecurities about explaining particular doctrines or practices, some Lutherans may avoid opportunities to share what they have learned from Christ and His Word.
The Lutheran Difference
identifies how Lutherans differ from other Christians and shows from the Bible why Lutherans differ. Such information will prepare Lutherans to share their faith clearly; it will help non-Lutherans understand the Lutheran difference.
This book was written entirely for the lay person but may also serve well as a high school or college religion class text. This resource would be handy for anyone looking for an additional resource beyond
Luther's Small Catechism.
The Lutheran Difference contributors
General Editor:Rev. Edward A. Engelbrecht, STM
Senior Editor for Professional and Academic Books & Bible Resources, Concordia Publishing House
General Editor, The Lutheran Study Bible
Contributing Editors:Rev. Robert C. Baker
Senior Editor, Adult Bible Studies, Concordia Publishing House
General Editor, Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal
Rev. Dr. John P. Hellwege Jr.
Pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Missouri
Rev. Charles P. Schaum
Editor, Professional and Academic Books, Concordia Publishing House
General Editor, Law & Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible
Rachel C. Hoyer
Longtime freelance editor and former editor with Concordia Publishing House
Author of Blessings and Prayers for Expectant Moms
Writers:Rev. Dr. Armand J. Boehme
Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Northfield, Minnesota
Rev. William M. Cwirla
Pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Hacienda Heights, California
Rev. Dr. Alfonso Espinosa
Pastor of Living Word Lutheran Church, The Woodlands, Texas
Rev. Dr. Korey Maas
Associate Professor of Theology and Church History, Concordia University, Irvine, California
Rev. Dr. Thomas Manteufel
Professor Emeritus, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
Dr. Angus Menuge
Professor of Philosophy & Computer Science & Chair of Philosophy, Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin
Editor of Christ and Culture in Dialogue
Rev. Dr. Michael Middendorf
Professor of Theology, Concordia University, Irvine, California
Author of The “I” in the Storm: A Study of Romans 7
Rev. Dr. Steven P. Mueller
Professor of Theology & Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Concordia University, Irvine, California
Author of Not a Tame God: Christ in the Writings of C. S. Lewis
Patra Pfotenhauer Mueller, DCE
Assistant Professor of Christian Education, Concordia University, Irvine, California
Rev. Robert Rossow
Assistant Professor of Theology, Concordia University, Irvine, California
Rev. Gregory Seltz
Assistant Professor Theology & Director of the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center, Concordia University, Irvine, California
Dr. Bret Taylor
Professor of Mathematics & Chair of the Mathematics Department, Concordia University, Irvine, California