This book contains never before translated essays and sermons by German-speaking presidents of the LCMS, with historical notes and context provided by Matthew C. Harrison. Its unique insight into evangelical Lutheran theology and practice of the early LCMS leaders still applies for today's needs and situations.
G. K. Chesterton once famously said that the church is the ultimate democracy; saints are not disenfranchised just because they happen to be dead. Harrison’s volume confirms this truth in spades. Great fathers of the LMCS speak also to us on a wide range of topics from the church’s call to mission at a time of opportunity (Pfotenhauer) to her response to moral issues in society (Schwan on the temperance movement) to a touching discussion of the nature of women as human creatures within the church (Brohm). But “worth the price of admission” is the multifaceted and very personal piece of correspondence from Wyneken to Walther on Anfechtungen, depression, and church politics, including the difficulties of their own personal relationship. Read, appreciate, and learn!
—Rev. James W. Voelz, Ph.D., Professor of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
A treat awaits you if you think you know the Missouri Synod. The contents of this book should have been the reason many of us had to take German in college, but alas, struggling through Thomas Mann was our lot. Matthew Harrison has done a great service by making available these essays, sermons, and other writings to English speakers. Walther, Wyneken, Schwan, Pieper and Pfotenhauer give readers more than a historical glimpse into an earlier era of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. They offer delightful theological responses to situations that are surprisingly contemporary.
—Rev. Terry Cripe, President, Ohio District, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
MATTHEW C. HARRISON is the president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
He previously served as Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care. Rev. Harrison served for more than a decade as a parish pastor in rural (Westgate, Iowa) and inner-city parishes (Fort Wayne, Ind.). During his pastorate at Zion, Fort Wayne, his parish embarked on a nationally recognized neighborhood revitalization effort which continues to bear much fruit. Dr. Harrison has served on the LCMS Board for Mission Services (1998–2001), and is the author of Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action, and editor of The Lonely Way: Selected Essays and Letters by Hermann Sasse, both available from Concordia Publishing House.