What began as a popular 18-booklet Bible study series, this work
gathers together all the rich content of the series, orders it around
the Nicene Creed, and presents 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
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, and it will help non-Lutherans understand the
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.
- 500-year anniversary cover art featuring the likenesses of the great Lutheran reformers: Martin Chemnitz, Jacob Andreae, Philip Melanchthon, and of course, Martin Luther.
- A preface essay on how American churches are changing or staying the same in the twenty-first century, based on research from the Alban Institute, the Barna Group, and on-site visits to congregations of the eight major denominational families.
- Additional content on the mission of God, the fall and original sin, homosexuality and biblical teaching, Luther’s theology of the cross, church fellowship, and the kindest way to handle accusations in the church (Matthew 18 explained and applied).
- More than thirty cross-references to the second edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- A fifty-page summary and hope-filled update of Bergendoff’s Church of the Lutheran Reformation, tracing Lutheran history from the Reformation to the present.
- A subject index allowing speedy access to more than 700 pages of inspiring content and facts.
The Lutheran Difference contributors:
Rev. Edward A. Engelbrecht, STM
Senior Editor for Professional and Academic Books & Bible Resources, Concordia Publishing House
General Editor, The Lutheran Study Bible
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
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