New Online Book Reviews by Pastors and Faculty

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)—One of the newest resources offered by Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, are online book reviews, published by Concordia Theological Quarterly. These book reviews are written by CTSFW faculty and pastors in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), summarizing what each book has to offer and highlighting their value to fellow pastors as well as laypeople. Book reviews currently available are:

1 Samuel: Concordia Commentary Series
Reviewed by Rev. Peter F. Gregory, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Westminster, Massachusetts

Becoming Human Again: The Theological Life of Gustaf Wingren
Reviewed by Prof. John T. Pless, assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions, CTSFW

A Christian Guide to Mental Illness, Volume 1: Recognizing Mental Illness in the Church and School
Reviewed by Dr. Gary W. Zieroth, assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions, CTSFW

Doctor of Souls: The Art of Pastoral Theology
Reviewed by Dr. Gary W. Zieroth, assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions, CTSFW

Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First Man of Rome
Reviewed by Dr. James G. Bushur, associate professor of New Testament and Early Church Studies, CTSFW

Interpreting Old Testament Wisdom Literature
Reviewed by Dr. Walter R. Steele, pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Quartz Hill, California

An Introduction to Biblical Ethics
Reviewed by Dr. Gifford A. Grobien, assistant professor of Systematic Theology, CTSFW

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony, Second Edition
Reviewed by Dr. Peter J. Scaer, associate professor of Exegetical Theology, CTSFW

Lives & Writings of the Great Fathers of the Lutheran Church
Reviewed by Rev. Martin R. Noland, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, San Mateo, California

A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation
Reviewed by Rev. Jacob R. Hercamp, pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, La Grange, Missouri

The Nazi Spy Pastor: Carl Krepper and the War in America
Reviewed by Rev. Roy Axel Coats, pastor of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore, Maryland

Obadiah: A Discourse Analysis of the Hebrew Bible, Second Edition (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament)
Reviewed by Rev. Brian T. Crane, pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Racine, Wisconsin

On Secular Governance: Lutheran Perspectives on Contemporary Legal Issues
Reviewed by Dr. Richard T. Nuffer, serving the LCMS Commission on Handbook (COH), St. Louis, Missouri

On the Law. Theological Commonplaces: XV-KVI
Reviewed by Dr. Gifford A. Grobien, assistant professor of Systematic Theology, CTSFW

Sexual Morality in a Christless World
Reviewed by Rev. Jonathan Lange, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Evanston and Kemmerer, Wyoming

A Syntax Guide for Readers of the Greek New Testament
Reviewed by Rev. James L. Mayland, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Livingston, Texas

Reformation 500: The Enduring Relevance of the Lutheran Reformation
Reviewed by Rev. Zelwyn C. Heide, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Grassy Butte, North Dakota

Time and the Word: Figural Reading of the Christian Scriptures
Reviewed by Rev. Geoffrey R. Boyle, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church, Wichita, Kansas

The Whole Church Sings: Congregational Singing in Luther’s Wittenberg
Reviewed by Rev. Burnell F. Eckardt, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kewanee, Illinois and editor-in-chief of “Gottesdienst”

Wittenberg Meets the World: Reimagining the Reformation on the Margins
Reviewed by Dr. Dien Ashley Taylor, first vice president of the Atlantic District and pastor of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Bronx, New York

The Wittenberg Reformation (1545)
Reviewed by Rev. Mark A. Loest, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Frankentrost, Saginaw, Michigan

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