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Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

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Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

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A Redemptive Theology of Art: Restoring Godly Aesthetics to Doctrine and Culture
David A. Covington

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018. 233 pages. Softcover. $24.99.

Reviewed by Eamonn M. Ferguson on 06/07/2019
Bach and the Counterpoint of Religion
Edited by Robin A. Leaver

Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2018. 144 pages. Hardcover. $50.00.

Reviewed by Kevin Hildebrand on 06/07/2019
God’s Two Words: Law and Gospel in the Lutheran and Reformed Traditions
Edited by Jonathan A. Linebaugh

Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2018. 265 pages. Softcover. $35.00

Reviewed by Martin R. Noland on 06/07/2019
Being Human: Bodies, Minds, Persons
Rowan Williams

Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2018. 112 pages. Softcover. $12.00

Reviewed by Scott Stiegmeyer on 06/07/2019
The Saving Truth: Doctrine for Lay People
Kurt E. Marquart, edited by Ken Schurb and Robert Paul

N.p.: Luther Academy, 2016. 196 pages. Hardcover. $34.99.

Reviewed by David P. Scaer on 06/07/2019
Seeing God: The Beatific Vision in Christian Tradition
Hans Boersma

Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2018. 512 pages. Hardcover. $55.00.

Reviewed by William C. Weinrich on 06/07/2019
Johann Gerhard (1582–1637) and the Conceptualization of Theologia at the Threshold of the “Age of Orthodoxy:” The Making of a Theologian
Glenn K. Fluegge

Göttingen: Edition Ruprecht, 2018. 258 pages. Hardcover. $40.00.

Reviewed by Jack D. Kilcrease on 06/07/2019
Surviving the Storms: Memoirs of David P. Scaer
David Scaer

N.p.: Luther Academy, 2018. 448 pages. Hardcover. $40. Also available in softcover, PDF, and Kindle.

Reviewed by Martin R. Noland on 06/07/2019
Luther and the Reformation of the Later Middle Ages
Eric Leland Saak

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 410 pages. Hardcover. $120.00.

Reviewed by Cameron MacKenzie on 06/07/2019
Luther’s Works: Companion Volume (Sixteenth-Century Biographies of Martin Luther)
Edited by Christopher Boyd Brown

St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2018. 728 pages. Hardcover. $54.99.

Reviewed by John A. Maxfield on 06/07/2019
Early Christian Readings of Genesis One: Patristic Exegesis and Literal Interpretation
Craig D. Allert

Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2018. 340 pages. Softcover. $35.99.

Reviewed by James G. Bushur on 06/07/2019
Martin Luther and the Enduring Word of God: The Wittenberg School and Its Scripture-Centered Proclamation
Robert Kolb

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016. 528 pages. Hardcover. $50.00.

Reviewed by Benjamin T. G. Mayes on 11/23/2018
Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction
Craig G. Bartholomew and Ryan P. O'Dowd

Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2018. 336 pages. Softcover. $35.00.

Reviewed by Walter R. Steele, Pastor, Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, Quartz Hill, California on 11/07/2018
The Beauty of the Lord: Theology as Aesthetics
Jonathan King

Bellingham, Washington: Lexham Press, 2018. 424 pages. Softcover. $24.99.

Reviewed by Wade M. Bellesbach, MLitt student, University of St Andrews, Scotland on 10/30/2018
Embracing Godly Character: The Christian Community’s Response to a Godless Culture
Kenneth Kremer

St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2018. 200 pages. Softcover. $14.99.

Reviewed by Daniel Burfiend, Pastor, New Hope Lutheran Church, Ossian, Indiana on 10/29/2018
From Topic to Thesis: A Guide to Theological Research
Michael Kibbe

Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2016. 152 pages. Softcover. $14.00.

Reviewed by Gifford A. Grobien on 10/23/2018
Faith That Sees Through the Culture
Alfonso Espinosa

St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2018. 264 pages. Softcover. $14.99.

Reviewed by Grant A. Knepper, Pastor, Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro, Oregon on 10/01/2018
Remember the Poor: How the Earliest Christians Cared for the Needy
Matthew C. Harrison

St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2018. 80 pages. Softcover. $6.99.

Reviewed by Paul E. Deterding on 09/06/2018
John Frederick the Magnanimous: Defender of Martin Luther and Hero of the Reformation
Georg Mentz, translated by James Langebartels

St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2018. 144 pages. Softcover. $14.99

Reviewed by Cameron A. MacKenzie on 08/28/2018
Luther's Christological Legacy: Christocentrism and the Chalcedonian Tradition
Johannes Zachhuber

Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2017. 148 pages. Hardcover. $15.00.

Reviewed by Rev. Aaron Moldenhauer, Associate Pastor, Zion Lutheran Church, Beecher, Illinois on 12/13/2018
Studies in Paul’s Letter to the Philippians
Hans Dieter Betz

Studies in Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. WUNT = Wisseschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 343. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015. 205 + xiii pages. Hardcover. €89.00.

Reviewed by John G. Nordling on 01/01/2018
Our Way Home: A Journey through the Lord’s Prayer
Daniel E. Paavola

St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2017. 190 pages. Softcover. $12.99.

Reviewed by Rev. Dan Feusse, Pastor, Concordia Lutheran Church, Clearwater, Nebraska on 08/31/2018
Thank, Praise, Serve, and Obey: Recover the Joys of Piety
William Chancellor Weedon

St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2017. 179 Pages. Softcover. $14.99

Reviewed by Rev. Dr. E. Anthony Sikora, Pastor, Hope Lutheran Church, DeWitt, Michigan on 08/31/2018
A Flame in the Dark: A Novel about Luther’s Reformation
Sarah Baughman

Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2018. 320 pages. Softcover. $12.99.

Reviewed by Deaconess Mary J. Moerbe, Trinity Lutheran Church, Blackwell, Oklahoma on 08/31/2018
Beyond Indulgences: Luther’s Reform of Late Medieval Piety, 1518–1520
Anna Marie Johnson

Kirksville, Missouri: Truman State University Press, 2017. 240 pages. Hardcover. $50.00.

Reviewed by Rev. Dr. John Maxfield, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Concordia University of Edmonton on 08/31/2018
Succinct and Select Theological Aphorisms in Twenty-Three Chapters Containing the Core of all Theology Drafted and Adapted for Use in Scholastic Disputations (1611)
Johann Gerhard. Translated by Paul A. Rydecki

Malone, TX: Repristination Press, 2018. 204 pages. Softcover. $19.95.

Reviewed by Benjamin T. G. Mayes on 08/21/2018
The Reformation
Cameron A. MacKenzie

St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2017. 224 pages. Hardcover. $29.99.

Reviewed by Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, Colorado on 08/21/2018
1 Kings 1–11
Walter Maier III

St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2018. 1,104 pages. Hardcover. $54.99.

Reviewed by Rev. Dr. Kevin Golden, Village Lutheran Church, Ladue, Missouri on 08/21/2018
Psalms of the Faithful: Luther’s Early Reading of the Psalter in Canonical Context
Brian T. German

Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2017. Paperback. 217 pages. $25.99.

Reviewed by Jeffrey H. Pulse on 08/21/2018
The Unholy Trinity: Blocking the Left’s Assault on Life, Marriage, and Gender
Matt Walsh

New York: Image, 2017. 240 pages. Hardcover. $26.00.

Reviewed by Rev. Craig Meissner, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Steger, Illinois on 08/21/2018
God and Government: Martin Luther’s Political Thought
Jarrett A. Carty

McGill-Queen’s Studies in the History of Ideas. Vol. 73. Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017. 208 pages. Softcover. $34.95.

Reviewed by Rev. Dr. Martin R. Noland, Grace Lutheran Church, San Mateo, California on 07/31/2018
Infants and Children in the Church: Five Views on Theology and Ministry
Edited by Adam Harwood and Kevin E. Lawson

Nashville: B & H Academic, 2017. 232 Pages. Softcover. $24.99

Reviewed by Rev. Jonathan Lange, Pastor, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Evanston, Wyoming, Pastor, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Kemmerer, Wyoming on 07/31/2018
Retrieving Eternal Generation
Edited by Fred Sanders and Scott R. Swain

Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2017. 304 pages. Softcover. $34.99.

Reviewed by Rev. Christopher J. Neuendorf, Pastor, Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa on 07/31/2018
Religion: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters
Christian Smith

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017. 277 pages. Hardcover. $35.00.

Reviewed by Dr. Gene Edward Veith, Blackwell, Oklahoma, Emeritus, Patrick Henry College on 07/31/2018
Proverbs
Ryan P. O’Dowd. Edited by Tremper Longman III and Scot McKnight

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017. 480 pages. Hardcover. $36.99.

Reviewed by Rev. C. D. Trouten, Pastor Bethany Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN on 07/24/2018
The Task of Dogmatics: Explorations in Theological Method
Oliver D. Crisp and Fred Sanders

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017. 256 pages. Softcover. $29.99.

Reviewed by Rev. Dr. Martin R. Noland Grace Lutheran Church San Mateo, California on 07/24/2018
The Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking
Craig S. Keener

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016. 448 pages. Hardcover. $34.99.

Reviewed by Rev. J.S. Bruss Pastor, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Topeka, Kansas on 07/24/2018
Changing World, Changeless Christ: The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, 1914–2014
Richard O. Johnson

Delhi, NY: ALPB, 2018. 512 pages. Softcover. $16.00.

Reviewed by David P. Scaer on 07/24/2018
When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment
Ryan T. Anderson

New York: Encounter Books, 2018. 251 pages. Hardcover. $27.99.

Reviewed by Peter Scaer on 07/24/2018
Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child
Anthony Esolen

Wilmington, Delaware: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2015. 222 pages. Hardcover. $27.95.

Reviewed by Peter J. Scaer on 04/16/2018
Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal
Alister E. McGrath

Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. paperback, 2016. 246 pages. Softcover. $39.95.

Reviewed by John T. Pless on 04/16/2018
The Word Does Everything: Key Concepts of Luther on Testament, Scripture, Vocation, Cross, and Worm. Also on Method and on Catholicism: Collection of Essays
Kenneth Hagen

Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2016. 474 pages. Hardcover. $25.00.

Reviewed by John A. Maxfield, Concordia University of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on 04/16/2018
A Defense of the Lutheran Faith
H.G. Masius. Edited, translated, and annotated by John Warwick Montgomery

Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 2016. 223 pages, including 91 pages of facsimile of the second edition in French, 1699. Softcover. $30.99.

Reviewed by John E. Hill, President, Wyoming District LCMS on 04/16/2018
The Way of Concord: From Historic Text to Contemporary Witness
Robert Kolb and Charles P. Arand

St. Louis: Concordia Seminary Press. 145 pages. Softcover. $14.95.

Reviewed by Rev. Marcus Williams, St. Paul Lutheran Church Havre, Montana and Zion Lutheran Church, Chinook, Montana on 04/16/2018
Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective: Ancient and Contemporary Approaches to Theological Anthropology
Marc Cortez

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016. 264 pages. Softcover. $27.99.

Reviewed by Rev. Carlton Andersen, Zion Lutheran Church, Morris, Minnesota on 04/16/2018
Lutherans in America: A New History
Mark Granquist

Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015. 375 pages. Softcover. $60.00.

Reviewed by Rev. Paul Gregory Alms, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Catawba, NC on 04/16/2018
Why on Earth Did Anyone Become a Christian in the First Three Centuries?
Larry W. Hurtado

Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2016. 144 pages. Hardcover. $15.00.

Reviewed by Peter J. Scaer on 04/16/2018
The Gospel According to St. Luke: Pillar New Testament Commentary Series
James R. Edwards

Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015. 859 pages. Hardcover. $65.00.

Reviewed by Rev. Paul L. Beisel, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Iowa Falls, IA on 04/16/2018
Discovering Romans: Content, Interpretation, Reception
Anthony C. Thiselton

Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2016. 297 pages. Softcover. $22.00.

Reviewed by Rev. Justin D. Kane, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waterloo, Iowa on 04/16/2018
Ad Fontes Witebergenses: Select Proceedings of Lutheranism and the Classics III: Lutherans Read History
Edited by James A. Kellerman, E.J. Hutchinson, and Joshua J. Hayes

Minneapolis: Lutheran Press, 2017. 326 pages. Softcover. $20.00.

Reviewed by Peter J. Scaer on 04/16/2018
A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation
Edited by Craig G. Bartholomew and Heath A. Thomas

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016. 304 Pages. $29.99.

Reviewed by Rev. Jacob Hercamp. Pastor, Saint Peter Lutheran Church, La Grange, MO on 02/06/2018
Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First Man of Rome
George E. Demacopoulos

Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015. 236 pages. $28.00.

Reviewed by James G. Bushur on 02/06/2018
Doctor of Souls: The Art of Pastoral Theology
John D. Schuetze

Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 2017. 348 pages. $39.99.

Reviewed by Gary W. Zieroth on 02/06/2018
Lives & Writings of the Great Fathers of the Lutheran Church
Edited by Timothy Schmeling

St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2016. 320 pages. $25.99.

Reviewed by Rev. Martin R. Noland. Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, San Mateo, CA on 02/06/2018
Obadiah: A Discourse Analysis of the Hebrew Bible
Ed. By Daniel I. Block

Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017. 144 pages. $21.99.

Reviewed by Rev. Brian T. Crane. Pastor, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Racine, WI on 01/29/2018
The Whole Church Sings: Congregational Singing in Luther’s Wittenberg.
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies, ed. John D. Witvliet

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017. 162 pages + appendices and index. $16.56.

Reviewed by Rev. Burnell F Eckardt. Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kewanee IL. Editor-in-chief, "Gottesdienst" on 02/06/2018
Reformation 500: The Enduring Relevance of the Lutheran Reformation
Edited by Curtis Jahn

Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 2017. 262 pages. $37.99.

Reviewed by Rev. Zelwyn Heide. Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Grassy Butte, ND on 02/06/2018
Sexual Morality in a Christless World
Matthew Rueger

St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2016. 178 pages. $14.99.

Reviewed by Rev. Jonathan Lange. Pastor, Our Saviour Lutheran Church and Saint Paul Lutheran Church Evanston and Kemmerer, WY on 02/06/2018
1 Samuel: Concordia Commentary Series
Andrew E. Steinmann

St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2016. 636 pages. $54.99.

Reviewed by Rev. Peter Gregory. Pastor, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Westminster, MA on 02/06/2018
Becoming Human Again: The Theological Life of Gustaf Wingren
Bengt Kristensson Uggla, trans. Daniel M. Olson

Eugene: Cascade Books, 2016. 392 pages. $65.00.

Reviewed by John T. Pless on 02/06/2018
On Secular Governance: Lutheran Perspectives on Contemporary Legal Issues
Edited by Ronald W. Duty and Marie A. Failinger

Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdman’s Publishing Company, 2016. 382 pages. $45.00.

Reviewed by Rev. Richard T. Nuffer on 02/06/2018
The Wittenberg Reformation (1545)
Philipp Melanchthon. Translated by John R. Stephenson. (With "The Household of God: Observations on 'Church' in the New Testament and the City of Ephesus." By Thomas M. Winger)

St. Catherines, Ontario: Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, 2016. 60 pages. $11.95.

Reviewed by Rev. Mark A. Loest. Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church of Frankentrost, Saginaw, MI on 02/06/2018
Time and the Word: Figural Reading of the Christian Scriptures
Ephraim Radner

Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. 326 pages. $50.00.

Reviewed by Rev. Geoffrey R. Boyle. Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church Wichita, KS on 02/06/2018
Interpreting Old Testament Wisdom Literature
Edited by David G. Firth and Lindsay Wilson

Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2017. 232 pages. $30.00.

Reviewed by Dr. Walter R. Steele. Resurrection Lutheran Church, Quartz Hill, CA on 02/06/2018
Wittenberg Meets the World: Reimagining the Reformation on the Margins
Alberto L. Garcia and John A. Nunes

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017. 188 pages. $22.00.

Reviewed by Rev. Dien Ashley Taylor, Ph.D. Pastor, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Bronx, New York. First Vice-President, LCMS Atlantic District. on 02/05/2018
On the Law. Theological Commonplaces: XV–XVI
Johann Gerhard, ed. Benjamin T. G. Mayes and Joshua J. Hayes, trans. Richard Dinda

St Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2015. 362 pages. $54.99.

Reviewed by Gifford A. Grobien on 02/05/2018
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony (Second Edition)
Richard Bauckham

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006, 2017. 704 pages. $50.00.

Reviewed by Peter J. Scaer on 02/05/2018
A Christian Guide to Mental Illness, Volume 1: Recognizing Mental Illness in the Church and School
Stephen M. Saunders

Milwaukee: Northwestern, 2016. 478 pages. $43.00.

Reviewed by Gary W. Zieroth on 02/05/2018
A Syntax Guide for Readers of the Greek New Testament.
Charles Lee Irons

Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2016. 629 pages.

Reviewed by James Mayland on 11/13/2017
An Introduction to Biblical Ethics.
David W. Jones.

Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2013. 226 Pages. Paperback.

Reviewed by Gifford A. Grobien on 11/13/2017
The Nazi Spy Pastor: Carl Krepper and the War in America.
J. Francis Watson.

Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2014.

Reviewed by Roy Axel Coats on 10/23/2017

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