Gerhard is deep. He's practical and rigorously theological. He knows the questions on the human heart and mind, appreciates emotion, but always presents God's Word. Learn his theological "dialect." Consider page 93: "Chapter IX: Which Explains How Liberation from This Sin Takes Place." The sin we're talking about is original sin. "What can wash away my sin?" a song asks. It answers, "Nothin' but the blood of Jesus. Gerhard answers in a winsome, eloquent, and thoroughly Biblical way paired with insight from a Church Father:
Why is this my favorite volume of Walther's Works released to date? Simply put, it is the medicine we need now in the LCMS. Walther, speaking and writing to his contemporaries, also needs to be "overheard" by his theological and nominal heirs in the Missouri Synod. This is the content we need to discuss in Koinonia rather than "context."
Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School and Immanuel Academy, a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, District Education Chairman and Editor of Lutheran Book Review. A graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Rev. Cain is a contributor to Lutheran Service Book, Lutheranism 101, the forthcoming LSB Hymnal Companion, and is the author of 5 Things You Can Do to Make Our Congregation a Caring Church. He has previously served Emmanuel, Green River, WY and Trinity, Morrill, NE. He is married to Ann and loves reading and listening to, composing, and making music.