Fortress Press

Series and Themes Lutheran Quarterly Books

  • A Formula for Parish Practice: Using the Formula of Concord in Congregations

    A Formula for Parish Practice: Using the Formula of Concord in Congregations

    Timothy J. Wengert (Author)

    The most up-to-date English commentary on the Formula of Concord, A Formula for Parish Practice provides helpful, concise descriptions of key theological debates and a unique weaving of historical and textual commentary with modern Lutheran experience. Covering the entire Formula of Concord the book includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter. 

    $34.00

  • A More Radical Gospel: Essays on Eschatology, Authority, Atonement, and Ecumenism

    A More Radical Gospel: Essays on Eschatology, Authority, Atonement, and Ecumenism

    Gerhard O. Forde (Author), Mark C. Mattes (Editor), Steven D. Paulson (Editor)

    Gerhard O. Forde has stood at the forefront of Lutheran thought for most of his career. This new collection of essays and sermons?many previously unpublished? makes Forde's powerful theological vision more widely available. 

    $34.00

  • A Time for Confessing

    A Time for Confessing

    Robert W. Bertram (Author), Michael Hoy (Editor)

    This book is about faithful witnesses—from the Reformation to South African apartheid to Bonhoeffer—to the promise of Jesus Christ. Even in the midst of trials, these faithful followers have testified that the gospel is authority enough for the church's life and unity. 

    $34.00

  • Bound Choice, Election, and Wittenberg Theological Method: From Martin Luther to the Formula of Concord

    Bound Choice, Election, and Wittenberg Theological Method: From Martin Luther to the Formula of Concord

    Robert Kolb (Author)

    Galvanized by Erasmus' teaching on free will, Martin Luther wrote De servo arbitrio, or The Bondage of the Will, insisting that the sinful human will could not turn itself to God. In this first study to investigate the sixteenth-century reception of De servo, Robert Kolb unpacks Luther's theology and recounts his followers' ensuing disputes until their resolution in the Lutheran churches' 1577 Formula of Concord. 

    $39.00

  • Harvesting Martin Luther’s Reflections on Theology, Ethics, and the Church

    Harvesting Martin Luther’s Reflections on Theology, Ethics, and the Church

    Timothy J. Wengert (Author)

    As profound as Martin Luther's ideas are, this giant of church history was concerned above all with practical instruction for daily Christian living. Harvesting Martin Luther's Reflections highlights this concern of Luther, mining his thought in key areas of doctrine, ethics, and church practice. Gathering noteworthy contributions by well-known Luther scholars from Europe and the Americas, this book ranges broadly over theological questions about baptism and righteousness, ethical issues like poverty and greed, and pastoral concerns like worship and spirituality.

    $39.00

  • Living By Faith: Justification and Sanctification

    Living By Faith: Justification and Sanctification

    Oswald Bayer (Author)

    "Living by faith" is much more than a general Christian precept; it is the fundamental posture of believers in a world rife with suffering and injustice. In this penetrating reflection on the meaning of "justification," Oswald Bayer shows how this key religious term provides a comprehensive horizon for discussing every aspect of Christian theology, from creation to the end times.

    $29.00

  • Luther’s Liturgical Music: Principles and Implications

    Luther’s Liturgical Music: Principles and Implications

    Robin A. Leaver (Author)

    Martin Luther's relationship to music has been largely downplayed, yet music played a vital role in Luther's life—and he in turn had a deep and lasting effect on Christian hymnody. In Luther's Liturgical Music Robin Leaver comprehensively explores these connections. Replete with tables, figures, and musical examples, this volume is the most extensive study on Luther and music ever published. Leaver's work makes a formidable contribution to Reformation studies, but worship leaders, musicians, and others will also find it an invaluable, very readable resource. 

    $59.00

  • Preaching from Home: The Stories of Seven Lutheran Women Hymn Writers

    Preaching from Home: The Stories of Seven Lutheran Women Hymn Writers

    Gracia M. Grindal (Author)

    This volume by Gracia Grindal introduces English-speaking readers to several significant yet unsung Lutheran women hymn writers from the sixteenth century to the present. After a brief introductory discussion of Elisabeth Cruciger, the first woman hymn writer of the Reformation, Grindal provides fascinating profiles of these talented Scandinavian women who "preached from home": Dorothe Engelbretsdatter, Birgitte Hertz Boye, Berthe Canutte Aarflot, Lina Sandell, Britt G. Hallqvist, and Lisbeth Smedegaard Andersen. 

    $39.00

  • The Captivation of the Will: Luther Vs. Erasmus on Freedom and Bondage

    The Captivation of the Will: Luther Vs. Erasmus on Freedom and Bondage

    Gerhard O. Forde (Author), Steven D. Paulson (Editor)

    The Captivation of the Will provocatively revisits a perennial topic of controversy: human free will. Highly esteemed Lutheran thinker Gerhard O. Forde cuts to the heart of the subject by reexamining the famous debate on the will between Luther and Erasmus. Following a substantial introduction by James A. Nestingen that brings to life the historical background of the debate, Forde thoroughly explores Luther's "Bondage of the Will" and the dispute between Erasmus and Luther that it reflects. 

    $29.00

  • The Early Luther: Stages in a Reformation Reorientation

    The Early Luther: Stages in a Reformation Reorientation

    Berndt Hamm (Author)

    The development of Martin Luther's thought has commanded much scholarly attention because of the Reformation and its remarkable effects on the history of Christianity in the West. But much of that scholarship has been so enthralled by certain later debates that it has practically ignored and even distorted the context in and against which Luther's thought developed. In The Early Luther Berndt Hamm, armed with expertise both in late-medieval intellectual life and in Luther, presents new perspectives that leave old debates behind. 

    $24.00

  • The Pastoral Luther: Essays on Martin Luther’s Practical Theology

    The Pastoral Luther: Essays on Martin Luther’s Practical Theology

    Timothy J. Wengert (Editor)

    Sixteen church historians here examine Martin Luther in an uncommon way—not as Reformer or theologian but as pastor. Luther's work as parish pastor commanded much of his time and energy in Wittenberg. After first introducing the pastoral Luther, including his theology of the cross, these chapters discuss Luther's preaching and use of language (including humor), investigate his teaching ministry in depth, especially in light of the catechism, and explore his views on such things as the role of women, the Virgin Mary, and music. 

    $49.00

  • The Preached God: Proclamation in Word and Sacrament

    The Preached God: Proclamation in Word and Sacrament

    Gerhard O. Forde (Author), Mark C. Mattes (Editor), Steven D. Paulson (Editor)

    The Preached God speaks directly to preachers, calling them to deliver the truths of forgiveness, life, and salvation through both word and sacrament to all who listen.

    $39.00

  • The Role of Justification in Contemporary Theology

    The Role of Justification in Contemporary Theology

    Mark C. Mattes (Author)

    In this significant book Mark C. Mattes critically evaluates the role of justification in the theologies of five leading Protestant thinkers—Eberhard Jungel, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Jurgen Moltmann, Robert W. Jenson, and Oswald Bayer -- pointing out their respective strengths and weaknesses and showing how each matches up with Luther's own views. Offering both an excellent review of recent trends in Christian theology and a powerful analysis of these trends, Mattes points readers to the various ways in which the doctrine of justification has been applied today. 

    $34.00

  • Theology the Lutheran Way

    Theology the Lutheran Way

    Oswald Bayer (Author), Mark C. Mattes (Editor & Translator), Jeffery G. Silcock (Editor & Translator)

    Rather than asking if theology is theoretical or practical—a question that reveals a fundamental lack of understanding about the nature of theology in general—it is better to ask "What exactly is theology?" It is this question that Oswald Bayer attempts to answer in Theology the Lutheran Way, clearing up misconceptions about the essence of theology. Along with Luther himself, Bayer claims that theology, rather than being something that we do, is really what God does. 

    $39.00

  • The Life, Works, and Witness of Tsehay Tolessa and Gudina Tumsa, the Ethiopian Bonhoeffer

    The Life, Works, and Witness of Tsehay Tolessa and Gudina Tumsa, the Ethiopian Bonhoeffer

    Samuel Yonas Deressa (Editor), Sarah Hinlicky Wilson (Editor)

    This book opens a window into the lives and extraordinary witness of a Christian couple whose faithful life of service has earned them the moniker of Ethiopia’s...

    $39.00

  • Luther's Outlaw God, Volume 1: Hiddenness, Evil, and Predestination

    Luther's Outlaw God, Volume 1: Hiddenness, Evil, and Predestination

    Steven D. Paulson (Author)

    In this first of three volumes addressing Luther's outlaw God, Steven D. Paulson considers the two "monsters" of theology, as Luther calls them: evil and...

    $34.00

  • Luther's Outlaw God, Volume 2: Hidden in the Cross

    Luther's Outlaw God, Volume 2: Hidden in the Cross

    Steven D. Paulson (Author)

    In this second of three volumes addressing Luther's outlaw God, Steven D. Paulson uses several biblical figures to illustrate Luther's understanding of law and gospel and what this means for preaching. With remarkable depth and clarity Paulson explores the question: Where do we find a gracious God? Luther's answer was: not in the law! Where then? Only in the publicly executed and hated God, Jesus Christ, hidden in the cross.

    $34.00

  • Luther's Outlaw God Volume 3: Sacraments and God's Attack on the Promise

    Luther's Outlaw God Volume 3: Sacraments and God's Attack on the Promise

    Steven D. Paulson (Author)

    In this third of three volumes addressing Luther's outlaw God, Steven D. Paulson invites readers to embark on the deepest, hardest, most glorious of all God's ways of hiding: God hiding a third time in the preached word or sacraments. Paulson's grasp of historical, theological, and hermeneutical scholarship is on full display in this volume, but always in service of proclamation of the gospel. Readers and proclaimers: prepare to be provoked, enlightened, and inspired.

    $34.00

    Available February 16, 2021

  • The Wittenberg Concord: Creating Space for Dialogue

    The Wittenberg Concord: Creating Space for Dialogue

    Gordon A. Jensen (Author)

    One of the mostly forgotten gems of the sixteenth century Reformations is the Wittenberg Concord. Signed in 1536 by representatives of evangelical southern German imperial...

    $34.00

  • The Essential Forde: Distinguishing Law and Gospel

    The Essential Forde: Distinguishing Law and Gospel

    Gerhard O. Forde (Author), Nicholas Hopman (Editor), Mark C. Mattes (Editor), Steven D. Paulson (Editor), Paul Rorem (Series Editor), James A. Nestingen (Foreword by)

    This volume includes some of the most essential writings of the theologian Gerhard Forde and trace the contours of Forde's theological argument. Organized around "Law and Gospel," the selections incude historical background on that doctrinal locus and express Forde's own views of the law and the gospel, including death and resurrection, the bondage of the will, good works, preaching, and the sacraments. The volume also includes a definitive introduction to Forde's life and work.

    $34.00

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