Concordia Theological Monthly

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grace, luther, theologians, lehre und wehre, reformation, covenant

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


From the very beginning of our venture the charge has been voiced in various quarters, and not long ago again in the Kirchliches Zeitblatt ( 1861, No. 7) of Ehlers by Pastor Fengler of Lowenberg, that Lehre und Wehre and the Missouri Synod lack "creative activity,'' that the fathers are quoted too much, and that even the old material is not offered in a new form entitled to be called original. It may therefore be worthwhile to look at this charge a little more closely. As we prepare to do so in the present foreword, our motive is by no means a high opinion of the merits of our journal. No one could be more convinced of the insignificance of the services it renders the church than are we ourselves. But since we wish to serve the church even in our minor way and cannot do it better than we have done in the past, we consider it our duty to give an account of our course, especially to our friends. Hence we ask them, in their judgment of the character of our past and, God willing, of our future theological activity, to bear in mind especially the following facts.


History of Christianity

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Acts 6:7; Acts 16:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 2 Timothy 4:4; Isaiah 11:9; Luke 19:42; 1 Corinthians 14:32; 1 Thessalonians 5:20;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars