New Book — Lutheranism101 — from CPH

There’s a new book from CPH, Lutheranism101 written by many Pastors and Theologians around the LCMS. As happened with many of the great books that CPH has published in the past few years, they are trying to get it into as many hands as possible by holding a sale on the book through Reformation.. Make it a point to order a copy before October 31st — order a copy for your friends to help you explain our faith to them.

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Whether you’re a lifelong Lutheran, a newcomer to the faith, or someone interested in learning what Lutherans believe, Lutheranism 101 helps make fundamental doctrinal beliefs simple.

Have you ever wondered what Solas, The Catechism, and Ecumenical Creeds are? This quick, usable, comprehensible, and concise resource is the perfect gift or personal guide to Lutheranism.

Learn about:

  • God and His Son
  • Faith and Belief
  • Heaven and Hell
  • Church and Fellowship
  • Sin and Forgiveness
  • and much more!



Lutheranism 101 is designed to give you a quick, usable, and comprehensive overview of Lutheran faith and practice. While we have tried not to grind any axes, we would be less than living, breathing human beings if we told you that what you have here is totally impartial and neutral. First, we must acknowledge that we are writing about Lutheranism from an American perspective. So in discussions of customs, history, and missions, Lutherans in other parts of the world (and there are many!) will have a different perspective. We are also writing from within a tradition in the Lutheran Church that is identified as orthodox and confessional. The term orthodox simply means correct or right belief. The term confessional has come to mean different things to different people, but at its heart these two terms signify those who model what they believe, teach, and confess on God’s Word and the historic teachings (Confessions) of the Lutheran Church as they are contained in the Book of Concord. Finally, we have to acknowledge that Lutheranism 101 does not cover the entire length and breadth of our subject. However, it is a good place to start your exploration of Lutheran belief and practice.



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About Norm Fisher

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He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

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New Book — Lutheranism101 — from CPH — 93 Comments

  1. I finally received the book yesterday afternoon, and spent most of the night reading it. For all of the “nit-pickers” out there, I have to say I am mighty disappointed. My bookshelves have more than their share of “The Complete Idiots Guide to…” and “… For Dummies” books, and this is right on that level. My initial impression pre-read was confirmed to me. I believe the primary books for confirmation classes should be the Small Catechism and other texts that delve deeper into the Six Chief Parts than this book (although the chief parts ARE there). HOWEVER, if you want a primer or refresher on the REST of the scope of Lutheranism (and I agree with Rev. McCain that I will NOT give that term up just yet), then this book should fit the bill. Is it theologically deep? Not really, but it is deep enough for a 101 level primer. After all, this is Lutheranism 101 folks, not a text to use for postgraduate seminary education. There is more than enough in this book to satisfy the average lay person and start the conversation. My compliments to CPH and those that wrote and compiled this little nugget…

  2. @Rev. Paul T. McCain #48
    It is sometimes difficult to teach The Lord’s Supper to non-Lutherans in a school setting-especially when the parents are involved. I shared with a parent chapter 19 of Lutheranism 101 and the point was made quite simply.
    What a wonderful resource!

    I will stick with Lutheranism 101, it really is a good title. 🙂

    Every title I think of is far to long and needs far to much explaining.

  3. @Rev. Paul T. McCain #54
    This may not be the best place to ask this, but you’ve inspired me: CPH has put out some fantastic resurces the last few years (This book and the books of the Essential Lutheran Library come to mind). However, all these blessings have come out in ENGLISH. I know CPH has a whole section devoted to items in Spanish and other languages, but it seems so sparse and sometimes outdated (The hymnal selection-outside of the recent French LSB-stands as an example). You have discussed on other blogs subcontracting the translation of the Lutheran Study Bible. Given the increased diversity of today’s Lutheranism, I have to ask-how much effort has been placed in translating resources like the Essential Lutharan Library and this book into Spanish and other languages?

  4. @Rahn: Thank for your question, it is a good one.

    Our priority is serving the members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the majority of whom, by far, are native English speakers, so that’s where the focus of our development efforts necessarily must be. We do have a Multilingual department that has a wide number of resources in Spanish. The Lutheran Study Bible is being translated into Spanish, in fact, even as we speak.

    Their web site is:

    We also have a number of resources in other languages.

    We partner with the Lutheran Heritage Foundation on many projects and you’ll find a good number of CPH resources translated into a wide variety of languages via this partnership.

    But again, the primary focus of our publishing efforts must be on serving the needs of English speaking Lutherans.


  5. @Rev. Paul T. McCain #58

    Well, I didn’t really expect that the title would change, despite my brilliant efforts. I’ll try to come up with a few more snappy titles, but with low expectations as to their acceptance and their chances for change. Which, by the way, is very Luthean–“We like it just the way it is.”

    But I still don’t like the term “Lutheranism.” (I don’t like “Catholicism” or “Methodism” or “Prebsyterianism” for that matter).

    And I’ll probably read the book, but I’ll put my own title on it.

    Johannes (Title-meister, and NOT a Lutheranist) (Attach smiley face of your choosing, as I’m not into smiley-face-ism, altho very good-natured).

  6. I’m fine with singing “Amazing Grace” on occasion. I can’t think of a better hymn to sing, for example, for the Feast of the Conversion of Paul. Yet I also think it is over-used in many parishes, though I understand its frequency at funerals and don’t think there is anything wrong with that.

    I can also understand CPH using stats from Lutheran Service Builder to come up with their 25, if indeed that is what they did. (I haven’t read the book and am not commenting on it other that to say that it appears to be the kind of thing we need to publishing and so continue to be encouraged by the increasing availabiliy of good Lutheran resources.)

    I just would like to suggest that it *MAY* not be #2 on the actual LCMS ‘hit parade’, even if it is “top 40” or even “top 25”. Reason: congregations such as my own that worship more out of the hymnal that out of a bulletin do not use the computer software.

    Again, I am in no way criticizing CPH for using the builder stats. I would probably do the same. Just offering a caveat that I think explains this a bit. I think that congregations that don’t use the builder are more likely to be congregations that use more of the historic Lutheran chorales and even more of the newer hymns that are in LSB. For example, hardly a funeral goes by these days at Bethany where we don’t sing the new favorite, “We Know that Christ is Raised”.

    I base this only on my travels through the synod and on my conversations with fellow church musicians, but think it also makes a certain level of intuitive sense.

    One last time: this is in no way intended to criticize CPH, the book, its authors, or its promotion in any way whatsoever.

  7. @Johannes: If you buy it, you can call it anything you want! And the more you buy, the more different things you can write on the cover. Go for it!

    @Phil: I hate to break it to you, but the congregations using Lutheran Service Builder are pretty much typical of all the congreations across the Synod, so your assumption about which congregations are using the Builder, and which are not, are not really valid. Quite a stretch to say those using it are not prone to love Lutheran traditional hymnody.

    So I think we just have to face the facts that many, if not most, Lutherans love to sing Amazing Grace. I think we should just all get over it and get on with life. It’s not my favorite either, but I do not get a case of the vapors over it. Like I said, the most orthodox Lutheran theologian I’ve ever known: Rev. Kurt Marquart, loved it. So, go figure. De gustibus non est disputandum.

    Note: the previous comment is not meant to criticize CPH, the book, its authors, or its promotion in any way, or even anyone disagreeing with anything about the book, the authors, or the publishing house that published it.

  8. Paul,

    On what basis is my “assumption” not valid? Are stats on non-builder congregational usage available? If so, to where should Bethany start reporting our hymnal usage?

    And my suggestion was not purely an assumption: it was primarily based on observation and discussion. When I attend services at churches that don’t use the builder, I see more historic chorales sung. Churches that use the builder TEND to use more of the Anglo-Methodist and Americana hymns that are also a part of our tradition – just with smaller roots.

    So I am not saying that they are not “prone to love traditional Lutheran hymnody”. It is only to say that the historic kernlieder are more likely to be used in congregations that see no need to produce their own orders of worship each Sunday, and so the hymn’s location on the “chart” might be a few notches “off”.

    It’s not a big deal. As I said, we sing “Amazing Grace” at Bethany, too. I wouldn’t be surprized if a full report of stats, if such were possible, would keep the hymn in the “Top 10”. Just not convinced it would be #2.

    Is the full list of 25 from the Builder, as reported in Lutherans 101, available pre-publication? Perhaps someone could post it here for all of us to fraternally enjoy.

    I do also agree that funeral usage probably inflated it’s “numbers” on the chart.

    p.s. One of my favorite memories of Prof. Marquart was when I was playing the daily offices for a CID Church Workers’ conference at which he was an invited speaker & guest. He came up to me while I was improvising on hymn tunes during a break and asked me to play “Come You Faithful, Raise the Strain”. He listened to me play an extended improvisation on the hymn, at the end of which he smiled and said: “I just love that hymn.” Does anyone know if that was also played at his funeral?

  9. @Phil: Your assumption, as you stated, is that: “congregations that don’t use the builder are more likely to be congregations that use more of the historic Lutheran chorales and even more of the newer hymns that are in LSB” is simply not valid.

    There are well over 2500 congregations using Lutheran Service Builder. Since I assume you have not visited even a small percentage of the 2,500 congregations using the Builder software, I do not think it is appropriate for you to base such sweeping claims on your own, rather limited, personal experiences and observations.

    You also falsely assume that congregations using the Builder software are “producing their own orders of worship” every Sunday. We happen to know, from usage stats and data we receive from those using Builder that this in fact is not the most common use of the Builder.

    Your anecdotal observations are not an adequate foundation for the generalizations you are making in your comments.

  10. @Rev. Paul T. McCain #61
    So I think we just have to face the facts that many, if not most, Lutherans love to sing Amazing Grace.

    Before I was transferred South, Amazing Grace was a thing heard on the radio when a Baptist service was on.
    Let’s leave it at “many” Lutherans, PTM? I will have to agree that far, even if I think their Lutheran music education has been neglected…
    [There was a time when Lutheran college choirs took good Lutheran music out to the congregations. Sadly, if the college even has a choir, I’m afraid too many of them are members of “the church of what’s happening now.” [‘Now’ being dated to the leadership’s college years, too often, and shallow as to musical quality.]

  11. Also, it appears that Amazing Grace was #2 on the list because it was presented in alphabetical order.

  12. Lutheranism 101 advertises itself on the front cover to be “Quick, Usable, Comprehensive, Concise.” Despite the considerable amount of useful information in this book (for either “a lifelong Lutheran” or one “new to Lutheranism”) the book does not have an index that would make the book quickly usable by the reader who wanted a comprehensive list of pages having information on a particular concise topic or keyword. In this age of computer-aided book publishing, having an index at the end of a “comprehensive” book should be automatic.

    An index would also be helpful because the Table of Contents (starting on p. 3) doesn’t list the various appendices under its listing of Appendices (p. 6). One has to go, not to p. 263 as indicated in the Table of Contents, but to p. 262 in order to see the titles and pages of the various appendices. BTW, usually the title page, copyright information, and Table of Contents are on pages with Roman numerals and the first page of the Introduction is page “1.”

    An index would be convenient because of the various inserted text boxes (“What does this mean?,” “Need to Know,” “Making connections,” “From the Bible,” “Technical Stuff,” “Believe, Teach, Confess”) sprinkled throughout the actual texts of the various chapters.

    Finally an index would be helpful for a reader wanting to know more about a name or term that appears in the book, but without explanation. For example, on p. 130, in the chapter, “Law and Gospel: Two Great Doctrines of the Bible,” C.F.W. Walther’s name is mentioned without explaining who he was. Without an index, a reader has to wait until he gets to p. 188 or p. 279 where Walther is mentioned again.

    Inside the cover, there are 39 contributors listed for the 34 chapters in the book. However the author(s) of each individual chapter are not named. An author’s name is given for the text in most (but not all) larger inserts called “Putting It all Together,” which appear at the end of some (but not all) chapters. Were these inserts the only contribution of the stated authors? It would be helpful (and comprehensive) to know.

    A brief description of the Stephanite emigration to America and the events of 1839 is given on pp. 187-8. There are a number of historical errors in the text that deals with this period in Missouri Saxon history. In his Zion on the Mississippi (CPH, 1953, pp. 105-112), Walther O. Forster lays out a thorough discussion, with numerous primary references, of the real historical incentives for the Saxon emigration. Forster concludes, “The basic reason for the departure of the Stephanites from Germany was not a principle, it was a person – Stephan.”

    Second, the group did not elect Stephan bishop while crossing the Atlantic. It was on the Olbers, while sailing in the Gulf of Mexico on January 14, 1839, that Stephan instructed his assistants on board to prepare a document and on behalf of the other assistants on the other ships naming Stephan as bishop. That evening Stephan gave a sermon to the Saxons on the Olbers about the need to have bishop and episcopal ordinances. In February, the Saxons signed a “Pledge of Subjection to Stephan” while traveling up the Mississippi River.

    Third, the plan for the whole group to move 100 miles away to Perry county was made only in mid-to- late April, after other (and better) land nearer to St. Louis was rejected by Stephan. Fourth, when Stephan was deposed (a month later) it was for fornication, adultery, financial misconduct, and false doctrine.

    Fifth, after Stephan was deposed, Walther did not emerge as the new theological leader. For over a year and a half the Missouri Saxons in Perry county, including pastors like Walther, suffered doubt and guilt about the emigration, and whether they were even a church. They also faced hunger, disease, sickness and death. It wasn’t until April 1841, at a debate at Altenburg, that Walther emerged as the leader among the Missouri Saxon pastors and congregations, after which Walther himself had enough confidence in the doctrinal position he had argued to accept a call to Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis, to replace his brother, who had died in January.

    A “Need to Know” text box (p. 103) states: “Ordination formally and publicly places a person in office.” This is not true; it is not the official position of the Missouri Synod. The call places a man in the office (Thesis VIA, on the Ministry, C.F.W. Walther, Church and Ministry, Tr. J.T. Mueller, CPH, 1987, p. 219). Ordination “is no more than a solemn public confirmation of the call.” (Thesis VIB, p. 247). Similarly, Rev. Harrison became synodical president on September 1, even though he was not formally and publicly installed until September 11.

    BTW, the book of Walther on Church and Ministry, which was affirmed by the Missouri Synod in 1851 and reaffirmed in 2001, is not mentioned in Lutheranism 101 anywhere in Chapters 8, 11,12, 24, 25, or in the Appendixes under Top Ten Documents of Lutheranism in America or Basic Christian Library. How did this book fail to get mentioned?

    Another book that should have been listed in the Basic Christian Library is J.T. Mueller’s book, Christian Dogmatics: A Handbook of Doctrinal Theology for Pastors, Teachers, and Laymen. [Emphasis added]

  13. Hey Johannes,
    Great minds think alike! Thought of one, then saw your post at #51. Mine was just a titch different: Quia Fidelis: Faithfull Because, Lutheran Teachings at a Glance.

    But there really isn’t an appendix? Ooo, that might be a wee bit tough, for newbie laymen.

  14. @Dutch #68 A “titch in time, saves nine”, eh?

    @Carl Vehse #67

    Re: Appendices. Too many books are published these days sans appendix. It is very frustrating and troublesome to try to read a book that omits this valuable tool. Perhaps the second, new, improved, revised and updated edition of “Quia Fidelis” or “Sempre Fi!” (my two personal favorites for the new title of “Lutheranitis 101”) will contain not only a subject index, but an index of quoted Bible passages as well. I have performed a few appendixes, and altho it is a bit time consuming it is very instructive–I did not find it a drudgery at all.

    Perhaps CPH might offer a fee for Dutch and me to appendicize the book. Whaddaya say, Dutch?

    Johannes (not a Lutheranist)

  15. Johannes,
    I’m feeless, not fidelis w/fees, fee-less, as in free of charge. I am in no way, shape, or form, nearly schooled enough to write an appendix, I use them, can’t write one! I use Where to Find It In the Bible, it’s the passage look-up per topic, for beginners! lol

    But, hey, Quia & Sempre Fidelis sounds good to me. I’m a Lutheran & my Dad was a marine, goes w/the territory for me. Latin…not so much, just a bit to make me dangerous. hahaha.

  16. Lutheranism 101 does have plenty (15) of appendices, including one (p. 268-9) that appears at first glance to indicate Lutherans and Catholics (aka Romanists) have only 9 commandments. Furthermore, according to the appendix table, the Lutheran-numbered 9th commandment, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife” does not agree with the list provided on p. 15 and the 9th commandment listed in Luther’s Small Catechism (“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.”). Nor is it the LSC’s 10th commandment, unless the neighbor’s servants, ox, and donkey are implied. (BTW, why are some pages in Lutheranism 101 not numbered?)

    Also, what’s with the “Bible Buddies” appendix (p. 270)?

    And the “Messiah Prophecies” appendix (p. 272) is only 1 page with only 13 prophecies!? A google search shows sites with scores of prophecies, including 365 Messianic Prophesies,which lists… well, 365 messianic prophesies, such as Psalm 69:4, 8, 9, 14-20, 21, and 26.

  17. Carl,
    I thought there were almost 500 Messianic Prophesis. Wow, if it’s 365, that’s one for every day of the year! There’s a devotional study I’d like to do!!!!

  18. @Carl Vehse #67

    @Dutch #70

    You say, “Appendix”, I say “index”–let’s call the whole thing off, as the song says. All my cleverness just went down the drain–I really was talking about indices, not appendices. Where to begin? I think I’ll just let my post #69 stand.

    The offer-to-index still stands, however, and Dutch, I’m sure you can index with the best of them. You simply open an excel spreadsheet, start at page 1, or whatever, and start. You can be as selective as you wish–for my part, I’d rather be as non-selective as possible. One can always trim if necessary. And if anyone want an appendage or two, I’m sure we can work something out.

    Johannes (Indexly-challenged)

  19. If I were PTM, I’d file a few of the better suggestions here and make a note to have those people review the next book in galley proofs, so as to incorporate their ideas into the first edition.

    Meanwhile, all y’all buy this one out, and I’ll hope for the improvements in the second edition.
    [I can’t buy duplicates of every the CPH production.] 🙂

  20. Here’s a few CPH books I have liked and found useful:

    Triglot Concordia: The Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
    Church and Ministry (Kirche und Amt)
    Contemporary Look at the Formula of Concord
    The Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel
    Theological Hermeneutics
    Zion on the Mississippi
    Government of the Missouri Synod
    A Century of Grace
    Moving Frontiers
    Heritage in Motion
    Walther and the Church
    Christian Dogmatics
    Small Catechism with Explanation (1941)
    The Lutheran Hymnal
    The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal
    Church and Ministry: The Collected Papers of The 150th Anniversary Theological Convocation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (Edited by Jerald C. Joerz and Paul T. McCain, published by the Office of the President)

    But don’t worry, Publisher McCain! Maybe someday CPH will publish a translation of Dr. Carl Eduard Vehse’s Die Stephan’sche Auswanderung nach Amerika: mit Actenstücken and it will be a best seller. 😉

  21. Five, actually, from this list; six, if you include the one from the Office of the President. And the ones from before 1950 are classics; Samuel T. Cogley no doubt has them in his collection.

    If these classics had been referred to occasionally the few errors in Lutheranism 101, noted in the posts above, could have been prevented.

  22. The missing Tenth Commandment on page 269 is an error in file handling that was only discovered at printing.

    Not only did the error in file handling cause the Tenth Commandment file to go missing, but it also appears to have caused word changes in the Ninth Commandment. Those file handling errors can be tricky.

  23. Rick, I hate to break it to you, but Lutheranism, thankfully, has never been coterminus with 1930/1940/1950 era LCMS Lutheranism. Fortunately, The LCMS is recovering from the low point of those years.

  24. Of the sixteen books referenced here, eight were published in the 1930/1940/1950 era (in Publisher McCain’s view, the theological “low point” in the LCMS):

    Walther and the Church (1938) consists of a brief history of C.F.W. Walther and his career, and abridged translations of Church and Ministry, The Proper Form of an Evangelical Lutheran Congregation Independent of the State, and The Evangelical Lutheran Church the True Visible Church on Earth, all three original documents written by Walther before he died in 1887.
    J.T. Mueller’s Christian Dogmatics (1934) was based on Franz Pieper’s 3-vol. Christliche Dogmatik published between 1917 and 1924.
    Zion on the Mississippi (1953) was a historical book by Purdue University Professor Walter Forster, based on his 1942 doctoral dissertation at Washington University, St. Louis.
    Government in the Missouri Synod (1947) was a historical book based on Carl S. Mundinger’s 1942 doctoral thesis in the University of Minnesota.
    Walter A. Baepler’s A Century of Grace (1948) was a brief history of the Missouri Synod undertaken in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Missouri Synod, sort of like another book on the list was undertaken in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Missouri Synod.
    Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation (1943), and later (slight) revision (1968), are still in use today. The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal (1942) by W.G. Polack provides the verses, history, and information about the composers of the hymns in The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), which is still in use by Missouri Synod congregations today.

    Except for Walther and the Church and Polack’s Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal all these books are listed for sale on the CPH website.

    Publisher McCain, do CPH CEO Kintz, the CPH Board of Directors, and Synodical President Harrison know that you have been making sarcastic remarks like here and here that denigrate such books published back then, which the CPH is advertising to be worth buying today?

  25. Andrew Strickland :@Johannes #83 Yeah well,I’m teaching fractions right now. Although Lutheranism 101.5 sounds like a great radio station!

    OK, have it your way. How about “Lutheranism 101 v1.1?”

    Actually, I understand that Lutheranism 101.5 is “Laid-back Lutheran Listenin'”. I don’t think you’d like it.


  26. Mr. Strickert, the comments are not directed at the books, but at you. But I think you know that.

    There is nothing wrong with the books. There is nearly everything wrong with you personal use and interpretation of them and your behavior here and elsewhere on the Internet where you continue to bash faithful pastors and advance an agenda alien to that of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and her faithful theologians.

  27. Publisher McCain, your comments here and here denigrated and mocked your employer by presenting a sarcastic “low point” view of the quality and value of the books CPH published during the 1930s through the 1950s, from which you claim the LCMS is still recovering, even though CPH is still selling almost all of those books. Your comments were directed at me only in the sense of my admitting I owned and liked such books by Mueller, Dau, Forster, Mundinger, Baepler, Schwan, and others published before and during that time.

    Your hissy fit predictably follows comments by others and myself on deficiencies and relatively minor errors in Lutheranism 101, for which a correction of one error has already been issued by the General Editor. Publisher McCain, your emotional and delusional rantings against people on this blog make for a poor sales pitch in your promoting this new book over the Lutheran internet.

  28. Johannes,
    You are too funny.

    “Your listening to L-cubed, 101.5, Lutheran hits from the 30’s,40’s, and today. Our forecast for today seems to be clouded, with a chance of conundrums, and possible thunderous heated discourse. Now…let’s get back to our program.”

  29. Getting back to Lutheranism 101, of the 50 publications recommended in the “Basic Lutheran Library” and the “Basic Christian Library for Children” appendices, only 5 had publication dates in the 1990s. Except for Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation (1986), none the books recommended for libraries of lifelong Lutherans or those new to Lutheranism had been published prior to 1994.

    Such important earlier texts include those on doctrine, like Christian Dogmatics, Church and Ministry, the Triglot Concordia (containing the German, Latin, and English texts), and A Brief Statement of the Doctrinal Position of the Missouri Synod (1932). Books published before 1994 also include historical information on Lutheranism and the Missouri Synod, which includes the doctrinal conflicts Lutherans in the Missouri Synod have faced in its history. Such books include Government in the Missouri Synod, Zion on the Mississippi, and Moving Frontiers, as well as non-CPH books like Uncertain Saints or, more recently, At Home in the House of My Fathers, a set of translations compiled by a noted Missouri Synod Lutheran.

    An Appendix could also have provided URL links where various Lutheran documents and journal articles are online, especially at the internet sites of the Synod and seminaries.

    The lack of any reference to such earlier Lutheran or Missouri Synod publications and documents brings to mind a footnoted comment by Alan Graebner in his Uncertain Saints: The Laity in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod 1900–1970: “[A]rchives have flourished in the synod while historical scholarship has not. To collect the texts of the fathers is one thing; to expose change quite another.”

  30. Richard Strickert continues to be a cause of offense to many people who otherwise might agree with what Brothers of John the Steadfast is trying to do. I regret that they continue to permit him to comment on this site and spew his bile and his uninformed opinions.

    Take, for example, his latest comments. He won’t let himself be confused by facts.

    The book is Lutheranism 101, not “History of the Missouri Synod” a point lost, quite entirely, on him, by choice.

  31. This thread is no longer generating any useful conversation, so comments on it are now closed.