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Luther As Spiritual Advisor: The Interface Of Theology And Piety In Luther's Devotional Writings [Paperback]

Dennis Ngien , Timothy George

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April 15 2007 Studies In Christian History/Thought
Most Luther scholars have focused largely on the polemical side of the reformer with only occasional allusion to his Devotional Writings. The aim of this book is to unfold the pastoral, not the polemical, side of the reformer, drawing on the spiritual insights he offers to people of high and low estate. These writings are devotional and catechectial in shape and intent, yet not devoid of rich theological substance, the fruit of his rigorous reflections. They are the exercises of Luther's basic calling as a theologian-pastor and are the concrete illustrations of the interface of theology and piety, the former being the abiding presupposition of the latter. Dr Ngien's work reveals Luther as a true theologian, i.e., theologian of the cross at work in the pastoral context.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: STL Distribution North America (April 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842274619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842274613
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,616,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Reformation theology, like most if not all theology prior to the birth of the university, was done in the church, by the church, for the church. As such, it could never be separated from the pastoral context in which most of its great proponents labored. This is above all true of the great Martin Luther, and Dr Ngien is to be thanked for an exciting and stimulating monograph on just this topic. It is my hope that this timely book will help to recover the pastoral theological importance of Luther for a new generation." -- Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia "Dennis Ngien is the author of a fine book on Luther's understanding of the suffering of God. In this volume he extends his study of Luther's theologia crucis into Luther's pastoral and devotional writings . . . He shows us Luther up close and personal, Luther at the bedside of the sick, Luther kneeling to pray, Luther laughing at a wedding, Luther consoling the bereaved, Luther singing lustily in worship, Luther joyous at the table of communion." - Timothy George, from the Foreword

About the Author

DENNIS NGIEN is Research Rrofessor of Theology at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Toronto and Director of their ThM Program. He has published numerous journal articles on the history of Trinitarian theology and the notion of the suffering of God. He was recently appointed as "Visiting Scholar" at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, where he will engage in research on Theological Themes and Preaching in John Wesley’s sermons. He runs his Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection in Toronto, mentoring pastors and church leaders and assisting churches in advisory and teaching capacities.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book March 30 2012
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Professor Ngien has written a wonderful summary of important themes in Luther's theology, especially with an eye towards spiritual and pastoral care. Theology of the cross, the hidden and revealed God, Christ, Trinity, Sacraments, Word of God, etc. are some of the topics of this slim, yet well written theological text. There is not a wasted word, and well done documentation. I encourage anyone who is interested in Luther's theology or in hard core Reformation thought to take a look at this volume.

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