New Book from NPH

Thanks to Pastor Jeremiah Gumm for tipping me off to the fact that Professor Daniel Deutschlander's book on the Theology of the Cross is now available from Northwestern Publishing House. I knew that the book was scheduled to be released in January, but I didn't expect to see it before January.

I asked Prof. Deutschlander last June if this book would be geared more for pastors or for laypeople, and he said that it was somewhere in between. I guess that is why they put it into the Impact Series. I would say for sure that (at least) this is a must-read for all Lutheran pastors. In fact, there is a special section in the book that specifically addresses the crosses that pastors address at different stages of their ministries. There is also a section that deals with crosses that Christians bear at various stages of life. So the book is not just for pastors. In fact, there's a great section in the book that will be very helpful, I believe, to parents or teachers of teenagers. 

I've read several books on the Theology of the Cross. Just in the last few weeks, I re-read The Spirituality of the Cross, which is an excellent overview of the Lutheran faith, including the theology of the cross. Every Lutheran should read this book. Right now I am reading Gerhard Forde's book "On Being a Theologian of the Cross" about Luther's Heidelberg Disputation. 

But I think that Deutschlander does something different than these excellent works. It's really a book of Christian doctrine that sees the cross at the center of it all. You'll have to read it for yourself. I have been fortunate enough to have a glimpse of some of the book, but I'll be sure to give you a fuller review when I have a copy in hand and I can give the whole thing a good read-through.

A book on Christian doctrine that reminds readers that all biblical doctrine relates to Scripture's central teaching that God sent his Son to save lost sinners. The Old and New Testaments make it clear that our salvation is found in the cross of Christ. However, there is a seeming paradox between the theology of the cross and the theology of glory. Sinful people tend to overlook the cross and its demands and, instead, focus on the glory that they think they should now enjoy because they call themselves Christians. This is a matter of urgent concern. Deutschlander helps us to see Christ's cross as our cross. He reminds us that our good works have no value for our salvation. Yet good works are valuable as fruits of faith done out of gratitude to God for his gift of salvation. It deepens our understanding and appreciation for God's gift of life in Christ. It warns us of Satan's efforts to turn us from Christ to ourselves. It comforts us with the assurance that the cross of Christ leads to heavenly glory. Softcover, Size is 5 3/8" x 8.5" inches, 292 Pages. Published 2008.
Catalog Item Number: OL-150746
Price: $17.99

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