The present issue brings an important change to Studium Excitare. What began as the endeavor of a handful of devoted pastoral students has become the official journal of the confessional language program at Martin Luther College. What does this change mean for Studium Excitare?
During the first part of the 20th century, the Lutheran churches in America found themselves embroiled in a controversy over the doctrine of election by grace. At that time theologians and seminaries from around the country were publishing their stances on the doctrine of election. This article is no different. August Pieper writes the Wisconsin Synod stance on election.
Faith is a saving gift from God. It is the Christian's life–both here on this earth and in the world to come. Johannes Brenz, an early reformer, preaches a sermon answering the question, "Where does faith come from?"
Chytraeus gives a thorough explanation about the blessings that come to us through baptism. He illustrates that the blessings of baptism are for both this life and the life to come: Rebirth, forgiveness of sins, a sanctified Christian life and eternal glory in heaven are ours through Baptism.
Walther was the greatest American Lutheran theologian and a devout student of Luther. As a founding father of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Walther played a major role in uniting the Lutherans who had immigrated to America. He was a respected pastor, professor, and theologian.