Issue 12

As Does the Sparrow

by Nikolaus Selnecker
translated by Aaron Jensen

This hymn, which focuses on the importance and blessings of being connected to God, draws from the imagery of Psalm 84. It is set to the melody “Erhalt Uns, Herr” (Christian Worship 203).

Baptism and the Means of Salvation

by David Hollaz
translated by Nathaniel Biebert

Drawing from the well of God's Word, David Hollaz address the topic of baptism as a conferring means of salvation. He answers a variety of questions pertaining to the administering and receiving of baptism, infant baptism, and the spiritual state of children prior to baptism. Hollaz is in especially fine form in some of his responses to opponents of infant baptism.

So What Actually Is a Lutheran?

by Edward F. Moldehnke
translated by Nathaniel Biebert

Does Lutheranism consist of certain phraseology, private practices, church customs, or liturgical rites? What exactly does it mean to say that one is a Lutheran? In an age when many equate Lutheranism with the decisions of the largest Lutheran church body in the world, the ELCA, and at a time when the Wisconsin Lutheran Synod is asking its members to consider anew why they are Lutheran, Prof. Edward Moldehnke speaks to us from the past and gives us a convincing look at what Lutheranism is not. He follows with a refreshing review of what Lutheranism is and must be in its essence.

Excursus on the Doctrine of Election According to Ephesians 1:3-14

by Georg Stöckhardt
translated by Caleb Bassett

In this brief excursus from his commentary on Ephesians, Georg Stöckhardt takes some time to explain the doctrine of election as God presents it in his Word.

George Stoeckhardt

by Philip Hunter

Perhaps because he succeeded the prolific C.F.W. Walther as Professor of Exegesis at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, George Stoeckhardt is not as well-known as he perhaps should be. Beginning during an early ministry full of adventure and obstacles, and continuing throughout a long ministry in America, Stoeckhardt maintained an intimate connection with the Scriptures in their original languages. Exegetic study and its application were the foundation of his life. For this reason, Christian Education mattered a great deal to him. In these ways and others, Stoeckhardt provides an example for all Christians and especially for called workers.