Martin Luther was not only a theologian, but a pastor engaged in the care of souls. This book provides evidence for Luther’s application of his evangelical theology to consciences burdened with sin, haunted by death, and afflicted by the devil.
Through the use of selected letters, Martin Luther: Preacher of the Cross presents compelling evidence for the reformer’s application of his evangelical theology. Luther believed that above all else, the pastor offers spiritual counsel, and this is nothing less than speaking the stuff of faith:
the centrality of Christ alone
the theology of the cross
the externality of the Gospel and Sacraments
use of Law and Gospel, the consolation of the resurrection
the Christian congregation as the context for pastoral care