This, the first English commentary on the Formula of Concord (1577)---one of the key confessions of Lutheranism---sketches out the main debates, offers historical/textual notes, and gives glimpses of modern concerns. Seeks to make this document once again the center for congregational reflection. 241 pages, softcover. Eerdmans.
" A Formula for Parish Practice" combines a rich description of the history of the Lutheran Formula of Concord (1577) with experiences in today's Lutheran parishes to demonstrate how confessional texts may still come to life in modern Christian congregations. Traditionally used as theological ammunition, Wengert takes the "Formula of Concord" back to its historical home, the local congregation, giving pastors, students, and theologians a glimpse into the original debates over each article.
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