LUTHER'S MEDITATIONS ON THE GOSPELS by Roland H.-Transl. Balston

LUTHER'S MEDITATIONS ON THE GOSPELS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Many know the dramatic facts of Martin Luther's life, and Prof. Roland H. Balston has put us in his debt by one of the best of these ""lives"", but no one can truly know Luther until he ""hears"" Luther's own words, and thinks his thoughts after him. To , Dr. Balston has rendered an invaluable service by culling from three thousand pages of Luther's sermons such excerpts as will bring to life his deep devotion, lively imagination, and the inimitable flavor of his style. This well-chosen material has been taken entirely from Luther's sermons and lectures on the Gospels, stressing his dominant and recurring themes: the utter marvel of God's love; the salvation of man solely through divine grace and human faith; the futility of man's endeavor to gain a claim upon God and the sheer wonder of the forgiveness of sins, the insistence that though sins be forgiven sin does not cease and yet that man should not his imperfection and cease to strive. With its local references and , and the thought forms of his day, no modern preacher will find this a source book for his own preaching, but he may well be moved to attempt to do for his time what Luther did for his.

Pub Date: May 14th, 1962
Publisher: Westminster