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Overview
As Lutherans interact with other Christians, they often find themselves struggling to explain their beliefs and practices. Although many Lutherans have learned the what of the doctrines of the Church, they do not always have a full scriptural foundation to share the why. When confronted with different doctrines or denominations, they sometimes cannot clearly state their faith much less understand the differences.

Because of insecurities about explaining particular doctrines or practices, some Lutherans may avoid opportunities to share what they have learned from Christ and His Word. The Lutheran Difference identifies how Lutherans differ from other Christians and shows from the Bible why Lutherans differ. Such information will prepare Lutherans to share their faith clearly; it will help non-Lutherans understand the Lutheran difference.

This book was written entirely for the lay person but may also serve well as a high school or college religion class text. This resource would be handy for anyone looking for an additional resource beyond Luther's Small Catechism.

What began as a popular 18 booklet Bible Study series, this new work gathers together all the rich content of the series, orders it around the Nicene Creed, and presents it in one accessible volume so readers can access the facts they need.

Special Features:

500-year anniversary cover art featuring the likenesses of the great Lutheran reformers: Martin Chemnitz, Jacob Andreae, Philip Melanchthon, and of course, Martin Luther
A new preface essay on how American churches are changing or staying the same in the twenty-first century, based on research from the Alban Institute, the Barna Group, and on-site visits to congregations of the eight major denominational families
Additional content on the mission of God, the fall and original sin, homosexuality and biblical teaching, Luther s theology of the cross, church fellowship, and the kindest way to handle accusations in the church (Matthew 18 explained and applied)
More than thirty cross-references to the second edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
A fifty-page summary and hope-filled update of Bergendoff s Church of the Lutheran Reformation, tracing Lutheran history from the Reformation to the present
A subject index allowing speedy access to over 700 pages of inspiring content and facts



About the Author

Edward Engelbrecht

Edward Engelbrecht (B.S., M.Div., S.T.M.) is a contributing editor to the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award Finalist "The Story Bible." He is known as a writer and editor who makes biblical studies and theology understandable. Persons as diverse as Jewish scholar Emanuel Tov of Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the moms at Christian Children's Book Review have commended his publications. He serves as Senior Editor for Bible Resources at Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO.Edward has developed or contributed to several major publications including The Lutheran Study Bible, The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes, Concordia's Complete Handbook of the Bible, Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions (A Reader's Edition), The Church from Age to Age: A History---and for children, The Story Bible: 130 Stories of God's Love. Edward is an ordained minister in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and served as a pastor in Illinois before being invited to work as an editor in St. Louis. His professional and academic research has appeared in the Journal of Early Christian Studies, Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology, Concordia Journal, and Concordia Theological Quarterly. His most recent research appears in Friends of the Law: Luther's Use of the Law for the Christian Life. On the weekends he serves as a guest preacher and Bible class teacher, enjoying life with his dear wife and four children.



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