My friends and enablers of my biblio-addiction over at Concordia Publishing House have a fantastic deal going right now. Luther’s classic The Freedom of the Christian Man is available in a new translation at CPH titled Christian Freedom: Faith Working Through Love. I received this a few months back and greatly enjoyed the read. This new translation comes with a reading plan, helpful notes and commentary, and an expanded section on ceremonies not previously available in other translations.
Luther will challenge your thinking as you consider modern conceptions of freedom and liberty and what Luther & Melanchthon put forth in their writing here. A snippet: “And so these two sayings are true: ‘Good works do not make a good man, but a good man does good works. Bad works do not make a bad man, but a bad man does bad works.’ Thus it is always necessary that the substance itself or the person be good prior to any good works, and that good works follow and come forth from a good person.” This quote followed a delightful discussion on how it is a man is made good. Let me give you a hint: It wasn’t by works or any effort on the part of the sinful man. Positively Augustinian, I tell you. Indeed, downright Pauline. Better yet, downright Jesus (Matthew 7)!
You can grab this now for only $6.99 ($5.99 if you buy 10 or more) by clicking here and using the code “LFM” any time from now to August 1st. This little book is worth having in your library. It is one you will return to again and again over the years. (HT Paul McCain)