As America's foremost authority on the writings and theology of Luther during the first half of the 20th century, J. Michael Reu was a contributor to the Weimar edition of Luther's works and also a recognized authority in both the USA and in Europe in the areas of catechistic history, educational theory and homiletics. This volume, part of a two-volume set, presents all of Reu's English-language sermon outlines, sketches, and fully-developed sermons and aims to enable scholars of American church history, Luther historians, Reformation scholars and church professionals to examine Reu's theological presuppositions and historical insights as he applied these to preaching. The volumes include sermons for every Sunday of the church year and also for festival and special occasions, as well as major convention addresses translated from the German. They are meticulously edited and standardized as to style, spelling, and format of the text, and are easy to use, with helpful lists and an index of published and manuscript sermon sources to identify quickly by Scripture text, date of origin, or location.
Parish clergy should find here a wealth of ideas for opening the text of Scripture to a full and persuasive exegetical development from a theologian of homiletical art in the Lutheran Church. The sermons contain insights, which furnish the busy pastor with examples of how to make textual preaching vivid and applicable to everyday life. Historians should find the books of interest in identifying major themes in Reu's anthropology and sociology, while theologians should profit from the many clues Reu provides in these sermons as to the content and style the proclamation of the Word should assume, especially as it relates to the Small Catechism of Martin Luther. A number of sermons featured in the Anthology are from the Johann Michael Reu Collection, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, and IA, while others were published previously in the periodical "Kirkliche Zeitschrift", which Reu edited from 1904-1943.