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“Ephesians (Concordia Commentary)” by Thomas Winger.
Concordia Publishing House is pleased to announce the release of Ephesians, the twenty-eighth volume in the landmark Concordia Commentary series. Written by Dr. Thomas Winger, this volume is a veritable compendium of St. Paul’s theology. Dr. Winger’s commentary unfolds the mysteries of the Gospel through meticulous analysis of the Greek text and reverent exposition of the epistle’s proclamation of Christ and His gifts for the sake of the Church. Winger’s commentary addresses such timeless topics as our eternal election in Christ; salvation by grace through faith apart from works; one Lord, one faith, one Baptism; the gift of the Holy Ministry; the Christological meaning of marriage; and the resplendent armor of God, which we so desperately require in . . . Read All
Read what others are saying about the newest Concordia Commentary, Ephesians, by Dr. Thomas Winger: For too long we have had to wait for this commentary. The letter to the Ephesians had been neglected, not fitting into certain theologians’ way of thinking, and was believed not to represent authentic Pauline theology. This has now come to an end. We are gifted with an excellent and reliable explanation of this letter, its formation and contents. There is no question and no problem arising from this letter which Dr. Winger does not take up and discuss. There is no seemingly “dark” sentence or passage left unilluminated. He removes prejudices and opens our eyes to aspects and insights we had never . . . Read All
Dr. Thomas Winger, author of the newest Concordia Commentary, Ephesians, is Professor of Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario. We asked Dr. Winger to tell us a little more about himself, his ministry, and his work in writing the commentary. Tell me about yourself. I am married to Sara, with two children in university. I met my wife through studying music together in university. My family is mostly in southern Ontario, Canada, but I was born and raised in England where my father served as a Lutheran pastor. I served a German-English parish in Canada before moving to England to teach at Westfield House. Since 2006 I’ve been a professor at Concordia Lutheran Theological . . . Read All
The following is the conclusion of an excerpt from the newest volume in the Concordia Commentary series, Ephesians, in which Thomas Winger expounds on the biblical view of marriage and subordination to Christ as described by Paul in Ephesians 5. You can view the first part here and the second part here. Subordination Is Not Demeaning, but God’s Order for the Transmission of Blessings To be fair to those who stumble at the thought of superordination and subordination within the body of Christ, one must acknowledge that modern Westerners often view subordination as not a humble but a humiliating act, not honorable but demeaning. We must stress that Paul does not at all suggest that wives, children, . . . Read All
The following is a continuation of an excerpt from the newest volume in the Concordia Commentary series, Ephesians, in which Thomas Winger expounds on the biblical view of marriage and subordination to Christ as described by Paul in Ephesians 5. You can view the first part here. Mutual Love and Service within the Christian Community What, then, is the norm by which Paul challenges and redevelops the traditional elements of marriage for application to Christian lives? Surely it is the Gospel, for the sacrificial love of Christ for the church as his bride is the dominant theme of this pericope. The crucial question, however, is whether (or to what extent) the Gospel breaks down order in the . . . Read All
In the following excerpt (part 1 of 3) from the newest volume in the Concordia Commentary series, Ephesians, Thomas Winger expounds on the biblical view of marriage and subordination to Christ as described by Paul in Ephesians 5. Ephesians will be available in print in just a few weeks. You can preorder your copy today on cph.org or subscribe to the entire series. Marriage in the Ancient World: The Countercultural Nature of Paul’s Words Every pastor who has conducted a wedding can attest to the great anxiety that is engendered by the reading of Ephesians 5 or the use of traditional marriage vows based upon it. In the last half century particularly, the church has been under . . . Read All
Isaiah 55-66 Concordia Commentary by Reed Lessing.
The lectionary for this year focuses quite a bit on the Gospel of Mark. You know, the one that is a “proto” Gospel, not fully developed, written by a guy who may be a little dim… Or is that what is happening? What if Mark’s Gospel is actually highly structured and sophisticated? Greek Tuesday gives […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry… The post Double Gospel All The Way (The Gospel of Mark) appeared first on Worldview Everlasting.
Dr. Reed Lessing’s commentary on Isaiah 56-66 has received outstanding advance endorsements from the academic community. Read below what scholars are saying about the book! As with his earlier work on Isaiah 40–55, Professor Lessing has given us a highly useful commentary on chapters 56–66. More than many others, it nicely balances linguistic and grammatical precision, exegetical acumen, and profound theological insights. Without forcing the text to say what it does not, Lessing is able to give an unashamedly Christian interpretation which will be very helpful to Christian pastors and teachers. This is a welcome addition to the list of Isaiah commentaries and is much to be preferred over many of them. —Dr. John Oswalt, Visiting . . . Read All
Dr. Reed Lessing is a veteran author for Concordia Publishing House. His latest book is Isaiah 56–66, the twenty-seventh volume in the Concordia Commentary series. We interviewed Dr. Lessing to find out more about him, his commentary, and its contribution to the church. Tell me about yourself. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and have enjoyed serving Christ through both pastoral ministry and teaching at Concordia Seminary. Currently I serve at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I’ve been married for thirty-two years to Lisa and we have three adult children: Abi, Jonathan, and Lori. Why did you go into the ministry? First Corinthians 9:16 sums it up nicely; “I am compelled to preach . . . Read All
Pastors, scholars, and teachers know the Concordia Commentary volumes offer trustworthy theological exposition of the original inspired texts of the sacred Scriptures. In the newest volume of the series, Isaiah 56–66, Dr. Reed Lessing combines a meticulous analysis of the Hebrew with an engaging, memorable, and homiletical proclamation of the prophet’s meaning. He shows that Isaiah 56–66 is the culmination of Isaiah’s message condemning humanity’s sin and promising the Suffering Servant, who atones for that sin, rises in majesty, and prepares the new Zion as the eternal city for all the redeemed. God’s restoration of Zion’s glory is our future! The church’s lectionary includes many well-known pericopes from these chapters: “arise, shine, because your light is coming” (60:1); “the . . . Read All
Quoted by our Lord Jesus Christ in his inaugural sermon in his hometown of Nazareth (Lk 4:18–19), Is 61:1–3 is commonly called the Fifth Suffering Servant Song in Isaiah, and for good reason. This programmatic text reverberates throughout the Gospel narratives in Christ’s ministry of preaching and healing, and particularly at His Baptism, when the Holy Spirit visibly descended upon Him, and the Father declared Him to be His beloved Son. Sent as the anointed Suffering Servant, He embarked on His mission to proclaim liberty to the captives and give sight to the blind. The following is Dr. Reed Lessing’s commentary on Isaiah 61:1 from the newest volume in the Concordia Commentary series, Isaiah 56–66. The Anointed Servant (61:1) . . . Read All
Concordia Publishing House is pleased to announce the release of its twenty-sixth volume in the Concordia Commentary series: Galatians, by Dr. A. Andrew Das. In modern Pauline scholarship, the ultimate insult is to label an approach “Lutheran.” Most scholars presume that when it comes to the interpretation of Galatians, Luther got it wrong. Although confessional Lutheran theology is grounded largely in Paul’s letters to the Galatians and to the Romans, the raging scholarly critiques of it over the last few decades have gone unanswered from within conservative Lutheran ranks. If Martin Luther considered Paul’s Letter to the Galatians the biblical equivalent of his Katie von Bora, then the time is ripe for a Lutheran commentary on Galatians that takes . . . Read All