Revere Franklin Weidner: A Character Sketch, Appreciation, and Tribute by George Henry Gerberding

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“Dr. Weidner was never affected by the wanderings and vagaries of liberal Theology. He stood four-square and firm on the old foundations of orthodox Lutheranism. He wanted every point proved by Scripture. He brought in a wealth of learning from collateral literature. He knew the trends and tendencies of the theological thinking of the day. He knew how to compare the new wine with the old. He was convinced and he could convince his students that the old is better. The old is better not because it is old, but because it is what God gave us, and it satisfies the deepest wants of the soul. Not every user of Weidner’s Dogmatics will agree with every detail that he worked out. Neither will every one agree always that his way of putting things is the best or the only way. But on the whole his teaching will be accepted as sound and Scriptural by loyal Lutherans.”

George Henry Gerberding (1847-1927) studied under Charles Krauth and C. F. Schaeffer and assisted the Rev. Passavant. An indefatigable worker, he established and restored churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Fargo, ND. His Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church was one of the most successful books ever published by the English Lutheran Church.

Level of Difficulty: Primer: No subject matter knowledge needed.

Book Contents

  • Foreword
  • 1 Dr. Weidner as a Teacher
  • 2 Dr. Weidner as a Preacher
    • Classed With Best Living Preachers
    • Early Pulpit Work
    • Pulpit Work in Philadelphia
    • Popularity at Rock Island
    • In Chicago Pulpits
  • 3 Dr. Weidner as a Writer
  • 4 Dr. Weidner as a President
  • 5 Dr. Weidner as a Man
    • Influenced by the Swedes
    • Reciprocating Influences
    • A Whole-hearted Optimist
    • Popular in the Social Circle
    • The Old Homestead
    • At Home in the Alps
    • True to His Friends
  • 6 Affliction And Death Of Dr. Weidner
  • 7 Funeral Of Dr. Weidner
  • 8 Lessons from the Life and Death of Dr. Weidner
    • Tied Up With the Kingdom of God
    • The Lure of Gold
    • An Ever-living Sermon
  • 9 As One Of His Students Saw Him
  • 10 The Loving Cup
    • The Student Body’s Last Token of Love to Doctor Weidner
  • Copyright Notice

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Publication Information

  • Lutheran Library edition first published: 2021
  • Copyright: CC BY 4.0
George Henry Gerberding
George Henry Gerberding
(1847-1927)

Studied under Charles Krauth and C. F. Schaeffer and assisted the Rev. Passavant. An indefatigable worker, he established and restored churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Fargo, ND. His Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church was one of the most successful books ever published by the English Lutheran Church.

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