This is a great little volume, and good introduction for those who’ve never read any Luther, or especially for those who’ve been taught about him, but have never let the great Reformer speak for himself.
“It was in a university library (Erfurt, 1503) that Luther found the Bible, and he dedicated his life to the Bible (or Church), to the School and to the Library.
“The name Martin Luther is a synonym for Protestantism; for Free Government; for Free Schools, and for Free Libraries.
“We need more Lutherism in Lutheranism as well as in Protestantism. The Luther literature is the basis of Lutheran and Protestant literature. We should therefore build on the foundation already laid and not continually dig and dig to lay new foundations.
“Luther is not being translated into English for a relic, but for use, for work, for battle. He comes to editorial rooms not only for a review but for service.
“No English Protestant minister can afford to be without Luther’s works in English, his sermons and commentaries.
“Luther stood up for us, we ought to stand up for him.
— Rev. John Lenker
John Nicholas Lenker (1858-1929) was educated at Hamma Divinity School (Ohio Synod), and served pastorates in Grand Island, Nebraska, the General Synod’s Board of Christian Extension, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before moving to Minneapolis he served as professor in the Trinity Seminary of the United Danish Ev. Luth Church. Prof. Lenker founded Luther Press which translated and published affordable, high quality editions of Luther’s House and Church Postil sermons, copies of which are still used today.