Luther’s words of pastoral counsel were Word-saturated.
While we often see Luther as a theologian-reformer, he envisioned himself as a pastor not only engaged in the pulpit ministry of the Word—preaching, but also in the personal ministry of the Word—counseling.
The heart of Luther’s healing counsel involved turning people back to the heart of God—revealed in Christ.
Many people are surprised, if not shocked, at how comforting Luther was in his writings. They picture Luther as the bold Reformer. These 15 quotes remind us that alongside Luther’s boldness was another side—the tender pastoral shepherd.
I’ve started working on book 14: Martin Luther’s Pastoral Counseling: Counseling Under the Cross. In my previous post, I shared snippets from chapter 5: Gospel-Centered Comfort for Suffering. Today, I’m offering a taste of chapter 7: Christ’s Medicine for Suffering. Counsel of the Word In 1523, two Augustinian friars, Henry Vos and John van den
Ask any pastor (as numerous surveys have done) what is the most difficult and even intimidating aspect of their ministry, and they will tell you “pastoral counseling.”