This page is for the distribution of my work having primarily to do with the history or theology of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and other 19th century Lutheran bodies or theologians


Does a Congregation Ordinarily have the right to Temporarily Commit an Essential Part of the Holy Preaching Office to a Layman?

This is a translation of an article by E.W. Kähler appearing in Lehre und Wehre, which deals with the definition of the public ministry of the Word and helping offices in relation to the church.

Kähler, E.W. “Hat Die Gemeinde Das Recht, Ordentlicher Weise Einen Wesentlichen Teil Des Predigtamtes Irgend Einem Laien Temporär Zu Übertragen?” Lehre Und Wehre 20, no. 9, 257-68; no. 11, 331-339; no. 12, 363-369.

Original can be found via Google Books here.

Concerning Lay-Elders or Parish Lay-Leaders

This is a translation of an article appearing in Lehre und Wehre 4 (1858 ): 54-57, 82-89, 110-113.  The translation was done in July/Aug 2015.

The original was published in 3 issues of Lehre und Wehre.  Links to the original articles on Google Books are:

“Ueber Laienälteste oder Gemeindevorsteher”

Feb 1858: http://bit.ly/1TeUm97

Mar 1858: http://bit.ly/1KgU0gS

Apr 1858: http://bit.ly/1ThSIVC

Office of the Pastor as Overseer of the School

This is a translation of the first Thesis material from within an article by CAT Selle, which is found in the Evang.-Luth. Schulblatt in 1869. The author received assistance  from C.F.W. Walther and it was published in a synodical journal so one can infer his approval.  It gives insight to Missouri’s doctrine of vocation, the ministry, and the relationship of parents and pastor to the school.

Here is a link to the original text on Google Books:

Das Amt des Pastors als Schulaufseher. Ein Referat, etc – http://bit.ly/1o9wwzQ

Bio on Selle can be seen here.



by Dr. Mark D. Nispel