The latest in Reformation Trust’s Long Line of Godly Men profiles is The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther by Dr. Steven Lawson.
Though Luther was the “father of the reformation,” a theologian, a university professor, a writer, a counselor, and many other things, Dr. Lawson says that he was, first and foremost, a preacher. And such is the focus of Dr. Lawson’s book: “Luther’s bold biblical preaching.”
For readers who want a biography of this “most significant European figure of the second millennium,” Dr. Lawson hits the main points in one chapter. But the remaining five chapters deal with Luther’s conviction that the Bible is the inspired and infallible word of God, and the effects of that conviction on his ministry—particularly on his preaching.
Luther believed that “a good preacher invests everything in the Word.” And so he did, spending hours reading scriptures in the original languages, wrestling with difficult passages, and even writing a German translation of the New Testament.
In preaching, Luther did not part from the teaching of Scripture–it was the introduction, body, and conclusion of each of his thousands of sermons. And because he was convinced that it was truth received directly from God, he was courageous and bold in proclaiming it, even in the face of death.
Dr. Lawson’s writing is strong and clear, much like his preaching. And his message is clear, especially in his last chapter, “We Want Again Luthers.” Today, as much as any day, we need preachers who “have a high view of Scripture, a high view of God, and a high view of the pulpit.” This book is a call to preachers to return to Luther-type preaching.
The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther will be of most interest to preachers, as it deals primarily with preaching and sermons. But it will also encourage the rest of us to turn to our Bibles, dig more deeply into them, and have more courage in proclaiming what we believe.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.