The Cranach store

Thanks to my trusty assistant Cheryl Banks for setting up the Amazon connection with the sidebar (scroll down and look to the right) linking to my books. The display keeps refreshing with different titles. With links to used book dealers, even my more obscure and out of print titles show up.

My goal at some point is to have another display featuring books by my fellow Cranach Institute fellow Angus Menuge (go to Amazon through my link and search for him), books on vocation, and other titles I’d recommend.

Yes, if you go to Amazon through the link at this blog, we get a cut of anything you buy, part of my plan to support the cost of this domain outside the family budget. I’d also like to set up a separate link to Concordia Publishing House if you want to buy one of my books published there. “The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals,” for example, would be most relevant to our current ongoing discussion about Lutheranism. I’d just as soon you buy CPH books directly from the CPH site, even though I won’t get a piece of that action, since I’d rather that company get the business directly rather than Amazon (which demands such a huge discount, the publisher hardly makes anything).

I happen to be at the CPH board meeting right now in St. Louis, limiting my ability to blog. I realize that now we need to come up with Cranach T-shirts, hats, and coffee mugs for all your shopping needs.

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  • You definitely need the obligatory “Lucas Cranach has a posse” shirt. We might even settle for “G. E. Veith has a posse” in a pinch.

  • Great! I loved your book “State of the Arts.” Finally someone wrote a book about how we artists in the church really feel. Fantastic book!

  • Mrs. T.

    t-shirt and the like can be done with

  • Lutheran Legalist :)


  • Lutheran Legalist :)

    n. 1. One who practices or advocates strict conformity to law; in theology, one who holds to the law of works.

    “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;

    I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

    For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

    Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

    For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-20 ESV)

    This sounds like what “Little Christs” do in the world.

    This sounds like vocation.

    That part is apparently-identical to what the pharisees do. In fact pharisees often do it better. And with apparently-identical motivations: command, threat and promise. Ordinality. Rule of Law. Medical and Legal and OSHA standards. Discipline of athletic body movement through constant repetition. Following a Metronome. Flossing regularly.

    This world of the profane commonplace is the very dying world that Christ permeates with His holy ordering and thus provides to the world fatherly first article gifts, “in, with and under” societal ordering of pagan and christian. In various vocations.

    Yet Vieth is quick to point out that our “exceeding righteousness” is to be looked for not in vocation.

    THIS “exceeding righteousness” is found only in Jesus.

    He is found with certainty in Word, Body and Blood, Water, Absolution, Liturgy, His Sent Ones, and Christian Suffering.

    Veith´s books make all of this quite clear in a readable , often humorous, and inviting way.

    Vieth cuts like a laser through the false tension between the righteousness of secular works and Christ´s righeousness on the cross and in our sanctification.

    In the process he shreads false piety, false moral choices, and a false spiritualization of works, while at the same time showing how we are salt and yeast.

    Invisible even to ourselves as salt and yeast, yet always flavorful and active. In Christ.

    I heartily therefore recommend these books!

  • SimDan

    What, The Spirituality of the Cross is not in your store? It is the first, well only, book of your’s that I have read. I will definitely have to pick up some of these others though.

    Which of these books would you recommend for someone who attended public school through high school and then a parochial university and wishes to fill in the gaps with classical studies? This question could be expanded to what would someone with a public education do to fill in such gaps.


  • SimDan

    Apologies, I didn’t read the whole post, you mentioned the book later on.

  • Lutheran Legalist :)

    “the spirituality of the cross” is a modern must read classic. I am seeing even some evangelicals groovin on it. even though they seem not to get it all….

    run, don´t walk to your nearest bookstore or web-store.