Happy (belated) Gustavus Adolphus Day!

November 6 was the commemoration day for one of my heroes, the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus, the military genius and devout Lutheran who arguably was used by God to save Protestantism from extermination during the Thirty Years’ War.   Sometimes honored as the greatest Lutheran layman, King Gustav makes for an interesting and inspiring example of vocation.

The blog of the LCMS leadership, Mercy, Witness, Life Together, has a great post about him, including an informative sermon by Rev. Eric Andrae:  Feast of Gustavus Adolphus, King and Martyr, 1632.

 

King Gustavus Adolphus

 

HT:  Mary

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    As a footnote, happy current birthday to Martin Luther!

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    As a footnote, happy current birthday to Martin Luther!

  • SKPeterson

    Yep, one of the greats. It is a shame what the college in St. Peter’s is doing to sully the name, the legacy and the Lutheranism he fought for.

  • SKPeterson

    Yep, one of the greats. It is a shame what the college in St. Peter’s is doing to sully the name, the legacy and the Lutheranism he fought for.

  • http://www.cyberbrethren.com Rev. Paul T. McCain

    Dr. Veith, a good friend of mine started writing a historical novel about Gustavus and it was quite good, I need to encourage him to finish it. Your post inspired me.

  • http://www.cyberbrethren.com Rev. Paul T. McCain

    Dr. Veith, a good friend of mine started writing a historical novel about Gustavus and it was quite good, I need to encourage him to finish it. Your post inspired me.

  • Dennis Peskey

    Oh blessed day, to Gustavus, Martin and the Marine Corps. Nice picture – but I would nominate John the Steadfast for greatest Lutheran layman (although I do like Swedish Christmas Trees).
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • Dennis Peskey

    Oh blessed day, to Gustavus, Martin and the Marine Corps. Nice picture – but I would nominate John the Steadfast for greatest Lutheran layman (although I do like Swedish Christmas Trees).
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • steve

    From the linked sermon:

    “Even in his campaigns he read his Bible daily and at length. What for? [Said he:] ‘I seek to fortify myself against perverse flatterers by meditating on the sacred Word. A person in my position has a multitude of temptations against which we are never enough on our guard.’”

    Wow, what timely advice!

  • steve

    From the linked sermon:

    “Even in his campaigns he read his Bible daily and at length. What for? [Said he:] ‘I seek to fortify myself against perverse flatterers by meditating on the sacred Word. A person in my position has a multitude of temptations against which we are never enough on our guard.’”

    Wow, what timely advice!


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