Seelsorger: A Journal for the Contemporary Cure of Souls

DOXOLOGY publishes it’s Collegium’s papers and other helpful resources on the Cure of Souls in Seelsorger

The DOXOLOGY Collegium

Collegium Medallion

The medallion presented to each of the DOXOLOGY Fellows upon induction into the Collegium is inscribed with emblems of the gospel and the sacraments, which comprise the Lutheran confession of the pastoral office (Augsburg Confession V) Encircling these emblems is the Vulgate version of Acts 20:28:  regere ecclesiam Dei quam adquisivit sanguine suo “feed the church of God which he has purchased with his own blood.”

Each Fellow in the Collegium annually prepares an original research paper on one aspect of the pastoral care of souls which is first discussed within the Collegium, then revised and expanded for publication in SEELSORGER, its official organ devoted exclusively to spiritual care. Through its Collegium, DOXOLOGY seeks to enhance and expand the body of faithful literature on the theology and practice of the care of souls and make it available to Christian pastors around the world.

The DOXOLOGY Collegium Fellows

Rev.Dr. Tyler Arnold
Christ Lutheran Church, Platte Woods, MO
Pastoral Visitation: Reflections on Paul’s Work and Wisdom for the Church Today (Vol. 1, 2015)
The Role of Prayer with Blessing in Pastoral Care (Vol. 2, 2016)
Slowly Dying Inside (Vol. 3, 2017)
Comforting the Comforters (Vol. 4, 2018)
Genetic Engineering: Ethical, Theological, and Pastoral Considerations (Vol. 5, 2019)
Pastoral Care In Light of Suffering and the Theology of the Cross (Vol. 6, 2021)

Rev. Mark Barz
Crown of Life Lutheran Church, San Antonio, TX
“…You Came to Me:”  The Care of the Soul of a Prisoner and a Prisoner’s Family (Vol. 1, 2015)
The Long-Term Pastorate: Blessings and Burdens with Implications for the Care of Souls (Vol. 2, 2016)
Pastoral Evaluation & Encouragement as Pastoral Care [with Matthew Wurm] (Vol. 3, 2017)
Clarity in Chaos (Vol. 4, 2018)
Individual Confession and Absolution: The Care of Souls “Up Close” (Vol. 5, 2019)

Rev. David Fleming
Our Savior Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, MI
Soul Care for the Children of Broken Homes (Vol. 1, 2015)
The Use of Story in Pastoral Care (Vol. 2, 2016)
The Beauty of Holiness (Vol. 4, 2018)
Loneliness in the Parsonage (Vol. 6, 2021)

Rev. Brady Finnern
Messiah Lutheran Church, Sartell, MN
Pastoral Care and the Call Process (Vol. 4, 2018)

Rev. Timothy Pauls
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Boise, ID
Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage (Vol. 1, 2015)
Elemental Certainty in the Supper (Vol. 2, 2016)
The Congregation as Family (Vol. 3, 2017)
The Congregation as Family Part 2 (Vol. 4, 2018)
The Congregation as Family Part 3: The Family as Congregation (Vol. 6, 2021)
The Congregation as Family Part 4: Pastor as Surrogate Father (Vol. 7, 2022)

Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford
President, Minnesota South District LCMS
Holy God, Holy Things, Holy People: Pastoral Care in Proximity to God’s Holiness (Vol. 1, 2015)
Vice, Virtue, and Baptismal Therapy in the Care of Souls (Vol. 2, 2016)
Preaching the Virtues of Christ (Vol. 3, 2017)
Reclaiming Family and Sexual Virtue in Congregation and School (Vol. 5, 2019)
What Does This Mean? Responding to Social Justice & Critical Race Theory (Vol. 6, 2021)
Responding to Social Justice & Critical Race Theory, Part II:  A Pastoral Guide for Soul Care in Troubled Times (Vol. 7, 2022)

Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
The Cross and the Crosses: Pastor as Partner in Tribulation (Vol. 1, 2015)
Teaching the Conscience to the Youth: A Survey (Vol. 2, 2016)
Laughing with Luther (Vol. 3, 2017)
St. Paul and the Pastor’s Work of Prayer (Vol. 4, 2018)
“And Take They Our Life:” Luther’s Theology of the Martyrs (Vol. 5, 2019)

Rev. Matthew Wurm
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Brookings, SD
Gender Identity: a Lutheran Pastoral Approach (Vol. 1, 2015)
Marriage and Sexuality: Public or Private (Vol. 2, 2016)
Pastoral Evaluation & Encouragement as Pastoral Care [with Mark Barz] (Vol. 3, 2017)


Professor Anthony Esolen, Ph.D.
Magdalen College for the Liberal Arts, Warner, NH
Mission Among the Ruins: Touchstones for Ministry in World that has Lost its Story
(Vol. 7, 2022)

Rev. Dr. Harold Ristau
Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, ON
The Pastoral Care of Killers (Vol. 4, 2018)

Rev. Paul W. Dare
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, MN
Escaping Satan’s Funhouse: Believing the Truth in the Care of Disordered Souls (Vol. 5, 2019)

Rev. Dr. John W. Kleinig
Adelaide, SA, Australia
Luther on the Practice of Piety (Vol. 5, 2019)

Prof. John T. Pless: American-Lutheran Pastoral Theology (CFW Walther – Vol. 3, 2017)

Dr. G.E. Veith: The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord(Anthony Esolen – 2019)

Book reviews in Vol. 6.1 (2021) including:

  • Rev. Dr. Jacob C. Bobby: Why Gender Matters (Leonard Sax, 2005, 2017).
  • Rev. David C. Fleming: Faith Alone (Bo Giertz; translated by Bror Erickson, 2020).
  • Rev. Daniel Grimmer: On The Road with Saint Augustine (James K.A. Smith, 2019).
  • Rev. Joel Heckmann: And She Was a Christian (Peter Preus, 2011).
  • Rev. Lance Klamer: Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Hymns. (Edited by Joseph Herl, Peter C. Reske, and Jon D. Vieker, 2019).
  • Rev. Timothy A. Koch: Addiction and Pastoral Care (Sonia E. Waters, 2019).
  • Rev. Michael Schuermann: Between Life and Death (Kathryn Butler, 2019).
  • Rev. Michael Suelzle: The Coddling of the American Mind (Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, 2018).
  • Rev. Ryan Tinetti: Sacramental Preaching (Hans Boersma, 2016).
  • Dr. Gene Edward Veith: The Hundredfold (Anthony Esolen, 2019).
  • Heidi White: Christ and Calamity (Harold L Senkbeil, 2020).
  • Rev. Dr. Michael W. Zeigler: The Spiritually Vibrant Home (Don Everts, 2020).

Book reviews in Vol. 7 (2022)


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