Seelsorger is DOXOLOGY’s journal focused on the faithful care and cure of souls in these gray and latter days.

Each Seelsorger features articles by DOXOLOGY’s Collegium Fellows and by special guests. There are also reviews of insightful resources on the care and cure of souls.

Seelsorger welcomes submissions.

Seelsorger, Volume 9 (Summer 2024)

Volume 9 offers a variety of insights on pastoral care.

  • Essay 1: How to Be Better Examples during Theological Conflict: Ethos, Pathos, and Unity between Word and Deed. This essay is a helpful guide on how pastors might better disagree with brothers. By Rev. Samuel Bobby
  • Essay 2: Lifting the Rudder: Listening as an Art in Pastoral Care Planning. This essay is a wise encouragement on the use of silence and listening in pastoral care. By Rev. David Kahle
  • Essay 3: Invoking the Divine Call. This essay is a careful reflection on when (and when not) a pastor might invoke his Divine Call. By Rev. Timothy Koch
  • Essay 4: The Pastor: An Essential Worker for Soul and Body. This essay is a deep dive on the importance of visiting souls and how the pastor’s work heals the soul and the body. By Rev. Christopher Maronde
  • Essay 5: A Focused (and Fun) Way to Pray: Acrostic Prayer for the Pastor and His People. This essay is a down- to-earth helpful guide on employing acrostic prayers when teaching and promoting prayer. By Rev. Dr. Philip Penhallegon

The Pastoral Epistles: A feature providing sample pastoral letters along with running commentary on the writing and spiritual guidance therein.

  • A letter written to a man whose health is rapidly declining.
  • A letter written to a woman whose relationship with her pastor is severely strained.

Feature: DOXOLOGY after Fifteen Years. By Rev. Harold Senkbeil

First Things Essay Reprint: Lessons from the Lutheran Tradition for 2024.
By Carl Trueman

Pencil Sketch: Based on Matthew 9:2By Mrs. Theresa Meier

Book Reviews

  • Ancient Wisdom for the Care of Souls by Coleman Ford and Shawn Wilhite. Reviewed by Rev. Dr. Chad Kendall
  • Church Music: For the Care of Souls by Phillip Magness. Reviewed by Bethany Johnson
  • Church Music: For the Care of Souls by Phillip Magness. Reviewed by Pr. Nick Swan
  • Evangelism: For the Care of Souls by Sean McGever. Reviewed by Rev. Timothy Koch
  • Three volumes of FatCat: For All God’s Children Series
  • by Harold Senkbeil and Ben Myers. Reviewed by Dr. Kim Marxhausen
  • How Should We Then Die? by Ewan Goligher. Reviewed by Rev. Timothy Rynearson
  • Life in the Negative World by Aaron Renn. Reviewed by Rev. Jonathan Buescher
  • The Nicene Creed: An Introduction
  • by Phillip Cary. Reviewed by Rev. Dr. William Weinrich
  • A Quiet Mind to Suffer With by John Bryant. Reviewed Essay by Rev. Dr. Dennis Matyas
  • Sculptor Spirit by Leopoldo Sanchez.
  • Reviewed by Rev. Jonathan Rusnak
  • London Writings: The Spiritual and Theological Journal of Johann Hamann translated by John Kleinig. Reviewed by Rev. Matthew Huckel
  • Spiritual Warfare: For the Care of Souls by Harold Ristau. Reviewed by Rev. Timothy Pauls

Seelsorger volume 8 (summer 2023) is a topical issue focusing on the intersection of cohabitation and pastoral care.

Some highlights from Seelsorger Volume 8 (2023):

  • Rev. Harold L. Senkbeil Excursus on Sex as Christian Confession. 
  • Rev. Samuel Bobby Rhetoric and Vision: Indispensable Aids in Pastoral Care for Cohabiting Couples
  • Rev. Thomas Brown From Perverted to Predicable: Why Cohabitation Became so Normal and What the Church Can Do about It
  • Rev. Timothy Koch Inherited Sin: Serving the Cohabiting Couples You Inherit
  • Lyman Stone Demographic Trends and Insights regarding Cohabitation in North America Today
  • Dr. Beverly Yahnke By the Numbers (on cohabitation)
  • Dr. Gene Edward Veith Marriage and Culture
  • Rev. Kyle James Fittje Cohabitation and Reception of Holy Communion–An Appeal for Evangelical Discipline
  • Book Reviews
  • Review Essay I Married You by Walter Trobisch. Reviewed by Rev. Dr. Joel P. Meyer
  • Pastoral Epistles Pastoral Care Letters with evaluation

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