James A. Nestingen
Professor Emeritus of Church History

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Sources And Contexts of the Book of Concord
"Luther on Genesis." Word & World (Winter 1993).
"The Reformation: Challenges and Responses." Interpretation (Summer 1992).
"Forde's Theological Vocation: A Premature Retrospective." dialog (Winter 1992).
"Ministry in the Early Church." In Called and Ordained: Lutheran Perspectives on the Office of Ministry Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1990.
"Preaching Repentance." The Lutheran Quarterly (Winter 1990).
"Preaching the Catechism." Word & World (Winter 1989).
"Major Shifts in the Interpretation of Romans." Word & World (Fall 1986).
"The Lenten First Lessons." "Text and Context." Word & World (Winter 1985).
Numerous articles in The Lutheran, Lutheran Partners, Lutheran Women Today, Lutheran Teacher, and The Lutheran Standard
The Faith We Hold. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1983.
Martin Luther: His Life and Teachings. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1982.
Roots of Our Faith. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1978.
Free To Be. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1975. (with Gerhard Forde)


Th.D.St. Michael's College, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
M.Div., M.Th.Luther Theological Seminary
St. Paul, MN
1971, 1978
B.A.Concordia College
Moorhead, MN


James Nestingen was first affiliated with Luther Seminary as an instructor from 1976-78. After serving two years as assistant to the pastor of St. Ansgar Lutheran Church in Toronto, Canada, he returned to Luther Seminary as assistant professor of church history in 1980. He was named professor of church history in 1992 and professor emeritus of church history in 2006.

A graduate of Concordia College,



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