A New Bo Giertz Must Have Resource: Then Fell the Lord’s Fire

In his post “The Whole Debt is Paid,” Tullian Tchividjian–our opening speaker at MBird 2013!–recounts a phenomenon […]

JDK / 1.28.13


In his post “The Whole Debt is Paid,” Tullian Tchividjian–our opening speaker at MBird 2013!–recounts a phenomenon that has changed the way he views ministry. He writes:

I have a long way to go (bad habits die slowly, for sure). But a Copernican revolution of sorts has taken place in my own heart regarding the need to preach the law then the gospel without going back to the law as a means of keeping God’s favor. May God raise up a generation of preachers who storm the gates of worldliness with “It is finished.””

In this account, he is not only describing an experience that lies at the heart of our work here through Mockingbird, but doing so in reference to one of our favorite booksThe Hammer of God—by the late (great) Swedish Lutheran Bishop, Bo Giertz. This name will not be unfamiliar to longtime Mockingbird readers, because his work is often on the first list of books we recommend when people who have had a similar “Copernican revolution” ask “what do I read now?”


In addition to The Hammer of God  and his AMAZING daily devotional called To Live With Christ, I’m excited to be able to add another Giertz resource to that list! Thanks to the work of love that is translation, Bror Erikson has brought us a volume of Giertz’s sermons and reflections entitled Then Fell the Lord’s Fire that is a must have for anyone who has found themselves in need of some good books after the “revolution.” With 28 sermons, Then Fell the Lord’s Fire is a practical textbook for how the distinction between law and Gospel unlocks the entire Bible—both Old and New Testaments—as the witness to God’s undying mercies. The 10 essays—covering a range of topics from preaching justification by Faith to what it means to be a pastor—illustrate how when law and Gospel are rightly distinguished from each other, the work of the church becomes imminently practical because it is unequivocally pastoral. In other words, he shows how if you’re not hearing why the Gospel is GOOD news, then you’re not hearing the Gospel.


Consequently, the book will be of interest to both ordained and layreaders, because it will teach preachers how to preach and lay people what to listen for from their pastors. As a Lutheran Bishop, there are aspects of Giertz’s work that cover concerns that may not be shared by people in other traditions; however, what can be celebrated among all, and something that is evident from the first sentence to the last, is his deep concern that preachers bring the life giving message of the Gospel to a law-wearied world. I can’t recommend this book enough, particularly as a pastor who–like Tullian–is reading after the revolution in my own heart, because through it you will be encouraged, inspired, and most importantly, ministered to once again by the promise: “It is finished.”

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8 responses to “A New Bo Giertz Must Have Resource: Then Fell the Lord’s Fire”

  1. Matt Schneider says:

    Jady, What providence! Someone gave me a copy of “Then Fell the Lord’s Fire” as an ordination gift recently, AND I am reading “Hammer of God” right now and can’t hardly put it down.

  2. For what it is worth, I do think that is a splendid ordination gift if I do say so myself!

  3. Matt Schneider says:

    Bror, more serendipity that the translator is reading Mockingbird. What a small world indeed!

  4. I lurk here mostly, but every once in a while…

  5. Curt Benham says:

    I wept tears of joy all the way through The Hammer of God, so I can’t wait to get my hands on Then Fell the Lord’s Fire. Thank you Bror for your good work.

  6. I do appreciate this review! I’ll tell you translating this book gave me lots of pause for thought and reflection for my years as a pastor. More than that it brought encouragement and the gospel applied to the pastor’s soul. Things like that can’t go untranslated.

  7. dirtyrottensaint says:

    Wow, how cool to find out about this. The Hammer of God has long been at the top of my list and a couple of years ago I used To Live with Christ as my daily devotional and loved it. I think my very positive review is still on Amazon. OK, time to check it out. Thanks Mockingbird!

  8. Another good one is Christ’s Church: Her Biblical Roots, Her Dramatic History, Her Saving Presence, Her Glorious Future: http://www.amazon.com/Christs-Church-Biblical-Dramatic-Presence/dp/1608997030/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_z

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