Lutheran Hour Speakers:|
Dr. Oswald C. J. Hoffmann
Lutheran Hour speaker, 1955-1988
On September 25, 1955, Dr. Oswald Hoffmann initiated the 23rd
season as Lutheran Hour speaker. He served in that position for
thirty-three years, broadcasting his last Lutheran Hour program
from mainland China on Christmas Day, 1988.
Before beginning his service as speaker of "The Lutheran Hour," Dr.
Hoffmann served as a pastor, as a college professor, and as director
of public relations for the Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod.
Hoffmann was chairman of the translations committee of the American
Bible Society, and in 1977 he was elected president of the United
Recognized as one of the outstanding personalities of the Protestant
world, he brought to the position a wealth of scholarship, ability,
and experience. His autobiography, What Is There to Say But Amen?
was published in 1996.
Hoffmann's years as speaker intersected with the Civil Rights
movement, the war in Vietnam, and the Watergate scandal. His
words on despair, guilt, death, forgiveness, and the hope
of the resurrection seemed to have been addressed to the mood
of the nation, which now, more than forty-five years later,
still ring true. They still point us to the cross of Christ
and His resurrection. They still call us to faith in Christ