Kids in the Divine Service

Hello, everybody. I’ve been gathering free Lutheran resources for my “Crafts and Crafted-for-Free” resource page, and I thought I’d bring you up to speed. The latest add is a set of free PDFs titled Kids in the Divine Service. They were put together by Rev. Christopher Thoma (who was a DCE before becoming an LCMS pastor) and the LCMS Commission on Worship (hm, perhaps former commission on worship).

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Christian Fiction

I meant to post this ages ago: Publisher’s Weekly wrote a piece titled, “Christian Fiction Keeps its Allure.”

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Casting Stones

LCMS Deaconess Heidi Goehmann has released another women’s Bible study! Casting Stones: A Study of Ecclesiastes 3 (An I Love My Shepherd Study) is now available through Amazon in kindle and book format.

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Writing about Sleep

Does it sound dumb that I kind of want to try my hand writing about sleep? It wouldn’t exactly be about sleep. I actually think it’d be an interesting angle to see just how applicable biblical theology is.

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Read Like a Lutheran 2017

I hadn’t heard they were doing it again, but apparently they are. CPH is once again offering the “Read like a Lutheran” summer reading program. They’ve tweaked the read.cph.org website and, so far, it seems easier than ever. 🙂

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God’s Harvest

Michelle Lynn Swope—who I introduced to you regarding her first collection of poetry, Through Time’s Looking Glass—has now released another collection to surprise, encourage, and ease your cares, one poem at a time: God’s Harvest.

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So You Want to Be A Writer

This is a good time to be reminded about Katie Schuermann, who has two great releases out this month! So, today we have a helpful guest post from her titled, “So You Want to Be A Writer?”

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Frankenmuth

My book-idea-sharing extravaganza is almost over, just another one or two for a while. Write historical fiction about Frankenmuth and the Lutheran outreach to the Native Americans.

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Schisms

I think there could be either a novel or Bible study treatment of schisms. There’s the biblical schisms against false teachers, the tension between Jerusalem and the Gentiles. Then, there are schismatic heresies: gnosticism, arianism, etc. A lot of rich stuff people rarely know about.

There’s the Eastern/Western schism. The Protestant expulsion from Roman Catholicism, and the concept of catholic is one still well worth considering.

There is the schism of divorce, of leaving one confession for another, and more. Oh, there’s the denominational affect of claiming to be non-denominational!!!! As though there are non-denoms stemming from various traditions! lol

What do you think? Could there be a single study over those? Or would a novel be able to treat each one separately to greater effect?

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Military Boy

Ready for this idea for a novel? Follow a military boy, whose family is in the process of converting. Have him write a journal as he processes the family changes and religious instruction. He could be stationed abroad, homeschooling, exploring liturgical life for the first time, considering the Ten Commandments, etc., struggling to process what his parents are accepting.

This idea intrigues me quite a bit. And, I think it could help people see how homeschooling incorporates religious instruction in a way both individualized and thorough!

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