Hobby Writing

Some people receive the term hobbyist with negative connotations. If someone is serious about writing, they think, he or she won’t practice hobby writing. But, seriously, why care? Want to write as a hobby? GREAT! God gives us multiple vocations and, as children demonstrate every day, even our “play” can ultimately serve our neighbors well.( And I mean that even if all writing—or thinking through ideas—does is help you focus now and again!)

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Lent 2017

I haven’t felt very good so today I’ll just post a quick note saying Steadfast Lutherans has made their Lent 2017 devotional available here. Titled “A Christian Holy People,” it offers devotions on the marks of the Church as described in Luther’s, “On the Councils and the Church.” I haven’t looked through it yet, but I’m happy to share resources I hear about.

If you know of other devotional material available for Lent, feel free to share it in the comments!

PS. Silly me, I should mention Higher Things’ Reflections!

 

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Systematic Bible Studies

People have talked about four disciplines within theology: systematic, exegetic, historical, and practical. Exegesis is foundational as it draws “out” of Scripture while the other three are helpful by systematically discussing topics; recognizing worth in, and drawing upon, the historic church and theologians; and then focusing on proper application of God’s Word in pastoral care. Anyway, my dear husband had a stellar idea for systematic Bible studies.

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Two Lutheran Valentine Poems

Happy Valentine’s Day. Here are two Lutheran Valentine poems I whipped up for the occasion, one from a wife, one from a husband. (We’ll also see if condensed versions score any votes at the Sister, Daughter, Mother, Wife‘s annual Valentine Contest.) And, whether you are wed or not, may you ponder the love of Christ for His Bride, the Church, even as it affects us everyday and is memorialized and active in God’s Word and Gifts, on this day and always.

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Deathbed Scenes

It’s been a weekend of ideas for me and I’m happy to share. I’d be really interested in reading more deathbed scenes written by Lutherans. In particular, it struck me that unbelievers, or even irregular attenders, may have no idea how wrenching it can be for a believer to watch death approach a loved one.

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Scandal

I’m linking to another article today. This one addresses scandalized reading, in the double sense

 

 

https://www.fathommag.com/stories/scandalized-reading

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Looking for Inspiration to Write?

Posts don’t get simpler than this: a link to save when you want tips to get inspired to write.

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Grieving Mothers

I saw a lovely Lutheran poem for grieving mothers on Facebook/Steadfast Lutherans so today’s post simply leads you to it.

A blessed Thursday to you!

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Useful Hymns Review

In the fall of last year, (LCMS) Rev. Robin D. Fish released a great book: Useful Hymns: For Worship, Prayer, and Instruction in the Lutheran Church School and Home.  I blogged about it back then and now I happily offer my Useful Hymns review.

 

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Lutheran writing conference brainstorm

I have another review or two to write up, but I’m temporarily daydreaming about something else: a Lutheran writing conference. Now, there is something on the St. Louis campus—I’ll look into whether they plan to hold another one this year and let you know, but a writer brought it up to me today and it has me full of ideas. If there were a Lutheran writing conference brainstorm, would you be interested in being involved? Offering suggestions? Would you be interested in attending one? Maybe summer of 2018?

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