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Unless I See

I had two unexpected thoughts today, once in Bible Study discussing the Passover and the other during the sermon. You know how Thomas says, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe”? (Admittedly, I’m more pro-Thomas than many.) It occurred to me that here is a profound reliance upon the Incarnation. While Thomas should have believed from Jesus’ own words, surely we can understand him doubting the manic-and-rather-paranoid disciples.

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Until as a Theological Statement

Until as a Theological Statement. Have you thought about it? I was reading a book to my seven-year old daughter, and at the end she said she didn’t like it. Didn’t approve. Why? Because why in the world would the author say Jesus is with you until morning light? I’ll admit I smiled pretty brightly at that level of recognition!

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A Reintroduction

(Blessed Easter Monday! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!)          I’ve had another book idea. It’s kind of basic. So basic, in fact, that I’m surprised it hasn’t been done. It would be a reintroduction to Christianity, suitable to hand to unbelievers, especially those who acknowledge they don’t know much about Jesus.

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Devotions for New Mothers

Writing is a funny business. It can be so intense, yet involve so much waiting! Imagine my delight, then, when I received an image of the approved cover for a project that only recently passed doctrinal review! Yay!

LWML asked me to write Dear Mother: Devotions for New Mothers, and it looks like its making steady progress, entirely out of my hands.

Out of my hands: just the way I like it!

Ok, some times.

I’ll tell you more when it becomes available, but basically it’s a short, pocket devotional with little letters offering some Titus 2 comfort. The kind of thing you can pick up from an LWML gift table and share with new mothers in your congregation or other circles.

Happy writing, happy waiting, and happy waiting some more! And, I wish you those happy moments when you realize projects are making progress even out of sight.

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Refuge

I must have flaked out somewhere, because I posted a link prematurely yesterday. In it Katie Schuermann offers great writing advice! I particularly like her line that no one has time to write a book. So true!!! Anyway, I hope you check out that article here.

Today’s post just asks, “How about a Bible study on the cities of refuge?” Yes, refugees are a serious topic and, yes, the church should address it quickly and effectively. Still, I think a Bible study specifically on the cities of refuge could stir up a lot of questions about unintentional crime and sin, just punishments, etc. I think this, too, would be very timely for discussions within the church, and who has studied it on a Sunday morning?

Our modern concept of refuge and refugees is . . . harder to discuss when comparing with our nomadic fathers of the faith, for instance. And, conflating modern connotations with ancient practices makes for tricky language-work sometimes.

What do you think? Want to tackle the Cities of Refuge? Or do you have any great insights into how a Bible study could address modern notions of refuge and refuges?

In the meantime, love and serve your neighbors, whoever and wherever may they be! 🙂

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Free Marriage Booklet

I love free resources, and even more I love seeing the Church in action, sharing the merciful love of the Gospel as well as precious wisdom along the way. Want a free marriage booklet? A good Lutheran one?! I do! And, I’m very excited to see that someone has had exactly that idea. Below is a link to a post with a download. A Lutheran pastor is looking for feedback on this pre-release form, and he hopes to have a finalized version available around Eastertime. AWESOME!

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Vulnerable

I attended a great church workers’ conference early this week and I am so thankful for all the good stuff rolling around in my head now! I’m still short on sleep so this post will be a brief one. It’s occurred to me that I do not realize how vulnerable I am. And, vulnerability is part of why we pray, both motivating us in humility toward God and instigating us to pray all the more against evil and the devil!

As writers, vulnerability is an important facet to our craft. We sneak into our readers’ place. We wiggle into characters and finagle scenarios. We exploit plots, lead through loop holes, etc.

So, if you’re just looking for something to think about today, think about just how vulnerable you are, and just how soundly our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ rescues us from death, the devil, and our own sinful flesh!

Thanks be to God!

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Art Therapy

Along the lines of yesterday: I don’t know too much about art therapy, but today I’m linking to an article by Vanessa Rasanen in which creativity helps her keep, and seek, balance. I thought writers would be able to relate and appreciate the perspective!

I may not be able to craft visual arts, but I do think beauty is tremendously underrated. May God’s gifts in beauty be therapeutic to us all.

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Random sacramental poem

Random poem of mine I found in my many scattered notes about the Sacraments/Means of Grace. 🙂 I won’t hold my breath that this will be helpful, but we can encourage each other to tinker, too, can’t we?

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Christian Standard Bible

A Lutheran translation of the Bible is coming out! But, instead of discussing whether or not it’s a good idea, how about we consider how it reflects ideas about relevance, language, nuance, etc.? A Cranach blog post on the upcoming edition here. I encourage you to read it and the goals behind the translation to see how much you agree, as a writer as well as a Lutheran, agree with Evangelical Heritage Version on Christian Standard Bible post.

Thank you, thank you, collection of various people, for not giving it too crazy a name. Thank you!

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