Category Archives: As Theological Writers

Outside Lutheran publishing

When I pursued my MA in theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, sometimes I’d get annoyed at all the non-Lutheran books we were reading. I wanted to read all the good stuff before I had to discern other lenses. I’ve learned a few things since then. First, a person needs to discern no matter who the publisher is. Second, some people look down on books from outside Lutheran publishing no matter what. Lutherans can be so “Lutheran-focused” that good stuff can slip right by.

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Necessary Distinction

Today is the release day for The Necessary Distinction: A Continuing Conversation on Law & Gospel!

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Christianizing Robots

I’ve got a story idea to share today from a regular contributor to the Cranach blog, Carl Vehse, about Christianizing robots. 🙂

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Blowin in the Wind

The answer, my friend, is blowin in the wind. Seriously. You just have to understand the sentence–and the question!–differently.

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5 Tips

Below is a link to “5 Tips for Writing a Likeable “Righteous” Character.” What would 5 tips for writing a realistic character look like for us as Lutherans?

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Beggars

Today I’m linking to an article that shows a great deal of perspective. And, isn’t perspective part of what writers crave? The insight and context of what’s around—and within—us? In particular, this post addresses Luther’s famous last phrase about beggars.

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Help Church Worker Wellness

This post is particularly for LCMS church workers or their families about a project that may be able to help us all, rostered or otherwise. 🙂 Heidi Goehmann is helping to put together a collection of 30 free devotions to help church worker wellness within the LCMS. There will be a  synod church worker wellness site offering them as free PDFs and then everyone can benefit! The premise is worker-to-worker, hence the restriction on who writes for it.

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Pictures and Analogies

Let’s talk about pictures and analogies a little today. If I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now. Analogies only go so far. To me, analogies seem to work best for adults who don’t press limits. Analogies are a loose way of finding examples. Pictures are funny though, because they have a close relationship to analogies, depending on what you’re writing about. Hence, I’m a little stuck in my current writing project. I want my piece to be biblical rather than analogous, but, well, Jesus used parables for very good reasons.

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My Little ABC Liturgy Book

I know I announced the release of My Little ABC Liturgy Book by Rev. Gaven Mize back in the spring, but now I’ll give you my review. 🙂 (I’m on a role for writing reviews! Yay! It’s been a while in coming—I meant to review this back in April!)

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Spirituality of the Cross

The Spirituality of the Cross is an excellent book by Gene Edward Veith. Perhaps my favorite of his (though lesser known gems include The Gift of Art: The Place of the Arts in Scripture and Loving God with All Your Mind: Thinking as a Christian in the Postmodern World) . Spirituality of the Cross conveys both content and vernacular language with which to communicate theological substance, but, better yet, it is so well-written! I reread it yesterday, and I still marvel. It is inspirational to me, as a Lutheran and as a Lutheran writer.

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