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The Necessary Distinction

I got behind on finishing Pless’s Handling the Word of Truth since I set it down . . . somewhere . . . but a five star review is still coming from me for that reread. In the meantime, I found out about a new book set to come out from CPH titled The Necessary Distinction: A Continuing Conversation on Law and Gospel

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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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Reasons Not to be Lutheran

I have now seen it all. Maybe you’ve seen it, too: Rev. Jonathan Fisk posted a picture of Reasons Not to be Lutheran: A Complete, Exhaustive and Certain Guide by Dr. Thomas D. McAdam.

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Dear Mother

Look what I got in the mail! Dear Mother, a set of devotions for new mothers commissioned by LWML, is now in print. I think it will be available for purchase at the LWML National Convention this summer in Albuquerque. Then at LWML vendor tables after that. 🙂

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Ruth Chinery and “Out of the Woods”

Let’s talk about something perfectly charming: a Lutheran eighth grader has published her first book! Out of the Woods looks like a charming read about an eleven year old who runs into the woods with her twin brother and gets lost. According to the back of the book, Ruth Chinery completed her first draft in fifth grade and now, five drafts and three years later, it’s published. Way to go! I may be a stranger, but I am so proud of your tenacity! That’s the way to do it: get it down, spend the time and energy, and then hold that book in your hands!

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Comic Book David’s Mighty Men

I found out about something pretty inspiring. A 15-year-old pastor’s son by the name of Adam Boggs has put together, and made available, a comic book David’s Mighty Men: A Comic Book based on 2 Samuel 23:8-39.

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Christmas Movies

An early Christmas present! My dad wrote the post I meant to! 🙂 Here’s a link to some ideas for Christmas movies and reading.

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The Gift and the Defender

I like many kinds of books, but sometimes I find one that makes me think, “Wow, did he really just go there?” The Gift and the Defender is one of those books in the best sense possible. Adventure and unbelievable “fortune” collide as LCMS Pastor Tyrel Bramwell offers an insightful tale about human nature.

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The Great Church Crisis

I learned about another Lutheran author! Bethany Kilcrease is Associate Professor of History at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. According to a biographical blurb, “She has written and spoken on late-Victorian Anglicanism and Parliamentary politics, Protestant responses to the Boer war, anti-Catholicism in popular literature, and the role of Victorian Catholic apologists in popularizing science.” Her book, The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism, 1898-1906will be published and presumably released next Monday, December 12, 2016.

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Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

Fall is in the air. Our congregation just had its “Thanks for Giving” turkey supper. It’s time to take a breath of contentment before the holiday season begins. And, after that brief moment, I am pleased to announce that my friend, Rev. Chris Matthis (LCMS), has released another book: Looking for God in All the Wrong Places: Sermons for Advent and Christmas. (To be honest, it includes Epiphany, too. :))

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