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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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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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Masons

Do you know your denomination’s stance on Masons and secret societies? Because a novel could do a great justice to that topic. Continue reading

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Lutheranism in WWI

Is there historical fiction about Lutheranism in WWI? German churches and towns in Wisconsin changing their names and pronunciations in an attempt to avoid persecution? I think there’d be a lot of stuff to plumb for a novel or two.

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St. Louis Historical Fiction

Ok, this one relies more on my memory than yesterdays. It seems to me there was a great outbreak during the time of CFW Walther. The pastors stayed and fought to survive with their people. But what about writing St. Louis historical fiction about another pastor at that time?

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Dust Bowl

Historical fiction: are you ready? Follow a young Lutheran to boarding school at St. John’s in Winfield, Kansas. (It was a real two-year school, graduating something like 9,000 students.) Have him or her become a teacher (and organist, as was usual for the day). Then follow that teacher to the dust bowl in Oklahoma!

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Conspiracy Theorist

I think a super funny novel could be written about a Lutheran conspiracy theorist. Whether it revolves around the anti-Christ or not, that might be a book that’s never been done. 🙂

If it has, I totally want to hear about it!

I’d kinda like the conspiracy theorist to be right. lol

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The Fear of the Lord

I vividly remember the first time I read, “I should fear, love, and trust in the Lord” from Luther’s Small Catechism. My little heart started to pound. I had a moment of panic, wondered whether I’d mis-learned about God! “Fear?” What exact is the fear of the Lord? And, what’s the right way to fear the Lord?

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