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Lutheran Songbird Project

I found out about a charming new project: The Lutheran Songbird Project. The goal?

The LSP seeks to provide high quality vocals for some of the most beloved Christian songs and hymns of all time. All songs are public domain.

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Commemoration of Hymnwriters

Happy Commemoration of Hymnwriters Philipp Nicolai, Johann Heermann and Paul Gerhardt! ūüôā I know. You all made cakes to honor it, didn’t you. Still it’s a good day to honor the writers who came before us and have blessed generations with their powerful texts and biblical messages! Raise a glass or a song!

In more Reformational news, I’ve got a selection of Reformation videos to share with you today.

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Kloria’s Two New Reformation Books

I got a press release from Kloria Publishing about Kloria’s two new Reformation books:¬†¬†A Mighty Fortress is Our God¬†and¬†Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word.¬†I’ve written about Kloria and their previous release,¬†God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It,¬†and I’m thrilled to say the excerpts of these illustrated hymn texts look just as good!

 

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Learn Organ-Free Resource

In gathering for my somewhat random Lutheran free resource page, I’ve sort of sought far and wide. Finally, a thought really struck a chord! Learn organ-free resource!!! We all know there’s a growing shortage of organ-players, and I think it’s safe to say that’s in part because¬†there are fewer and fewer organ teachers at local levels. Guess what I found?

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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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Hymn text translation

For all of you German-singing carolers, Latin-lauding educators, and traditional textists, I’ve got an article for you: “The Challenge: Finding Translators for Hymn Texts.” It offers a little insight into the LCMS hymn writing symposium held this past fall, as well as the need for hymn text translation around the world. Continue reading

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God’s Own Child

I announced a Lutheran children’s book that caught my eye a while ago, and now it’s time to offer my review of God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It. Looking for a friendly way to introduce powerful hymnody to a child? Looking for baptismal birthday presents or a thoughtful gift for families with young children visiting your church? Or, just plain happy to see good Lutheran texts paired with illustrations for a powerful Gospel service? Then this is the thing for you!
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Carolyn Brinkley

I recently ran across an article with a nugget so profound that I’m still thinking about it. And, it happens to be written by a very sweet, endearing woman: Carolyn Brinkley, an LCMS¬†deaconess who devotes much of her time to helping Lutheran military and chaplains overseas have much needed Lutheran resources.

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Reformation Hymn Winner

Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the Lutheran Reformation Hymn Competition has been announced, and the piece is well worth hearing. Below is a link complete with a video of the song sung. Congratulations, Rev. Dr. Wilfred L. Karsten, 2016 Reformation hymn winner!

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Hymn Example

Seven days left for the hymn contest! To encourage you, I asked a hymn-writer if he could offer us a glimpse into something he’s written: a hymn example for our consideration with a little of his thinking behind it. Rev. Mark Preus, who writes Lutheran poetry especially in its hymnic form at Revive Lutheran Hymns, kindly responded with the following. Would any more of you hymn-writers like to share and so encourage? Just let me know!

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