Monthly Archives: November 2019

A Party with the Great Cloud of Witnesses

Katie Koplin is joining forces with Gretchen Baker for an Advent Bible Study on The Gift of Faith: A Party with the Great Cloud of Witnesses.

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2020 Advent Resources

Time to list some of the 2020 Advent Resources. 🙂 You’ll forgive me if I’m prone to listing the freebies on the Internet, won’t you?

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Limited Time Art Offer

Happy Thanksgiving! I wish you a day full of gratitude and possibly pumpkin! 🙂 But I also want to tell you about a limited time art offer by none other than Lutheran artist Ed Riojas!

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CPH Thanksgiving Sale

Ladies & gentlemen, CPH is having a Thanksgiving Sale and several quality books are listed at only $5! Plus more at $7! Be sure to check it out! 😀

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Promising Faith for a Ruptured Age

We can admit that even academically-minded Lutherans can have wide gaps in the Lutheran theologians they’ve studied. We could probably demonstrate that pretty easily with a timeline. Luther’s time? Check. Walther’s time? Check. Other times? Well . . . not so much. Yet, thanks be to God that there have been faithful theologians and pastors in every age. (Right?!) And along the lines of learning about additional Lutheran theologians, I’m pleased to announce an “English-Speaking Appreciation of [the contemporary theologian] Oswald Bayer,” titled Promising Faith for a Ruptured Age.

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The Bestman, the Bride and the Wedding

Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve been reading a pretty breathtaking series of books: The Chronicles of Peniel. I read them out of order, which strangely I almost recommend. The first in the series, The Bestman, the Bride and the Wedding by Lutheran Pastor Michael L. McCoy was absolutely unlike anything I’ve ever read before. If you are interested in the role fiction can play in communicating intricacies of the faith, you should get this, particularly for how it portrays the Office of the Holy Ministry. Please do note, however, I would not classify it as a family read aloud.

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Without Dreams . . .

Lutheran author and artist Ray Spitzenberger commented on his Facebook the other day about seeing a message on Facebook: “Without dreams we reach nothing.” He applied it to himself, as he continues to write and pursue his passions, so let’s go ahead and apply it to ourselves, too. 🙂 We’ll find we’re in good company with him.

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Aaaaaaaaaand . . .

The twins both got sick yesterday. A double-whammy of four-year old tummy problems. But you know what? The day wasn’t entirely lost. Even days such as those have their blessings and high points.

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Lutheran Christmas Books

I know, I know. It isn’t Christmas yet. But that’s sort of the point. I’d like to remind you about Lutheran Christmas (and Advent) books, but I’d prefer not to do it a) during Advent, or b) when shipping time might be a factor. So look these over now when even media mail should get ’em to you in time for Advent & Christmas reading. 🙂 And, while you think about it, let me know about titles I’ve missed.

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Conference Rehash

Time for a little conference rehash! I am happy to report that I attended two very good conferences at Concordia Theological Seminary this past week: the Good Shepherd Institute, which focuses on pastoral care and sacred music, with its theme of “A Living Tradition and Something New,” and a Symposium for Hymn Writers and Translators with the theme, “Teach Us Jesus Christ to Know Aright.”

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