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Ash Wednesday

Many of us are having an . . . odd and difficult week due to weather and energy conservation, and you’ll forgive me that I hate writing entire posts from my phone. So here’s a timely link (https://www.whatdoesthismean.org/lifted-voice–brian-hamer/on-psalms-hymns-and-spiritual-songs-psalm-51-by-georg-philipp-telemann) and a reminder that we’re in this together.

Lord, have mercy.

Thanks be to God that He does.

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Reading with the Early Church Fathers

Maybe you’ve seen this. It was posted back on November 30, 2o2o, but now is when I’m sharing it: Dr. Geoff Boyle’s “Reading the Old Testament with the Early Church Fathers.” 🙂

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+Carl Schalk+

Professor Carl Schalk, a beloved Lutheran professor and composer, died last week. I didn’t have the heart to write up a post about it then, but then Rev. Martin Noland wrote up a lovely Facebook post about him that included some good links.

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A Century of Consecration

Deaconess Cheryl D. Naumann is a woman I greatly respect and admire and she’s published another book! A Century of Consecration: A Collection of Sermons Preached at the Consecration, Commissioning or Installation of Deaconesses sounds great and, you know, self-explanatory. 🙂

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Antidotes for Drama

What are antidotes for drama? Trust. Patience. Love. Honestly? Unconsciousness. Sleep is looking pretty good to me these days.

What else can you think of? I do love a good book. I played extra piano yesterday. There’s been so much on my heart lately. Too much to do. Too many ways to turns.

But at least there are still things well worth pouring one’s heart out for. So let’s remember that. 🙂 

Today my middle daughter turns 9. We’ll have sour cream scones for breakfast and apple pie following schwarma for dinner. I’ll cut butter, shred cucumber for tzatziki, and spend time with my family.

Maybe today the only drama will be between my daughters.

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Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

I shared this on Facebook because it really is a great deal. Christianbook.com is having a sale. Now, they almost always have sales, but if you’re interested in the 1o volume set Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, this is the sale! 79% off! Only $149.99.

Is it explicitly Lutheran? No.  Will you find it as a common resource in LCMS pastor offices? Yes. It’s published by Eerdmans.

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Gathering Pearls

I have a bit of a sad post today. There’s a book I want you to get, but there are very few available and I’m sorry to report that the Lutheran author has gone to the Lord early. Still, I present to you Gathering Pearls by Lutheran author William Schuh.

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A week off

While I didn’t exactly mean to take a week off, it sure looks like things are headed in that direction. 🙂 I’ve started playing piano for church and I just have too much music to learn to have much free time. 

I did write a poem last week, so maybe I’ll share that on Christmas. 🙂

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12 Days of Christmas

Ladies & Gentlemen, do you have plans for the 12 Days of Christmas? I’m trying to  make a list and check it twice, but I’m running low on ideas!

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The Donkey, A Poem for the First Sunday in Advent

A friend shared this on Facebook a bit pre-season, so I can happily share this with you on time. 😉 For your pleasure, “The Donkey,” by GK Chesterton:

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