For more information, visit The Lutheran Study Bible web site, which will be updated with new information periodically. Here is what the cover of the standard, regular hardback edition will look like.
Musing on the upcoming election, I hope for two things:
(1) People do not vote for Mr. Obama because he is black.
(2) People do not vote against Mr. Obama because he is black.
I'm not voting for the man because he has, far and away, the most liberal voting record in the Senate on abortion. I just don't trust politicians who can't take some kind of stand in defense of the members of our society who are most in need of their constitutional right to life being protected. It's not a religous issue. It is a human rights issue. I'm surprised that some people can't figure that out.
A friend, Jen, a professional studio portrait photographer, just sent me this beautiful photo of the regular edition of the Treasury of Daily Prayer. She calls these kinds of things "blog candy." Enjoy!
This review by Frank G. is very typical of the remarks, observations and thank-you notes we are getting about the Treasury of Daily Prayer. The rest of this post are Frank's comments:
The Treasury Of Daily Prayer
I’d seen all the press on the blogs, heard all the radio ads from folks
I love to hear preach like Cwirla and Weedon, and I’ve seen the endless
promotion by Rev. McCain over at Cyberbrethren but I just thought it
was all too good to be true.
I’m here to say that all the hype…. was well deserved and it was earned in spades.
tried for years to put together a resource from a patchwork of
devotional books, Scripture and sermons, hymnals, and everything else I
could get my hands on to use a devotional resource. The problem with
using a patchwork of items is that not everything always seed to fit
together perfectly for ease of use while maintaining the level of
theological depth that my missus and I look for.
It’s all here
in one book; Psalms, Scripture readings, canticles, hymns, the orders
of the day like Matins, Vespers, Compline, and morning and evening
prayers, the Small Catechism and readings from the Lutherans
Confessions as well as the historic Church fathers. It’s… all… there!
longer will I be wanting as the Treasury of Daily Prayer exceeded my
every expectation. Do yourself a favor folks, give it a try. I told my
missus last night that this is the finest thing CPH has ever put out
and needs to be on every person’s desk whether they be layperson or
clergy; it doesn’t matter. I said that last night and I’m saying it
again now, get this book; it is the very best daily devotional resource
I’ve ever seen.
Our friends in Latvia have been working on translating Concordia Publishing House's Growing in Christ Sunday School curriculum, into Latvian, and we have received some photos of the first results. Here is one.
This is a humorous indictment of the tyranny of PowerPoint [poorly used?] as an effective medium of communication. What if Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in PowerPoint?
Gentle reader, if your congregation has a web site and if you want that web site actually to help people keep your web site simple, neat and clean. First impressions are lasting ones. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Be sure to have the following prominently displayed* on your home page:
Provide a full address, including the street number and zip code, city, state adn zip. Make it easy for people to locate where you are. Consider, if possible, inserting a Mapquest widget for the visitor to your web site.
Church telephone/contact information:
A full telephone number and e-mail address.
Make sure the phone number is working. Make sure it has a message indicating service times and location, if it is not answered by a human.
Make sure the e-mail address is one that is actually read and that somebody actually replies to messages.
Worship service times:
Provide accurate times when your services start.
Providing a link titled "For Visitors" and take the visitor to a very *brief* description of what they might need to know when they visit your church for the first time. Parking places for them. Cry room. Restrooms, etc. etc.
In other words, consider your congregation's web site to be a key "entry point" for visitors to your congregation.
Visitors to your web site with loads of data right away. The main purpose of your web site for visitors is to find out where you are and what time your worship services are.
You might think all this is obvious, but it never ceases to amaze me how hard some congregation web sites are to use and how difficult they make it finding even the most basic information.
*Note: "Prominently displayed" and "clearly displayed" means:
In legible large type.
On your home page.
Do not use goofy typefaces, like a brush script.
These are copies of the bonded leather and the skivertex, they were among just a small handful of samples that arrived just this morning. The rest of the shipment will come in on Thursday and Friday and we will start filling orders as quickly as we can. We have well over 1,000 backorders and will fill orders "first come, first serve." In the photo below, the Skyvertex regular edition is on the left, bonded leather on the right. Sorry about the photo quality, it is just a shot from the cheapo camera built into the computer.
This beautiful book offers reflections of a medical doctor on the physical and mental anguish Jesus endured in the hours leading up to His death. Enrich your meditation on Christ's passion using prayers and hymns paired with moving commentary and masterpieces of art from artist including Michelangelo, Rubens, Dali, and Siqueiros.
This devotional book can be used any time during the Church Year to reflect on the Passion of Jesus, but is particularly appropriate during the seasons of Lent and Holy Week.
Gerard Joseph Stanley Sr., MD, has practiced family medicine for more than twenty-five years. He also has served as clinical preceptor for the medical school faculties of the University of Iowa, The University of Nebraska, and Creighton Medical School. He currently practices medicine in Butler, Missouri, south of Kansas City. For more than twenty years, Dr Stanley has traveled and presented on the topic of Christ’s Passion.
Kent J. Burreson, PhD, served four years in parish ministry while completing his doctorate in liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame. Since 2000, he has served on the faculty of the Department of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.
There is potential for confusion among Lutherans now that Crossway has released its ESV Study Bible. Here are some key points and facts. Feel free to share this information with whomever you believe would benefit from it. Many Lutherans have heard about the new forthcoming study bible: The Lutheran Study Bible.
• The Lutheran Study Bible is not the ESV Study Bible, with Lutheran content.
• The Lutheran Study Bible has nothing to do with the ESV Study Bible, nor does it make any use of the ESV Study Bible.
• The Lutheran Study Bible uses the English Standard Version translation, but all the study notes, introductions, articles, etc. are uniquely Lutheran and were developed exclusively and entirely for The Lutheran Study Bible. There is nothing borrowed from the ESV Study Bible or any other non-Lutheran study Bible.
• The Lutheran Study Bible is the first-ever, from the ground-up, completely Lutheran study Bible in English.
• The Lutheran Study Bible is on schedule for delivery in October 2009.
We need to say, with all sincere and due respect to our friends at Crossway, that while we honor and respect their devotion to Christ and their commitment to basic historic Christian truth, we need to recognize the significant difference in theology and understanding of Christian truth that continue to separate Reformed and Lutheran churches to this day, which are quite apparent throughout the ESV Study Bible. And we are sure they would also acknowledge and recognize these differences, which, in fact, we know they do.
While the ESV Study Bible will, no doubt, serve well as a reference resource, it certainly can not, due to its very serious theological flaws, serve as the study Bible of choice for Lutheran Christians interested in a study Bible that is genuinely faithful to the whole counsel of God and to those truths as properly set forth in the Lutheran Confessions. Here are reasons why this must be said.
The goals set for The ESV Study Bible are very good (p. 10) and clearly helped guide the development of the project. Overall, the notes are scholarly and evangelical. However, the description of the book’s doctrinal perspective as “classical evangelical orthodoxy, in the historic stream of the Reformation” (p. 10) raises some points of concern. The reality is that the ESV Study Bible is a presentation of classic Zwinglian/Calvinist doctrine, the so-called “Reformed” theology, with the very strong influence of decision-based American Evangelicalism.
A new post on the Book of Concord discussion blog takes up this vital question.
By Uwe Siemon-Netto
column requires a caveat: I am not an American citizen and therefore
neither a Republican nor a Democrat. But as a German residing
permanently in the United States I believe I have a duty to opine on at
least one aspect of the upcoming elections – the question whether years
from now Americans will have to wrestle with collective shame, just as
I have had to deal with collective shame over what has happened in
Germany in my childhood for my entire life.
was West Germany’s first postwar president, Theodor Heuss, who coined
the phrase, “collective shame” contrasting it with the notion of
collective guilt, which he rejected. No, I cannot be expected to feel
guilty for crimes the Nazis committed while I was still in elementary
school. But as a bearer of a German passport I have never ceased
feeling ashamed because three years before I was born German voters
elected leaders planning the annihilation of millions of innocent
am certain that in 1933 most Germans did not find the Nazis’
anti-Semitic rhetoric particularly attractive. What made them choose
Hitler, then? It was the economy, stupid, and presumably injured
national pride, and similar issues. This came to mind as I read the
latest Faith in Life poll of issues Americans in general and white
evangelicals in particular consider “very important” in this year’s