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Special Pricing on Lutheranism 101: The Course and a FREE Leader’s Guide

August 23rd, 2011 4 comments

Perhaps you noticed that red “free” button? You did? Good.

I wanted to underscore something you may have missed in my post yesterday about Lutheranism 101 and to let you know about a free resource we’re providing with it.

First, it is available now for only $5.00 a copy when you place your order and use promo code YTH at checkout. Order it here.

Second, we have a FREE Leader’s Guide for the resource. Click here to download it.

Sound good?

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Lutheranism 101: The Course – In Stock and Shipping – Combo Pack Offer Available

August 22nd, 2011 1 comment

I told you about the Lutheranism 101 workbook we were publishing, well I’m happy to tell you that it is now available for purchase. It is very well done, on nice white paper, easy to write on/in, and the same design as Lutheranism 101. This is just what so many people have been asking us for: “Hey, CPH, are you going to do some kind of course or workbook on Lutheranism 101?” Answer: “Yup.” A copy of Lutheranism 101: The Course is just $6.99 a pop. You can place your order on our web site, click here, or call 800-325-3040 and say, “Hey, CPH, give me one of them there Lutheranism 101: The Course book things” or words to that effect. You can see a sample by clicking this link.

GOOD NEWS: Special introductroy offer for Lutheranism 101: The Course only $5.00 each!

Use promo code YTH at checkout.

But wait, there’s more!

We are now offering a “bundle” deal, when you order the Lutheranism 101 “combo pack” which consists of a copy of Lutheranism 101 and a copy of Lutheranism 101:  The Course. It’s a great deal at only $19.99 for both resources. Take advantage of this offer by clicking here.

Here is more information from our web site about it:

Lutheranism 101: The Course works closely with Lutheranism 101 to take the reader deeper into the teaching, doctrine, or practice being presented. Sometimes that means digging into the text of Lutheranism 101 and exploring connections that are being made. Other times it means working with Scripture or some of the primary Lutheran resources for doctrine and practice.

For those new to Lutheranism and for those who want a fresh approach to the heritage of what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess, Lutheranism 101 together with Lutheranism 101: The Course helps create a solid foundation upon which a lifetime of sound teaching can be built. Besides your personal copy of Lutheranism 101, it will be useful to have these books with you as you work through The Course. Lutheranism 101: The Course works closely with Lutheranism 101 to take the reader deeper into the teaching, doctrine, or practice being presented. Sometimes that means digging into the text of Lutheranism 101 and exploring connections that are being made. Other times it means working with Scripture or some of the primary Lutheran resources for doctrine and practice.

For those new to Lutheranism and for those who want a fresh approach to the heritage of what Lutherans believe, teach, and confess, Lutheranism 101 together with Lutheranism 101: The Course helps create a solid foundation upon which a lifetime of sound teaching can be built. Besides your personal copy of Lutheranism 101, it will be useful to have these books with you as you work through The Course:

A Bible

Comments and quotations in Lutheranism 101 and The Course are based upon the English Standard Version (ESV). When choosing a Bible, we suggest that it is best to use a translation instead of a paraphrase. A study Bible includes added notes and resources that help explain the Bible. The best Bible to use with The Course is The Lutheran Study Bible.

Book of Concord

The Book of Concord is a collection of statements of faith written by Lutheran Christians in the sixteenth century when they were risking their lives to stand up for the Bible being the basis for belief and practice in the Church. It was first published in 1580. The best version of the Book of Concord to use with Lutheranism 101 is the edition specifically prepared to aid understanding: Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, 2nd ed. (St. Louis: Concordia, 2006).

Hymnal

Hymnals offer excellent resources for individual worship and prayer in addition to settings for worship (Divine Service) and hymns. Throughout The Course you will be directed to Lutheran Service Book, which is the hymnal used my much of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Small Catechism

While the Small Catechism is included in the Book of Concord and in many contemporary Lutheran hymnals, recent English editions include extra explanations that make the catechism even more helpful as a teaching and learning tool. The best edition of the Small Catechism for this purpose is Luther’s Small Catechism With Explanation.

The Course can be used by groups, families, and individuals who want to dig deeper into what it means to be Lutheran. After reading a chapter in Lutheranism 101, turn to the corresponding chapter in The Course and work through the questions.

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Report on Restrictions on Religion Worldwide

August 22nd, 2011 1 comment

Disturbing new report from Pew Foundation on the restrictions being placed on religious observance worldwide.

From the report:

The report, Rising Restrictions on Religion, by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, finds that restrictions on religious beliefs and practices rose between mid-2006 and mid-2009 in 23 of the world’s 198 countries (12%), decreased in 12 countries (6%) and remained essentially unchanged in 163 countries (82%).

Because several countries with increasing restrictions on religion are very populous, however, the increases affect a much larger share of people than of states. More than 2.2 billion people – nearly a third (32%) of the world’s total population of 6.9 billion – live in countries where either government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose substantially over the three-year period studied

The full report is available here. Here is a graphic illustrating the problem:

Shooting Fun Today: Heckler and Koch MK23 and Yugo 24/47 Mauser

August 21st, 2011 3 comments

A few videos of shooting fun today. Took my son, John, out to the range for a great father/son outing. He leaves for college on Tuesday.

Categories: Shooting Sports

Our Dear Luther’s Love for the Lord’s Supper

August 20th, 2011 1 comment

May God grant His gracious answer to this beautiful prayer by Dr. Martin Luther:

“God grant every Christian the sort of heart that, when they hear the word Sacrament or LORD’s Supper, races in pure joy, yes, even with the kind of true spiritual joy that weeps sweetly. For I have such a heartfelt ardor for the dear blessed Supper of my LORD JESUS Christ, where he even gives his physical body and blood into my physical mouth to eat and to drink, with such thoroughly sweet and kind words: Given for you, shed for you.”

(L.W. XIX, 1576; as quoted by Dr. C.F.W. Walther in Der Lutheraner, March 7, 1846; translated by Pastor Joel Baseley),

Lutheran Church—International

August 19th, 2011 9 comments

Yes, you read that right, there is a “Lutheran Church—International” and the name proves a theory I’ve had for a long time. The smaller the group, the more grandiose the name. And so, here also, in this case, there is a “church body” that consists of less than fifteen micro-congregations, if that many, and because they have some micro outpost in the Caribbean and in Africa and/or elsewhere, they have decided to use the name “Lutheran Church—International.” To my knowledge, no group of Lutherans have ever taken such an arrogant step and claimed “international” status. But there’s a first for everything. The long history of the Lutheran Church shows that Lutheran Church bodies have always identified themselves linked to their primarily geographical place of existence. As we see the fallout from The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we’ll continue to see more and more of this kind of micro-church splintering and fracturing. Sad, but that’s how it goes.

Categories: Lutheranism

Test Driving the Cover of the Lutheran Edition of the Apocrypha

August 19th, 2011 13 comments

The general editor of the forthcoming Lutheran edition of the Apocrypha, Rev. Ed Engelbrecht, took the cover design of the book for a test drive recently. Here is an exciting action shot from the test drive. It does give you a good idea of the size of the book.

At Home in the House of My Fathers: Back in Print with An Additional Essay

August 17th, 2011 Comments off

I’m happy to let you know that Pastor Matthew Harrison’s book, At Home in the House of My Fathers, is back in print, and includes an extra essay at the end now. Also, it is a bit thinner than the first printing, due to slightly different paper. If you didn’t get a chance to buy it when it first came out, here’s your opportunity. It is a great book full of inspiring and encouraging essays by the German-speaking presidents of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. I was not prepared for how much I liked this book. When I started reading it, I found it hard to put down. There is a deep pastoral love for theology and for Christ’s mission that shines through each essay. It is available now from Concordia Publishing House for $29.99. The professional church worker discount applies. Let me underscore that this book is for all people, not simply/only pastors. In fact, many, if not most, of these essays were written by our Synod’s presidents precisely to encourage and support the laity.

You can place your order here, online, or by calling 800-325-3040. You can view a sample, a PDF file will download to your computer, by clicking this link.

Here is more information about the book from our web site.

This book contains never before translated essays and sermons by German-speaking presidents of the LCMS, with historical notes and context provided by Matthew C. Harrison. Its unique insight into evangelical Lutheran theology and practice of the early LCMS leaders still applies for today’s needs and situations.

G. K. Chesterton once famously said that the church is the ultimate democracy; saints are not disenfranchised just because they happen to be dead. Harrison’s volume confirms this truth in spades. Great fathers of the LMCS speak also to us on a wide range of topics from the church’s call to mission at a time of opportunity (Pfotenhauer) to her response to moral issues in society (Schwan on the temperance movement) to a touching discussion of the nature of women as human creatures within the church (Brohm). But “worth the price of admission” is the multifaceted and very personal piece of correspondence from Wyneken to Walther on Anfechtungen, depression, and church politics, including the difficulties of their own personal relationship. Read, appreciate, and learn!
—Rev. James W. Voelz, Ph.D., Professor of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

A treat awaits you if you think you know the Missouri Synod. The contents of this book should have been the reason many of us had to take German in college, but alas, struggling through Thomas Mann was our lot. Matthew Harrison has done a great service by making available these essays, sermons, and other writings to English speakers. Walther, Wyneken, Schwan, Pieper and Pfotenhauer give readers more than a historical glimpse into an earlier era of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. They offer delightful theological responses to situations that are surprisingly contemporary.
—Rev. Terry Cripe, President, Ohio District, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

MATTHEW C. HARRISON is the president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
He previously served as Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care. Rev. Harrison served for more than a decade as a parish pastor in rural (Westgate, Iowa) and inner-city parishes (Fort Wayne, Ind.). During his pastorate at Zion, Fort Wayne, his parish embarked on a nationally recognized neighborhood revitalization effort which continues to bear much fruit. Dr. Harrison has served on the LCMS Board for Mission Services (1998–2001), and is the author of Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action, and editor of The Lonely Way: Selected Essays and Letters by Hermann Sasse, both available from Concordia Publishing House.
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Killing Babies is Awesome! (Just Don’t Tell Anyone, Could be An Uncomfortable Conversation)

August 17th, 2011 11 comments

Read this chilling article in the NYT about a couple who decided they really didn’t want one of the two babies the woman was pregnant with. Chilling stuff. Now, here’s my challenge to all us: Do we hear enough in our congregations warnings from pulpits about using reproduction technologies that result in multiple pregnancies and how often there results the death of children? Not using a “fertilized egg” means a baby dies, you don’t even have to go as far as this couple did.

Here’s the link to the article and here’s a snippet from the article:

Jenny’s decision to reduce twins to a single fetus was never really in doubt. The idea of managing two infants at this point in her life terrified her. She and her husband already had grade-school-age children, and she took pride in being a good mother. She felt that twins would soak up everything she had to give, leaving nothing for her older children. Even the twins would be robbed, because, at best, she could give each one only half of her attention and, she feared, only half of her love. Jenny desperately wanted another child, but not at the risk of becoming a second-rate parent. “This is bad, but it’s not anywhere as bad as neglecting your child or not giving everything you can to the children you have,” she told me, referring to the reduction. She and her husband worked out this moral calculation on their own, and they intend to never tell anyone about it. Jenny is certain that no one, not even her closest friends, would understand, and she doesn’t want to be the object of their curiosity or feel the sting of their judgment. This secrecy is common among women undergoing reduction to a singleton. Doctors who perform the procedure, aware of the stigma, tell patients to be cautious about revealing their decision. (All but one of the patients I spoke with insisted on anonymity.) Some patients are so afraid of being treated with disdain that they withhold this information from the obstetrician who will deliver their child.

Categories: Sanctity of Life

Pless on Peters: “An Indispensable Tool …. for Teaching and Preaching in the Congregation”

August 16th, 2011 Comments off

Ed Engelbrecht writes on his blog: Saw this endorsement come in and thought I would share it. Something for pastors and catechists to think about as Confirmation classes loom on the horizon. If you’ve been in the trenches a few years and want to renew your vigor for teaching the basics, here’s word about a helpful new tool:

“Albrecht Peters’ work is indispensable for any scholarly treatment of Luther’s Catechisms. With a mastery of the sources both ancient and modern, Peters sets the Catechism in the catholic context of the history of dogma, demonstrating the Reformer’s brilliance in the evangelical confession of the threefold work of the Triune God from the perspective of the Apostles’ Creed. With the clarity of a systematic theologian, Peters unfolds the biblical and doctrinal themes vividly distilled in Luther’s simple catechetical prose. The careful study of this volume will yield bountiful fruit in deepened teaching and preaching in the congregation. I know of no other book that comes close to this volume in English. It should be read and regularly consulted by pastors and catechists who are responsible for teaching the faith.”

John T. Pless
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions and Director of Field Education
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Download a sample and give it a test drive, click here to download the PDF file.

You can buy this book by calling 800-325-3040, or by purchasing it from our web site, by clicking here.

You can buy it in Kindle format. Click here.

You can but it in ePub format. Click here.

The volume on the Creed comes available this fall and the volume on the Lord’s Prayer will follow shortly.

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Lookie What Came Across My Desk …. Cover Design for The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes

August 12th, 2011 13 comments

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Taking a Blogcation

August 10th, 2011 19 comments

 

I’ve found lately that I’ve managed to do to myself, what no doubt I’ve done to so many of you for a long time: bore you. I have grown bored recently with my own blog site! So, I’m going to take a break from blogging for a while. I’m sure I’ll be back, but I don’t like feeling like I “have” to blog. I always have said this is a hobby, and I’m beginning to feel like it is a chore and even a tad of a drudgery. So, I need to shake those feelings and when I do, I’ll be back to blogging. How long? I don’t honestly know. But….thanks for reading and for your support. I’ll keep posting for feasts and festivals and commemorations, but … I need a break from coming up with other content. I’m sure I’ll be back in a few weeks, maybe sooner.

Categories: Blogging

The Deluxe Pocket Edition of the Book of Concord – Available Now!

August 1st, 2011 3 comments

I’m happy to report that the deluxe pocket edition of the Book of Concord is now in stock and available now. I think it turned out fantastically. What do you think?

This edition presents all the official texts of the Book of Concord, plus three appendixes of historic Lutheran writings, a “Book of Concord Reading Guide,” a Scripture index, and a subject index. Now in a convenient 4 X 6.5 deluxe pocket size edition!

You can order it online from CPH’s web site, link here, or call 800-325-3040.

“The Book of Concord should be in every Lutheran home. If a person isn’t familiar with this book, he’ll think, ‘That old book is just for pastors. I don’t have to preach. After working all day, I can’t sit down and study in the evening. If I read my morning and evening devotions, that’s enough.’ No, that is not enough! The Lord doesn’t want us to remain children, blown to and fro by every wind of doctrine; instead of that, He wants us to grow in knowledge so that we can teach others.” – Dr. C.F.W. Walther

Nothing is more important than clearly confessing and bearing witness to the truths of God’s Holy Word which reveal the glorious Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is what the Book of Concord is all about. This edition of the Lutheran Confessions will instruct, inspire and educate all who use it and help them learn what it means to be, and to remain, a genuinely confessing Lutheran Christian.

The Deluxe Pocket Edition Includes:

Convenient, portable size
Clear, readable text
Beautiful durable cover
Gilded page edge
High quality paper
9.5 font