Repost: Review – Church History in Plain Language

It was always my goal in college to read books in their entirety. Truth be told, I love reading. But it may be truer still to say that I love to read what I love to read. That being said, I often skipped or substituted books in high school. I got through the first page …

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Repost: Review – The Angels’ Portion

As the author mused at the beginning of the book, The Angel’s Portion is not the book most would expect from a pastor, let alone a Lutheran one. For one, it has very little to do with “churchy things.” For another, it is about Scotch, not beer, so it may offend the German Lutheran. But if you …

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Repost: Review – Ten Ways to Kill a Pastor

A repost from another blog I write for. Perhaps you do not recognize yourself doing it. Perhaps you do not acknowledge the effects. Perhaps you think you are alone, without hope. Rev. Thoma’s Ten Ways to Kill a Pastor highlights various ways congregations, laypeople, other ministers, and friends can slowly, but surely, destroy their pastor, or any …

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Hymns: What a Friend we have in Jesus

Joseph Medlicott Scriven was in 1819 born to John and Jane Scriven of Banbridge, Ireland. Joseph had a rather turbulent life even from a young age. He had wanted to serve in the military, but his poor health led to him studying at Trinity College, which he graduated from in 1842. A year later, his fiancée drowned …

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On One Palmy Day

As Palm Sunday is coming up, I thought a post on the etymology of the word palm was in order. I was originally only going to look up the word palm, but I came across palmy and decided it needed to be added as well. Yes, palmy is a word - a word coined by Shakespeare no …

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