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Friday, November 7, 2014

Carl F. Schalk: A Life in Song

by Nancy Raabe

"Carl F. Schalk: A Life in Song"  by Nancy RaabeWith his lively wit and frank, engaging manner, Carl Schalk is the leading voice of our generation on the subject of Lutheran church music. Author Nancy M. Raabe weaves Schalk’s career, his musical compositions, and numerous interviews with Schalk himself into a compelling narrative that features insightful anecdotes and sound advice concerning the hymns, liturgy, and worship life of the Church.

Hear Schalk’s perspective on the theology of music in worship, the development of the hymnals Lutheran Book of Worship and Lutheran Worship, the composer’s craft, and his work with such personalities as Herbert Brokering, Paul Bunjes, Richard Hillert, and Jaroslav Vajda. Get an inside look at some of Schalk’s most popular hymn tunes, including:

Before the Marvel of This Night (MARVEL)
God of the Sparrow (ROEDER)
Now the Silence (NOW)
O Christ the Same (RED HILL ROAD)
Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle (FORTUNATUS NEW)
Someone Special (EISENBERG)
Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise (THINE)
Where Shepherds Lately Knelt (MANGER SONG)

Carl F. Schalk is Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois, where he has taught for some forty years. He is the author and composer of numerous music publications, recordings, and books, including Key Words in Church Music, God’s Song in a New Land, and Music in Early Lutheranism. As founder of the Master of Church Music program at Concordia, he influenced a generation of church musicians across denominations.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Christ in Conflict: Lessons from Jesus and His Controversies

by John Stott (with Rev. Francis Rossow)

"Christ in Conflict: Lessons from Jesus and His Controversies" by John StottWe often imagine Jesus as the ultimate peacemaker, as one who saw all sides and kindly overlooked differences of belief or practice. The Gospels say this was not so. Jesus drew sharp lines. He disagreed with many. He rejected being broadminded on a variety of topics. He engaged in vigorous debate, especially with several different groups of religious leaders. What conflicts did he have?

  • He argued that we would experience a supernatural afterlife, that our natural existence is not all God has planned.
  • He disagreed that human tradition should not supersede Scripture, our foundational authority.
  • He clashed on whether the Bible was not an end in itself, contending that its purpose pointed beyond itself.
  • He sharply articulated that God accept us by virtue of what we receive from him, not by what we do for him.

These and other controversies clarify the core distinctives of the Christian faith which, John Stott boldly asserts, are nothing less than the distinctives of the evangelical faith. This text of Stott’s classic, Christ the Controversialist, now edited by David Stone for the twenty-first century, was controversial when it was first published. It is no less controversial today.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

The Christian Year of Grace: The Chief Parts of Scripture Explained in Questions and Answers

by Matthew Carver (With guest Ben Mayes)

"The Christian Year of Grace" by Matthew CarverOverview
Study God’s Word with the premier Lutheran devotional book of the Reformation era, featuring:

  • Concise and penetrating insights in question-and-answer format on the chief texts of Holy Scripture
  • Follows the seasons, Sundays, and festivals of the traditional Church Year
  • Originally written for use with young people
  • Excellent for family devotions or individual meditation on the Sunday readings throughout the week
  • Historical introduction by Robert Kolb
  • Preface by Martin Luther

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Friday, November 28, 2014

No Program — Holiday Music

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend

by Julie Stiegemeyer

"Saint Nicholas-The Real Story of the Christmas Legend" by Julie StiegemeyerMany parents and teachers struggle with how to approach the Saint Nicholas/Santa Claus dilemma. Many deal with this by telling children that the legends surrounding Santa Claus are based on a real, historical figure named Nicholas, a Christian bishop known for his generosity. This picture book presents a shortened, somewhat fictionalized version of the life of Saint Nicholas, explaining that Nicholas was a servant of God and that, through him, Gods love was reflected to others. The story touches on the ministry of Nicholas and his generous gift of a dowry to three young girls as a response to Gods love in Jesus. And it brings application to our own lives as we, too, respond with grateful hearts to Gods great gift of love to us. Combining museum-quality artwork and family friendly language, this book clearly articulates how God showered His love upon us through Christ and helps children see that our own gift-giving is a grateful response to the sacrificial gift of Gods Son.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life

by Laura Hedgecock

"Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life" by Laura HedgecockWe all have stories we want to share with our children and grandchildren. Whether it’s your proudest moment, your first car, or your favorite family vacation, you want to share the lessons of life you’ve learned. Make your memories last using the easy tips and tricks in Memories of Me. This book details steps to gather your memories, explores options for recording your stories, and provides helpful tips of all types. Save your memories while they’re still fresh.

 

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Friday, December 19, 2014

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Friday, December 26, 2014

No Program — Holiday Music

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Friday, January 2, 2015

No Program — Holiday Music
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Isaiah 55-66 Commentary

 by Reed Lessing

"Isaiah 55-66 Concordia Commentary" by Reed LessingAbout This Volume:
“Isaiah 40–55 contains some of the best-known, most-cherished, and theologically significant texts in the Bible. … Isaiah 40–55 provides us with the vocabulary and conceptual framework to understand the nature and purpose of the Father’s mission in and through his Son, Jesus, with the Spirit” (from the introduction).
Dr. Lessing’s scholarly expertise and decades of service as a seminary professor and pastor are evident as he meticulously expounds the text, historical setting, theology, Christology, and pastoral applications of “the fifth Gospel.” He explains why the prophet’s saving message, soaring language, and unforgettable imagery are so tightly woven into the fabric of Christian hymnody, liturgy, and prayer. Pericopes from chapters 40–55, which include the Suffering Servant Songs, permeate the lectionary throughout the church year.
About the Series:
The Concordia Commentary Series: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture is written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text.This landmark work will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, interpreting Scripture as a harmonious unity centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Every passage bears witness to the Good News that God has reconciled the world to Himself through our Lord’s life, death, and resurrection.The commentary fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes “that which promotes Christ” in each pericope.

Authors are sensitive to the rich treasury of language, imagery, and themes found throughout Scripture, including such dialectics as Law and Gospel, sin and grace, death and new life, folly and wisdom, demon possession and the arrival of the kingdom of God in Christ. Careful attention is given to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. Further light is shed on the text from archaeology, history, and extra-biblical literature. Finally, Scripture’s message is applied to the ongoing life of the church in terms of ministry, worship, proclamation of the Word, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, confession of the faith–all in joyful anticipation of the life of the world to come.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Is Reality Secular?: Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews

by Mary Poplin

"Is Reality Secular?: Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews" by Mary PoplinWhat is the nature of reality? At the root of our society’s deepest political and cultural divisions are the conflicting principles of four global worldviews. While each of us holds to some version of one of these worldviews, we are often unconscious of their differences as well as their underlying assumptions. Mary Poplin argues that the ultimate test of a worldview, philosophy or ideology is whether it corresponds with reality. Since different perspectives conflict with each other, how do we make sense of the differences? And if a worldview system accurately reflects reality, what implications does that have for our thinking and living? In this wide-ranging and perceptive study, Poplin examines four major worldviews: naturalism, humanism, pantheism and Judeo-Christian theism. She explores the fundamental assumptions of each, pressing for limitations. Ultimately she puts each perspective to the test, asking, what if this worldview is true? If reality is secular, that means something for how we orient our lives. But if reality is not best explained by secular perspectives, that would mean something quite different. Consider for yourself what is the fundamental substance of reality.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

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Friday, January 30, 2015

What We Can’t Not Know

by J. Budziszewski

"What We Cant Not Know"  by J. Budziszewski Revised and Expanded Edition

In this new revised edition of his groundbreaking work, Professor J. Budziszewski questions the modern assumption that moral truths are unknowable. With clear and logical arguments he rehabilitates the natural law tradition and restores confidence in a moral code based upon human nature.What We Can’t Not Know explains the rational foundation of what we all really know to be right and wrong and shows how that foundation has been kicked out from under western society. Having gone through stages of atheism and nihilism in his own search for truth, Budziszewski understands the philosophical and personal roots of moral relativism. With wisdom born of both experience and rigorous intellectual inquiry, he offers a firm foothold to those who are attempting either to understand or to defend the reasonableness of traditional morality.While natural law bridges the chasms that can be caused by religious and philosophical differences, Budziszewski believes that natural law theory has entered a new phase, in which theology will again have pride of place. While religious belief might appear to hamper the search for common ground, Budziszewski demonstrates that it is not an obstacle, but a pathway to apprehending universal norms of behavior.

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Friday, February 6, 2014

Playing Saint

by Zachary Bartels

"Playing Saint" by Zachary BartelsYesterday, Parker Saint’s only concern was his swiftly rising star power.

Today, he’s just trying to stay alive.

 Parker Saint is living the dream. A cushy job at a thriving megachurch has him on the verge of becoming a bestselling author and broadcast celebrity—until life takes an abrupt turn that lands him on the wrong side of the law. To avoid a public scandal, he agrees to consult with the police on a series of brutal murders linked by strange religious symbols scrawled on each victim.

Parker tries to play the expert, but he is clearly in over his head. Drawn ever deeper into a web of intrigue involving a demanding detective, a trio of secretive Vatican operatives, and a centuries-old conspiracy to conceal a mysterious relic, he realizes for the first time that the battle between good and evil is all too real—and that the killer is coming back . . . this time for him.

“A thought-provoking exploration into the power of faith and the reality of evil. Filled with memorable characters and tight writing, Playing Saint is an impressive debut from an author to watch.” —Steven James, bestselling author of Placebo and The Queen

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Friday, February 13, 2015

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Faith and Science in a Skeptical Age

by Dr. Jesse Yow

"Faith and Science in a Skeptical Age" by Dr. Jesse YowPeople remain thankful for science, but they also recognize that science does not hold all the answers. In fact, they see that science can raise more questions than it answers, driving people on further quests for understanding truth, and contentment. Faith and Science in a Skeptical Age shows Christians how to respond to a world focused on finding answers to life’s mysteries by exploring current topics and their impacts on our culture.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

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