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Your Turn / Kenneth Bailey died
« on: May 24, 2016, 10:04:14 PM »

He was a doctoral student at CSL. I read several of his books and articles. Excellent work. God's comfort to his family.

Your Turn / 42 years of marriage
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:08:33 AM »
Today my wife and I celebrate 42 years of marriage. That year, the high temp was 10°, and we stood in the snow banks for photos, then that night it got down to -40° (temp, not wind chill). Yep, northern Minnesota wedding in the dead of winter. Where else?  :D

In the mean time we have moved 28 times, traveled in most states except Alaska, and five in the northeast. We adopted two boys. Now we have a wonderful daughter-in-law, five delightful, loving grandchildren, and one great grandson.

God has been good. Thank you, Lord.

Your Turn / Four Translations — Evaluation
« on: July 16, 2012, 04:16:58 PM »
With the changes at the end of this year regarding the use of the NIV 1984 (no longer permitted for any use), we have begun the process of looking at alternate translations. I have narrowed it down to NIV 2011, ESV, HCSB, and GW. I am blogging about this process. If you have thoughts about any of them, please join in:

1. Addressing Bible Translations

2. General observations of four translations.

3. Four translations—readability

I will continue posting on the topic 2-3 times per week.

Your Turn / Narrative Lectionary
« on: June 02, 2012, 04:42:51 PM »

The narrative lectionary respects the traditional Christian church year, with its principal festivals and seasons -- Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. It also respects the rhythms of the school year or program year, which influence the program lives of many congregations.
In the fall of each year, the narrative lectionary moves rapidly through the Old Testament story -- beginning in Genesis around the start of September and culminating with the promise of the Messiah during December (Advent).
In the winter of each year, the narrative lectionary moves in order through one Gospel -- tracing the story of Jesus in canonical order from birth, through ministry, passion, and culminating with the story of the resurrection at Easter.
In the spring of each year, the narrative lectionary engages part of the story of the early church, as told in Acts and other New Testament writings.

Any thoughts on this? Has anyone used this?

The unchurched population is 95% in our area, and more than 2/3 of the people in the congregation have no church background at all. This seems to offer a lectionary approach to help build a base and framework for further growth in the faith.

Your Turn / My love-hate relationship with the internet
« on: March 07, 2012, 01:09:32 PM »
Just some thoughts that have been percolating for some time.

My love-hate relationship with the internet, Part 1

Your Turn / Depression, Christians, and ministering in the midst of that
« on: January 27, 2012, 02:44:00 PM »
I have struggled with depression for several decades, reaching the bottom 14 years ago. Over the past years several people who have struggled with depression had questions about it wanting to find any help for understanding themselves and what they experienced. Recently more people have inquired about my own struggles. I finally reached the point of addressing some of that, even though there is still pain.

There are other resources, good solid Lutheran resources. These posts are not comprehensive, they don’t answer many questions, they just relate some of what I had experienced and still experience, both the good and the bad. Some are very personal, others are related to our life together in the Church, as the broken ones.

Depression: The Triggers that Surprise

Cry of the Broken Part 1

Depression and Memory

Liturgy: Brokenness, Forgiveness, Praise

Liturgy: Brokenness, Forgiveness, Praise 2

How Deep the Wound— How Much Deeper the Healing

God Has Amnesia

If this helps even one person who has lived in the hidden silence of depression, then the posts are worth the time and effort. If it helps the Church better minister to those in depression as well as their families, then even more praise to God.

Your Turn / New Book: Weak and Loved: A Mother-Daughter Love Story
« on: January 12, 2012, 02:11:12 PM »
Weak and Loved: A Mother-Daughter Love Story by Emily Cook

A few months ago I was asked by Emily to preview her book and write a review. What a privilege! And now the book is ready for sale.

Emily Cook is wife to Pastor Josh Cook (LCMS) and mother of six children under the age of 9. She writes about the experiences of her second oldest, Aggie. It was a time of abundant, noisy blessings for Emily Cook. Five children energetically consumed her food, her time, and her heart. Then, in the fall of 2008, this happy life was shattered by a deafening silence. Bouncy four-year-old Aggie was stopped in her tracks by a seizure—the first of many.

Here is my mini-review from the back cover:

Weak and Loved is a remarkable story of clarity about the inner turmoil of a parent who questions what is happening, herself, and even God. By God’s faithful persistence in working with her in the turmoil, not removing her from it, Emily learns about God’s love for her daughter, her husband, her other children, and ultimately God’s love for her.

Rev. Richard Shields President, American Lutheran Theological Seminary

My full review is here:

Enjoy this book!

Your Turn / NIV 2011 Discussion
« on: December 18, 2011, 03:03:12 AM »
I have started this new thread for those who wish to discuss the NIV 2011.

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