Category Archives: Books

Great Works

C. S. Lewis once wrote “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” and “The sure mark of an unliterate man is that he considers ‘I’ve read it already’ to be a conclusive argument … Continue reading

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Experiment House Head

I laughed out loud when I came to this passage tonight as I was reading to Lydia: After that, the Head’s friends saw that she was no use as a Head, so they got her made an Inspector to interfere … Continue reading

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Marriage & Ministry

“marriage is a sort of preparatory school where in lesser matters a bishop learns, practices, and produces a pattern of how the church of God should be cared for and governed.” –Martin Chemnitz, The Examination of the Council of Trent, … Continue reading

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Handbook of Consolations Review

Here is a book review I wrote for our Seminary’s Grow in Grace continuing education web site. Handbook of Consolations for the Fears and Trials That Oppress Us in the Struggle with Death, by Johann Gerhard, translated by Carl L. … Continue reading

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Here are just a few thoughts I had on a couple books I recently finished reading. I recommend both of them. In Christless Christianity, Dr. Michael Horton examines the trend within American churches to replace the Gospel of Jesus Christ with … Continue reading

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Merits / Grace

“If you wish to fall from grace, then boast of your merits.” –Johann Gerhard, Handbook of Consolations

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It’s That Time Again

I have made it my practice to read through the Book of Concord in its entirety every other year, during the summer. Two years ago I posted an encouragement for others to read along with me using a schedule that … Continue reading

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Indeed, it is more incredible that He who is eternal should die than that you who are mortal should live eternally. If you believe what is more incredible, how could you doubt the other?  –Johann Gerhard, Handbook of Consolations

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Lutheran Education

In his recent book, Lutheran Education: From Wittenberg to the Future, Dr. Thomas Korcok examines the history of Lutheran schools, starting with Luther and the other Wittenberg reformers and ending with a discussion of how Lutheran schools today best make … Continue reading

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Ruth Elaine Caauwe

On Monday, Ruth Elaine Caauwe joined our family. She showed just how big a blessing she is by tipping the scales at 10 pounds and 9 ounces. The whole family is delighted. If you’re keeping track, yes, Ruth makes seven. … Continue reading

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