Rev. Mark Birkholz, pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about why learning some words in Biblical (Koine) Greek can be very useful for study, how Biblical Greek is different than Greek today, and what attendees will come away with after attending his seminary on March 9 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find details and register at facebook.com/events/1332535456887630, and you can also send an email to Pastor Birkholz at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Luke Vandercar, Men’s Gathering organizer, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the fantastic opportunities for men to gather together and study scripture, learn about real and true masculinity with Rev. Jeff Hemmer, bond over (maybe slightly dangerous) physical activities, have opportunities to give back, and eat lots of food at the annual Men’s Gathering. Find Pastor Hemmer’s book at books.cph.org/manup. The gathering is April 5-7 at Lakeview Villages in Seymour, Indiana. Find details and register at mensgathering.us.
Rev. Dr. Lee Hagan, President of the Missouri District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about family ministry, why it’s important to support the family in Christian vocation, and an upcoming family ministry conference opportunity for congregations. The “Tell the Next Generation: Family Ministry Conference” happens March 9 at Zion Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Missouri. Find details and register at mo.lcms.org/event/2019-family-ministry-conference/?event_date=2019-03-09.
Rev. Dr. Kent Burreson, Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean of the Chapel at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the history and customs for Ash Wednesday and where we have inherited our customs from.
Katie Schuermann, author of books available from Concordia Publishing House and Emmanuel Press, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about a writing contest during the season of Lent presented by the team at He Remembers the Barren and sponsored by Emmanuel Press. All entries must be submitted via email to email@example.com by noon on March 25, 2019, to be considered. Find contest details and more information at heremembersthebarren.com.
Katie Schuermann, author of books available from Concordia Publishing House and Emmanuel Press, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the process of writing, what is important in the writing process, and her biggest joy of being a writer. Find her books at katieschuermann.com/books.
Lisa Reads: Storm of Swords
Book III: Game of Thrones
by George RR Martin
Man… These books are WEARING me OUT!
That doesn’t mean I don’t like them. They are complicated and intense and well-written. He foreshadows so skillfully that you don’t realize what he’s doing until the thing he foreshadows happens. And THEN, you are sure he is pointing to something that is certainly going to occur, but it’s only logical misdirection!
When I grow up, I want to write as well as GRRM!
Anyhow, back to the book! Lots of people that I care about are now dead. Occasionally, I am celebrating at their death. Some of the people that I expected to be dead are still hanging around… But there are still two more books to read so far.
Sarah Harms, serving on behalf of the LCMS in eastern Europe, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about her experiences in the Czech Republic and what she’s looking forward to in her next call.
Rev. Dr. John Sias, Secretary of the LCMS, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the process and importance of registering voters for the synod presidential election in June 2019. Voter registrations must be received by March 24, 2019. If your congregation misplaced your voter registration form, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more information at lcms.org/convention/president-election.
Yep, it is a thing?
Yes, this is cheating. It is also testing how well inserting videos into this blog will work. It’s been a while since I’ve tried!