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29 Jun 2017

Crank It Up!

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“I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor.”—Martin Luther.

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by William Carroll, film production development manager at Vision Vide o and Christian History Institute.

Like most people, I love music and couldn’t imagine the world...

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22 Jun 2017

The Drunk Peasant

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“Human nature is like a drunk peasant. Lift him into the saddle on one side, over he topples on the other side.”—Martin Luther.

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Reflections by S. Daniel Smith

At first blush, Luther’s words of admonition to his listeners sounds like a crass, inappropriate remark that shouldn’t be uttered in church. After all, we hope that the newness of...

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15 Jun 2017

Polarizing viewpoints

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“Farewell to those who want an entirely pure and purified church. This is plainly wanting no church at all.”—Martin Luther “[T]he church which is outwardly without spot and blemish”—Menno Simons, Why I do not Cease Teaching and Writing

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“Farewell to those who want an entirely pure and purified church. This is plainly wanting no church at all.”...
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8 Jun 2017

The price of knowledge

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“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.”—Erasmus (in Peter’s Quotations)

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by Dan Graves

In the winter of 1974, I had to withdraw from college, so weak I could barely stand. For about a year I was able to do little more than read and listen to classical music on a borrowed radio.

Thirsty for...

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1 Jun 2017

Jesus Prays for You!

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“To make intercessions for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.”—John Calvin

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Reflections by Dawn Moore

Like you, I regularly pray for those I love. And like most parents, my prayers for my children are especially frequent and fervent. I pray for all sorts of major and minor life details for...

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25 May 2017

The Ones Who Really Deserve Your Thanks

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“War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.” ― Quoted by Erasmus in his Adages

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Reflections by Matt Oser 

While in college in the early 2000’s I worked at a grocery store with a rather rough, calloused, and quiet individual.  He had every habit that a good Christian college student was told to avoid.  I tried to strike up...

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18 May 2017

Break forth in song

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“God is glad when the craftsman at his bench, the maid at the sink, the farmer at the plough, the dresser at the vines, the mother at the cradle break forth in hymns of prayer, praise and instruction.”—Katharina Schutz Zell

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Reflections by Kaylena Radcliff 

Do you have any strange quirks?

I’ll be honest. I have plenty of them. But it was only...

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11 May 2017

Katie Luther clings to Christ

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“I will cling to my Lord Christ as a burr on a coat.”—Last reported words of Katie Luther in 1552

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Reflections by Dan Graves

Sometimes it seems almost unbelievable to me that Katie Luther fit as much work into a day as she did. But when I think of my own mom, I find it easier to accept the testimony of history. Both were extraordinarily...

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