Monday, September 29, 2008

Read it.

It has been two weeks since a post. Why?

Reading.

And this is a good thing, because that means I have been reading. So what am I reading? Lots of things.

Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible by Thomas G. Long.
Ia m about half way through with this book. Thus far, it is not so bad. It's a basic text on preaching the literary forms of the bible: Psalms, Proverbs, Narratives, Parables, and Epistles. It's not bad, and I can see how it can help shape the mind in going about preaching the text.

Christian Dogmatics vII by Francis Pieper
If you love Christology, you will somewhat enjoy this book. Again, I am only about half way through this book and Dr. Scaer has said this book in itself doesn't do a satisfactory job of covering the fullness of the work of Christ in the atonement. We shall see when I get to the atonement section.

Key Words in Church Music ed. Carl Schalk
An expanded and updated edition of the work that came out in 1978, this is good broad selection of essays on Church Music in general. I bought this book in order to study the music of the church. I wanted a foundation in hymnody as I study. But, I got side tracked and learned that Luther added O Christ to the beginning of each petition of the Agnus Dei.

Where God Meets Man: Luther's Down-to-Earth Approach to the Gospel by Gerhard O. Forde.
I started this book at the beginning of the year in my spared time. I am halfway through it. It'll probably be on the back burner for another two weeks until the 1-day fall break gets here.

Luther: Man between God and the Devil by Heiko A. Oberman
I will begin this tonight. It's a book on Luther and I am looking to sink my teeth deeper into something a bit more than a general Martin Luther biography. It's for a paper in Church History III, so it'll be read by Sunday evening.

The Song of Roland
Hey, everybody's gotta have a little something as a break from class reading.

Well, that's about it.

+Kyrie Eleison

Monday, September 15, 2008

Burdens


<------Being a seminarian is rough sometimes. We carry a lot of burdens.

The temptations are always coming at us. Satan and his allies, the world and our flesh, struggle ever on to lead men away from what they are supposed to be doing. It's easy to get lazy, and get behind on reading. It's easy to get so caught up in seminary "stuff", the reading and the papers, that we spend less time on reading God's Word in its own right. The pressure of being a single seminarian has its own difficulties and temptations. And the list goes on.

Furthermore, seminarians have the further advantage of being the piece of iron thwacked by God to mold them in rough-shod Pastors in the course of a few years. Tried and tested to the limits to help us better understand the realities of being a Pastor can have a wearing effect as well. This burden at times can seem unbearable.

But all this is not without hope. For with these burdens Christ says "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Christ calls out, and we hear. Christ gives us his light and easy yoke in our Baptism, and he took our burdens of sin and shame and nailed them to the cross.

There at the cross is where we find true comfort and rest, because there is the forgiveness of our sins. There is our escape from the burdens of this world. In Christ we have comfort, in Christ we have rest.

+Soli Deo Gloria+

Monday, September 8, 2008

First Day Back


Classes begin anew.

Pentateuch Uno, Dog II, Church History III, Hom II and Lutheran Confessions II. It looks to be a good quarter albeit a busy one.

Moses authored the Pentateuch, but maybe or maybe not using sources; Baptism is the most important thing the first years will learn at seminary; and reading the Nicene Creed in Latin prevents people from swimming the Bosporus.

That was my first day as a second year student.
We'll see how Hom goes tomorrow and Confessions goes on Thursday evening.

+Christ Have Mercy on us this year+