Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bonhoeffer is here!

Bonhoeffer's Psalms the Prayerbook of the Bible is full of great insights like this:

Jesus Christ has brought every need, every joy, every gratitude, every hope of men before God. In his mouth the word of man becomes the Word of God, and if we pray his prayer with him, the Word of God becomes once again the word of man. All prayers of the Bible are such prayers which we pray together with Jesus Christ, in which he accompanies us, and through which he brings us into the presence of God. Othewise there are no true prayers, for only in and with Jesus Christ can we truly pray.

You can get yours on Sunday.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Bonhoeffer Due in St. Louis Soon

Earlier today I ordered 24 of these. They should be here shortly, hopefully before Sunday:

If you'd like one it will set you back $6.39. I promise you that Bonhoeffer is worth every penny.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Some Help from Marty

Though I haven't picked one up yet, this looks to be a helpful resource from Concordia Publishing House. It's Reading the Psalms with Luther: The Psalter for Individual & Family Devotions with Introductions by Martin Luther. They run about $14.99 at Amazon & here in St. Louis at the Concordia Bookstore.

What you get is the entire Psalter (ESV) with short introduction/commentary from Luther at the head of each psalm. In all of Luther's many writings on the psalms, the only work that he produced which commented on all 150 Psalms was entitled The Summaries of the Psalms (pub. 1532). Those summaries appear here in this new volume. As well Luther "assigns each psalm to one of the Ten Commandments and to one of the petitions from the Lord's prayer, he says that the psalms 'belong to,' 'flow from,' even are in' these petitions and commandments" (from the Preface, p. 4). There is also a schedule for praying through the Psalter regularly, and I believe the entire Psalter is pointed for chanting and includes the chants from the new Lutheran Service Book.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Psalter Shape is Open!

Welcome to Psalter Shape. Psalter Shape is for the Letting the Psalms Shape our Lives Adult Sunday School Class at Providence Church. I'm planning to post relevant material from the class, and provide links to books & articles, and other helpful resources dealing with the Psalms. I'll leave comments on and we'll see if that's fruitful.

Depending on how much technological proficiency I can attain, I may post mp3's of classes, etc. We'll see ;-)