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Liturgy and Hymnody Review: Sacred Choral Music

The Voices of Anam Cara. James Jordan, Conductor. Inscape: Choral Music of Gerald Custer.Chicago: GIA Publications, 2008. Audio CD. $15.95. www.giamusic.com (LH)

The Voices of Anam Cara. James Jordan, Conductor. Angels in the Architecture.Chicago: GIA Publications, 2010. Audio CD. $15.95. www.giamusic.com (LH)

Ruff, Anthony, OSB. Canticum Novum: Gregorian Chant for Today's Choirs. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2012. 230 Pages. Paper. $16.95. www.giamusic.com (LH)

Ruff, Anthony, OSB. Canticum Novum: Gregorian Chant for Today's Choirs. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2012. Audio CD. $16.95. www.giamusic.com (LH)

Gloriae Dei Cantores Schola. The Chants of Angels (Gregorian Chant). Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2011. Audio CD. $18.95. www.paracletepress.com (LH)

McCabe, Michael. All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (Hymns of Praise Anthem Series). Brewster: Paraclete Press, 2012. Hymn Anthem for Organ, Trumpet, SATB, and Congregation. $2.20. www.paracletepress.com (H)

Halls, David. Ye Servant…

LHP Review: ALPB Releases

Jenson, Robert W. On the Inspiration of Scripture.Dehli, NY: American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, 2012. 67 Pages. Paper. $TBA. http://www.alpb.org/inspiration.html (LHP)  

von Schenk, Berthold. The Presence: An Approach to the Holy Communion. Dehli, NY: American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, 2010. (Previously published by New York: Ernst Kaufmann, Inc., 1945, 1946.) 173 Pages. Paper. $12.50. http://www.alpb.org/presence.html (LHP)


Our friends at American Lutheran Publicity Bureau have new titles in their catalog. Here are two releases we had yet to read and review.



What does it mean that the Bible is inspired?For many Lutherans, the inspiration of the Scriptures is mostly about why the Bible is rightly the source and norm for the church's teaching.

Robert W. Jenson, a life-long Lutheran and widely respected theologian and teacher, believes that this approach to the subject of the inspiration of the Scriptures obscures more than it illuminates. In this small book he fir…

A Contrasts Review: Worship, Mission, and Music

A Contrasts Review is where we contrast very different kinds of material
to better understand them all.

Begbie, Jeremy S. and Steven R. Guthrie, Editors. Resonant Witness: Conversations Between Music and Theology (The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011. 497 Pages. Paper. $34.00. www.eerdmans.com (LHP)

DeYoung, Kevin and Greg Gilbert. What Is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011. 287 Pages. Paper. $15.99. www.crossway.org (LHP)


The best thing about writing book reviews is that I get to read.

Let me rephrase that: I have to read.

Books are a necessary part of being a pastor. Piles of unread books are unsightly...and embarrassing. 

Third try: The best thing about writing book reviews is that I have to read (and review) because there is accountability. I owe it to myself. I pray that my opinions are helpful to both author and publisher and are neither too harsh nor…