Critical reviews (by Lutheran pastors, educators and church musicians) of books and other resources for Christian use from a perspective rooted in Holy Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions and good common sense. We ask, "Is it worth the money to buy, the time to read and study, the shelf space to store, and the effort to teach?"
Rowthorn, Jeffry and Russell Schulz-Widmar, Compilers and Editors. Sing of the World Made New: Hymns of Justice, Peace and Christian Responsibility. Carol Stream, IL/Chicago: Hope Publishing Company/GIA Publications, 2014. 297 Pages. Spiral. $18.95. http://www.giamusic.com/search_details.cfm?title_id=20518 (H)
Quick Summaries are pithy paragraph-long reviews of releases that cross our QBR desk. These are reviews for when you don't have all day to decide whether a resource is worth your time, money, storage space, or trouble. Ross, Melanie C. Foreword by Mark A. Noll. Evangelical Versus Liturgical? Defying a Dichotomy. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014. 149 Pages. Paper. $17.00. www.eerdmans.com (L)
Music, David W. and Paul Westermeyer. Church Music in the United States 1760-1901.
St. Louis: MorningStar Music Publishers, 2014. Published in partnership
with the Center for Church Music, Concordia University Chicago. 311
Pages. Paper. $24.95. 1-800-647-2117. http://www.morningstarmusic.com/ (LHP)
The latest album from Keith and Kristyn Getty is an EP, an Extended Play recording too long to be a "single," yet too short (29:05) to be considered a full studio album (what we used to call an "LP"). It is well worth your time to listen to these seven tracks.
The GreenGrass Session Keith & Kristyn Getty (2014)
Brand new, limited edition EP from Keith and Kristyn Getty featuring
My Worth Is Not in What I Own – the new hymn written by Keith and Kristyn and Graham KendrickGood Shepherd of My Soul – a warm and moving a’capella rendition of one of Keith and Kristyn’s newer songsCome Ye Sinners – a musical journey from Ireland to Appalachia envelopes the traditional hymnPlus 3 more brand new recordings!
BONUS! Lobby Jam – a toe-t…
We may well be living in the golden age of Concordia Publishing House. The abundance of faithful resources is such a joy that both the bookshelves and budgets of pastors are being stretched!
Among my go-to Bible references in English have been The Word Becoming Flesh, Introduction to the Intertestamental Period, The Word of the Lord Grows, Bible Difficulties and Seeming Contradictions, and The Concordia Bible Dictionary. The new two-volume Lutheran Bible Companion draws upon these and the fruits of…
Students and potential students of Biblical Greek and Hebrew have a wide variety of "101" Introductory resources. Not all are created equal. I am very thankful for those produced by Concordia Publishing House.
The challenge for a true scholar of the languages is to make the transition from neophyte to competence. Here are thre…
Quick Summaries are pithy paragraph-long reviews of releases that cross our QBR desk. These are reviews for when you don't have all day to decide whether a resource is worth your time, money, storage space, or trouble.