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Friday, June 25, 2015

Cremation, Embalmment, or Neither?: A Biblical/Christian Evaluation

by Alvin Schmidt

"Cremation, Embalmment, or Neither?: A Biblical/Christian Evaluation" by Alvin SchmidtThis book documents today’s rising rates of cremation in the West, and notes that these rates now include many deceased Christians, a stark contrast to Christians in the past who had consistently rejected cremation from their earliest years in pagan Rome to the mid-1960s. Christians opposed and spurned cremation for a number of reasons, discussed in this book. By mid-fourth century, Christianity’s rejection of cremation influenced pagan Rome to abandon cremation. Earth burial became the only acceptable way to dispose of deceased humans, resulting in a major cultural change in the West. Converts to Christianity had to promise they would never be cremated. Graveyards were named coemeteria, Latin for where dead people “sleep;” from which we get the word “cemetery,” a name now contradicted by cremation.


This book is a clarion call to Christians. Dr. Schmidt has amassed historical, biblical, theological, and practical evidences that the modern Christian church will only refuse to hear to its great loss, both now and at the judgment Seat of Christ where we each shall receive what is due to for things done “while in (might we add “to”) the body” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

—Craig A. Parton, M.A., J.D. United States Director,

International Academy of Apologetics, Santa Barbara, California.


This powerful apologetic clearly establishes that cremation fails to find endorsement in the inspired Holy Scriptures. Dr. Schmidt’s research will prove invaluable for those who might query the need for burial rather than cremation. Hopefully, this book will have a wide influence on Christian thought and practice.

—Donald Howard, Pastor Emeritus, Anglican Church, Diocese of Sydney,

NSW, Australia.  Author of Burial or Cremation: Does It Matter?


I heartily recommend Dr. Schmidt’s excellent book Cremation, Embalmment, or Neither?A Biblical/Christian Evaluation to clergy and faithful laypeople alike concerned with the increasing rates of cremation among Christians. This will be in keeping with the Apostle Paul’s admonition: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world” (Romans 12:2).

—Archpriest Victor S. Potapov, Rector,

Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Washington, DC.


This book provides an excellent opportunity for Christians to engage in deep theological thought regarding end of life decisions.  Dr. Schmidt has thoroughly documented the historical roots for Christian burial.  A must read for all Christians.

—Beth Hoeltke, Ph.D., Librarian, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

No program for 4th of July Weekend.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Sanctification: Christ in Action (Impact series)

by Hal Senkbeil

"Sanctification: Christ in Action (Impact series)"  by Hal SenkbeilSanctification: Christ in Action examines both the historical roots of the Evangelical movement as well as its present-day impact in our nation. The book also specifically analyzes the effects of Evangelical teachings on Lutheranism and offers new initiatives to tackle the challenges faced by churches today.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Learning About Sex (CPH Sex Education Series)

by Various Authors

Concordia Publishing House offers a variety of books to help with Sex Education. Click HERE to see them all.


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Friday, July 24, 2015

LadyLike: Perspectives for Christian Woman

by Rebekah Curtis (with guest Rose Adle)

"LadyLike: Perspectives for Christian Woman" by Rebekah CurtisAre you interested in understanding the wider culture and your place within God s plan for His people? Women are often greatly encouraged to learn that their driving desire to be a wife and mother is part of God s plan and not a symptom of latent patriarchalism or a sell-out of their emancipated sisters. This book surveys historical, sociological and scientific defense of women s roles. It investigates cultural clichés. And, most important, it explores the biblical perspective of God s planned order and how women are to function within it.


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Friday, July 31, 2015

Murderer’s Row: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel

by Ray Keating

"Murderer's Row: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel" by Ray KeatingHow do rescuing a Christian family from the clutches of Islamic terrorists, minor league baseball in New York, a string of grisly murders, sordid politics, and a pastor, who once was a Navy SEAL and CIA operative, tie together? Find out in MURDERER’S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating. Ray Keating has been called “a great novelist” by the host of “BookTalk” radio. A Washington Times reviewer, who happens to be a pastor who once worked for the CIA, noted, “Mr. Keating also allows you to discover how each of his characters tick in a style and tone reminiscent of some of the best-loved books of all time.” MURDERER’S ROW is the fifth Pastor Stephen Grant novel, and Keating serves up fascinating characters, gripping adventure, and a tangled murder mystery, along with faith, politics, humor, and, yes, baseball. Ray Keating said, “In this Pastor Stephen Grant thriller, I enjoyed bringing baseball into the exciting world of Pastor Stephen Grant, and his family, friends, and former CIA colleagues. I hope readers have as much fun reading MURDERER’S ROW as I had writing it.” Discover Pastor Stephen Grant and his world of intrigue, faith, action, love and murder.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

"Ephesians (Concordia Commentaries)" by Thomas WingerEphesians (Concordia Commentaries)

by Thomas Winger


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Friday, August 14, 2015

In Christ All Things Hold Together: The Intersection of Science & Christian Theology

With Joel Lehenbauer

"In Christ All Things Hold Together"  by CTCRThis report aims to serve as a constructive resource for thoughtful Christian reflection on the complex questions arising from the intersection of science, faith, and Christian theology. Each of its five chapters provides conceptual tools and examples that should aid Christians in forming a faithful response to these questions and, it is hoped, will encourage more young people to pursue scientific careers in full knowledge of the nature and significance of the scientific vocation.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

The Life and Words of Deaconness Clara Strehlow

by Cheryl Naumann
"The Life and Words of Deaconess Clara Strehlow"   By Cheryl NaumanFor more than 30 years student deaconesses have been the beneficiaries of scholarships from the deaconess Clara Strehlow Endowment Fund, many times knowing little or nothing about the woman for whom the fund was named. Now we have an opportunity to read about the woman behind the scholarship! In a rich narrative that is often told in Clara’s own words – both private and public – this little volume is a real testimony to the example of a woman who inspired fellow sisters in Christ through her selfless dedication and service to the Lord. How did she do it? What were her attitudes, strengths, and even foibles? Clara is forthcoming and clear in her thoughts, revealing a good deal about successful “church work” for both her day and for us in the 21st century.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

The Angels’ Portion: A Clergyman’s Whisky Narrative

by Christopher Thoma

"The Angels' Portion: A Clergyman's Whisky Narrative" by Christopher ThomaDid you know that Darth Vader prefers Lagavulin? Were you aware that Santa Claus keeps a bottle of Caol Ila on the shelf? Have you heard that Scoresby was squeezed from the very veins of the Devil himself? Emerging from the mind of a surprising whisky connoisseur, The Angels’ Portion is a substantial assortment of whisky reviews like none you’ve ever read before. By means of storytelling, and with charming wit and vibrant style, Reverend Christopher I. Thoma shepherds the reader toward a divine insight: If you don’t like whisky, it may only be because you haven’t danced with the right bottle.

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