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About jcandy1958

Pastor - Association Free Lutheran Congregations - interim ministry Married (27 years), Widowered (3 years), Married (to present); Father of two; Hobbies: garden railroading, photography, garden landscape

My reading list for December 31, 2017 – January 6, 2018

I cull the internet so you don’t have to (ha). Here is my reading list for December 31, 2017 – January 6, 2018. Posting these links does not necessarily constitute an endorsement. On the other hand these are not all the blog post I read but only those I thought worth a continued conversation.

Originally posted at lumpofclay.net.

APOLOGETICS & WITNESS
* Paul Steinbrueck: 5 Church SEO Goals to Prayerfully Consider for 2018
* Tom Parrish: A Children’s Book on Faith That Is Enlightening Adults

ENGAGING CULTURE
* Gene Veith: How the Sexual Revolution Morphed into a Religion
* Tom Parrish: Teen Suicide: Mental Illness or Something More?

GARDENING
* Old World Farms Garden: 4 Secrets To Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors – Grow Your Own Plants!

HUMAN INTEREST
* Lars Walker: Blogging through LOTR: A Matter of Time
* Kiley Crossland: The hidden risks of at-home DNA testing
* Lars Walker: Blogging through LOTR: “Write What You Know”
* Nisha Gaind: 2017 in pictures: The best science images of the year
* Alexis C Madrigal: How to Take a Picture of a Stealth Bomber Over the Rose Bowl
* Twisted Sifter: 15 Standouts from the 2017 Nat Geo Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

MARRIAGE
* John Piper: Why ‘Falling Out of Love’ Never Justifies Divorce

PASTORAL CARE
* Tom Parrish: A Biblical Warning to Church Leaders

PARENTING
* Kim Shay: They are our children, after all
* Jonathan Van Maren: Parents, your teens are being pressured to ‘sext.’ Even at Christian high schools
* Lindsey Holcomb: 9 Ways to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT
* Gene Veith: The Marxists at the Gun Range
* Steven Woodworth: Moore Reflections

SECOND AMENDMENT
* G Halek: 5 Hazards Of Gun Use — And How To Prevent Them

WORD
* Paul Anderson: How to Make Resolutions Work
* Herman Selderhuis: The Day Martin Luther Was Excommunicated
* Naomi Andrews: Joy Filled Living and Dwelling in the New Year
* Brett Boe, Jason Gudim, Brian Ricke: Being Lutheran Podcast Episode #54 — The Gospel, Part 3
* Lutheran Ladies Connection: Lutherans and Music
* Clayton Wilfer: Is Jesus Your Last Resort?
* Craig Johnson: The last dinner?
* Gene Veith: Luther on Epiphany and Vocation

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Posted by on 9 January 2018 in Uncategorized

 

My reading list for December 24-30, 2017

I cull the internet so you don’t have to (ha). Here is my reading list for December 24-30, 2017. Posting these links does not necessarily constitute an endorsement. On the other hand these are not all the blog post I read but only those I thought worth a continued conversation.

Originally posted at lumpofclay.net.

HUMAN INTEREST
* Lars Walker: Reading Report: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
* Lars Walker: Blogging through LOTR: Concering Dwarves

PASTORAL MINISTRY
* Carey Nieuwhof: If You’re Going To Have An Affair In 2018, It’s Probably This One

WORD
* Lutheran Ladies Connection: A Christmas Sonnet
* Sam Wellumson: Who Are You? — Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent on John 1:19-28
* Carolyn Brinkley: Albrecht Durer’s “Virgin and Child with Half a Pear”
* Paul Anderson: The Christmas Story
* Matthew Phillips: A Child Is Born Unto You
* Craig Johnson: Going forward without fear
* Lutheran Ladies Connection: Beginning the Work of Christmas
* Paul Anderson: How to Make Resolutions Work

 
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Posted by on 3 January 2018 in Uncategorized

 

My reading list for December 17-24, 2017

I cull the internet so you don’t have to (ha). Here is my reading list for December 17-24, 2017. Posting these links does not necessarily constitute an endorsement. On the other hand these are not all the blog post I read but only those I thought worth a continued conversation.

Originally published at lumpofclay.net.

APOLOGETICS and WITNESS
* Stacey Hare: Finals Done: Tired, Enriched and Thrilled out of my Mind
* J Warner Wallace: Christmas Is Christimas Because Jesus Is God

ENGAGING CULTURE
* Annie Holmquist: The Best Way to Get Boys Reading
* Dan Zimmerman: YouTube Vs Gun Publishers: Guess Who Loses
* Lars Walker: The Last Closet by Moira Grayland (a review)
* Eric Metaxas, Roberto Rivera: Dying Alone

GARDENING
* Old World Garden Farms: Growing Fresh Produce In The Winter With A Cold Frame Greenhouse

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
* Martin Cothran: 40 Million Americans Are Living in Poverty? FALSE

HUMAN INTEREST
* Lars Walker: Saint Thomas’ Day
* Sarah Laskow: The Mystery of Maine’s Viking Penny
* Twisted Sifter: The Best News Bloopers of 2017 are Here and They’re Glorious
* Paula Mejia: The Mysterious Tradition of Hiding a Pickle on Christmas Trees

MARRIAGE
* Gary Thomas: Born to Die

PASTORAL MINISTRY
* Luke Holmes: How Not to Use Texting in Ministry

SECOND AMENDMENT
* G Halek: What To Do If You Get ‘Flagged’ By Another Gun Owner
* G Halek: What To Do If You Get Called Out By Another Gun Owner

WORD
* Marl Bestul: Smalcald Article Study: Baptism
* Paul Anderson: A Most Remarkable Encounter
* Sam Wellumson: Comfort — Sermon for the Third Sunday in Advent on Isaiah 40:1-8
* Tom Parrish: Nevertheless
* Brett Boe, Jason Gudim, Brian Ricke: Being Lutheran Podcast Episode #53 — The Gospel, Part 2
* Jonathon T Krenz: Luther on the Incarnation
* Stephen Preus: Luther’s Hauspostille
* Lutheran Ladies Connection: Celebrating Christmas Correctly
* Gene Veith: “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” “Do They Know What Christmas Is?”

WORLD WAR T (fighting transgenderism)
* Gene Veith: A Solution to the Pronoun Problem

 
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Posted by on 27 December 2017 in Uncategorized

 

My reading list for December 10-16, 2017

I cull the internet so you don’t have to (ha). Here is my reading list for December 10-16, 2017. Posting these links does not necessarily constitute an endorsement. On the other hand these are not all the blog post I read but only those I thought worth a continued conversation.

Originally published at lumpofclay.net.

APOLOGETICS and WITNESS
* Andrew Richard: On the Proper Use of Reason
* Mark Steinbrueck: 3 Great Ways Your Website Can Keep Connected with Those Away for Christmas
* Tom Hobson: Jesus’ Shocking Words at Hanukkah
* Matthew Gartnett: Deconstructing Law and Gospel: How Postmodern Deconstructionism has Taken the Central Doctrine of Lutheranism Unawares
* Tom Hobson: Logical Grounds for Jesus’ Virgin Birth

ENGAGING CULTURE
* Donald Williams: The Barbarians are Coming
* Robert Oscar Lopez: The Time Has Come: Higher Ed-a-geddon
* William Briggs: SJWs Warn Against Viewing It’s a Wonderful Life
* Gene Veith: On the Pope’s Desire to Change the Wording of the Lord’s Prayer
* Samuel James: Children and the Peril of Internet Fame
* Bill Muehlenberg: Compromised Churches Denying the Uniqueness of Christ
* Robert Oscar Lopez: Phonies, Creeps & Pantywaists!
* Denny Burk: Are Christians crying wolf about mistreatment and marginalization?

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
* Jake Meador: The Principled Pro-Life Vote
* Richard Pollock: What Life Was Like for Christians and Jews When Arabs Ruled Jerusalem
* Alfonzo Rachel: Democrats Close the Door on Roy The Zo Loft with AlfonZo Rachel
* Alfonzo Rachel: Net Neutering, I mean Neutrality. The Zo Loft with AlfonZo Rachel

HUMAN INTEREST
* Anika Burgess: 2017 Was an Astounding Year for Space Images
* Twisted Sifter: Amazing Things Happen at the Grand Canyon and this Timelapse Captures Them Beautifully
* Twisted Sifter: The 2017 Nat Geo Nature Photographer of the Year Winners are Here and Amazing

WORD
* Jack Kilcrease: Luther’s Time at the Wartburg
* Sam Wellumson: Near — Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent on Luke 21:25-36
* Lutheran Ladies Connection: A Poem by John Donne: Nativity
* Lutheran Ladies Connection: Why Wait?
* Paul Anderson: Learning to Listen to God
* Bryan Wolfmueller: Rescued from Crumbling Tower: Luther’s Picture of the Troubles of the Last Day
* Tom Parrish: Are You Here By Chance?
* Brett Boe, Jason Gudim, Brian Ricke: Being Lutheran Podcast Episode #52 — The Gospel, Part 1
* Tim Challies: 5 Most Ridiculous Books to Ever Become Christian Bestsellers

WORLD WAR T (fighting transgenderism)
* Michelle Cretella: I’m a Pediatrician. Here’s What I Did When a Little Boy Patient Said He Was a Girl.
* Jarrett Stepman: In the Pronoun Wars, Be Thankful for the Founding Fathers
* Denny Burk: Who will stand for the children if their own parents won’t?

 
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Posted by on 19 December 2017 in Uncategorized

 

My reading list for December 3-9, 2017

I cull the internet so you don’t have to (ha). Here is my reading list for December 3-9, 2017. Posting these links does not necessarily constitute an endorsement. On the other hand these are not all the blog post I read but only those I thought worth a continued conversation.

Originally published at lumpofclay.net.

APOLOGETICS and WITNESS
* Lars Walker: Authentic Christianity by Veith and Sutton (a review)

ENGAGING CULTURE
* David French: Stop Misrepresenting Masterpiece Cakeshop
* Walt Mueller: Cultural Discernment: A Message in the Music
* Jennifer Hartline: Gay ‘Nativity,’ Erasing Woman and Perverting the Truth
* Tom Gilson: Responding to the Raw Hatred of the Gay ‘Nativity’

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
* Robert Moffit: The Senate Voted to Kill Obamacare’s Individual Mandate. Why That Was a Wise Call.
* Bill Muehlenberg: Islam, Immigration, and the Death of Sweden
* Adam Michel: In 1 Chart, the Differences Between the House and Senate Tax Reform Bills
* Jon Miltimore: Harvard Student Whose Father Escaped Communism Has a Message for Her Fellow Students
* Trevin Wax: Reading Between the Lines of Justice Sotomayor’s Closing Remarks in the Case of the Christian Baker

HUMAN INTEREST
* Lars Walker: ‘Walkin’ in My Winter Underwear’
* Julia Mary: Guest Post: Finding Your Creative Inspiration
* Naomi Andrews: Simple and Elegant Christmas Wrapping with Greenery

MARRIAGE
* Adam Weber: 7 Simple Rules for Marriage Fighting
* Gary Thomas: Celebrating the Joys of Marriage

SANCTITY OF LIFE
* Stephen Kokx: LifeSite tried to boost this pro-life heroine’s story online. But Facebook banned it

SECOND AMENDMENT
* CN Staff: What You Need To Know About The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Of 2017

WORD
* Sam Wellumson: God’s New Name — Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent on Jeremiah 23:5-8 & Matthew 21:1-9
* Lutheran Ladies Connection: Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Advent
* Paul Anderson: How to Make This Chirstmas the Best Ever
* Jonathan Swett: “Savior of the Nations, Come”
* Brett Boe / Jason Gudim / Brian Ricke: Being Lutheran Podcast Episode #51 — The Trinity
* Lutheran Ladies Connection: Martin Luther on Christmas
* Paul Anderson: Do You Have the Christmas Spirit?
* Lincoln Winter: Properly Unimportant

WORLD WAR T (fighting transgenderism)
* Nicholas Black: Children at Risk: Transgender Ideology — Part 2
* Michael Brown: 6,500 Reasons to Say ‘It’s a Girl’ or ‘It’s a Boy’

 
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Posted by on 12 December 2017 in Uncategorized

 

My reading list for November 26 – December 2, 2017

I cull the internet so you don’t have to (ha). Here is my reading list for November 26 – December 2, 2017. Posting these links does not necessarily constitute an endorsement. On the other hand these are not all the blog post I read but only those I thought worth a continued conversation.

Originally published at lumpofclay.net.
 
APOLOGETICS and WITNESS
* Colin Freeman: Their friend sang Amazing Grace and was shot: Hostages detail their terrifying ordeal in Nigeria
* Mark Steinbrueck: 3 Gifts You Must Give Your Church Website this Christmas
* Thom S Rainer: Five Key Steps to Reach and Retain Guests
* Stacey Hare: The Loss of a Friend: A Tribute to Simon
* Gene Veith: The LCMS Adult Conversion Rate & Other Surprising Statistics
* Heath R Curtis: Where have all the Christians gone?

ENGAGING CULTURE
* Kirk Miller: We’re Doing Sex Wrong: What Weinstein, #MeToo, & This Wake of Sexual Assault Scandals Reveals
* Bill Muehlenberg: The Sexual Revolution: A Readers’ Guide
* Tom Parrish: How the Mighty Have Fallen

GARDENING
* Cara Giaimo: How Professionals Wrestle With One of the World’s Scariest Plants

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
* Gene Veith: Ministers’ Housing Allowance Update
* Benjamin Powell: Hey, Millennials: Socialism Creates Poverty and Limits Freedom. So Stop Romanticizing It!

HUMAN INTEREST
* Gene Veith: A New Cranach Painting Has Also Been Authenticated
* Naomi Andrews: Four Simple Inexpensive DIY Wrapping Ideas
* Natasha Frost: See a 94-Year-Old Sphinx Emerge From Californian Sand Dunes
* Cara Giaimo: This Camera Recorded Its Own Disappearance
* Lars Walker: Miscellanea of the day
* Gary Thomas: Celebrating Awesome Wives: How to Spot One, How to Keep One

WORD
* Paul Anderson: How to Develop Gratitude
* Tom Parrish: Learning to Be Thankful in Pain
* Jonathan Fisk: DoubleStrike | End Times Grammar Fail and Test Tube Babies (Mark 13:24-37) 
* Paul Anderson: The Power of Gratitude
* Craig Johnson: Jesus has time for you
* Phil Haugen: Justification Defined (podcast)
* Matt Brennan: Hospitality
* Sam Wellumson: Matthew 25:31-46 — When?
* Paul Anderson: You Can Get Good at Gratitude
* J Christian Andrews: Read Through the Bible This Church Year

WORLD WAR T (fighting transgenderism)
* Andrew T Walker: The Hidden Hands of Caitlyn Jenner
* Nicholas Black: Children at Risk: Transgender Ideology — Part 1

 
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Posted by on 5 December 2017 in Uncategorized

 

My reading list for November 19-25, 2017

I cull the internet so you don’t have to (ha). Here is my reading list for November 19-25, 2017. Posting these links does not necessarily constitute an endorsement. On the other hand these are not all the blog post I read but only those I thought worth a continued conversation.
APOLOGETICS and WITNESS
* Facts & Trends: 11 Holiday Outreach Ideas for Your Church
* Justo Pillman: Church Work Bee
* Kent Sperry: They Are Watching You
* Josh Blankenship: 7 Social Media Sins Every Church Should Avoid

ENGAGING CULTURE
* C H Fischer: When a Sleaze Industry is offended…by Sleaze?
* Michael Medved: What’s the Truth About the First Thanksgiving? (video)
* Gene Veith: Environmentalism vs. Children
* Bill Muehlenberg: Homosexual Marriage Always Trumps Religious Freedom
* Matthew Continetti: The Problem of Identity Politics and Its Solution
* Samuel James: 7 Thoughts From the News Cycle

GARDENING
* Old World Garden Farms: Garden Planning — How To Plan This Winter For A Great Garden Next Year!

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
* Joe Carter: What You Should Know About Hezbollah
* Eric Holmberg: The Trashing of Judge Roy Moore

HUMAN INTEREST
* Christian Mujica: Expedicion Apolo Madidi (video)

MARRIAGE
* Gary Thomas: The Marriage Saver

REFORMATION 500
* Mark Schroeder: It’s Still about Jesus. It’s Still about the Word of God.
* Gene Veith: Luther’s Theology of Beauty
* Neil L Carlson: Major Problems with Major

SANCTITY OF LIFE
* Claire Chretien: This pregnancy announcement destroys the ‘my body, my choice’ argument

WORD
* Paul Anderson: Gratitude Inventory
* Joe McKeever: Seven Days of Prayer for Your Pastor
* Sam Wellumson: Matthew 25:14-30 — How Is Your Master?
* Landon Coleman: Reflections on Confession
* Tom Parrish: The Kind of Thanks Jesus Desires!
* Lincoln Winter: How Do I Know?
* Brett Boe / Jason Gudim / Brian Ricke: Being Lutheran Podcast Episode #50 — Q & A

 
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Posted by on 28 November 2017 in Uncategorized

 
 
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