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Learn about the Read Like a Lutheran summer reading program for adults and children.
I really enjoy my Kindle. But when it comes to reading scholarly works, I need to flip back and forth, mark pages, study illustrations, and generally read more carefully. I kind of need hard-copy printed books to do that. Now it turns out that the Millennial generation, computer-literate and screen-oriented as they are, are the [Read More…] . . . Read All
One of my customary Lenten observances is always to read some heavy-duty theology or some deep, deep classics of devotion. Over the years, I’ve read works by Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, and more modern theologians like Oswald Bayer. Last year I read Martin Chemnitz, The Two Natures of Christ to my great benefit. Another year, I [Read More…] . . . Read All
Annie Holmquist compares a middle school reading list from 1908 to one from today. It isn’t just that the latter is dumbed down in comparison, though it is. She goes on to analyze the content of what is taught in these two sets of books and the kinds of education they exemplify. From Jason W. [Read More…] . . . Read All
by Don Schiemann In my seminary days I spent a fortune on books—at least it felt like a fortune. The twelve-volume set of Lenski’s commentary on the New Testament cost me $45! Every academic term, required textbooks steadily ate away at the savings I had accumulated at my summer jobs. Most of those books continue to serve me well and I don’t begrudge what they cost me back then or even now, as I still buy the occasional volume to enhance my library. Things have changed since I graduated from seminary. Some …
I have published a new book, one that I collaborated on with Matt Ristuccia, an evangelical pastor in Princeton. It’s called Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind. The imagination often gets mystified these days with its association with the arts and creativity. We get into those areas in the book, [Read More…] . . . Read All
I previously blogged about my contribution–a review of Huckleberry Finn–to a blog series that Justin Taylor is running on “novels every Christian should consider reading.” I urge you to read the whole series, which includes different Christians’ take on classic novels like Tom Jones, entertaining reads like Patrick O’Brian’s sea sagas, and finds that I, [Read More…] . . . Read All
The London Guardian reports on a study of reading on a Kindle as compared to reading a traditional book. Readers of the paper version performed significantly better when it came to reconstructing the chronological order of incidents in the plot. The story cites another study that found 10th graders had significantly higher comprehension rates when [Read More…] . . . Read All
Pastor Christopher Esget of Immanuel Lutheran-Alexandria, VA LCMS 2015 Life Conference
With guest Allison Kieslowsky.
Mathew Block concludes his interview by asking me about what Christians can do to cultivate the imaginative life, as I have been describing it. CL: What can people in the church do practically to foster this imaginative way of life and this imaginative way of interacting with the world? I’ve just written a book with [Read More…] . . . Read All
We’ve blogged about the findings that the internet has diminished people’s ability to read long, complex texts. Now the leading practitioner of print journalism is giving in to the trend. The Associated Press wire service has ordered its reporters to keep their stories no longer than 500 words. Used to, wire stories–when they were printed [Read More…] . . . Read All
In answer to my question about how reading conditioned by the internet might affect the way people read the Bible, Rev. Lucas Woodford (my former pastor) pointed to this article by Robin Phillips published in Touchstone in 2012, which also gets into the various ways reading itself has already changed over the centuries. An excerpt [Read More…] . . . Read All
There is some evidence that the way we read on the internet–skimming, surfing, hopping from link to link–is interfering with the ability to read complex, content-rich books that require reading slowly and thoughtfully. Do you think? Having just finished the 1500 page unabridged Les Miserables for free on my Kindle (an overwhelming experience that I’ll [Read More…] . . . Read All