Monthly Archives: January 2017

Catechism Bible Illustrations — Part 2a — The First Article of the Creed

This is a table of Bible illustrations to help parents, teachers, and pastors illuminate truths taught in the Small Catechism.

Links to parts:

Part 2 – The Creed

Trinity

The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17)

Part 2a – The First Article – Creation

“God has created me”

Special creation of man – Genesis 2:7, 1:27
A little lower than angels – Psalm 8:4-9

“He has given me my body and soul … all my members”

Wove me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 8:13-15)

“He richly and daily provides”

God provides quail and manna in the wilderness (Exodus 16:11-36)
God provides water in the wilderness (Exodus 17:1-6)
Elijah by the Brook Cherith (1 Kings 17:1-7)
Elijah, the widow, and her son (1 Kings 17:8-24)
Elisha and the Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:1-7)
Jesus feeds 5,000 (John 6:1-14)
Jesus calms a storm (John 6:16-21)
You give them their food in due season (Psalm 104)

“He protects me”

Daniel in the lions’ den (Daniel 6:6-23)
God limits Satan’s power against Job (Job 1:1-2, 5)
God cares for Joseph (Genesis 37, 41)
God directs Lot out of Sodom (Genesis 19)
Do not worry (Matthew 6:25-34)
God took care of Noah and his family (Genesis 9:1-3)
Do not fret because of evildoers (Psalm 37)

“God has created … all creatures”

Creation of all things (Genesis 1-2)
Holy angels – Peter in prison (Acts 12:5-11)
Fallen Angels – Satan accuses Job (Job 1:6-12, 2:1-6)

“Fatherly and divine goodness and mercy”

Jacob meets Esau (Genesis 32:1-10)
The centurion confessed his unworthiness (Luke 7:6-10)

“Duty bound to thank, praise, serve, and obey”

A psalm of praise (Psalm 103)

 

Catechetical Evangelism in the Newspaper — Editions and Distributors

Description Contents | eBook EditionsPDF Edition Paperback Edition | About the Author

Catechetical Evangelism in the Newspaper is available in a variety of electronic editions at prices from free to $0.99, and in paperback for $3.59 with free shipping.

Description

Evangelism springs from Luther’s Small Catechism into the newspaper. This book shares from the author’s experiences in writing religion articles published  in his local newspaper. It presents ideas about the Catechism and evangelism,  and about newspaper evangelism. It explains an approach to writing catechetical  newspaper articles and includes three dozen of the author’s published articles  as examples of the approach.

Contents

Introduction

Evangelism and the Small Catechism
– Reformation of the Catechism
– Evangelical Even Where Not Expected
– Throbbing with Genius; Ready to Give an Answer

Newspaper Evangelism
– Fountain of Ideas
– Have Something to Say
– Welcome Your New Friend: the Word Limit
– Wisdom Cries Out in the Street
– Interest and Illustration
– Inspiration and Perspiration
– Confessional Fidelity

Example Newspaper Articles
– Christ’s State of Humiliation
– Christ’s State of Exaltation
– Trinity
– Baptism

eBook Editions

This book is published in multiple electronic editions through a number of eBook distributors. The price is free everywhere except on Amazon, where the price is $0.99. The distributors include:

On Smashwords, the following editions are available:

  • epub (industry standard)
  • .mobi (Kindle)
  • html (online reading)
  • lrf (older Sony readers)
  • pdb (older Palm devices)
  • txt (without formatting)

PDF Edition

A PDF version is available for free download at LutheranCatechism.com. This version is formatted somewhat like a paper book, and it has hyperlink navigation for the table of contents.

Paperback Edition

A paperback edition is available on Amazon. Because of costs of production and the mandatory terms of distribution through Amazon, this edition has a price, currently $3.59. But, the good news is that it qualifies for Amazon Prime, which means shipping is free.

About the Author

T. R. Halvorson was born in Sidney, Montana on July 14, 1953, baptized at  Pella Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana on November 8, 1953, and  confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota in 1968. He and  his wife, Marilyn, are members of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Sidney,  Montana. They have three sons and six grandchildren. T. R. farms at Wildrose,  North Dakota, and is Deputy County Attorney in Sidney, Montana. He has been a  computer programmer; and an author, conference speaker, instructor, and  consultant to industry in online legal information. He is among the authors of  the religion column in the Sidney Herald at Sidney, Montana. He is the  Editor of  LutheranCatechism.com, a  regular contributor at Brothers of John the Steadfast (SteadfastLutherans.org,)

Amazon Now Distributing Catechetical Evangelism in the Newspaper

Amazon is now distributing the new eBook, Catechetical Evangelism in the Newspaper, by T. R. Halvorson. You can find it here. This brings the number of distributors to eight. The first seven were:

A PDF version is available for free download at LutheranCatechism.com.

All versions are free, except Amazon, which retains control over whether it will allow a book to be distributed through it for free. On Amazon, it costs Amazon’s lowest price, $0.99.

Description

Evangelism springs from Luther’s Small Catechism into the newspaper. This book shares from the author’s experiences in writing religion articles published in his local newspaper. It presents ideas about the Catechism and evangelism, and about newspaper evangelism. It explains an approach to writing catechetical newspaper articles and includes three dozen of the author’s published articles as examples of the approach.

Contents

Introduction

Evangelism and the Small Catechism
– Reformation of the Catechism
– Evangelical Even Where Not Expected
– Throbbing with Genius; Ready to Give an Answer

Newspaper Evangelism
– Fountain of Ideas
– Have Something to Say
– Welcome Your New Friend: the Word Limit
– Wisdom Cries Out in the Street
– Interest and Illustration
– Inspiration and Perspiration
– Confessional Fidelity

Example Newspaper Articles
– Christ’s State of Humiliation
– Christ’s State of Exaltation
– Trinity
– Baptism

About the Author

T. R. Halvorson was born in Sidney, Montana on July 14, 1953, baptized at Pella Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana on November 8, 1953, and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota in 1968. He and his wife, Marilyn, are members of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Sidney, Montana. They have three sons and six grandchildren. T. R. farms at Wildrose, North Dakota, and is Deputy County Attorney in Sidney, Montana. He has been a computer programmer; and an author, conference speaker, instructor, and consultant to industry in online legal information. He is among the authors of the religion column in the Sidney Herald at Sidney, Montana. He is the Editor of LutheranCatechism.com, a regular contributor at Brothers of John the Steadfast (SteadfastLutherans.org,)

Review of Luther’s Catechism Comes to America, by Arthur C. Repp

James Arne Nestingen, Review of Luther’s Catechism Comes to America: Theological Effects on the Issues of the Small Catechism Prepared in and for America prior to 1850, by Arthur C. Repp, Sr. ALTA Monograph Series, No. 18. Metuchen, N.J. and London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., and The American Theological Library Association, 1982, in Word & World 4/3 (St. Paul: Luther Seminary, 1984), pp. 329-30.

LUTHER’S CATECHISM COMES TO AMERICA: THEOLOGICAL EFFECTS ON THE ISSUES OF THE SMALL CATECHISM PREPARED IN AND FOR AMERICA PRIOR TO 1850, by Arthur C. Repp, Sr. ALTA Monograph Series, No. 18. Metuchen, N.J. and London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., and The American Theological Library Association, 1982.

If the delight of the exegete is the nuance, as Ernst Käsemann once said, then by parallel the delight of the church historian must be the detail—the stubborn stuff of daily life that refuses to give way to grand designs and comprehensive analysis.

Some of Arthur Repp, Sr.’s students have gone on to the more ambitious undertakings, coming to rival Zane Grey or Adolph von Harnack in the process—they have become more widely known, while Repp has kept his nose buried in the particular. Teaching at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and then Seminex, he devoted years of careful research to the use of Luther’s little catechism among Lutherans in America. The result is a masterful study, succulent in detail and wonderfully helpful.

Repp begins his analysis with a survey of catechetical instruction among the earliest Lutheran immigrants to the U.S., and then provides a catechism-by-catechism analysis, moving through the 18th century to the middle of the 19th. Over sixty translations, interpretations, expansions of and commentaries on Luther’s catechism are considered. A few which attempted to set aside Luther’s work, as well as the confessional base of the church, are also examined. Repp’s study is significant for several reasons. First, as Martin Marty notes in his preface to the book, Repp has dealt with the down-to-earth matter of religious practice. Oftentimes church historical studies appear to be premised on the notion that virtually everything else but that which the church claims to be influential is controlling its life. It is clear that political, social and financial concerns are formative forces in the church’s corporate affairs. But the use of the Scripture and the catechism—along with a hymnal, generally the only books carried by immigrants—may also be regarded as important factors. Repp has recognized and documented this with regards to the catechism.

Secondly, moving from document to document, Repp is able to provide a detailed picture of how 18th and early 19th century Lutherans attempted to pass along their tradition. There is clear evidence of problems. But the commonly held stereotype of Lutheranism as an isolated and self-preoccupied church guarding a frozen orthodoxy can’t survive such detailed analysis. There is a lot of evidence of a concern to reach beyond the immigrant groups, for example, an early translation of Luther’s catechism into Delaware Indian language. And there were various attempts—pietist, rationalist, as well as more orthodox—to come to grips with the theological issues of the day.

There may be a place for “bird’s-eye-views,” those flying historical tours that sweep over centuries, movements and theological developments in fast guided tours. But that kind of work depends on something far deeper, the nose-to-the-ground analysis that covers in depth. Repp’s work is like that. It is closely worked historical study from a man who has served his church by paying attention to the details of the way it has transmitted its witness at the most basic levels. Such a gift, like fine handcraft, is to be received with thanks.

James Arne Nestingen
Luther Northwestern Seminary
St. Paul, Minnesota

Six More Distributors for Catechetical Evangelism in the Newspapers

Six more book distributors are distributing the new, free eBook, Catechetical Evangelism in the Newspaper, by T. R. Halvorson. The new distributors are:

The book is published through Smashwords and is available there in several formats. The PDF version is available for free download at LutheranCatechism.com.

Description

Evangelism springs from Luther’s Small Catechism into the newspaper. This book shares from the author’s experiences in writing religion articles published in his local newspaper. It presents ideas about the Catechism and evangelism, and about newspaper evangelism. It explains an approach to writing catechetical newspaper articles and includes three dozen of the author’s published articles as examples of the approach.

Contents

Introduction

Evangelism and the Small Catechism
– Reformation of the Catechism
– Evangelical Even Where Not Expected
– Throbbing with Genius; Ready to Give an Answer

Newspaper Evangelism
– Fountain of Ideas
– Have Something to Say
– Welcome Your New Friend: the Word Limit
– Wisdom Cries Out in the Street
– Interest and Illustration
– Inspiration and Perspiration
– Confessional Fidelity

Example Newspaper Articles
– Christ’s State of Humiliation
– Christ’s State of Exaltation
– Trinity
– Baptism

About the Author

T. R. Halvorson was born in Sidney, Montana on July 14, 1953, baptized at Pella Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana on November 8, 1953, and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota in 1968. He and his wife, Marilyn, are members of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Sidney, Montana. They have three sons and six grandchildren. T. R. farms at Wildrose, North Dakota, and is Deputy County Attorney in Sidney, Montana. He has been a computer programmer; and an author, conference speaker, instructor, and consultant to industry in online legal information. He is among the authors of the religion column in the Sidney Herald at Sidney, Montana. He is the Editor of LutheranCatechism.com, a regular contributor at Brothers of John the Steadfast (SteadfastLutherans.org,)

Catechism Bible Illustrations – Part 1 – The Ten Commandments

 

This is a table of Bible illustrations to help parents, teachers, and pastors illuminate truths taught in the Small Catechism.

Links to parts:

Part 1 – The Ten Commandments

The First Commandment

The golden calf (Exodus 20:1-21)
The fiery furnace (Daniel 3)
The rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-31; Matthew 19:16-22)
The people worship Baal (1 Kings 18:18-29)
The Philistines worship Dagon (Judges 16:23-24)
The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17)
The rich man (Luke 16:19-31)
The tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9)
David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
Eli and his Sons (1 Samuel 2:12-34)
Peter denies Christ (Matthew 26:59-75)
The sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22)
Abram departs from Haran (Genesis 12:1-9)
Daniel in the lions’ den (Daniel 6)
Pilate heeds the voice of the people (John 19:12-22)
Nebuchadnezzar’s pride (Daniel 4:30; 5:20-21)

The Second Commandment

Herod’s profane oath (Matthew 14:1-12; Mark 6:21-29)
Shimei curses David (2 Samuel 16:5-14)
Mary and Zacharias (Luke 1:46-80)
God reveals his Name to Moses (Exodus 3:12-15)
Goliath curses David (1 Samuel 17:43)
The Jews curse themselves and their children (Matthew 27:25)
The Jews revile Jesus on the cross (Matthew 27:39-43)
Peter’s oaths in Caiaphas’ courtyard (Mark 14:66-72)
The oath to kill Paul (Acts 23:12)
Saul and the witch of Endor (1 Samuel 28)
Bar-Jesus (Acts 13:6-12)
Abraham calls on the name of the Lord (Genesis 12:6-8)
Hannah thanks God (1 Samuel 2)
The disciples call on Jesus (Matthew 8:25)
Ten lepers call on Jesus for help, one thanks him (Luke 17:11-19)
Noah calls on God (Genesis 8:20-22)
Abominations of the nations (Deuteronomy 18:9-14)
The Song of Mary (Luke 1:46-80)
Rabshakeh blasphemes the God of Israel (2 Kings 18:28-25, 19:21-22)
Some Jews accuse Jesus of being demon possessed (John 8:48-59)
Peter curses (Matthew 26:74)
James and John would curse on a Samaritan village (Luke 9:51-55)
Jephthah’s oath (Judges 11:30-40)
The sorcerers of Egypt (Exodus 7-8)
The sons of Sceva (Acts 19:13-29)
A false prophet’s lie (1 Kings 13:11-30)
Zachariah’s song (Luke 1:68-79)

The Third Commandment

King Jehoiakim burns Jeremiahs scroll (Jeremiah 36:9-32)
Mary listens to Jesus (Luke 10:38-42)
Longing for the Temple Worship (Psalm 84)
Jesus Preaches on the Sabbath (Luke 4:31-39)
Mary kept the Word in her heart (Luke 2:19, 51)
The Bereans searched the Scriptures (Acts 17:10-13)
Persecuted Christians preach the word (Acts 8:1-4)
Jesus fulfills the Sabbath Day (Matthew 12:1-8)
The blessedness of dwelling in the house of God (Psalm 84)
Saul rejects the Word of the Lord (1 Samuel 15:10-23)
Jesus listens to the teachers, asks them questions, and increases in wisdom (Luke 2:41-52)

The Fourth Commandment

Absalom rebels against his father (2 Samuel 15)
Jesus subject to his parents (Luke 2:51)
Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 37:12-36; 39:1-6)
The prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32)
Joseph loves his father (Genesis 46:29-30)
Samuel obeys Eli (1 Samuel 3:1-8)
Jesus obey his earthly parents (Luke 2:51-52)
Jesus pays the temple tax (Matthew 17:24-27)
Daniel and friends disobey an order to do evil (Daniel 3, 6)
Joseph’s brothers show no love for their father (Genesis 37:31-35)
The sons of Eli grieve their father (1 Samuel 2:12, 23-25)
The youths of Bethel mock Elijah (2 Kings 2:23-24)
Jesus provided for his mother (John 19:26)
Ruth cherished her mother-in-law, Naomi (Ruth 1:6-18)

The Fifth Commandment

Cain murders Abel (Genesis 4:1-15)
The good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
David has Uriah killed (2 Samuel 11:14-17)
People killed through carelessness (Exodus 21:22-23, 29; Deuteronomy 22:8)
Saul kills himself (1 Samuel 31:4)
Judas hangs himself (Matthew 27:3-10)
Abraham fights to rescue Lot (Genesis 14:12-16)
The Son of Man judges of the nations (Matthew 25:31-46)
Jesus cures the paralytic (Matthew 9:1-8)
Jesus feeds five thousand (Mark 6:33-44)
Jesus heals Malchus (Luke 22:50-51)
Jesus teaches the Fifth Commandment (Matthew 5:21-26; Luke 12:57-59)
The Egyptians made the lives of the Hebrews bitter (Exodus 1)
David protects the life of Saul (1 Samuel 26:1-12)
Joseph forgives his brothers (Genesis 45:1-16)
The judicial murder of Naboth (1 Kings 21:1-16)

The Sixth Commandment

Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:4-8)
Joseph’s chastity (Genesis 39)
Adam and Eve’s marriage (Genesis 2:18-24)
The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11)
The marriage of Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 24:34-67)
Herod lives with his brother’s wife (Matthew 14:1-4)
David commits adultery with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:2-5)
Jesus deals with the Samaritan woman (John 4:17-18)
Lot’s daughters commit incest (Genesis 19:30-38)
Love, light, wisdom, Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5)

The Seventh Commandment

Achan’s theft (Joshua 7)
Abraham recovers Lot’s property without reward (Genesis 14:1-16)
Jacob cheating Esau (Genesis 25:27-34; 27:1-40)
The unjust steward (Luke 16:1-13)
Parents give good gifts to their children (Matthew 7:11)
The prodigal son requests his inheritance (Luke 15:11-12)
The dishonest steward (Luke 16:1-12)
The generous Macedonians (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
Gehazi’s greed and lies (2 Kings 5:20-24)
Cheerful giving to the saints (2 Corinthians 9:1-15)
Jacob’s agreement with Laban (Genesis 30:25-43)
The judicial theft of Naboth’s vineyard (1 Kings 21:1-16)
Judas steals from the money box (John 12:4-6)

The Eighth Commandment

False witness against Stephen (Acts 6:8-15)
Jonathan defends David (1 Samuel 19:1-7)
The Devil deceives Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-15)
The tongue (James 3:1-18)
Jesus before the Sanhedrin (Matthew 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65)
Pilate’s judgment contradicts his verdict (Luke 23:4-24)
Potiphar’s wife lies about Joseph (Genesis 39:13-17)
Judas betrays Jesus (Matthew 26:14-16)
Absalom slanders David (2 Samuel 15:1-6)
Jesus exposes hypocrisy (Matthew 23)
Jewish elders speak well of a Roman centurion (Luke 7:1-10)
Satan lies to Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-15)
Jesus’ words the truth, Satan the father of lies (John 8:42-47)
Perjury against Naboth (1 Kings 21:1-16)
Doeg betrays Ahimelech (1 Samuel 22:6-19)

The Ninth and Tenth Commandments

Ahab covets Naboth’s vineyard (1 Kings 21:1-16)
Abraham gives Lot his choice of the land (Genesis 13)
David coveted Uriah’s wife (2 Samuel 11_2-4)
Paul sends Onesimus back to his master (Philemon)
Zaccheus makes restitution (Luke 19:1-10)
Worldly lawsuits between Christians (1 Corinthians 6:1-8)
The Shunamite couple makes a room for Elisha (2 Kings 4:8-13)
Absalom estranged the hearts of the people from David (2 Samuel 15:1-6)
Picture of a wife of valor (Proverbs 31:10-31)
The covetous fool (Luke 12:13-21)
Generosity to servants (Deuteronomy 15:12-18)
Paul overcomes covetousness (Acts 20:32-35)

The Conclusion of the Commandments

God destroys the world in a flood (Genesis 7)
God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah with fire (Genesis 19:15-28)
God destroys the Egyptians in the Red See (Exodus 4:23-31)
God destroys the family of Ahab and Jezebel (2 Kings 9:4-10, 10:11)
Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5)
The Lord answers a false proverb (Ezekiel 18)
The Good Shepherd (John 10)

LutheranCatechism.com Seeks Volunteer Research Assistants

LutheranCatechism.com is seeking volunteer research assistants to assist with enhancing the resources it provides.

Three priority projects are:

  1. Advising on the best bibliographic style to use for LutheranCatechism.com’s Bibliography and Document Library.
  2. Editing the existing Bibliography and Document Library to conform all entries to the chosen bibliographic style.
  3. Searching for public domain copies of documents cited in the Bibliography but not yet included in the Document Library, for addition to the Document Library.

Useful skills include:

  1. Knowledge and proficiency in bibliographic styles.
  2. Knowledge of sources and research methods for retrieval of copies of cited works.
  3. Basic familiarity with copyright for recognition of when a copy of a work is in the public domain.
  4. Editing of documents in either word processing or HTML form, with rudimentary understanding of styles in word processors or Cascading Style Sheets in HTML.

These are voluntary positions. No economic, financial, or remunerative compensation is offered. The work of selected assistants will be acknowledged, however, on LutheranCatechism.com, and it could be referenced on resumes.

Interested persons may contact the Editor of LutheranCatechism.com at trh at midrivers dot com. In addition to expressing interest, helpful information to include is:

  • basic educational background
  • background in bibliographic, research, or library
  • interest in Luther’s catechisms

 

Additions to Lutheran Catechism Document Library – 1-14-2017

Following is a list of recent additions to the Document Library.

Booe, Phil, “Cooperative Catechesis: A Model for Equipping Lutheran Parents and Pastors to Catechize Children in the Christian Faith,” Selected excepts prepared for the March 16, 2016 Winkel at Hudson, New York.

Dau, W.H.T. “How Can We Prove Our Gratitude for Luther’s Small Catechism?” Lutheran School Journal, S 1929, pp. 8-12, 60-66

Haemig, Mary Jane: “Catechisms,” in: European History Online (EGO), published by the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG), Mainz 2014-07-28. URL: http://www.ieg-ego.eu/haemigm-2014-en URN: urn:nbn:de:0159-2014051909 [2016-12-30]

Lose, George William, Catechism Bible Narratives: A Series of Bible Narratives on the Five Chief Parts of Luther’s Smaller Catechism for Use in Lutheran Sunday Schools (Columbus, Ohio: Lutheran Book Concern, 1915).

Luther, Martin, Did My Baptism Count?, trans. James C. Strawn (Minneapolis: Lutheran Press, 2006).

Luther, Martin, How Is Christ There?, (from sermon on the Sacrament of Christ’s body and blood against the fanatics), trans. Holger Sonntag (Minneapolis: Lutheran Press, 2011).

Pless, John T., “Fidelity to the Catechism: In Prayer and Teaching,” presentation to “Society of the Holy Trinity Festival of the Resurrection, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saint Luke, Chicago, Illinois, April 1, 2005.

Pless, John T., “Reformation Catechesis: Then & Now, ” Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference, February 6, 2016 (Powerpoint presentation).

Scaer, David P., “The New Translation of Luther’s Small Catechism: Is it Faithful to Luther’s Spirit?” David P. Scaer and Robert D. Preus, eds., Luther’s Catechims — 450 Years: Essays Commemorating the Small and Large Catechisms of Dr. Martin Luther, p. 32 (Fort Wayne: Concordia Theological Seminary, 1979).

Zwanepol, Klass, “The structure and dynamics of Luther’s Catechism,” Acta Theologica 2011 31(2): 394-411

Released Today — Catechetical Evangelism in the Newspaper

01–14–2017 — LutheranCatechism announces the release today of the new, free eBook, Catechetical Evangelism in the Newspaper, by T. R. Halvorson. The book is published through Smashwords and is available there in the following formats:

  • epub (industry standard)
  • .mobi (Kindle)
  • html (online reading)
  • lrf (older Sony readers)
  • pdb (older Palm devices)
  • txt (without formatting)

The PDF version is available for free download at LutheranCatechism.com.

Description

Evangelism springs from Luther’s Small Catechism into the newspaper. This book shares from the author’s experiences in writing religion articles published in his local newspaper. It presents ideas about the Catechism and evangelism, and about newspaper evangelism. It explains an approach to writing catechetical newspaper articles and includes three dozen of the author’s published articles as examples of the approach.

Contents

Introduction

Evangelism and the Small Catechism
– Reformation of the Catechism
– Evangelical Even Where Not Expected
– Throbbing with Genius; Ready to Give an Answer

Newspaper Evangelism
– Fountain of Ideas
– Have Something to Say
– Welcome Your New Friend: the Word Limit
– Wisdom Cries Out in the Street
– Interest and Illustration
– Inspiration and Perspiration
– Confessional Fidelity

Example Newspaper Articles
– Christ’s State of Humiliation
– Christ’s State of Exaltation
– Trinity
– Baptism

About the Author

T. R. Halvorson was born in Sidney, Montana on July 14, 1953, baptized at Pella Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana on November 8, 1953, and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota in 1968. He and his wife, Marilyn, are members of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Sidney, Montana. They have three sons and six grandchildren. T. R. farms at Wildrose, North Dakota, and is Deputy County Attorney in Sidney, Montana. He has been a computer programmer; and an author, conference speaker, instructor, and consultant to industry in online legal information. He is among the authors of the religion column in the Sidney Herald at Sidney, Montana. He is the Editor of LutheranCatechism.com, a regular contributor at Brothers of John the Steadfast (SteadfastLutherans.org,)