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A Bundle of Myrrh

"My beloved is unto me as a bundle of myrrh." Song of Solomon 1:13

Archive for the ‘Good Read’ Category

At The Parsonage: Epiphanytide

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

It’s always sad to see the tree being dragged to its death.

January 10: I often hear how depressing the time after Christmas is. The Christmas decorations are back in boxes (almost) and the house feels so empty. Personally, I love this season. Am I the only one weirdie who actually “decorates” for Winter and Epiphanytide? I add more twinkle lights to the house, light more candles and pull out all our Winter books to snuggle up with. To quote one of my favorite winter books, where Rabbit and Badger get their hygge on…

Ha!” Badger laughed. “How can it ever be warm in winter?” “Wait and see.” said Rabbit.

Badger watched Rabbit set up the checkerboard. She took a sip of the soup Rabbit had made for her. She snuggled deep in the nightie Rabbit had given her. Then she looked out the window at the falling snow.

“You know Rabbit,” said Badger, “being here with you makes me feel…” Badger stopped. “Feel what?” said Rabbit. Badger smiled. “Warm,” she said. “Warm in winter.”


Phil Publishes a Book

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016



List price is $14.99 for a printed copy and it is available now from Amazon.


After over 2.5 years of work, it is done.


Ebook versions ($4.99) are available also:
epub ebook (generic format for most e-readers)


The back cover reads:


The doctrine of Scripture determines precisely how theology is done and what authority theological statements—including those in sermons, dogmatic texts, and confessional writings—possess. At stake is nothing less than truth itself and the possibility of communicating the truth of Christ to mankind.
” A very valuable and needed work, pointing out the grave dangers facing the Lutheran Church today—largely owing to the refusal of its theologians to “think theologically” (Sasse) and to the laxity of ecclesiastical and institutional bureaucrats to take their disciplinary responsibilities seriously.”
John Warwick Montgomery, Ph.D., D.Théol. LL.D.
Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy, Concordia University Wisconsin
Director, International Academy of Apologetics, Strasbourg, France


Jack O’s Face

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015



While we were packing to leave Bancroft I went through a box of all my old school papers my sweet Mama had kept through the years. It was funny (and embarrassing) to look through the drawings and the old report cards. I saw right there how much of my scholastic and non-scholastic personalities were already manifesting themselves. My teachers report:

“Aubri is such a sweet girl and a good listener, but bless her heart she just can’t multiply to save her life!” 

Ok, they didn’t say that, but…read between lines….

Anyway, I didn’t keep a lot of my old work but some things I had to set aside. This book was one of them.

I’m not sure when I made it. Based on the handwriting I’d say probably 12th grade? Ha ha, I’m so funny. Well, maybe 2nd or 3rd grade since scissors were involved. And I’m sure I didn’t create the little story on my own, most likely a clever art teacher somewhere did, so I won’t claim that much creativity for myself.

I stashed it with our Fall decorations and pulled it out the other day to read to the babies. Lily loved it and decided to make her own which is a good idea since this one due, to it’s antiquity, is falling apart….papyrus you know.


So for your Halloween reading pleasure I present; Jack O’s Face.


“This is Jack O Happy.”


“This is Jack O Sad.”


“Now you see him sleeping.”


“Now you see him mad!”


“This is Jack in pieces small.”


“But in a pie he’s best of all.”

Raising Ebenezers – God Dwells Here

Monday, September 21st, 2015


Sometimes God sends Ebenezers (little stones of help) to me in quote form. This from Luther was perfect for these recent days. Sorry, it’s long, but it’s worth it.

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope. Romans 5:3-4

“When God wants to strengthen our faith he first weakens it by feigning to break faith with us. God thrusts us into many tribulations and makes us so weary that we are driven to despair, and yet God gives us strength to be still and persevere.


Such quietness is endurance, and endurance produces character so that when God returns to us and lets his sun rise and shine again, and when the storm is over, we open our eyes in amazement and say, “The Lord be praised that I have been delivered from evil. God dwells here. I did not think that all would end so well.

Within a day or two, within a week or a year, or even within the next hour, sin brings another cross to us: the loss of honor or possessions, bodily injury, or some mishap that brings such trouble. then it all begins again and the storm breaks out once more.


But now we glory in our afflictions because we remember that on the former occasion God was gracious to us, and we know that it is God’s good will to chastise us that we may have reason to run to him and to cry, “He who has helped me so often will help me now.” That very longing in your heart (which makes you cry, “Oh that I were free! Oh, that God would come! Oh, that I might receive help!”) is hope, which does not put to shame, for God must help such a person.


In this way God hides life under death, heaven under hell, wisdom under folly, and grace under sin.”

Martin Luther