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November 11


Johann J. Schutz, 1640–1690
Translated by Frances E. Cox, 1812–1897
The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. (Psalm 97:1)
Following the Protestant Reformation, which was climaxed by Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 theses at the Cathedral of Wittenberg in 1517, Lutheranism became the dominant religious force in Germany and throughout much of Europe. In the 17th century, there was an important renewal movement within the Lutheran Church known as Pietism. The leader of this spiritual movement was a Lutheran pastor in Frankfort, Germany, Philip J. Spener (1635–1705). Mainly through small cell prayer and Bible study groups, he sought to influence nominal church people who had become accustomed to the dead orthodoxy that had overtaken the church. Spener taught them the meaning of inner personal faith in Christ and the demands that such faith makes upon the believer for holy Christian living.
One of the import…

I love the solitude of a Trout stream or a good book, and every now and then, when life gets hectic, I’ll say, “I just wish everyone will leave me alone.”

A few years ago I was isolated from people after drinking radioactive iodine as a treatment for papillary cancer. I wasn’t allowed any visitors, not even the doctor, instead, he stood behind a lead screen at the door to talk to me. The first few hours was wonderful, but after that, I needed human contact. Though periods of solitude are a welcome respite from “busyness,” the truth is, I hate being alone.

It’s not just me either, something happens to people when they are isolated.

Every now and then, a television reporter will put a microphone into the face of a serial killer’s neighbor and ask for a description of the criminal. Inevitably, the same term will surface, “He was a ‘loner,’ ” they’ll say, “He kinda kept to himself.”

The FBI describes Eric Rudolph, the suspected bomber of Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Olymp…