The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude Preached and Explained

Many people have a skewed view of Martin Luther because they've only been exposed to his polemic writings. However, if you really want to know Luther's heart, you need to read some of his sermons, letters, and commentaries. In the latter category, his commentary on Galatians is the most famous, but this set of commentaries on the epistles of Peter and Jude may be an even better place to start. Luther's pastoral concern shines through every page.

Outside of its historical significance, it holds up as a good commentary in its own right. Luther clearly and practically expounds the message of these epistles with excellent application to the Christian life.

Christmas Playlist

Well, Advent is in full swing and that means preparations for Christmas are at the forefront of everyones' minds. And, of course, when you're doing all that wrapping, making, boxing and baking, you need something to listen to. So here's my playlist of the things I've been listening to the most this holiday season.

1. Downe in Yon Forrest by Kemper Crabb

My new favorite Christmas album

2. The Nutcracker Suite by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra

Tchaikovsky gets the Ellington Treatment. Simply fantastic!

3. 40 Essential Carols by The Queen's College Choir, Cambridge

This one has almost all of my favorite carols in one place.

4. A Charlie Brown Christmas by The Vince Guaraldi Trio

Classic Christmas jazz and nostalgia.

5. The Messiah by Handel (conducted by Christopher Hogwood)

This recording by the Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Christopher Hogwood is regarded as the best recording of The Messiah. And Handel's Messiah, in my opinion, is the greatest piece of musical art ever created.

Runners up:

Christmas by Alabama
City on a Hill: It's Christmastime