Blogging from Down Under

We’re on our way to Australia to visit our grandchildren, daughter, and son-in-law (a new professor at the Lutheran seminary in Adelaide).  We’ll be there for a month, coming back on December 2.

The blog will continue.  (We’ve got to talk about the election on November 8–I’ve cast an absentee ballot–and other crises that will no doubt arise.)  The big problem will be the time differences.  Early morning in the USA is late at night in Australia.  And late at night in the USA is early morning on the next day!  So 5:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday in the USA is 8:30 a.m. on Friday in Adelaide.

I might be able to maneuver the time distances so that posts come up each morning as you are used to.  But I might end up just posting when I can, so that they will come up for you at odd and unpredictable times.  Please bear with me.  Just check throughout the day.

Then again, if we are on walkabout, we won’t find an internet connection in the outback.

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Conference on Christ, Culture, and the Two Kingdoms

I’ll be speaking at the 2016 Just and Sinner Conference this Thursday through Saturday.  The conference topic will be “Christ, Culture, and the Two Kingdoms.”  I’ll be joining my friend Eric Phillips and fellow Patheos blogger Jordan Cooper (who is organizing the conference at the congregation he pastors).

We’ll be unlocking a concept that I think gives clear and helpful guidance for Christians trying to sort out the relationship between the spiritual realm and the secular realm.

The conference will be at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka Illinois, not far from Chicago.  For more information, including the schedule and the topics of the various presentations, go here.  For registration information go here:

Christ, Culture, and the Two Kingdoms (2016 Just and Sinner Conference) @ Faith Lutheran Church Watseka Illinois (Thu 19:00, 2016-10-27) | etrigg.com

Family Vocation, revisted

It’s very gratifying for a writer to hear from a reader who “gets” what the writer was trying to say.  So I would like to humbly commend to you Heather Judd’s review of Family Vocation, excerpted and linked after the jump.

Which reminds me that you have through Friday to sign up to win a free copy of that book from GoodReads.  Just click on the widget after the jump. [Read more…]

My vocation trilogy

I have written three books on vocation.  I just realized that this constitutes a trilogy.  They aren’t The Lord of the Rings, but they are connected  and build into a whole.

(1)  God at Work:  Your Christian Vocation in All of Life.  This sets forth the doctrine of vocation.

(2)  Family Vocation:  Your Christian Callings in Marriage, Parenthood, and Childhood.  Written with my daughter Mary Moerbe, this book explores in depth the various vocations within the family, showing too how the teachings about God’s presence in vocation and loving and serving the neighbor can help solve the problems in family life.  It also delves into other aspects of vocation that I came to after writing God at Work, including cross-bearing, self-sacrifice, and self-denial in vocation.

(3)  Working for Your Neighbor:  A Lutheran Primer on Vocation, Economics, and Ordinary Life.  This book is about the relationship between vocation and economics.  More than that, it explores the social dimension of economics, going into the history of the concept and its cultural impact.  Again, it also includes new insights that I have discovered in researching this rich, rich teaching, drawing on a range of other theologians and writers who have written thoughtfully about the concept.  I also go into more detail about the relationship between vocation and justification. [Read more…]

“Family Vocation” giveaway

GoodReads is giving away five copies of Family Vocation:  God’s Calling in Marriage, Parenting, and Childhood.  I wrote that book with my daughter Mary Moerbe.

It goes beyond God at Work, not just in exploring the family vocations in depth–important in itself, if we want to revitalize Christian marriage and parenting–but also in including material on vocation in general that I learned after publishing that earlier book.

All you do is click “Enter Giveaway” on the widget after the jump.  Five entrants will be randomly chosen.  If you are one of them, you will get the book in the mail.  The contest will go through the month of September.

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Chance for free books

Are you familiar with GoodReads, a popular site for following authors, seeing what your friends are reading, and getting ideas for books that you might like?  The site has a giveaway feature, with which you can sign up for a “drawing” that can give you free books. For the month of August, my daughter’s book, Blessed: God’s Gift of Love, co-written with Christopher Mitchell, has three copies available as giveaways.  (Go here for my review of that book.)

In September, our book, Family Vocations will be available.  I’ll give you a link when the giveaway is set up.  In the meantime, take a shot at Mary’s book.  The contest is linked after the jump.

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