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Monday, November 16, 2015

Another job for CPH!

This month I look forward to jumping into another indexing job for Concordia Publishing House. Together with editor Sarah Steiner, I'll be creating an index for an updated and expanded version of Rev. Lane Burgland's, How to Read the Bible With Understanding (copyright 1998).

Long ago, I had the privilege of attending one of Rev. Burgland's courses offered to wives of seminary students while he was a professor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. Reading and indexing this book will be a nice trip down memory lane for me, too!

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