Study Bible – Study Bibles have comments and notes to help understand some of the context and unique word usage reflected by a text that was written in language other than English. Currently St. James uses the ESV translation for worship and Bible study.
Recommended: The Lutheran Study Bible – This new Bible is the first in English to be developed from the ground-up with notes that are distinctively Lutheran, prepared by Lutheran theologians and pastors from more than twenty Lutheran church bodies. Current Lutheran scholarship, insights from the Church Fathers, and rich devotional commentary provides meaningful perspective for both young and mature Christians. This is available from cph.org.
Catechism – A Catechism is a systematic presentation of basic doctrines. For Lutherans the Small Catechism written by Dr. Martin Luther in 1529 has been our standard for teaching the faith.
Recommended: ESV Small Catechism with Explanation: 1991 Edition. The explanation is written to help students understand and apply Luther’s Small Catechism and has accompanied editions of the Catechism since the early days of Lutheranism. This explanation is based upon and largely includes the work of Johann Konrad Dietrich, Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther, Heinrich Christian Schwan, and the committee that prepared the synodical catechism of 1943. This is available from cph.org.
Wall Cross – The Christian Home should reflect the grace given to the family through their faith in Christ’s work. The cross is our symbol of love and sacrifice. It serves as a reminder to the family of who they belong to. It further serves to proclaim to the visitor that this home is sanctified by Jesus Christ as savior. The cross should be prominently displayed where all can see it daily.
Recommended: Let your personal preference and home décor be your guide.