CRUX Episode 37 - Six Books

The Lord of the Rings to Why Men Hate Going to Church. That’s the range of books Scott and Todd talk about in episode 37 of The Crux of the Matter.  Why is it that the range of knowledge and skills that a pastor needs are so far-reaching, and how do we continue to learn without going stagnant? Join us in this episode and find out how.


  • Genesis 2:15
  • St. Michael and All Angels


Quotation from Pope Francis’s UN speech:

"The common home of all men and women must continue to rise on the foundations of a right understanding of universal fraternity and respect for the sacredness of every human life, of every man and every woman, the poor, the elderly, children, the infirm, the unborn, the unemployed, the abandoned, those considered disposable because they are only considered as part of a statistic. This common home of all men and women must also be built on the understanding of a certain sacredness of created nature.”


  1. The Democratization of American Christianity, by Nathan Hatch (TODD)
  2. Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture, by Gene Edward Veith (SCOTT)
  3. Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness, by David Karp (TODD)
  4. The Shallows, What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, by Nicholas Carr (SCOTT)
  5. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (TODD)
  6. Why Men Hate Going to Church, David Murrow (SCOTT)





Todd and Scott co-host THE CRUX OF THE MATTER. You may find Todd Peperkorn @toddpeperkorn on Twitter or on Facebook. He also blogs, posts sermons, and random nonsense at Lutheran Logomaniac and Dark My Road. Todd’s parish is Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California. You can find his sermons & bible classes on YouTube HERE.

You may find Scott Stiegemeyer @scottstieg on Twitter or on Facebook. Scott is an assistant professor of theology and bioethics at Concordia University Irvine.

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