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Lutheran hymn writer dies

Herbert F. Brokering, pastor, lyricist and hymn writer, died Nov. 7. Brokering, 83, wrote more than 30 books and 100 lyrics. His hymns include "Thine the Amen," "Earth and All Stars!" and "Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!" Peter W. Marty, an ELCA pastor and speaker who worked with Brokering, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune: "In a world full of prose — prose behavior, prose writing, prose outbursts — he was poetic. He had a way of writing with an economy of words and a majesty of phrase that was almost transcendent. ... He could look at a piece of straw and see the kingdom of God."


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