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[October 8, 2015]

by Ted Giese
Set in South Boston, Black Mass details the criminal exploits of James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger, the Winter Hill Gang, and their entanglement with the FBI. More than a bio-pic, Black Mass deals with broader themes of truth and lies, secrets, and raw ambition.
While “Whitey” Bulger is the central character, the film is just as much about FBI Special Agent John Connolly a childhood acquaintance of Bulger’s from Boston’s “Southie” neighbourhood. Wrapped up in Connolly’s childhood admiration for “Whitey” Bulger is a misplaced sense of Irish-neighbourhood loyalty which blinds …

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[October 7, 2015]
LCC President Bugbee (right) congratulates ILSN President Donaire after the Nicaraguan church was welcomed into membership in the ILC.

ARGENTINA – From September 24-27, Lutheran leaders from across the globe gathered in Buenos Aires for the International Lutheran Council’s (ILC) 25th (10th) World Conference, meeting under the theme “Bringing the Reformation to the World.”
A highlight of the event was the welcome of three new member churches, among them Lutheran Church–Canada’s daughter church in Nicaragua. The ILC welcomed the Iglesia Luterana Sínodo de Nicaragua (ILSN – Lutheran Church Synod of Nicaragua) into membership on September 25, along with Russia’s Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church in Norway. The …

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[October 6, 2015]

CANADA – Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) has made available resources for congregations wishing to recognize a “CLWR Sunday” over the coming months.
CLWR has made available a package of worship resources in pdf format, with hymn suggestions and text reflections. The material was produced by Lutheran Church–Canada pastor Rev. Dr. Richard Beinert. That material is supplement with stories from CLWR “about aid and development that Lutherans like you are supporting, and suggestions for activities and further resources for your congregation.”
Additional material, including PowerPoint slides, are available from CLWR’s website here.
Motivated …

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[October 5, 2015]

EDMONTON – Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS) is hosting an event in late October for those who are considering the pastoral ministry as a second career. “Many pastors answer the call after careers in other fields,” an announcement of the event notes. “Machinists, farmers, business owners, teachers, military men; these are ways many seminarians would have described their vocation only months before walking through the seminary doors into the Master of Divinity program. Some serve in other fields for months or years, some for decades. What they have in common is …

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[October 5, 2015]
Rev. Brian Dunlop teaching Greek in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

NICARAGUA – Clergy in the Lutheran Church Synod of Nicaragua are preparing for their second course on New Testament Greek, set to take place this coming November.
This year’s course builds on lessons first begun in November 2014. At that time, twenty-five pastors and vicars gathered at the Mission Center in Chinandega to study New Testament Greek for the first time. Rev. Brian Dunlop from Faith Lutheran Church in Desboro, Ontario led the men through the basics of New Testament Greek over the course of one week.
As the students learned the …

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[October 2, 2015]

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario will be calling a Professor of Theology to take up office in July 2016. The candidate must be an ordained pastor of Lutheran Church­–Canada or a church in fellowship with her. The preferred candidate will have:

a strong commitment to sound, confessional Lutheran theology;
significant parish and/or mission experience;
an earned doctorate;
a specialty in Dogmatics or Old Testament;
experience and/or understanding of the Canadian context;
interdisciplinary teaching capability;
research and writing competence; and
a collegial personality and attitude.

Interested candidates are asked to submit their curriculum …