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[April 1, 2015 | No Comment | ]

QUEBEC – That immigration is a significant source of membership is hardly news for Lutheran churches in Canada. It is part and parcel of our history and in the early days accounted for nearly all our churches’ growth.
Waves of Lutheran immigration are a thing of the past but new Canadians still constitute the bulk of membership in francophone Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) congregations. These new members are not from Germany, Scandinavia, or other European Lutheran strongholds. A closer look using the past six months brings this reality to light.
In Montreal’s Église …

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[March 27, 2015 | No Comment | ]
Participants in 2015's theological conference in Germany.

GERMANY – Following an invitation from the Commission on Theology (CT) of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany (SELK), representatives of various commissions on theology from Lutheran churches in Europe and North America met in Oberursel, Germany March 4-5, 2015. This meeting served the purpose of exchanging information about the proceedings and results of theological endeavours facing the challenges in—for the most part—post-Christian societies in the North Atlantic part of the world.
“Despite our very close ties to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, we in Canada are faced with a society …

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[March 26, 2015 | No Comment | ]

EDMONTON – Concordia Lutheran Seminary will hold Saturday @ the Sem on April 11, beginning at 1:00 p.m..
“Who goes to seminary? What are the prerequisites? Is seminary right for me? How much financial aid can I expect? Am I too old? Have I been out of school for too long? Am I too young? Do I have to take Hebrew and Greek?”
Saturday @ the Sem plans to help potential students answer these questions. The day begins with pre-lunch foosball at 12:30 p.m., followed by a pulled pork lunch downstairs at …

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[March 25, 2015 | No Comment | ]

CANADA – A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling is being hailed as a major achievement in the preservation of freedom of religion for Christians across the country. On March 19, the court ruled to allow Loyola High School in Montreal—a private Roman Catholic institution run by the Jesuit order—to seek an exemption to teach the Ethics and Religious Culture course that is part of the provincial curriculum in Quebec.
The curriculum would have forced the school to teach all religions, including Roman Catholicism, from a secular perspective in the Ethics …

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[March 24, 2015 | No Comment | ]

by William Mundt
Planning to read through the Bible this year? It is important to remember the Bible’s structure and context. Although many resolve to read the Bible from front to back, this may not necessarily be the best approach.
In his Exploring God’s Word study guide, John Scharlemann reminds us that the Bible is composed of two divisions: “The Old Testament books describe God’s creation and protection of a chosen people… and encompasses a period of time from the creation of the world until about 400 years before the coming of …

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[March 24, 2015 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Murto Esko

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS) has announced that they will be hosting a visiting scholar during the 2015-2016 academic year in St. Catharines. Rev. Esko Murto, of Helsinki, Finland will be joining the seminary community during that year.
This is the third in a sequence of visiting scholar arrangements. Rev. Juhana Pohjola of Helsinki was in residence at CLTS from January 2011 to June 2012 while completing his doctoral dissertation, contributing to the community via preaching and occasional teaching. Rev. Dr. Wilhelm Torgerson, a Canadian-German well-known to …