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[August 29, 2014 | No Comment | ]
SELCU’s new Commission on Theology and Practice: Rev. Oleg Schewtschenko, Bishop Viktor Gräfenstein, Rev. Alexander Yurchenko, and Rev. Alexey Navrotskyy.

UKRAINE – While conflict continues to rock the eastern border of Ukraine, Lutherans are firm in their resolve to remain united, even as recent events have made that goal more difficult.
Earlier this year, Ukrainian citizens of the Crimean Peninsula participated in a disputed referendum to join Russia. While the vote passed and Russia officially accepted Crimea as a member of the Russian Federation, its legitimacy has been challenged by the international community, given the presence of suspected Russian military in the region during the vote.
The move has led to increased …

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[August 28, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbour. (1 Corinthians 10:23-24 ESV)
Parents don’t often think of their children as their neighbours, but they are. In Scripture and the Small Catechism a neighbour is anyone who isn’t you. So “serving your neighbour” is at the heart of a parent’s vocation, including teaching the faith. Each section of Luther’s Small Catechism starts with the opening …

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[August 26, 2014 | One Comment | ]
Aaron and Hur hold up Moses’ hands. (John Everett Millais, 1871.)

by Jennifer Shack
In 1999 Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) established something that we call the “office of deacon.” There was a lot of study and thought that went into its establishment and no doubt it was a topic that both pastors and lay-people in our districts had at least heard of during the 1993–1999 convention cycles. Though the topic of the diaconate has been present in some way in each convention since then, what we have not done is continue to educate and inform ourselves of what the deacons of our church …

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[August 25, 2014 | One Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
This past spring, I had the privilege of attending an Intercultural Conference in Edmonton. Lutheran Church–Canada brought together individuals and entities from across our church who are involved in proclaiming the Gospel to those of different languages and cultures. We heard the stories—both challenges and joys—of those on the “front lines” who proclaim in many languages and to different cultural settings the saving message of Christ crucified, risen and ascended.
I was impressed by the passion of those who made reports about the work they were undertaking in our …

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[August 20, 2014 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Don Schiemann

by Don Schiemann
The perfect gift: most retailers have an idea of what that is and try to sell it to you. Particularly at Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day, we seem to be inundated with flyers in the mail and commercials on TV full of suggestions about the perfect gift. And the cost? Well if you really love your spouse, parent or child, it’s worth it, even if it drives you to the verge of bankruptcy.
God has given us the perfect gift in His Son. Jesus lived a …

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[August 18, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
When it comes to MARVEL it looks like movie-goers are “hooked on a feeling” and the studio’s big gamble bringing the cult comic book Guardians of the Galaxy to the silver screen has paid off. With an opening weekend that dwarfed recent offerings MARVEL proves again it is the studio to watch. Add to that the success of its film Captain America: The Winters Soldier this past March and it’s easy to see that MARVEL has won the hearts and minds of its key audience.
Starting with Iron Man …