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[April 24, 2014 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Arron Gust

by Rev. Arron Gust
On that first day of the resurrection it must have been a long, slow seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus. That is, for Cleopas and the other guy. We don’t know much about the other guy, but some believe Cleopas to be the brother of Joseph—Jesus’ uncle, so to speak. What we know for sure is they had become dismayed about the death and resurrection of Christ and considered it time to go home.
Along the way, they talked about what happened over the past week: the arrest, …

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[April 23, 2014 | No Comment | ]

NICARAGUA – Lutheran Church–Canada has long supported the theological education program of its partner church, the Lutheran Church Synod of Nicaragua. In keeping with that tradition, Rev. Brian Dunlop of Faith Lutheran (Desboro, Ontario) will be traveling to Nicaragua to teach a series of courses in introductory Greek, beginning in November.
“Our partner church’s pastors in Nicaragua are excited to study New Testament Greek, in order to enhance their biblical exegesis and preaching,” explains Rev. Dunlop. “But they need Greek New Testaments in order to do so.”
Rev. Dunlop hopes to provide …

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[April 23, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Robert Bugbee
“Therefore, beloved brothers of mine, become firm, unmoveable people, overflowing in the Lord’s work always, knowing that your toil in the Lord is not for nothing” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
You may recall scenes from the blockbuster film Titanic back in 1997. As the great ship slipped down into the ocean, that frightful reality had a visible impact on the passengers. Some became hysterical, wildly rushing around to find a lifeboat; if they failed in one spot, they promptly raced off to another, pushing, screaming, and jumping. In another touching …

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[April 22, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
“Hallelujah” is a transliteration of a Hebrew word. The Greek is “alleluia.” Both mean Praise Yah—a shortened form of Yahweh, the Holy Name of God. The word appears 24 times in the Book of Psalms. Because of its Hebrew origin, it has been used in Christian worship since earliest times.
To reflect the sombre penitential nature of the Lenten season, the Alleluia and its associated Gloria in Excelsis (“Glory to God in the highest”) is not sung in the Lenten liturgy in the Western churches. The arrival of Easter …

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[April 17, 2014 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Paul Zabel

by Paul Zabel
“For narrow is the gate, and straight the way, that leads to life.” (Matthew 7:14)
When I was attending the seminary in St. Louis, a popular gathering place for people was along the banks of the Mississippi River near the St. Louis Arch. Many of the people who worked in the office buildings located in downtown St. Louis would take their lunch to this location to enable them to get out of their office environment and to spend at least a part of their day enjoying the weather outside. …

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[April 16, 2014 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – Three committees tasked with drafting resolutions for Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) tenth convention met April 11-12 in Winnipeg. Chaired by LCC’s three district presidents, Rev. Tom Prachar (Central), Rev. Don Schiemann (ABC), and Rev. Paul Zabel (East), the members (drawn from the convention delegates) reviewed overtures submitted from across Canada, read reports published in the Convention Workbook, and found common areas of concern the convention can address under the topics of Faith, Witness, and Parish Services; Higher Education; and Constitutional, Administrative, and Financial Matters.
“These committees, along with the Nominations …