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[December 5, 2016]

ONLINE – Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS) in Edmonton is planning its next Quest Course: “Narnia for Adults: Introduction to the Chronicles of Narnia,” set to begin at the end of January 2017. The series explores the Narnia books from a grown-up perspective, covering the series as a whole as well as each of the seven novels within it.
Rev. Dr. Joel Heck, an internationally recognized specialist on C.S. Lewis, will be the instructor for the course. Dr. Heck is a veteran professor of theology at Concordia University Texas and will be …

Headline, Mission News »

[November 30, 2016]

ONLINE – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) has now released the 2016 edition of its annual Missions Newsletter, with hopes that Canadians will keep missions at the forefront of their prayers this Advent season.
“LCC’s theme for the triennium is taken from Psalm 65:2 and is ‘Come to Him who answers prayer,’” notes Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel in the newsletter’s introduction. “We encourage you to pray for the Lord’s mission through LCC and for each of the workers and projects that you see in this newsletter.” Dr. Neitzel is LCC’s Executive for Missions …

East District News, Headline, Mission News »

[November 29, 2016]

WINDSOR, Ontario – Frank Campbell Johnson was called home to be with his Lord on November 27, 2016. Johnson served as Lutheran Church–Canada’s Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1999-2002, having first been elected to the board in 1996. He also served the church at the District level as well.
Johnson was born March 19, 1941 in Windsor to the late Fred and Mildred Johnson. He married Carole (nee Scheuerman) on February 12, 1966, and they celebrated their fiftieth anniversary earlier this year. The Lord blessed them with two children: …

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[November 29, 2016]
Rev. Dr. Harold Ristau

ST. CATHARINES – Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS) has announced that Rev. Esko Murto and Rev. Dr. Harold Ristau have both accepted calls to serve as professors of theology.
Rev. Esko Murto, STM, has been called to serve as Assistant Professor of Theology with a specialization in Systematics while Rev. Dr. Harold Ristau has been called to serve as Assistant Professor of Theology. The calls came following interviews November 2 with the CLTS President, Board of Regents, and the electors of Lutheran Church–Canada. Rev. Murto announced his acceptance of the call …

Feature Stories, Headline, Movie Review »

[November 28, 2016]

by Ted Giese
Doctor Strange introduces the Marvel cinematic universe to magic through Dr. Stephen Strange, an arrogant brain surgeon who becomes” sorcerer supreme.” The general premise of Doctor Strange is summed up by one of the film’s characters, Wong, who observes, “While heroes like the Avengers protect the world from physical dangers, we sorcerers safeguard it against more mystical threats.”
The story revolves around Strange, the stereotypical brash medical doctor who thinks himself superior to everyone he meets. Near the beginning of the film we see him dressed to the nines, …

Headline, National News »

[November 27, 2016]

ONLINE – Christians hoping to spend more time in prayer and devotion this Advent season will benefit from newly released devotionals from Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) and Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots (LAMP).
The theme for this year’s devotional from LHM is “Christmas Memories” (or, in French, “Souvenirs de Noël”). “Thinking back on Christmases past is a fun way to reflect on the good old days,” the booklet explains. “The wonderful lights  and decorations, festive holiday atmosphere, warm family get-togethers, unforgettable melodies, and jovial Christmas cheer all make for pleasant …