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[October 23, 2014 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Dr. John Stephenson speaks at the Militant Secularism conference.

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – Dialogue participants from the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), and Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) met for their latest semi-annual round of discussions at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS) in Ontario on Friday, October 17. It was the first time a regular meeting of the dialogue had taken place in Canada.
The latest discussions were preceded by a one-day symposium at CLTS entitled Militant Secularism: Its Cost, Cause and Cure. The symposium featured presentations by both Lutheran and Anglican theologians, including Rev. Dr. John Stephenson …

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[October 22, 2014 | No Comment | ]

OTTAWA – News of multiple shootings in downtown Ottawa left Canadians reeling Wednesday morning. Shots were fired at Canada’s War Memorial, where one Canadian soldier was shot and killed. Parliament was also targeted, with as many as fifty shots fired inside the Centre Block today, according to The Ottawa Citizen,
Canada’s major parties were holding caucus meetings today in Parliament, but the prime minister and the leaders of the NDP and Liberal party were all confirmed to be safe. One Parliamentary guard was wounded in the leg during the incident, and …

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[October 22, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
The Maze Runner is a sci-fi action thriller aimed at young viewers. Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, the film (based on the book of the same name) catapults its audience into the thick of the action from its first scene. A boy awakes in an elevator moving up quickly. He doesn’t know where he is, he can’t remember anything from his life before that moment and, at first, he can’t even remember his name. The elevator, called the Box, hits the top of its track and opens into …

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[October 21, 2014 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Rudy Pastucha greets NALC's 2014 Convocation.

USA – From July 24-25 in Charleston, South Carolina, the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) held its annual convocation. Rev. Rudy Pastucha, at the time outgoing Third Vice President of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC), was present for the event, bringing greetings from LCC.
While introducing Rev. Pastucha, Rev. David Wendel (NALC Assistant to the Bishop for Ecumenism and Ministry) noted that the dialogues between NALC and LCC “have been very fruitful.” “We do have differences,” he noted, “and some are important differences, but at the same time we have had a great …

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[October 21, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Iris Barta
As God’s people, God chooses to work through us in the world and in the Church. His Word says: “Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul?” (Deuteronomy 10:12).
The word “serve” often has negative connotations. It is not our human nature to serve others. It has the implication of someone else being our master, …

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

by Don Schiemann
Come, my soul, with ev’ry care,
Jesus loves to answer prayer;
He Himself has bid thee pray,
Therefore will not turn away (LSB 779:1).
Every triennium Lutheran Church–Canada adopts a theme. The theme serves as a focus and an emphasis for our work together as a church body. The theme for the 2014-17 triennium is “Come to Him Who Answers Prayer,” based on Psalm 65:2. Accompanying the theme, Rev. Kurt Reinhardt offered a wonderful essay at the 2014 synodical convention on the topic of prayer. Appropriately, the essay was …