Columns & Comment

News


Headline, Presidential Perspectives »

[March 4, 2015 | No Comment | ]
Rev.Dr. Robert Bugbee

by Robert Bugbee
You may have missed this, because I don’t think anyone has made it into a specific marketing slogan. In recent years, however, prominent voices keep commenting on big decisions being made in society—for example, when marriage was re-defined in Canada, or when our Supreme Court recently approved of physician-assisted suicide. In the midst of the comments, you sometimes hear it said that a given judge… or court… or politician… or social activist… was “on the right side of history.” It is usually said to describe someone who pushed …

Feature Stories, Headline, Movie Review »

[March 3, 2015 | No Comment | ]
birdman-film-2014

by Ted Giese
Ego front and centre
Set against a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is the story of a fading Hollywood actor, Riggan Thomson, fighting to remain (or regain) relevance in a world that thinks he’s a joke. Earlier in his career people loved him as the super-hero character Birdman, but those days are gone.
Depression, Psychosis and Other Aggravations
The film is predominantly about Riggan who is writing, directing, and starring in the Broadway adaptation of …

Headline, National News »

[February 27, 2015 | 2 Comments | ]
chaplains-2015-02

NOTE: The following article comes courtesy of  the Canadian Armed Forces. Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) clergy play an important role in our military’s chaplaincy, both in regular and reserve forces. In late 2014, LCC helped sponsor an exhibit in Toronto commemorating the role chaplains play in Canada’s military.
by Gerry Weaver
OTTAWA – If asked, many people could probably name two of the three primary roles Canadian Army (CA) chaplains play in the military: offering pastoral care and religious services to men and women in uniform and their families, as well as to …

Headline, National News »

[February 26, 2015 | No Comment | ]
year-of-martyrs-square

ONLINE – The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has made available resources for congregations wishing to remember the plight of the persecuted Church in their worship services.
“Given the recent and growing number of Christians killed for the sake of Christ, a congregation might wish to receive the comfort of a Divine Service that specifically meditates upon and intercedes for those persecuted brothers and sisters,” an LCMS release writes.
To that end, the LCMS has released suggested propers for a divine service focused on the Persecuted Church. The propers include hymn suggestions, introit, …

Feature Stories, Headline, International News, Table Talk »

[February 26, 2015 | One Comment | ]
An icon of the 21 martyred Coptic Christians, by Tony Rezk.

by Mathew Block
On February 15, Christians around the world shuddered as news of the Islamic State’s most recent atrocity was publicized. The terrorist organization released a video that day in which they beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians en masse.
“Their only words were ‘Jesus, help me!” Pope Francis commented following the release of the video. “They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians.”
“The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard,” he continued. “It makes no difference whether they be …

District Presidents, Headline »

[February 25, 2015 | No Comment | ]
President Thomas Prachar.

by Thomas Prachar  
“I’m so far behind, I think I’m first.” My administrative assistant, Lil, muttered this phrase the other day in an attempt to describe how far behind she was when it comes to the work in our office. I started to list all the things I needed to do in the course of a week, ending with, “I’m busier than a one-armed paper hanger!” Lil corrected me, “No, you’re so far behind, you think you’re second—right behind me.”
Our days are certainly filled with lots to do. In our office, …