Columns & Comment


Central District News, District Presidents, Feature Stories, Headline »

[April 19, 2019]

By: Rev. David Haberstock
What’s your favourite day in the church year? Some of my favourites are the quiet joy of the faithful few celebrating Christ’s taking on our flesh on Christ-Mass Day and His flesh being pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities on Good Friday. Many love the candlelight and hymns of Christmas Eve or the lilies and alleluias of Easter Sunday. But for me a new favourite last year was the Easter Vigil.
I have to admit, I am a somber, melancholy sort of soul. I love …

District Presidents, District Presidents, East District News, Headline, National News »

[April 18, 2019]

By: Marvin Bublitz
As I write this, we are in the midst of another Lenten season. Growing up, Lent was always my favourite time of the Church Year.  I found it to be the most genuine and spiritual.  Mid-week services in Lent did not suffer from the same distractions as did Advent.
Lent is a time to be brutally honest about ourselves. Lent can be like that first look in the mirror in the morning.  We see ourselves for what we really are, not what we might pretend to be.  And no …

Feature Stories, Headline, National News »

[April 18, 2019]

Rev. Michael Schutz, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church, issued the following statement today: “The small city of Penticton – in the southern part of BC’s Okanagan valley – was rocked by the news of a gunman who shot and killed four people on the Monday morning of Holy Week. While it has shaken the whole community, our LCC church in Penticton – Concordia Lutheran Church & School – was particularly affected, as two of the victims were closely connected to the congregation.  The people of Concordia are grieving and mourning …

Headline, National News, Presidential Perspectives »

[April 18, 2019]

By: Timothy Teuscher
In the familiar Lenten hymn, “Jesus, Refuge of the Weary” (LSB: 423.2), we sing these words: “Do we pass that cross unheeding, Breathing no repentant vow, Though we see You wounded, bleeding, See Your thorn-encircled brow?” As I was contemplating those words, the thought struck me: “That’s it!  That’s the bottom line!”
Why, for instance, is church attendance across our nation at an all-time low? Why are many members of congregations in Lutheran Church–Canada no longer in the Lord’s House on the Lord’s Day? While there are undoubtedly a …

Education News, Feature Stories, Headline »

[April 17, 2019]

EDMONTON – The Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith (CCSCF) at Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) cordially invites you to our eighth annual conference. The theme for 2019 is Technology and Theology. The keynote speaker is Dr. Craig Gay from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. The title of his lecture is “Downsized: Modern Technology and the Diminishment of the Human”.
This lecture is open to the public and FREE on Friday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m., with reception to follow, in the Tegler of Concordia University of Edmonton.
This conference …

ABC District News, District Presidents, Headline »

[April 16, 2019]

By: Rev. Robert Mohns
I have a confession to make. I have a weight problem. The weight problem I am thinking about started about this time last year. I was concerned about what I should take and the maximum amount of weight I could carry on an eight-hundred-kilometer walk. Ten percent of body weight is the recommendation. Now I am not a small person. I can carry a fair amount of weight. I discovered on my first test run, however, that I couldn’t carry that amount of weight. I pared the weight …