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District Presidents, Headline »

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

by Don Schiemann
The perfect gift: most retailers have an idea of what that is and try to sell it to you. Particularly at Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day, we seem to be inundated with flyers in the mail and commercials on TV full of suggestions about the perfect gift. And the cost? Well if you really love your spouse, parent or child, it’s worth it, even if it drives you to the verge of bankruptcy.
God has given us the perfect gift in His Son. Jesus lived a …

Headline, Movie Review »

[August 18, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
When it comes to MARVEL it looks like movie-goers are “hooked on a feeling” and the studio’s big gamble bringing the cult comic book Guardians of the Galaxy to the silver screen has paid off. With an opening weekend that dwarfed recent offerings MARVEL proves again it is the studio to watch. Add to that the success of its film Captain America: The Winters Soldier this past March and it’s easy to see that MARVEL has won the hearts and minds of its key audience.
Starting with Iron Man …

Feature Stories, Headline »

[August 14, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Kurt Reinhardt
Now if God is going to do what He wants anyway, do our prayers do anything? First of all, without question the very act of praying does great things for us in our life of faith. Prayer is born of the life of faith but it also serves the life of faith. We pray because we believe, but we also pray that we might believe. Prayer leads us deeper into our relationship with God. Just as communication in our human relationships deepens our bonds with one another, so …

Feature Stories, Headline, International News, News »

[August 12, 2014 | No Comment | ]
Islamic State soldiers marked Christian homes.

IRAQ – For more than a year a militant Islamic movement, Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has methodically captured territory in northern Iraq and Syria. The goal was to establish a caliphate (Islamic state), which it declared established on June 29, 2014. Eventually the Islamic State seeks to include the entire Middle East and institute full sharia law in its most extreme form.
As the IS fighters moved south toward Bagdad, Iraq’s capital city, their path took them through the Plains of Ninevah, …

Education News, Headline »

[August 11, 2014 | No Comment | ]

EDMONTON – In early July, the Government of Alberta announced that Concordia University College of Alberta (CUCA) was being granted permission to change its name from a “university college” to a “university.”
“By allowing Concordia to be named a university, the [government] is acknowledging the nationally and internationally recognized quality of Concordia’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, as well as Concordia’s commitment to research,” a CUCA release reads. “The designation as a university will serve to support and enhance the already active faculty-led research culture at Concordia. But ultimately, this …

Feature Stories, Headline, Table Talk »

[August 8, 2014 | No Comment | ]
An icon of the First Nicean Council.

by Mathew Block
Almost 1,700 years ago, bishops and other delegates from all across the Roman Empire converged on the city of Nicea (located in modern-day Turkey). They had serious business on the agenda. Trouble was brewing in Alexandria (in Egypt); a presbyter by the name of Arius had been teaching that the Son of God—Jesus—was not actually God. Arius believed that the Son of God had instead been created by God the Father, and that there was a time that the Son of God never existed.
That probably strikes you as …