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[November 26, 2014 | No Comment | ]
Cleaning in process at the seminary.

EDMONTON – On November 25, the staff and students of Concordia Lutheran Seminary officially returned to the seminary building. The building had been closed following a November 12 fire in the library basement.
“Psalm 137:3 reflects the spirit of what we’ve gone through,” explains seminary President James Gimbel in a recent letter. “Like those in Babylonian exile, it is hard to ‘sing one of the songs of Zion … in a foreign land.’ It just isn’t the same. Yet we are thankful that we can sing praise to God, who is …

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[November 25, 2014 | No Comment | ]
Bishop Aleksandr Yurchenko preaches at his installation service.

UKRAINE – The Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches of Ukraine (SELCU), meeting in convention November 17-18, elected Rev. Aleksandr Yurchenko as its new bishop. He succeeds Rev. Dr. Viktor Gräfenstein, who served as bishop for 18 years and had declined to accept nomination for another term.
Convention sessions were held at Concordia Seminary in Usatovo, a suburb of Odessa, located in the southern part of the country on the Black Sea. Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) was represented by President Robert Bugbee, as well as by Rev. Dr. Norman Threinen who has long …

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[November 24, 2014 | No Comment | ]
The opening service of LHM's new office in Leon, Nicaragua.

NICARAGUA – On October 24, Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) dedicated its new office building in Leon.
“Lutheran Hour Ministries started its mission in this country 16 years ago during the time when Hurricane Mitch hit Nicaragua in October 1998,” noted Ricardo Arguello, LHM Office Director. Ricardo remembered the difficult times when LHM, together with Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) and the leadership of LCC Missionary Rev. Sandor Arguello, were strengthened in God’s Word to deal with the difficulties. LHM offered spiritual and material assistance to those suffering with the loss of loved ones …

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[November 21, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar is more like his 2010 film Inception than his trilogy of Batman movies. It’s both cerebral and emotionally intense. This is no Star Trek, Star Wars space opera (space-soap-opera); Interstellar is a more “hard” sci-fi film in the vein of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) or Robert Wise’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain (1971).
Set in a near future where blight is devastating the earth’s food supply and starvation is wiping out the population, a former engineer and NASA pilot, …

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[November 20, 2014 | 2 Comments | ]
President James R. Gimbel.

NOTE (November 26, 2014): The seminary community has since returned to their building.
On November 12, Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS) in Edmonton suffered a fire in the library basement. The fire was later deemed to have been not accidental in origin, and classes resumed offsite. CLS President James Gimbel provides an update on the seminary’s situation in the letter that follows:
by James Gimbel
Grace and peace to you all through our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
James begins his epistle referring to himself as “a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ,” …

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[November 17, 2014 | No Comment | ]

ONLINE – Every year Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) produces a series of devotions for the Advent season. This year’s release—entitled Home for the Holidays—is now available for download, as is a French translation of the same.
According to LHM promotional material, Home for the Holidays “reflects on the various ‘homes’ God provides through His Word, the Sacraments, and our church family.” It continues: “Drawing on several familiar and family-oriented events of the Christmas season (deciding on a tree, decorating the house, setting up the Nativity display, baking Christmas cookies, etc.), the …