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[February 22, 2017]

by Todd Guggenmos
They are all around us. They may live in our neighbourhood, or they may live in our homes. They are members of our churches; they are our Christian brothers and sisters. They might be our children, our parents, grandparents, or spouses. They are of all colours and races. They are those whom we can see outwardly that something is affecting them, and those whom we would never know. Who are they? They are those who suffer with mental illness.
Few would fit the caricature of the “mental patient” that …

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[February 21, 2017]
Faith Lutheran (Desboro) declares the 500th anniversary of the Reformation for all to see.

DESBORO, Ontario – The Reformation 500 kick-off event on January 8, 2017 at Faith Luther Church in Desboro revealed a significant addition—Lutheran Church–Canada’s Reformation logo—to Faith’s church sign. It also featured the appearance of a special guest: Martin Luther (portrayed by Eric Weatherall) spoke about “How I Came to See the Light.” Wearing his Augustinian monk’s robe and cap, “Martin Luther” based his commentary on Habakkuk 2:4, “…but the righteous will live by his faith…,” and Romans 1:17, “For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness …

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[February 20, 2017]

CHICAGO – The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) is planning for its upcoming Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music conference, and is inviting Lutheran Church–Canada members to participate. This year’s event takes its cue from the upcoming Reformation anniversary with the theme “The Just Live by Faith—Make this Plan in Sermon, Service, Song.” It will take place at Concordia University Chicago (CUC) from July 25-28, 2017.
The triennial event offers pastors, church musicians, and all who are passionate about the Church’s worship an opportunity to be refreshed in Word, song, and …

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[February 16, 2017]

Editor’s Note: Kelly Klages has agreed to prepare six pieces of original art for Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. Each piece of art will be featured on the covers of this year’s issues of The Canadian Lutheran magazine.
In addition, each piece of art is being made available to LCC congregations as a free, downloadable poster. You can print out the posters, along with accompanying artist’s statement, as they become available at
by Kelly Klages
The first painting in this series, “The Ninety-Five Theses,” represents …

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[February 15, 2017]

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) President Robert Bugbee has announced in a new letter to the church that he will not be standing for reelection at the 2017 Synodical Convention.
“I write today to inform the church that I cannot accept nomination for a fourth term as Synod’s President,” he explains in his letter. “I have prayed to the Lord and turned these matters over in mind and heart for well over a year…. I have sought to make this decision in the fear of God. I ask the members of …

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[February 14, 2017]
Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee

by Robert Bugbee
The 500th Anniversary Year of Luther’s Reformation is here. If you’re like me, you remember Reformation Sundays when preachers, articles, and bulletin covers recounted what were called the three  “solas” of the Reformation: sola gratia (by grace alone), sola fide (by faith alone), and sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone). It was a handy way to bring to mind primary emphases in Luther’s struggle and highlighted teachings which the established church of that time had forgotten.
Though not always included in that line-up of “solas,” there’s another one that gives …