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[October 15, 2018]

In A Tale of a Tub, Jonathan Swift tells the story of three brothers who receive coats from their dying father. His will explains that they are not to add or subtract anything from these coats, and gives careful instruction as to their use. At first, they follow the instructions of the will carefully. But over time, the eldest brother—Peter—convinces the other two to adorn their coats with all sorts of decorations in keeping with the latest fashions.
It is only after the coats are dramatically altered that the younger brothers—Martin …

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[October 12, 2018]

In an effort to clarify and address some of the questions that have surfaced in recent days relative to matters that will be proposed at the upcoming District conventions, please note the following.
The corporations known as: Lutheran Church-Canada, the Alberta-British Columbia District; Lutheran Church-Canada, Central District; and Lutheran Church-Canada, East District are each governed by its own separate Act of Incorporation or Articles under the laws of the jurisdiction in which each corporation was established. Each corporation operates as an individual entity, with its own objects and its own membership, …

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[October 11, 2018]

Another broken Christian film
Director Harold Cronk who garnered notice with films like God’s Not Dead (2014) and God’s Not Dead 2 (2016) made God Bless the Broken Road for release in 2016 but it didn’t hit theatres until 2018. The film’s title comes from the song “Bless the Broken Road” written in 1994 by singer-songwriter Marcus Hummon with Jeff Hanna and Bobby Boyd from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and popularized by the country band Rascal Flatts in 2004. The song is about finally finding love after travelling through difficulties …

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[October 5, 2018]

The following was recently posted on the convention website of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA): “This evening, Friday 5 October, LCA Bishop John Henderson declared the result of the secret ballot. Of the delegates registered at Convention, 161 voted against the resolution to ordain both men and women; 240 supported it. The Constitution of the LCA requires a two-thirds majority of registered delegates to bring about a change in matters of a theological or confessional nature. The vote followed a number of sessions of presentations and debate among the …

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[October 2, 2018]

BELGIUM – The final day of the International Lutheran Council’s (ILC) 2018 World Conference opened with a service of matins in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Antwerp. Bishop Modise Maragelo of the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa preached for the service, looking forward to the commemoration of St. Michael and all Angels on September 30. Rev. Timothy Quill served as liturgist.
Following matins, Rev. Milton Huatuco, outgoing President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church – Peru, presented a study on Latin American Lutheranism and ecumenism. His report highlighted how local context affect the …

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[October 1, 2018]

The following statement was adopted by the International Lutheran Council at its 26th World Conference in Antwerp, Belgium. It can be downloaded as a pdf here.
Confessional Identity and Ecumenical Responsibility: A Statement from the XXVI World Conference of the International Lutheran Council
The International Lutheran Council (ILC) gathered in Antwerp, September 25-28, 2018, to share papers on and to discuss the twin topics of fellowship and ecumenism, framed by devotional reflection. Members of the organization, all of which share a vigorous subscription to the Lutheran Confessions, recognize that each member body …