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[September 21, 2018 | No Comment | ]

An unsatisfying horror
The Nun is the latest instalment in an ever-growing series of loosely connected horror films started by the surprise success of director James Wan’s The Conjuring (2013). Here the story is credited to Wan, but he did not direct. The Nun’s director is Corin Hardy who struggles to duplicate the controlled rollercoaster effect of the previous Conjuring films. While The Nun hit number one in its opening weekend it is unlikely to have the staying power of the earlier franchise films and for good reasons.
Set in 1952 Romania …


In: Feature Stories, Headline, Movie Review

[September 10, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Ted Geise
Asian film has a Christian twist
Years ago, there was a critically-acclaimed all-Asian-cast film in which Michelle Yeoh played a leading role: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). This time around she plays a supporting role as Eleanor Young the protective mother of male lead Nick Young (Henry Golding) in this year’s celebrated romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians. Nick is in love with NYCU Economics professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) but has kept an important detail about his life from her: he is a crazy rich Asian from a …


In: Feature Stories, Headline, Movie Review

[August 31, 2018 | No Comment | ]

31 August 2018
TO: Pastors, Deacons and Congregations of Lutheran Church—Canada
FROM: Rev. Timothy Teuscher, President, Lutheran Church—Canada
RE: Restructuring Matters

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In our daily devotions over the past few months here at the synod office, we have been reading through the book of Acts – not only what Jesus continued to do and to teach by the Spirit through the apostles after His ascension into heaven, but what He continues to do and to teach by the Spirit in His church even today. One of the common refrains that …


In: Feature Stories, Headline, National News, Presidential Perspectives, Together in Mission and Ministry

[August 23, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Ted Geise
Big Shark Shallow Story
When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws hit theatres in 1975 the film’s tagline was: “You’ll never go in the water again.” Some people didn’t, and many more had second thoughts every time they dipped their toes in water —even at their local swimming pool! Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg (2018) won’t likely scare up the same response. The corny $130 million B-film about a believed long-extinct 70-foot megalodon shark hunting marine biologists and oceanographers in the waters around a western Pacific billionaire-funded state-of-the-art research laboratory may take …


In: Feature Stories, Headline, Movie Review

[August 22, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Paul Zabel
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
How often in our lives do we leave untapped the great reservoirs God has provided for us? We think we can find the resources we need in our own strength, but we learn, painfully sometimes, that life would be much simpler if we would simply call upon our Lord to direct, lead, and assist us.
Once there was an old man who had no relatives or family but had some friends with …


In: District Presidents, District Presidents, East District News, Headline

[August 20, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Thomas Prachar
As I approach retirement at the end of this calendar year, I’ve thought back to some of the first columns I wrote for The Canadian Lutheran. Ian Adnams (editor at that time) suggested that the three new district presidents write about what we had learned after our first year in office (September 2001). After eighteen years I’ve revisited that list with today’s comments in brackets. Fortunately, and in some cases unfortunately, the same is true today.

Our district has been blessed with many talented and dedicated people who love …


In: Central District News, District Presidents, District Presidents, Headline