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[October 14, 2010 | No Comment | ]

by Rich Docekal
It was a message from hell. It was hell. It felt, looked, tasted, and smelled like every hell I’ve ever imagined. That was what all the news reporters said. Over, and over since August 5th, I’ve been hearing about how terrible life was for 33 miners in San Jose, Chile following a structural collapse. They were trapped, and initially feared dead. Each night I wondered what was happening. What was everyone thinking there, down below, deep and apart, and alone? In hell.
The initial hope was for a Christmas …

In: Insight

[September 22, 2010 | No Comment | ]

by Michael Keith
In a speech responding to a pending Koran burning by a pastor in Florida, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said: “My God and my Christ is a tolerant God, and that’s what we want to see in this world.”
What does tolerant mean?
The word “tolerate” has lost all its meaning these days. To tolerate something is to not agree with something yet allow the disagreement to remain. Tolerance is recognizing different claims, even contradictory claims, and allowing them to co-exist—not coerce, ban, or outlaw the “other.” It is the freedom …

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[September 10, 2010 | No Comment | ]

by Timothy Teuscher
Every congregation and pastor of Lutheran Church–Canada subscribes to the Lutheran Confessions as found in The Book of Concord. This is a legacy inherited from the founding father of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, C. F. W. Walther.
In a number of his writings Walther explains the reason for this, especially in Why Are The Symbolical Books Of Our Church To Be Subscribed To Not Conditionally But Unconditionally By Those Who Desire To Become Servants Of Our Church? (They liked long titles back then!) Another one, and from which I …

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[August 27, 2010 | No Comment | ]

by Timothy Teuscher
“He was a preacher, too, and never charged money for his preaching, and it was worth it” Mark Twain once quipped. While humorous, his words are also rather sobering because there is probably more truth in them than we would care to admit.
There are many gifted public speakers in our synod yet many sermons these days tend to be rather shallow messages on practical living and other “relevant” topics. In some churches the pulpit is a soapbox from which the preacher delivers his religious pep-talk of the week …

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[August 12, 2010 | One Comment | ]

by Judith Burns 
Anne Rice, one of the first modern authors to write about vampires, has been in the news of late but for another reason. On August 4 she declared: “In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.” Later she added, “Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being “Christian” or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group.” (www.annerice.com) This isn’t the …

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[June 25, 2010 | No Comment | ]

by Rev. Dr. Jose Pfaffenzeller
 June 25 marks the 480th anniversary of the presentation of the Augsburg Confession to Emperor Charles V. It is one of the confessional symbols that identify the Evangelical Lutheran Church and is like the Lutheran Church’s “birth certificate” because it summarizes what Lutherans believe and teach. It shows that the Lutheran Church is an apostolic church, and faithfully and genuinely teaches God’s Word and administers the Sacraments in conformity with Christ’s institution.
 Twenty-five years after Columbus discovered America (1492), Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses on the …

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