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[December 4, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
With this issue of the magazine, I say farewell. For a little more than six years now I’ve served as editor of The Canadian Lutheran and communications manager for Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC). The past year and a half of that have actually been in a deployed capacity, as changes in my wife’s employment took us to rural Manitoba. Now seems the right time to step back and let another take up the reigns.
This is a period of change for LCC. Our president of many years is returning to …

In: Headline, Table Talk

[November 23, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
During a recent trip to visit relatives in St. Louis, we sat down to eat our evening meal in a restaurant with our nephew and his family. Early into the conversation, my grand-nephew noted that he had just begun attending his first year of confirmation class.
Through a number of questions I addressed to him, it became apparent that this announcement was not just “put on” to please Uncle/Pastor Paul, but contained actual excitement for what he was learning. As I sat there listening and taking it all in, …

In: District Presidents, Headline

[November 21, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
With Thor: Ragnarok, the third film in the Thor franchise within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the series receives a Guardians of the Galaxy-style makeover with comedy director Taika Waititi at the helm. As a result this new film feels dramatically different compared to the first Thor film, directed by Kenneth Branagh who brought a decidedly Shakespearian feel to the franchise. And while Shakespeare is known for both tragedies and comedies, Thor: Ragnarok is no Shakespearian comedy.
The story very loosely revolves around the Norse mythological prophesy of Ragnarok—a final …

In: Headline, Movie Review

[November 17, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Glenn E. Schaeffer
Who wrote the following words?
“We live on earth for no other purpose than to be helpful to others. Otherwise it would be best for God to take away our breath and let us die as soon as we are baptized and have begun to believe. But He lets us live here in order that we may lead other people to believe, doing for them what He has done for us.”
If you answered “Martin Luther” then you are “smarter than a fifth grader!”
Luther’s name is not usually listed …

In: District Presidents, Headline

[November 15, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Robert Bugbee
You don’t have all the time in the world. I don’t, either. It is not unhealthy to think about that. It’s actually helpful. You may have heard someone say after the death of a loved one, “I wish I had told her sooner how I really feel,” or “If I had a chance to talk to Grandpa again, I’d ask about what it was like during the war,” or whatever you are craving to know. It may seem now that you took time with that person for granted, …

In: Headline, Presidential Perspectives

[November 9, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
With Blade Runner 2049, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve provides an admirable sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner. Set 30 years after the first film, the dystopian future Villeneuve presents is grimmer and bleaker. Advances in technology, collapses in the natural world, and questions of what it means to be human intensify as development of artificial intelligence and replicant bioengineered androids moves closer to achieving the reality of the slogan, “More human than human.”
In the first film “replicants”—derogatorily referred to as “skinjobs,”—were prohibited on earth. Pioneered …

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