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[August 8, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Mathew Block
There is prepared on high My heritage, my lot;
Though here on earth I sink and die, My heaven shall fail me not.
Though here my days are dark, And oft my tears must rain,
Whene’er my Saviour’s Light I mark, Lo, all is bright again.
So wrote Paul Gerhardt , that great luminary among Lutheran hymnwriters, in 1650 (the translation is Catherine Winkworth’s). Like so many of those hymns penned by Gerhardt, the words here are a comfort to those facing dark days, whether in their personal lives or when they …


In: Feature Stories, Headline, Table Talk

[July 12, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Ted Giese
Family-positive film
The 2015 film Ant-Man set up the story of the new Ant-Man and the Wasp by introducing the subatomic quantum realm into which Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), the original Wasp—and wife of the original Ant-Man, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)—vanished while saving thousands of people from a deadly missile attack. A trip into this miniscule world and successful return by modern Ant-Man, ex-con Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) opened the door for a possible rescue mission to retrieve Pym’s missing wife. Father and modern-Wasp daughter Hope …


In: Headline, Movie Review

[July 1, 2018 | One Comment | ]

Since this year Canada Day, July 1st, falls on a Sunday; I would encourage all the members of the congregations of Lutheran Church—Canada to mark this special day celebrating the confederation of our nation by doing first and foremost what the apostle Paul says to Timothy in his instructions concerning worship services. That is, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every …


In: Headline, National News, Presidential Perspectives

[June 28, 2018 | No Comment | ]

B-grade laughs and scares in dino morality tale
by Ted Giese
As mounting volcanic activity threatens to wipe out the remaining dinosaurs on the tiny island of Isla Nublar off the coast of Costa Rica, efforts are underway to rescue as many possible from a second extinction. The question is why? Is it for conservation, profit, scientific, or personal reasons? The private rescue operation brings back to the island the former Jurassic World theme park’s managing-operator-turned-dinosaur-activist Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), and her romantic interest Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), the park’s former …


In: Headline, Movie Review

[June 25, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
By Glenn Schaeffer
What Canada needs is salt and light. Jesus says to us, “You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13, 14). Salt impedes decay. Salt preserves and seasons. Light is necessary for life. Light revitalizes. Light refreshes.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Flight into the invisible is a denial of the call. A community of Jesus which seeks to hide itself has ceased to follow Him.” St. Paul writes, “We were buried with Jesus through baptism into death in order that, just as …


In: ABC District News, District Presidents, District Presidents, Feature Stories, National News

[June 22, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Solid sequel raises up-to-date questions
by Ted Giese
Picking up where The Incredibles (2004) left off, the Parrs—a family of super heroes—save the city from the villainous Underminer (John Ratzenberger) a mole man with a giant drill damaging buildings and robbing banks. While Underminer gets away (only to appear in a post-credit scene as a hook for Incredibles 3), the family is apprehended for breaking the “no superhero laws” only to discover that the government’s superhero witness-protection-style-relocation program no longer exists. In an effort to sway public opinion about “Supers” Helen Parr/Elastigirl …


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