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[October 27, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
Jesus had withdrawn from the crowds to pray, and His disciples were with Him. He turned to them and asked a simple question: “Who do the crowds say I am?”
The answers were varied: John the Baptist, Elijah, or some other prophet risen from the dead.
He turned the question then from others to the disciples themselves. “But who do you say that I am?” And here it is that St. Peter made his great confession: “The Christ of God” (read the story in Luke 9:18-20).
It is a confession that …

In: Headline, Reformation 500, Table Talk

[October 11, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
Well, I missed it again—and so did you! David Meade of Wisconsin predicted that our world would end on September 23, 2017 as a rogue planet called Nibiru crashed into Earth. Originally, this planet was to arrive in 2003 but was delayed until 2012. Five years later, the planet Nibiru still poses no threat because it doesn’t exist. NASA issued a statement in 2012: “If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth…astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the …

In: District Presidents, Headline

[September 29, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese

Every 27 years the town of Derry, Maine undergoes a series of tragedies often involving children. Lurking beneath the tragedies is a malevolent force, an evil entity feeding off the fear of its victims, stalking the weak and defenceless, hunting the put-upon and the outcast. What is this evil force? What is it called? “It.” This is the premise of Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel of the same name which tackles, among other things, the topic of fear. His book was first adapted for a two-part television miniseries …

In: Headline, Movie Review

[September 19, 2017 | No Comment | ]

ONLINE – As congregations prepare for observances of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in October, some will likely be planning to watch a film adaption of Luther’s life. Many such congregations will turn to the 2003 film Luther starring Joseph Fiennes. Lutheran Church–Canada is pleased to provide a study guide that can be used to introduce the film and lead discussion following it. It can also be used for private reflection on the film.
The study guide was developed by Rev. Ted Giese, the award-winning film reviewer for The Canadian …

In: Headline, Movie Review, Reformation 500

[August 31, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Kruesel
Last year I started keeping honey bees. I have one hive and about 18,000 bees. I find them absolutely fascinating. They are a joy to watch as they go back and forth in and out of the hive, bringing in pollen and nectar to strengthen and enlarge the hive.
Right about now my children will be rolling their eyes and groaning inside—“Bees again, Dad. Really?”—and my wife will be making that face familiar to all long-suffering wives—that “Really, I find this story as fascinating as the first 122 times …

In: Headline, Vice-Presidents

[August 23, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
“And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.” – Isaiah 42:16
Although Helen Keller was blind to the sun which shines in the sky, the eyes of her soul enabled her to capture a sunshine for her life which no one was able to take …

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