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[April 30, 2018 | One Comment | ]

by Adrian Rhodes
We live in a time when everything in Canada seems turned upside down. We have abortion on demand for just about any reason, and euthanasia – euphemistically called medical assistance in dying – for terminal illness, however defined. People participating in these actions seem proud of what they do to Canada’s most vulnerable.
As Lutherans, and hopefully for all Christians, abortion on one end of life and physician assisted suicide on the other are abhorrent. The Bible, as our grounding in faith, along with the Small Catechism can help …

In: Columns, Headline

[April 28, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Thoughtful and emotionally rich
by Ted Giese
Shhhh … be very quiet. John Krasinski’s horror thriller A Quiet Place (2018) revolves around a family surviving in a world stalked by danger. Any loud noise, day or night, draws a lethal attack from powerful alien monsters that quickly devour their prey. The family comprises father Lee Abbott (John Krasinski), mother Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt), their deaf oldest child and daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds who is deaf in real life), and sons Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward). Having moved out of the …

In: Headline, Movie Review

[April 17, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Improved but could be better
by Ted Giese
In this installment of the God’s Not Dead franchise, first-time director Michael Mason takes over from Harold Cronk who directed the first two films and inevitably the new outing is different. God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness picks up where God’s Not Dead 2 left off with Rev. Dave Hill (David A.R. White) arrested and jailed for not providing copies of his sermons to local authorities. However, this is not what the film is about. The old story-line is quickly dispatched and replaced …

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[April 16, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
“Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)
A number of years ago my father-in-law wove together a crown of thorns that I attached to a cross which was placed in the chancel of our church during the season of Lent. That cross was formed from the trunks of two Christmas trees which had stood on each side of the altar during the Christmas season. In subsequent years, I had my father-in-law fashion a second crown of thorns to be placed …

In: District Presidents, Headline, Presidential Perspectives

[April 11, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
One of my favourite Easter hymns is a simple, easy-to-sing hymn that has been like a dear, old friend who visits often during the Church calendar, but especially at Easter. The hymn begins and ends with the phrase: “I know that my Redeemer lives” (LSB 461). It is based on Job’s words, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall …

In: District Presidents, Presidential Perspectives

[April 9, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Glenn Schaeffer
Every year thousands of people climb a mountain in the Italian Alps passing by the Stations of the Cross to stand before an outdoor crucifix. One tourist noticed an indistinct trail that led beyond the cross. Fighting through a thicket, he discovered a shrine that symbolized the empty tomb of Jesus. The shrine was neglected and overgrown with brush. Visitors had gone so far as the cross, but stopped there.
The story of Jesus Christ as our Saviour does not stop with His death. As essential as Jesus’ crucifixion …

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