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[March 16, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Paul Zabel

by Paul Zabel
In one of the spare bedrooms of my parents’ home hangs a very beautiful and thought-provoking picture: an image of a guardian angel walking beside and hovering over a little boy and girl as they are crossing a footbridge over a ravine. The angel has his hand extended to give the boy and girl special care, for on the wooden footbridge there is a slat in the bridge missing both behind them and just ahead of where they are to step next.
What a fine reminder for our life …


In: District Presidents, East District News, Headline

[March 1, 2017 | No Comment | ]
President Thomas Prachar

by Thomas Prachar
One of my earliest memories from childhood is being tucked in my bed with my mother sitting next to me reading a Bible story before I went off to sleep. I know that those stories made an impression on me. I distinctly remember that when my brother was born, I wanted to name him “Moses.” (For some strange reason, my parents chose “Bob” instead!)
From that time, I have always had a love for reading the Bible. In my pre-seminary days, I was thrilled to learn to read the …


In: Central District News, District Presidents, Headline, Reformation 500

[February 23, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Dr. Glenn E. Schaeffer

by Glenn E. Schaeffer
How’s it going with your New Year’s resolutions? Are you still on that diet? Are you faithfully going to the gym? Are you spending more time with family and less time at work? Are you getting your spending habits under control? Are you reading your Bible daily? Attending worship more often? Gossiping less? Acting more charitable to others? And, those of you, who resolved to make no resolutions, how’s that going for you? If you are like most people, you make resolutions weekly, if not daily.
Resolutions are …


In: ABC District News, District Presidents, Headline

[February 15, 2017 | One Comment | ]
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CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) President Robert Bugbee has announced in a new letter to the church that he will not be standing for reelection at the 2017 Synodical Convention.
“I write today to inform the church that I cannot accept nomination for a fourth term as Synod’s President,” he explains in his letter. “I have prayed to the Lord and turned these matters over in mind and heart for well over a year…. I have sought to make this decision in the fear of God. I ask the members of …


In: Feature Stories, Headline, National News, Presidential Perspectives

[February 14, 2017 | One Comment | ]
Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee

by Robert Bugbee
The 500th Anniversary Year of Luther’s Reformation is here. If you’re like me, you remember Reformation Sundays when preachers, articles, and bulletin covers recounted what were called the three  “solas” of the Reformation: sola gratia (by grace alone), sola fide (by faith alone), and sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone). It was a handy way to bring to mind primary emphases in Luther’s struggle and highlighted teachings which the established church of that time had forgotten.
Though not always included in that line-up of “solas,” there’s another one that gives …


In: Headline, Presidential Perspectives

[December 22, 2016 | No Comment | ]
President Thomas Prachar

by Thomas Prachar
In Charles Dickens’ short story, “A Christmas Carol,” the words of Ebenezer Scrooge are as true today as when Dickens first put them in his mouth: “I live in a world of fools…. Merry Christmas after Merry Christmas…. What is Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money, a time for finding yourself a year older and not an hour richer? If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips should be boiled with his own …


In: Central District News, District Presidents, District Presidents, Headline