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[February 19, 2019 | No Comment | ]

By: Timothy Teuscher
2019 marks the 500th Anniversary of the Leipzig Debate which was held in the summer of 1519. At that time, Martin Luther met with the Roman theologian, Johann Eck, to debate issues surrounding indulgences, purgatory, and penance, subjects first raised as a result of Luther’s 95 Theses published two years earlier.
Discussion soon turned instead to the question of authority in the church.  Near the end of the debate, Luther asserted something that was rather controversial in those days—namely, that popes, councils, and theologians were all subject to errors …

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[February 8, 2019 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Marvin Bublitz
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the Lord be with you.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
In late 2018 we began a new Church Year with the First Sunday in Advent. Since that time we have heard in the Sunday lessons the many changes for Zechariah and Elizabeth, for Mary and Joseph, and changes for the world through the Christ Child.
We are now in the Epiphany season, when we hear of the changes Jesus brought into the …

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[December 22, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Thomas Prachar
After roughly 135 of these columns for The Canadian Lutheran, it’s time to say, “auf wiedersehen.” Rather than translating the German as “good-bye,” I prefer, “until we see each other again.”
As a new Church Year begins with the season of Advent, our focus turns to preparing our hearts for Christ’s arrival into our world. We prepare our hearts to remember His coming as a baby in Bethlehem. In addition, we prepare our hearts to celebrate His Second Coming. At the end of time, Jesus as our victorious King …

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[December 21, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Paul Zabel
“But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.” (Jeremiah 7:24)
One of the curious experiences I encounter as I travel the countryside of southern Ontario is the constant maneuvering through what are called “roundabouts” along the highways and byways. Not only are these roundabouts found on a number of the main roads of the municipality in which I live and work, but these “highway conundrums” are popping up …

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[December 20, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Glenn Schaeffer
In Jesus’ name
The days of our lives pass as sand through an hourglass. It is useless to try to stop the relentless march of time. As the hymn writer Isaac Watts put it, “Time, like an ever-rolling stream, soon bears us all away; we fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the op’ning day” (LW 180:5). Certainly time rolls on and before we know it, death is knocking at our door. But is it true that we will soon be forgotten like a dream?
Every son of Israel was …

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[December 19, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Timothy Teuscher
“Put Christ back into Christmas!” It’s a familiar exhortation we often hear at this time of year—and for good reason. After all, “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas” has become the socially accepted and politically correct form of greeting this time of year. And for an increasing number of people, Christmas is nothing more than a winter break from work and school, a time to buy things and exchange gifts, a time for Santa Claus parades in our communities, a time to be with family and friends—a time …

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