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[July 11, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
I have this annoying habit that when someone presents me with a gift, I am at a loss as to how to respond. If it’s not Christmas or my birthday (or maybe even if it is), I don’t know how to receive a gift from another. My first reaction is probably to say, “Oh, you shouldn’t have!” I say that sometimes only to be polite when I really don’t like or want that particular gift. Or I say those words because, well, in this situation that’s what people …

In: District Presidents, Headline, Reformation 500

[July 10, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Robert Bugbee
Dear members and friends of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC),
You may have read that, in recent years, our Synod has been conducting theological dialogues with representatives of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada. The “national” talks have taken place in southern Ontario under the auspices of our Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). A more “regional” discussion is progressing in the Edmonton area between the Catholic archdiocese in that city and an LCC team led by Pastor Michael Keith (St. Matthew, …

In: Headline, National News, Presidential Perspectives

[June 27, 2017 | One Comment | ]

by Robert Bugbee
With all the focus on the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s Reformation, there’s another milestone Christians in our country should not miss. About the time you get this issue, we will be almost exactly at the 150th birthday of our country. Canada’s confederation dates to July 1, 1867.
Christians are citizens of “two kingdoms” at the same time. We have our truest home in the kingdom of God and Christ (Philippians 3:20), where the Lord rules us by His Word and Spirit. This kingdom is ours, even if we move …

In: Feature Stories, Headline, Presidential Perspectives

[June 22, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Timothy Teuscher
Everything in the Christian church is so ordered that we may daily obtain full forgiveness of sins through the Word and through signs (i.e., the Sacraments) appointed to comfort and revive our consciences as long as we live.
These words from Luther’s Large Catechism are not only fitting words for us to hear as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, but they are also necessary words to take to heart and actually put into practice, especially in light of the present state of turmoil and …

In: District Presidents, East District News, Headline

[June 16, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Glenn E. Schaeffer
There was nothing secretive about Pentecost. Sounds of violent wind filled the house—a sign that the Spirit of the Lord was among them. Visible flames of fire rested on their heads fulfilling John the Baptist’s prophecy that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. Inspiring speech flowed from the lips of Jesus’ followers as they began to speak in a variety of foreign languages.
These Spirit-filled followers spilled out into the streets of Jerusalem! There was such a ruckus that God-fearing Jews in the city for …

In: ABC District News, District Presidents, Headline

[May 3, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Robert Bugbee
Down the years people have remembered Luther’s Reformation in countless ways. In some places, Lutheran Christians emphasized the virtues of Luther and his co-workers in a way that almost made it seem like we are “better people” than folks on the other side of the dispute. As a seminary student decades ago, I visited Luther sites in communist East Germany where official government tour-guides stressed how Luther—the “little guy”—stood up to corrupt power-structures of his time. They made him sound like the original Marxist, if I can put …

In: Feature Stories, Headline, Presidential Perspectives, Reformation 500