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[February 23, 2017 | No Comment | ]

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 …

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[February 15, 2017 | 2 Comments | ]

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 …

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[February 14, 2017 | One Comment | ]

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 …

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[December 22, 2016 | No Comment | ]

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 …

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[December 22, 2016 | No Comment | ]

by Robert Bugbee
The God of Christmas Eve didn’t worry much about marketing strategies. He used shepherds to first proclaim the Good News out of Bethlehem. The Prime Minister of Canada would never appoint guys like that as press secretaries. Banks, businesses, and advertisers wouldn’t, either. Shepherds don’t look the part! They’re just too earthy. They’re unlikely to charm the socks off the public nor run circles around critics.
It’s not only modern-day institutions who would refuse to use shepherds for an assignment as important as spreading the news of God’s promised …

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[December 21, 2016 | No Comment | ]

by Glenn E. Schaeffer
When I was pastor at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Barrie, Ontario, the children and youth, with the assistance of some adults, presented a Christmas pageant entitled, “This is So Embarrassing!”
The pageant starts with a youth complaining about having to dress in his father’s bathrobe. Another youth grumbles about having to be a Wiseman yet again. Others find it embarrassing that they have to dress in silly costumes—halos, wings, and fuzzy caps with sheep ears. After lamenting their situation, the youthful pageant participants shout, “This …

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