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[August 23, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
“And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.” – Isaiah 42:16
Although Helen Keller was blind to the sun which shines in the sky, the eyes of her soul enabled her to capture a sunshine for her life which no one was able to take …

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[August 21, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
One aspect of Reformation history that is not commemorated as much by Lutherans is the presentation of the Augsburg Confession. The editor’s introduction to the Reader’s Edition to the Augsburg Confession says:
“On Saturday, June 25, 1530, at three o’clock in the afternoon, Dr. Christian Beyer stood, walked toward the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Charles V, and began reading the Augsburg Confession in a loud and distinct voice. Through the open windows a hushed crowd outside in the courtyard hung on his every word, as did the …

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[August 11, 2017 | One Comment | ]

by Robert Bugbee
Discussions on restructuring at the Synod’s 11th Convention in October at Kitchener, Ontario will likely be intense. That’s all right. The issue is important. It deserves a strong dose of talking and listening. I hope you are praying that the Lord guides the delegates, as I am doing, nearly every day.
I believe that Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) urgently needs to simplify its structure. The structure we took with us into our life as a self-governing church in 1988 was a close copy of what we knew in The Lutheran …

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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, …

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[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 …

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