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[December 25, 2015 | No Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the …


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[December 7, 2015 | No Comment | ]

by Ron Mohr
ATLANTIC CANADA – “The Christian Church is a church in mission. From her Lord Himself she has received the mandate to ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation’ (Mark 16:15). In keeping with that mandate and promise, Lutheran Church–Canada’s constitution makes this objective a high priority: to ‘strengthen congregations in giving bold witness by word and deed to the love and work of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and extend that Gospel witness into all the world’ (Article II, 2). …


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[October 9, 2015 | No Comment | ]

by Rev. Paul Zabel
When I lived in St. Louis and was attending Concordia Lutheran Seminary there was a local late night news reporter by the name of Julius Hunter. I remember his name because every night before he signed off, he reported or shared a really “Good News Story.” As he did this every night—and night after night— it reached the point where many people in St. Louis and in the surrounding area (including myself) would eagerly tune in to the station and stay tuned for the entire news report …


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[July 27, 2015 | No Comment | ]

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – In June, Concordia Publishing House (CPH) released the 28th volume of its landmark Concordia Commentary series. This volume (on Ephesians) was written by Rev. Dr. Thomas Winger, President of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS) in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Dr. Winger’s commentary unfolds the mysteries of the Gospel through meticulous analysis of the Greek text and reverent exposition of the epistle’s proclamation of Christ and His gifts for the sake of the Church,” a CPH release notes. “Winger’s commentary addresses such timeless topics as our eternal election in Christ; …


In: East District News, Education News, Headline

[June 24, 2015 | One Comment | ]

TORONTO – Yesterday The Canadian Lutheran reported the urgent need of Seyed Mustafa Moosavy Khansary, an Iranian convert to Christianity who was facing imminent deportation back to Iran yesterday evening. That action was cancelled yesterday afternoon.
“Good News! Praise God!” wrote Rev. J. Derek Mathers in a Facebook update late yesterday. “Mustafa’s deportation was cancelled today and, for now, he remains in Canada.” He attributed the action to the “prayers of God’s people and the litigation of [Khansary’s] lawyer.” Rev. Mathers is pastor of the Church of St. Luke Lutheran in …


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[June 23, 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

UPDATE: Khansary’s deportation (scheduled for June 23, 2015) was cancelled hours before it took place. The Canadian Lutheran has posted an update here.
TORONTO – Members of the Church of St. Luke Lutheran in Toronto expressed dismay at the news that the Government of Canada intends to deport Seyed Mustafa Moosavy Khansary to Iran the evening of June 23. Khansary first began attending the Persian Fellowship at St. Luke in September 2013 and was a regular attendee until his detainment in June 2015.
Rev. J. Derek Mathers brought attention to the deportation …


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