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[August 31, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Dave Zakel
Striking up a conversation with a complete stranger is a lot like writing an open-ended article on a broad topic. Where do I start? What do I say? How am I going to do this? These questions and others are sure to pop up when the conversation shifts towards evangelism and outreach. Often the questions are inwardly answered with half-hearted excuses: I don’t have time. I can’t speak eloquently. I don’t know enough. The list goes on.
You’ve likely asked some of these questions of yourself and made some …


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[August 30, 2018 | No Comment | ]

“Often the mission of the Church is divided into two mandates: ‘in reach’ and ‘out reach’. It is a useful distinction, because there is a time and a place for all things. Just as treating Divine Service as primarily an outreach opportunity to unbelievers or Christians of other denominations is wrong-headed, so is expecting the unbelieving world to understand the meaning of Christian terms and concepts, and Lutheran expressions, when, say, talking with colleagues at work and sharing the Gospel with them there. But every once in a while, we …


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[August 7, 2018 | One Comment | ]

OTTAWA – On June 15, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against Trinity Western University (TWU), which was seeking to have the law societies of Ontario and British Columbia’s refusal to accredit graduates of TWU’s proposed new law school overturned. The societies had stated they would not accredit graduates of TWU, an Evangelical Christian university, because of the school’s community covenant, which prohibits sexual intimacy outside heterosexual marriage.
The Supreme Court released a pair of complex 7-2 rulings, finding in favour of the law societies. While eight of the judges agreed …


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[July 12, 2018 | One Comment | ]

At the meeting of Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Board of Directors on April 26, 2018, the board voted to approve a motion to change the names of its three regions (currently districts) to reflect the new structure of the organization. As of January 1, 2019, the three LCC Districts: ABC District will be known as West Region; Central District will be known as the Central Region, and East District will be known as East Region.
The Board’s approval of the name changes is one part of the ongoing changes to the structure …


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[June 19, 2018 | One Comment | ]

The Odessa Seminary in Ukraine hosted its graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 9th where four students received their theological diplomas after completing a three-year course together. Dr. James Gimbel of Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton and Dr. Wilhelm Torgerson of Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Catharines attended the ceremony on behalf of LCC. Dr. Torgerson was appointed by the CLS Board of Regents in 2015 to serve as Rektor of the Seminary in the Ukraine for this cohort of students.
The graduation started with a morning service for the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in …


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[May 26, 2018 | No Comment | ]

In two annual events Lutheran Church–Canada received five church workers and sent an additional six into the field for a year of vicarage in preparation for the pastoral ministry.

Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton held its Sacred Convocation, Thursday, May 24 at Bethel Lutheran Church in nearby Sherwood Park, Alta. During the service three men received their Master of Divinity degrees and accepted placements in parishes:

Scott Brayall Faith, Grand Prairie, Alta.
Kai Buck Peace, Trail/St. Peter, Castlegar, B.C.
Andrew McDonald, Lord of Life, Kamloops, B.C.

In addition, Lenora Wallden received certification as a deacon (Director …


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