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[January 24, 2017 | No Comment | ]

CATHARINES, Ontario – Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS) is inviting all those considering pursuing theological education to visit them at a series of seminary-experience events this spring.
“Have you ever thought about becoming a pastor—or has someone told you you should think about it?” promotional materials ask. “Do you love Christ and His church, and wonder whether you could serve Him in pastoral ministry or other theological vocations? Are you interested in theology, and desire to learn more about Christian faith, Scriptures, and the hows and whys of Lutheran doctrine. …


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[January 24, 2017 | No Comment | ]

EDMONTON – Every year, 55% of Concordia Lutheran Seminary’s operating budget comes from donations. In an effort to make it easier for donors to make small recurring gifts, the seminary has launched the give25 campaign.
Through the give25 campaign, CLS is seeking $25 a month from 1,000 donors. The seminary is looking for 10 donors from each of 100 Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) congregations to commit in 2017.
“I’m so grateful to be a new partner to Concordia Lutheran Seminary in its ‘Give 25’ effort,” notes LCC President Robert Bugbee. “The Lord has …


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[January 18, 2017 | No Comment | ]

EDMONTON – The Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith is encouraging people to sign up soon for their sixth annual conference—“500 Years of Reformation.” The conference will take place March 24-25 at Concordia University of Edmonton.
Rev. Dr. Robert Kolb, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Martin Luther, is keynote speaker for the event. His keynote address is entitled “How Luther’s Reformation Literally Changed the World.” He will also give a plenary lecture on “Luther’s Impact on University Education and Christian Liberal Arts.”
The conference has also issued a …


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[January 11, 2017 | No Comment | ]

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – Each May at its annual Call Service, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS) confers two major awards on worthy pastors or lay members of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC).
The first of these, the “Friend of the Seminary” award, is nominated by the faculty or Board of Regents for making a significant contribution to the well-being of the seminary.
The Delta Chi Medal, by contrast, is awarded by the seminary on behalf of the wider church. This “highest and most distinguished award” is “presented to an individual, either clergy or lay, …


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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 6, 2016 | No Comment | ]

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) is re-launching the RSVP initiative, a church worker recruitment program that successfully identified a number of prospective pastors and deacons throughout the 1990s and 2000s, with hopes that LCC congregations will observe a Recruitment Sunday on January 22, 2017.
Resources from the earlier RSVP initiative have been revised in anticipation of the new recruitment effort, and LCC congregations are encouraged to make use of the new material. “Church workers are still needed,” an introduction to the new RSVP material explains. “The potential harvest is greater than …


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