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[November 29, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Losing the magic
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) is the second Harry Potter prequel by director David Yates under the Fantastic Beasts title penned for the screen by J.K. Rowling. It continues the story started in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) which introduced audiences to the character Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a mild-mannered wizard and cryptozoologist with an interest in mythical and fantastical magical beasts who reluctantly finds himself drawn into a byzantine plot to stop the dangerous Voldemort-esque Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
Rowling and Yates set …

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[November 27, 2018 | No Comment | ]

ANTWERP – The newly inducted and installed Executive Committee of the International Lutheran Council (ILC) has named Darin Storkson as the ILC’s Deputy General Secretary, filling a post created following the ratification of the ILC’s new bylaws during the 2018 World Conference in Belgium. Storkson had already been unofficially functioning in the role for more than a year.
As a former diplomat with the International Committee of the Red Cross, a former foreign direct investment consultant, and a director in various international roles for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) for thirteen …

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[November 2, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Timothy Teuscher
It is perhaps surprising to note that Matthew 28:19-20—“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”—is never referenced in our Lutheran Confessions in the way we usually do today. You know, as the “Great Commission” which Christ has given to His Church. Instead, it is quoted in connection with our Lord’s institution of Holy Baptism and the Office of the Holy …

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[November 1, 2018 | No Comment | ]
Luther, right, administers The Lord’s Supper serving both the bread and the wine, a practice based upon Scripture.

by Edward Kettner
What has the Church meant when it speaks of the “catholicity” of the Church, or when it speaks of “one holy catholic and apostolic church”?  The word “catholic” is derived from a Greek term which means “according to wholeness.” That which is “catholic” is that which relates to the whole Church throughout all space and time, and pertains to the teaching God has given the Church to announce and the means by which God builds and grows His One Church. Since we as Lutherans declare that what we …

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[October 30, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Glenn Schaeffer
Martin Luther’s favourite psalm was Psalm 118, of which he wrote, “This is my own beloved psalm… I fell in love with this psalm especially… Would to God all the world would claim this psalm for its own, as I do!”
High above the plains and rolling hills of Bavaria in southern Germany rises Coburg Castle. Today’s visitor walks into the courtyard to find a massive sculpture of Martin Luther holding a Bible. Luther lived in Coburg Castle from the end of April 1530 to the beginning of October. …

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[October 29, 2018 | No Comment | ]

During the month of October, the three Districts of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) welcomed members to their final regular conventions before the transition of the new LCC structure in January 2019. Central District’s Convention was held between October 1-3 in Winnipeg, MB, East District’s Convention was held in London, ON between October 14-17, and Alberta-British Columbia District held their convention in Sherwood Park, AB between October 19-21.
The business at the conventions consisted of receiving reports from committees, approving the revised constitutions of congregations, accepting amendments to bylaws, the election of Regional …

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