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[April 25, 2017 | No Comment | ]

This article reflects on the section of Luther’s Small Catechism dealing with the Creed. Read the relevant portion online in contemporary English here.
We All Believe in One True God
by Edward G. Kettner
When Luther outlined the order of the catechism, he noted that first we need to see what God would have us do and leave undone. Then we need to see what provision God has made for us because we have not done or have left undone what God says we should. The commandments clearly give us instruction for our …

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[April 21, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
The Case for Christ is a docudrama detailing the story of a Chicago Tribune reporter, Lee Strobel, who attempts to disprove Christianity after his wife, Leslie, becomes a Christian following a “chance” encounter with a nurse who saves the life of their daughter. Sensing something more than coincidence at work—the right person (a nurse) in the right place (the restaurant) at the right time (a choking incident)—Leslie eventually accepts an invitation to go to church with the nurse. At church, she hears God’s Word and believes in Jesus.
Strobel, …

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[April 19, 2017 | One Comment | ]

CANADA – The Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure (CCMS) has completed and placed the proposed new Act and Bylaws for Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) online. Download the proposed bylaws here. [Note: An unfinished draft version of the bylaws was inadvertently posted when this news story went live. The link now leads to the correct, finalized version.]
Eleven regional convocations are being planned in order to give the whole church another opportunity to give input to the CCMS before the final bylaws are written. From the beginning the CCMS has sought to …

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[April 18, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Kurt Lantz
Easter is a good time to celebrate the Reformation. Martin Luther at least would not want us to forget about the reformation Gospel on this great festival. In an Easter Sermon, preached at the parish church on April 13, 1533, the good doctor confided, “It is my greatest concern to sustain your interest in this article so that when I’m dead and gone, I might have left you with this treasure. For it is very evident that when those of us who are now preaching are dead, factious …

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[April 12, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene following the resurrection.

by Mathew Block
If anyone should have understood Jesus, it was Judas. A disciple of the Lord, He had heard the teachings and seen the miracles. But on the night he betrays Jesus, we see how little he truly knew Him.
We read that Judas leads out “a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees” against Jesus, carrying with them “lanterns and torches and weapons” (John 18:3). We further read that the “great crowd” is armed with “swords and clubs” (Matthew 26:47). A confrontation is clearly …

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[March 30, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
Bill Condon’s adaptation of Beauty and the Beast  starring Emma Watson is a live-action version of the 1991 Disney musical animated fairy tale of the same name. It’s the story of a spoiled vain prince cursed by an enchantress to live his life as a beast in an enchanted castle to learn a lesson about making value judgments based on appearance alone. The curse can only be lifted if someone loves him despite his beastly appearance—and this all before the final petal falls from a single red rose …

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