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[February 15, 2017 | No Comment | ]

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) President Robert Bugbee has announced in a new letter to the church that he will not be standing for reelection at the 2017 Synodical Convention.
“I write today to inform the church that I cannot accept nomination for a fourth term as Synod’s President,” he explains in his letter. “I have prayed to the Lord and turned these matters over in mind and heart for well over a year…. I have sought to make this decision in the fear of God. I ask the members of …

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[February 10, 2017 | No Comment | ]

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) will hold its eleventh synodical convention October 13-16, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario.
The theme for this year’s synodical convention is “Christ Alone, Christ Forever,” words which tie the event to 2017’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The phrase “Christ alone” was a rallying cry of the Reformation, along with the related expressions “grace alone,” “faith alone,” and “Scripture alone.”
“‘Christ alone’ is the heart of the Reformation, which Luther touched off with his 95 Theses in October 1517,” explains …

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[January 31, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
Martin Scorsese’s Silence is an adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel of the same name. It is the story of two Portuguese Jesuit priests, Father Rodrigues and Father Garrpe, infiltrating Japan nineteen years after the authorities had banned Christianity and enacted a brutal regime of persecution meant to snuff out the faith.
The central purpose of Rodrigues’ and Garrpe’s mission is to find their former Father Confessor and mentor, Ferreira, who is rumoured to have publicly apostatized his faith in Christ Jesus. Rodrigues and Garrpe find the rumour of …

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[January 10, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Playmobil's popular Martin Luther figurine.

CANADA – With 2017 well underway, Lutherans across the world are preparing to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. That can be a lot of work. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun doing it! Here are a few items to help you keep the fun in your own Reformation observances.
In 2015, German toy company Playmobil introduced a figurine of Martin Luther. The toy, which comes with a quill and a Bible, quickly became the fastest selling Playmobil toy ever, selling out its first 34,000 production run in …

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[January 5, 2017 | One Comment | ]

GERMANY – While most Canadians celebrated the Christmas season in relative comfort, that wasn’t the case for all people across the world. In particular, one German pastor is raising the situation of Iranian and Afghan converts to Christianity living in Germany, who are facing mass deportation despite the dangers they will certainly face if they are returned to their homelands.
Rev. Dr. Gottfried Martens is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Berlin-Steglitz, a member congregation of Germany’s Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK). This congregation, along with several other SELK churches, have …

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[December 20, 2016 | No Comment | ]

by Kelly Klages
These  are  the  Scriptures  which  make  fools  of  all  the  wise  and  understanding, and  are  open  only  to  the  small  and  simple,  as  Christ  says  in  Matthew  11:25. Therefore  dismiss  your  own  opinions  and  feelings,  and  think  of  the  Scriptures  as the  loftiest  and  noblest  of  holy  things,  as  the  richest  of  mines  which  can  never  be sufficiently  explored,  in  order  that  you  may  find  divine  wisdom  which  God  here lays before you in such simple guise as to quench all pride.  Here you will find the swaddling …

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