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[December 14, 2017 | No Comment | ]

ONLINE – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) has partnered with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) to develop a Bible reading plan entitled Reading the Word of God.
“In order to encourage the people of our church bodies in the daily reading of Holy Scripture, we have compiled a three-year plan of daily Bible readings and a year-long series of weekly readings on Martin Luther’s approach to the Scriptures,” an introduction to the reading plan explains. “The suggested readings are offered for one reason only—to enhance devotional …

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[December 13, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Leonardo Neitzel
Another Christmas is soon approaching, and with it gifts to exchange. Each of us may have a story or experience about a gift—perhaps one received, perhaps one lost, one dreamed or wished for, or even a gift never received. Gifts come in all shapes and sizes.
But the gift of holy baptism—water and the Word of God Father, Son and Holy Spirit—exceeds all. While material gifts are perishable, the gift of baptism is both for this life and for eternity, packed with abounding blessings of forgiveness, life, and salvation.
Nothing …

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[December 5, 2017 | No Comment | ]

This article reflects on the section of Luther’s Small Catechism dealing with Confession. Read the relevant portion online in contemporary English here.
The Word of Absolution
by Edward G. Kettner
Usually when Lutherans think about “confession” they think of the general order of confession as it occurs in our orders of Holy Communion. When thinking of private confession, their thoughts might gravitate to the Roman Catholic idea, perhaps even calling to mind the image of the confessional booth. Tied with the Roman idea is the concept of “doing penance,” that is, performing “works …

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[November 1, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by James Gimbel
The Latin word sola (solus, soli) means “alone.” Luther and the Reformation theologians used this term to modify some important points of Reformation theology that ran counter to popular and church opinion. How many solas are there in the Lutheran Reformation? If you are familiar with Luther’s writing, three are prominently used together: sola gratia (“grace alone”), sola fide (“faith alone”), and sola Scriptura (“Scripture/God’s Word alone”). In Luther’s writing, he is very clear about the pre-eminence of another sola: solus Christus (“ Christ alone”). If you do …

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[October 31, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
Reformation commemorations are often tied to October 31, the date when tradition states Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to that church door in Wittenberg. But in many ways, a better case could be made for celebrating it on June 25, the presentation-date of the Augsburg Confession.
Emperor Charles V had invited the electors of Germany to Augsburg for an imperial Diet to begin April 1530. John the Steadfast, elector of Saxony since the death of his brother Frederick the Wise in 1525, saw this as an opportunity to …

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[October 28, 2017 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – Lutheran Church–Canada is currently holding Here I Stand, an exhibit commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at its synodical office in Winnipeg (3074 Portage Avenue).
The event features a poster-series developed by leading German museums, in addition to numerous artifacts, including period books, statuettes and busts, coins and medals, models, artwork, music, film, and more. The event is open every day 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from October 27 to November 5, 2017.
The exhibit features a number of other pieces, and all pieces include informational text. Immerse yourself …

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