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[April 12, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by James Morgan
Church youth events are more than the stereotypical image (and for some of us, the memory) of awkward teenagers playing games or sitting in a circle of chairs haltingly singing along to a guitar player.
On a larger scale, youth events include special music, worship, Bible study, servant events and exploring our Lutheran heritage. At a time when the number of youth in many congregations is diminishing, some people question the need for special youth events or gatherings.
Begins at home
The family setting is the primary location where children see, …


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[April 10, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Edward Kettner
This article reflects on the section of Luther’s Small Catechism dealing with the Table of Duties. Read the relevant portion online in contemporary English here.
The Christian life is a life lived in community. Each person has a number of “callings,” or “vocations,” in which they are placed, and which carry with them duties and obligations toward one another. We have these duties and obligations both in the Church and in society. As Luther moves forward in the Catechism, he outlines the shape of the Christian life in …


In: Back to the Catechism, Feature Stories, Headline

[March 30, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Stephen Chambers
The death of Jesus lies at the heart of our faith. In 1 Corinthians, Paul draws on an early creed to remind his hearers that “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” and that “He was buried” (1 Cor 15:3-4). The Apostles’ Creed echoes the same core confession that Jesus “suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.” The Nicene Creed re-arranges the same elements: Christ “was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried.” Clearly, Jesus’s death on the …


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[February 8, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Edward Kettner
This article reflects on the section of Luther’s Small Catechism dealing with the Daily Prayers. Read the relevant portion online in contemporary English here.
Over the past year we looked at the six chief parts of the Catechism and have seen how the Scriptures have set forth the description of the content of the Christian faith and how it is played out in the Christian life. But Luther did not stop there. He provided further material to guide Christians in their lives, to help them keep their eyes on …


In: Back to the Catechism, Feature Stories, Headline

[February 8, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by John Stephenson
The closing words of President Teuscher’s acceptance speech at last October’s synodical convention caught my attention at the time and have retained it since: “And may the Lord have mercy on our poor little Lutheran Church–Canada!” In the world of public relations, positive “spin” is everything, the magic ingredient that causes people to be self-satisfied and feel good, the factor that can presumably be relied on to make the dollars flow in.
In the setting of divided worldwide Christendom we need to be careful not to get caught up …


In: Feature Stories, Headline, History of the Reformation

[January 3, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
The publication of the Augsburg Confession in 1530 may have solidified the Lutheran tradition, but the troubles for the Reformation did not end there.
War seemed inevitable. Emperor Charles V had already tried diplomatic means at Augsburg to force the Lutheran princes to return to Roman faith and practice. The sword would undoubtedly be next.
For this reason, the Schmalkaldic League was formed in February 1531. The League was envisioned as a defensive alliance for the Lutheran princes, protecting each other if the Emperor should attack one of them
For several …


In: Feature Stories, Headline, History of the Reformation, Reformation 500