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[August 29, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) has its triennial convention coming up this October and has asked for the prayers of their brothers and sisters here in Canada. In their letter requesting prayer, they noted to Revd Timothy Teuscher, our President of LCC, that on the docket for this fall once again is the issue of whether they will ordain women into the Office of the Holy Ministry. This will mark the fourth time this issue has gone before the convention, and it threatens the …


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[August 24, 2018 | One Comment | ]

By: John Hellwege
The situation looks bad for traditional, conservative Christians. The prestige of the Christian Church has been steadily undermined. Social views of morality have changed, with pornography, prostitution, and homosexuality becoming common and even publically celebrated. On top of this, there are economic challenges, and even a country that seems to be losing its identity. Into this mix comes a political party that promises to restore the economy, dignity, and morality of the nation. The party officially endorses a non-sectarian “positive Christianity.” This sounds very good and many church …


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[August 23, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Ted Geise
Big Shark Shallow Story
When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws hit theatres in 1975 the film’s tagline was: “You’ll never go in the water again.” Some people didn’t, and many more had second thoughts every time they dipped their toes in water —even at their local swimming pool! Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg (2018) won’t likely scare up the same response. The corny $130 million B-film about a believed long-extinct 70-foot megalodon shark hunting marine biologists and oceanographers in the waters around a western Pacific billionaire-funded state-of-the-art research laboratory may take …


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[August 13, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Esko Murto
To tell a complicated thing in a simple way is better than telling a simple thing in a complicated way. Rod Dreher’s 2017 book The Benedict Option falls into the first category. It is approachable, easy to read, and clear enough, but deals with a topic both important and complex—namely, how the Christian Church can go on in a post-Christian world.
What’s so Benedictine about the Benedict Option?
The name “Benedict Option” needs a bit of explaining though—and after that, a bit of more explaining. The Benedict of the title …


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[August 12, 2018 | No Comment | ]

BELGIUM – The International Lutheran Council (ILC) will hold its 26th (11th) World Conference September 26-29, 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium, meeting under the theme “Ecclesiology and Ecumenism.” The event will also mark the ILC’s 25th anniversary in its current form.
Among other business, the World Conference will elect officers to the ILC’s Executive Council as well as vote on the acceptance of several new members to the ILC.
“It is an honor and a blessing for our rather small Lutheran church in Belgium to host the ILC’s World Conference,” said President Gijsbertus …


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[August 10, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Rev. Ted Giese
Plot takes back seat to action
With blood, sweat, and a broken ankle Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt bursts onto the screen for yet another Mission Impossible film in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. It’s called Mission Impossible not mission possible for a reason: the film is designed to overwhelm and amaze viewers at every twist and turn.
While under suspicion of being involved in an international nuclear terrorism plot, Hunt, leader of the IMF (Impossible Missions Force) and his team must unmask and thwart the real villains and save …


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