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[February 21, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
MARVEL first introduced T’Challa as Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) to film fans back in Captain America: Civil War (2016). In that film terrorists killed his father T’Chaka (John Kani), the King of the secluded and secretive fictional African nation of Wakanda, while he was visiting Austria for the signing of the international Sokovia Accords that placed the Avengers under the supervision of a United Nations panel.
With the death of his father, T’Challa is in line to become King of Wakanda and assume the mantel of Black Panther—a semi-religious …


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[February 19, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
If you want to “break the ice” and begin talking to a complete stranger, one of the socially acceptable ways, at least currently, is to talk about the weather: “Cold enough for ya?” Everyone seems to have an opinion about the weather: “That was quite a storm we had last week!” We certainly like to complain about the weather: “It’s too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, too windy, too humid, too…whatever!” And, of course, the weather always makes life more miserable for me because it has …


In: Columns, District Presidents, District Presidents, Headline

[February 13, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Lenora Buffi
We are creatures of habit, aren’t we? And those pesky bad ones are extremely hard to break. Just ask anyone who has tried to lose a few pounds, or stop biting their nails, or count to ten instead of letting anger erupt in a curse word. The truth is that supplanting bad habits with good ones is nearly impossible.
I’ve certainly had my fair share of bad habits and one of the worst was neglecting God’s Word. Therefore, when our church started a daily Bible reading program covering the …


In: Columns, Headline, Table Talk

[February 12, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Timothy Teuscher
When I was elected president, I mentioned to the convention that I wasn’t even sure what I was supposed to do. After receiving a crash-course on the many things that needed to be done, I went from being uncertain to being greatly overwhelmed. Fortunately, Dr. Luther came to my rescue as I remembered his cryptic and profound words: “We serve God best by doing nothing.”

He spoke those words in connection with one of the most shocking sections in all of Holy Scripture—the account of Jesus’ visit to the …


In: Columns, Headline, Presidential Perspectives

[February 9, 2018 | No Comment | ]

BERLIN, Germany – The situation for former Muslim asylum seekers who have converted to Christianity has dramatically deteriorated in Berlin and Brandenburg reports Rev. Dr. Gottfried Martens pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Berlin-Steglitz. The pastor serves the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK) congregation which has more than 1,600 church members, many of whom are refugees who converted to Christianity. He has baptized more than 1,000 former Muslims, especially Iranians and Afghans.
Martens told a Protestant news agency “several hundred” refugees from his community have already been rejected because they have …


In: Headline, International News

[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