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[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

[February 7, 2018 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – Following the December 14 publication of documents needed by congregations to ratify Lutheran Church–Canada’s new Constitution, two editorial errors were identified in the two-column comparison between the new and old constitutions and have been corrected. Both errors were noted at the convention and changed but were not corrected in the edition sent to congregations.
An email to Synod members from Pastor Nolan Astley notes that “the previous version of this file has been removed and a corrected version has been posted.”
The corrections are:

Removal of the word “must” from before …

In: Headline, National News

[February 7, 2018 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – Lutheran Foundation Canada (LFC) has released its annual report for 2017. The organization, which conducts gift planning activities on behalf of Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC) congregations and affiliated organizations, recorded $4.68 million in designated gifts of which $1.7 million was received throughout the year, including designated gifts to 27 congregations.  “Donors have indicated a total of $55 million in designated gifts over the last nine years” reports Foundation executive director Allen Schellenberg, “of which $10 million has already been received and distributed to the donors’ named beneficiary organizations.”
He noted …

In: Headline, National News

[February 6, 2018 | 2 Comments | ]

by Kelly Klages
Today’s world feels more and more polarizing. Hostilities and rage seem to always buzz, especially if you’re a frequent consumer of social media. The ideas of repentance and forgiveness have fallen by the wayside, frequently misunderstood or even vilified as a sign of personal weakness, complacency, or anti-justice. Those who deign to admit they were wrong and try to make amends are still pilloried. In a world without forgiveness, there are only eternal grudges, debts that can never really be repaid, and perpetual self-justification. When the only recognized …

In: Feature Stories, Headline

[February 5, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Glenn E. Schaeffer
In his Gospel Luke says, “They pulled their boats up on shore, and left everything and followed Him” (Luke 5:11). Mark tells us that, “[James and John] left their father in the boat with the hired men and followed Him” (Mark 1:20). Peter, Andrew, James, and John left their boats because they knew they could not catch the lost fish of the world by remaining in their boats.
To catch lost fish, fishers of men have got to get out of their boat! If we’re going to be serious …

In: District Presidents, Headline

[February 2, 2018 | No Comment | ]

ST. CATHARINES, Ont – Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS) will open is doors Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to anyone considering studies at CLTS or simply desiring more information about what the seminary education might be.
The LCC seminary invites university students or those already finished with college to come learn about its graduate degrees, attend chapel and classes, socialize with students and meet the professors, and visit the beautiful Niagara area. The goal is to provide a glimpse of what studying in CLTS is all …

In: Education News, Headline