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[May 7, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Fasten your seatbelts, there’s a lot going on!
by Ted Giese
As Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) assembled the Avengers to protect the world from dangers an average person couldn’t defeat; as orphaned Peter Quill / Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) inadvertently formed his unpredictably predictable ragtag Guardians of the Galaxy; as superheroes of every variety originating in the MARVEL cinematic universe fought a rogues gallery of villains, something lurked in the shadows and grew in strength and power—a super villain: The Mad Titan, Thanos (Josh Brolin).
First introduced as Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) puppet …

In: Headline, Movie Review

[May 7, 2018 | No Comment | ]

HAMILTON, Ont. — At its annual Awards Banquet, Friday, May 4, the Canadian Church Press (CCP) presented three Awards of Merit to The Canadian Lutheran, the magazine of Lutheran Church–Canada.
A movie review of “Silence” written by Rev. Ted Giese received a first-place award. In his remarks on the article, the judge called it “An impressive review, that would be fully acceptable in any secular, major, publication.”
A series of three articles on the Reformation 500 theme authored by Mathew Block , Rev. Dr. Edward Kettner, and Kelly Klages was awarded third …

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[May 6, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by James Morgan
When tragedy affects a small community, everyone feels it. The highway crash on April 6 that killed 16 people and injured 13 others aboard a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team is proof. Of course, Humboldt, Saskatchewan is officially a city, but it’s a small city. News reports from Humboldt in the weeks since the tragedy show it’s the kind of place where it’s impossible to walk down a supermarket aisle without meeting a friend, neighbour, or relative. And indeed, that’s true of the churches of …

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[May 4, 2018 | 4 Comments | ]

Increase in Bible study class attendance also reported
CANADA – The 2017 statistics for Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) have been released and indicate that membership continues to decrease to just over 56,000 members.
In 2017, LCC counted a baptized membership of 56,620, down 2.8% from the year previous, when baptized membership was at 58,216. Confirmed membership has also declined, sitting at 43,494 in 2017 (down 2.7% from 44,666 members in 2016). LCC’s baptized membership has been in uninterrupted decline since 1999, while confirmed membership has been in uninterrupted decline since 2001.
LCC President Timothy …

In: Feature Stories, General, Headline, National News

[April 30, 2018 | One Comment | ]

by Adrian Rhodes
We live in a time when everything in Canada seems turned upside down. We have abortion on demand for just about any reason, and euthanasia – euphemistically called medical assistance in dying – for terminal illness, however defined. People participating in these actions seem proud of what they do to Canada’s most vulnerable.
As Lutherans, and hopefully for all Christians, abortion on one end of life and physician assisted suicide on the other are abhorrent. The Bible, as our grounding in faith, along with the Small Catechism can help …

In: Columns, Headline

[April 28, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Thoughtful and emotionally rich
by Ted Giese
Shhhh … be very quiet. John Krasinski’s horror thriller A Quiet Place (2018) revolves around a family surviving in a world stalked by danger. Any loud noise, day or night, draws a lethal attack from powerful alien monsters that quickly devour their prey. The family comprises father Lee Abbott (John Krasinski), mother Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt), their deaf oldest child and daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds who is deaf in real life), and sons Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Beau (Cade Woodward). Having moved out of the …

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