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[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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[April 25, 2018 | One Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
Earlier this month, people throughout Canada, North America, even the world learned of the horrific bus crash in rural Saskatchewan involving the members and those connected with the Humboldt Broncos Jr. Hockey Team. Following this tragedy as I attended worship in a couple of different churches in our East District of Lutheran Church–Canada, I was encouraged and personally strengthened by the prayers spoken by the pastors on behalf of those involved and for those affected either directly or indirectly. Now, only 17 days later, on Monday, April 23, …


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[April 24, 2018 | No Comment | ]

STADTHAGEN, Germany – A special convention of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (SELK) convened Thursday, April 19 to elect a bishop upon the expiration of the current bishop’s term of office. Rev. Hans-Jörg Voigt was elected in 2005 to serve a twelve-year term.
To prepare for the 2018 convention, last year SELK’s national pastoral conference nominated Bishop Voigt and Pastor Markus Nietzke as candidates for the position. During the Thursday afternoon session, the two candidates responded to questions submitted by delegates prior to the gathering. Forty-seven voting delegates participated in …


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[April 11, 2018 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – Joining people around the world, members of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) congregations and their pastors mourn the loss of the 16 lives in the tragic bus crash in Humboldt, Friday, April 6. “The community is in our prayers as it tries to understand what has happened,” said LCC president, Rev. Timothy Teuscher. “And we hold the individual families in our hearts as they begin saying their final farewells to their loved ones.”
LCC pastor, Rev. Clint Magnus who serves St. John’s Lutheran Church in Humboldt has provided support, prayer, and …


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[March 29, 2018 | No Comment | ]

OTTAWA – Leaders representing Canada’s Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities issued a joint statement in response to the Liberal government’s ongoing requirement that applicants for the annual Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program agree to an “attestation” stating that the organization’s “core mandate” conforms with the current government’s interpretation of Charter rights that includes “reproductive rights.” The attestation has been described as a “values test.”
The open letter reports that “in spite of our ongoing efforts at dialogue with the government, which culminated in a meeting with Minister Hajdu on Wednesday, March 21, …


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[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 …


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