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[August 7, 2017 | No Comment | ]

UPDATE (August 8): Police have now confirmed that there was no threat connected with the delivery.
LOUIS, Missouri – The bomb squad was called to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri on August 7, 2017 following the discovery of a suspicious package in the mailroom. Several buildings were evacuated and the campus was put in lockdown.
Bomb technicians determined the package was not explosive but initially said it was a “threatening package” and “meant to cause alarm.” Police backtracked that assessment later, saying the package was in fact an expected delivery …


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[July 25, 2017 | One Comment | ]

USA – When representatives of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), and Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) started meeting together more than five years ago, it was decided that the group would sponsor a book of essays on the proper distinction of God’s Law from His Gospel. That book will be available from Concordia Publishing House in the coming months.
Edited by Rev. Dr. Albert Collver III (LCMS), Rev. Dr. James Arne Nestingen (NALC), and Prof. John T. Pless (LCMS), The Necessary Distinction: A Continuing Conversation on Law …


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[June 15, 2017 | No Comment | ]

CANADA – At the end of May, the Government of Canada announced that for every eligible donation made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities between March 17 and June 30, 2017, it will contribute an equivalent amount to the Famine Relief Fund.
More than 20 million children, women, and families in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Uganda are suffering and in need of urgent humanitarian aid and the Humanitarian Coalition’s member agencies are on the ground providing life-saving assistance. Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is working with local …


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[June 8, 2017 | No Comment | ]

SWITZERLAND – On March 14, Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) member Rev. James Luke was invited to present in Geneva at an event entitled “Christians in Pakistan Under Threat.” The event was organized on the sidelines of the 34th session of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. Rev. Luke is the LCC East District’s Intercultural Missionary at Large to the Greater Toronto Area and a retired Captain of the Pakistani Army.
Other members of the panel included Naveed Walter, the founder of Human Rights Focus …


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[March 24, 2017 | One Comment | ]

CAMBODIA – Work to build a new Lutheran church body in Cambodia continues apace.
Church members in Cambodia applied to the government at the end of January to register anew church body under the name Cambodia Lutheran Church (CLC). Provincial authorities in Kompot gave their approval on February 21. From there, the CLC passed the registration to the Evangelical Fellowship of Cambodia on February 22, as this entity must also indicate their approval for new Protestant church bodies in Cambodia.
Following that process, the registration passed to the federal level for approval …


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[March 8, 2017 | No Comment | ]

UKRAINE – The heads of several Lutheran churches in the former Soviet Union recently met together in Ukraine for the Eastern European Bishops Conference, along with the heads of their North American partner churches—including President Robert Bugbee of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC).
The conference, held in Odessa in late February, was hosted by the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine (DELKU) and its Bishop Sergey Maschewski. DELKU, long associated with the state (territorial) Lutheran churches of Germany, has in recent years begun aligning itself with more conservative bodies like The Lutheran Church—Missouri …


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