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[February 16, 2017 | No Comment | ]

Editor’s Note: Kelly Klages has agreed to prepare six pieces of original art for Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. Each piece of art will be featured on the covers of this year’s issues of The Canadian Lutheran magazine.
In addition, each piece of art is being made available to LCC congregations as a free, downloadable poster. You can print out the posters, along with accompanying artist’s statement, as they become available at www.reformation2017.ca/resources/posters/.
by Kelly Klages
The first painting in this series, “The Ninety-Five Theses,” represents …

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[February 13, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
“I had no love for this righteous and angry God, but secretly hated Him, and thought to myself: ‘Isn’t it enough that God has condemned us to everlasting death because of Adam’s sin and that we must suffer so much trouble and misery in this life? Over and above the terror of the law, must He increase our misery and anguish by the gospel? And by preaching the same, thunder against us His justice and fierce wrath?’”
That cry of despair is one with which many people down through …

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[January 27, 2017 | No Comment | ]

CANADA – For the first 400 years after its publication, the complete Book of Concord was unavailable in French. Finally in 1980 it was released not by or even necessarily for the Lutheran Church, but primarily as a document of academic and historical interest under the title La foi des Églises luthériennes: confessions et catéchismes.
By the time it was published, most of Lutheranism in France was already well adrift towards a more generic expression of Protestantism than that defined by the confessional documents. The relatively few hardcover copies were eventually …

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[January 25, 2017 | No Comment | ]
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MONTREAL – The Canadian Bible Society of Montreal in collaboration with Lutheran Church–Canada presents a series of Reformation themed events.
Throughout the year, talks will include:
February 16, 2017 – David Somers: Luther and Biblical Translation
May 18, 2017 – Jonathan Widell: Education
June 15, 2017 – Joan Harrison: Music – Walther and Luther
September 21, 2017 – Louise-Marie Picard: Women of the Reform
October 19, 2017 – David Somers: Printing. Media. Spreading the Word.
A series of exhibitions related to each month’s theme is also presented in the Hall of the Bible House.
625, Ste. Catherine W., …

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[January 18, 2017 | No Comment | ]

EDMONTON – The Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith is encouraging people to sign up soon for their sixth annual conference—“500 Years of Reformation.” The conference will take place March 24-25 at Concordia University of Edmonton.
Rev. Dr. Robert Kolb, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Martin Luther, is keynote speaker for the event. His keynote address is entitled “How Luther’s Reformation Literally Changed the World.” He will also give a plenary lecture on “Luther’s Impact on University Education and Christian Liberal Arts.”
The conference has also issued a …

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[January 10, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Playmobil's popular Martin Luther figurine.

CANADA – With 2017 well underway, Lutherans across the world are preparing to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. That can be a lot of work. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun doing it! Here are a few items to help you keep the fun in your own Reformation observances.
In 2015, German toy company Playmobil introduced a figurine of Martin Luther. The toy, which comes with a quill and a Bible, quickly became the fastest selling Playmobil toy ever, selling out its first 34,000 production run in …

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