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[June 25, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Today, June 25th, is the anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. While Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses on October 31, 1517 was the spark that ignited the Reformation, it wasn’t until the presentation of the Augsburg Confession on June 25, 1530 that we see what we might term a distinct Evangelical Lutheran Church. For it is in this confession made at Augsburg where those Reformation principles of grace alone, faith alone, and Scripture alone are clearly articulated and set forth. It consists of twenty-one articles held by …


In: Headline, History of the Reformation, Reformation 500, Theological reflection

[January 3, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
The publication of the Augsburg Confession in 1530 may have solidified the Lutheran tradition, but the troubles for the Reformation did not end there.
War seemed inevitable. Emperor Charles V had already tried diplomatic means at Augsburg to force the Lutheran princes to return to Roman faith and practice. The sword would undoubtedly be next.
For this reason, the Schmalkaldic League was formed in February 1531. The League was envisioned as a defensive alliance for the Lutheran princes, protecting each other if the Emperor should attack one of them
For several …


In: Feature Stories, Headline, History of the Reformation, Reformation 500

[December 28, 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
Luther scarcely could have imagined the influence his work would …


In: Headline, National News, Reformation 500

[December 11, 2017 | No Comment | ]

KITCHENER, Ontario – A short-term mission team made up of Rev. Roland Syens, his wife Anita, along with DPS Intern Lenora Wallden from Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Erika Brandt from Bethel Lutheran Church in Kitchener, Ontario went to Nicaragua from October 25-November 2, 2017. The group spent seven days filled with different ministry events, and were able to visit many of the churches in the area around Chinandega as well as churches in Leon all the way up to Sebaco.
A major event during that time was the Reformation anniversary …


In: Headline, International News, Mission News, Reformation 500

[December 5, 2017 | No Comment | ]

This article reflects on the section of Luther’s Small Catechism dealing with Confession. Read the relevant portion online in contemporary English here.
The Word of Absolution
by Edward G. Kettner
Usually when Lutherans think about “confession” they think of the general order of confession as it occurs in our orders of Holy Communion. When thinking of private confession, their thoughts might gravitate to the Roman Catholic idea, perhaps even calling to mind the image of the confessional booth. Tied with the Roman idea is the concept of “doing penance,” that is, performing “works …


In: Back to the Catechism, Feature Stories, Headline, Reformation 500

[November 4, 2017 | No Comment | ]

ONLINE – Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Reformation anniversary website has published a series of essays exploring the Reformation’s impact on church and culture.
Essays published so far touch on issues of literacy, visual art, music, and liturgy. Rev. Ted Giese explores the creation of church art in relation to Martin Luther’s theology. Rev. William Weedon, Director of Worship for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, discusses the conservative approach Lutherans took to the reform of worship. Marion Timm details the impact Luther had on the evolution of music, touching on his own hymns as …


In: Headline, National News, Reformation 500