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[September 18, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
As far as Martin Luther was concerned, the Wartburg castle was more a prison than anything else. He had been spirited away to this place in May 1521 following his appearance at the Diet of Worms. This was a subterfuge of Frederick the Wise, who knew it was dangerous for Luther to go home now that he was under the imperial ban.
But Luther’s safety came at a price. Isolated from his friends and coworkers, he suffered intense loneliness. What is more, he had to live with the knowledge …


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[September 13, 2017 | One Comment | ]

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) is celebrating the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation with a new book entitled Saints of the Reformation, which reflects on the lives of several key figures in the Reformation.
“The great Reformation of the church was not merely about events, ideas, and movements,” notes LCC President Robert Bugbee in a preface to the book. “It is also the story of people, individuals made of the same flesh and blood as we are. It is the story of their faith, their witness, their way of handling conflict, …


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[September 10, 2017 | No Comment | ]

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada has released a new “Luther Liturgy” service which congregations are invited to use as part of local celebrations of the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.
The communion service celebrates the music of Martin Luther, and may be used at any time of the year during Reformation services. Congregations may wish to use it for October 29 or October 31 to coincide with Reformation Day observances. Alternately, the service can be used at another date of the congregation’s choosing.
“Luther once said: ‘The riches of music are …


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[September 5, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Norman J. Threinen
In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation, it is appropriate that we focus on the writings of Martin Luther and on the blessings of the Lutheran Reformation. For the Reformation has impacted our identity as Lutherans and informed the way we express our Christian faith still today. With this in mind, it is also of value for us to reflect on how the Lutheran Reformation reached our ancestors—probably humble peasants whose interests were largely limited to the task of raising their …


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[September 1, 2017 | No Comment | ]

ONLINE – Delve deeper into the story of the Reformation with A Man Named Martin, a free video-based Bible study series from Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM).
“In this Bible study, Luther’s life and times are examined through the lens of history, religion and theology,” notes promotional material for the series. “Expanding on commentary from Rev. Gregory Seltz, Speaker for The Lutheran Hour, numerous scholars add their expertise and perspective to render an illuminating portrait of the life of this extraordinary human being… A Man named Martin is a fresh and explorative …


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[August 7, 2017 | No Comment | ]

Note: The deadline for orders for the Reformation T-shirt have been extended to September 13, 2017.
CANADA – Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in style and support LCC missions in the process with a new Reformation T-shirt.
The T-shirt features Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Reformation 2017 logo, and is a great way to share the story of the Reformation in your community. It costs $25 and is available in men and women’s styles, three different colours (black, white, and blue), and four sizes (small, medium, large, and extra large). Costs cover …


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