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[October 5, 2017 | No Comment | ]

EDMONTON – Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS) launched its “Reformation Minute” program on September 18, 2017. The program features CLS faculty presenting on some of the people and ideas that renewed the heart of Christ’s church, starting in earnest in the fall of 1517.
These talks take place every weekday through the fall semester, and are available to view through the CLS website or through CLS’ YouTube channel. It can also be viewed through the seminary’s app, which is available from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.
Each day has its own theme:

Monday: …

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[September 27, 2017 | No Comment | ]

This article reflects on the section of Luther’s Small Catechism dealing with the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Read the relevant portion online in contemporary English here.
Baptized into Christ
by Edward G. Kettner
As Luther continued to consider the need for a catechism, he initially focused on what would become the first three parts: the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. But he soon realized that more work was needed to help people understand what was necessary to be a Christian. Therefore, he went on to add sections on Baptism, …

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[September 22, 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
A couple of weeks ago, my husband received a book …

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[September 19, 2017 | No Comment | ]

ONLINE – As congregations prepare for observances of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in October, some will likely be planning to watch a film adaption of Luther’s life. Many such congregations will turn to the 2003 film Luther starring Joseph Fiennes. Lutheran Church–Canada is pleased to provide a study guide that can be used to introduce the film and lead discussion following it. It can also be used for private reflection on the film.
The study guide was developed by Rev. Ted Giese, the award-winning film reviewer for The Canadian …

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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 …

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

[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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