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[March 20, 2013 | 5 Comments | ]

by Ted Giese
As might be expected, Lutherans are keen on the Bible. Our churches read aloud from the Scriptures every week during worship. In those same services our pastors preach sermons based on the readings for the day. We encourage our members to read their Bibles in personal devotions, and to attend Bible studies at our churches so that they can grow in their knowledge of God’s Word.
Helping people know the Scriptures better is the goal behind Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey’s new television adaptation of the Bible …

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[June 14, 2012 | No Comment | ]

Prometheus (2012) Directed by Ridley Scott
Written by: Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green and Michael Fassbender
Runtime: 124 min Rated 14-A in Canada.
by Ted Giese
When pressed by interviewer Ben Stein in his 2008 documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, world renowned atheist Richard Dawkins was posed with the following question: “What do you think is the possibility that Intelligent Design might turn out to be the answer to some issues in genetics or in Darwinian evolution?” He replied, “Well, it could come about in the following way. It could be that at some earlier time, …

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[March 5, 2012 | One Comment | ]

Book Review:  Lutheran Education: From Wittenberg to the Future by Thomas Korcok
Published by Concordia Publishing House, St Louis, 2011
by Ken Albinger, BScEd, MEd, EdD
Is there a specifically Lutheran educational pedagogy (teaching methodology) that is to be preferred above all other methods? Dr. Korcok, a Lutheran Church-Canada pastor, has answered this question with a resounding “Yes!” in his recently published book. After reading the book I have to admire the scholarship and literary research that undergirds his arguments, but I have to question his conclusion. I do so knowing full well there has been …

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[July 15, 2011 | No Comment | ]

by Michael Keith
Most of the time if I dislike a book it’s because of either its content or style. Rarely is there a book which I dislike for both! The Good Book: A Humanist Bible “made by” A.C. Grayling is such a book. (Published by Walker & Co.New York, March 2011)
A.C. Grayling is a British academic and a noted atheist (often listed among the so-called “New Atheists”). The release of The Good Book garnered a lot of media attention. Various news programs, including The Colbert Report, interviewed Grayling.
On the inside of …

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[January 28, 2011 | 6 Comments | ]

by Garry Heintz
When Lutheranism 101 first came out, pictures floated about on Facebook of people “caught” with their nose in the book. LCMS President Matt Harrison; a pastor eating sushi; a bust of Luther; an Octoberfest band; people’s pets and children. Even a few Canadians were found reading it! So who should read this book? 
Although the title implies it is an introduction for those with little exposure to the Christian faith, Lutheranism 101 is a great resource to help any Christian understand why historic, reformation Christianity believes, teaches, and practices …

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[January 21, 2011 | No Comment | ]

by Kathy Birkett 
In the late 1970s, you could find few books on angels, while there were many on demons and the occult. More recently, the trend has reversed. But what is being written on the topic? Unfortunately, many of the ideas presented in these books contradict what the Bible teaches about these messengers of God.
Rev. Jacob Quast, pastor of Church of the Lutheran Hour in Fort Francis, Ontario brings a biblical perspective on angels in his book, Angels: What you should know about these divine messengers (both the good and the …

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