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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

[April 25, 2018 | One Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
Earlier this month, people throughout Canada, North America, even the world learned of the horrific bus crash in rural Saskatchewan involving the members and those connected with the Humboldt Broncos Jr. Hockey Team. Following this tragedy as I attended worship in a couple of different churches in our East District of Lutheran Church–Canada, I was encouraged and personally strengthened by the prayers spoken by the pastors on behalf of those involved and for those affected either directly or indirectly. Now, only 17 days later, on Monday, April 23, …

In: Headline, News, Theological reflection

[February 26, 2013 | 9 Comments | ]

by John Stephenson
After publishing three book-length interviews with his fellow-countryman in the Vatican (two with the cardinal prefect responsible for doctrine, the third with the Pope himself), German journalist Peter Seewald is now working on the biography of Joseph Ratzinger. After his last meeting with his subject, held in the closing weeks of 2012, and in light of the impending abdication of Benedict XVI on February 28, Seewald has written movingly of a frail old man, blind in his left eye, increasingly deaf, painfully emaciated, drained of all energy after …

In: Headline, International News, Theological reflection

[September 14, 2010 | One Comment | ]

by Michael Keith
In a speech responding to a pending Koran burning by a pastor in Florida, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said: “My God and my Christ is a tolerant God, and that’s what we want to see in this world.”
What does tolerant mean?
The word “tolerate” has lost all its meaning these days. To tolerate something is to not agree with something yet allow the disagreement to remain. Tolerance is recognizing different claims, even contradictory claims, and allowing them to co-exist—not coerce, ban, or outlaw the “other.” It is the freedom to …

In: Reviews and Cultural Comment, Theological reflection

[April 4, 2010 | No Comment | ]

Beloved friends in the Body of Christ!
St. Paul has an Easter word for you and me, recorded in Romans 14:8-9, “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that He might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.”
I hope you will hurry to God’s House this Easter to hear the riveting news that Jesus, Who died …

In: National News, Theological reflection