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[June 21, 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

(Ongoing updates at http://www.lccabc.ca/blog/2013/06/21/alberta-flooding/)
by Rev. Don Schiemann
No doubt we have all seen video footage and news reports of the extreme flooding which has taken place in Calgary and the surrounding areas. As of Friday morning, 25 communities in the City of Calgary have received evacuation notices. The Town of Canmore has been completely cut off as a result of Highway 1 being closed by the surging waters. High River, south of Calgary, has also been evacuated and most of the Town is underwater. A state of emergency has been declared in …

In: General, Headline, National News

[February 22, 2013 | One Comment | ]

For our January/February issue, The Canadian Lutheran focused on how God calls pastors to serve the Church. To accompany Ed Kettner’s article on that topic, we interviewed four current seminary students to see what life in seminary is really like. Along the way, we were reminded that God calls men of various backgrounds, ages, and interests to be pastors. Some play video games. Others like working with their hands in gardens or on woodworking. Others enjoy skiing. Some are married with grown children; others are single. Some have wanted to …

In: Feature Stories, General, Headline

[December 18, 2012 | One Comment | ]

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A third round of theological discussions among representatives of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), and Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) took place December 13-14 at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
LCMS President Dr. Matthew Harrison issued the original invitation to the NALC in 2011 so that the two church bodies could become acquainted. Lutheran Church–Canada President Dr. Robert Bugbee was invited to the discussions from the beginning since the NALC now includes a growing number of congregations in Canada.
“I’m grateful to …

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[December 6, 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

by Mathew Block
O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
So goes a verse from the well-loved Advent hymn “O come, O come Emmanuel.” In the words we read here, we find mixed equal parts sorrow and hope. We confess that we are, indeed, oppressed by heavy darkness—that Death casts his grim shadow over us and deepest midnight circles us round. What is more, we know that on our own we can never escape.
And yet, we …

In: Feature Stories, General, Headline, Table Talk

[September 7, 2012 | No Comment | ]

by Oleg Schewteschenko
UKRAINE – After “a very short summer,” as one student described it, students have slowly made their way back to Concordia Seminary in Odessa, Ukraine. For all the students, summer was a busy time. Some worked to help their parents and earn money for their families. One had the opportunity to serve in a church, trying out the things he was learning in class. A number of students came back a few days early in order to prepare the seminary for the beginning of classes.
The year’s first instructor—Rev. …

In: Education News, General, Headline, Mission News

[August 31, 2012 | No Comment | ]

HONDURAS – Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) missionary work in Honduras continues to bear fruit. Missionary Douglas Aguilar reports that, this August, a group of girls was received into LCC’s congregation in the city of Olanchito through holy baptism.
“Praise be to our God!” writes Rev. Aguilar. “Five young girls were baptized and received by the Saviour Jesus Christ” during a service held August 5, 2012. The parents were reportedly overjoyed to celebrate with their daughters the day of their baptism.
The baptisms follow weeks of Bible studies with the children’s families on the …

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