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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 …

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[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 …

In: General, Headline, Mission News

[August 29, 2012 | No Comment | ]

by William Mundt
Apologetics is the art and science of making an apology. Christian apologetics is the art and science and scriptural guidelines enabling Christians to make an apology for their faith.
But a Christian apology is not, as modern English usage suggests, saying you are sorry for what you believe because it makes you sound old-fashioned or even bigoted. We Christians have made that kind of apology far too often. It is, sadly, the most common form of “apology” Christians seem compelled to make in a secular but supposedly religiously-inclusive society …

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[June 18, 2012 | No Comment | ]

by Peggy Pedersen
Children of God
Not long ago, we had a visit from one of my five step-children. Even though I did not give birth to these children, still I look for reflections of myself in them. I love them, and wish for their love. I long to share things in common with them—to be a real parent to them.
The visit made me think back to my own parents. How alien I must have seemed to them at times as I pursued interests completely different than their own, rebelled against their plans …

In: Feature Stories, General, Grace-full Living, Headline

[May 24, 2012 | No Comment | ]

The Église Évangélique Luthérienne—Synode de France (EELSF – Evangelical Lutheran Church—Synod of France) has elected a new president at its synodical convention May 18-20 in Châtenay-Malabry, France. Rev. Roger Jones, who serves Saint-Sauveur in Paris, was elected on the first ballot. President Jones formerly served the EELSF as vice-president and as a regional president.
The office of president was formerly held by Rev. Jean Thiébaut Haessig, who had announced his intention to retire from the ministry this coming August. He currently pastors the Lutheran congregation of Châtenay-Malabry and is director of L’heure Luthérienne, a French spinoff …

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