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[December 23, 2011 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
A December 19 report from the Forum on Religion and Public Life (Pew Research Center) details the spread of Christianity as a global faith. While the percentage of Christians in Europe continues to decline, the number of adherents in Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, and the Americas is growing at a rapid pace. Approximately 2.18 billion people around the world are Christian (an increase of 300 per cent over the past century), or roughly 31.7 per cent of the entire world’s population.
The study’s authors suggest that Christianity can no …

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[November 3, 2011 | No Comment | ]

After the morning chapel service, Tuesday, November 1, faculty, staff and students at Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS) in Edmonton heard the news: “The CLS Board of Regents has appointed Dr. Edwin Lehman, LCC president emeritus, to serve as acting president.” This appointment will last until Christmas, at which time the board intends to have a longer-term Acting President in place. The board’s action follows the resignation of Rev. Dr. Manfred Zeuch at the end of October.
Dr. Lehman served the same role at the seminary in 1999/2000 between the service of …

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[October 30, 2011 | No Comment | ]

by Andrew Craig
Edutainment is a word we’ve come to know around my house as my wife and I try to be discerning parents, limiting our child’s TV viewing so she gets something out of what she watches. Hence, she watches things like Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, etc. that help her interact with, and understand the world around her.
Luther: Echoes of the Hammer is an attempt to bring that dynamic to our beloved founder and, unfortunately, ends up heavy on the “edu” and light on the “tainment”.
The book is a thorough …

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[October 28, 2011 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG– After meeting for two days, new members of Lutheran Church–Canada’s 2011-14 Board of Directors attended Saint James Lutheran Church, Sunday, October 23 for their official installation. Their terms of office began September 1.
Guest preacher, LCC’s president, Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee based his sermon on the Epistle lesson appointed for the day 1 Thes. 2: 1-13. He focused on verse 13 and the work of God’s Word in the life of the believer.


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[September 29, 2011 | One Comment | ]

A Lutheran perspective on the Pope’s visit to Germany[1]
Pope Benedict XVI visited Germany September 22-25, 2011. Bishop Hans-Jőrg Voigt of the SELK, Lutheran Church–Canada’s partner church in Germany, took part in the ecumenical service of the Word held inErfurtwith the head of the Roman Catholic Church. Here the bishop describes the results of the papal visit. (Translation by Rev.Dr. John Stephenson, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario.)
The unity of the Church will come about through delving deeper into the truth of Holy Scripture and not through crafting theological compromises—we …

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[August 13, 2011 | No Comment | ]

For many a 50-year commemoration is cause for celebration. In Germany, however, Saturday, August 13 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall by the communist East German government. Remembering the event, the Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche (SELK), Lutheran Church–Canada’s partner church, will hold a Vesper Service of Repentance and Thanksgiving at Central Lutheran Church, the former parish of Rev. Dr. Wilhelm Torgerson, a Canadian citizen. The church is located in what was formerly East Berlin.
Pastor Torgerson commented on the wall’s construction in an e-mail announcing the service. …

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