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[March 14, 2017]

This article reflects on the section of Luther’s Small Catechism dealing with the Ten Commandments. Read the relevant portion online in contemporary English here.
Why the Law Matters
by Edward G. Kettner
Not long after Luther rediscovered the Gospel of free grace, he realized how terribly ignorant both the people and the clergy were of the basics of the Christian faith. Beginning already in 1518, Luther preached frequently on the basics of faith. After conducting a visitation of congregations in Saxony in 1527 and 1528, Luther lamented this lack of knowledge and determined …

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[March 13, 2017]
First edition of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

ONLINE – Video from Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS) in Edmonton’s recent Quest Course on C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series are now available to view online.
Taking place over four weeks, “Narnia for Adults: Introduction to the Chronicles of Narnia” features lectures by Rev. Dr. Joel Heck, an internationally recognized specialist on C.S. Lewis. Dr. Heck is a veteran professor of theology at Concordia University Texas and is serving CLS as a visiting professor during the winter 2017 semester.
The lecture series has been divided into eight videos that you can watch …

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[March 10, 2017]
Padraic Delany stars as reformer Martin Luther in Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World. (Image: Courtesy Boettcher+Trinklein Inc.)

CANADA – The radical events, compelling personalities, and exciting drama of the Reformation are brought to life in Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World. This new full-length documentary features thrilling reenactments of the sixteenth-century events with commentary from leading church-history experts. The film, which was sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, is now available to schedule for a showing in your community.

The film features narration by Hugh Bonneville, best known for his acting on Downton Abbey. Pádraic Delaney, known for his work on television series The Tudors and …

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[March 9, 2017]

by Ted Giese
Occasionally a product hits the market after interest has peaked and people have moved on. Stuart Hazeldine’s film adaption of the popular 2007 novel The Shack by Canadian author William P. Young may be this kind of product. The opening weekend box office for the film garnered only $16 million US—low for a film based on a book which sold more than 10 million copies. Had the film come out in 2008 it could have exploited the book’s momentum. In 2017, it seems set to fizzle not sizzle—and …

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[March 8, 2017]
Back: Bishop Alexander Yurchenko (SELCU), Vice President Oleg Schewtschenko (SELCU), Rev. Daniel S. Johnson (LCMS-SELC), Bishop Mindaugas Sabutis (LELB), Rev. Olav Panchu (ELCIR), Valera Partizan (DELKU). Front: President Matthew C. Harrison (LCMS), Bishop Serge Maschewski (DELKU), Rev. Dr. Albert Collver (LCMS), President Robert Bugbee (LCC), Rev. Andris Kraulin (ELCL), Bishop Vsevolod Lytkin (SELC).

UKRAINE – The heads of several Lutheran churches in the former Soviet Union recently met together in Ukraine for the Eastern European Bishops Conference, along with the heads of their North American partner churches—including President Robert Bugbee of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC).
The conference, held in Odessa in late February, was hosted by the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine (DELKU) and its Bishop Sergey Maschewski. DELKU, long associated with the state (territorial) Lutheran churches of Germany, has in recent years begun aligning itself with more conservative bodies like The Lutheran Church—Missouri …

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[March 7, 2017]

CANADA – The 2015 statistics for Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) have been released and they note, for the first time ever, a decrease in membership to below 60,000 members.
In 2015, LCC counted a baptized membership of 58,745. That’s down from the year previous, when baptized membership was at 60,291. Confirmed membership is likewise down, sitting at 45,018 in 2015 (down from 46,673 members in 2014). LCC’s baptized membership has been in uninterrupted decline since 1999, while confirmed membership has been in uninterrupted decline since 2001.
Average weekly attendance at congregations also continued …