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[June 14, 2017]
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by Ted Giese
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the continuing story of Peter Quill/Star Lord and his band of intergalactic misfit anti-heroes. In this installment of the Marvel franchise Quill finally meets his biological father who his mother insisted was “an angel composed out of pure light.” This extraterrestrial being named Ego turns out to be something called a “Celestial” and lives up to his name. The character Quill interacts with is only a manifestation of the real Celestial entity named “Ego the Living Planet.” Yes, that’s right, Quill’s …

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[June 12, 2017]
"Elijah in the Desert." (Washington Allston, 1818).

by Mathew Block
The Prophet Elijah was hiding in a cave when the Word of God came to Him and asked him what he was doing. “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts,” Elijah said. “For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life to take it away” (1 Kings 19:10). The despair he feels is evident. Not much earlier, in fact, he …

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[June 9, 2017]
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ONLINE – You can now register to participate in Lutheran Church–Canada’s upcoming online convocations on restructuring. Two online convocations are scheduled: one on June 18 (starting at 1:30 p.m. CDT) and one on June 19, 2017 (starting at 7:00 p.m. CDT). To register, visit this link and select the convocation date that works best for you.
Leading the sessions will be Rev. Dr. Les Stahlke, Consultant to Lutheran Church–Canada for the restructuring process. He will give a presentation and will field questions following.
The live-stream can be viewed from a variety of …

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[June 8, 2017]
Rev. James Luke poses in front of a street car bearing a sign promoting the “Christians in Pakistan Under Threat” event.

SWITZERLAND – On March 14, Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) member Rev. James Luke was invited to present in Geneva at an event entitled “Christians in Pakistan Under Threat.” The event was organized on the sidelines of the 34th session of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. Rev. Luke is the LCC East District’s Intercultural Missionary at Large to the Greater Toronto Area and a retired Captain of the Pakistani Army.
Other members of the panel included Naveed Walter, the founder of Human Rights Focus …

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[June 5, 2017]
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FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta – Canadian Lutheran World Relief, in partnership with Lutheran Church–Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, is implementing a project in Alberta to support people who lost their homes due to the 2016 Fort McMurray wild fire. As part of this response, CLWR is providing funds to Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) who will be building 6-7 homes for those in need.
MDS works with volunteers to respond to disasters all over Canada and the United States, and CLWR is hoping to promote this to Lutherans who may …

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[June 5, 2017]
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EDMONTON – The Alberta-British Columbia District of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) and the Roman Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Edmonton are sponsoring a joint concert to commemorate the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. “With One Voice: Hymns and Choral Works of the Reformation Era” is scheduled for June 11, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) at St. Joseph’s Basilica in Edmonton.
“The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,” notes promotional material for the event. “In the past, Reformation anniversaries were often characterized by animosity and discord, especially between Catholics and Lutherans. …