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Anglican-Lutheran dialogue continues on Canadian soil

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – Dialogue participants from the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), and Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) met for their latest semi-annual round of discussions at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS) in Ontario on Friday, October 17. It was the first time a regular meeting of the dialogue had taken place in Canada. The latest discussions were preceded by a one-day symposium at CLTS entitled Militant Secularism: Its Cost, Cause and Cure. The symposium featured presentations by both Lutheran and Anglican theologians, including Rev. Dr. John Stephenson ...

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LCC President calls for prayer following Ottawa attacks

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OTTAWA – News of multiple shootings in downtown Ottawa left Canadians reeling Wednesday morning. Shots were fired at Canada’s War Memorial, where one Canadian soldier was shot and killed. Parliament was also targeted, with as many as fifty shots fired inside the Centre Block today, according to The Ottawa Citizen, Canada’s major parties were holding caucus meetings today in Parliament, but the prime minister and the leaders of the NDP and Liberal party were all confirmed to be safe. One Parliamentary guard was wounded in the leg during the incident, and ...

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The Maze Runner: A memorable adventure

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

by Ted Giese The Maze Runner is a sci-fi action thriller aimed at young viewers. Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, the film (based on the book of the same name) catapults its audience into the thick of the action from its first scene. A boy awakes in an elevator moving up quickly. He doesn’t know where he is, he can’t remember anything from his life before that moment and, at first, he can’t even remember his name. The elevator, called the Box, hits the top of its track and opens into ...

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LCC brings greetings to 2014 NALC Convocation

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

USA – From July 24-25 in Charleston, South Carolina, the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) held its annual convocation. Rev. Rudy Pastucha, at the time outgoing Third Vice President of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC), was present for the event, bringing greetings from LCC. While introducing Rev. Pastucha, Rev. David Wendel (NALC Assistant to the Bishop for Ecumenism and Ministry) noted that the dialogues between NALC and LCC “have been very fruitful.” “We do have differences,” he noted, “and some are important differences, but at the same time we have had a great ...

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Called to Serve

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

by Iris Barta As God’s people, God chooses to work through us in the world and in the Church. His Word says: “Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul?” (Deuteronomy 10:12). The word “serve” often has negative connotations. It is not our human nature to serve others. It has the implication of someone else being our master, ...

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Why does God listen to our prayers?

Monday, October 20, 2014

by Don Schiemann Come, my soul, with ev’ry care, Jesus loves to answer prayer; He Himself has bid thee pray, Therefore will not turn away (LSB 779:1). Every triennium Lutheran Church–Canada adopts a theme. The theme serves as a focus and an emphasis for our work together as a church body. The theme for the 2014-17 triennium is “Come to Him Who Answers Prayer,” based on Psalm 65:2. Accompanying the theme, Rev. Kurt Reinhardt offered a wonderful essay at the 2014 synodical convention on the topic of prayer. Appropriately, the essay was ...

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Statement on the Arrest of Richard Docekal

Friday, October 17, 2014

EDMONTON – On Friday, October 17 the Alberta Integrated Child Exploitation Unit announced that Rev. Richard Docekal had been arrested on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. On the evening of September 8, President Don Schiemann of the Alberta-British Columbia District was informed of serious allegations against Rev. Docekal. Included in these allegations were suggestions of child pornography. President Schiemann immediately informed police of these allegations on September 9, and the Integrated Child Exploitation Unit began an investigation. Rev. Docekal was also implicated in other activities which were of a ...

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