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International Conference Address the Challenges of "Post-Christian" Society

Friday, March 27, 2015

GERMANY – Following an invitation from the Commission on Theology (CT) of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany (SELK), representatives of various commissions on theology from Lutheran churches in Europe and North America met in Oberursel, Germany March 4-5, 2015. This meeting served the purpose of exchanging information about the proceedings and results of theological endeavours facing the challenges in—for the most part—post-Christian societies in the North Atlantic part of the world. “Despite our very close ties to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, we in Canada are faced with a society ...

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CLS to hold "Saturday @ the Sem"

Thursday, March 26, 2015

EDMONTON – Concordia Lutheran Seminary will hold Saturday @ the Sem on April 11, beginning at 1:00 p.m.. “Who goes to seminary? What are the prerequisites? Is seminary right for me? How much financial aid can I expect? Am I too old? Have I been out of school for too long? Am I too young? Do I have to take Hebrew and Greek?” Saturday @ the Sem plans to help potential students answer these questions. The day begins with pre-lunch foosball at 12:30 p.m., followed by a pulled pork lunch downstairs at ...

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Supreme Court ruling a victory for religious freedom

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CANADA – A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling is being hailed as a major achievement in the preservation of freedom of religion for Christians across the country. On March 19, the court ruled to allow Loyola High School in Montreal—a private Roman Catholic institution run by the Jesuit order—to seek an exemption to teach the Ethics and Religious Culture course that is part of the provincial curriculum in Quebec. The curriculum would have forced the school to teach all religions, including Roman Catholicism, from a secular perspective in the Ethics ...

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Reading the Bible 101

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

by William Mundt Planning to read through the Bible this year? It is important to remember the Bible’s structure and context. Although many resolve to read the Bible from front to back, this may not necessarily be the best approach. In his Exploring God’s Word study guide, John Scharlemann reminds us that the Bible is composed of two divisions: “The Old Testament books describe God’s creation and protection of a chosen people… and encompasses a period of time from the creation of the world until about 400 years before the coming of ...

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CLTS to welcome Finnish scholar for 2015-2016

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS) has announced that they will be hosting a visiting scholar during the 2015-2016 academic year in St. Catharines. Rev. Esko Murto, of Helsinki, Finland will be joining the seminary community during that year. This is the third in a sequence of visiting scholar arrangements. Rev. Juhana Pohjola of Helsinki was in residence at CLTS from January 2011 to June 2012 while completing his doctoral dissertation, contributing to the community via preaching and occasional teaching. Rev. Dr. Wilhelm Torgerson, a Canadian-German well-known to ...

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Joy over continued growth in the Cambodian church

Thursday, March 19, 2015

CAMBODIA – Leaders of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) visited Cambodia March 5-8 to strengthen LCC’s relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cambodia (ELCC), rejoicing over the continued growth and maturing of the young church body. LCC President Robert Bugbee and synodical mission director Leonardo Neitzel arrived at the invitation of the ELCC’s president, Rev. Vannarith Chhim. Also present on behalf of the Canadian church were retired mission director, Dr. Leonard V. Harms, and his wife, Carol. President Bugbee and Dr. Neitzel made the stop in addition to visits earlier in the ...

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Looking for a summer vicar?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

EDMONTON -Concordia Lutheran Seminary (Edmonton) is inviting congregations to consider requesting the services of a summer vicar. Summer Vicarage is an opportunity for congregations to receive help with congregational and other ministry projects from a seminarian on summer break. Seminarians are licensed to preach (with manuscript supervision) and conduct worship (but not consecrate the elements in Holy Communion or conduct “Official Acts” like baptisms, weddings, or funerals). Summer vicars generally lead worship and preach, teach Bible classes, participate in summer Vacation Bible Schools, work in youth ministry, and are involved in ...

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