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Greek New Testaments needed for Nicaragua

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NICARAGUA – Lutheran Church–Canada has long supported the theological education program of its partner church, the Lutheran Church Synod of Nicaragua. In keeping with that tradition, Rev. Brian Dunlop of Faith Lutheran (Desboro, Ontario) will be traveling to Nicaragua to teach a series of courses in introductory Greek, beginning in November. “Our partner church’s pastors in Nicaragua are excited to study New Testament Greek, in order to enhance their biblical exegesis and preaching,” explains Rev. Dunlop. “But they need Greek New Testaments in order to do so.” Rev. Dunlop hopes to provide ...

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Easter keeps you moving

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

by Robert Bugbee “Therefore, beloved brothers of mine, become firm, unmoveable people, overflowing in the Lord’s work always, knowing that your toil in the Lord is not for nothing” (1 Corinthians 15:58). You may recall scenes from the blockbuster film Titanic back in 1997. As the great ship slipped down into the ocean, that frightful reality had a visible impact on the passengers. Some became hysterical, wildly rushing around to find a lifeboat; if they failed in one spot, they promptly raced off to another, pushing, screaming, and jumping. In another touching ...

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Hallelujah!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

by Peggy Pedersen “Hallelujah” is a transliteration of a Hebrew word. The Greek is “alleluia.” Both mean Praise Yah—a shortened form of Yahweh, the Holy Name of God. The word appears 24 times in the Book of Psalms. Because of its Hebrew origin, it has been used in Christian worship since earliest times. To reflect the sombre penitential nature of the Lenten season, the Alleluia and its associated Gloria in Excelsis (“Glory to God in the highest”) is not sung in the Lenten liturgy in the Western churches. The arrival of Easter ...

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No Cross – No Crown!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

by Paul Zabel “For narrow is the gate, and straight the way, that leads to life.” (Matthew 7:14) When I was attending the seminary in St. Louis, a popular gathering place for people was along the banks of the Mississippi River near the St. Louis Arch. Many of the people who worked in the office buildings located in downtown St. Louis would take their lunch to this location to enable them to get out of their office environment and to spend at least a part of their day enjoying the weather outside. ...

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Convention business agenda set as committees meet

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WINNIPEG – Three committees tasked with drafting resolutions for Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) tenth convention met April 11-12 in Winnipeg. Chaired by LCC’s three district presidents, Rev. Tom Prachar (Central), Rev. Don Schiemann (ABC), and Rev. Paul Zabel (East), the members (drawn from the convention delegates) reviewed overtures submitted from across Canada, read reports published in the Convention Workbook, and found common areas of concern the convention can address under the topics of Faith, Witness, and Parish Services; Higher Education; and Constitutional, Administrative, and Financial Matters. “These committees, along with the Nominations ...

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The Agony in the Garden

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

by Ted Giese Recently I had the privilege to take part in Canadian Lutheran World Relief’s (CLWR) 2014 Global Encounter, held in Israel and Palestine. In addition to visiting places like the Augusta Victoria Hospital and various Lutheran schools which are supported in part through funding from CLWR, I also had the opportunity to see many locations connected to the life and work of Jesus. One such place was the Mount of Olives. On the Mount of Olives in the Garden of Gethsemane in the dark of night, Jesus prays, “Father, if ...

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Consultant change, administration outsourcing for WBP

Friday, April 11, 2014

WINNIPEG – The Board of Managers (BOM) of LCC’s Worker Benefit Plan (WBP) is very aware of the pressure employers are under to reduce costs. The BOM is thus  doing its utmost to deliver programs efficiently and in the most cost-effective manner possible. While the BOM has made great strides in reducing administrative costs, it came to a point where it had no ability to further lower expenses with its incumbent consulting firm. The BOM therefore embarked on a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to find a replacement consulting firm that ...

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