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Interstellar: Thoughtful sci-fi delivers love, evil, and a black hole

Friday, November 21, 2014

by Ted Giese Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar is more like his 2010 film Inception than his trilogy of Batman movies. It’s both cerebral and emotionally intense. This is no Star Trek, Star Wars space opera (space-soap-opera); Interstellar is a more “hard” sci-fi film in the vein of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) or Robert Wise’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain (1971). Set in a near future where blight is devastating the earth’s food supply and starvation is wiping out the population, a former engineer and NASA pilot, ...

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An update on the seminary fire

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NOTE: On November 12, Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS) in Edmonton suffered a fire in the library basement. The fire was later deemed to have been not accidental in origin, and classes resumed offsite. CLS President James Gimbel provides an update on the seminary’s situation in the letter that follows: by James Gimbel Grace and peace to you all through our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! James begins his epistle referring to himself as “a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ,” writing to “the Twelve Tribes in the diaspora.” Both the servanthood theme ...

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Download 2014 Advent Devotions (in English and French)

Monday, November 17, 2014

ONLINE – Every year Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) produces a series of devotions for the Advent season. This year’s release—entitled Home for the Holidays—is now available for download, as is a French translation of the same. According to LHM promotional material, Home for the Holidays “reflects on the various ‘homes’ God provides through His Word, the Sacraments, and our church family.” It continues: “Drawing on several familiar and family-oriented events of the Christmas season (deciding on a tree, decorating the house, setting up the Nativity display, baking Christmas cookies, etc.), the ...

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Pray for LCC Missions with 2014 Advent Calendar

Monday, November 17, 2014

ONLINE – As Canadians prepare to enter the season of Advent, Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Missions and Social Ministry Services is making available a prayer-calendar for the month of December. “As we reflect on the first coming of Christ and prepare for His second, we ask God to bless and guide the ministry of Lutheran Church–Canada and our partners,” said Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel, LCC’s Executive for Missions and Social Ministry Services. “This is a perfect time for LCC members to remember our mission work across the world, and the work of ...

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Pastor’s Desk Diary now available

Friday, November 14, 2014

CANADA – Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (St. Catharines, Ontario) is again pleased to offer to the church the annual Pastor’s Desk Diary. It contains readings from the three-year and one-year lectionaries, including variants for the major Lutheran churches in Canada (Lutheran Church–Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod). The original work of Thrivent Financial in the United States has been adapted to the Canadian calendar. Although the seminary can no longer offer the diary for free, the cost has been kept to $19 (plus shipping and GST) ...

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Seminary fire not accidental, classes resume offsite

Friday, November 14, 2014

NOTE (November 20, 2014): President James Gimbel has provided a new update on the seminary fire and recovery efforts. EDMONTON – President James Gimbel of Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS) has released a letter updating supporters on the fire that occurred in the library basement there the evening of November 12. “Sadly,” he explains, “it appears that the fire was neither accidental nor structural” in origin. Sadly, it appears that the fire was neither accidental nor structural. “We are so thankful to God for the fact that there were no injuries from the fire ...

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Preparations underway for 2016 National Youth Gathering

Thursday, November 13, 2014

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Get ready… the National Youth Gathering (NYG) is coming soon! Under the diligent leadership of Tony Marchand, the NYG planning committee met for the first time and is looking forward to encouraging the youth of LCC in 2016. The upcoming gathering is set for July 8-12, 2016 and will be held at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. The location for this event has provided many amazing opportunities, both in terms of fellowship as well as theme development. “We are delighted to be able to partner with so ...

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