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Teens, sex and families

October 6, 2010

Dealing with teens and sex is not easy. However, the fifth annual Love Life Conference on November 6, 2010 at Concordia University College of Alberta in Edmonton will try.

Designed to address issues related to teenage sexuality, the conference will focus on the theme “Getting Real about Sexuality: Celebration, Truth and Consequences.” It is sponsored by Lutherans for Life-Canada, Concordia Lutheran Seminary, and the ABC District of Lutheran Church–Canada.

Among the presenters is Rev. Dr. Roger Sonnenberg, who will speak on “The New Family Dynamics” and “Pornography, the New Crack Cocaine.” Dr. Sonnenberg is a well-known speaker and organizer of the Love Fest at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Arcadia, California

Dr. Stephen Chambers of Concordia Lutheran Seminary will use I Corinthians as his text for a talk entitled “Priceless Sex.”




Dr. Bill Anderson of Concordia University College of Alberta will speak on the positive image of sexuality in Genesis and Song of Songs, while Julie Pratt of the Pregnancy Care Centre will give a talk entitled “Protecting your Heart and Future in a Sex-Crazed Culture.”



The conference is open to teens and adults, and both church workers and lay people are welcome. Sessions are designed to give teens and those who interact with them the tools to deal with an increasingly permissive culture in which many teenagers are sexually active at a young age and are subject to many temptations around them.

The Love Life Conference will focus on calling people back to forgiveness and redemption through a renewed understanding of Biblical texts on the issues. It begins at 9:15 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 6 in the auditorium at Concordia University College of Alberta. Lunch is included in the registration fee ($25 before October 31; $30 after).

Registration forms are available on the conference website at or through the ABC District Office at 780-474-0063.

Seminary task force finalizing recommendations

September 29, 2010

WINNIPEG – After almost two years of meetings, travel, online discussions, and deliberations, Lutheran Church–Canada’s Task Force on Cost-efficient, Sustainable Seminary Education is fine-tuning its recommendations. During a Winnipeg meeting at the end of August the members of the task force sought the opinion of LCC’s legal counsel on some of the options it is exploring. The task force also looked at funding scenarios related to potential recommendations.

“No one ever thought this would be easy,” said Rev. Nolan Astley, chairman of the task force. “We’ve gone around the block a couple of times on some issues and engaged in healthy discussions on others, but these men have always kept their eye on what is best for God’s people in Lutheran Church–Canada.”

Pastor Astley, LCC President Robert Bugbee and an additional task force member will meet Tuesday, October 5 in Winnipeg with Dr. Thomas Winger, acting president of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines and Dr. Manfred Zeuch, president of Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton. The chairman will present the task force’s primary recommendations and ask the presidents for their response.

Following the meeting and taking into account the discussions with the presidents, the task force will draft recommendations for LCC’s Board of Directors (BOD) who meet in early November. The 2008 convention resolution calling for cost efficient seminary education gives the BOD responsibility for bringing recommendations to the 2011 convention next June.

Convention theme selected

September 29, 2010

WINNIPEG – Reflecting the emphasis placed on Bible study and Biblical literacy by Lutheran Church-Canada president, Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, the 2011 Synodical Convention in Hamilton, Ontario and the three district conventions in 2012 will take their theme from Psalm 36:9, “In Your light we see light.” The president explained that “only as we read and immerse ourselves in God’s Word—His light—are our lives truly illuminated.” Each district will select its own emphasis based on the overall synodical theme.

The national convention includes a series of Bible studies on the theme led by Rev. Dr. Mike Semmler, president of Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA). This is Dr. Semmler’s first LCC convention and first visit to Ontario. While in Canada earlier this year he expressed a desire for greater interaction between LCC and LCA. “Our relationship with the Australian church is very dear to us,” said President Bugbee. “It is heartwarming that Dr. Semmler will make the long trip to join us for our convention.”

Across Canada, LCC circuits are meeting to elect the 108 voting delegates for the June 3-6 convention. Among issues delegates will consider are resolutions deal with cost-efficient seminary education; how the church handles its heritage and archive collections; and the seminary vicarage program.

“This is a significant gathering for the future of our church,” the president noted. “Therefore, it is even more vital that we spend significant time in God’s Word together and across our Synod.”

This is President Bugbee’s first convention as chairman.

What do Lutherans believe, anyway?

September 28, 2010

Class is in session with Lutheranism 101

Whether you’re a lifelong Lutheran, a newcomer to the faith, or someone interested in learning what Lutherans believe, Lutheranism 101, a new book from Concordia Publishing House, explains what Lutherans believe, teach and confess. With a popular and fun style, the book breaks down major theological concepts into easy-to-read articles, charts, bullet points and even comics.

Pastor James Wetzstein, university associate pastor at Valparaiso University, contributed Agnus Day lectionary comic strips which are humorous additions throughout the book.

“The only lectionary comic on earth is a part of our book, helps our presentation, and really gives you an interesting look at Lutheranism,” said the book’s CPH editor Scot Kinnaman.

With Lutheranism 101, readers have the opportunity to learn the Lutheran perspective on God and His Son, faith and belief, heaven and hell, church and fellowship, sin and forgiveness.

“To have this kind of information available is a blessing for the Lutheran churches around the world.” commented LCC president, Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee.  “When I saw that the book also included a website address, where ongoing material is posted, I thought every congregation should have this link on its website.”

Beginning now through Reformation Day (October 31st) customers receive an introductory Web-only price of $14.99US. Some congregations are buying a copy for each family to keep or share with neighbours and friends.

“Lowering the price of Lutheranism 101 is one of our ways of giving back to the Church. We realize that this is an essential resource that’s needed for today’s ministry and practical living,” CPH president and CEO Dr. Bruce Kintz said.

Visit the website at to tell us why you’re a Lutheran.  Visit to order your copy (at the special Web-only price) today.

World religions course set to begin Tuesday

September 27, 2010

EDMONTON – More than 25 people, including 16 online students will begin studying world religions Tuesday, September 28 through a course presented by Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton. Taught by Dr. Edward Kettner, the four two-hour classes will cover Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam. Classes begin at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET)and are scheduled for September 28, October 5, 12, 26.

The world religions course is part of the seminary’s Quest program for lay persons. It began in 2001 with “The Catechism for Daily Life” also taught by Dr. Kettner.

The online group includes at least 10 members of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada who decided to take the course together.

All students pay the $25 tuition and online students download software that allows full participation in the class. For more information contact Sandra Esperanza or go to the seminary’s website.

Is Jesus the Lord of your time?

September 24, 2010

While the prices of precious metals skyrocket, another rare commodity also faces pressure—our time. Our lives are often scheduled to squeeze the most out of every day and that attitude can lead to reduced time for our spiritual life and health.

In a two-part online video Bible study, LCC president, Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee discusses the gift of time and its sacred use. Recorded as part of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church’s 100th anniversary weekend in New Hamburg, Ontario, “Jesus, Lord of my time?” puts God’s gift of time into context.

President Bugbee discusses how we use God's gift of time

The congregation included the presentation in its anniversary weekend because,“as a congregation, we have been blessed to celebrate the Lord’s faithfulness to us for a time of 100 years,” explained Pastor David Gallas. “We thought it good to reflect scripturally on the gift of time and its proper use.”

Beginning with the Eternal God’s relationship to time, the president then explores God’s gift of time and how our sinfulness has “polluted” it. However, by “invading our time” in the person of Jesus Christ, His Son, God has redeemed time and so we respond to this loving action with its sanctified use.

The study includes specific actions to help the viewer think through the use of time as it relates to public worship, our devotional life, commitments, and building the Body of Christ. A PDF study guide is available for download.

Pastor Gallas explained how the presentation reminded members of the congregation that “God has given us time as His gift and it can be either abused or used properly” He said the best use of time begins with God’s Word, spending time in weekly worship, Bible study, and a daily home devotional life, all of which should lead us to repentance and faith in Christ. “No matter how old the congregation or the individual, we all need to be reminded again and again of the importance of time spent in the Word” he concluded. 

The video and study guide are available at

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