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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, www.lutheranism101.com 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 Lutheranism101.com to tell us why you’re a Lutheran.  Visit cph.org/lutheranism101 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.

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