Words: The Significance of Language in Christian Outreach — A Free Webinar

Mission UWords carry baggage. The abuse of some Christian words has caused them to carry so much social and political baggage that unbelievers hardly hear them as instruments of God’s grace. Heather Davis and Leann Luchinger, authors of Loaded Words, will share the significance of language in Christian outreach and give insight to remove the obstacles that words can put in the way of our witness in a free evangelism webinar.

Lutheran Hour Ministries is hosting this free evangelism webinar on Saturday, October 15 at 10 a.m. (Central Time). For more information, visit: Loaded Words.

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The Church: Museum, University, or Lifeboat?

lifeboat2Keith Haney provides some thought-provoking ideas in his article, “The Church: Museum, University or  Lifeboat?” As you read his article, ask yourself, “Which image describes my congregation?”

In my current ministry position, I see congregations at various stages of the life cycle. But that is not the focus of this post. For the church to carry out its mission, it needs never to lose sight of the reason for its existence. The church can easy fall into the first two descriptions listed below without every realizing it has done so.

To read the rest of the article, click on: Museum, University or Lifeboat?

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Our Hearts Ache for our Alberta Neighbours

CLWRCanadian Lutheran World Relief posted the following news release (September 14, 2016) concerning the relief aid for Fort McMurray, Alberta:

When God lays the needs of people facing natural disaster and dislocation on the hearts of Canadian Lutherans, the response is immediate and full of compassion and generosity. The moment word of the destructive potential of the Fort McMurray Wildfire hit the news, Canadian Lutheran World Relief was flooded with support to provide relief.

That was expected. That’s what we do in Canada.

What was not expected was the overwhelming response from American Lutherans. Individuals, congregations and governing bodies were quick to join in on the response. Twenty-five states from coast to coast were represented in the donations. They came from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and North American Lutheran Church sources.

Some were extraordinary.

A contribution arrived from the Synod of Texas Gulf Coast – Louisiana which is no stranger to natural calamities like floods, hurricanes and tornados. They have just suffered a flood of the century.

And, this is what Bishop Jessica Crist, Bishop of Montana wrote in a letter accompanying a donation from the six synods that form Zone 1, ELCA:

“Our synods know all too well about wild fires. We experience forest fires and prairie fires with all too much frequency.

We ache for our neighbors in Alberta and want to support people in the rebuilding of their lives.

Last summer, when fires raged across our territory, we started a fund to help congregations affected by fire. We think that it is most fitting that we should share that with you, our closest neighbors.

Please know that congregations across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are praying for you. And know that the prayers and hopes of the six synods that make up ELCA Region 1 are with you.”

NOTE: The Administrator of “Go!” is a member of the Board of Directors of CLWR.

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The Euthanasia Deception

The Euthanasia Deception – Promo from DunnMedia on Vimeo.

Belgium, which legalized euthanasia almost fifteen years ago, is the focus of much attention in “The Euthanasia Deception,” because it serves as a powerful warning to us. Physicians in Belgium are allowed by law to administer lethal injections to patients, even to children (with parental consent), if they say they are suffering in any way and want to die. They do not have to be suffering any physical pain, nor do they have to be physically sick in any way.

“The Euthanasia Deception” illustrates that though the law supposedly requires the patient’s consent, now that euthanasia has been accepted by Belgian society, some physicians are killing patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia without their consent. Though technically illegal, the government is turning a blind eye to these frequent cases of involuntary euthanasia, thus de facto sanctioning it.

To learn more about, “The Euthanasia Deception” click on: Deception.

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Canadian Lutheran World Relief Responding to the Need of Sudanese Refugees in Uganda

CLWRCLWR’s recent provision of $20,000 to Lutheran World Federation-Uganda was well-timed and has helped address the recent outbreak of cholera in the refugee holding center in Pagrinya, Uganda.

Click here to learn more.

NOTE: The Administrator of “Go!” serves on the Board of Directors of CLWR.

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The Key to Being a Multicultural Church

MulticulturalIn his article, “Unity and Diversity: Being a Multicultural Church” (Concordia Journal, Summer 2016:203-210) Mason Keiji Okubo identifies the key to being a multicultural church. He writes,

The key to being a multicultural church (i.e. the key to removing the blockage in spreading the gospel) is our ability to love. While that may sound a bit simple-minded or self-evident, in practice it is not that easy. I’m not talking about just liking someone who is different. I’m talking about loving someone who is different, someone who is radically different. I’m talking about having a relationship with someone who has different likes and tastes in food, different life experiences, different customs and traditions, different values; a person who in fact may have a totally different worldview. A worldview is the glasses through which you evaluate your experiences. A person of another culture evaluates many things differently. It is these differences in culture which give rise to conflict. It is these differences in culture which give rise to separation. In fact, it won’t be in the big things which different cultures will conflict. It will be in the small things. It is said the main conflict in multicultural congregations will not be theological, but it will be in the kitchen. The making (and the breaking) of relationships will be in the small things, the details. Why are the small thing so important? Because it will be here, in the small things, that love will be most evident. It is easy to sacrifice for the big issues, but the only reason you sacrifice in the small ones, is because of love. (p. 206-207)

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International Volunteer Trips Available through Lutheran Hour Ministries

missions1Are you interested in serving your Lord by being a participant on a international volunteer trip? Lutheran Hour Ministries is organizing servant mission opportunities in Argentina, Cambodia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jamaica, Latvia, Malawi, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Panama, Russia, Thailand, Uganda, Uruguay, and Vietnam.

To learn more about these opportunities, visit: LHM.ORG/TEAMS.

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The Process of Bible Translation Explained by a Lutheran Bible Translator

Lutheran Bible Translators // Presentation from AFLC Schools on Vimeo.

You are encouraged to learn more about the work of Bible translation by visiting: Lutheran Bible Translators and Lutheran Bible Translators: Canada.

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Inspirational Children’s DVD’s Available through The Voice of the Martyrs: Canada

VOMC is providing an opportunity for you to purchase two or more of August’s featured animated DVDs for only $10.00 each (regularly priced at $15.00 each).Voice

You will be encouraged by the inspiring testimonies of these honoured ‘women of faith’ whose obedience to the call of God on their lives have touched the hearts of many around the world — including those who openly opposed them and their faith.

Discover how Corrie ten Boom overcame the torment of her enemies through the power of forgiveness. Be challenged by the relentless conviction of the young mother Perpetua who stood true to the end. There are also DVDs that share the compelling stories of Amy Carmichael and Gladys Aylward.

To check out this summer clearance sale, visit: www.VOMCANADA.com.

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Embryo Adoption — Kim Laube

National Lutherans For Life had an educational retreat for the Board of Directors, State Federation Presidents, Regional Directors, and staff at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa, on Friday, June 24, 2016. During the day, there were sessions on embryo adoption, human trafficking, gender identity, and physician-assisted suicide.

In this presentation, Kim Laube, B.A., Director of Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption at Lutheran Family Service in Urbandale, Iowa (www.LFSiowa.org), discusses embryo adoption.

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