Monthly Archives: May 2016

Shaping Culture: Assimilation?? by Rev. Scott Gress

Assimilation? Assimilation to what? Assimilation by whom? New members to the church or the other way around? At a time when many churches get very few visitors and even fewer new members it is a wonderful thing to celebrate if … Continue reading

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Canadian Lutheran World Relief Continues to Receive Donations to Assist the People of Fort McMurray

Lutherans from all over Canada have acted with urgency and compassion in supporting the Canadian Lutheran World Relief Fort McMurray Wildfire Appeal.   “We are pleased with the spontaneous outpouring of concern for the citizens of Ft. McMurray who have … Continue reading

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Lutherans for Life Provides a New Bulletin Insert for Father’s Day

A new bulletin insert, produced by Lutherans for Life, for Father’s Day is now available for shipping from Concordia Publishing House. Check out: God Smiles on Fathers.  

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Shaping Culture — Unintended Consequences by Rev. Scott Gress

Shaping culture can be undermined by the unintended consequences of our behavior. Think about the aspiration to make disciples. Sometimes we hear ourselves express it this way: “We need more leaders.” Or in frustration we say, “no one wants to … Continue reading

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It’s time to Register for the FiveTwo National Conference!

The FiveTwo National Conference    (formerly known as the Wiki FiveTwo Conference) an annual gathering of leaders that provides camaraderie, inspiration, and know-how to those who want to advance God’s kingdom on earth by starting something new. You’ll make powerful connections that will … Continue reading

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Michael Frost — On Being Separate from the World

Author Michael Frost shares his view on the North American church’s use of resources and about a skewed theological framework about being “separate” from the world.

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Richard Swinburne on Arguments for Atheism

Robert Kuhn interviews Richard Swinburne, Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at Oxford, who here has a try at the basic arguments for Atheism.

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Fort McMurray Wildfire Appeal — Canadian Lutheran World Relief

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC) and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) issue an appeal for prayers and financial support for all those suffering loss due to the wildfires striking northern Alberta and the city of … Continue reading

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Shaping Culture: What Message Are You Sending?

Rev. Scott Gress writes on his weekly blog, My father had a lot of sayings that he repeated to my sister and me. One he repeatedly said was, “anything worth doing is worth doing well.” I got the “Gress culture” … Continue reading

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The Relationship of Grace and Faith to a Person’s Salvation

Properly speaking, the Gospel is the command to believe that we have a gracious God because of Christ. ‘God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He … Continue reading

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