2015 National Convention

2015 ELCIC National Convention The Fifteenth Biennial Convention of the ELCIC will be held in Edmonton, AB from July 9-12, 2015 with the plenary sessions occuring at the Shaw Conference Centre in downtown Edmonton. The National Convention will start Thursday at noon and end Sunday at noon. The Convention Banquet will be held on Saturday, July 11…

Rescue Efforts Continue In Nepal

Appeal Issued To Assist With Relief Efforts In Nepal The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Canadian Lutheran World Relief have issued an appeal to support the work of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), which has launched an immediate large-scale emergency response with its emergency team already in place in Kathmandu. We are asking…

Homeless Man at Church Story

Turns out this story is a hoax, but I could definitely see this happening: Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while…

ELCIC Same-Sex Blessing Essays

ELCIC Documents Available The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada has made available a number of essays to churches in considering the matter of the blessing of same-sex relationships. We are making three more of these documents available for download: TOWARD A LUTHERAN THEOLOGY OF MARRIAGE THE THREE REFORMATION SOLAS BLESSING IN SCRIPTURE, LITURGY, AND THE…

Happiness

I recently saw a great docmentary called Happy. The description of the movie says: Does money make you HAPPY? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution? Roko Belic, director of the Academy Award® nominated “Genghis Blues”…

Book Review

Book Review –  The Tools: Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity by Phil Stutz, Barry Michels I picked up The Tools mostly to help me with my counseling work at Epiphany. After reading the book though, I came to feel that this book could be helpful to almost anyone. Not only a person…

Book Review: Christianity After Religion

Book Review –  Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and a Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening by Diana Butler Bass Note: The page and section numbers refer to the Kindle book version I have mixed feelings about Christianity after Religion. There are many great things here, it is just a tad long for…