A Beautiful Message for a Complicated World

March 8, 2018 | Posted by LCEF

When a woman from a much different church background told Johanna Ellison she had been searching for a new spiritual home, Ellison understood why her search ended at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, Ky. Although they live in an area where larger, more modern and informal churches are popular, this woman who is now […]


The Tiny Church That Never Gave Up

January 8, 2018 | Posted by LCEF

Prior to the turn of the century, New Life Church Lutheran in Hugo, Minn., was hurting. A decade of hard times had worn out the church, the congregation and the community. In 2003, the Minnesota South District installed retired pastor Rev. John Schildwachter to help rebuild the church. Schildwachter, who volunteered to forgo his salary, […]


The Bold Plan to Improve Refugees Living Cond...

January 3, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Photo: The front of 2850 Magnolia during renovations in 2017. Sunday mornings at Messiah Lutheran in the Tower Grove neighborhood of South City, St. Louis, bring a special blend of different people. No surprise since Tower Grove is a racially-diverse, mixed-income neighborhood of St. Louis. On any given day, you’ll find middle-class families hanging out at […]


First-Time Homebuyers Find Understanding Lend...

December 5, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Back in 2008, Rev. Kenneth (Ken) and Rachel Bomberger were not the kind of mortgage prospects a loan officer would find impressive. Ken had just graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., and was headed to Walker, Mich., to accept the call to pastor Mount Olive Lutheran Church. He had several student loans […]


Loving the Gospel Without Apology

November 29, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Measured by behavior alone, Lori Trinche acts like a life-long Lutheran. She taught Sunday school at Trinity Lutheran Church in Burr Ridge, Ill. She’s a student at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., studying for the deaconess certification through their online program. She works for the LCMS Northern Illinois District as an office assistant and […]


Why Being Lutheran Still Matters

October 31, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

That we live in a consumer culture is an understatement. We have all the choices in the world. We are mobile and aware of what is going on—not just in the town down the highway—but in Houston, Lisbon, Caracas or Hanoi anytime of the day. It doesn’t matter if we live in Portland or Druid […]