7 Reasons Everyone Needs an Emergency Fund

June 28, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

As Lutherans, we live by faith, knowing and trusting that God always has our backs. “God works in mysterious ways” is a saying many of us have heard. Within that mysterious way, comes unexpected events in our lives. As good stewards, we’re invited to be financially prepared for opportunities of giving and saving. Having an […]


Family of God: Home to the Homeless

June 19, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Alturo is in his mid-30s. He’s wearing an unbuttoned ultra-light yellow PVC rain suit over a thick canvas work jacket and pants. Outside, it’s dark and snowing heavily. Alturo shifts relentlessly in the church pew and likes to ask what it is like where you live, reaching out with his arm and hooking the air […]


Mr. LCEF: Fred E. Lietz

June 11, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Fred E. Lietz served as the first full-time Synod church extension executive. He served at the national level for 22 years (1957-1979) and was instrumental in the growth of the Church Extension Fund (CEF) from an LCMS department to its incorporation in 1978 as a national entity—Lutheran Church Extension Fund. That’s why some people refer […]


An Inside Look at LCEF’s First 40 Years...

June 4, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

LCEF turns 40 this year, and much has changed since its beginning in 1978. In a crammed downtown St. Louis office, LCEF consisted of simple investment notes, stacks of green and white-striped accordion computer reports, bag phones and large modems under mismatched desks. Typewriters crowded tables and chairs effortlessly tipped. No email, no FedEx and […]


A Man Set Free

May 29, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

John Kieschnick is a man set free – and he’s on a mission to proclaim that freedom through the Gospel to everyone he meets. Remarkably, that freedom has led God’s people in the LCMS to release more than $113 million toward mission work through LCEF’s Capital Funding Services (CFS). To those who know Kieschnick, this […]


John Frederick the Magnanimous: A Book Review...

May 15, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

In January 2018, Concordia Publishing House published a first: John Frederick the Magnanimous: Defender of Martin Luther and Hero of the Reformation. This is the first biography in English of the champion of the Reformation. The German version of the book appeared in 1903, written by Georg Mentz, a professor in Jena, on the 400th […]