Three Things I’ve Learned In 25 Years Of Mi...

October 20, 2016 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

My loving and caring congregation recently honored me with a celebration of 25 years in the Holy Ministry. The celebration included Mexican food and a mariachi band. But that’s another story for another time. The highlight of the day was the worship that included every musical entity of our congregation, the presence of our District […]


I Have Called You By Name

October 17, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch

I am a relational person. I enjoy interacting with others. When I have a letter to send I usually walk to the post office and hand it to the person at the counter. On those rare occasions that I stop for fast food I avoid the drive thru and order from the counter. I have […]


The Perfect Gift

October 13, 2016 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin

Take a moment before reading the rest of this post to slow down. Concentrate on your breathing. A single breath is taken in, slowly and deliberately filling your lungs. A pause. Then an equally slow and deliberate exhale, focusing on letting the breath go. Have you ever thought of a breath as the perfect gift? […]


Watch for God’s Moment

October 10, 2016 | Posted by Karl Galik

“You got stuck next to me, Preacher” said the heavily tattooed man – the only one in the room with his Indiana Jones hat still on his head. The title, “Preacher” seemed to be spoken with equal parts derision and annoyance. “Maybe we were destined to sit next to each other,” I said as I […]


How Not to Lose Your Children to the World

October 6, 2016 | Posted by Emilie Finke

We’ve all heard the stories. Another pastor’s kid has grown up to resent the church. Another son or daughter has gone off to college and right off the deep end. In hopes of this not being your child’s story, you’ve probably heard from pastors and experts, people who have studied the subject or been through […]


Organizing Your Church’s Memorial Fund

October 3, 2016 | Posted by Art Scherer

“Pastor, we want to donate this black velvet painting of the Last Supper to be hung in the parish hall in memory of my mother. She loved it so. It even glows in the dark.” “I want to donate the organ for our new church, but it has to be a Wurlitzer like they have […]