When Life is Lent

April 11, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

As we turn from Lent to the celebration and season of Easter, it is tempting to think that Lent is over. But for some of us, life is Lent.  In the book, “City of God: Faith in the Streets,” Sara Miles wrote, “Lent is the world we live in.” Suffering, decay, and death surround us. Anguish, sadness, […]

 

The Power of Online Positivity

March 23, 2017 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

We’ve taken one of our church’s small groups online. It was such a busy crew that we decided to use the fantastic tool of Facebook Live to meet together every Thursday evening. Our leaders begin with a devotion, move into some commentary on the devotion, and then end with prayer requests and prayer. All the […]

 

Budget Cuts

February 23, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

I live in a large urban area where about half of the Lutheran Schools have closed in the last five years. The once large, urban, “mother churches,” that supported them now have attendances under 100 in buildings designed for many times that amount. For those congregations, as well as many rural congregations in communities of […]

 

Diversity, Inclusion, and Your Church

February 9, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

The other day I was spending some time with a friend who is in human resources at a major recreation company. As we talked about his experience and training he reminded me of an important principle: diversity and inclusion are not one and the same. While we often hear them together, and they are related, […]

 

Know Your People

February 2, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

It was an honest comment, but one that really hit me. A member of our staff said, “The way things work around here is that you are given a responsibility and then left alone.” Some people would take this as a compliment. This was not meant to be a compliment. The inference was that I […]

 

What Happened to Kindness?

November 10, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch

It seems to me that our culture isn’t as kind as it once was. Road rage plagues our travel. Cable news shows pit political foes against each other, who shout at one another. Radio talk show hosts use abrasive terms to identify the people who don’t agree with them. Internet bloggers make a living by […]