Teenagers: How to Get a Job That Won’t ...

January 18, 2017 | Posted by Emily Briggs

So, you want to get a part-time job. But what exactly does this mean? How much does it cost? Is it really worth it? I’ve been thinking about the pros and cons of having a job for a long time, and have even looked to the Bible for some help. The big commitment The biggest […]


Reaching Out to Latino Neighbors in Portland

January 12, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

Angelica Juarez Ek grew up in Mexico in a family of 16. “She knows what hunger feels like,” said Fred Kramer, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon. Today, this mother of three manages Trinity’s bustling food pantry, a program that distributes some 30 tons annually, including to those among the estimated 2,000 […]


Cash Burning a Hole In Your Pocket? 5 Ways To...

January 11, 2017 | Posted by Sarah Tonniges

Saving money can seem like the most impossible thing in the world sometimes. There are just too many things to buy! Anything from big purchases like video games or fancy makeup palates to little ones like candy in the check out aisle. Then, before you know it, you go to buy something else and your […]


Looking Into the Future

January 9, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

I often find that I can be consumed by the routine and the urgent. Each week I have a list of items that I need to address. I have classes to teach and sermons to write. Each week I email a devotion and prayer list to our membership, as well as a summary of last […]


Tweaking the System

January 6, 2017 | Posted by Will Hanke

Growing up with both of my grandpas as pastors, I sometimes just follow their lead on what to do at church. I watched as the church I grew up in had to add positions to fill needs, and look for answers to problems that weren’t covered in seminary classes. Creative ways were found to improve […]


A New Start For the New Year

January 5, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

Way back in 1994, Peter Drucker wrote a piece for the old Net Fax network on “Jumping the Sigmoid Curve.” Drucker pointed out that one of the most useful tools in understanding the natural life cycle of a product, an organization, a church or even a relationship is the sigmoid or S curve. The secret […]