Building Up the Body of Christ: Book Review

September 14, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

“To build up the Body of Christ most effectively, church leaders need to know what things have the power to tear them down and where Satan may be able to exploit them.” –Dr. Bruce M. Hartung It’s not easy being a church leader. The devil, the world and our sinful flesh have doubled down on […]

 

How a Demographic Study Could Help Your Churc...

August 8, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Even before the May 1, 2017 groundbreaking, Lord of Life Lutheran Church had a waiting list for the congregation’s new Early Childhood Center in Elkhorn, Nebraska. Lord of Life could see families building homes and elementary schools under construction. But they were unsure how best to connect with these new people and share the Gospel. Through […]

 

Greater Expectations

December 15, 2017 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin

So here’s how I imagine things went down: John the Baptizer is locked up in a tiny cell. In the deep darkness of this smelly prison, he wonders what has gone wrong. He adjusts his itchy camel-hair tunic and paces back and forth, playing the whole thing over in his head. This crazy call to […]

 

Ministering to the Chronically Ill: The Do...

October 12, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

“Well, you certainly don’t look sick.” That’s a common response received by people with chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, lupus, certain forms of cancer, MS, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, and many others.) when they speak to someone about their illness. Because the majority of people with chronic diseases do not usually look sick, chronic illness is often […]

 

Why I Have an Identity Problem and You May To...

September 13, 2017 | Posted by Peter Kelm

Editor’s Note: On September 11, 2017, Rev. Peter Kelm entered the arms of Jesus after a heroic battle with cancer. Later this week Peter’s family, friends, and parishioners will gather to mourn his death and rejoice in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to everlasting life and a joyful reunion with those we […]

 

Introverts in the Church

August 29, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

Statistics indicate that introverts make up about one-third to one-half of the general population. If that’s the case, it may be that nearly half of our congregations are made up of introverts. We talk in the Apostles’ Creed about “the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,” but what does it mean to be part […]