Using Culture

March 24, 2014 | Posted by Billy Brath

X-mas is a perfect way to mark Jesus’ birthday. Halloween is one of the most Christian of all the holidays in America. White wedding dresses & wedding receptions are heavenly. Let’s face it, mainstream American culture is far from being Christian. (I won’t spend time convincing you of that here, just turn on your TV.) I have […]



March 20, 2014 | Posted by Karl Galik

Yes, St. Paul has a way of getting carried away. He bursts into benedictions; his sentences run on about the power of God, and he uses compound words that are tough to translate easily into English. One of them is hyper-excessively from Ephesians 3:20. Hyper-excessively is a literal joining of two Greek words as defined […]


What is the Future of the Church?

March 10, 2014 | Posted by Randy Raasch

Randy Raasch has served as pastor of First Immanuel Lutheran Church of Cedarburg, Wisconsin for 24 years. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership within the church: It was a great question. Earlier this month I was a speaker at a men’s retreat in Wisconsin. During a question and answer session I was […]


How to Evaluate Your Pastor and Staff

February 6, 2014 | Posted by Art Scherer

When I was District President, I would frequently get calls from congregational leaders asking for help in evaluating their pastor. Often, but not always, that would be a sign of conflict that demanded conflict resolution rather than help with evaluation. And when evaluation was done, it was often done in retrospect against standards and goals […]


The Temptation to Avoid Talking about Money

January 23, 2014 | Posted by Karl Galik

“It’s all the church talks about – money, money, money!” These words, and all of their variations in tone and volume, can be license to subtly, passively pass by the money references in preaching and teaching. It’s one of our culture’s last taboos, isn’t it? From MTV to HBO, it’s easy enough to find pretty […]