Missions Start At Church

December 8, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch

Like many Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations, we have a sign at each of our parking lot exits that reads, “You are now entering the mission field.” It is a reminder to all of us who worship the Lord to take our faith into our community. We, who have been given new life through the light […]

 

Greater Expectations

December 1, 2016 | 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 […]

 

Getting There Together

November 3, 2016 | Posted by Will Miller

Years ago I was offered a job teaching in rural Thailand. As usual, teaching afforded me the opportunity to learn more than I ever gave back to my students. Much of what I learned was related to the culture differences between this developing world culture and my native Western society back home in the United […]

 

Are You Qualified?

October 31, 2016 | Posted by Billy Brath

Ever look at your responsibilities and think, “There is no way I’m qualified for this!?” Good. On our own we’re never qualified for our vocational callings, God qualifies us! By His blessings and guidance we push on, serving and fulfilling our calls. My challenge is this: hire/engage leaders who on paper aren’t qualified according to […]

 

Why Every Teen Needs A Mentor (Or Three)

October 19, 2016 | Posted by Eva Baker

A few years ago I signed up for a mentorship program that changed my life. Every year my mom and I attend a conference called FinCon for personal finance bloggers, and at the conference you can be paired up with a mentor for an afternoon. Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less was my mentor in […]

 

Three Ways to Keep Your Congregation Focused ...

September 15, 2016 | Posted by Todd Jones

As a motorcycle rider, I love leaning my bike into a nice tight, banked curve. Those who don’t ride, and inexperienced riders, may not realize that riding the curves is more of a mental exercise than a technical skill. Yes, you have to know how to control the machine. However, the brain, more precisely, the […]