Christian Education First in Growing Arizona ...

April 27, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

“Thank you for helping us build a new campus!! I will get to learn more about God!!” Karen Jensen understands why her daughter, Tabitha, used double exclamation points when the fourth-grader made a thank-you note for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF). Gratitude and enthusiasm beats strong as North Valley Christian Academy (NVCA) prepares to move […]


Stop Saying “Going Forward”

April 25, 2017 | Posted by Billy Brath

“Going Forward” Have you noticed the use of this phrase increasing over the last few years? At first, it was used by the news media to transition interviews or reports to speculation on the future as it relates to the topic at hand. Over time, the phrase settled in as a way for people to […]


Cutting Through the Noise

April 20, 2017 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

Let’s face it. We live in a noisy world. The majority of messages sent are never seen or heard by the intended audience. Unfortunately, the same is true for the most important message in the world: The Gospel of the forgiveness of sins by grace, through faith, because of Jesus Christ. If we want our […]


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, […]


CU Texas Wins First Place at Sixth Annual Nat...

April 8, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

“They don’t need me. They’re all over-achievers,” said Spencer Maass, credit analyst at the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) and mentor to Concordia University Texas, the team that took top honors in this year’s National Student Marketing Competition (NSMC). Texas won first place last year, too. Seniors Taylor Schmidt, Carlos Munoz, Jacqueline Knell and Race […]


How Much Debt is Safe?

April 4, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

How much debt is safe for a congregation? Are there alternatives to borrowing? Should we have a campaign to reduce our debt? These are just some of the questions congregations ask as they consider taking on or reducing debt. Both the Bible and sound financial practice caution against abuse and misuse of debt, but there […]