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 […]

 

The Hand of God… (Reflections of the Outgoi...

September 29, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

I am just a few short days from my departure as President/C.E.O. of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund where I have had the privilege to lead this important, vibrant ministry of the LCMS for the past eight years. As I reflect on my tenure, what comes to mind is how I have been blessed to […]

 

How You Can Help Natural Disaster Victims

September 8, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. — Matthew 25:40 In a matter of weeks, the United States is facing the unprecedented aftermath of several natural disasters and the challenges that lay ahead. Hurricane Harvey caused historic flooding in […]

 

LCEF’s Kaleidoscope Fund Announced a Grant ...

September 1, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

The Kaleidoscope Fund, a granting program established by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), has announced a $250,000 grant to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Disaster Response ministry. The grant is intended for the sole purpose of providing assistance to individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey. LCMS Disaster Response walks alongside disaster victims to provide emergency […]

 

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 […]

 

Transparency and Forgiveness

August 14, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

It’s a slow creep. Maybe it starts with a simple deception, just keeping a simple offense secret. Then, it was the lust you kept locked behind closed doors and passwords. Then, it was the jealousy that boiled within you as you saw the success of your co-laborers. Suddenly, your life is a tangled mess of […]