Love Without An Agenda

June 8, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle, Ill., is in a unique position. Less than half a mile away on its east and west edges sit two schools: Benedictine University and North Central College. While Benedictine is Roman Catholic and North Central is Methodist neither school puts an emphasis on nurturing students’ spiritual lives. In fact, for some […]


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 […]


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 […]


A Convenience Store, A Tattoo Artist and A Co...

July 21, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

Many years ago, I took a second job working at a convenience store to help fund our second child’s Lutheran High education. That job only lasted nine months because it meant working midnights three nights in a row. It was a tiring experience. However, the job became one of the more enlightening experiences of my life. […]


What a Koozie Can Do

July 1, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke

Some may say summer starts when they first jump in the pool or spend an evening at the ballpark. My summer starts when I stuff 1,000 koozies. Every June, our church orders approximately one kajillion koozies and stuffs them with invite and app cards. It’s our official start of outreach season. It’s my official start […]


Why Social Media is Important to Your Church

May 4, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke

Recently, I was excitedly talking to a friend about the success we’d found in streaming our services through Facebook Live. “It’s so easy! It’s free! It reaches people who are simply scrolling through Facebook!” By the time I finished my pitch, I was glowing. Surely, he’d bow at my feet, eternally grateful for the wisdom […]