Small Town Encouragement

Small Town Encouragement

I recently visited with Heather Shaw, whose husband, Pastor Darren Shaw, serves Faith Lutheran Brethren Church, Hendricks, Minnesota, and also Blom Prairie, just across the state line in Toronto, South Dakota. Blom Prairie and Faith have shared a pastor for many...
Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

I’ll just go ahead and say it: “I love the Church of the Lutheran Brethren!” As a young child, it was Hillside Lutheran Brethren Church of Succasunna, New Jersey that welcomed our family into the church. It was there that I first heard the gospel. In my teen years, I...
Saving Faith

Saving Faith

My name is Kris. I did not grow up in a church. As an adult, I believed that I was a strong woman and I could take care of everyone and everything. Who needed a church? I had me. I was a good person. That surely was my key to heaven.Then came the year 2010. I rang in...
Hope and Health to Chadians

Hope and Health to Chadians

Jesus declared, “I will build my Church,” to his small band of disciples after Peter confessed him as the Christ. In one pithy pronouncement, Jesus defined both his role in and his ownership of this enormous and supernatural construction project. In the early...
A Familiar Foreigner

A Familiar Foreigner

On our first trip to RT Mart, my daughter asked me, “Why is everyone staring at us?” The only good answer I had was this: “Because we look strange.” With blonde hair and blue eyes, my children stick out like sore thumbs in the hustle and bustle of Hsinchu, Taiwan. We...
An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

God has a divine sense of humor, as well as perfect timing. He sent us an unexpected visitor that we should have been expecting.It was October 14, and I was reaching the culmination of a pointed sermon. It was my third Sunday of unpacking our church’s proposed new...