A Time to Reap or a Time to Sow?

Are the fields of America white with harvest or do we live and labor in a different season?

Speaking of Rainbows

Every time a rainbow appears in the sky we are reminded of God’s mercy and grace. Shouldn’t we be able to use the rainbows appearing elsewhere for other purposes to speak God’s Word to those who are perishing in their sins?

Mercy Medical Teams–Why Do You Do That?

We don’t know how God will use our presence in the community, but we do know that He uses it abundantly. And thanks be to Him for that!

Running the Race Already Won

Big City Mission wants to keep fighting the good fight and finish the race and keep the faith to help our LCMS urban schools.

Teens ‘stand strong’ in age of tolerance

Youth are not the future church, but they are the church’s future. They have been trained to ‘stand strong’ in an age of tolerance.

From Marginalized to Engaged: Progress in Disability Ministry in the LCMS

Throughout the LCMS, exciting progress is being made in Disability Ministry! For the past several years, the LCMS Disability Task Force has been focused on efforts in supporting, equipping and developing congregations to be more inclusive of people living with disabilities in our local communities.

Medical Mercy Teams–How Do You Do That?

I’m still not sure how we treat so many patients during our clinics. All I know is that God makes it happen. His hurting people show up, and He uses our team members’ hands, heads, and hearts to heal them, body and soul.

Reaching Your Neighbors through Fellowship – Missional Communities

Many of Christ’s followers became active in missional community with Him because someone was connected to them, invited, encouraged and mentored them as a disciple of Jesus.

Has Our Witness Gone to the Dogs?

A comfort dog may ease one’s tensions and bring a sense of relief, but a comfort dog can’t bring peace to a person’s soul. For that, God has called upon you to speak the Gospel.

Spring Cleaning at the Office – How to honor the past and create less clutter

How to ‘spring clean’ at the office while still holding onto important information and honoring past treasures

Being the Remnant Church: Sow for the Promised Future

In strength or weakness, when we have plenty or when we are in want, as a powerful church or as a remnant church, we sow for this promised future.

My First Mercy Medical Trip

I didn’t always like the food. I wasn’t always clean or comfortable. One of my team members snored. But you know what? It was okay. It was better than okay—it was fantastic.

Wounds, Scars and Bloody Death in the City: A Good Friday Reflection

– Her first day as our deaconess fieldworker, she rushed to the HUD facility on…

A Revitalization Moment

Early in any stage of revitalization, reorganization, reinvigoration or whatever you want to call it, it is easy to have that sense of excitement. There is urgency in your work and little victories seem like great triumphs. And then, time wears on.

Missing Easter

It is easy to unintentionally miss celebrating Easter in the midst of our busyness. Fortunately for us, God’s grace and mercy never miss us.

7 Leadership Lessons Learned as Gathering Media Director

Organizational and team leadership lessons learned during the 2013 Gathering planning cycle