CHINA: A large “Welcome” sign greeted delegates and visitors as they assembled in the basement of a church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday, December 13, 1900. The primary topic of this conference was a vital issue for those in attendance: should the congregations present organize a church body called the Church of the Lutheran Brethren?
The Church faces opposition. It is natural for us to focus our attention on outside forces aligned against the Church. For example, Christians experience opposition from human authorities, from their own families, and from death. But there is also another source of opposition. The story of the rich young ruler exposes the opposition we all
“Mom, Dad, come quick. Joel’s been hit by a car!” We rushed down the street and found five-year-old Joel standing by his bike unhurt, with a policeman by his side. Streets in Japan are rather narrow and accidents are frequent so we were very thankful to God for Joel’s protection. Our co-worker, Kazuko, was with
“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” —2 Peter 1:4 It was a dark and stormy night. Thick, black clouds slowly pushed to the east as the sun
Lutheran Brethren Homes’ ministry began in 1915, in the town of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, with a handful of elderly people in a single residence called the Serapta Home. Care expanded, over time, to Fergus Falls, Arizona and Texas. Today, LB Homes has advanced with the times in creating a spectrum of care including long- and
The boy sitting next to the sack of grain guards it like a sentinel guarding a treasure. Behind him are hastily set up shelters, providing minimal housing for thousands more like him. This is the refugee camp in Chad called Democratie (democracy). He is thin and obviously hungry. The amulets around his neck reveal his
Life can be difficult, and it often is. Some of the stories inside this Faith & Fellowship present real-life trials that some of God’s people have experienced. Reading about them, we cannot help but wrestle with the question: What is the point of suffering? There’s no 400-word answer to that. In fact, no complete answer
Jesus had a place of prayer in Gethsemane. He had often sought rest there in communion with his heavenly Father, and often he had wrestled there in prayer. Jesus had also taken his disciples along to this place of prayer. Deep words of life had been spoken there. There too, he had taught them the
History is full of stories about men and women who have put their lives on the line for a great cause. It is widely accepted that President Lincoln anticipated his role during the Civil War would lead to his death, and yet he plodded forward believing that freedom for all was a cause worth dying
Born in 1971, I was the ideal audience for the 1980 film Flash Gordon. I thrilled to the adventures of Flash Gordon and his companions as he battled the evil forces from another planet who meant to destroy Earth. At the same time, one particular scene was especially scary for me when I was nine years
It was a gorgeous spring day at Coyote Hills Golf Course. My friend Darren and I had just reached the tee box for the 13th hole. We had stopped keeping score because we already had the score we liked! The score card said 70, the thermometer said 70. Leaning on our drivers while waiting for
A few years ago, my parents bought an old farmstead. They bought it primarily because of its location. It’s on a lake, and it’s right next door to where Dad grew up and Granny still lives. The house on this farmstead boasted a “newly” remodeled kitchen and bathroom of avocado green, yellow, and rust-red sinks.