Leaders and congregations need a Christ-centered identity, embodied in a life of discipleship and nourished through spiritual formation.

What I'm Reading: We. Need. To. Stop.

What I’m Reading: We. Need. To. Stop.

Angela Denker's reminder to stop, pray, listen, and breathe is as timely as ever.
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The world is changing. 

Stay up to date on the latest research, resources, and reflections exploring how to cultivate Christian faith in the 21st century. 


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Three Tips to Ensure Your Sermon Offers a Clear Message of Good News

Many preachers struggle to craft a clear message that also focuses enough on God. Use these strategies to start doing both.
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Why I’m Teaching a Class on Political Dialogue When No One Wants to Talk to Each Other

"Red State Christians" author Angela Denker explains why she's hopeful about the future of political discourse in America.
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Why Writing is Important for Faith Leaders – Now More than Ever

The leader of a resource center for spiritual writers examines how faith leaders can address the challenges they face in reaching their audiences.
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Blue State Christians

Find out the one question that makes "Red State Christians" author Angela Denker's blood boil...and why it does.
The Power of the 'Don't Know' Mindset

The Power of the ‘Don’t Know’ Mindset

Find out why MicroGrants CEO Don Samuels says the willingness to "not know" is the first requirement in transforming the world.
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What to Say When People Say “That’s Too Political”

Angela Denker, author of "Red State Christians," explains how she's learned to discuss politics without being partisan.
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Six Months of Dwelling in Acts 16: One congregation’s experience

Read pastor Phil Ruge-Jones insights from guiding a congregation through an in-depth study of Acts 16.
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Three Ways the Church Can Separate National Pride and Christian Identity

Angela Denker, the author of "Red State Christians," offers some concrete suggestions for addressing issues around Christianity and nationalism.
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Discovering the Power of Gratitude

In her new book Diana Butler Bass traces her evolution from being a self-described ungrateful person to discovering the power of gratitude to change her life.
The Year in Review: Our Top Twelve Stories of 2019

The Year in Review: Our Top Twelve Stories of 2019

2019 was filled with great stories at Luther Faith+Lead--take a look back and enjoy twelve of our most popular.
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Breakthrough Spiritual Practice: Borrow a Tool

Practice being vulnerable with your neighbors by allowing them to serve you.
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The Heart of Why People Give

A stewardship pledge is about more than just paying the pastor's salary or the church's electric bill. It's about your spiritual health and survival.
Noticing. Naming. New Noticing.

Noticing. Naming. New Noticing.

Talking together about where we see God’s presence makes us more likely to see God showing up the next time.
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Christmas Was Not Always Like This (Part Three: Christmas and Gift-Giving)

How did gift-giving become synonymous with Christmas? Read the final chapter of our three-part series on the history of Christmas.
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Christmas Was Not Always Like This (Part Two: Christmas in Early America)

Not everyone celebrated Christmas in America's early colonies. Learn more about how Christmas became established in America in part two of our three-part series on the history of Christmas.
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Christmas Was Not Always Like This (Part One: The Beginnings of Christmas)

The story of how Christmas has been celebrated in Christian history contains surprises for most of us. Read the first of our three-part series on the history of Christmas.
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Stewarding Congregational Wellness

While our instinct for stewarding wellness tends to be for individuals, it should also apply to the congregation as a whole. Learn how to gauge your congregation's health and the actions you can take to improve it.

How to Host an Intergenerational Art Event at Your Church

This breakthrough practice is for anyone in your neighborhood to come together and share an experience around art.
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Learning to Listen – See Faithful Innovation in Action

Training from Luther Seminary introduced faithful innovation concepts to two Wisconsin churches. Watch their story and learn more.
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The Ancient Art of Thanking

Robert Hay, Jr. looks at the underestimated value of giving thanks to your church members, and how an old-fashioned hand-written note can build a stronger, more authentic relationship.

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