July 10, 2018


Milwaukee Calls on August 3!
Not everyone knows it was 12 men from The Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod who met in Milwaukee who formed the Lutheran Laymen's League in 1917.

And that's why we're going back there again!

Come join us this August 3-5 in Milwaukee at the beautiful Hotel Pfister for our kick-off SENT event, as LHM moves forward, celebrating God's past blessings and His future guidance.

Lutheran Hour Ministries is looking forward to welcoming the many guests who will be gathered together to thank and praise God for a century's worth of blessings to LHM. Ministry leaders and professional church workers, along with foreign ministry center staff members from LHM, will share insights and strategies into how laity can get involved in carrying the Great Commission forward. Attendees will see firsthand the depth and variety of resources LHM has available -- most of which are FREE of charge.

After Friday's fellowship, food, and fun, Saturday will be packed full of gifted speakers sharing their insights on numerous topics related to laity engagement and Gospel outreach. This will be a weekend of thanksgiving and worship, too, as inspirational messages, music, and fellowship combine to make this a truly remarkable event. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Melissa Bohlmann at (314) 317-4178; you can also email her at melissa.bohlmann@lhm.org.

You can register by clicking here.

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Brats! Dawgs! Burgs! Steaks! Seafood! Keep 'Em Coming!
Summer is here and with that stupendous news comes the chance to cook out -- every night -- if you want to.

So grab the grill, and fire it up!

And now, for the great news: this is where you get the chance to shine. We're looking for grillin' cuisine to share with our meat-eating constituency. As you prepare your mouth-watering delicacy, please take a picture of your masterpiece and send it to us, along with the recipe that made it possible. (There's an easy-to-fill-in-the-box form to use on our website to get you going.) When you send us a recipe and a picture, we'll send you one of our super-cool Men's NetWork fire-starters. They're perfect for igniting the grill, your Tiki torch, your favorite cigar -- or as some of us just remembered -- Fourth of July fireworks.

Getting one is easy. Just click here to get started.

By the way, we're huge fans of anything that can be prepared on a grill. Corn, squash, spuds, maters, along with fish (fresh or ocean), and all the rest -- bring it on!

We'll be glad you did.

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THRED Delivers Provocative Content on Life, Faith, and Jesus
You'll find a lot going on in the world of social media these days. Pretty much any viewpoint, gripe, agenda, or harangue can be encountered, and without much effort.

At THRED, you'll find ongoing conversations about all sorts of issues in the marketplace today. These can range from relationships and the world at large to work and the fine art of friendship. THRED thrives on conversations among people who differ in perspective but who share an interest in learning more about others and the world they live in.

For many, THRED's initial point of contact is its Facebook page, which you can access by clicking here. This is where you will find an open invitation to jump into the discussion and tell us what you're thinking.

At the THRED website, there are articles dealing with relationships, community, society, God, Christianity, and other relevant interests. These can be found by clicking here. At the THRED homepage, there's a minute-long video promo that will give you quick snapshot of what this engaging ministry is all about.

Come join us on THRED where your voice matters.

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July-August Issue of Layman Shows LHM Poised for the Future
In the July-August issue of The Lutheran Layman, readers will see how LHM is engaging the future in the resources it develops and distributes here in the U.S. and around the world. Whether it involves tools for laity outreach, an increased utilization of social media, or interfacing with communities in digital mission fields, LHM is advancing in several arenas, providing Christ-centered resources and road-tested expertise to help Christians everywhere.

Leading off this issue, Dr. Dale Meyer comments on how "every preacher knows the feeling" of wanting to bring Jesus into the conversation, but how to do that is a challenge sometimes. On the employee front, this is the year Stephen Klinck, longtime director of the LLL of Canada office, is retiring. Dr. Gerry Perschbacher gives him a nice send-off, and we wish him well in his new adventures. Readers will also learn about two programs reaching speakers of foreign languages. One is a SAT-7 TV show called Power Bank, which broadcasts in Arabic from studios in Cairo, Egypt; the other is Sentido Latino, a Spanish-language podcast LHM launched in April for Hispanics in the U.S.

This issue also has a two-page center spread on the Men's NetWork's 2018 WORK DAY. Here you'll find pictures of seven of the groups that did some marvelous work for others in their communities this year. In other news, LHM Learn has launched a couple new online courses: Psalms of Thanks II and one that taps into LHM's popular Online Mission Trip, which went to Cambodia this year. In another piece you'll find out about a new Bible study that will be coming out in the Layman! It will be on different types of prayer. We were also pleased to report a $100,000 check from the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) to be used in support of Middle East and North African ministry. Thank you, ladies!

Among other stories included, readers will find comments from Phil Johnson, chairman of the Int'l LLL Board of Directors; and Kurt Buchholz, president and CEO of LHM.

To check out the current issue online, go to LHM's homepage when you click here; then drop down to the bottom right of the page and you'll find it.

To receive The Lutheran Layman by mail six times a year, simply send your request and $5 to our offices at 660 Mason Ridge Center Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141.

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Vital Partnership with Barna Group Helps Focus LHM's Direction
As you may know by now, LHM is working in conjunction with Barna Group, a Ventura, California-based research organization with more than 30 years of experience exploring issues of faith, religion, personal belief, culture, and the way groups live, thrive, and interact. Using data from Barna research, LHM has a three-year game plan going forward, through 2020, to develop resources for both the churched and unchurched.

For 2018 the monograph Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age features research and results that deal with how we communicate in the rapid and ever-changing landscape of our digital world. Research and analysis done for 2019 and 2020 will feature "Households of Faith" and "Communities of Action," as their points of focus, respectively.

You can learn more about LHM's partnership with Barna by clicking here and reading more.

You can order a copy of 2018's LHM-Barna monograph by clicking here.

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Is It Just Me?
Over the years, I've become pretty cynical about what I read, watch, and hear. I do not believe there is such a thing as "unbiased" media. In today's world most media conveys a specific point of view, agenda, or call to action. The same "news" story reported on five different channels will offer five different conclusions. Corporations and governments alike employ a cadre of media specialists to provide "spin," so their point of view is portrayed as fact.

Over the years, I've looked for the "So what?" in what I hear, see, or read -- especially in the media.

I define the "So what?" as an action or attitude that the author wishes me to adopt.

For example, when watching a car commercial, the "So what?" is that I be moved to purchase that vehicle. Those "So whats?" are easy to spot.

When I watch a movie or TV show, the "So what?" may be a little harder to find, but it's still there. For example, any TV show that involves "ordinary" people singing, dancing, or performing has the "So what?" that each of us are talented, capable, and have an opportunity to win millions of dollars.

Ads promoting the lottery offer the "So what?" that you will be a hero to school kids as you spend your money on the lottery, which funds education. Some of these ads leave me feeling as if I am a terrible person who hates kids if I don't plunk down my dollars for them -- at least once in a while.

Now some of you may be saying to yourself, "So what?"

The "So what?" I want you to think about is to become a critical consumer of media. Too often we accept most everything we hear or read without thinking objectively about it. We buy into the mindset that "If it's on the internet, on the national news, or in the newspaper, then it must be true ... at least mostly." This also applies to hearing it from "live" sources as when we wholesale accept something because we heard it from a friend or family member. Suffice it to say, critical thinking should accompany us wherever we go.

As for me, I read the fine print, look for the angles, and will not send money to Africa because someone died and named me in his will.

This whole critical-thinking thing is something worthwhile to pass along to the next generation, too. The world's awash in hyperbole and trivial nonsense, and it's targeted (as it has been for years) at the very young as well. For young and impressionable minds, the world is full of choices like never before. Some are of value; many are not, and it's a huge help if by our input and experience we can help them see the difference.

As any guy knows, one priceless benefit that comes with age is the lesson gained from our hard-won experience. But let's not let these life-changing gems remain with us. Be sure to pass them on when you get a chance, but do so tactfully, in small, steady doses. As we all know, it's good medicine for those who hear it, but for some it may be hard to swallow.

When was the last time you heard something that made you ask, "So what?"?

You can let us know by clicking here.

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