2018 Lutherans For Life National Conference

2018 LFL National Conference - From Age to Age the Same 

Over 240 people, from the United States and Canada, gathered October 12-13 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Olivette (St. Louis), Missouri, at the 2018 Lutherans For Life National Conference. The theme, “From Age to Age the Same,” based on Isaiah 46:3b-4, was the guide for this special conference commemorating LFL’s 40 years of ministry. The words to this theme verse from Isaiah provided a special understanding of the Lord’s plan For Life: You “have been born by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.”

Several LFL pioneers came back to share their memories and bring encouragement as they have seen the Lord’s work through LFL for these 40 years. Rev. Dr. Samuel Nafzger, a highly-regarded theologian, who spent 30 years working on the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR), gave the keynote address. He was instrumental in working closely with Dr. Jean Garton, LFL’s first president, in the development of Lutherans For Life. His knowledge of the history of LFL was amazing and his presentation uplifting.

Rev. David Wende, as one of the early national board members, served as the conference MC, bringing his creative wit and sense of humor to the job, adding a lighter side to an event that often covers serious life and death topics.

Two former LFL executive directors, Rev. Edward Fehskens III and Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb,  came to share their special gifts of communication and passion For Life.  Their messages were inspirational, reflecting the past but also pointing to the future of LFL. Topping off the day was a presentation from Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary St. Louis, and former speaker on “The Lutheran Hour.” Dr. Meyer closed the conference in dynamic fashion.

Workshop topics went from sexuality and gender identity to dying naturally with hospice care, showing the complexity of life issues we face today—at all phases of life. Also discussed were abortion pill reversal, suicide, youth struggles with life, Creation, sin and grace, as well as hope when your heart breaks after the loss of a loved one. An additional highlight was the onsite Semisaurus Mobile Creation Museum.

Conference attendees were a mix of experienced conference participants and those who were there for the first time. The conference quickly became a wonderful blending of people—from as far away as California, Pennsylvania, Washington, Texas, and Canada—with the same heart to affirm life and support Lutherans For Life.

As prayers for this life-affirming organization continue to be given, there is unfailing confidence that the Lord will sustain From Age to Age the Same.

2018 LFL National Conference Photo Album (Facebook)

2018 LFL National Conference Packet Booklet (PDF)

2018 LFL National Conference Worship Service (PDF)

Grace Kern: 2018 Dominus Vitae Award Recipient

Audio: 2018 LFL National Conference Opening Worship Service Sermon

Workshop Handout: What Should I Ask? – Looking for a Life-Centered Hospice (Formatted for printing)