By Jeff Pulse - The Old Testament text for this Sunday, October 29, 2017, comes from the third book of the Torah, Leviticus. The text is Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18. Verse 2 is frequently considered to be the Old Testament equivalent of Matthew 5:48, where Jesus says: “You must therefore be perfect, as your heavenly Father … Continue reading OT Encounters: A New Identity
By Paul Koch - I have never been a collector. It’s not that there aren’t things that I enjoy. In fact, there are times when I think I might try and collect this or that particular thing, but it just never really stuck. Perhaps, I don’t have the attention span. I get started on a … Continue reading Museum Quality Faith
By Paul Nelson - I didn't grow up on James Bond. I wasn't allowed to watch the movies until I was a teen, and even then it was only the edited-for-television broadcasts on ABC. I may have seen one James Bond film in the theater, and I watched Skyfall on Netflix a few years ago. … Continue reading Drink of the Week: Vesper (Martini)
By Paul Koch – Hanging on the wall of my study is a framed image (like the one above) of Luther standing before the Imperial Diet at Worms. Across from him is the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, and on a table next to him are many of his works. He had been summoned there … Continue reading Here We Still Stand
After narrowly not making the cut to be put on the next deep space probe, this 50th episode of Ringside is instead dedicated to real live people such as yourself! Give it a listen! ToPiCS: 1. PASTORS KEEP POLITICAL OPINIONS OF SOCIAL MEDIA. Is your pastor on social media too much. Should he be voicing … Continue reading Ringside: Episode 50!
By Graham Glover - This past year has seen a number of articles, blogs, podcasts, books, documentaries, sermons, classes, etc., about the upcoming anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. No matter what “side” you think was right or how you understand the particulars of the people and events that transformed the Western Church and much of … Continue reading What Would It Take for the Reformation to End?
By Joel A. Hess - The Reformation: same old battle, same old outcome. This past week, during our study of the Reformation, one of my members asked me an intriguing question: If salvation by grace alone through faith was the Reformation’s battleground, what might be today’s battle? What is 2017’s indulgence? At first, I wanted … Continue reading Is There A New Reformation? No