By Bob Hiller - This past Sunday, our congregation rejoiced with all the saints and angels over four eighth graders who stood up to confirm their faith in the triune God. At our church, we enjoy personal testimonies from each of the confirmands. I always enjoy listening to the students talk about how they believe … Continue reading Confirmation: Join the Resistance!
By Paul Koch – Over the past ten years or so of listening to the experts at pastors’ conferences talk in hushed tones about the slow and sure decline of the mainline denominations or speak brashly about intergenerational ministry and our failure to engage the millennials, the common encouragement of their fears and worries has … Continue reading The Church Has Built a Building
By Cindy Koch - I wonder. I worry. I have a million choices and decisions, but what if I make the wrong one? Am I really serving God? Maybe I am serving myself. Is my failure an indication that my faith isn’t strong enough? Am I in danger of losing the grace, mercy, and love … Continue reading Serve the Lord with Guilt
By Joel A. Hess - In the early 19th century, Wilhelm III nobly pursued the union of Lutheran and Reformed church bodies. In order to accomplish this task, he commissioned a new common liturgical agenda to be used by all churches no matter their theological persuasion. Uniformity achieved! Of course, a couple heads had to … Continue reading Want Uniformity in Worship? Go back to Prussia
By Scott Keith - Luther Under the Ban Melanchthon Hard at Work In 1521—the same year Melanchthon married his wife—at the Diet of Worms, Martin Luther was convicted of heresy and placed under a Papal bull and an imperial ban. The ban meant that he was an outlaw and could be killed or imprisoned on … Continue reading Melanchthon’s Magnum Opus
This ain't no conspiracy. This ain't no whispering in the dark. This is unfiltered mountain spring water that you cupped with your hands and splashed upon your leathered tan face. Take a gulp and let it run down your beard. Special guest - Michael Salminen talks about the science and importance of exercise and weight … Continue reading Ringside: Episode 33
By Paul Koch - Just what does the Christian life look like? Do you know it when you see it? Can you describe it if you had to? Are there certain things that make a Christian: certain behaviors, certain mannerism, certain styles of dress and the like? Sometimes, I think there is. You can sort … Continue reading Righteous for the Unrighteous