By Joel A. Hess - Millions of people watched from afar on cable, internet, and the streets. They stood in awe at beautiful ceremony though they did not know the groom or bride. They weren’t really invited to attend. It was especially interesting as the royal groom took on a foreign bride, a crazy American … Continue reading A Royal Wedding You’ll Be In
By Jeff Pulse - Our text for Holy Trinity Sunday is from the Book of the prophet Isaiah, chapter 6:1-8. The reason this text is chosen for Holy Trinity is the rare triad in verse 3: “Holy, holy, holy.” The Early Church considered this to be a Trinitarian formula (and I would agree). However, during … Continue reading OT Encounters: Isaiah 6:1-8 – Triune Forgiveness
By Paul Koch - As a child, we had one of those rooms in our house in which nobody ever sat. Not that you couldn’t sit there: there was a large sofa, some complimentary small tables and lamps, and of course the well-appointed window dressings. It looked like a delightful living room, or family room, … Continue reading Can These Bones Live?
By Tim Winterstein - [SPOILERS] There is only one story, told truthfully or distorted. Once reality has been shaded in a particular direction, there is no escaping it. One can deny it or affirm it, but one can't pretend that it never happened. So whether one denies the Christian story or believes it, it is … Continue reading One Kind of Invitation
By Paul Koch – Over the years I have read quite a bit about the influence of Scientific Management in our schools, corporations and military but I had never really thought much about its influence in the church. Scientific Management views efficiency as the highest good. So if you want a good and well-oiled society … Continue reading In Praise of the Inefficient Church
By Hillary Asbury - Michelangelo Buonnarotti’s “Holy Family” is also referred to as the “Doni Tondo” in reference to its round shape (“tondo”) and the family that commissioned it (the Doni family). It is perhaps one of my very favorite oil paintings in history. It resides at the Uffizzi in Florence, Italy, and the first … Continue reading Pointing to Jesus with Michelangelo
By Joel A. Hess - Since the romantics first rebelled against the industrialism and the city in the 18th and 19th centuries, western civilization has been taught that nature is serene, peaceful, and self healing. Furthermore, if man would stop going “against” it, he would enjoy its peace. One of the most famous romantics and a … Continue reading Nature is not your Friend