By Bryan Salminen - The cross confronts us with the fragility of Jesus. He’s no superman who leaps down and says, “only joking." He suffers to the end. We wonder how this awful spectacle can possible be necessary for our salvation. We’re supposed to wonder that. We wonder whether this tiny, broken, wasted body can possibly … Continue reading Hanging by a Thread
By Paul Koch – An 18-year-old woman was flying down the highway in the central valley of California when she lost control of her vehicle and rolled the car, killing her 14-year-old sister, who was thrown out the back window. As far as tragedies go, this one was pretty run of the mill. Tragic, to … Continue reading Amusing our Neighbor to Death
By Graham Glover - Extremism is the new norm. It’s our new way of doing business. All of us embrace it. Even when we publicly shy from it, we privately crave it. We downright love it. I don’t know exactly when it happened or how it ultimately came to be, but we’re all extremists now. … Continue reading We’re All Extremists Now
By Cindy Koch - More and more, I am convinced that we are what we hear. Words have this incredible ability to shape the perception others have about us, inform the identity we have of our own self, and set a pattern for our future. Just like a wise mama once told me, the things … Continue reading What Do You Hear?
By Joel A. Hess - Tomorrow I’m doing a funeral for a friend. He loved to win. He competed in everything. When he was 84 and his wife was suffering from Alzheimer’s, he still took pride in beating her and whoever was her partner in Euchre. I think he even cheated to win. He hated … Continue reading Heaven Is Only for Losers
100 years from now they will be listening to Ringside on Mars. Why not start now before we "sell out"! Got some great topics for your precious podcast time allotment! Ross is back too! 1. THE JOY OF THE PASTORAL VISIT! Yes that sounds awfully nerdy. give it a listen. Does your pastor visit the … Continue reading Ringside: Episode 40
By Scott Keith - Look at me! It’s cliché. In our age full of social media, selfies, and self-aggrandizement, we all want people to look at us. We want to be noticed. We want to be famous, if even for 15 seconds. We want the world to love us. It starts when we are young … Continue reading Look at Me!