By Paul Koch - Sometimes we come together at church are we feel a bit let down by what we hear and experience. I know that we aren’t supposed to say things like that. We’re supposed to say how we are always uplifted and edified by gathering around our Lord’s Word and sacraments. But if … Continue reading The Inescapable Word
By Paul Koch – Back in 2006, our church body released a new hymnal for use in all congregations under the title Lutheran Service Book. As far as hymnbooks go, and within my limited experience, I think this is one a real gem. The resources bound into this one book are invaluable. As soon as … Continue reading The Tangible Memory of God’s Work (i.e. my Hymnal)
By Jeff Pulse - Our Old Testament text for this Sunday, January 28, 2018, is from the Book of the Twelve, the Prophet Jonah. The text is Jonah 3:1-5, 10, which begins with a unique case in the Scriptures. Jonah is the only prophet to be “called” twice! As you recall, Jonah’s first call is … Continue reading OT Encounters: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 – Repent!
If you happen to be in Fort Wayne IN on Thursday night come on by for a few drinks on The Jagged Word. That's right, this Thursday we will be meeting in the lobby bar of Don Halls Guest House in Fort Wayne Indiana @ 8:00 pm. If you're heading out for the Symposium or … Continue reading Meetup In Fort Wayne!
By Joel A. Hess - "Nazareth! Is it possible for anything good to come from there?” (John 1:43-51). Nathaniel wasn’t mocking the idea. He truly never thought of Nazareth as a place of any significance. He quickly surveyed his memorization of Messianic quotes and came up with a blank. It wasn’t the tiniest of towns. … Continue reading God Only Welcomes People from S&%hole Countries
Still using the Julian calendar? You liked New Coke better than classic? You go to a conservative church but you only like to hang out with liberal friends? Welcome to the podcast for everybody else! While Ross is in training to serve as a chaplain in the navy, Cindy Koch fills in quite well! And … Continue reading Ringside: Episode 61
By Cindy Koch - Some things hide deep behind all emotion. Some things dwell there that I never really had to think about. From the childhood memories, to the teenage explorations, to the adult reasoning, I have inexplicably known certain things about myself. And I’m sure everyone does. We live with ourselves—our thoughts, our reactions, … Continue reading What if You’re Wrong?