By Joel A. Hess - In his argument with Erasmus about free will, Luther makes a profound case for the clarity of Holy Scripture and knowing the mind of God. One of Erasmus’ methods of dismantling Luther’s assertions was to point to the mystery and unknownness of God. He called to his side verses such … Continue reading Did God Really Say?
By Cindy Koch - Turning sideways, no one could see the little hole in the hem of her favorite dress. Sometimes the other kids would make fun of her when they noticed her clothes up close. Not always clean, not always in the best shape, she was painfully aware of which posture to take in … Continue reading Unthankful
By Paul Koch - “Therefore since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with … Continue reading Drawing Near – Together
By Tim Winterstein - So I've just seen my favorite movie of the year. I'm not taking credit for noticing this, though. That goes to my friend Nick, who recommended to me Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot. Maybe we just agree that Joaquin Phoenix plays all the parts from now on, eh? … Continue reading A Recovered Life
By Paul Koch – Being a hearer of the Word is not my usual position. I am a speaker of the Word, one called to proclaim the living Word of God to others. I’m a pastor, the guy up front, and I’ve grown accustomed to that role over the years. It has become somewhat comfortable. … Continue reading Being a Hearer
By Hillary Asbury - I suppose Vincent Van Gogh isn’t quite what we’d consider a religious artist. His style is unique and expressive; the subjects of most of his paintings include landscapes, still life's, and figures, and although less popular than his other work, he did actually create some religious work. When you consider that … Continue reading A Gospel for Van Gogh
By Joel A Hess - This week, an icon of entertainment, a storytelling, character-creating genius, died: Stan Lee. If there is anyone who is larger than life, it would be this man. He gave us so many superheroes and fantastical stories that it’s hard to imagine they all came from one man. He said in … Continue reading Stan Lee’s right. We need a hero