By Cindy Koch - I know I’m not the only one. We’ve all done it at one time or another. It usually surfaces when we are at a crossroad, important decision, or uncomfortable spot. Sometimes it is in response to something really terrible—a death, loss, or extreme sin we find within. It flashes through the … Continue reading Taking Christ off His Cross
By Scott Keith - As many of you may know, I am a zealous advocate for doing apologetics. Apologetics is defined as the defense of the Christian faith. The simplicity of this definition, however, does not help one understand the complexity of the problem of defining apologetics. There is a great diversity of approaches when … Continue reading Beyond Redemption
By Paul Koch - I will never forget the day I first walked into the great cathedral in Strasburg, France. I was a much younger man and quite impressionable, to be sure. But that building was a shock to the system. It wasn’t just the sights of the grand gothic architecture, or the massive stained … Continue reading Even the Dogs
"The gospel invites us to believe not that we are safe provided, but that we are safe period. It is not that sin should not have dominion over us, but that it cannot, for its power has been destroyed by Jesus. It reigns in our death, of course, as it always did, but what is … Continue reading A Jagged Contention: No Qualifiers
By Tim Winterstein - If The Godfather did not exist, my list of favorite movies would probably begin with The Apostle. It's certainly the movie I have watched most. Robert Duvall is brilliant and complicated. For a long time after, I couldn't watch him in any other role without thinking of the Apostle E.F. because … Continue reading Augustine to Apostle E.F.
By Bob Hiller - She is very attractive for you, isn’t she? And you can’t seem to leave her alone. You love being the center of her attention. When she compliments you, you feel like you can conquer the world. You’ve even become an expert on wooing those compliments out of her. You know what … Continue reading Pastor, that’s Not Your Wife
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)