By Paul Koch – The smorgasbord that is American Christianity is a plethora of material for running jokes and cultural commentary. Not only is there a conflict between people of the Christian faith and those outside the Church, but there is also an ongoing conflict within Christianity. The Baptists are pretty sure that the Catholics are going to hell, … Continue reading Learnign to Not Love the Church
By Hillary Asbury - The catacombs of Rome are a vast, labyrinthine network of passageways. They are cavernous: dark, cold, bleak, and eerie. Death lingers there. In the stillness and quiet of the depths, you can feel it. Long after the tombs fell into disuse, forgotten for centuries, they still whisper of finality… as though … Continue reading Art Underground
By Joel A. Hess - Remember those stereograms that were popular a couple decades ago? What better way to eat a bunch of time in the mall while you wait for your family to buy school clothes. At first glance, the picture looks like a bunch of gibberish—random dots and colors. But if you stare … Continue reading How to see a 3D Image in a Stereogram
By Cindy Koch - It’s pretty common. Shopping for clothes. Haircuts and maybe a pedicure come spring. We have a routine of upkeep to present ourselves to the world. Even on my most fuzzy days when the babies had kept me up all night and I had to run out to the grocery store, I … Continue reading Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Not Beautiful
By Paul Koch - The life of an individual Christian is a life that is lived in tension. I know, this isn’t new to you, but it is worth our focus today. The life of a Christian it is not a perfectly stable existence. It is organic. It shifts and moves. It flows from highs … Continue reading Now and Not Yet
By Tim Winterstein - [SPOILERS] First of all, if you haven't gotten Movie Pass yet, what are you waiting for? If you sign up on the website, it's only $6.95 a month, and if you see even one movie a month, it pays for itself. (Just make sure that it covers theaters in your area. … Continue reading A Quiet Place
By Bob Hiller - There seems to be an inordinate amount of literature on pastoral leadership these days. Some of it is good and helpful. I have personally benefited in wonderful ways from a leadership program I was involved with some time back. But other leadership material is not as useful. I worry that some … Continue reading Are Pastors Called to Be Leaders?