By Joel A. Hess - This month, people around the world will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Five hundred years ago, a little-known monk and professor at a little-known college in Germany nailed 95 statements against the popular practice of selling indulgences. He assumed a good discussion would follow and that the … Continue reading Happy 2000th Anniversary of the Reformation!
By Joel A. Hess - Initially, I completely disagreed with those taking a knee during the national anthem. I certainly thought it was disrespectful to the men and women who gave their life for us to pay athletes millions of dollars. But then I asked myself if there would be a time when I would … Continue reading Would you take a knee?
By Joel A. Hess - I used to hate the radio. My ears were first awakened to rock-n-roll in 8th grade by the Go-Go’s, Joan Jett, Flock of Seagulls, Men at Work, The Police etc. When their songs came on the radio, I stopped everything and listened to every detail. I stayed up late, unbeknownst … Continue reading Spotifying Christianity
By Joel Hess - Recently I led a funeral service for a 98 year old World War Two vet. When I mention to someone I am doing a funeral, without exception I will be asked, “How old was he?” If the deceased was young (remarkably, the definition of ‘young’ changes with one’s own age), the … Continue reading Even A Dog Knows Death Sucks
By Joel A. Hess - Why do bad things happen to good people? Answer: There are no good people! Is there a more common question asked by long-time church goers or sarcastic atheists? Holy Scripture makes it clear that there are no good people. I love John’s comment about Jesus at the end of chapter … Continue reading Why Do Good Things Happen To Bad People?
By Joel A. Hess - George Atley was killed while serving with the Central African Mission. There were no witnesses, but the evidence indicates that Atley was confronted by a band of hostile tribesmen. He was carrying a fully loaded, 10-chamber Winchester rifle and had to choose either to shoot his attackers and run the … Continue reading Pick Up Your Cross And Stop Whining About It
By Joel A. Hess - Along with millions of others, I was incredibly excited to watch the improbable match between the MMA star Conor McGregor and the boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. It was like a childhood fantasy matchup, the likes of which we might see on the Deadliest Warrior TV show one hundred years from … Continue reading Mayweather, Jesus, and Staying Composed