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
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 Paul Koch - Churches are strange things. There has always been religion, always been a recognition of something beyond our experience, beyond what we actually feel and taste and hear in our lives. And the various religions of the world have tried to answer big questions of life and afterlife, good and evil. The … Continue reading The Word is Near You
By Paul Koch – Last taco Tuesday, I sat next to my buddy Tim at our usual spot. Televisions surrounded us above the bar and throughout the whole cantina. Almost all of them had some sort of sports on display from the LA Dodgers to the beginning of NFL training camps to just about anything … Continue reading Longing for the Robot Apocalypse
By Paul Koch - Matthew 14:13-21 is a very familiar text for most of us. Even if you haven’t been going to church for too long, or even if you are brand new to the stories of Scripture, you’ve probably heard something along the way about the time Jesus fed over 5000 people with just … Continue reading Feed Them!
By Paul Koch – According to Genesis chapter 2, after man awakes from his slumber, he is greeted with a sight that changes everything. The creature that the Lord God presents to Adam is unlike any other creature God had made. Drawn from the very side of man, this is the perfect helpmate, the ultimate … Continue reading The Journey of One Flesh
By Paul Koch – An 18-year-old woman was flying down the highway in the central valley of California when she lost control of her vehicle and rolled the car, killing her 14-year-old sister, who was thrown out the back window. As far as tragedies go, this one was pretty run of the mill. Tragic, to … Continue reading Amusing our Neighbor to Death