By Joel A. Hess - A week ago I had the pleasure of enjoying a drink or two with an American hero. Not only had he served this country in Vietnam and other wars, but he was also rewarded with the mantel of leadership in our armed forces. In addition to these achievements, this man … Continue reading We are all Superstitious
By Paul Koch - There is this great Monty Python sketch from the movie The Meaning of Life where the vicar of a church leads the children in prayer. They repeat after him, “O Lord, you are so big. So absolutely huge. Gosh, we’re all really impressed down here, I can tell you…” Now, I … Continue reading His Will and Your Will
By Paul Koch - Ever since my wife and I returned from our adventure backpacking in the High Sierras, I’ve found myself daydreaming about getting back out into the wilderness. There is something so peaceful and exhilarating about being out amongst the lodgepole pines and following a rugged trail through water crossings and over mountain … Continue reading Into the Wilderness
By Paul Koch - Today in the church year we turn our attention to the transfiguration of our Lord, to that moment on the mountaintop when Jesus’ appearance was altered and his face and clothes became gleaming white, as white as a lightning flash. But before we get into it, I think it is reasonable … Continue reading Exodus
By Paul Koch – When you hear a man refer to a group of friends as his “church friends,” what you usually find is that they are the ones he likes to hang out with at church and perhaps not much more. Sure, they are people he can count on in a pinch, but they … Continue reading Do You have Friends at Church?
By Paul Koch - Easter is one of the greatest celebrations of the church year. Alongside of Christmas it stands out as great feast day that is actually noticed by both those within and those without the church. It is worthy of our time and attention and joy. In fact, you could say that every … Continue reading He is Risen Indeed
By Paul Koch - Well happy St. Valentine’s Day, my friends! Today is a day for matters of the heart. It is a day of flowers and chocolates and romance. Whether we like it or not, love is in the air on Valentine’s Day. I remember Valentine’s Day as a child in Elementary School. It … Continue reading Matters of the Heart