By Tim Winterstein - Since high school, I've been interested in my family's genealogy. Nearly all of us German Lutherans as far back as I can trace, all of those generations are part of who I am. So far, there haven't been any shocking discoveries, but there are certainly intriguing gaps in the records. At … Continue reading A Hated Inheritance
By Bob Hiller - Remember that scene from the Luther movie that came 15 years ago where Martin Luther takes the boy who hanged himself and buries him in the church graveyard? Everyone was standing around in shock, and the gravedigger was telling him he couldn’t do it. After all, it was thought that suicide … Continue reading Is the Church Ready for Suicide?
By Paul Koch – Peddlers of bulls**t are nothing new. Our lives often seem to be saturated in their mess. We’re used to hearing bulls**t from our politicians and bureaucrats of almost any stripe. There’s bulls**t on the left and bulls**t on the right. There’s the difficult to decipher bulls**t that comes from mainline media … Continue reading Bulls**t Peddlers
By Hillary Asbury - My favorite thing about studying in Italy was getting the chance to travel and see religious art and architecture around the country. The history was so rich, and I absolutely relished being surrounded by it. Everywhere I traveled there was a main cathedral, usually at the city center, always referred to … Continue reading Art is a Language we all Speak
By Joel A. Hess - Il n'y a qu'un problème philosophique vraiment sérieux : c'est le suicide - Albert Camus It would seem that we have witnessed more celebrity suicides than ever, though I don’t know if that’s true. It would seem that the celebrity world is only predisposed to suicide as the skin begins … Continue reading C’est le suicide: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
By Jeff Pulse - Our text for this Sunday is from the book of the prophet Ezekiel. The text, Ezekiel 17:22-24, is quite short, only three verses, but it is quite interesting in the larger context of chapter 17. The chapter begins with a riddle, an allegory, which is introduced by, “The Word of Yahweh … Continue reading OT Encounters: Ezekiel 17:22-24 – A New Planting
By Cindy Koch - His eyes were focused and nervous as he watched that beautiful woman brought to him from the back of the room. Her father held her arm, proudly and sadly, as she walked out her childhood into a new life with another man. Her heart was happy and scared as she slowly … Continue reading The Secret of Marriage