By Paul Koch - “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity” What does king Solomon mean when he utters these words? What does it mean to say that all things are vain? When we usually think of vanity, we think of one who admires themselves perhaps a little too much, one who can’t stop taking selfies … Continue reading Cheer Up It’s All Vanity
By Tim Winterstein - From 1949 until 1990, East Germany (or the German Democratic Republic—DDR auf Deutsch) was perhaps the most technologically advanced, the most severe, the highest functioning surveillance state the world had yet seen—and maybe hasn't seen since. (When North Korea finally, hopefully, ceases to be what it is, it will be interesting … Continue reading The Lives of Others
By Bob Hiller - By now I’m sure you’ve heard the news that Joshua Harris, the evangelical who found fame with his “purity culture” classic “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” has left the faith. Of leaving his current situation, Harris posted on his Instagram page, "By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, … Continue reading Joshua Harris Is Not Your Opportunity
By Joel A. Hess - There was some one thing that was too great for God to show us when He walked upon our earth; and I have sometimes fancied that it was His mirth.” - GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy Recently, the great Cornell West reminded me of the above quote when briefly talking about Jesus … Continue reading Did Jesus Laugh?
By Dennis Matyas - Many have and will undertake an account of the recent synodical convention in Tampa. The focus will be diverse, the tone and tenor equally so. For those of us grafted to the veins of the LCMS, we will hear about the convention's nuances and political factions for at least the next … Continue reading 2019 Convention in Memoriam
By Cindy Koch - Sound asleep. A squeal that I barely heard from the back corner of a dream. Open eyes, drowned in blackness and silence. I thought I heard a scream, but maybe it was residual imaginations from my sleep-state world. Waiting, straining to hear, eyes wide open even though I could see nothing. … Continue reading Defective Mother
By Paul Koch - To ask something of someone else ought to be the most natural and easy thing we do. If you’ve ever spent any time around little children, their world seems to be defined by questions. They ask for everything. They ask for the meaning of things that are new to them or … Continue reading Asking God