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 Jeff Pulse - The Old Testament text for this Sunday, October 15, 2017, comes from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. The text is Isaiah 25:6-9 and is a portion of one of the few EXPLICIT resurrection texts in the Old Testament. This is not to say or to indicate that the Hebrews had … Continue reading OT Encounters: This is the Feast!
By Paul Koch - What we do here in this place seems, at times, to be disjointed from the world in which we live. I suppose it has always been so: the rhythm and focus of the church is not governed by the cares and fears of our world. It offers something more, something unmovable … Continue reading Joyfully Losing
“But the Law is good, righteous, and holy.” Very well! But when we are involved in a discussion of justification, there is no room for speaking about the Law. The question is what Christ is and what blessing He has brought us. Christ is not the Law; He is not my work of that of … Continue reading A Jagged Contention: Christ Is Not the Law
By Paul Nelson - Legend has it that the Negroni came to be nearly a century ago when the Italian Count Camillo Negroni asked a bartender in Florence to make his favorite cocktail, the Americano, stronger. The bartender substituted gin for the traditional soda water, resulting in the Negroni. Whether or not you believe this … Continue reading Drink of the Week: Negroni/Boulevardier
By Bob Hiller - The waiting is the hardest part. Every day you see one more card. You take it on faith, you take it to the heart. The waiting is the hardest part. Tom Petty died this week. After suffering from cardiac arrest on Sunday night, he was taken to the hospital, where he … Continue reading The Waiting Is the Hardest Part
By Paul Koch – “Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior.” (Isaiah 45:15) Commenting on this verse, Luther wrote, “These are the words of the prophet, who had already predicted these words of consolation. Now he is snatched into a trance of the Word of God, as if … Continue reading Playing Hide and Seek with Pat Robertson