By Tim Winterstein - If Hitchcock remade Fight Club, it would probably look a lot like The Machinist (2004). If you haven't seen it, but you've seen Fight Club, then I probably gave away the major plot twist. But even if you know the major twist, this is a devastating film about the destructive power … Continue reading Guilt and Rest
By Joel A. Hess - Cover-up, cover-up, cover-up! It seems that every week a new scandal in the Church is revealed. A couple of weeks ago, Willow Creek revealed the creepy behaviors of its leader. Sadly, this past week no one was shocked to be told of a massive cover-up of pedophile priests. To be … Continue reading The Church can afford to be transparent
By Tim Winterstein - [SPOILERS] Another recent film is often compared to Taxi Driver, but it's both better and worse than First Reformed. I had a free Redbox rental, which is as good as Movie Pass for seeing movies on which I'm not sure whether I want to spend actual money. So I rented You … Continue reading Revenge or Atonement?
By Paul Koch - We’ve probably all heard the story that our Lord told about counting the cost. It’s been retold in various ways over the years, but it is still a good thing to learn. He said, “Which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, … Continue reading The Cost
By Paul Koch – A few weeks back, I was honored to be able to preach for the ordination service of a long-time friend and son of our congregation. It is always exciting to attend an ordination. Though I’ve been to quite a few, over the years I still find myself listening carefully as the … Continue reading Ordained for What?
By Joel A. Hess - A couple of weeks ago, my wife underwent an interview for a job at our local autism center. She came back a little flustered about a particular question. It was the classic question of a job interview. Do you have any weaknesses? She actually gave an honest answer! God bless … Continue reading I have a lot of weaknesses! Thank God
By Paul Koch - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. He spoke into being all that there is; the sun, moon and stars, the water and land and all the creatures that fill the earth. Everything was good, everything was in harmony. There was no death, no destruction, no tears or … Continue reading Rest