By Paul Koch - I have occasionally been asked about my preaching style. That is, every now and then someone will wonder why I preach the way I do. How do I choose what to focus on from a given text? Why don’t I use notes when I preach? Why won't I just stay put … Continue reading What About Eternal Life?
By Cindy Koch - The earth rumbled and softened underfoot. My eyes spun back and forth, watching the light fixtures sway back and forth. The windows rattled; the streets groaned. It took me just a minute to realize what was happening. Suddenly sick to my stomach, still trying to gain my balance, I braced myself … Continue reading Worried about the End of the World?
By Cindy Koch - As a Christian, it should be a natural thing to know how to pray. The Word of God is powerful. In the middle of a confused and darkened world, we take comfort in the light. The Word of God distinguishes between the right and the wrong, the good and the bad, … Continue reading Confident Prayers
By Joel A. Hess - Along with millions of others, I was incredibly excited to watch the improbable match between the MMA star Conor McGregor and the boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. It was like a childhood fantasy matchup, the likes of which we might see on the Deadliest Warrior TV show one hundred years from … Continue reading Mayweather, Jesus, and Staying Composed
By Cindy Koch - She spoke in a hushed voice so the other ladies at the table couldn’t quite hear. “Well, he really hates going to church on Sundays. He just wants to sleep in. I guess that’s just the way it goes.” She fake smiled and gave a cute little shrug, but her eyes … Continue reading The Holy Spirit Has Hands
By Jeff Mallinson - Cicero once said: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all the others.” St. Paul said that the greatest of the theological virtues is love (1 Cor. 13:13). These two sentiments need not cause a conflict between love and gratitude since, as Luther taught, gratitude … Continue reading Thanksgiving and Rechaptering
By Scott Keith - I recently explained that Joy and I have been catechizing a new believer into the faith. Before she was officially a Christian, she had many impressions regarding different “things” she had to believe in order to actually be a Christian. These things she thought that she had to believe were many and varied. … Continue reading What is the Thing?