By Paul Koch - This Thursday, on the 4th of July, our nation will celebrate its independence. We will grill food, drink a few beers, and light off fireworks while basking in a healthy patriotism. We will rejoice in what we have come to know as a particularly potent understanding of freedom. Freedom from a … Continue reading Free for What?
By Karl Strenge - The language we used in the proper preface for the Ascension reminded us that Jesus “was taken up into heaven that He might make us partakers of His divine life.” We partake of his divine life. That is to say we have been joined in a mystical union to the life … Continue reading Partakers of the Divine
By Joel A. Hess - I still remember visiting Mary. She was in the memory ward at Samaritas Assisted Living. I always hated going in there. I can’t imagine how her husband felt. Once the heavy doors opened, I would be met by aged men and women crying, staring, and laughing at nothing. It smelled … Continue reading When In Doubt Look At Your Name Tag
By Joel A. Hess - Bath night. I still remember my mom announcing it after dinner. “Before anyone watches Happy Days, you have to get cleaned up.” I was fortunate. If I remember right, I got to take a bath first. Nice clear, warm water was waiting for me. But when I was done, the … Continue reading Bath Night, Baptism, and Happy Days
By Cindy Koch - She smiled as great grandpa offered his hands to hold the squirming little baby boy. Not just because he had become antsy after 45 minutes of a traditional church service where she did everything to keep her 8-month old quiet through reading and sermons and prayers. No, now she smiled because … Continue reading The Strong
By Paul Koch - The moment when our Lord steps into the waters of the Jordan River to be baptized by John is of great significance for the understanding of our faith. Here the identity and purpose of our Lord’s arrival come into focus. John the Baptist is doing what his namesake calls for him … Continue reading Buried and Risen
By Paul Koch - When I was a child, I disliked clothes shopping. You remember the days when mom would hold up outfit after outfit and have you try them on one after another to try to get the perfect size (which was usually just a little too big so that you had room to … Continue reading Christmas Clothes