By Jeff Pulse - The Old Testament text for this Sunday, December 31, 2017, is from the book of the prophet Isaiah. The text is Isaiah 61:10-62:3, which forms a beautiful portion of the fifth Servant Song in Isaiah. In this periscope, we see a wonderful blending of three prominent motifs from Scripture: the garment … Continue reading OT Encounters: Isaiah 61:10-62:3 – Wedding Garments
By Cindy Koch - On my wedding day, I said a little something that went like this, “I take you to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do … Continue reading My Pastor has Two Wives
By Paul Koch - I have been to more than my fair share of weddings in my life. Now, the majority of weddings I’ve attended I wasn’t invited to see the spectacle, but I went because I was the officiant. I was there because I was asked to lead the ceremony, to take the bride … Continue reading Rise Up for the Bride
By Joel Hess - In my earlier days as a pastor in the beautiful hills of south eastern Ohio, a colleague mentioned his frustration when people stood up for the bride during a wedding ceremony, “I was taught that we only stand up for Christ.” At the moment I agreed with the fellow. I am … Continue reading Let Us Rise For The Bride!