By Joel A. Hess - We need more Josephs! You don’t hear much about Joseph. He just disappears after the birth of our Lord. He reappears for a moment when Jesus scares his parents by staying in His real Father’s house, but then he is gone again. We call him Saint Joseph, but what did … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day! It’s OK to be a Joseph
By Paul Koch - I have noticed over the years that the people who seem to care the least about a day set aside to acknowledge fatherhood are, in fact, fathers. The men who are honored on this day don’t tend to think all that much about it. When someone asks a father what he … Continue reading The Unexpected Kingdom
By Paul Koch – Peddlers of bulls**t are nothing new. Our lives often seem to be saturated in their mess. We’re used to hearing bulls**t from our politicians and bureaucrats of almost any stripe. There’s bulls**t on the left and bulls**t on the right. There’s the difficult to decipher bulls**t that comes from mainline media … Continue reading Bulls**t Peddlers
By Joel A. Hess - Il n'y a qu'un problème philosophique vraiment sérieux : c'est le suicide - Albert Camus It would seem that we have witnessed more celebrity suicides than ever, though I don’t know if that’s true. It would seem that the celebrity world is only predisposed to suicide as the skin begins … Continue reading C’est le suicide: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
By Jeff Pulse - Our text for this Sunday is from the book of the prophet Ezekiel. The text, Ezekiel 17:22-24, is quite short, only three verses, but it is quite interesting in the larger context of chapter 17. The chapter begins with a riddle, an allegory, which is introduced by, “The Word of Yahweh … Continue reading OT Encounters: Ezekiel 17:22-24 – A New Planting
By Paul Koch - Genesis Chapter 3 is an incredibly profound and rich text. It tells the story of mankind’s great fall into sin. We see here the beginnings of the rebellion, the mistaken movements in the name of misplaced freedom. We hear the echoes of the desires of our own hearts, the longing to … Continue reading Crushed
By Joel A. Hess - The American dollar is the ugliest of all currencies. As a kid I was always infatuated with the different paper monies I would come across on my travels and would wonder why ours is so blah. Then I learned how paper money works. It’s just paper! In and of itself, … Continue reading God’s Ugly, Ordinary Church