By Joel A. Hess - The Church is dying. We need to save the Church. Why are people leaving? If we don't get more young families in here, we won't be here anymore. Christians need to have more kids. Ugh! Have you heard people desperately exclaim these concerns and questions? Probably. Barna Research regularly releases … Continue reading The Church Doesn’t Need People; People Need the Church
By Joel A. Hess - A couple of weeks ago, our president took the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. No matter your opinion on the matter, it does say something on which Christians, atheists, and everyone else can agree. The earth is beautiful, and we should take care of it. Of course, there … Continue reading God: The Ultimate Environmentalist
By Jonathan Holmes - I’ve been a fan of superheroes for as long as I can remember. There is just something about them that screams, “STRENGTH! CONFIDENCE!” They deal with adversities unlike anyone else, terrestrial or extraterrestrial. Without ceasing, it always seems that they conquer their foe, even if they first have to fall to … Continue reading The Superhero as Contemporary Mythos
By Cindy Koch - I’m ashamed for her. I mean, there she is, acting like a fool again. She had every chance to turn her life around. Since her new life, she now knows what God really wants for her. She was almost over the mountain of her painful past. She was on her way … Continue reading Fool-Proof Baptism
By Paul Koch - Today’s reading from John 17 is a wonderful, surprising, and even haunting text. It is quite different from the bold doctrinal catechesis of St. Paul or passionate plea by Peter. It isn’t recounting a history or imparting divine wisdom through a parable. No, this unique text is one where you are … Continue reading Named
By Cindy Koch - If I could only see a word. Beginning as a bubble somewhere deep inside, filling with meaning and pictures and referents as it rises to the mind. Floating gently or thrashing turbulently behind the eyes, waiting to be released. Finally, the mouth opens, the fingers twitch. Blinding rays from the external … Continue reading Can you see a word?
By Paul Koch - I love maps. But, I don’t think we often use maps these days. Remember when you used to have an L.A. freeway map in your car so you could navigate the impossible web of intersecting arteries to arrive at your destination? Today you simply use Google Maps or Waze or some … Continue reading The Key