By Tim Winterstein - On my last post, John Joseph Flanagan (who must have been a 19th-century Irish priest in a former life—no, I do not really believe in reincarnation) commented, "I think you should consider filling your mind and exposing your eyes to more uplifting entertainment than horror movies and stories about zombies. After … Continue reading Killing Clichés
By Cindy Koch - It was early in the morning; the pain was still dull and distant. I looked up at a quiet, blank celling considering the severity of this discomfort, but I knew it had only begun. Taking one last look around the dark and familiar room, I soaked in a moment of rest before it started up again. Inhale… exhale… Ouch. That … Continue reading Own Your Curse
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 Ross Engel - When tragedy strikes, the thing to do these days is to start a hash tag campaign. It is short, easy to do, and takes no effort or action on the part of the individual. By posting with the right hash tag, everyone else who is using the same hash tag knows … Continue reading #PrayFor___________
By Bob Hiller - This past Sunday, our congregation rejoiced with all the saints and angels over four eighth graders who stood up to confirm their faith in the triune God. At our church, we enjoy personal testimonies from each of the confirmands. I always enjoy listening to the students talk about how they believe … Continue reading Confirmation: Join the Resistance!
By Joel A. Hess - I like to bitch. I like to complain. I like to point out faults in institutions and bureaucrats. I like to throw rocks at hierarchies and hierarchs. I like to make fun of the Church. Quite frankly, it’s easy as long as I don’t have to be the guy in … Continue reading The Church Needs Forgiveness Too
By Graham Glover - A Southern Lutheran It’s not an oxymoron, although sometimes it seems like it should be. Compared to the Northeast and Midwest, there aren’t a lot of Lutherans in the South, especially Missouri Synod Lutherans. But we’re here, Lutherans in the land of Dixie. Lutherans have a rich history in the South, … Continue reading On Being a Lutheran in the South