By Paul Koch – A little framed picture hangs to the right of the door exiting my study which leads into the sanctuary of the church. Most people leaving through that door probably never even notice it, but I do. Though it is small, behind the glass is a simple and eloquent prayer. I’ve had … Continue reading The Unworthy Minister
By Joel Hess - Numbers are shrinking or so we are told. I just trust the experts who count these numbers. Of course, they rely on a lot of pastors who aren’t good with numbers. So, I don’t know. Even though I have never seen it at the churches I have served, I suppose I … Continue reading Why Is The Church Shrinking? Happiness!
By Paul Koch - We have often romanticized the image of the lone rugged cowboy who doesn’t need anyone else, who can ride into town and save the day and then ride off alone into the sunset when it is all over. But the reality is, no one does much of anything alone. People need … Continue reading A Dwelling Place
By Bob Hiller - As if I needed another reason to love Mike Trout, MLB’s commissioner has inadvertently offered me one. For those of you who don’t follow America’s pastime, Trout is arguably the best player in baseball. For what its worth, if you engage in arguing against that point, you’ll lose. If you’re a … Continue reading In Which I Fawn All Over Mike Trout
By Paul Koch – “This is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.” – 1 John 4:3 According to St. John, the spirit of the Antichrist is already among us. It roams about the world seeking to devour the saints of God. It is cunning … Continue reading Antichrist goes to Church
By Hillary Asbury - I had a friend in college who was an abstract artist. She was a phenomenal figurative painter and could handle realism with great sensitivity and finesse, but her pursuit of her abstract work was passionate and tenacious. She took it quite seriously. There were days when her creativity flowed easily, and … Continue reading Real, Good, Liturgical Art
By Paul Koch - We’ve probably all heard the story that our Lord told about counting the cost. It’s been retold in various ways over the years, but it is still a good thing to learn. He said, “Which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, … Continue reading The Cost