By Joel A. Hess - In Jocko Willink’s wonderful book, “Extreme Ownership,” he begins with a story of the first significant time he failed as a leader of SEAL time expedition. He talks about it as a turning point in his understanding of taking ownership as a leader. More precisely, he realized the importance and … Continue reading Pastors: Stop blaming the Bride
By Bob Hiller - For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 There are few verses in Scripture that captivate me as much as these words from Paul to the Galatians. These words excite, enthrall, challenge, and, quite frankly, frighten me. … Continue reading Fearless Joy!
By Paul Koch – “In short: enthusiasm clings to Adam and his children from the beginning to the end of the world - fed and spread among them as poison by the old dragon. It is the source, power, and might of all the heresies, even that of the papacy and Mohammed. Therefore, we should … Continue reading Enthusiasm and the Holy Ministry
By Paul Koch - When we arrived in the city of Cologne last November you could clearly see the tall spires of the great cathedral towering over the rest of the town. Our local tour guide called it the Black Gothic Mountain. The sulfuric acid in the rain from the burning of coal slowly turned … Continue reading Redirected Glory
By Joel A. Hess - Jesus wants to be found by those who look for Him. But to look for Him we have to get up and go out. @pontifex The leader of a good portion of Christendom tweeted the above tweet just a couple of days ago. Yes, I follow him because his twitter … Continue reading Jesus Doesn’t Play Hide and Go Seek
By Paul Koch - In his letter the to the church in Corinth, St. Paul speaks in sobering terms about his role in the mission and work of our Lord’s church. He seems to understand the magnitude of what he is doing and the crucial nature of just what it is that the church is … Continue reading Learning to Run
By Ross Engel - A wise and experienced pastor once told me, “Preaching the Law of God to a Congregation is like throwing a brick into a pack of dogs. The dog that yelps is the one that got hit with the brick.” Now, before I go any further, I want to make a few … Continue reading Tossing the Brick