By Joel Krogen - I once had a phone interview with a congregation that revealed to me the length to which some people will go to avoid Scripture in the pursuit of being “relevant” to those around them (because, of course, the Word of God isn’t “relevant”—unbelievers around you are supposed to think you’re cool, … Continue reading When The Word Doesn’t Fit
By Tim Winterstein - Since high school, I've been interested in my family's genealogy. Nearly all of us German Lutherans as far back as I can trace, all of those generations are part of who I am. So far, there haven't been any shocking discoveries, but there are certainly intriguing gaps in the records. At … Continue reading A Hated Inheritance
By Cindy Koch - His eyes were focused and nervous as he watched that beautiful woman brought to him from the back of the room. Her father held her arm, proudly and sadly, as she walked out her childhood into a new life with another man. Her heart was happy and scared as she slowly … Continue reading The Secret of Marriage
By Tim Winterstein - On the one hand, Wild Wild Country (six parts on Netflix) is about as strange a religious story as there is in the United States. On the other hand, it's not very strange at all. The divisive nature of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (a name I would be okay never hearing again), … Continue reading A (Not So) Wild Story
By Bob Hiller - Someone is caught in the act of a grievous error. Everyone saw it. There is no denying it. They can’t justify it. So, what should be said about it? J. R. Smith might not be the best guy to learn from in this scenario. As I’m sure you’ve seen by now, … Continue reading Caught in Racism? What Do You Say?
By Graham Glover - I’ve been thinking about it for almost 22 years. Sometimes it’s simply a fleeting thought. Other times it preoccupies an inordinate amount of my day. Making this jump – taking this plunge, is something I’ve considered my entire adult life. And now I’m ready. After a long journey of vacillating, I’m … Continue reading I’m Converting
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