By Tim Winterstein - I'm not proud of it, but Alfred Hitchcock is one of the gaps in my film self-education. It's sort of like those classic books of the Western canon I always tell myself I'll get around to. I've got good intentions to read more Dostoevsky or Greek dramas or Moby Dick or … Continue reading Hitchcock in 2018: Rear Window
By Tim Winterstein - [SPOILERS, BUT YOU CAN PROBABLY GUESS THEM ANYWAY] That seems like far too important a title for thoughts about a dinosaur movie, but underneath the fantastic and seamless CGI, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is claiming to be far more than simply an adventure movie with dangerous animals. The tired part of … Continue reading We Are Not Our Own Saviors
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 Cindy Koch - Well, friends, today we are off on a new adventure. My husband and I are all packed up and headed out to the John Muir Trail. We will begin in Yosemite National Park and end up on Mount Whitney, provided everything goes well. In the end, we hope to hike 217 … Continue reading What if I can’t make it?
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 Tim Winterstein - [SPOILERS] Another recent film is often compared to Taxi Driver, but it's both better and worse than First Reformed. I had a free Redbox rental, which is as good as Movie Pass for seeing movies on which I'm not sure whether I want to spend actual money. So I rented You … Continue reading Revenge or Atonement?
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