By Cindy Koch - It’s not Christmas. The neighbors haven’t plastered their home with Easter lights, nor has the Easter tree been trimmed with ribbons and bows. The little children don’t bubble with excitement in quite the same way. The grownups don’t stay up late shopping and preparing for the long-anticipated Easter Eve. It’s not … Continue reading Ancient Easter Joy is for the Kids
By Tim Winterstein - How do filmmakers do the kind of thing that makes a movie great? No doubt, there's an artistry that can't necessarily be defined. The great ones just do it well. But there's technique that serves the artistry, and that's something that I want to understand better. So I have a half-fulfilled … Continue reading Boys with Bikes
By Paul Koch – Last night, three of my colleagues and I rendezvoused at a local pub for a few drinks. It has become a tradition of ours every Lent and Advent season. You see, we team up during these times of the year to collaborate on a common theme to guide our preaching. We … Continue reading 4 Pastors Walk into a Bar…
By Joel A. Hess - Want to be a hard worker? There are plenty of institutions, mentors, and businesses that can enable you to be a productive member of society better than the church. Want to be a good person? There are plenty of equally effective religions and philosophies that can encourage and equip people … Continue reading You can only get this at Christ’s Church
By Tim Winterstein - I took my two younger children (9 and 7) to see Apollo 11 this past week. The older loved it; the younger fell asleep (though probably because of slight sickness, rather than from boredom). Fifty years ago this July, two men from the United States set foot on the moon for … Continue reading A Single National Goal
By Tim Winterstein - One thing you notice about Hirokazu Kore-eda's debut as a director of a feature film (he made three documentaries) is his patience. Maborosi (1995; I watched it with a free trial of Fandor on Amazon Prime) shows that patience from the very beginning. I didn't count, but I'd guess that the … Continue reading Walking Toward Life
By Tim Winterstein - “What is truth?” Pilate asked Jesus when Jesus said that those who are of the Truth listen to His voice (John 18:37-38). Intentionally or unintentionally, Hirokazu Kore-eda's The Third Murder ([Sandome no satsujin], 2017, streaming on Amazon Prime) is a longer meditation on Pilate's question, also in the context of a … Continue reading What is Truth?