By Paul Koch - We have all known those people who seem to take joy in tearing down what we’ve built up. Perhaps it is the kid at the beach that just can’t help kicking over the sandcastle that you just finished building. Or it is the big sister who knocks over your stack of … Continue reading Uncommonly Common
By Joel A. Hess - Is there a difference between being a believer or a disciple? No. Recently I have discovered numerous articles attempting to differentiate between being a believer/Christian and a disciple/follower. Go ahead google it yourself. There are many. Here’s one example. Basically, each author wants to convince Christians that it is not … Continue reading Believer or Disciple?
By Marc Engelhardt - In this post I’ll share one of the ways we do Foundation, Worldview, and Practice in my context. It comes from a class we teach called Christ in Common, which is a double entendre. The class exists because those involved have been brought into God’s family through Christ; he is the … Continue reading SEX is not a four letter word
By Marc Engelhardt - In my last post, which you can find here, I brought up the idea of the Discipleship Triad. It’s a basic principle that once known makes hitting the basics of well-rounded discipleship easier. In future posts I will give examples of how it can be done. But first I would like … Continue reading Let Me Google That For Ya
By Marc Engelhardt - Allow me to introduce myself since I am new to the blog and I am going to write like I know what I’m talking about. My name is Marc. I am a pastor, and I have been in the field for 9 years (10 if you count the deferred vicarage). I … Continue reading Discipleship Triad
By Paul Koch - In our text today we find our Lord on the move. The great forerunner, John the Baptist, has been imprisoned by Herod Antipas and the time has come for Jesus to begin the public work for which He was sent. He leaves behind His home town of Nazareth and travels to … Continue reading Fishers of Men
By Paul Koch - If you are like me you grew up in the Lutheran church making your progress from Sunday school, through confirmation, and on in to youth group and beyond, then you remember either with fondness or disgust those years of confirmation classes. Now for those who didn’t go through the usual form … Continue reading No Other Gods