By Cindy Koch - It’s pretty common. Shopping for clothes. Haircuts and maybe a pedicure come spring. We have a routine of upkeep to present ourselves to the world. Even on my most fuzzy days when the babies had kept me up all night and I had to run out to the grocery store, I … Continue reading Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Not Beautiful
By Cindy Koch - I know I’m guilty. Keys in hand, given even to me, this is my responsibility. It’s a habit now to double check every last door handle as I walk by, pulling just a little bit to make sure no one can get in. It’s part of the culture of the church, … Continue reading Locking up the Church
By Paul Koch - I have realized that there are many texts from the Word of God that I call my favorite. But this one from John 20 is without a doubt my all time favorite text in Scripture. Okay, it’s at least in the top five. You see, it is an honest and powerful … Continue reading A Strange Church
By Paul Koch - Today is the celebration of the pinnacle event in all human history. Today we rejoice in the great working of God who interceded at a specific moment in time to overturn the power of darkness and sin and death. This is the dawn of a new day and the promise of … Continue reading Behold, this is our God
By Bob Hiller Whatever happened to old Barabbas? You remember Barabbas from the Passion narrative, don’t you? He’s the robber (John 8:40), the notorious insurrectionist and murderer (Matt. 27:16; Mark. 15:7; Luke 23:18-19) who is bound for the cross the same week Jesus was on trial. When Pilate took up the custom of releasing a … Continue reading Whatever Happened to Barabbas?
By Joel A. Hess - Welcome. On behalf of the family of the deceased, I would like to thank you for being here. You have come to a funeral of sorts this Good Friday, haven’t you? Well, that’s what they say, I suppose. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to … Continue reading Whose Funeral Is It?
By Cindy Koch - The darkness is coming. I feel it lurking at the end of this long, sad week. Those of us who have been here before have been waiting for these tragic footsteps into the shadows. Even though we know what is coming, there is no escape from where we must travel. Retracing … Continue reading Five Lies that Kill Jesus