By Joel A. Hess - In Jocko Willink’s wonderful book, “Extreme Ownership,” he begins with a story of the first significant time he failed as a leader of SEAL time expedition. He talks about it as a turning point in his understanding of taking ownership as a leader. More precisely, he realized the importance and … Continue reading Pastors: Stop blaming the Bride
By Paul Koch - The great tale of the testing of Abraham is a powerful and emotional journey. Every time it hits me in a different way than the last time I encountered it. This man had been directed by the Almighty God to look toward the heavens, to take in the great expanse of … Continue reading The Binding
By Cindy Koch - They shouldn’t scare me, but I find myself hiding from them. Smugly sauntering into any situation, armed with a knowing glare. They hold up their heads high, bold and unashamed. Stepping over the weak and lowly, they collect respect and fear from the quiet stares that follow their path. They flash … Continue reading Proof Text Mafia
By Cindy Koch - I know what you want, because I want it too. Sunshine, relaxing days, preferably on the beach, surrounded by those whom you love, cared for by those who love you. Obedient children, kind and devoted parents, trustworthy friends, and a spouse who makes you complete. A deeper meaning in this life … Continue reading Shiny, Happy Life
By Paul Koch - In his letter the to the church in Corinth, St. Paul speaks in sobering terms about his role in the mission and work of our Lord’s church. He seems to understand the magnitude of what he is doing and the crucial nature of just what it is that the church is … Continue reading Learning to Run
By Ross Engel - A wise and experienced pastor once told me, “Preaching the Law of God to a Congregation is like throwing a brick into a pack of dogs. The dog that yelps is the one that got hit with the brick.” Now, before I go any further, I want to make a few … Continue reading Tossing the Brick
By Joel Hess - Everybody loves ‘forgiveness!’ Who would disagree with the importance and blessing of forgiveness? Sure, Christianity emphasizes it probably more than any other religion or philosophy. But it would be foolish to conclude Christians enjoy a monopoly on mercy, right? As I was preparing for last week’s sermon I thought I would … Continue reading Forgiveness Is Not For You!