By Cindy Koch - Just a scroll through Pinterest, and that was all it took. I was simply looking for a new Sunday School craft and I was suddenly distracted by a fun object lesson involving water. You have probably seen it. A jar of dirty water, representing our personal mess of sin. But along … Continue reading Pinterest Repentance
By Paul Koch - The gathering together of God’s people in one place for worship is one of the most beautifully complex and misunderstood events that regularly happens in any given week. I suppose it was somewhat different for ancient Israel, when they gathered around the Tabernacle or the Temple in Jerusalem. There they had … Continue reading Dividing Truth
By Joel Hess - I love Jesus but... Only a Butt says I love Jesus but… These days we often hear people say, “I love Jesus but…I don’t love his words. I don’t like it when he tells me I commit adultery in my heart. I don’t like it when he says, ‘no one comes … Continue reading You can’t Love Jesus and not His Church
By Paul Koch - I have occasionally been asked about my preaching style. That is, every now and then someone will wonder why I preach the way I do. How do I choose what to focus on from a given text? Why don’t I use notes when I preach? Why won't I just stay put … Continue reading What About Eternal Life?
By Paul Koch - Today is Father’s Day. To be sure, it is not as significant as Mother’s Day, at least in its cultural impact. Father’s Day wasn’t established as a permanent holiday until it was signed into law by president Nixon in 1972, 58 years after the establishment of Mother’s Day. Father’s Day has … Continue reading Broken Fathers Faithful Son
By Paul Koch - Of all the questions one can ask, and there are a lot of important questions that you can and do ask, the most Lutheran of them must be the question, “What does this mean?” If you grew up in a Lutheran church, no doubt you studied Luther’s Small Catechism, went to … Continue reading What Does This Mean?
By Paul Koch - The question, “What have you done?” is a bit unsettling, at least for most of us. If it was said by my mother when I was being picked up from the principal’s office during grade school, it signaled the moment of overwhelming shame and guilt. It was the time that I … Continue reading What Have You Done?