By Paul Koch - If you were to look up the statistic for mass shootings in this country, you would find that out of the top ten, five incidents have occurred within the last three years. Let that sink in for a moment. Five of the deadliest shootings in our history have occurred in just … Continue reading Bold Hope
By Bob Hiller - We all know the old sports truism: It’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you play the game. I tell my boys that I don’t care if they win so long as they play hard and fair. The truth is, we all play to win, and we all want … Continue reading The Disgrace in Tanking
By Paul Koch – Have you ever spent time with someone who is dying? And I don’t mean someone who is surprised by death’s arrival—the brutal car accident or the massive heart attack that sent us rushing to speak final words in a moment’s notice. No, I mean the brother or sister on hospice care … Continue reading Sitting with Death
By Jeff Pulse - Our Old Testament text for Lent II, February 25, 2018, comes to us from the first book of the Torah, Genesis. The text is Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 and is the establishment of the covenant which is marked by the Sacrament of Circumcision—although the actual verses dealing with circumcision have been left … Continue reading OT Encounters: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 – Entry Into the Covenant
By Cindy Koch - In the middle of the night, in the depth of darkness, an old feeling may overtake us. It’s always been there, but hidden away for those particularly terrible times. It creeps from our bowels, tossing and turning the bile up into our throats. Until finally, suddenly, it shatters into a million … Continue reading Don’t Fear? God says different.
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 Bob Hiller - For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 There are few verses in Scripture that captivate me as much as these words from Paul to the Galatians. These words excite, enthrall, challenge, and, quite frankly, frighten me. … Continue reading Fearless Joy!