By Paul Koch – The smorgasbord that is American Christianity is a plethora of material for running jokes and cultural commentary. Not only is there a conflict between people of the Christian faith and those outside the Church, but there is also an ongoing conflict within Christianity. The Baptists are pretty sure that the Catholics are going to hell, … Continue reading Learnign to Not Love the Church
By Hillary Asbury - The catacombs of Rome are a vast, labyrinthine network of passageways. They are cavernous: dark, cold, bleak, and eerie. Death lingers there. In the stillness and quiet of the depths, you can feel it. Long after the tombs fell into disuse, forgotten for centuries, they still whisper of finality… as though … Continue reading Art Underground
By Tim Winterstein - [SPOILERS] First of all, if you haven't gotten Movie Pass yet, what are you waiting for? If you sign up on the website, it's only $6.95 a month, and if you see even one movie a month, it pays for itself. (Just make sure that it covers theaters in your area. … Continue reading A Quiet Place
By Hillary Asbury - Visual communication is huge these days. It seems like the people in my life are constantly communicating over text message and social media using GIFS, emojis, and memes. I’ve seen whole conversations conducted almost entirely in this way, and I ask myself: Why? Why is this the way we “talk” to … Continue reading Liturgical Art?
By Joel A. Hess - A young pastor was enjoying a children’s message with a bunch of elementary kids (if you can’t handle pastors talking to little kids in the Divine Service, please exit). He asked the kids, “What do you think Jesus said when He rose from the dead?” One girl responded, “Tada!” Everyone … Continue reading Beware of the Peace Snatchers
By Tim Winterstein - It's Holy Week, so what else would I be doing but watching two films about Jesus' last few days? Two long movies. Two movies that inspired controversy and discussion and debate. Two movies that present two different Jesuses. And frankly, I don't care if movies want to use different devices to … Continue reading Passion and Temptation
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?