By Joel Hess - "One mornin' Tim was feelin' full, His head was heavy which made him shake; He fell from the ladder and broke his skull, And they carried him home his corpse to wake. They rolled him up in a nice clean sheet, And laid him out upon the bed, A gallon of … Continue reading Bring Back the Wake!
By Paul Koch – Do you remember drinking from the garden hose as a child? I do. In fact when I’m working in the yard these days I will still get a quick drink from time to time from the hose. I like it. I like the taste; compared to the water that comes from … Continue reading Unsafe Theology
By Cindy Koch - I must be really tired right now. We are hiking the John Muir trail, and when you read this, we will be on day 14. I planned to leave you with some thoughts on marriage as Paul and I are taking our grand adventure away from kids, phones, and everyday life. … Continue reading Let Me Sleep
By Tim Winterstein - I'm not proud of it, but Alfred Hitchcock is one of the gaps in my film self-education. It's sort of like those classic books of the Western canon I always tell myself I'll get around to. I've got good intentions to read more Dostoevsky or Greek dramas or Moby Dick or … Continue reading Hitchcock in 2018: Rear Window
By Joel A. Hess - Since seminary, I have been told by seasoned pastors and “expert” first timers that pastoring is a tough, thankless job. They encouraged me to set boundaries so I don’t get lost in the work and forget about myself and my family. They scared me stiff, perhaps hoping I would not be … Continue reading Dear Pastors and Pastor’s Wives: Stop Whining
By Cindy Koch - If you are reading this, it means that Paul and I are still out hiking the John Muir Trail. I wanted to leave you with a few thoughts while we were out of touch this month. Yes, that’s right, 23 days on the trail—no phones. By now, we have been out … Continue reading No kids allowed on the trail
By Cindy Koch - Well, friends, today we are off on a new adventure. My husband and I are all packed up and headed out to the John Muir Trail. We will begin in Yosemite National Park and end up on Mount Whitney, provided everything goes well. In the end, we hope to hike 217 … Continue reading What if I can’t make it?