By Paul Koch - So here we are once again standing at that strange moment in the year when we are going to turn the page on the calendar. Tonight, at the ringing of midnight we will welcome in the year 2018 and say goodbye to 2017. There will be celebrations around the globe as … Continue reading Adopted in Time
By Ross Engel - At Christmas we often hear pious and wonderful things like, “Tis better to give than to receive.” As a kid I never quite understood that phrase. I thought it was really awesome to receive gifts, though, truth be told, some givers gave better gifts than others. I’m sure everyone has that … Continue reading Giving and Receiving
By Bob Hiller - What is the image that comes to mind when you think of judgment? Think of our justice system where we say that justice is blind. The idea here is that you have lady justice holding up the scale. She weighs everything to see if she needs to execute with the sword. … Continue reading A Sermon on Judgment
By Jeff Pulse - The Old Testament text for this Sunday, November 12, 2017, comes from the prophet Amos in the Book of the Twelve. The text is Amos 5:18-24, which illustrates the common theme in Amos of a complete reversal of what is expected. Thus, The Day of the LORD will not be a … Continue reading OT Encounters: Amos 5:18-24
By Bob Hiller - Last Sunday was amazing! My congregation in beautiful Escondido, CA hosted our circuit’s Reformation service, and it was epic! (A “circuit,” for those of you outside of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, is a group of congregations close in proximity to each other). A massive, multi-congregational choir, an orchestra, a guest preacher … Continue reading Beauty in the Mundane
By Cindy Koch - From the outside, you may think it’s not easy to be a Christian. From what you hear, there are a lot of rules and righteous stuff to do. You have to love your neighbor and turn the other cheek. You have to be honest and spend a chunk of your weekend … Continue reading The hardest part of being a Christian
By Jeff Pulse - The Old Testament text for this Sunday, October 15, 2017, comes from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. The text is Isaiah 25:6-9 and is a portion of one of the few EXPLICIT resurrection texts in the Old Testament. This is not to say or to indicate that the Hebrews had … Continue reading OT Encounters: This is the Feast!