By Paul Koch – “This is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.” – 1 John 4:3 According to St. John, the spirit of the Antichrist is already among us. It roams about the world seeking to devour the saints of God. It is cunning … Continue reading Antichrist goes to Church
By Hillary Asbury - Domenikos Theotokopulos, born in the 16th century and commonly known as El Greco, is a European artist with one of the most distinctive styles of his time. Originally from Crete, he studied in Venice, worked in Italy for some time, and went on to heavily influence not only the Spanish Renaissance … Continue reading Can the Darkness Condemn the Light?
By Cindy Koch - Have you followed the footsteps of Jesus? Sometimes I think I can be kind enough, sometimes I think I can love like he did. Every once in a while I have a really great day when the sky looks a little bluer and I’m pretty proud of myself for my gentle … Continue reading How’s your walk?
By Paul Koch - Just about 7 years ago I loaded up my family in our old blue minivan with a roof rack carrier loaded to the gills. The moving truck had already hauled all our stuff away and we began a long road trip out to California. It was exciting. When we had moved … Continue reading Without Honor
By Hillary Asbury - As a teenager, my friends in youth group had a running joke that the answer to every bible study question was an enthusiastic “Jesus!” How do you know you are saved? Jesus! Where do you turn in times of trouble? Jesus! What is your favorite color? Jesus! Whatever the question was, … Continue reading The Answer is Always Jesus
By Joel Hess - Mad Men did many things well, but its brilliant dialogue lifted it from T.V. drama to a Shakespearean masterpiece. I don’t know of a show with so many great quotes, outside of Seinfeld. Yet most importantly the scripts magnified the underlying cancer that produces the rotten sores and symptoms we see … Continue reading Welcome to the Church of Don Draper
By Paul Koch - On September 11th, 2001, I was in the midst of my vicarage assignment at Peace Lutheran Church in Bremerton, Washington. That Tuesday morning and the events that unfolded throughout the coming weeks and months, I don’t think I’ll ever forget. If you’ve never been to Bremerton, it is a beautiful town … Continue reading Unanswered Questions