By Joel A Hess - This week, an icon of entertainment, a storytelling, character-creating genius, died: Stan Lee. If there is anyone who is larger than life, it would be this man. He gave us so many superheroes and fantastical stories that it’s hard to imagine they all came from one man. He said in … Continue reading Stan Lee’s right. We need a hero
By Paul Koch - We have all known those people who seem to take joy in tearing down what we’ve built up. Perhaps it is the kid at the beach that just can’t help kicking over the sandcastle that you just finished building. Or it is the big sister who knocks over your stack of … Continue reading Uncommonly Common
By Cindy Koch - Some of us are expecting the outbreak to begin any day now. A virus infecting the whole world, killing the inner mind and heart, leaving only a shell of the undead body to roam the earth. Passed from ravenous creature to creature, soon we will be constantly reminded of death and … Continue reading Zombie Apocalypse is Now
By Tim Winterstein - Halloween is almost upon us, and some people like to watch scary movies. But don't see the new Halloween or Predator or The Nun. If you want a real horror show—because it's true—go see Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer. I saw it a couple Fridays ago and, while … Continue reading Gosnell and the Hypocrisy of Everything
By Cindy Koch - Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. But I only can conceive of a tiny piece of my sin and failing before You. I know there is a right and a wrong that You desire, but I continually choose the wicked path. I don’t really even understand the … Continue reading The real sinner’s prayer
By Joel A. Hess - Sell all your stuff and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Seriously! I’m not sure most people take Jesus’ response to the rich young man seriously. The guy asks a valid question. Bravo to this kid. What do I have to do to inherit eternal … Continue reading Sell all your stuff and give to the poor!
By Paul Koch - The story of the rich young man, as it is usually called, is an especially difficult text for us to deal with in the church. Not that it is a complex story that is hard to unpack, not that it is full of analogies that are distant from us and therefore … Continue reading Sacrifice