Unimpressed Ordinariness

Unimpressed Ordinariness

BY JON TSCHANZ In the Talmud there is this saying that goes like this: For every blade of grass there is an angel saying, 'Grow. Grow. Grow.'" The ordinary: eating. laughing. working. talking. listening. crying. growing. Why do we think that ordinary is so unimportant? It's literally most of our day. It's most of our lives. It's most of what we do! We do very ordinary things. In Psychology there is this concept called confirmation bias. Confirmation bias happens when you remember and see information that supports your opinion or idea about something.…Read more
I Deny The Resurrection

I Deny The Resurrection

BY JON TSCHANZ Would your church still be a church if someone took away your Sunday? And by Sunday, I don't mean just the day, but what if we took away that particular worship day. You know the day... The day where we get dressed up, go to a building, sing songs together, hear a speaker, sometimes partake in the sacrament of communion. What if that day was taken from you? Would your community still survive? Would your church still be church, that is, the living and breathing hands and feet of Jesus…Read more
Excarnation: The Disengaged Life

Excarnation: The Disengaged Life

BY JON TSCHANZ A professor at a local college recently told me that, for a class on technology and religion, he had his students create an app that somehow interacted with our culture today. One of his students created a virtual reality dating app where you entered a virtual bar with other "real human beings" who were also on the app. You could then scan through, see the percentages on who matched the best with you and talk to them (remember, this is all through virtual reality). The crazy part of this whole…Read more
Face The Roar

Face The Roar

BY JON TSCHANZ 2200 years ago you would need to work fifty hours to buy an hour of light. Today, you can buy an hour in half a second. In some areas of the world, though (maybe even down your street), people still don't have electricity or clean water. It's hard for us, who flip on a light switch without a thought, or turn on the faucet and let the water run whenever we feel it's important, to understand this reality. Justice. It means a concern and genuine respect for all people. As,…Read more