What The Heaven? Part 2: It’s About The Tears

What The Heaven? Part 2: It’s About The Tears

by JON TSCHANZ When I see all of the evil, the brokenness, the violence in the world, I often wonder something no Pastor probably admitsĀ aloud: Did God make a mistake? Then I'm at a gathering at church and I hear the words of the Lord's Prayer spoken aloud, "May your kingdom come, on earth, as it is in heaven" and I'm reminded that this is true--that this is what life is really about. It's about God's kingdom coming to earth. It's about the broken becoming beautiful! Back when I was a youngin', I…Read more
What The Heaven? Part 1: Surprised By Hope

What The Heaven? Part 1: Surprised By Hope

BY JON TSCHANZ Late one night, last week, I was watching a skateboard video from the brand Supra when I saw one of the skateboarders in the video with a shirt on that said, "Color is a power that directly influences the soul." That's deep! I backed up the video on my Iphone. The quote, evidently, was from Wassily Kandisky. Wassily Kandisky? Let me google that for you. Kandisky was an Expressionist painter from Russia. My art history friends might need to help me out here, but some say that Kandisky is credited…Read more
What The Hell? Part 2: Springs of Water

What The Hell? Part 2: Springs of Water

BY JON TSCHANZ Water. Without it, we would die. When we are thirsty, it soothes our throats and our bodies. Most importantly, though, water soothes our souls. It reminds us of life. Life is not possible for us without water. Even in ancient literature springs of water are always associated with paradise in the Jewish and Christian Apocalypse (End Times) for a reason. It's because water is the symbol of life. When I was working exclusively with middle school students, a while back, I remember a behavior psychologist giving me some of the…Read more
What The Hell? Part 1: The Least Christians

What The Hell? Part 1: The Least Christians

BY JON TSCHANZ "If you died today would you go to heaven or hell?" "Not the normal coffee shop conversation," I thought to myself. As a Pastor I have many ways to react to this, but what the hell, I might as well try to understand where this guy is coming from. So we talked and talked, but for some reason I could tell the agenda from this guy kept going back to these urgent questions of afterlife instead of the urgent need for him to at least know my name. He just…Read more