By Joel Hess - I love Jesus but... Only a Butt says I love Jesus but… These days we often hear people say, “I love Jesus but…I don’t love his words. I don’t like it when he tells me I commit adultery in my heart. I don’t like it when he says, ‘no one comes … Continue reading You can’t Love Jesus and not His Church
By Andrew Belt - In C. S. Lewis’ books The Chronicles of Narnia, Aslan creates the world by singing it into existence. In J. R. R. Tolkien’s world of Middle Earth, Eru Iluvatar (the chief god) instructs the council of the other gods, that he created, to sing a song that will result in the … Continue reading Singing us into Life
By Cindy Koch - All extremes, except extreme devotion to the Enemy, are to be encouraged. Not always, of course, but at this period. Some ages are lukewarm and complacent, then it is our business to soothe them yet faster asleep. Other ages, of which the present is one, are unbalanced and prone to faction, … Continue reading Extreme Teen Complacency
By Paul Koch - I have occasionally been asked about my preaching style. That is, every now and then someone will wonder why I preach the way I do. How do I choose what to focus on from a given text? Why don’t I use notes when I preach? Why won't I just stay put … Continue reading What About Eternal Life?
By Tim Winterstein - [SPOILERS] I wasn't sure what kind of movie I was watching when Carlos Reygadas' Silent Light (Stellet Licht; 2007, streaming on the Criterion Channel or disc for purchase on Amazon) began with a minutes-long time lapse of a sunrise, and there is no dialogue for more than seven minutes. I think … Continue reading Time’s Burden
By Paul Koch – The other day, The Jagged Word received an email from our most persistent and longsuffering commenter, the one and only John J. Flanagan. He doesn’t always agree with what we write here. Hell, we don’t all agree with each other, but he has always been willing to be part of the … Continue reading Contemporary Worship i.e. Flanagan’s Conundrum
By Cindy Koch - The earth rumbled and softened underfoot. My eyes spun back and forth, watching the light fixtures sway back and forth. The windows rattled; the streets groaned. It took me just a minute to realize what was happening. Suddenly sick to my stomach, still trying to gain my balance, I braced myself … Continue reading Worried about the End of the World?