By Paul Koch –
Over the past year or so we’ve received a lot of intriguing, thought provoking, and downright hysterical comments on our blog. My favorite, however, was short and simply said, “I love the freedom exhibited in this blog.”
The Jagged Word was born out of a general distrust of bureaucracy and an unreasonable desire to make pietists uncomfortable. Other groups that offer insight and commentary on the church and our world seem to default to positions driven by fear that limits our conversation and participation. The academics fear the institutes of higher learning that employ them, driving their honest conversations behind closed doors. Our pastors fear reprisals from the various subgroups with which they’ve aligned themselves (contemporary, traditional, missional, confessional, etc.); they fear being alone and therefore toe the party line.
In opposition to all of this, The Jagged Word is focusing on the freedom found in Christ crucified for us. Our concern isn’t with toeing the line or satisfying those locked away in the ivory towers. We are only interested in the proclamation of freedom in Christ alone. So whether we are discussing generational distinctions or political positions or church fellowship matters, the end we drive toward and from which we are given the strength to begin, is a Word that kills and makes alive.
All the authors are given the freedom to write about topics as they see fit. They have been asked to write from a particular starting point or focus of our encounters in this world, but they have never been censored or told to stay in one corner of the box. In fact, we continue to find new ways to broaden our discussion. We’ve officially brought on Bob Hiller to explore the interchange of theology and our current sports culture. How many other blogs would take on this task? And you better believe we have more ideas in the hopper to roll out over the coming year.
Along the way, we have found that we are not alone. We weren’t the only ones disgusted with the party line bull shit that dictates so much of our theological conversation. There are others in other churches that looked with a wary eye at their bureaucratic structures and were sick of all the wasted time and effort. We’ve found that people like you are unsatisfied with tired practices that focus on everything but the actual handing over of the goods. Your participation in this blog from reading the posts, to sharing them with your friends and family, to commenting and joining the conversation is making The Jagged Word hard to ignore.
Together we are making this whole endeavor something more than just my friends and me writing a blog to have some fun. Together we are having conversations that matter, conversations that fear always wants to keep silent. Together we are the pink mohawk of theological conversation, we are the giant middle finger to the party line, and we damn sure will have some fun along the way.
Together we are beginning to makes some waves, and we are just getting started!