By Graham Glover - We Lutherans, that is, we Lutherans of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, are an interesting bunch. For a denomination that prides itself on doctrinal purity, remaining steadfastly loyal to the creeds and confessions that define what it means to be a Missouri Synod Lutheran, we have an unusual fear of those outside … Continue reading Lutherans Fear of Not-Lutherans
By Graham Glover - I met my wife 16 years ago this October. A couple of months later we were in love. A year and a half after that we were married, and for the past 14+ years our love for one another has sustained our marriage and our family. Lately though, the love I … Continue reading Learning to Love My Wife
By Graham Glover - There are millions of Americans who hate abortion. I’m one of them. There are millions of Americans who wish most abortions were illegal. I too am one of them. There are millions of Americans who wish that every woman considering an abortion would make a choice for life rather than death. … Continue reading Hate Abortion? End Poverty
By Graham Glover - I’ve been thinking about it for almost 22 years. Sometimes it’s simply a fleeting thought. Other times it preoccupies an inordinate amount of my day. Making this jump – taking this plunge, is something I’ve considered my entire adult life. And now I’m ready. After a long journey of vacillating, I’m … Continue reading I’m Converting
By Graham Glover - I spend a lot of time on Capitol Hill these days. Sometimes I interact with Members of Congress, other times their Staffers. A lot of time I just watch. But no matter who I’m talking to or what I’m observing, the one thing that is blatantly obvious, even to the political … Continue reading Sorting Ourselves Against One Another
By Graham Glover - Most of you who will read this probably don’t consider yourself a pluralist. Although we’ve never surveyed the readers of the Jagged Word, I’m pretty sure most of you have a pretty rigid way of viewing things, from politics to theology and everything in between. I’m no different. There isn’t much … Continue reading Embracing Pluralism
By Graham Glover - “I…do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” These words are part of the oath that every person takes upon entering or being promoted in the United States military. These are serious words that speak to the importance … Continue reading Defend the Nation or the Republic?