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 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 Paul Koch - At the end of the Nicene Creed, we confess together, “I believe in the one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sin, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” Now, creeds are important to … Continue reading The Apostolic Church
By Paul Koch – I love this country. I grew up in a proud and patriotic family. We flew the flag in front of our home, and my older brother and I learned how to properly fold it from an early age. Every 4th of July, my dad would light fireworks (though they were illegal … Continue reading The American Dream: Everything and Nothing
By Paul Koch - This Thursday, on the 4th of July, our nation will celebrate its independence. We will grill food, drink a few beers, and light off fireworks while basking in a healthy patriotism. We will rejoice in what we have come to know as a particularly potent understanding of freedom. Freedom from a … Continue reading Free for What?
By Paul Koch - This week our congregation hosted Vacation Bible School. It was a week of songs, food, and fun as together we shared God’s great story of promise and salvation with the children that gathered here. Now, there are a lot of reasons why a church might choose to hold or not hold … Continue reading God’s Gracious Surprise
By Paul Koch – Holy sh*t! Did you hear Paula White’s opening prayer for the official launch of Trump’s 2020 campaign for re-election? To say that it was theologically unsound would be a gross understatement. To say that it was a cringe-worthy reading and application of the Word of God would be closer to the … Continue reading Paula White and the Horror of American Christianity