Joel Hess

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Rev. Joel Hess is the fortunate pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Cadillac, MI, where God’s reality pierces through our illusions by His Word, flesh and blood and gentle waters.  He is the author of many half written projects; a talented musician and artist.  His contributions to the Jagged Word deal with the intersection of theology, culture and the arts.

Read Joel’s contributions here.

4 thoughts on “Joel Hess

  1. Hello.
    Comments were closed on “Science is overrated”, so just wanted to say: Great article!
    “Our obsession with science and technology does not flow from a love of life, but from a fear of death”.


    1. Sorry, I just saw this comment. Who knows what COWO practices are really ha. I should have elaborated on that. If High Church practices are organ, robes, chanting – then COWO (contemporary worship) practices would be praise band on the altar, plain clothes pastor, etc.


  2. Joel, as you are a musician and an artist, as well as an LCMS pastor, I was wondering about your views on today’s contemporary Christian music. I try to listen to it, but sometimes the songs do not uplift me very much, although I am sure it is partly because of my generational preference for older hymns and Gospel songs. I am nearing 73 years old, and I have been writing songs, playing what I describe as mostly “Christian Folk songs,” a fusion of Gospel and hymns done in a plain open mic style. I use a Martin acoustic 00015M without a pick up or and do not perform publicly, just do mostly songwriting. A bunch of my songs are on youtube under John J Flanagan, and I recently posted an improvisational instrumental under the title “Gethsemane.” I have two other favorites, “The Old Gospel Mission,” and “I was the Thief upon the cross.” I would be grateful for any feedback you might give me on any of the songs, if you have the time. God bless you and may your ministry prosper in His name.


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