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?
By Tim Winterstein - The war machine will take what you have to give, and when you're used up, it will discard you—at least if you're General Glen McMahon or any of the other fictional generals who head up the combined allied troops in Afghanistan. War Machine (streaming on Netflix) is comedic, but its underlying … Continue reading Cogs in the War Machine
By Joel A. Hess - Every day, another sex scandal. For the past decade, we have been shocked by teacher sex scandals. Before that, it was priests. We have become used to politician sex scandals, the honorable Roy Moore and Anthony Wiener notwithstanding. Now, we are enjoying a flurry of Hollywood sexual assault tales. Of … Continue reading Sex in America: We can’t have our cake and eat it too
By Graham Glover - Another gun tragedy. Another debate. This time though the debate isn’t about whether we need more or better guns laws. This time it’s about prayer. That’s right, prayer. 26 people were innocently slaughtered while worshiping God and now we’re having a debate on whether Christians offering prayers of condolence and support … Continue reading Praying for Gun Laws
By Graham Glover - Wait, what? A reformation with non-Christians? Wasn’t the whole point of the Reformation to reform the Christian faith? How can we talk about a reformation with faiths that deny the most important belief of Christianity, namely, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God? Before I’m accused of … Continue reading A Reformation with Christians, Muslims and Jews
By Graham Glover - Some think it’s reached the point of absurdity. Our politics that is. These past few months (actually, this past year and a half) has not seen our politics at their best. Like many of you, I’m still a bit shocked that we’ve gotten here and increasingly saddened as to why we … Continue reading Our Ridiculous Political Contradictions