By Joel Hess - Numbers are shrinking or so we are told. I just trust the experts who count these numbers. Of course, they rely on a lot of pastors who aren’t good with numbers. So, I don’t know. Even though I have never seen it at the churches I have served, I suppose I … Continue reading Why Is The Church Shrinking? Happiness!
By Bob Hiller - As if I needed another reason to love Mike Trout, MLB’s commissioner has inadvertently offered me one. For those of you who don’t follow America’s pastime, Trout is arguably the best player in baseball. For what its worth, if you engage in arguing against that point, you’ll lose. If you’re a … Continue reading In Which I Fawn All Over Mike Trout
By Joel A. Hess - Herod the Great might be considered the most evil character in the Holy Scriptures. Evil maybe, but stupid no! Perhaps one of the brilliant talents of Herod the Great was his uncanny ability to play both sides of a game. In order to keep his kingship of Palestine, he needed … Continue reading Herod and me: Triangulating God
By Cindy Koch - Have you followed the footsteps of Jesus? Sometimes I think I can be kind enough, sometimes I think I can love like he did. Every once in a while I have a really great day when the sky looks a little bluer and I’m pretty proud of myself for my gentle … Continue reading How’s your walk?
By Jonathan Holmes - I don’t go on Facebook very often. If I do, it is usually to find jokes and other humorous tidbits, or the occasional theological writing that a friend has posted that might be worth reading. Besides, The Jagged Word, of course. However, not everybody trolls Facebook for the same reasons I … Continue reading You’re Surprised?
By Hillary Asbury - I’ve always been pretty sensitive to violence. There are plenty of films and TV shows that I simply cannot get through without covering my eyes, and sometimes my ears. In fact, just the other night, I was watching a show, opened my eyes a little too soon during a particularly graphic … Continue reading Illustration of the Month: Gifts of Christ
By Joel Hess - Mad Men did many things well, but its brilliant dialogue lifted it from T.V. drama to a Shakespearean masterpiece. I don’t know of a show with so many great quotes, outside of Seinfeld. Yet most importantly the scripts magnified the underlying cancer that produces the rotten sores and symptoms we see … Continue reading Welcome to the Church of Don Draper