By Paul Koch - If you were to look up the statistic for mass shootings in this country, you would find that out of the top ten, five incidents have occurred within the last three years. Let that sink in for a moment. Five of the deadliest shootings in our history have occurred in just … Continue reading Bold Hope
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 Joel A. Hess - In Jocko Willink’s wonderful book, “Extreme Ownership,” he begins with a story of the first significant time he failed as a leader of SEAL time expedition. He talks about it as a turning point in his understanding of taking ownership as a leader. More precisely, he realized the importance and … Continue reading Pastors: Stop blaming the Bride
By Paul Koch – “In short: enthusiasm clings to Adam and his children from the beginning to the end of the world - fed and spread among them as poison by the old dragon. It is the source, power, and might of all the heresies, even that of the papacy and Mohammed. Therefore, we should … Continue reading Enthusiasm and the Holy Ministry
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 Paul Koch - When we arrived in the city of Cologne last November you could clearly see the tall spires of the great cathedral towering over the rest of the town. Our local tour guide called it the Black Gothic Mountain. The sulfuric acid in the rain from the burning of coal slowly turned … Continue reading Redirected Glory
By Tim Winterstein - From February 2–9, the Spokane International Film Festival celebrated its twentieth year, holding screenings of documentary and narrative features, as well as shorts blocks from around the world, including a Best of the Northwest program featuring local filmmakers. The festival opened with Benny and Joon, a 1993 film that was set … Continue reading Competing Visions