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 - Well, here it comes again. Lent. I used to say that this was my favorite time of year. It should be for a pastor, right? It’s time to get serious about the faith. Get back to basics. Restore the Roar. Those are just a some of our eye-popping, life-changing Lenten … Continue reading Hope you fail this Lent
By Cindy Koch - They shouldn’t scare me, but I find myself hiding from them. Smugly sauntering into any situation, armed with a knowing glare. They hold up their heads high, bold and unashamed. Stepping over the weak and lowly, they collect respect and fear from the quiet stares that follow their path. They flash … Continue reading Proof Text Mafia
By Tim Winterstein - The shocking thing about watching Christine (available on Netflix) in 2018 is maybe not that Christine Chubbuck committed suicide on live television in 1974. The shocking thing is that we haven't seen such a thing, or something like it, in the forty years since. She took the logic of “if it … Continue reading The Real Us?
By Tim Winterstein - [SPOILERS] Sami Blood (Sameblod) is the one film I missed at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival that I've been waiting to see. It's finally been released for streaming on Google Play and iTunes, and I wasn't disappointed. Though I'm nearly 100% of German ancestry (as far as I know), I … Continue reading Same Blood, Different Heart
By Tim Winterstein - There are more prominent hucksters in American religion, but perhaps none as honest as Marjoe Gortner. “Charlatan” is a word custom made for him. I'm not sure why I hadn't come across the 1972 Academy Award-winning documentary Marjoe before I found it on Sundance Now (you can also see the full … Continue reading Holy Ghost Hypocrisy
By Jonathan Holmes - The other day I learned that we are not allowed to “celebrate Santa Clause” at my school. Why? Because he isn’t real. That’s a bad argument, if you ask me. Why? Because he is very real. Yes, Santa Clause is real. Oh, you would rather tell them of the generosity of … Continue reading Will the Real Santa Clause Please Stand Up