By Cindy Koch - Sugar, spice, and everything nice—what are little girls made of? As a mother to four little girls, I have undoubtedly asked this question since the day they were born. Parents are created to encourage and teach their children to the best of their ability. And for years I have asked this … Continue reading What makes a Wonder Woman?
By Cindy Koch - I’ve always had a hard time with other moms. I am a mom. I’ve known many moms throughout my life. But if you are familiar with friendship among women, you know what I mean. Inevitably, tension builds as moms get to know each other. At first, of course, friendships blossom. We … Continue reading Mom vs. Mom
By Scott Keith - Early Life and Education: Philip(p) was born to George and Barbara Schwarzerdt in Bretten in 1497. Philip had four siblings: Anna (1499), Georg (1500 or 1501), Margarete (1506), and Barbara (1508). All were born in his grandparents’ house in the Electoral Saxon Residential town of Bretten. Melanchthon's father, Georg Schwarzerdt, born … Continue reading Meeting Melanchthon: The Early Years
By Ross Engel - When Paul first approached me to be a part of The Jagged Word, his initial request was simply for me to run a campaign that would raise money for seminarians to enjoy a drink with their friends and buy them a book or two to help them prepare for ministry. I … Continue reading The Joy of Camaraderie
By Graham Glover - On the surface we don’t appear to have much in common. He, an Independent Baptist. Me, a Missouri Synod Lutheran. He, a conservative Republican. Me, not so much. He, a teetotaler. Me, well, let’s just say I like to imbibe in a good bourbon, or two, or… Our personal, political, and … Continue reading My Unlikely Alliance with an Independent Baptist
By Paul Koch – Every now and then, I begin to long for a little anonymity in life. I long to be able to sit in the back, disappear from the conversations, and be a nameless participant whom no one can even remember whether or not showed up. I think it might be nice to … Continue reading Learning to Love the Label Gun
By Caleb Keith - Dear Jagged Mafia, I let the month of February get the best of me. I was bummed out by some pastoral harassment and overwhelmed by the beginning of a new semester. I let these two things feed into my natural laziness, but it’s time to shake off the slump. With that … Continue reading Law, Gospel and Friendship