By Paul Koch – When you hear a man refer to a group of friends as his “church friends,” what you usually find is that they are the ones he likes to hang out with at church and perhaps not much more. Sure, they are people he can count on in a pinch, but they … Continue reading Do You have Friends at Church?
By Paul Koch – Sometimes it seems as if I’m living in some sort bizarre parallel universe, where the things I learned from my childhood, the things that have helped defined me up to this point no longer seem to matter. Or perhaps a better image would be that of a modern-day Rip Van Winkle. … Continue reading Disney and the Death of the Difficult
By Paul Koch - Consider these two conversations: the first was one I had around a year ago at a Verizon Wireless store, the second was with my father at a bar in a Holiday Inn about 20 years ago. My phone had died and I suddenly felt helpless. I couldn’t immediately check the stats … Continue reading Bending the Straw
By Paul Koch – The raising of a son is a noble and daunting task. In these days of safe spaces on college campuses and SJWs arguing over proper pronoun use, it is easy to get overwhelmed as to what is the best course of action. The time-honored traditions handed down from a father to … Continue reading Walking the Perimeter with a Son
By Paul Koch – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote an article about his desire to raise his children to be feminists. In it, he opines that he wants his sons to "escape the pressure to be a particular kind of masculine that is so damaging to men and to the people around them." While … Continue reading Boys Will Be Girls (Scouts)
By Scott Keith - (Warning: this blog represents a return to my cantankerous Jagged Word roots.) I have been beating the drum of the loss of masculinity for years now. Writing Being Dad – Father as a Picture of God’s Grace and publishing The Jagged Word Field Guide to Being a Man have both been attempts to … Continue reading Men are Not Defective Women, and Dads are Not Defective Moms
“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14) The Jagged Word has always been a place that encourages meaningful conversation about what is happening in the Church as it intersects with, reacts to, and challenges current cultural trends. The friends that … Continue reading A Field Guide To Being a Man