By Tim Winterstein - At one point in the documentary Karl Marx City (streaming on Netflix), the narrator (Matilda Tucker) translates two German words for dealing with memories. The first is Erinnerungskultur, or the “culture of remembrance,” and the second is Vergangenheitsbewältigung, or “the process of coming to terms with the past.” These are fitting … Continue reading Listening for the Past
By Bob Hiller - A few weeks back, I was scrolling through Twitter in order to feel good about the world (because why else is anyone on Twitter?) when, lo and behold, I found a tweet I disagreed with! OK, have you picked your jaw up off the keyboard? Good. So, here’s what got me … Continue reading The Bible Is Not Yours
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 Tim Winterstein - On the one hand, Wild Wild Country (six parts on Netflix) is about as strange a religious story as there is in the United States. On the other hand, it's not very strange at all. The divisive nature of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (a name I would be okay never hearing again), … Continue reading A (Not So) Wild Story
By Tim Winterstein - I can't believe that I've been writing these for a year! Thanks to The Jagged Word for the opportunity to watch more movies and write down whatever I think about when I watch them. I don't know if any of it is worth anything, but at the very least, I hope … Continue reading Not Quite Holy
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 Cindy Koch - Yesterday, you stepped right into the most emotional time of the year for any Christian; Praise songs and prayers, tears and guilt, suffering and death, celebrations and shouts for joy. The week leading up to Easter Sunday tells the epic story of our Lord Jesus Christ. The transition from happiness to … Continue reading Forgetting the Emotions of Easter