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 Graham Glover - Some think it’s reached the point of absurdity. Our politics that is. These past few months (actually, this past year and a half) has not seen our politics at their best. Like many of you, I’m still a bit shocked that we’ve gotten here and increasingly saddened as to why we … Continue reading Our Ridiculous Political Contradictions
By Joel A. Hess - Initially, I completely disagreed with those taking a knee during the national anthem. I certainly thought it was disrespectful to the men and women who gave their life for us to pay athletes millions of dollars. But then I asked myself if there would be a time when I would … Continue reading Would you take a knee?
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
By Ross Engel - Recently I watched the 2006 Kevin Costner/Ashton Kutcher movie, “The Guardian.” The film centers on the training of the U.S. Coast Guard’s elite rescue swimmers. Kevin Costner is the seasoned veteran—a legend with more rescues than one can keep track of—and Ashton Kutcher is the talented yet cocky recruit who yearns … Continue reading The Number
By Paul Koch – I’m writing this in my hotel room in Palm Springs on the concluding day of our annual pastors’ conference for our district of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Now, pastors’ conferences can often be quite the grab bag of competing experiences—of fun, disappointment, encouragement, depression, laughs, and silent tears. It is a … Continue reading The Weakest Link
By Scott Keith - When the disciples of Christ Jesus asked him how to pray, he gave a somewhat uncharacteristically forthright answer. He uttered the words for them to repeat in what has come to be known as the Lord’s Prayer. From that time forward, the Lord’s Prayer has been a staple of catechetical instruction … Continue reading Lord, Teach us to Pray