Rev. Joel Hess is the fortunate pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Cadillac, MI, where God’s reality pierces through our illusions by His Word, flesh and blood and gentle waters. He is the author of many half-written projects; a talented musician and artist. His contributions to The Jagged Word deal with the intersection of theology, culture and the arts.
Often times friends of mine complain about our practice of baptizing infants. I used to take time arguing the fine points of why. But now I just tell them, “We only baptize infants.” It’s true.
As many of you sadly know, early on in the movie, “The Lion King,” the lion cub Simba loses his father. Fortunately, throughout the movie, we get to hear a theme song called “The Circle of Life” to make us feel better about death.
The greatest joy of Lent is failing at it only to find Jesus has already done it for us!
“Lord teach us to pray.” The disciples begged Jesus for some sort of magical insight to this essential task of discipleship. We still ask that question. Everyone knows Christians should pray. It seems simple enough.
These divisive days are bringing out the worst in pastors and churches. The devil knows just what to do. If he can get congregations and their shepherds excited about anything else except Jesus, he wins.
In chapter 14 of Exodus Moses tells us that the Israelites were complaining. What’s new? God had caused Pharaoh to release them from slavery by the killing of the first-born males throughout Egypt.
Repentance and joy are two words we don't usually see near each other. It’s not exciting to be told that you are doing something wrong, or worse, that you stink in life! I like how our modern world invented the term ‘constructive criticism’ to dilute the sting of criticism.
I was called into the hospital from my cozy living room where my family and I were laying around enjoying the lazy after Christmas daze surrounded by pieces of wrapping paper, chocolate candies and glasses of eggnog.
We all know how Santa thinks. He’s making a list. He’s checking it twice. He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town.
There is a stained glass window designed by the artist Reginald Frampton. It was commissioned by Charles Loxton in memory of his son Charles Edward Holden Loxton, known as Edward.