All posts by Keith Jagger

Pastor, New Testament Scholar, Community Developer

We Need the Mystics

I remember when my brilliant–truly a genius–theology Prof. told me that “spiritual” signalled something second-rate.  I think he grieved this, but speaking for his peers, he warned me to hide spirituality away.  Tuck it away from titles and synopses, and well…everything.  However, there are some who fly in the face of this wisdom and analyze ...

A Confusing Time

It's a confusing time to be part of God's church in the West. We live in the third century of a grand social experiment: life without God in all of its many spheres.People today do not want authority in their lives, but they feel something profoundly spiritual.People generally people do not trust our old stories ...

Finding our Way Through Post-Modernity

Post-modernity, as a title for our era, describes the breakup of our foundations.  Not everyone likes the word “Post-Modernity” or thinks it is helpful. It does its good work, though, to help us understand why things like gender roles, religion, claims to know the truth, approaches to relationships, and even things like Christmas are no ...

Life-Giving Performance Reviews: Expressing the Middle Issues

All human environments that are worth anything choose to self reflect. Self-reflection always makes us better and always helps us transcend our ingrained bad habits.  Show me somebody who refuses evaluate, and I will see—beyond their foundational nobility—stunted growth.  When I hear of organizations who forget to evaluate their employees, without a good strategy, it ...

The Gated Kingdom and Suffering

The number one question that people ask about faith is: “why do we suffer.” Maybe because it hits closest to home.  Maybe deep down inside, we all know that things will turn out better someday. But we reel. We feel the pain of loss and it bends the structures of our worldview. We feel helpless ...

The Human and Their Heart

Humans are first and foremost full of heart. We are more than our bodies and personalities. More than our family of origin.  More than our opinions and beliefs.  We are creatures of habit who love and relate and sometimes show a staggering sense of courage. This means that we are predictable yet defy rote categorization. ...

Hands Off

I once initiated a new intern by fire, teaching him about delegation during his first stint as a leader. I wanted him to build a pallet wall, the backdrop for a future art commission. Told him it would be a good way to get some skin in the game AND teach him about delegating.  I ...