Chains Seasoned With Salt

Chains Seasoned With Salt

BY JON TSCHANZ A young man who lived near a castle went to gigantic draw bridge and knocked. He waited. This boy knocked, again, super saiyan style! Then the security guard opened a window and screams, Who are you and why are you here?" The young lad says nothing and pounds on the draw bridge, again. Who are you and why are you here?" replies the guard, for the second time. The young guy finally responds to the guard with, "How much do you get paid to do your job?" The guard pauses and…Read more
Smell Like Cigs

Smell Like Cigs

BY JON TSCHANZ He had messy hair and 80s glasses with animal shirts full of dirt. His nose hairs were long and he had this smell about him. He was strange. He was strange to me. My Dad would be so focused--focused on what this guy was saying. They would talk Star Trek all the time and I always found the guy strange. He was strange to me. My Dad, though...he would listen. Some experiences you have as a kid you never forget. This was at church, by the way. This strange guy…Read more
The Weird. The Weak. The Underdog.

The Weird. The Weak. The Underdog.

BY JON TSCHANZ The Weird. The Weak. The Underdog. Remember David? David the underdog? Those Sunday School memories start to flood my mind. The songs, the cut-outs, the coloring and the story. It's the story of David defeating Goliath in an epic story of the underdog winning. The weak one somehow comes out victorious. Well...that's what my Sunday School teachers taught me. But, what if they were wrong? What if David wasn't the underdog at all? The early Christian community in Colossae and Philippi seem to be asking these sorts of questions. What…Read more
A Contested Imagination

A Contested Imagination

BY JON TSCHANZ "Where you go to church is just a series of preferences. What it should be is a community of misfits." What is the music like? What types of people are here? Is the speaker good? How is the aesthetic of the building, bulletin and website? Is it cool? Are people friendly? These are the questions I usually ask about a church community. Then I wonder how much those things matter. Or, I wonder if/when people judge our church community that I even want people to ask these questions about us!…Read more