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Entries from March 2006

“we would like to see Jesus”: a sermon on John 12:20-33

March 29th, 2006 by isaac · 40 Comments

I am preaching again this week on the lectionary text from John’s gospel: Jn. 12:20-30. It’s been a pretty difficult passage for me to wrestle with the past week. It’s one of those passages that defies attempts at a pleasant message, at least that’s what I found. Is there an easy way to preach about […]

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the agonies of Christ: more deaths in Baghdad

March 24th, 2006 by isaac · 1 Comment

“Christ will indeed be in agony unto the end of the world.” That the last line I read last night in bed before I turned out the lights. It’s how D.M. MacKinnon ends his essay “Order and Evil in the Gospel” (Borderlands of Theology, p.96). “Violence rages in Iraq; 58 killed.” That’s the headline I […]

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Tags: current events · life · theology · war

cut off the king’s head!!… In the Foucaultian sense, of course.

March 23rd, 2006 by isaac · 4 Comments

So, when I was back home in Tucson visiting my folks, I was totally intrigued by the conversations. I mean, I never really paid too much attention to the way God and Country is the motto for those among these Christian circles. I guess that used to be me too. Maybe it’s silly to say […]

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Tags: life

Patient Ecstasy: a semon for Pentecost

March 19th, 2006 by isaac · 6 Comments

I had to preach a sermon on Acts 2 the other day. I know it’s a little early to start thinking about Pentecost, but I thought I’d post it nonetheless. ———————————————————————————————————   Lifting his gaze up from his writing and peering out his window onto a world of conflict, a world where people crash violently […]

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Why I’m an Atheist

March 16th, 2006 by Jason · 3 Comments

Well, if you’ve read this blog long you’ll know that’s obviously a facetious title, but, hey, finals are over and this is a blog after all. I suppose a more apt title would be “Why Early Christians were Called Atheists by their Greco-Roman Peers,” but who wants to read that? It is interesting though, that […]

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Tags: theology

Modernity, Postmodernity, and “the gospel”

March 15th, 2006 by Jason · 15 Comments

Like Isaac, this week is busy for me because of an exam coming up on Thursday, but I wanted to write a quick note on an article in this month’s Christianity Today written by one of my favorite profs from Westmont, Jonathan Wilson. In Give it Away, Give it Away Now Wilson critiques David Fitch’s […]

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Tags: reading corner · theology

Stanley Hauerwas, Tony Blair, and George W. Bush.

March 13th, 2006 by isaac · No Comments

This week is wedding planning week for me. That means I can’t take to time for some substantive engagements with all the interesting stuff on the web these days. Instead, here’s a couple links to some great reads. First, check out Eric Lee’s piece on Stanley Hauerwas. Eric gives us a great window into Hauerwas’ […]

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Tags: pop culture

Women in 1st Century Mediterranean Culture: A Comparison Between Philo of Alexandria and Paul of Tarsus

March 8th, 2006 by Jason · 10 Comments

I haven’t posted in a few weeks, mainly because I’ve been madly working away on a research paper (which always take me a long time) on Philo and Paul’s view of women. It was, by far, one of the most fun papers I’ve gotten to research recently. And though I didn’t plan it this way, […]

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Tags: papers · theology

Jesus Christ and Johnny Cash battling the wild beasts: another sermon on the baptism of Jesus

March 6th, 2006 by isaac · 2 Comments

I preached at church last night on the baptism of Jesus in Mark 2. It’s actually pretty funny because last month when I preached it was practically the same lectionary text! Anyhow, it was a great act of divine providence to get another change at that text because I thought I did a terrible job […]

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Tags: sermons