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Entries from July 2006

congregational prayer, 7.23.06

July 31st, 2006 by isaac · 17 Comments

Every week someone leads our congregation in a prayer. I led last week. I thought I’d post the prayer I wrote. It’s based on the lectionary texts for that week. And, as you will notice, it’s a Mennonite church so the peace witness is important. ————————————————————————————- O Lord, you are the Good Shepherd. Yet we […]

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Tags: theology


July 29th, 2006 by isaac · 4 Comments

First of all, I have to admit my blogging ignorance. I don’t know what a “Meme” means and I’m too lazy this Saturday morning to google it (and I shouldn’t be doing this since I have to prepare a sermon for tomorrow). But Jason “tagged” me, so here goes: 1. One book that has changed […]

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Tags: meme

Book Meme

July 26th, 2006 by Jason · 1 Comment

I’ve never done a meme, but work is slow, books are some of my best friends, and Lee tagged the world, so here goes: 1. One book that changed your life: Can God be Trusted?: Faith and the Challenge of Evil, John G. Stackhouse Jr. One of those books that came along at a crucial […]

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Tags: meme · theology

Stem-Cell Research Stymied

July 19th, 2006 by Jason · 8 Comments

Bush today vetoed a bill that had been passed by the House and Senate. The bill made available for research those embryos which had been created as part of in vitro fertilization (IVF), but which have no chance of being implanted in the mother and thus will be discarded. Stem cell research has always been […]

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Tags: bioethics · theology

Destruction and Rebuilding in Israel/Palestine: a friend blogging from the Middle East

July 19th, 2006 by isaac · 2 Comments

The Middle East seems to head further and further into the dark abyss of violence and death. As the world-wide media turns our eyes to the fire and smoke at the border of Lebanon and Israel, one of my friends continues his humble efforts at bearing witness to resurrection in the West Bank. Bruce Fisk, […]

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Tags: theology

Zinedine Zidane: a Nietzschean

July 11th, 2006 by isaac · 2 Comments

The world cup came to a shocking finish on Sunday. I am sure this is old news to most everyone out there. The shock didn’t come from some electrifying, game-winning goal in the last minutes of the match. Rather, the global audience of the final game could not believe their eyes when this World Cup’s […]

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Tags: current events · pop culture

“Slaves, Women & Homosexuals”: Some Thought’s on Webb’s Book

July 10th, 2006 by Jason · 6 Comments

I’ve been reading through Slaves, Women & Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis (who knew you could pack so much controversy into a title?) by William J. Webb with a friend. Though a book about hermeneutics, Webb is primarily interested in showing how his specific hermeneutic, which he dubbs the “Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic,” can be […]

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Tags: reading corner · theology

World Cup Final: Why I’m in it for the French

July 7th, 2006 by Jason · 1 Comment

Seeing as how Isaac and I are both big into the World Cup it just wouldn’t be right if this whole thing passed without a brief post. No theology (though feel free to turn the comments that way, as always), just a rundown on why I’m rooting for France. First off, there’s no denying it’s […]

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Tags: current events

cuatro de julio: las caras de america

July 4th, 2006 by isaac · No Comments

It is no exaggeration to claim that throughout much of American history the very idea of American collective identity has been a contested notion, contested not only by words but by force as well. It may be, then, that American political identity lies essentially in its contested character, in the practical denial of metaphysical notions of ‘the […]

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Tags: current events · immigration

Remembering this Morning

July 1st, 2006 by Jason · No Comments

I slip in bed when you’re asleep To hold you close and feel your breath on me Tomorrow there’ll be so much to do So tonight I’ll drift in a dream with you Dixie Chicks, Lullaby Isaac wrote a while back about looking for “a soundtrack for our lives.” Today I heard the Dixie Chick’s […]

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Tags: kingdom naturalists · life · music