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Entries from November 2006

Weekly Prayer #4

November 29th, 2006 by Jason · No Comments

Advent: The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important. It’s a season made important by the Christianization of time that has been happening since the Church’s inception. So, with the coming of Advent I’m going to break from my routine of taking prayers from the Oxford Book of Prayer and post instead the first […]

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Tags: theology

Weekly Prayer #3

November 22nd, 2006 by Jason · No Comments

It seems only fitting that for thanksgiving the weekly prayer be one of giving thanks. The line that saves the prayer, for me, from coming off sappy is the next to last. That I am loved and that I love—those are things I find myself being increasingly thankful for as the years go on. The […]

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Tags: prayers · theology

Why Do You Pray?

November 21st, 2006 by Jason · 1 Comment

On my first weekly prayer post Greg asked “Why Do You Pray?” It’s a good question and one that’s been flitting around my head for the past couple of years. I’m sure I’ve read and been taught plenty on this subject over the years, but I don’t remember much of it. So, to answer that […]

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Tags: spirituality · theology

Weekly Prayer #2

November 13th, 2006 by Jason · No Comments

I’m continuing on with trying to memorize a prayer weekly from the Oxford Book of Prayer; this week one by Augustine of Hippo.  I took a class on Augustine in college that gave me an appreciation for his depth and wisdom as well as the remarkable impact he has had on Western Christianity. In addition […]

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Tags: prayers · theology

Weekly Prayer #1

November 7th, 2006 by Jason · 6 Comments

I decided today, after reading Lee’s post about Praying with St. Francis, that I want to start memorizing prayers written by others. My goal is a prayer a week from The Oxford Book of Prayer. I’ve been going through the OBP for six months now and find it one of the best aids to my […]

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Tags: prayers · theology

Letter to the Political Evangelist

November 7th, 2006 by Jason · No Comments

Dear Friendly-political-evangelist-lady-who-came-knocking-on-our-door-this-afternoon-encouraging-us-to-get-out-and-vote, First off thanks for caring enough about the country and the whole democratic process to go knocking on doors in the rain encouraging people to vote. Here’s some pointers that may improve your chance for success: Please don’t assume I vote like you or that I vote along a party line. Phrases like […]

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Tags: current events

Wanted: Perfect Church

November 6th, 2006 by Jason · 9 Comments

One of the first things we did upon arriving in Seattle was start looking for a church we could call home. Not only because my faith starts to feel dry and small when I’m not in a church, but also because we shamelessly need more of a social life (with both of us working from […]

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Tags: church life · theology

Psalm 146: God has a ‘social gospel’

November 4th, 2006 by isaac · 9 Comments

I already worked out my sermon for tomorrow based on the lectionary passages from Ruth and Mark. For whatever reason, I didn’t pay much attention to the assigned text from Psalm 146. I have to admit, many times the Psalms sound all the same to me. But, after meditating on Psalm 146 this morning, it […]

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Tags: theology

a benediction from Menno Simons

November 2nd, 2006 by isaac · 3 Comments

I’ve been trying to incorporate some voices of tradition into our Sunday services at the Mennonite church. Here’s a quote from Menno Simons that I used as our benediction the other night. It comes from an open letter to John of Leiden (1535): All you who have tasted the kindnes of the Lord, love Him. […]

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Tags: theology