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Entries from September 2008

Dark sayings: a sermon on Psalm 78

September 29th, 2008 by isaac · 2 Comments

Title: dark sayings Date: Sept 28, 2008 Texts: Ex 17:1-7; Ps 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13 Psalm 78:2, “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.” Or as other translations put it, “I will speak secret saying, mysteries, dark sayings.” What strange words? When I first […]

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fugitive ecclesia: a column in The Mennonite

September 25th, 2008 by isaac · 2 Comments

The Mennonite recently printed a short piece I wrote about church. There’s nothing original about it. I basically rip off a couple lines from an article my friend Peter Dula wrote. His article is much better. You can read what I wrote here: Fugitive Church. Our communion in Christ’s Spirit is not a possession, something […]

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Tags: published · spirituality · theology

Jesus for President: An Ecumenical Campaign

September 18th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

The Jesus for President campaign came to Raleigh, N.C. on July 22nd. Chris Haw, Shane Claiborne, and their crew took the stage at 7pm. People started filling the seats at 6:30, anticipating the acclaimed campaign. For two and a half hours, Shane and Chris spoke about Jesus and politics to an attentive crowd. Although our […]

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Tags: current events · political power

Strange (but good) News: Paul’s First Sermon in Acts

September 9th, 2008 by Jason · 1 Comment

I preached my first sermon at Quest a couple Sundays ago.  Our pastor asked me to do it as part of my new position as college and community ministry director and ostensibly to give me a scary challenge in my first month.  It was scary, but it was also great.  I neglected taking any homiletics […]

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Tags: sermons · theology

church as protest: sermon preview

September 6th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

This week I was shocked to see the protests on the streets of St. Paul. So many people, some of whom probably went too far. But the riot police didn’t help matters with their brutality. This got me thinking about how church is like a boring protest. Sure, getting together for church doesn’t take much […]

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Tags: theology

technology and church: towards an essay

September 2nd, 2008 by isaac · 8 Comments

I’m am beginning to work on a essay for a conversation on technology and worship sponsored by Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Below you can read my initial attempt at working through some of the literature. Part 1 Why not start with Karl Barth? In his essay, “Church and Culture” (in Theology and Church, London: SCM, […]

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Tags: church life · technology