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Entries from October 2008

Seeing in the Dark: a sermon on Moses and MLK

October 28th, 2008 by isaac · 5 Comments

Title: Seeing in the Dark Date: Oct 26, 2008 Texts: Deut 34:1-12, Ps 90, I Thess 2:1-8, Matt 22:34-46 It’s the end for Moses. He led Israel out of Egypt and spent the rest of his life wandering in the wilderness. The Lord takes him up the mountain top of Nebo and shows Moses the […]

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Voting for Osama… no, I mean, Obama

October 24th, 2008 by isaac · 16 Comments

Who can fill the presidential shoes of George W. Bush, a.k.a., “The Decider”? I am glad Barack Hussein Obama did because I know I couldn’t. Well, of course I couldn’t since I ain’t no good at public speaking, nor am I a good leader. But my most serious deficiency is that I suffer from the […]

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Tags: pop culture · theology

Reflections on Communion

October 21st, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

Last week my denomination asked me to write a 300 word reflection on “signs of hope for the future.” I don’t know how to think about the future. It seems like a question that encourages the construction of fantasy, thus a distraction from the present. Besides, doesn’t Jesus have something to say about projecting into […]

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Tags: theology

Prayer on Psalm 99

October 19th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

Congregational Prayer Text: Psalm 99 10.19.08 “The Lord reigns,” says Psalm 99. “Let the nations tremble; God sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.” Let the nations tremble… God, why should the nations tremble? They tremble, the Psalmist says, because you love justice. In a world of injustice, in a world where peace […]

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Images of God: a sermon on the Golden Calf

October 13th, 2008 by isaac · 6 Comments

Read this post on Karl Barth to see where I took my insights: Exodus 32. ———————————————————————————— Title: Images of God Date: October 11, 2008 Texts: Ex 32:1-14; Ps 106:1-6, 19-23; Phil 4:1-9; Matt 22:1-14 Moses is taking a while up on the mountain. The people of Israel are tired of waiting. They approach Aaron, Moses’ […]

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Tags: sermons

Exodus 32: notes from Karl Barth

October 10th, 2008 by isaac · 2 Comments

At some point in my sermon preparation I turn to Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics. This time Brevard Childs’ commentary on Exodus pointed me to Barth’s reading of the golden calf incident in Ex 32. I’ve never understood how theology professors assign readings in the Dogmatics and tell their students to skip over the small print […]

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Tags: theology

Culture and Liturgy

October 9th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

Herbert McCabe is a theologian that I come back on a monthly (sometimes weekly) basis. In my attempt to learn more about his context, I’ve started reading the writers who formed the radical Catholic journal called “Slant.” Their ranks include names like Terry Eagleton, Brian Wicker, Adrian Cunningham, Martin Redfern, Laurence Bright and Neil Middleton—a […]

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Tags: reading corner · theology

Gryffin Arrives

October 6th, 2008 by Jason · 19 Comments

On September 28th we finally completed our 9 months of waiting and had our first kid, Gryffin (yes, the name is inspired by Gryffindor in Harry Potter, but Gryffin’s are also mythological creatures that you’ll find on old churches because they symbolized the dual nature of Jesus.  A theologian’s dream back story…).  Anyhow, at 2am […]

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