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Entries from December 2008

A sermon on piety

December 28th, 2008 by isaac · 1 Comment

Title: Exactly what you want Date: December 28, 2008 Texts: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Luke 2:22-40 Sometimes you get exactly what you want. My friend Eric wanted bike gloves and bike pants—those nice spandex kind with the butt padding. I thought he was going to wear them to church as a sermon illustration. He was asked what […]

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Tags: sermons

Barth on the Virgin Mary: a sexist against sexism

December 20th, 2008 by isaac · 2 Comments

Barth has a wonderful and short book on the Apostle’s Creed: Dogmatics in Outline (1947). Chapter 14 offers some good reading for Advent. The chapter is entitled, “The Mystery and the Miracle of Christmas.” The passage below is an excerpt from the end of the chapter. Granted, Barth is a sexist. That’s nothing new. Yet, […]

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Tags: reading corner · theology

Pregnant with God: a column in The Mennonite

December 16th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

The good people over at The Mennonite printed a short Advent meditation I wrote on Mary. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Mary shows us how to extend hospitality to God, which is simply what it means to be a disciple. She made room for God’s life within her own. She opened her life, her […]

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Tags: published · spirituality · theology

Lessons from Troy

December 4th, 2008 by Jason · 6 Comments

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been racking my brain, reading, and reaching for some thoughts on how advent might act as a counterweight to the flood of consumerism Christmas brings.  Most of what I was coming up with was abstract and bleh.  Yesterday, it hit me like a water baloon: God already showed […]

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Tags: poverty · theology