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Entries from January 2009

Truth in Paradox, More Thoughts on Ecclesiastes

January 30th, 2009 by Jason · 3 Comments

I’ve been continuing to do some thinking on the book of Ecclesiastes this week.  It’s not the most straightforward book from which to teach, and at first I was worried that in committing to spend a few months in it, I’d end up simply circling depressing and hard questions.  Not that it’s bad to sit […]

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Tags: theology

technology and worship: learning from Benjamin

January 27th, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

(I’m still trying to figure out a way to think about technology and worship) The best books on technology and worship offer methods for carefully appropriating devices that contribute to the unique form of a congregation’s worship. Technologies should not be imposed from above, but should arise from the communal discernment of the church. While […]

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The Fear of the Lord as a Means to Truth and Courage

January 22nd, 2009 by Jason · 2 Comments

For the college group I lead we’re reading in Ecclesiastes for the next few months.  Last week we talked about how such a skeptical, some would say heretical, book made it into the canon.  The dominant interpretation of Ecclesiastes is that it is framed by a narrator who brackets the beginning and end of the […]

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Tags: prayers · spirituality · theology

MLK Day: “why america may go to hell”

January 19th, 2009 by isaac · 2 Comments

Today is a day when our nation is called to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. Well, here’s a bit of MLK history that is conveniently forgotten. On Thursday, April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. had retreated to room 306 of the Lorraine Motel, worrying about a sanitation strike in Memphis and working on his […]

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Tags: theology

Welcoming, but Not Affirming: A Pickle of a Paradox

January 17th, 2009 by Jason · 19 Comments

One of the recent and prevalent positions on homosexuality in churches, including mine, is that they are “welcoming, but not affirming.”  What that actually means, however, no one really seems to know.  We all would acknowledge that statement to be paradoxical, but I also find it to be more problematic than helpful, theologically as well […]

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Tags: homosexuality · theology

Fully Alive: a sermon on baptism

January 12th, 2009 by isaac · 19 Comments

Title: Fully Alive Date: Jan 11, 2009, the Baptism of our Lord Texts: Gen 1:1-5; Ps 29; Mk 1:4-11 “The glory of God is the human being fully alive…” — Irenaeus, 2nd century Last week I finally got around to cutting out a bunch of the dead plants in my front yard—Baptisias, a Carolina Lupine, […]

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Tags: sermons

Barth on prayer

January 2nd, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

As is usually the case, the driving ideas for my last sermon didn’t come from my own head. That almost never happens. I got my stuff from Karl Barth’s wonderful little book on prayer: Prayer. Here are a few of the quotes that proved helpful for my sermon: Prayer is a grace, an offer of […]

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Tags: reading corner · spirituality