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Entries from February 2009

A Midwifery Model of Bible Study

February 27th, 2009 by Jason · 4 Comments

I just finished Bob Ekblad’s book, Reading the Bible with the Damned, and was inspired by his method of Bible study that he uses when leading groups with inmates, immigrants, and others on the margins of society.  What impresses me is the way he is able to weave together scholarly exegesis, facilitating a space for […]

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Tags: church life · pop culture · prayers · theology

Work: a sermon for Ash Wednesday

February 26th, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

Title: Work Date: February 25, 2009 (Ash Wednesday) Texts: Genesis 3:17-19 Work. The alarm clock wakes you up on Monday morning. You lie there for a few minutes, getting ready to do it all over again this week. Or it’s Friday: you get home after the week of work, you are tired, it has been […]

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Work: Lent with Karl Marx

February 25th, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

As I was trying to think through a sermon for Ash Wednesday, I returned to Genesis 3 where God tells Adam and Eve that they came from dust and shall return to dust: “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” God links this declaration of human mortality with labor pains: “By the sweat […]

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Tags: reading corner · theology

He descended to the dead

February 22nd, 2009 by isaac · 3 Comments

If you want to see me preach this sermon, follow this link to Park View Mennonite Title: “He descended to the dead…” Date: February 22, 2009 Texts: Psalm 88; Mark 9:2-10; John 20:24-28 Place: Park View Mennonite (Harrisonburg, VA) “If I ever become a saint, I will surely be one of darkness.” ~ Mother Teresa […]

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Roadside Jesus: an article in The Menno

February 19th, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote an article last summer about my experience of joining a group of people who eat lunch together every Wednesday on the side of the road. The Mennonite recently published it. Here’s a passage: The lure of Christ’s gracious presence invites us onto a wandering path of discipleship that leads into forgotten places—the margins […]

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Tags: kingdom naturalists · life · pop culture · theology

Now what?: a sermon on Paul’s race to Spain

February 16th, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

Title: Now what? Date: February 15, 2009 Texts: Psalm 30, I Cor 9:24-27, Mk 1:40-45 My dad grew up running. Not from the law; just running. He ran track when he was a kid in Colombia. And he was good at it. His coach said he had a future. So my dad trained. He ran […]

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Fate, Chance, and Life’s Giftedness

February 11th, 2009 by Jason · No Comments

Fate and a strong predestination were part of the dominant theology in Israel’s day.  It was assumed that God managed and ordered the world in a fair way such that if you fared poorly, it was because God was punishing you for your sin (or even that of your parents), and if you did well, […]

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Tags: science · theology

Foodie Search

February 10th, 2009 by Jason · No Comments

My wife pointed out to Isaac and I the other day that despite all our high-falutin’ theology posts, the most commented on post is Isaac’s post from a few years back on how he makes kick-ass refried beans.  In her words, a post on “Mennonite Martinis” would appear to be more relevant than most of […]

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Tags: cooking

Faith, Economics, and the Trinity

February 6th, 2009 by Jason · 2 Comments

Our church has a class coming up tomorrow that we’ve entitled Faith & Economics. It’ll be a workshop on everything from budgeting to getting out of debt to investing as stewardship. Lots of good, hands-on stuff. Obviously, part of the inspiration for putting on this class was the current economic meltdown and wanting to provide […]

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Tags: theology

Demons: Malcolm X and exorcisms

February 3rd, 2009 by isaac · 1 Comment

Title: Demons Date: February 1, 2009 Texts: Mark 1:21-28 I usually rent movies from the shelves of the new release section. But last week I quickly glanced at that section and got bored. So I walked around some of the other shelves and a movie caught my eye. Now, I’m a sucker for good covers—whether […]

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