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led into ministry

November 22nd, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a reflection on how my church called me into ministry and formed me as a pastor. Here’s an excerpt: Long before that moment, long before I discerned God’s call, the Spirit was working through the hands of the community, molding me into a pastor. With their hands, the people led me into ministry. […]

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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

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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God changes his mind: Jeremiah 18 and Karl Barth

September 8th, 2007 by isaac · 1 Comment

At times, preparing a sermon comes easy. But most of the time the sermon comes only through much wrestling with the word. Leading up to a Sunday when I’m assigned to preach, it’s not unusual for my prayers to consist of complete frustration with the lectionary Scriptures. And that’s exactly what this week is like. […]

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What am I Living For? and Other 2007 Thoughts

January 2nd, 2007 by Jason · 8 Comments

Ask me not where I live or what I like to eat…. Ask me what I am living for and what do I think is keeping me from living fully for that —Thomas Merton I came across that quote toward the beginning of last year and I think I may make it a tradition to […]

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Tags: life · theology

Christmas charity: Emerson and Barth

December 25th, 2006 by isaac · 4 Comments

It’s Christmas and the bells are ringing. Sure, the jingle bells on Santa’s sleigh. But also those bells at the grocery store doors, where the Salvation Army’s faithful stand with collection plates at hand, ready for the generous overflow of our rampant holiday spending. I don’t count myself as atypical. I’ve put in my time […]

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commissioned for the pastorate

December 21st, 2006 by isaac · 3 Comments

Hands. So many hands. Fingers curling around my arms. Flattened palms pressing against my upper back. And a rough gardener’s palm resting on my hair, with fingers extending onto my forehead. At church about 6 months ago I stood in the center of thirty or forty people. From every possible direction they reached towards my […]

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That Stubborn Idol: The Almighty Buck

October 24th, 2006 by Jason · 2 Comments

Having made our way up to Seattle, then further up through Canada we are now firmly settled in Seattle and in a place that’s starting to feel like home. So that’ a partial excuse for not posting in so long. But it’s not the real answer for why I haven’t posted in the last couple […]

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Tags: life · theology

Rope Swings & Black Bears: Adventures in Whistler, Canada

September 21st, 2006 by Jason · 1 Comment

Being recently jobless and having just moved to Seattle we decided what better way to wind down from a month of moving intensity by heading up to British Columbia for a two and a half week camping road trip. Below is an essay from one of the days. Some pictures of our trip are here. […]

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Homeless, Jobless, and on the Road

September 2nd, 2006 by Jason · 4 Comments

Yesterday was my last day of work at Brooks Institute as a web developer.  In three days we’ll be out of our house in Santa Barbara and headed for Seattle.  We have no house (yet) and no job (yet) (which is wierd—I haven’t been jobless, if you count school, since 9th grade!).  The whole move […]

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