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Re-Membering the Body of Christ

October 2nd, 2009 by Jason · 2 Comments

(below’s a recent sermon I preached.  for those interested the podcast & video are on my church’s website) When my wife and I got married eight years ago we of course thought about using this passage as our text for the service.  And why not?  It’s all about love (though it doesn’t mention marriage, and […]

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Tags: pop culture · prayers · theology

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

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

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

Philip Pullman and The Golden Compass

December 7th, 2007 by isaac · 11 Comments

I haven’t seen the movie, but I read the Pullman trilogy 4 or 5 years ago. They took me into another world—or, I should say, worlds. Absolutely creative. I’m usually not one who reads science fiction or children’s literature. But Philip Pullman’s books were addicting; I read one right after another: Northern Lights (also called […]

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Tags: pop culture

Ecclesiastes & Film

June 15th, 2007 by Jason · 2 Comments

Up until a few years ago I was not a big fan of movies.  Not because I thought they were bad, but I just didn’t see why the two hours wouldn’t be better spent reading a book, and not because I am some great literary aficionado, but because I saw books as being more meaningful.  […]

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Tags: pop culture · theology

Zinedine Zidane: a Nietzschean

July 11th, 2006 by isaac · 2 Comments

The world cup came to a shocking finish on Sunday. I am sure this is old news to most everyone out there. The shock didn’t come from some electrifying, game-winning goal in the last minutes of the match. Rather, the global audience of the final game could not believe their eyes when this World Cup’s […]

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Tags: current events · pop culture

Stanley Hauerwas, Tony Blair, and George W. Bush.

March 13th, 2006 by isaac · No Comments

This week is wedding planning week for me. That means I can’t take to time for some substantive engagements with all the interesting stuff on the web these days. Instead, here’s a couple links to some great reads. First, check out Eric Lee’s piece on Stanley Hauerwas. Eric gives us a great window into Hauerwas’ […]

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Tags: pop culture

the groans of creation: johnny cash, jeffrey stout, and jacob taubes on the politics of nihilism

February 23rd, 2006 by isaac · 15 Comments

The man in black… Johnny Cash. I’m sure many saw that new film: Walk the Line. I loved it. What is striking about the filmakers is that they frame Cash’s story with Folsom Prison. At the beginning of the film, Johnny Cash is waiting in a back room listening to the prisoners stomp and clap […]

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wandering church: U2 and hebrews

February 20th, 2006 by isaac · 13 Comments

Music has always been important to my friends and me. If nothing interesting was going on, we’d head to Zia Records and wander up and down the aisles of new and used CDs. Maybe someone would buy something, but not necessarily. It felt good just to look around and talk about music. Songs were part […]

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