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race, footwashing, and church: a reflection on Holy Thursday

April 4th, 2012 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a reflection on an Holy Thursday footwashing service. Here’s a paragraph: I didn’t want him to wash my feet. It just didn’t seem right to me for an older black man to be bowed so low, at my feet, washing them, like a servant, like a slave. As he bent to the ground, […]

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Mary, Advent, and Occupy Wall Street

December 7th, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

Almost two months ago I wrote a short reflection on Advent and the Occupy movement. It went to print this week. Perhaps, at this point, the piece is no longer relevant. Here’s an excerpt:   In this season of Advent, as we dwell with Mary, the one who is filled with Jesus, we let her […]

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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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From Emergent to Mennonite

October 30th, 2011 by isaac · 3 Comments

I wrote a reflection on worship experiences with an emergent church and with a Mennonite church. Here’s how the article starts: Emergence of the Word I knew it was the right place because the sound of the bass made the sidewalk tremble. The electronica house music beckoned me through the doors. As my eyes adjusted […]

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To hell

August 7th, 2011 by isaac · 2 Comments

Here’s a short reflection on hell—or, I should say, against hell. When we confess in the Apostles’ Creed that Jesus went to the dead, we proclaim that the agony of hell is not foreign territory for God, that the Holy Spirit does not abandon the abandoned and that Jesus Christ is a companion to the […]

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Footwashing on Holy Thursday

April 20th, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a couple articles about our Holy Thursday footwashing services last year. They were published this month in the Mennonite magazine. Here’s a passage from one about how footwashing draws us into the intimacy with God and each other: As you bow down like a humble servant, your body learns the movements of Christs […]

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Prison. Holding hands. Becoming Mary. Christmas

December 14th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a short reflection about some people from church visiting prisoners every Tuesday evening. And since we are in the season of Advent, I use the story of Mary as a way to think through what is happening to us. Here’s a taste: As members of our church gather for fellowship and prayer in […]

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Tags: church life · published · spirituality · theology

The Anabaptist Prison

September 16th, 2010 by isaac · 5 Comments

I’ve been spending time in prison over the past couple years. I put together my inconclusive thoughts about my experience in forming friendships with inmates. The result is an essay that was published earlier this year: “The Anabaptist Prison,” Conrad Grebel Review, vol. 28 no. 1 (Winter 2010). Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of […]

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Izuzquiza, Rooted in Jesus: Towards a Radical Ecclesiology

September 12th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a book review that appears in the July 2010 issue of Mennonite Quarterly Review. The book is by a Jesuit from Spain who engages with theologians who are popular in North America: Lindbeck, Milbank, Hauerwas, Yoder, among others. Here’s an excerpt from my review: Izuzquiza is at his best when he offers theological […]

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With the Jews

September 8th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

I spent a week with the Mennonites in San Francisco (First Mennonite Church of San Francisco). There’s a lot to say about their church, but I decided to reflect on the significance of their space of worship. The Mennonites worship in a synagogue, which seems to me to be a profound testimony. Here’s a section […]

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