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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

technology and church: towards an essay

September 2nd, 2008 by isaac · 8 Comments

I’m am beginning to work on a essay for a conversation on technology and worship sponsored by Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Below you can read my initial attempt at working through some of the literature. Part 1 Why not start with Karl Barth? In his essay, “Church and Culture” (in Theology and Church, London: SCM, […]

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Tags: church life · technology

Communion as surrender: a column in The Mennonite

July 25th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a little piece on my friends for the Mennonite. I called it “Re-membering Communion.” But the editors like to change things around. Here it is: Are memories our communion? Here’s a piece of it if you want to get a sense of it: In worship we open our arms to receive the intimacy […]

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Tags: church life · published · spirituality

“Blessed are those who mourn”: column for The Mennonite

April 7th, 2008 by isaac · 2 Comments

I’ve started writing short pieces for The Mennonite magazine. My first piece appeared in the April 1st issue: “Blessed are those who mourn.” Here’s an excerpt: Mourning is worship. Sometimes we worship with our tears. To worship any differently would be dishonest and deny what Paul affirms: We preach Christ crucified (1 Cor 1:23). We […]

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Tags: church life · published · spirituality

Stories of Ethnicity in Scripture

October 18th, 2007 by Jason · 6 Comments

In a few days we’re hosting the annual faith and race conference at Quest. One of the ways I’m involved is in looking at how a few stories in Scripture relate to that theme. As I’ve been preparing it’s struck me just how often the issue of ethnicity comes up—there’s hardly a chapter in Scripture […]

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Tags: church life · race & ethnicity · theology

Pleding to a Body: Thoughts on Church Membership

May 21st, 2007 by Jason · 12 Comments

I’ve never been a “member” of a church, at least not in the sense of signing a statement that says something to the effect of “I pledge to stick with this church and agree with its basic teachings.” Mostly this is because I had never attended a church that had any sort of official membership […]

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Tags: church life · theology

Wanted: Perfect Church

November 6th, 2006 by Jason · 9 Comments

One of the first things we did upon arriving in Seattle was start looking for a church we could call home. Not only because my faith starts to feel dry and small when I’m not in a church, but also because we shamelessly need more of a social life (with both of us working from […]

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Tags: church life · theology