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Book Review: Graham Ward, Politics of Discipleship

July 13th, 2011 by isaac · 5 Comments

I wrote a review of Graham Ward’s new book, Politics of Discipleship. I usually very much appreciate his work, and I have learned a lot from his various theological explorations. But this one left me wanting. The review is in the recent issue of The Mennonite Quarterly Review (July, 2011). So I guess you’ll have […]

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Hans Denck’s response to James Davison Hunter (and Tim Keller)

April 7th, 2011 by isaac · 3 Comments

I read James Davison Hunter’s new book last year: To Change the World (2010). I’ve been thinking about it a lot over the past few months. This morning I read a passage from Hans Denck, an Anabaptist leader in the 16th century. Remarkably, Denck names the arts and the economy (as well as the government) […]

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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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Book review: Nation and Grimsrud

February 2nd, 2010 by isaac · 1 Comment

I’ve had a number of people email me and ask for the unedited version of my review of Ted Grimsrud and Mark Thiessen Nation: Reasoning Together. In an earlier post I had asked people to email me if they wanted me to read the full book review instead of the shortened one that appeared in […]

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Awaiting Pentecost

May 28th, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

Sermon preparation… First I read a bunch of the more interesting commentaries on the assigned lectionary passage. And usually nothing happens. No sermon ideas—although every once in a while a word or a phrase or a sentence triggers a sermon. After spending a day with the commentaries, I put their careful exegesis aside and take […]

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politics beyond elections

May 8th, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a short review of Hauerwas and Coles’ book from last year, Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary (Cascade). It appears in the current issue of the Mennonite Weekly Review (May 4, 2009). Here’s an excerpt: Politics involves all the ways we tend to the common good. This happens in our neighborhoods, not just […]

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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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Barth on prayer

January 2nd, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

As is usually the case, the driving ideas for my last sermon didn’t come from my own head. That almost never happens. I got my stuff from Karl Barth’s wonderful little book on prayer: Prayer. Here are a few of the quotes that proved helpful for my sermon: Prayer is a grace, an offer of […]

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Barth on the Virgin Mary: a sexist against sexism

December 20th, 2008 by isaac · 2 Comments

Barth has a wonderful and short book on the Apostle’s Creed: Dogmatics in Outline (1947). Chapter 14 offers some good reading for Advent. The chapter is entitled, “The Mystery and the Miracle of Christmas.” The passage below is an excerpt from the end of the chapter. Granted, Barth is a sexist. That’s nothing new. Yet, […]

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Culture and Liturgy

October 9th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

Herbert McCabe is a theologian that I come back on a monthly (sometimes weekly) basis. In my attempt to learn more about his context, I’ve started reading the writers who formed the radical Catholic journal called “Slant.” Their ranks include names like Terry Eagleton, Brian Wicker, Adrian Cunningham, Martin Redfern, Laurence Bright and Neil Middleton—a […]

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