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Stanley Hauerwas at his best

January 20th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

I’ve worked my way through Stanley Hauerwas and Rom Coles new book, Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary: Conversations between a Radical Democrat and a Christian (Cascade, 2008). Not only does Rom Coles offer Christians a different vision of politics and democracy with so many possibilities, I also think he brings out the best in […]

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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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notes on liberation theology (2)

August 2nd, 2007 by isaac · 5 Comments

In preparation for a talk I gave on Liberation Theology, I decided to re-read the 1984 Vatican document issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “Instruction on certain aspects of the ‘Theology of Liberation.’” If those who don’t know about this document, it’s a very important reflection of the Roman Catholic Church […]

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back to Rollins: (not) speaking about God

April 17th, 2007 by isaac · 8 Comments

I haven’t been very good at keeping up with my fragmented review of Peter Rollins’ book, How (Not) to Speak of God. My most recent excuse is that the demands of Easter took over my life for a bit. Rollins first chapter explicitly shows his debt to Meister Eckhart, the significant mystical theologian of the […]

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last minute Paschal thoughts: Sebastian Moore on Easter

April 7th, 2007 by isaac · 2 Comments

As I’m sitting here trying to preach faithfully an Easter sermon, I was reminded of a book I recently read by Sebastian Moore. His books always reveal new insights into what it means to abide in the love of God. Anyhow, here are some incredible passages from his book from the 1980s, The Fire and […]

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straining to speak: rowan williams on Easter

April 7th, 2007 by isaac · No Comments

I keep coming back to two passages in Rowan Williams book, Resurrection. They offer me a stumbling block and wonderful possibilities at the same time as I try to figure out how to preach on Easter. Here are the passages: as with the whole of Jesus’ life, we are driven to speak of events which, […]

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Peter Rollins: more fragments of a review (3)

March 30th, 2007 by isaac · No Comments

The nature of “revelation” seems to be a fundamental issue in Rollins’ project in How (Not) to Speak of God (2006). Most of the church these days, according to Rollins, conceives of revelation as the solution to what seems to be God’s hiddenness. He writes, “Revelation is thus understood to be the very opposite of […]

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Peter Rollins: a fragmentary review (2)

March 26th, 2007 by isaac · 1 Comment

In the first line of the first chapter of How (Not) to Speak of God, Peter Rollins locates his book within the amoebic movement among Western evangelical churches called Emergent: “While the term ‘emerging Church’ is increasingly being employed to describe a well-defined and well-equipped religious movement, in actual fact it is currently little more […]

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How (not) to speak of God by Peter Rollins: a fragmentary reveiw (1)

March 22nd, 2007 by isaac · 2 Comments

A very long time ago, Adam Walker at pomomusings sent me an advanced copy of Peter Rollins hip book, How (Not) to Speak of God (Paraclete, 2006). The hope was that I would review it on this blog. After much delay, I will stay true to my word. Instead of one comprehensive review, I’ll post […]

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“Jesus comes as one unknown”– Albert Schweitzer on Luke 5

February 3rd, 2007 by isaac · 9 Comments

I’m finishing up my sermon for tomorrow and a quote flashed through my head—something I read a while ago. It’s from the end of Albert Schweitzer’s masterpiece on the historical Jesus. It’s a poetic and existential exegesis of our lectionary passage for tomorrow: Luke 5:1-11. He comes to us as One unknown, without a name, […]

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