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“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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Weekly Prayer #7

March 14th, 2007 by Jason · 2 Comments

This prayer, by St. Francis, is one of my favorites because it gives such a vivid, full picture of God. I also like how he holds together several paradoxes (i.e. God is wisdom and humility, joy and justice, etc.). You are holy, Lord, the only God, and your deeds are wonderful. You are strong. You […]

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Weekly Prayer #6

January 15th, 2007 by Jason · No Comments

I had a couple of other prayers in mind for today, but then I came across this one this morning and it seemed especially fitting for today, Martin Luther King Jr. day. I’ve thought about racism from the perspective of Ephesians 2:14-16 or Revelation 21:24-26, but this prayer makes the point that just looking at […]

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an advent benediction

December 18th, 2006 by isaac · 6 Comments

I wrote a benediction for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Please feel free to use it, adjust it, or tell me why it’s wrong. —————————————————————————————————- As the apostle Paul says in Philippians, “The Lord is near” (4:5). We are witnesses of the dawning of that great light come into the world—Immanuel, God with us. May […]

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Why Do You Pray?

November 21st, 2006 by Jason · 1 Comment

On my first weekly prayer post Greg asked “Why Do You Pray?” It’s a good question and one that’s been flitting around my head for the past couple of years. I’m sure I’ve read and been taught plenty on this subject over the years, but I don’t remember much of it. So, to answer that […]

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Tags: spirituality · theology

Mystic, Medic, and Musician: Hildegard of Bingen’s Embodied Spirituality

May 31st, 2006 by Jason · 4 Comments

For it is the soul’s joy to become effective in the body. She strives forever to perfect the work of the body that was created by God —Hildegard of Bingen, De Operatione Dei IV, 19 If you’ve been reading the blip for a while now you might remember a post I did a while back […]

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Tags: mysticism · papers · spirituality · theology