Reading Notes: Practicing the Way of Jesus – Life Together in the Kingdom of Love by Mark Scandrette

Reading Notes: Practicing the Way of Jesus - Life Together in the Kingdom of Love by Mark Scandrette
I first met Mark Scandrette in Glorietta, NM in the fall of 2005. I went to the Emergent Village national gathering, which was filled with bright-eyed wannabe postmodernists, most of whom hadn’t read a lick of Derrida, but were eager to lap up anything that was coming out of this exciting, revolutionary conversation. At this ...

Reading Notes: Homiletics by Karl Barth

Reading Notes: Homiletics by Karl Barth
I’ve just finished Homiletics, a book that is comprised of student notes taken on Karl Barth’s lectures on preaching at Bonn in 1932-33. Barth is famously quoted as saying – somewhat apocryphally – “a pastor should preach with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.” If Barth did say that, he had moderated that ...

Reading Notes: The Doors of the Sea by David Bentley Hart 2

Reading Notes: The Doors of the Sea by David Bentley Hart
The Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami of 2004 which claimed the lives of some 250,000 people raised once again the inevitable question: where was God? If He is good and powerful He surely would have stopped it, and since He didn’t God is either not good, not powerful, or does not exist. According to David ...

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part four) 1

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part four)
VI. The Last Three Petitions: Give us this day our daily bread, forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” We pray first for God’s cause, but we can’t forget our own. But our cause comes after God’s, cause when we pray for God’s ...

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part three)

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part three)
IV. The Invocation: “Our Father who art in heaven” Praying to God as Our Father can evoke images of our earthly fathers, which in my case is an extremely positive image. I love my dad and look up to him. He’s patient, wise, and dependable. But he’s no God. For others, thinking of their dad is ...

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part two)

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part two)
III. The Lord’s Prayer and the Shape of Christian Prayer The particular form that Christian prayer takes is manifold – including intercession, supplication, thanksgiving, praise, lament, etc. – but the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) provides a template and shape for the whole of our prayer life. The Lord’s Prayer is our pattern for prayer because ...

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part one)

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part one)
I. Introductory Words “We’ve got to pray/ Just to make it today.” So rapped MC Hammer (see the embedded video). Though the video and song are dated, the basic sentiment behind the song still rings true. Prayer isn’t optional, it is a necessity of life. Though coming from a world that couldn’t be more different ...

A Sense of Urgency. A Sermon on Luke 10:1-24

A Sense of Urgency. A Sermon on Luke 10:1-24
  Jesus Sends Out the Seventy After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.3 Go! I ...

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This is the weblog – or blog as I’m told the kids call them – of David Berge. This is where I will post my reading notes and musings, mostly on things ecclesial and theological. The thoughts contained herein are my own or the interpolation of what I think others think, or think they should ...