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Legislation and the Republic
The recent anti-abortion legislation in South Dakota bothers me on many levels. I believe it is entirely possible to participate in a national pluralism while maintaining a consistency among ourselves not present elsewhere. We cannot, however, presume to remake the nation in our own image. And we cannot for a moment forget that our Sustainer is not that nation, but the Holy Spirit.
07:50:26 March 3, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Confrontation at Black Bear
A short piece of fiction, imagining the night that Andreas Karlstadt and Martin Luther, two old friends, met in Orlamünde at the Black Bear Pub—and challenged each other to a printed debate.
16:07:59 February 24, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
This Week in Reading
Bainton, Roland H. “The Church Withdrawn: Anabaptism,” in The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. Boston: Beacon Press, 1952. 95-109. Dyck, Cornelius J. An Introduction to Mennonite History. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1993. Third ed. 33-113. Olson, Roger E. “Anabaptists Go Back to the Roots of Christianity,” in The Story of Christian Theology. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 1999. 414-428. Williams, G.H. “Introduction” in The Radical Reformation. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1962. xxiii-xxxi.
16:07:01 February 24, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Why Baptism? [2]
How do we determine the boundaries of the early Anabaptist movement? In the 1930’s and 40’s, ethical and doctrinal norms were key. More recently, the practice of adult baptism has replaced this ‘normative’ reading, trying to achieve a more objective history. The revisionists contributions are profound, but we need to recover the imagination necessary to connect with our own history.
16:03:07 February 24, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Christians at the United Nations, with the Grains of the Universe
It seems odd to hear of Christians (as Christians) sitting under the shadow of a primary world power, especially given Paul’s diatribe about the ‘foolishness’ of Christian conviction (I Cor 1). But we would do well, I suggest, to learn from the Christian liaison groups at the United Nations that our primarily responsibility to the world takes the form of testimony to the grains of the universe revealed in Christ. Printed in The Swinging Bridge on 28 October 2005.
16:02:54 February 24, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Conversations on History and Atonement
An e-mail conversation with Milton Gaither began after I made an offhanded comment in an e-mail about Anabaptists’ relative silence on the issue of atonement. The conversation spun off in various directions, but poses some interesting questions for Anabaptist historical study.
16:00:14 February 24, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Raising Questions
Two questions and notes of interest, emerging from my reading in Anabaptist history.
15:55:54 February 24, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Heraclitus’ Criticism by Contrast
Heraclitus comes across in most contemporary expositions as as lacking the capacity for moral criticism. But although Heraclitus usually plays with opposites to emphasize the flux and contingency of life, preference, and even morality, there remains another use of opposites that serves as a basis for moral critique.
15:54:50 February 24, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Sabbath Beauty, Contemplative Witness
Contemplative prayer springs from God’s own contemplation on the Sabbath and imitates his aesthetic enjoyment of creation. The practice of such contemplation frees us from the burden of perfecting history into the possibility of a coherent witness to the coming kingdom. This paper was was written and presented for my senior honors seminar on prayer at Messiah College.
15:54:18 February 24, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Why New Orleans Matters
08:31:08 February 18, 2006, Saturday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Naming the Silences: God, Medicine, and the Problem of Suffering
Just to test if this is going to work.
08:26:33 February 18, 2006, Saturday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
On Certainty
08:24:34 February 18, 2006, Saturday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Sophie's World
08:24:19 February 18, 2006, Saturday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
The Fall of Interpretation
08:23:02 February 18, 2006, Saturday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
God be in my head
God be in my head and in my understanding; God be in my eyes and in my looking; God be in my mouth and in my speaking; God be in my heart and in my thinking; God be at my...
18:04:13 August 7, 2005, Sunday (PDT) Source: Brian Hamilton
Open ourselves to trust
Spirit of Peace, quiet our hearts, heal our anxious thoughts, free us from our fretful ways. Breathe on us your holy calm so that in the stillness of your presence we may open ourselves to trust and to be transformed....
17:59:31 August 7, 2005, Sunday (PDT) Source: Brian Hamilton
Boldly away from home
Sending God, you have demanded that we go to proclaim your good news and make disciples. But we confess our fear and hesitancy at the prospect of losing our comforts, at the prospect of losing control of our lives, at...
16:33:55 August 7, 2005, Sunday (PDT) Source: Brian Hamilton
Volf/Berry on Church/World
Miroslav Volf, in A Spacious Heart, can contribute to what has become my theological obsession with the church/world divide. In reflecting on the tragedy that characterized Serbia and Bosnia and Croatia in the early 90’s, Volf questions whether the Croats...
05:12:32 February 7, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Called to Farm?
I might be able to explain the ethics of my desire to farm, or really to engage in any sort of hand labor for a long period of time, but the ethics aren’t motivating me. It is undeniable that hand...
06:26:47 January 20, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
The Art of Intimacy
I just went to coffee with Andrea, and the reasons for our compatibility took more tangible shape in my head. It’s not ease or comfort of conversation, but that our relationship finds root in the sharing of personal experience and...
19:17:20 January 18, 2005, Tuesday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
When it's cold, everything is much quiter
I declined Andrea’s ride tonight, opting to walk back from the SALT House instead. The night was perfectly clear; the stars bright; the moon half full and waxing. The thermometer reads 16 degrees—feels like one degree—and the cold has driven...
20:29:30 January 17, 2005, Monday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
To Meet the Land
It’s a beautiful night, more than deserving of a quiet stroll down the river. In reading Wendell Berry I’ve begun to dream about walks in the woods, an increasing intimacy with the land that sustains me, but have somehow avoided...
16:59:26 January 13, 2005, Thursday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Wendell Berry
In the middle I laughed; by the end I cried. But there is not only peacefulness, there is joy. And the joy, less deniable in its evidence than the peacefulness, is the confirmation of it. I sat one summer evening...
18:08:22 January 5, 2005, Wednesday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
I Insist
I never know whether to be angry or repentant after these conversations with my parents. I know I come across as self-righteous and condemning; I tie everything I do back to the Bible, which inevitably holds that certain other contradictory...
22:41:08 December 26, 2004, Sunday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Damn Pride
I had to stop for a second when I read the postscript in Andrea’s e-mail, that my simplicity shames her (since I gave up my cell phone). She meant it seriously but offhandedly, not that it brings her shame in...
13:50:17 December 26, 2004, Sunday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Christmas
Somehow I seem to mess things up all too often around home. Secretly I hope that everyone will recognize my spiritual authority (like they do at school?), follow my instructions, and everything will go well and everything will be… the...
22:33:07 December 24, 2004, Friday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Dreaming of the "Hard Life"
Maybe it’s the books I’m reading, but being reminded of home makes me yearn for something that is neither home nor school. There is an overwhelming satisfaction, even rightness, about living outside the realm of persistent goals and aspirations—school thrives...
20:59:08 December 20, 2004, Monday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Privileged Theology
God in Her wholeness is created and sustained by those people crying out in agony from the neglected corners of our world. Without the words of those people, we fracture God. Without the words of those people, no valley can...
08:53:20 December 11, 2004, Saturday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Doing One Thing
Ben was right, so I started walking slowly. When I walk slowly, when I make walking my purpose instead of arriving, I begin to recognize a beauty I otherwise miss. I feel the different textures of the earth under my...
22:25:11 November 20, 2004, Saturday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton
Failure
Henri Nouwen reminds us that “new life is born out of the pains of the old,” but on these last days of my fast, I find myself refusing to acknowledge the pains of the old life, feeding that life furiously...
21:56:47 November 8, 2004, Monday (PST) Source: Brian Hamilton