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When You Know Better, Do Better

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church Aug 7, 2016 Job 42:1-6, 10-17 We’ve spent more time this summer with the book of Job than some faithful Christians have ever spent with the book in their whole lives. We’ve wrestled with its complexity and the nuance of its argument. We’ve heard the discussion with his…

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Magical Unrealism

In college, I ended up reading a lot of books written in the style of “magical realism”. The writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Salman Rushdie, Isabel Allende come to mind. Matthew Strecher defines magic realism as “what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe.” (Matthew C. Strecher,…

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When the Dust Settles

Job 14:7-15 Job 19:23-27 A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. July 17, 2016 We are in the middle of the Book of Job, the parable prose poem that addresses what happens after tragedy strikes. For Job, who has lost his family, his flocks, his fields, his everything—Job’s first response is to…