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Entries from August 2006

invisible enemies: a sermon on Ephesians 6:10-20 and John 6:56-71

August 28th, 2006 by isaac · 15 Comments

Preaching regularly is tough work. At least it is for me. I find it so hard to have more to say than I did the week before. It is exhausting to read Scripture so carefully, so contemplatively, for a week. And it’s a miracle everytime I have to figure out how to put my encounter with […]

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Jesus and Woman Wisdom: a sermon on Psalm 34:9-14, Prov 9:1-6, Eph 5:15-20, and Jn 6:51-58

August 23rd, 2006 by isaac · No Comments

Here’s a sermon from this past Sunday. For a careful display of the way the New Testament writers identified Jesus with Woman Wisdom, check out Ben Witherington’s book Jesus the Sage: The Pilgrimage of Wisdom. ————————————————————————————————— Title: Jesus as Woman Wisdom. Date: 8/20/06. Lectionary Texts: Psalm 34:9-14; Proverbs 9:1-6; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58. The passages from Scripture given to […]

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Testimonies, the Sinner’s Prayer, and the Politics of Baptism

August 19th, 2006 by Jason · 11 Comments

Confession to make: for a while now I’ve found testimonies troublesome. Which isn’t good, because they’re kind of the bread and butter of what makes evangelicals evangelical. For those who aren’t familiar with what I’m talking about, let me explain. In my tradition it’s common to ask (or have preachers encourage you to ask) how […]

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Hiroshima remembrance day: 61 years after the atomic bomb

August 6th, 2006 by isaac · 11 Comments

I don’t know if I shared this news on the blog, but I’ve recently accepted the position as pastor of a small Mennonite congregation in Chapel Hill, NC. I’m excited and it seems the church is excited as well. This is the first pastor for this church. Anyhow, I say this because being a Mennonite pastor in Chapel Hill means I all […]

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the multitude and the rhizome: a sermon on John 6:1-21, Jesus feeds the 5,000

August 1st, 2006 by isaac · 13 Comments

I preached this past Sunday. I focused on the lectionary passage from John 6:1-21 where Jesus feeds the multitude and withdraws into the hills. The concept of “the multitude” comes from Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri (see Empire and The Multitude), and the concept of “the rhizome” comes from Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari (see […]

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