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Entries from September 2007

the threat of a book and police violence

September 24th, 2007 by isaac · 1 Comment

I imagine that I’m a latecomer to this bit of news, but I thought I’d share it here for those who are like me—with their head in the sand most of the time. Last week during a Q & A time with presidential candidate John Kerry at the University of Florida, a student was violently […]

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Tags: current events

Gifts and possessions

September 10th, 2007 by isaac · 4 Comments

Title: Gifts and possesions Date: Sept 9, 2007 Texts: Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33. What does it mean to receive a gift? Or, more to the point, what does it mean to receive your very life as a gift? Last night many of us got together for a baby shower to […]

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Tags: sermons

God changes his mind: Jeremiah 18 and Karl Barth

September 8th, 2007 by isaac · 1 Comment

At times, preparing a sermon comes easy. But most of the time the sermon comes only through much wrestling with the word. Leading up to a Sunday when I’m assigned to preach, it’s not unusual for my prayers to consist of complete frustration with the lectionary Scriptures. And that’s exactly what this week is like. […]

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Tags: life · reading corner

transgressive love: a sermon on a God who can’t help but love

September 2nd, 2007 by isaac · 4 Comments

Title: Transgressive love Date: Sept 2, 2007 Texts: Jer. 2:4-13; Ps. 81:1, 10-16; Heb. 13:1-8, 15-16; Lk. 14:1, 7-14 A few years ago I went to a conference in Philadelphia, where the most significant theologians and biblical scholars of the English speaking world present their research and talk and hang out. Men and women bustle […]

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Tags: sermons