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Entries from February 2008

Lent reflections (1)

February 27th, 2008 by isaac · 3 Comments

I wrote a series of Lent reflections for a Mennonite magazine: Leader. They had to edit them down quite a bit to fit the magazine’s parameters. Below is my unedited reflection on the Scripture passages for the first Sunday of Lent. Lent 1: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11. Lent is a [...]

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Home away from home: a sermon for Lent

February 17th, 2008 by isaac · 4 Comments

Title: Home away from home Date: February 17, 2008 Texts: Gen 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; Rom 4:1-5, 13-17; Jn 3:1-17. To leave it all behind. To wander into the unknown with nothing to hold onto… only a promise. “The Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house.’” Leave everything. [...]

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At home: a sermon for Lent

February 10th, 2008 by isaac · 1 Comment

Title: God is home Date: February 10, 2008, 1st Sunday of Lent Texts: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 I’m a home body. I like being at home, and all the things that home allows me to do. I can make my coffee just how I like it. I have the choice of three [...]

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Watered Gardens: a sermon for Ash Wednesday

February 8th, 2008 by isaac · 2 Comments

Title: Watered Gardens Date: February 6, 2008, Ash Wednesday Texts: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Isaiah 58:1-12; 2 Cor 5:20b-6:10 The fireplace was dirty. We’d been having lots of fires since it was cold out. It was time to clean it up. I grabbed the kitchen trash can, and a dust pan, then went over to the [...]

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Ashes and Dust

February 5th, 2008 by Jason · 1 Comment

In preparing for Ash Wednesday, I’ve been going over the lectionary readings, reading Isaac’s non-sermoned sermon from last year, and browsing the resources over at textweek. Following is a mini-sermon I may give tomorrow if my voice holds up. Ash Wednesday is an uncomfortable day and a day full of paradoxes. The Joel passage speaks [...]

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