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Entries from March 2008

Easter in Baghdad: Peter Dula

March 29th, 2008 by isaac · 1 Comment

A few years ago, someone from our church went to Iraq with the Mennonite Central Committee to work for peace while our country waged war. During the Easter season of 2004, he sent us a letter, a dispatch from the front. Peter Dula wrote to us, “Jesus has indeed risen even if it was a […]

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Lent reflections (6)

March 17th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

This is the last of the unedited Lenten reflections I wrote of the Mennonite publication, Leader Magazine. Here are the other ones: Lent 1, Lent 2, Lent 3, Lent 4, Lent 5. ———————————————————————————————- Lent 6: Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philippians 2:5-11. Jesus has traveled throughout Palestine proclaiming the good news of the […]

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Lent reflections (5)

March 14th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

Lent 5: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45.If there is any single characteristic of Lent, it is that we are humans—and that means we are mortal, we die. During the season of Lent, we contemplate that dark reality because we know that, as Paul says, “the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from […]

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Lent reflections (4)

March 11th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

Lent 4: I Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41. The miraculous healing of the blind beggar shocks the people who knew him. They want to know more about what kind of power, and what kind of person, can work such incredible feats. They come to the beggar and ask, “Where is he?” And […]

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Lent reflections (3)

March 7th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

Here’s another Lenten reflection. ———————————— Lent 3: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42. The story of God and Israel is a love affair—God longs for intimacy with Israel. God delivers Israel from Egyptian slavery and begins a journey of intimacy, a courtship. But Israel turns out to be quite the tease. At every […]

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Lent reflections (2)

March 5th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

(Here’s another unedited Lenten reflection that I wrote for the Mennonite magazine, Leader). The only true God is the God of freedom. The other gods make you feel at home in a place, they have to do with the quiet cycle of seasons, with the familiar mountains and the country you grew up in and […]

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Mud: a sermon for Lent

March 2nd, 2008 by isaac · 2 Comments

It’s rarely that I think a sermon went well. But I think this one was decent. Maybe it’s because I’ve been sick all week, so I have some insight on spitting mucus (just read the sermon). ————————————————————————- Title: Mud Date: March 2nd, 2008, 4th Sunday of Lent Texts: I Sam 16:1-13; Ps 23; Eph 5:8-14; […]

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