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Entries from May 2009

the miracle of communion

May 31st, 2009 by isaac · 2 Comments

Title: The miracle of communion Date: May 31, 2009, Pentecost Texts: Rom 8:22-27, Ac 2:1-21 Author: Isaac Villegas I’ve been thinking a lot about Ben’s sermon last week, his sermon on Ascension. And the more I think about it, the more it makes sense that Jesus goes away, that he ascends to the Father, that […]

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Awaiting Pentecost

May 28th, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

Sermon preparation… First I read a bunch of the more interesting commentaries on the assigned lectionary passage. And usually nothing happens. No sermon ideas—although every once in a while a word or a phrase or a sentence triggers a sermon. After spending a day with the commentaries, I put their careful exegesis aside and take […]

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broken body of Christ

May 20th, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a short piece for The Mennonite. Here’s an excerpt: Our Mennonite identity is always disturbed; the church is broken; our congregations are torn. People come and go. Disagreements reemerge and threaten to drive us apart. Congregations dissolve, and others are born. The church is in a precarious state of unsettled tornness. That’s simply […]

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abide in me: sermon on Jesus the vine

May 14th, 2009 by isaac · 16 Comments

Title: Abide in me Texts: John 15:1-8, Acts 8:26-40, I John 4:7-21 Date: May 10, 2009 “Abide in me.” Jesus says that’s what we are supposed to do. “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless […]

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politics beyond elections

May 8th, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a short review of Hauerwas and Coles’ book from last year, Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary (Cascade). It appears in the current issue of the Mennonite Weekly Review (May 4, 2009). Here’s an excerpt: Politics involves all the ways we tend to the common good. This happens in our neighborhoods, not just […]

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Tags: political power · published · reading corner

Who are you?

May 3rd, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

Title: Who are you? Date: May 3, 2009 Texts: Acts 4:5-12; I Jn 3:16-24 Who are you? There are a number of ways to answer that question. You can give your name: Hi, I’m Isaac. Or maybe your job, or talk about your parents, or about where you’re from. Who are you? It’s also a […]

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