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Entries from March 2010

Goshen College, National Anthem: A sermon on Philippians 2:5-11

March 29th, 2010 by isaac · 2 Comments

There has been a lot on controversy around the recent decision of Goshen College (a Mennonite university in Indiana) to play the national anthem before athletic events. The college has never played the anthem on campus because of the song’s praise of violence (“bombs bursting in air,” etc.). So, needless to say, due to the […]

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Tags: sermons · war

preparing for easter: John 21:1-19

March 22nd, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

Easter is an invitation to fall into the love of Christ’s resurrected life. That’s basically what I write about in my recent contribution to The Mennonite magazine. It’s a reflection on the Easter account in John 21, with special attention to Mary Magdalene’s love affair with Jesus: Resurrection is not a quick fix for our […]

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an anatomy of sin

March 14th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

For the fourth Sunday of Lent I preached about sin. The assigned lectionary passage was the story of the “prodigal son” from Luke 15. Here’s a part from the middle of it: That’s what guilt does to us. It’s a voice that convinces us that no one will ever love us again because of what […]

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Ervin Stutzman Installation Message

March 8th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

This past Sunday I preached one of the sermons for the installation service for Ervin Stutzman, the new Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA. The worship planners tasked me to preach on the imagery of fruit in John 15:1-5 as a way of talking about the future of our denomination. Here’s an excerpt from the […]

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Escapes: sermon for Lent

March 1st, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

Yesterday I preached a sermon for the second Sunday of Lent. A bit of it is posted below: We are restless—in a constant frenzy of innovation, always on the move, reaching beyond our limits, our desires are never satisfied. In their Manifesto, Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels prophesied an age of “everlasting uncertainty and agitation.” […]

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