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Entries from April 2010

153: a sermon on John 21:1-14

April 21st, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

Last week I preached on, as David James puts it in The River Why, “one of the most remarkable statistics ever computed”—the 153 fish the disciples caught at the third resurrection appearance of Jesus. Here’s part of my sermon: But my favorite detail of John’s story comes a few verses later, when they pull their […]

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Friend of God

April 14th, 2010 by isaac · 3 Comments

Robin died of pneumonia in the woods behind Wal-Mart. She lived in the forest for the past decade, but it wouldn’t be exactly true to say that she was homeless. She called the forest her home. She turned the woods into her dwelling by hanging pictures of her family on the trees surrounding her cozy […]

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Tags: poverty · published · theology

Easter sermon: Acts 10:34-43

April 8th, 2010 by isaac · 2 Comments

I’ve been told that Easter is a supposed to be an easy sermon for pastors. But every year I preach on Easter the texts get more interesting and a little harder to preach. This year I wrestled with Peter’s offer of Christ’s forgiveness in the story from Acts. Here’s an extended passage from my sermon: […]

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Bodies Matter: a footwashing protest

April 2nd, 2010 by isaac · 3 Comments

For Holy Thursday a bunch of gathered at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Cary, North Carolina, and held a footwashing worship service—we told them we wanted to wash the feet of the people detained inside. If you haven’t heard about these ICE detention centers, that means the federal government is good […]

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Tags: church life · immigration · political power · sermons · theology