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Entries from December 2010

Advent sermon: Matthew 1:18-25

December 20th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

Yesterday I preached an Advent sermon on Matt 1:18-25. Here’s an excerpt: Now, what I’m saying is that the story of Christmas, and the story of the whole bible, is about a God who not only loves us, but also actually likes us—a God who is always finding ways to be with us, to be […]

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Prison. Holding hands. Becoming Mary. Christmas

December 14th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a short reflection about some people from church visiting prisoners every Tuesday evening. And since we are in the season of Advent, I use the story of Mary as a way to think through what is happening to us. Here’s a taste: As members of our church gather for fellowship and prayer in […]

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Becoming fire: Advent, James Baldwin, and Abba Joseph

December 7th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

This past Sunday I preached a sermon on Jesus and fire: “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matt 3:11). Here’s an excerpt: Jesus comes with a fire of justice that burns through the systems that have created a class of people called “the poor.” With Jesus, the one who comes with […]

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