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Entries from April 2011

A local Easter story: Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis

April 25th, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

Here’s part of my Easter sermon: For C.P. Ellis and Ann Atwater, friendship seemed impossible. According to the old order, these two were to treat each other as if the other was a disease that led to death; the one was dead to the other. In this old order, a shroud of death enveloped their […]

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Tags: race & ethnicity · sermons

Footwashing on Holy Thursday

April 20th, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a couple articles about our Holy Thursday footwashing services last year. They were published this month in the Mennonite magazine. Here’s a passage from one about how footwashing draws us into the intimacy with God and each other: As you bow down like a humble servant, your body learns the movements of Christs […]

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Tags: immigration · published · sermons

“Who is this?” A Palm Sunday sermon

April 19th, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

Excerpt from my Palm Sunday sermon: But, if we really want an answer to our questions about Jesus, if we really want to know who he is, we have to follow him, we have to stay with the crowd that follows him. Palm Sunday is a procession to the cross—that’s where our praises and questions […]

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Tags: sermons

Hans Denck’s response to James Davison Hunter (and Tim Keller)

April 7th, 2011 by isaac · 3 Comments

I read James Davison Hunter’s new book last year: To Change the World (2010). I’ve been thinking about it a lot over the past few months. This morning I read a passage from Hans Denck, an Anabaptist leader in the 16th century. Remarkably, Denck names the arts and the economy (as well as the government) […]

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Tags: political power · reading corner · theology

a sermon on the blind beggar in John 9

April 4th, 2011 by isaac · 2 Comments

I preached yesterday on the story of Jesus’ healing of the blind beggar in John 9. Here’s part of it: Who are the people our society has rejected because their existence calls everything into question? Who are the people we would rather keep at a distance—out of sight out of mind—because we know that as […]

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Tags: sermons