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Entries from November 2011

an apocalyptic advent

November 29th, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

The first Sunday of Advent always shocks me out of the Christmas season. My sermon this past Sunday turned toward the apocalyptic.   In Oakland, Calif., I bet the moon and stars were darkened with clouds of tear gas as nonviolent protestors faced the terror of paramilitary police in the streets. For people in cities […]

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led into ministry

November 22nd, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a reflection on how my church called me into ministry and formed me as a pastor. Here’s an excerpt: Long before that moment, long before I discerned God’s call, the Spirit was working through the hands of the community, molding me into a pastor. With their hands, the people led me into ministry. […]

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Mennonites: a booklet of reflections

November 7th, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

I’m been a member of a Mennonite church eight years now, and I’m still trying to get a handle on what it means to be a Mennonite. Last year I was able to visit congregations across the United States as an attempt to experience the diversity within the Mennonite denomination. I ended up writing a […]

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Tags: church life