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Immigration and the law

May 15th, 2012 by isaac · No Comments

I spoke on behalf of the NC Council of Churches at a state legislature meeting in Raleigh. An edited version of what I said is available via Sojourners magazine. An excerpt: No matter what the government legislates, we will continue to practice our Christian faith as our church communities extend hospitality, as we treat foreigners […]

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Tags: current events · immigration · political power

Forgiveness comes first

September 27th, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

Here’s the beginning of my sermon from September 11th: How many times do I have to forgive? It’s a good question. After someone has wronged you again and again, at some point, don’t you have to be done with him or her? At some point, aren’t you justified in rejecting them, in giving up on […]

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Tags: sermons · war

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

Our tortured king

November 23rd, 2010 by isaac · 2 Comments

This past Sunday was the culmination of our Proper 29 Project—an attempt to get pastors to preach against war and torture, especially in light of the recent revelations from WikiLeaks. Below is my contribution: – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

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Tags: sermons · war

Preaching on the suffering of war

November 5th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

“One of the failures of the Church in our time has involved leaving the Christian people devoid of guidance about war.  Accordingly, the Proper 29 Project is a welcome call for the Church to demand of its ministers that they make clear from the pulpit that even in war, Christians cannot do evil that good […]

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Tags: war

WikiLeaks, Creatio ex nihilo, and the end

October 26th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

As I processed the horrifying stories from WikiLeaks this past weekend, I couldn’t help but wrestle with the news in my sermon. Here’s an excerpt: Even though it shouldn’t surprise me that the military always lies to the public and keeps secret some of their most horrific violence, I was shocked to read some of […]

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Tags: sermons · war

Faithful witnesses: Alexanderwohl Mennonites

September 27th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

A month ago I had a chance to visit with a Mennonite community in Goessel, Kansas: Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. They are a rural community in the middle of farm land—corn and soybeans as far as the eye can see. A couple weeks ago I preached about what I learned from their community about the pilgrimage […]

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Tags: immigration · sermons

The Anabaptist Prison

September 16th, 2010 by isaac · 5 Comments

I’ve been spending time in prison over the past couple years. I put together my inconclusive thoughts about my experience in forming friendships with inmates. The result is an essay that was published earlier this year: “The Anabaptist Prison,” Conrad Grebel Review, vol. 28 no. 1 (Winter 2010). Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of […]

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Tags: church life · current events · published · race & ethnicity · theology

This is why I’m a Mennonite

July 25th, 2010 by isaac · 8 Comments

I joined the Mennonite church 7 years ago. I wanted to be a part of a church that acknowledged Christ’s way of peace as fundamental to the gospel. The peace of Jesus is always at the center of our worship at Chapel Hill Mennonite. But, as far as I can tell, the larger denominational bodies […]

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Tags: church life · war

Life at Mt. Zion Mennonite

July 15th, 2010 by isaac · 2 Comments

I wrote a reflection on my week-long visit with the people of Mt. Zion Mennonite Church in Boonsboro, Maryland. Here’s an excerpt: From the window of the nursery I can see the cemetery that stretches across the hill alongside the church — a field planted with rectangular stones to mark the graves of the faithful: […]

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Tags: church life · current events · published · theology