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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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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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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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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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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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Goshen College, National Anthem: A sermon on Philippians 2:5-11

March 29th, 2010 by isaac · 2 Comments

There has been a lot on controversy around the recent decision of Goshen College (a Mennonite university in Indiana) to play the national anthem before athletic events. The college has never played the anthem on campus because of the song’s praise of violence (“bombs bursting in air,” etc.). So, needless to say, due to the […]

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a prayer for Memorial Day

May 27th, 2008 by isaac · 2 Comments

Congregational Prayer: 5.25.2008 (lectionary text: Isaiah 49:8-16) Here we are God: the same building, the same time of the week, with the same people. We are here because we can’t remember your promises on our own—that you promise new life, redeemed life, holy life, abundant life. God of life, breathe through us the life of […]

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“Divine Strake”: the military claims divinity? sicut deus

January 19th, 2007 by isaac · 3 Comments

I switched on the radio on my way to pick up my wife from work yesterday. And I half-listened to a report of a community in Nevada protesting a possible test conducted by the The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (funded by the US Department of Defense). It was a good story—quite interesting and informative. But […]

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Immigration and War

April 7th, 2006 by Jason · 13 Comments

Reading something like this just drives me nuts: The U.S. spent a staggering $783 billion in 2005 on the military. As a result, 42 cents out of every dollar you’re paying in taxes this year is going to the military. Friends Committee on National Legislation (Quakers) Let me explain why it drives me particularly nuts […]

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the agonies of Christ: more deaths in Baghdad

March 24th, 2006 by isaac · 1 Comment

“Christ will indeed be in agony unto the end of the world.” That the last line I read last night in bed before I turned out the lights. It’s how D.M. MacKinnon ends his essay “Order and Evil in the Gospel” (Borderlands of Theology, p.96). “Violence rages in Iraq; 58 killed.” That’s the headline I […]

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