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Zombie apocalypse and vampire economics

July 21st, 2012 by isaac · 3 Comments

Vampire Economics and the Zombie Apocalypse Amos 7:7-15, Mk 6:14-29, Ps 85 by Isaac S. Villegas July 15, 2012 “Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; justice and peace will kiss” (Ps 85:10). This beautiful line describes the world of the Psalmist — a world where “God’s glory will dwell in our land” (v. 9), where […]

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Salvation: a sermon on Mark 5:21-43

July 3rd, 2012 by isaac · No Comments

Salvation Mk 5:21-43, 2 Cor 8:7-15 by Isaac Villegas July 1, 2012 What is salvation all about? I got to thinking about salvation this week as I was reading the assigned bible passages, especially the one from Mark’s Gospel, about Jesus healing Jarius’ daughter and the woman with the issue of blood. Healing has everything […]

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Faith and Love: a sermon for Ascension Sunday

May 21st, 2012 by isaac · No Comments

Faith and love Acts 1:1-11, Eph 1:15-23, Lk 24:44-53 by Isaac S. Villegas May 20, 2012 “I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus,” the apostle Paul writes in Ephesians, “and your love toward all the saints” (Eph 1:15). Your faith and your love — those are the two things I want to […]

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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

Wilderness roads

May 9th, 2012 by isaac · No Comments

Wilderness roads Acts 8:26-40, 1 Jn 4:7-21, Jn 15:1-8 by Isaac S. Villegas May 6, 2012 “I am the vine, you are the branches,” Jesus says to the disciples, “Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit” (Jn 15:5). There are some grapevines that grow in a little plot of land […]

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a sermon on resentment

April 24th, 2012 by isaac · 1 Comment

Without resentment Acts 3:12-19, Luke 24:36b-48 by Isaac S. Villegas April 22, 2012 When I was a teenager, I’d say that my grudges, my resentments, were based solely on soccer rivalries. I would look, at disgust, at the players from Cyrus, a team from Phoenix, with their choreographed warm up routine, and every player wearing […]

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An Easter sermon

April 10th, 2012 by isaac · No Comments

“In search of a body” Isaiah 25:6-9, John 20:1-18 by Isaac S. Villegas Easter 2012 Let’s be honest with ourselves. We are a good at making meals. There’s nothing like a Chapel Hill Mennonite potluck, and our Easter potluck is just the culmination of all that is good from our various meals throughout the year. […]

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Crucified hope: a Palm Sunday sermon

April 3rd, 2012 by isaac · No Comments

Crucified hope Mark 11:1-11 by Isaac S. Villegas April 1, 2012 After 40 days of Lent, days of contemplation, of wandering into our interior life, we find ourselves here, on Palm Sunday, standing at the edge of Lent, leaning toward Easter. Lent has been a time of wandering, a circling deeper and deeper into our […]

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Ever before me

March 27th, 2012 by isaac · No Comments

“Ever before me” Jer 31:31-34, Ps 51:1-12 by Isaac S. Villegas March 25, 2012   “To the leader: a psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.” That’s the introduction to Psalm 51. There’s a story here, behind the prayer, a familiar story. David, the king […]

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Interview in The Christian Century

March 15th, 2012 by isaac · 3 Comments

For some strange reason The Christian Century decided to interview me in their series on ministry in the 21st century. Here’s an excerpt: What does being a leader mean to you? An anticlerical stream runs through the center of the Anabaptist tradition. Pastors aren’t singled out as default leaders. Leadership roles for us are always […]

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