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Baptized with a flood

March 4th, 2012 by isaac · No Comments

Tile: Baptized with a flood Text: Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15, 1 Peter 3:18-22 Date: Feb 26, 2012, First Sunday of Lent Author: Isaac S. Villegas “[A] Christian life is nothing else than a daily Baptism, once begun and ever continued.” ~ Martin Luther, 16th century[1] My garden is coming back to life — crocuses, daffodils, […]

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Healing and holiness

February 27th, 2012 by isaac · No Comments

Text: 2 Kings 5:1-14, Mark 1:40-45, Ps 30 Date: Feb 12, 2012 Author: Isaac S. Villegas I was in New York City last week, which turned out to be the right place for the Superbowl, although I didn’t have the endurance to stay up late and watch the Giants win. While in New York, I […]

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the church of the exorcism

February 22nd, 2012 by isaac · No Comments

Tile: The Church of the Exorcism. Text: Mark 1:21-28, 1 Cor 8:1-13 Date: Jan 29, 2012 Author: Isaac S. Villegas It is the Sabbath and Jesus is worshiping in the local synagogue. He preaches the good news and the people are impressed. All of a sudden an unclean spirit reveals itself, having taken possession of […]

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this world is passing away

February 13th, 2012 by isaac · 2 Comments

a sermon… Tile: This world is passing away Date: Jan 22, 2012 Author: Isaac S. Villegas Let’s start with talking about what Paul doesn’t mean, what 1 Corinthians doesn’t mean when we hear a line like, “from now on, let those who have wives be as though they had none” (7:29). It’s not as if […]

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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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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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Insurrection: A Review of Rollins’ New Book

October 22nd, 2011 by Jason · 2 Comments

A couple months ago was a fun first, a note from a publisher offering to send a copy of Peter Rollins’ new book, Insurrection, in exchange for a review.  I had just listened to Rollins sermon about pyro-theology and had found it one of the more interesting sermons I’d listened to in  a while.  And, of […]

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The Father’s womb: a sermon on God and gender

October 18th, 2011 by isaac · 2 Comments

Here’s part of the sermon I preached this past Sunday: Can you imagine a Father with a womb? That’s what the church Council of Toledo declared in 675 CE: “One must believe,” it says, “that the Son is begotten and born not from nothing, nor from some other substance, but from the womb of the […]

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She is not a man, nor is He a woman

October 12th, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

Our church is doing a series on God and gender. I kicked it off with a sermon about sexism. Here’s a passage: Like I said before, all of this should make us realize that it has always been difficult to talk about God, to represent God with our words, with pronouns, because She is not […]

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Uprooted and replanted: when stability becomes a vice

October 4th, 2011 by isaac · 2 Comments

I preached a sermon about the vice of stability. Here is part of it: I guess, with all this talk of movement, of shifted from place to place, I’m pushing against a conversation that is happening a lot these days in some Christian circles. There’s lots of talk of the need for stability, of staying […]

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