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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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Prison. Holding hands. Becoming Mary. Christmas

December 14th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a short reflection about some people from church visiting prisoners every Tuesday evening. And since we are in the season of Advent, I use the story of Mary as a way to think through what is happening to us. Here’s a taste: As members of our church gather for fellowship and prayer in […]

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A meditation for Pentecost

May 13th, 2010 by isaac · 2 Comments

(The piece below is a revised version of my article that appeared in The Mennonite; I sent the editor my revisions a few days too late) I believe in the Holy Spirit “Suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind” (Acts 2:2). Pentecost happened with a bang. Heaven came […]

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preparing for easter: John 21:1-19

March 22nd, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

Easter is an invitation to fall into the love of Christ’s resurrected life. That’s basically what I write about in my recent contribution to The Mennonite magazine. It’s a reflection on the Easter account in John 21, with special attention to Mary Magdalene’s love affair with Jesus: Resurrection is not a quick fix for our […]

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The Fear of the Lord as a Means to Truth and Courage

January 22nd, 2009 by Jason · 2 Comments

For the college group I lead we’re reading in Ecclesiastes for the next few months.  Last week we talked about how such a skeptical, some would say heretical, book made it into the canon.  The dominant interpretation of Ecclesiastes is that it is framed by a narrator who brackets the beginning and end of the […]

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Barth on prayer

January 2nd, 2009 by isaac · No Comments

As is usually the case, the driving ideas for my last sermon didn’t come from my own head. That almost never happens. I got my stuff from Karl Barth’s wonderful little book on prayer: Prayer. Here are a few of the quotes that proved helpful for my sermon: Prayer is a grace, an offer of […]

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Pregnant with God: a column in The Mennonite

December 16th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

The good people over at The Mennonite printed a short Advent meditation I wrote on Mary. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Mary shows us how to extend hospitality to God, which is simply what it means to be a disciple. She made room for God’s life within her own. She opened her life, her […]

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fugitive ecclesia: a column in The Mennonite

September 25th, 2008 by isaac · 2 Comments

The Mennonite recently printed a short piece I wrote about church. There’s nothing original about it. I basically rip off a couple lines from an article my friend Peter Dula wrote. His article is much better. You can read what I wrote here: Fugitive Church. Our communion in Christ’s Spirit is not a possession, something […]

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Spirituality: Jacob’s wrestling match

August 3rd, 2008 by isaac · 7 Comments

Title: Jacob’s struggle with God Date: August 3, 2008 Texts: Gen 32:22-31 It’s dark, Jacob is alone, and he wrestles with God. They are bound together in a struggle. If we want to talk about spirituality, that’s the best image we have—a struggle with God, wrestling with God in the dark; we know there’s something […]

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Communion as surrender: a column in The Mennonite

July 25th, 2008 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a little piece on my friends for the Mennonite. I called it “Re-membering Communion.” But the editors like to change things around. Here it is: Are memories our communion? Here’s a piece of it if you want to get a sense of it: In worship we open our arms to receive the intimacy […]

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