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Zombie apocalypse and vampire economics

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 12:16:15 +0000

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 […]

Salvation: a sermon on Mark 5:21-43

Wed, 04 Jul 2012 01:37:34 +0000

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 […]

Faith and Love: a sermon for Ascension Sunday

Mon, 21 May 2012 14:57:42 +0000

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 […]

Immigration and the law

Tue, 15 May 2012 22:10:10 +0000

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 […]

Wilderness roads

Wed, 09 May 2012 14:00:51 +0000

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 […]

a sermon on resentment

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:26:23 +0000

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 […]

An Easter sermon

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:51:28 +0000

“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. […]

race, footwashing, and church: a reflection on Holy Thursday

Wed, 04 Apr 2012 16:49:26 +0000

I wrote a reflection on an Holy Thursday footwashing service. Here’s a paragraph: I didn’t want him to wash my feet. It just didn’t seem right to me for an older black man to be bowed so low, at my feet, washing them, like a servant, like a slave. As he bent to the ground, […]

Crucified hope: a Palm Sunday sermon

Tue, 03 Apr 2012 13:11:35 +0000

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 […]

Ever before me

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:37:49 +0000

“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 […]