The politics of Mary

Posted on: Monday, December 22nd, 2014 in: Sermons

The Politics of Mary Fourth Sunday of Advent Luke 1:5-56 Dec 21, 2014 Isaac S. Villegas “The Lord has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly,” Mary sings, “God has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.” There was a famous book, written in the […]

Songs of joy

Posted on: Friday, December 19th, 2014 in: Sermons

Psalm 126 and Luke 1:46-55 December 14, 2014 Catherine Thiel Lee “It may be that no one on earth can tell the truth, except through flower and song.” ~ Nahuatl theologian, quoted by Virgilio Elizondo “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like [men and women] who dreamed.  Our mouths were filled […]

Latino/a Mennonites

Posted on: Thursday, December 18th, 2014 in: News

(A shortened version of this book review was published by The Mennonite World Review: “Despite missteps, Latinos joined Mennonites.”) In his book, Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical Culture (2014), Felipe Hinojosa describes the struggle of Latinas and Latinos to become part of the Mennonite church in the United States. Hinojosa starts the story […]

I got a black space; I’ll write your name

Posted on: Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 in: Sermons

I got a black space; I’ll write your name Matthew 25:31-46 by Isaac Villegas Nov 23, 2024 “Nice to meet you / where you been? / I could show you incredible things /… / Saw you there and I thought oh my god / Look at that face /… / But I got a blank […]

Permeable boundaries

Posted on: Monday, November 17th, 2014 in: Sermons

Permeable Boundaries Luke 17:11-19 by Peter Hausmann November 16, 2014 One doesn’t run into lepers much these days, least ways in our parts. But Zombies, America can’t seem to get enough of Zombies on TV and in movies in the past few years. Zombie’s are what I usually think of when I hear the word […]

Beloved stragglers

Posted on: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 in: Sermons

Beloved Stragglers 1 Thessalonians 4, Matthew 25 by Isaac Villegas November 9, 2014 The apostle Paul says, in the passage we heard from 1 Thessalonians: he says, “Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be […]

The glory of God

Posted on: Monday, October 20th, 2014 in: Sermons

The Glory of God Exodus 33:11-22 by Isaac Villegas Oct 19, 2014 For the past month, we’ve been spending time in the book of Exodus. We never tell the preachers what Bible passage to preach on, but for some reason all of us have been choosing the lectionary passages from Exodus. So, for today, I […]

Ten Commandments

Posted on: Monday, October 6th, 2014 in: Sermons

Exodus 20 Oct 5, 2014 Isaac Villegas With all the people of Israel gathered at the base of Mount Sinai, Moses goes up to receive from God the commandments, the guidelines for life after slavery. The people have been set free — freed from bondage to Pharaoh, freed from forced labor, freed from unjust laws, […]

Now what we expected

Posted on: Friday, October 3rd, 2014 in: Sermons

“Now what we expected” Exodus 17 by Melissa Florer-Bixler Sept 28, 2014 Bitter water. Starvation. Now thirst. Three times since leaving Egypt the Hebrews grapple with the possibility of dying in the desert. Three times since they were brought out of slavery the Hebrews murmur amongst themselves. Today’s episode occurs just after the Hebrews grumble […]

What is this?

Posted on: Monday, September 22nd, 2014 in: Sermons

What is this? Exodus 16:2-16, Matthew 20:1-16 by Isaac Villegas Sept 21, 2014 The Israelites fear their death, their annihilation in the wilderness, their dissolution in the desert sands. So they look back to Egypt, where life was somewhat stable, predictable, controllable — a familiar life, even if it was slavery. The people say to […]