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I am the gate

Posted on: Monday, May 15th, 2017 in: Sermons

John 10:1-10 May 7, 2017 Catherine Thiel Lee A few years ago I worked sporadically as a farmhand down the road in Efland. Most days I helped pick vegetables, gather eggs, and pitch in with whatever chores were on hand. Fickle Creek Farm is fairly small, with a wide variety of crops and livestock and […]

the burning within

Posted on: Sunday, April 30th, 2017 in: Sermons

Luke 24:13-35 April 30, 2017 Isaac Villegas “Stay with us” (Luke 24:32). That’s what Cleopas and the other disciple say to the stranger on the road—the stranger who they finally recognize as Jesus when he takes their bread, blesses it, breaks it, and feeds them in what appears to be a kind of Communion meal. […]

Alive

Posted on: Monday, April 24th, 2017 in: Sermons

April 23, 2017: Second Sunday of Easter John 20:19-31 Meghan Florian Last week, on Easter Sunday, Isaac talked about Mary, the first preacher, about Jesus’ noncoercive call, and about naming. I carried this message about the mother of our faith around with me this week as I thought about the message Mary brings to the […]

Mary Magdalene, mother of our Easter faith

Posted on: Sunday, April 16th, 2017 in: Sermons

John 20:1-18 Easter: April 16, 2017 Isaac Villegas John 20, verse 1: “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark,” it says, “Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed.” It was still dark. The dark night of Good Friday lingered into Easter morning, […]

Feet

Posted on: Thursday, April 13th, 2017 in: Sermons

Holy Thursday, 2017 Isaac Villegas This morning, in the parking lot of La Superior grocery store in Durham, I washed feet as part of a service of solidarity for members of our immigrant community. There a young girl, maybe eight years old—I can’t remember how many times I washed her feet. She kept on getting […]

Who is this?

Posted on: Sunday, April 9th, 2017 in: Sermons

Matt 21:1-11 April 9, 2017 Isaac Villegas Matthew 21, verse 10: “When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’” That’s what the people ask—the shopkeepers on the corner, the residents scurrying through the city on errands, pilgrims on their way to the Temple, children playing in the streets, servants […]

We are not blind, are we?

Posted on: Monday, March 27th, 2017 in: Sermons

John 9:1-41 March 26, 2017 Isaac S. Villegas “Surely we are not blind, are we?” (John 9:40). That’s what the Pharisees, the city leaders, ask at the end of the story, after they’ve spent a long chapter questioning a young man whose sight has been healed—the leaders questioning everyone who has anything to do with […]

What do I love when I love my enemy?

Posted on: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 in: Sermons

Matthew 5:38-48 February 19, 2017 Matt Elia What do I love when I love my enemy? This question echoes Saint Augustine’s: “What do I love when I love my God?” To hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, neither question can be answered without the other being asked. Both must be asked together and answered together. […]

We are the ones

Posted on: Monday, January 30th, 2017 in: Sermons

Micah 6:1-8, Matthew 5:1-12 January 29, 2017 Isaac Villegas Micah chapter six, verse 1: “Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.” That’s how it feels—today, this month, this weekend as the president told us his plan to build more walls at Mexico’s border, as he ramped up efforts […]

Follow me

Posted on: Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 in: Sermons

January 22, 2017 Matthew 4:12-22, Isaiah 9:1-4 Isaac Villegas “Jesus left Nazareth,” it says, “and made his home in Capernaum by the sea” (Matthew 4:13). Jesus makes a home. He settles into a community for a while. Probably making and selling some furniture, since he’s a carpenter after all. Maybe he builds a few barns, […]