A temple called “unity”

Jul 28, 2015 by

Walter Brueggeman describes the moment when David offers to build God a house as the balance point of David’s “glad yielding and manipulative utility” (2 Sam. 7:1). I love that line because, of course,...

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Listening for the God that doesn’t meet expectations

Jan 23, 2015 by

This is an excerpt of the sermon Harader preached on 1 Samuel 3 on Jan. 18. Read the sermon in its entirety here. The very first sentence of this story tells us that “the boy Samuel was ministering to the...

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Following — blogs and Jesus

Aug 25, 2014 by

The other day as I was clicking around online, I came across a blog written by a fellow Mennonite pastor. I liked what she had to say in her most recent entry, so clicked on the little button near the top of...

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Pitching the perfect sermon

May 7, 2014 by

Pitching to the boys on my son’s coach-pitch baseball team in Houston is nerve wracking. There’s little in my week I concentrate more on or expect perfection at: I want them all to get a hit! And it...

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Nicodemus and being ‘born again’

Mar 13, 2014 by

Alyce McKenzie, professor of preaching and worship at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas, was sitting in the waiting area of her local discount tire store. She was reading a magazine when a pamphlet...

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