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Thank you, Nadia, for a very insightful sermon. i have never heard a sermon on this passage before and yours gives me much food for thought in how i am to react/treat those who are set out to not allow me into the tent of G-D; my own enemies.

i like what you said about inclusion: ' I think maybe that we can’t actually know what this Jesus following thing is about unless we too have the stranger show us. This is far more than “inclusion”. Inclusion isn’t the right word at all because it sounds like in our niceness and virtue we are allowing “them” to join us - like we are judging another group of people to be worthy to be a part of this thing. “inclusion” seems like a small thing. A charity. A mercy. But the truth is that We need the equivalent of our Ethiopian Eunuch to show us the faith. We continually need the stranger, the foreigner, the “other” to show us water in the desert.' It is similar to what i read somewhere recently about tolerance. Being tolerated means someone else is naming what is normative and abnormal, thus being charitable to extend tolerance to those they deem out of the norm. Who are they to define what is normal?

Also, your sermon very much reminds me of Ikon in Belfast's evangelism project. With this they visit other faith communities, not to evangelize, but to BE evangelized further along in their own conversion by listening and learning.

i feel like we tend to busy ourselves with our Father/Mother's business and don't take much time to reflect on our own stuff so that we allow the Divine to transform us so we can be more loving creatures.

Again, THANK YOU, for this thought-provoking sermon. i will be chewing on and mulling over this for quite a while.

Warmest Regards,
EP

thanks nadia. i was at a church this evening that was, how can i say, oppressively inclusive? and happy mother's day!
cara

Great Sermon.

WOW.
Really really really amazing. Thank you, for giving voice to beautiful otherness that actually, upon further inspection, is just us if we give way to it. Like EP, I will be chewing on this for a while.

Very good. I'm a little envious that you can be so open about the connection between the kingdom being open to eunuchs and gays and lesbians. Here in Iowa, I tread a little more lightly - I also preached on this text and just have to pray that the Spirit will open some to see the connection - council tonight wants to put something in our CONSTITUTION about marriage being between a man and a woman. I think once they find out they will have to change their entire constitution to match the model to do that it will put the kabash on that but we will see...

Excellent! Love the connection to Communion.

This is fantastic. Thank you.

Great job with this Nadia. It's one of my favorite texts to preach on in a variety of contexts because of that very, "We are evangelized as we evangelize" aspect.

As a missiologically oriented theologian, this text fulfills the Great Commission far more than any other scriptural text. And far more than triumphantalistic interpretations of Christian (European) expansionism that didn't even begin to become fashionable or widely thought in Christianity until the European colonial project was well underway.

Instead, it reflects the foundation of earlier ideas of mission whereby the missionary is a receiver of the gospel and a merely a participant in grace that already exists "out there" in God's world.

Conversion by violating bodies--whether those of individuals, societal bodies, or the great body of creation--is no conversion at all.

That was lovely and so beautiful! Thank you.

Wonderful. Reminded me of Josh Ritter's Song "Thin Blue Flame": 'Only a full house gonna have a prayer.'

Found this sermon through Rachel at The Sweet Bi and Bi, and I'm so glad I did.

Complicated and simple at the same time, and very, very beautiful.

I agree with Tess...

I also have the great call to preach and what really gets me excited is to see old things in a fresh way (ie the OT rules against eunuchs) maybe this is what draws me to the emerging church so much.

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Your sermon brought tears to my eyes. I gave a sermon that day too--with half the insight I feel like a little girl.

I've been praying for two years and the Spirit has lead me to believe what you say though I've been struggling with how to say it. Blessings.

From a Lutheran in England to a Lutheran in America: Glad to have found you.

You really have a way with words. I enjoyed reading this. You are so bold! Good for you! Keep up the work of the Kingdom. It is beautiful.

Thank you! Wonder-full!

That was an absolutely wonderful point of view on a very interesting story.

Thank you for posting this sermon. it seems, our Lutheran Church in Finland is battling with the same questions as your church. This sermon opened up a new view of an old Bible Story and I already passed the link to a couple of my friends. I hope that is ok with you.

COULD ANYONE PLEASE TELL ME WHERE THIS FRESCO IS FROM????

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