Revelation at Great Plains Yearly Meeting

This past week, I had the opportunity to travel to Great Plains Yearly Meeting, gathered in Wichita, KS to speak about the book of Revelation. The yearly meeting itself was a lovely and joyous gathering, they welcomed new meetings into their group, celebrate past members, and besides getting business done, they had a lot of laughter and celebration. It was quite the joy to worship with GPYM this year.

Below are some links for follow up resources for the people who attended this year’s gathering.

Revelation Resources:

Here is a link to the handouts, sketches and some other material that is useful background knowledge on the book of Revelation.

Talk #1: Revealing Empire

Talk #2: The Four Themes of Revelation 

For Further Reading:

Blogposts and sermons from my blog – Link

Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenze – Revelation: Vision for a Just World

Wes Howard Brook and Anthony Gwyther – Unveiling Empire: Reading Revelation Then and Now

Daniel Berrigan – The Nightmare of God

James Alison – Raising Abel

Rene Girard – The Scapegoat

Continue reading Revelation at Great Plains Yearly Meeting

This Week’s Bag of Tricks

I’ve got a bag full of tricks to share today.

Hari Kondobulu’s work has got my attention recently. Especially his album he recorded in Portland and his Podcast with W. Kamau Bell.

“Design Your Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans is a great book regardless of where you are in your career path. Learn more about it here.

Lofikeyboard is the gadget that has my attention this week.

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Krista Tippett’s OnBeing episode on “This Is Your Brain on Sex.” I think there are some really helpful insights in this podcast despite its complete, and surprising, lack of any mention of relationship that isn’t heterosexual. There is stuff in here worth translating for a more diverse audience.

This short post really gets to the heart of “The Myth of Redemptive Violence.”

Then the goat was beaten with reeds and thorns and driven out into the desert. And the people went home rejoicing, just as European Christians did after burning a supposed heretic at the stake, or white Americans did after the lynching of black men. Whenever the “sinner” is excluded, our ego is delighted and feels relieved and safe. It sort of works, but only for a while. Usually the illusion only deepens and becomes catatonic, blind, and repetitive—because of course, scapegoating did not really work to eliminate the evil in the first place.

Finally. This. Is. So. Good. Feist’s new album.

Thanks for reading.

-Wess


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