Interventions: Jesus and the New Family (Pt 2)

This is my reflections on Luke 14:25-35 from September 20th, 2009 and is in two parts, both work independently from one another. Part one has been published here. It was originally titled: Interventions: Discipleship and the Disavowal of all that Obstructs This part about hating families is at least for me, the most troubling partContinue reading “Interventions: Jesus and the New Family (Pt 2)”

Interventions: Discipleship in a Permissive Culture (Pt 1)

This is my reflections on Luke 14:25-35 from September 20th, 2009 and is in two parts, both work independently from one another. Part two has been published here. It was originally titled: Interventions: Discipleship and the Disavowal of all that Obstructs Reversal of The Sayings: Discipleship in a Permissive Culture What if it Luke 14Continue reading “Interventions: Discipleship in a Permissive Culture (Pt 1)”

Simone Weil: Gravity and Grace

I’m still (slowly) reading through Simone Weil’s book “Gravity and Grace” for part of my daily time of reflection. Here are a couple great quotes I’ve recently come across dealing with obedience and caring for others. We should do only those righteous actions which we cannot stop ourselves from doing, which we are unable notContinue reading “Simone Weil: Gravity and Grace”

Barth, the Task of Theology, and some Queries

I came across this quote in my reading of Vail Palmer’s manuscript on Friends, God and the Bible this morning. It’s Barth cautioning what we carry to the biblical text beforehand, it’s also encouragement to look for the encounter, or what I’ve been referring to as intervention. Its searching of the Scriptures consists in askingContinue reading “Barth, the Task of Theology, and some Queries”

One (Growing) Perspective on Evangelicalism and Politics

I was recently asked why as an Evangelical I don’t follow the standard issue Evangelical party platform, here’s how I start to answer that question. Heated political rhetoric comes and goes in waves. Currently in the United States, we’re riding a tidal wave named “Health Care Reform.” Everyone, especially Evangelical Christians, has come out inContinue reading “One (Growing) Perspective on Evangelicalism and Politics”

Interventions: The Clock of the Kingdom (or Learning to Tell and Understand Time)

Reflections from Luke 12:54-59; 13:6-21 September 13, 2009 Intro. We have come a long way in our journey of encounters and interventions through Luke. If you have missed some of our previous discussions I invite you to check out our blog (check out the teaching page) or download the podcast from iTunes. We’ve been readingContinue reading “Interventions: The Clock of the Kingdom (or Learning to Tell and Understand Time)”

Celebration of Quakerism and Ben Pink Dandelion

I’m not going to make a habit out of announcing events that Pendle Hill or other organizations do, but I will tell you about the ones I think you should know about, or the ones I would attend if I could. This is no exception. Ben Pink Dandelion is going to be spending sometime atContinue reading “Celebration of Quakerism and Ben Pink Dandelion”

Learning How to Tell Time and Quaker Process

I’m enjoying the process of Reading and reflecting on Scripture weekly as I prepare my reflections for our Sunday. This week we’re looking at Luke 12:54-65; 13:6-21. These passages are some of Jesus’ challenges, actions and stories around re-orienting time. They also seem to be good passages to begin a dialogue around Gospel Order, andContinue reading “Learning How to Tell Time and Quaker Process”

Art Simon and Bread For the World Event In Portland

I’m planning on attending the Bread for the World event tomorrow morning. If any of you are in the area and care to join here’s the information from Bread.org: Bread for the World In Portland: Reflections on Building the Movement to End Hunger Rev. Art Simon, the founder and president emeritus of Bread for theContinue reading “Art Simon and Bread For the World Event In Portland”