Mission and the Disciple’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)

Here is the text from my sermon this morning. How many of you have prayed this prayer before (at least once)? How many of you pray it often? What has been your experience with the prayer? My hope is that we can renew our interest, gain an interest or learn new ways of thinking aboutContinue reading “Mission and the Disciple’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)”

Interventions: The Final Intervention is Also the First (Luke 24:1-7)

This is the text from my sermon last week. Compost: What do you notice about compost? What does it do? Observe the compost — what can you tell from it. Is it at all like resurrection, in what ways, how is it different? What I want to stress this morning is this: the resurrection itselfContinue reading “Interventions: The Final Intervention is Also the First (Luke 24:1-7)”

Resources for Studying the Disciple’s Prayer (Matthew 6 and Luke 11)

This Sunday morning we are beginning a series of discussions around the Disciple’s Prayer in Matt. 6-913 and Luke 11:1-4. The Our Father (Catholic) or Lord’s Prayer (Protestant) is also known among Quakers, and Anabaptists as the Disciple’s prayer, that is, it is the disciples who should be praying this prayer, and this one ofContinue reading “Resources for Studying the Disciple’s Prayer (Matthew 6 and Luke 11)”

My choices for the Quintessential ‘It’s Alright Ma’ Dylan Playlist

The other day I got a message from a friend and former professor of mine from our Malone days, John David Geib, who is in the middle of facilitating a class on all-things Dylan. He’s calling the class, “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m only Bleeding) Deconstructing The Song That Deconstructs Heads from The 60’s till Now”Continue reading “My choices for the Quintessential ‘It’s Alright Ma’ Dylan Playlist”

Interventions: The Drawing of A Sword, the Healing of an Ear

“While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” When those who were around him saw what wasContinue reading “Interventions: The Drawing of A Sword, the Healing of an Ear”

Simone Weil on Idolatry

I’m sitting with this one for awhile: Idolatry comes from the fact that, while thirsting for absolute good, we do not possess the power of supernatural attention and we have not the patience to allow it to develop (Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace 53). What helps you, if anything helps you, develop patience and theContinue reading “Simone Weil on Idolatry”

Are We Too Sleeping? Presence in Chaos, Hospitality Amidst Hostility

Last week as I was working through Luke 22 I was struck by what seemed to be almost an off-hand comment I read in Joel Green’s commentary about the garden scene with Jesus and the disciples. He reads the interaction in the garden, the contrast between Jesus’ own struggling in prayer and the sleeping ofContinue reading “Are We Too Sleeping? Presence in Chaos, Hospitality Amidst Hostility”

Podcasts I’m Enjoying Currently

Here’s a list of some of the podcasts I enjoy (or at least enjoy in theory – when I take time to listen!). Homebrewed Christianity NPR: All Songs Considered NPR: Live Concerts This American Life RocketBoom Mars Hill Bible Church (Rob Bell) Camas Friends Podcast (wink wink) The Ooze.TV (Emergent Podcast) How about you? WhatContinue reading “Podcasts I’m Enjoying Currently”

Michael Pollan’s NY Times Food Rules

Michael Pollan of the “In Defense of Food” fame has compiled a list of 20 do’s and don’ts for food on the NY Times. It’s not only a great list with some provocative thoughts, but it’s also just kind of fun to flip through. Here are my favorites. Emily and I are really into eatingContinue reading “Michael Pollan’s NY Times Food Rules”