Escapism and Citizenship on the Web

The web has been a good place to me. I have formed many meaningful relationships over the web, I have maintained long distance ones, and I have had the opportunity to be a part of a variety of ministry, as well as academic, events because of it. Many of these things have come through myContinue reading “Escapism and Citizenship on the Web”

More Detailed Information for Quaker Heritage Day

February 12-13 I will be in Berkeley (at Berkeley Friends Church) discussing some of my favorite topics with anyone who wants to join us. The series of talks is currently being called “Heralding The New Creation: Mission as Participation in the Quaker Tradition” and in it investigate the renewal of tradition through a Quaker theologyContinue reading “More Detailed Information for Quaker Heritage Day”

A Silencing Witness

Came across this quote today and found it to be particularly good in relationship to the text I’m reflecting on this week: Psalm 46. “In Witnessing, the role of talking is frequently overemphasized. Does that sound strange? It’s true. Silence and especially true listening are often the strongest testimony of our faith. A major problemContinue reading “A Silencing Witness”

Being A “Released” Minister

I recently went through and changed most of my online profiles, email signatures, and even our bulletin for Sunday morning it from “pastor” to “released minister” as that language seems to fit where I am at better. So now, at least on paper, that’s the language I use to describe my work. But in day-to-dayContinue reading “Being A “Released” Minister”

The Beatitudes: Bless This Mess

David Bazan, one of my favorite musicians, has a song that every time I hear it I can’t help but think of these words of Christ: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for theyContinue reading “The Beatitudes: Bless This Mess”

A ‘Missional’ Church Statement

Here’s one of my favorite missional church statements of all time: In the power of life and wisdom, and dread of the Lord God of life and heaven and earth, dwell;…and be a terror to all the adversaries of God, and a dread, answering that of God in them all, spreading the Truth abroad, awakeningContinue reading “A ‘Missional’ Church Statement”