Nouwen and The Discipline of Gratitude

I really like what Henry Nouwen writes about the discipline of gratitude: Gratitude … goes beyond the “mine” and “thine” and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize thatContinue reading “Nouwen and The Discipline of Gratitude”

No Shrine Required: The Denial of Death and the Legacy of Moses (Deut 34)

This is the message I gave during meeting for worship at Camas Friends Church Sunday 11.6.2011. Terrified by death_ In his book “the denial of death” Earnest Becker opens with this line, “The prospect of death wonderfully concentrates the mind.” And that “The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal likeContinue reading “No Shrine Required: The Denial of Death and the Legacy of Moses (Deut 34)”

Which Direction Are We Headed?

 I love traveling, I always have. One thing I have learned is that the type of journey and its destination determine what you’ll pack in your bags. If I am going on a backpacking trip in the Alleghenies (PA) and I’ll be out for 10 days, I will have to pack much differently than IContinue reading “Which Direction Are We Headed?”

Quakers, Tradition and the Resurrection Community (Acts 13:13-33)

This is the message I gave a few weeks back at George Fox Chapel. I’ve been meaning to post the manuscript but haven’t had a chance. _Tradition is Dead, Tradition is Alive I think I am an unlikely candidate for Quaker week. I am like the majority of you; I did not grow up aContinue reading “Quakers, Tradition and the Resurrection Community (Acts 13:13-33)”