Scarcity, Abundance and the Sharing Economy (Mark 6:30-44)

This is the sermon I preached on October 28, 2012. It comes from the story of the feeding of the 5,000. Also, note that the general scope and interpretation of this sermon comes from Parker Palmer’s book The Active Life.* The Problem with Scarcity This morning I want us to look at this classic storyContinue reading “Scarcity, Abundance and the Sharing Economy (Mark 6:30-44)”

Quaker Bankers, Tithes and a Chocolate Factory (Matt 10:8)

This is the message I gave on Sunday morning October 19, 2012. You can listen to the audio version of it here. Last week we started to tackle the difficult subject of money and the church at Camas Friends. We discussed some possible ways of approaching the subject in a holistic manner — as caretakersContinue reading “Quaker Bankers, Tithes and a Chocolate Factory (Matt 10:8)”

Curators and Caretakers and the Practice of Giving (Gen 1. 28)

* “Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it; and rule…all the living things that creep on earth.” _Curators and Caretakers The church often uses the word “stewardship” to generalize things that have to do with resources that we share in common. We have stewards who take care of our budget, our buildingContinue reading “Curators and Caretakers and the Practice of Giving (Gen 1. 28)”

Thinking Quakers, Money and Stewardship

A couple months back I started feeling the tug to wrestle with the topic of money in the church. As a preacher, I’ve largely avoided the topic like the plague. These are the kinds of things I nightmares about. I was a budding and impressionable young man when PTL when bankrupt and Jim Baker headedContinue reading “Thinking Quakers, Money and Stewardship”

Nursery of Truth: A New Convergent Friends Project

For almost a year now Quakers from 8-10 different meetings in the Northwest have been getting together once a month for a “convergent worship gathering.” We move around to different meetinghouses and enjoy a time of bible reading, silence and worship sharing. Programmed and unprogrammed Friends alike enjoy the space as an opportunity to buildContinue reading “Nursery of Truth: A New Convergent Friends Project”

Our River: John Greenleaf Whittier (Poem)

We know the world is rich with streams Renowned in song and story, Whose music murmurs through our dreams Of human love and glory: We know that Arno’s banks are fair, And Rhine has castled shadows, And, poet-tuned, the Doon and Ayr God singing down their meadows. But while, unpictured and unsung By painter orContinue reading “Our River: John Greenleaf Whittier (Poem)”

Remixing the Bible

I bumped into this little cover image for the bible a few days ago and it got me thinking what people find acceptable when it comes to redesigning or “remixing” the bible through art. This has been happening for centuries. Sacred text depicted in art-form is nothing new.* This particular image is not ground-breaking inContinue reading “Remixing the Bible”

This Little Light of Mine

This is a short-story about how two women helped to bring change in our community. Shortly after I became the pastor at Camas Friends Church I was in my office when a knock came on the door. A ragged-looking woman was standing in the window. It was obvious she’d spent some time on the street,Continue reading “This Little Light of Mine”

What Does Poverty Look Like? | Union in Dialogue Blog

A couple weeks ago my good friend Aaron and I were featured the “Union in Dialogue” blog, which is hosted by the Poverty Initiative. The post is about an action we participated in on behalf of the Longshoremen up in Longview, WA. I was honored to be on their blog just because the folks atContinue reading “What Does Poverty Look Like? | Union in Dialogue Blog”