Learning from Imperfection

This past Sunday we talked about imperfection and the importance of being average and ordinary. Jesus’ work in Galilee reveals his desire to “build an alliance of backwards people” or as another person put it, Jesus worked to create the “fellowship of the disqualified.” We put so much pressure on ourselves and others to beContinue reading “Learning from Imperfection”

Pushing Cars and The Alliance of “Backwards” People (Matthew 4)

“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.” (Matthew 4:23 NRSV) Pushing Cars [I opened my sermon by sharing a story about my car battery dying and trying to push the car on my own to moveContinue reading “Pushing Cars and The Alliance of “Backwards” People (Matthew 4)”

Among the People

“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, andContinue reading “Among the People”

Getting Found in Translation: Reflecting on Issues of Theological Translation

Whenever Quakers from various streams get together, similarities and differences quickly arise. This is the current state of our tradition; it’s not something we should fight against. Instead, we need to learn how to move within it by being clear about who we are while “moving towards sympathy,” as Howard Thurman says, with another. ThisContinue reading “Getting Found in Translation: Reflecting on Issues of Theological Translation”