Transitions, Clean Breaks, and The Work of Becoming a People – Ex. 14

This was the sermon I preached at First Friends Meeting Greensboro, NC on October 9, 2022. It is from Exodus 14. Trauma and the Red Sea This morning I want to speak on the subject of the Red Sea, trauma, and the importance of transitions in growth. I think the best way to describe theseContinue reading “Transitions, Clean Breaks, and The Work of Becoming a People – Ex. 14”

When the Wine Gives Out (John 2:1-11)

The Wine Gave Out? A number of years ago, when I was working on my dissertation, I spent three months in England reading and writing in one of their lovely Quaker libraries there. One day, early on, while I was in the library there, I noticed that almost all of the books about Quakers wereContinue reading “When the Wine Gives Out (John 2:1-11)”

Quaker Exceptionalism, Jesus, and Movement Building (Mark 9:33-41)

Mark 9:33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”  34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.  35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them,Continue reading “Quaker Exceptionalism, Jesus, and Movement Building (Mark 9:33-41)”

When We Need Bread (John 6)

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of preaching for College Park Baptist just up the street on chapter 6 of the Gospel of John. “I am the bread of life.” Jesus At Guilford College where I work as a staff member and part-time faculty, I have been co-teaching teaching a class called Food andContinue reading “When We Need Bread (John 6)”

What is Born of God? 1 John 5 – A Mother’s Day Sermon

This is a message I gave to First Friends Meeting. I also shared a version of it for Freedom Church of the Poor. > 1 John 5:1-5   Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that weContinue reading “What is Born of God? 1 John 5 – A Mother’s Day Sermon”

Planning to Leave Hey Due to Policy Changes

Here is an Email I wrote today to the support team at I sent this and post it here because I have been a very outspoke supporter of this company, paid for their books and products, have their stickers on my computers, moved teams on to their platforms, etc. It feels only right toContinue reading “Planning to Leave Hey Due to Policy Changes”

Becoming Co-Workers With The Truth

When George Fox was initially on his spiritual quest to understand the true nature of faith and Christianity, he was living in the midst of full-on Christendom, that is state-sponsored Christianity or Christianity twisted to become comfortable acting as “the religion of empire.” Fox, and then Margaret Fell, among the other early Quaker founders, wereContinue reading “Becoming Co-Workers With The Truth”

Systems of Death and the Subversive Seed (John 12:24)

Watercolor from John Jay Alvaro Watch it on YouTube here: The Subversive SeedThis week, we saw the shooting of 8 individuals, 6 were Asian-Americans reminding us again of the ongoing and increased racism Asian-Americans and other communities of color have faced in the last year. Maybe unsurprisingly at this point: it was done by a manContinue reading “Systems of Death and the Subversive Seed (John 12:24)”

Western Friend Review of Resisting Empire

There’s a really great review of my book Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance in this month’s copy of the Western Friend by David Tucker. After reading resisting empire – or more accurately, while reading it – I found myself delving into the text of Revelation, the literature of apocalypse, and the sociologyContinue reading “Western Friend Review of Resisting Empire”

Love as A Model For Change

Before Covid19, and certainly even more now, the systems that were meant to take care of us, protect our most vulnerable, and be focused on the best interest of the people rather than for those in power have all failed and can no longer be trusted or relied upon. We are at the precipice ofContinue reading “Love as A Model For Change”