On Integrity: Mirrors, Ships and Living Truthfully (James 1:19-27)

This was the message I gave during our meeting for worship at Camas Friends this past Sunday. James 1:22   But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. 23 For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror;Continue reading “On Integrity: Mirrors, Ships and Living Truthfully (James 1:19-27)”

‘what thou hast been to me in the night’ James Nayler (A Psalm)

I’ve was reading a variety of quotes from early Friends in preparation for my message on Sunday and stumbled ever so timely on this one. It speaks to my current condition as something I really needed to hear: It is in my heart to praise thee O my God, let me never forget thee, whatContinue reading “‘what thou hast been to me in the night’ James Nayler (A Psalm)”

‘Hail, space for the uncontained God’ (Luke 1:26ff)

This is my sermon from December 18. So far this advent we have focused largely on preparation. What is it we prepare for exactly? 2,000 years after Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection, hasn’t it already all happened? Advent means coming, but hasn’t Christ already come again in the resurrection? As Christ-centered Quakers we believe thatContinue reading “‘Hail, space for the uncontained God’ (Luke 1:26ff)”

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)”

My dear friends, dwell in humility… (Woolman)

At Camas Friends Church, we’re reading through the journal of John Woolman, a Quaker minister and abolitionist from the 18th century. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the values we often unknowingly impress upon our children. Many of the activities we engage our children in have some kind of underlying “theology” or value-system they propose. By enteringContinue reading “My dear friends, dwell in humility… (Woolman)”

Quakers and The Resurrection Community (Acts 13:13-33)

This is a snapshot of what I’ll be speaking about next Monday at George Fox University’s chapel. “You Israelites, and others who fear God, listen. The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them outContinue reading “Quakers and The Resurrection Community (Acts 13:13-33)”

Practicing Discernment Together as a Church

About a month ago we began a Wednesday evening meeting at Camas Friends (the Quaker meeting I pastor). The goal of these meetings are to build our friendships with each other (so we eat together before the class begins), as well as add to our being a learning community. The first book we decided toContinue reading “Practicing Discernment Together as a Church”