A Silencing Witness

Came across this quote today and found it to be particularly good in relationship to the text I’m reflecting on this week: Psalm 46. “In Witnessing, the role of talking is frequently overemphasized. Does that sound strange? It’s true. Silence and especially true listening are often the strongest testimony of our faith. A major problemContinue reading “A Silencing Witness”

A ‘Missional’ Church Statement

Here’s one of my favorite missional church statements of all time: In the power of life and wisdom, and dread of the Lord God of life and heaven and earth, dwell;…and be a terror to all the adversaries of God, and a dread, answering that of God in them all, spreading the Truth abroad, awakeningContinue reading “A ‘Missional’ Church Statement”

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant

Thinking about this poem today: Tell all the Truth but tell it slant— Success in Cirrcuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth’s superb surprise As Lightening to the Children eased With explanation kind The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind— via Tell all the Truth but tell it slantContinue reading “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant”

No History In the Empire

I’ve been reading a lot of commentary on the prophets, specifically on Jeremiah lately. I came across this quote today in Walter Brueggemann’s “The Prophetic Imagination” in reference to liberation theologian Dorothy Soelle. He writes: Prophetic criticism, Dorothy Soelle, has suggested, consists in mobilizing people to their real restless grief and in nurturing them awayContinue reading “No History In the Empire”

A Prayer from John Bellars

I was reading an essay from T. Vail Palmer this morning on titled “Religion and Ethics in the Thought of John Bellars” and came upon this beautiful prayer and a great quote from about Jesus being the example for all people (even Princes) to imitate. Bellars was an early Quaker social reformer and has someContinue reading “A Prayer from John Bellars”

A Prayer For All Those Beginning a New School Year

Today begins a new semester for many beginning or returning to college, and if seminary and graduate school has not begun for you it is just around the corner. Here is a prayer I want to offer to all of you as a new school year begins: Almighty God, in whose hands are all theContinue reading “A Prayer For All Those Beginning a New School Year”

But the Good of Others, This Love is Lost

Isaac Penington was one of the earliest Quakers, he and his wife Mary were convinced after a long period of seeking, some believe by George Fox himself (I’ve written more about them here). The Peningtons, like many other early Friends, were met with great hostility and hatred by those who professed to be themselves Christians.Continue reading “But the Good of Others, This Love is Lost”