Hope in a time of Empire: The Lynching of Ahmaud Arbery & the Vision of Jesus in Revelation 1

This is a message I prepared for First Friends Meeting where my family and I attend. Rev. 1:12   Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands I saw one like the Son of Man,Continue reading “Hope in a time of Empire: The Lynching of Ahmaud Arbery & the Vision of Jesus in Revelation 1”

Beastly Economics & King’s Vision for the Poor People’s Campaign

“…we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing‐oriented” society to a “person‐oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered…True compassion isContinue reading “Beastly Economics & King’s Vision for the Poor People’s Campaign”

Sermon: The Birth of a New, Contrast Community

This is a message I gave at First Friends Meeting in Greensboro on December 22, 2019 following Revelation 12 and Matthew 1:18ff. Here is the recorded version of the message. Rev. 12:1   And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman eclothed with fthe sun, with fthe moon under her feet, and on her headContinue reading “Sermon: The Birth of a New, Contrast Community”

The Birth of an Alternative Community

I’m preaching this Sunday at First Friends Meeting here in Greensboro, the meeting my family and I attend. I don’t get to preach all that much any more, so I find it exciting to get the opportunity from time to time. This week is advent but I’ve opted to do something a little different atContinue reading “The Birth of an Alternative Community”

On Passive and Active Silence and Liberation (Exodus 3)

This is a message I shared last week at First Friends Meeting in Greensboro, NC. Is Anyone Listening? Today I wanted to talk with you about the tension between silence and liberation, and how we might envision a Quaker community where this tension gets resolved. When you think about all of the terrible things thatContinue reading “On Passive and Active Silence and Liberation (Exodus 3)”

The Parable of the Grain of Wheat: On Being Publishers of Truth Today

A number of folks have asked me to post this, so here is the message I gave tonight at the FUM Triennial gathering @ Friends University Wichita, KA. “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. ButContinue reading “The Parable of the Grain of Wheat: On Being Publishers of Truth Today”