Interventions in The Gospel of Luke

Tomorrow we begin a series we’re playfully naming, “Interventions in The Gospel of Luke.” Our reflections will not only draw on the text itself, what it says, what it teaches, but it suggests that by hearing, and re-telling these stories we encounter the text in a way that transforms us. We will be looking at ways inContinue reading “Interventions in The Gospel of Luke”

Karl Barth on Acts 2:41-47

This Sunday our meeting for worship will be focusing on the last portion of Acts 2: “So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, becauseContinue reading “Karl Barth on Acts 2:41-47”

Community of the Holy Spirit: Repentance as a Way of (Dis)believing

This past Sunday we looked at Peter’s Sermon in Acts 2. I struggled over this text for a while. How do I preach a sermon on a sermon and keep it interesting? Actually, I’m trying to avoid using words like “preach” and “sermon” because they feel less participatory and Quakerly. I really am interested inContinue reading “Community of the Holy Spirit: Repentance as a Way of (Dis)believing”

The Community of the Holy Spirit: The Birth of a Diverse Church (Sermon)

This past Sunday was Pentecost Sunday and for someone who spent his high school years in a Charismatic church, I know the day fairly well. It proved to play another significant role in my spiritual autobiography as it was also the day of my first sermon as pastor of Camas Friends Church. We covered theContinue reading “The Community of the Holy Spirit: The Birth of a Diverse Church (Sermon)”

Christian Nonviolence: An Incomplete List of Recources on Biblical Pacifism

Rhett asked me today about books I’ve found helpful on the subject of Christian nonviolence, which reminded me that I had planned on doing a post about some of my favorite books on the subject for quite some time. Here’s a list of books I recommend on the subject, they are in no particular orderContinue reading “Christian Nonviolence: An Incomplete List of Recources on Biblical Pacifism”

Digging Up the Roof: The Kingdom Moment and the Paralytic in Mark 2:1-12

This is the sermon I gave this past Sunday on Mark’s story about Jesus and the paralytic. “When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he wasContinue reading “Digging Up the Roof: The Kingdom Moment and the Paralytic in Mark 2:1-12”

The Paralytic as Missionary (Mark 2:1-12)

I’m putting together a sermon on Mark 2:1-12 where Jesus meets, and heals, the paralytic. As I was talking this passage over with a friend it dawned on us that the paralytic, after he is healed, is the one sent out like a missionary, while the rest remain in the house. This strikes me asContinue reading “The Paralytic as Missionary (Mark 2:1-12)”

“Dear Woman, why do you involve me?” Mission Without Guarantees

In the fourth of his missiology lectures (see more on his third here) Steuernagel reflected on a few passages where we see Mary interacting with her son, Jesus. In John 2:3-5 it says: “When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman,Continue reading ““Dear Woman, why do you involve me?” Mission Without Guarantees”

Before A Great Cloud of Witnesses: A New Year At Seminary

I was asked to share a passage of Scripture and a brief reflection for a community event this evening and I thought I’d offer it here for all of you as well. I shared this among Fuller students as we prepare for the fall quarter which begins tomorrow. Here are a few excerpts from HebrewsContinue reading “Before A Great Cloud of Witnesses: A New Year At Seminary”

Everett Cattell: Communication As Witness (pt. 4)

Series contents | Intro | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five Image via Wikipedia A good theological understanding of communication begins with the incarnation and John 1; Quaker Missionary Everett Cattell covers this thoroughly before moving onto a more in depth discussion of what it means for the Christian missionaryContinue reading “Everett Cattell: Communication As Witness (pt. 4)”