On Quaker PR: Salt, Light and Transformation (Matthew 5:13-20)

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lightingContinue reading “On Quaker PR: Salt, Light and Transformation (Matthew 5:13-20)”

Prayer: Identifying Our Blind spots (pt. 3)

This is the third of four short meditations on prayer based on Luke 18:9-14: “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standingContinue reading “Prayer: Identifying Our Blind spots (pt. 3)”

Prayer: Don’t Trust the Labels! (pt. 2)

This is the second of four short meditations on prayer based on Luke 18:9-14: “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standingContinue reading “Prayer: Don’t Trust the Labels! (pt. 2)”

Prayers of Offense and Defense (pt. 1)

This week I have four short meditations on prayer based on Luke 18:9-14: “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing byContinue reading “Prayers of Offense and Defense (pt. 1)”

Darkness, Lampstands and Light (Revelation 2-3)

The Lampstands in the Darkness This past week the American consciousness has been tilted towards the East Coast. Every news source, every line posted to social media, and many of the prayers offered up have been on behalf of those who were injured, killed and/or traumatized on Monday in the Boston marathon bombing. You mayContinue reading “Darkness, Lampstands and Light (Revelation 2-3)”

The Bible is the People’s Book

This is a message I gave a couple years ago and coming across it today I feel it’s worth sharing again. We in the church have a paradoxical relationship with the bible. Many inside and outside the church have misgivings about certain texts or whole swaths of texts, while other texts serve as basic idiomsContinue reading “The Bible is the People’s Book”

Scarcity, Abundance and the Sharing Economy (Mark 6:30-44)

This is the sermon I preached on October 28, 2012. It comes from the story of the feeding of the 5,000. Also, note that the general scope and interpretation of this sermon comes from Parker Palmer’s book The Active Life.* The Problem with Scarcity This morning I want us to look at this classic storyContinue reading “Scarcity, Abundance and the Sharing Economy (Mark 6:30-44)”

Remixing the Bible

I bumped into this little cover image for the bible a few days ago and it got me thinking what people find acceptable when it comes to redesigning or “remixing” the bible through art. This has been happening for centuries. Sacred text depicted in art-form is nothing new.* This particular image is not ground-breaking inContinue reading “Remixing the Bible”

The Politics of Surprise (Matt. 25: 31-46)

This is the text to the message I gave at Camas Friends Church on Jesus Sheep and Goats parable in Matt. 25. Matthew 25 (From Clarence Jordan’s Cotton Patch Gospel): When the son of man starts his revolution with all his band around him, then he was assume some authority. And all the nations willContinue reading “The Politics of Surprise (Matt. 25: 31-46)”