Modern Day Parable on Environmentalism (Joel Salatin)

Reading in the Christian Century today there was a review of Joel Salatin’s newest book “Mad farmer?” and read this parable from the “Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic,” as Michael Pollan describes in Omnivore’s Dilema. Salatin writes: We have neighbors—I’ll call them Cleve and Matilda—who would be the bane of liberal environmentalists. . . .Continue reading “Modern Day Parable on Environmentalism (Joel Salatin)”

‘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)”

The Inevitability of Absence (Ex. 32)

This is the message I gave at Camas Friends Church this past Sunday.  We’ve been doing a series on the book of exodus with an eye, or an ear, or both, to God’s concern about liberation and concern for the poor. A couple of weeks back I shared about the 10 commandments as the foundingContinue reading “The Inevitability of Absence (Ex. 32)”

The Ten Words of Love (Exodus 20)

This is the sermon I gave at Camas Friends Church on October 2, 2011 about the ten commandments. [First I asked some questions about people’s interactions with the ten commandments and we had a good time of sharing out of that. Then I shared a number of ten commandment-styled lists, such as the ten commandments ofContinue reading “The Ten Words of Love (Exodus 20)”

Questions and Complaints: The Wilderness School (Ex 16)

This is the message I gave at Camas Friends Church on September 18, 2011. Complaints. We pick up our story shortly after were we left off last week. The Hebrews have past their entrance exam, which was proctors by prof. Moses and his assistant Aaron, and now they have been admitted into The Wilderness School.Continue reading “Questions and Complaints: The Wilderness School (Ex 16)”

The Red Sea: From Obstacle to Opening (Exodus 14)

This is the text from the message I gave at Camas Friends Church September 11, 2011.  The Experience of the Experience This past week we were at the beach. Searching for rocks. Lily and Mae scooped while Emily and I carefully picked. At first this was frustrating. It felt like an obstacle to us havingContinue reading “The Red Sea: From Obstacle to Opening (Exodus 14)”

Being Drawn Out: Rebel Midwives, Empires and Little Hebrew Babies (Exodus 1-2)

Here is my message from August 21, 2011 (slides can be found here). _a birth story How many of you have given birth or been present at a birth before? [I told Story about L’s birth and the power (for me) of her “being drawn out” of the womb] This morning we’re going to talkContinue reading “Being Drawn Out: Rebel Midwives, Empires and Little Hebrew Babies (Exodus 1-2)”

The Res. Community (Pt. 5): The Things We Carry

This is the final message I gave a few months back on the resurrection community from John 21. This week we finish our series on the Resurrection Community by turning the last part of John 21 and the dialogue between Jesus and Peter: “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon sonContinue reading “The Res. Community (Pt. 5): The Things We Carry”

Uniformity, Religio & Solidarity (Psalm 133)

This is the message I gave during our meeting for worship on Sunday August 13, 2011.  _religion and Norway On July 22, 2011, a 32-year-old man drove his car into the city centre of his hometown, Oslo Norway, near a number of government buildings. He was not out to file for a marriage license, orContinue reading “Uniformity, Religio & Solidarity (Psalm 133)”

Reading the Bible for Transformation

George Fox once wrote: I saw also how people read the Scriptures without a right sense of them, and without duly applying them to their own state. ( QuakerPsalms p. 13) This past week I was at a group called GodPub and in conversation we started talking about the bible, what it is, and howContinue reading “Reading the Bible for Transformation”