A Reading for Advent – Oscar Romero

No one can celebratea genuine Christmaswithout being truly poor.The self-sufficient, the proud,those who, because they haveeverything, look down on others,those who have no needeven of God – for them therewill be no Christmas.Only the poor, the hungry,those who need someoneto come on their behalf,will have that someone.That someone is God.Emmanuel. God-with-us.Without poverty of spiritthere canContinue reading “A Reading for Advent – Oscar Romero”

Oscar Romero on The Protagonists of History

I’ve been reading through excerpts of Oscar Romero’s prayers and writings and many  strike me but this one really stood out to me this morning as one we need to hear today: The true protagonists of history are those who are most united with God, because with God’s viewpoint they can best attend to theContinue reading “Oscar Romero on The Protagonists of History”

Death Penalty Dead in New Mexico

My Friend posted this today, and it seemed worthy to share here as well. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a bill repealing the death penalty. His statement is worth reading, here are a few highlights: I have decided to sign legislation that repeals the death penalty in the state of New Mexico. RegardlessContinue reading “Death Penalty Dead in New Mexico”

Plan B: The Church (John Caputo)

In preparing for a sermon the other day I came across one of my favorite quotes from John Caputo’s book, “What Would Jesus Deconstruct?” (see also here): “The name of ‘Jesus’ is too often a mirror in which we behold our own image, and it has always been easy to spot the sliver in theContinue reading “Plan B: The Church (John Caputo)”

More Yoder on Faithfulness and Tradition

I’ve been working through a number of John Howard Yoder’s texts in the last week, reading what he had to say about ecumenicism and tradition within the “Radical Free-Church.” Here are a few quotes that really stood out to me from his essay in The Priestly Kingdom called, “The Authority of Tradition.” One thing IContinue reading “More Yoder on Faithfulness and Tradition”

Two (Possible) Roles of Religion In A Global World

I’m currently writing a methods paper, laying out how I will conduct my field research among Quaker congregations. In the section where I’m dealing with culture and the role of the church I found Slavoj Žižek’s quote below to be insightful and to the point. The social order in which religion is no longer fully integratedContinue reading “Two (Possible) Roles of Religion In A Global World”

Augustine’s Prayer for Students

Hear my prayer, O Lord; let not my soul fail under Thy discipline, nor let me fail in uttering to Thee Thy mercies: by them Thou has drawn me out of all my most evil ways, that I should find more delight in Thee than in all the temptations I once ran after, and shouldContinue reading “Augustine’s Prayer for Students”

Unlikely Quaker “Heroes?”

Did you know Annie Oakley was a Quaker? How about Joan Baez and James Dean? Well they were along with a few other surprising people says this Time article… Annie Oakley – “The sharp-shooting female who was rumored to split playing cards edge-wise, then shoot through them a few times before they hit the ground,Continue reading “Unlikely Quaker “Heroes?””