Category: Sermons

Temples: Abraham Offering Isaac

This is a disorienting story, to say the least. That’s exactly what it’s meant to be, of course. You aren’t supposed to hear it as just a recitation of events: then God talked to Abraham, and then Abraham and Isaac went to Mt Moriah, and then Abraham built an altar, and then he bound his son like an animal facing…

Temples: The Temple of Creation

Imagine that your city is burning. The school where your son learned is burning. The well where your daughter drew water is burning. The little pub where you had your first kiss: burning. Your house is burning. The gentle fire that burned in your little hearth in the winter is now out of control, and the flames are spreading. The…

Free in Eden

On the day the Lord God made earth and heavens, no shrub of the field being yet on the earth and no plant of the field yet sprouted… then the Lord God fashioned the human, humus from the soil, and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the human became a living creature.   And the Lord God…

Body and Blood

William Carlos Williams wrote, in a poem called The Host:   There is nothing to eat seek it where you will, but the body of the Lord. The blessed plants and the sea, yield it to the imagination Intact.   There is nothing to eat… but the body of the Lord.   Quakers, you know, have an odd approach to…

Inherit the Kingdom

I have this app on my phone called WhatsApp. It’s a bit like Facebook, but it’s not as pretty so it uses a lot less data, which makes it popular for messaging and calling in places with unreliable cell service or high data rates. I hadn’t heard of WhatsApp until I started working at Friends United Meeting. I’m now part…

How Freedom Grows

  Here’s a quick and dirty recap of where we’re at in Galatians:   The Roman province of Galatia was basically the middle of the contemporary country of Turkey. Paul went there telling the story of Jesus and planting churches. As he went, he made a surprising claim: you could follow this Jewish Messiah without first becoming a Jew.  …

Freedom in Christ

Most of you know that in addition to my job here with all of you lovely folks, I also work in the communications department at Friends United Meeting, the global body of Friends that we’re all part of. My boss there unexpectedly found himself on a boat in Northern Europe, as happens to the best of us, which meant that…

No Turning Back

Have you ever had a day where you used your words, just like your mother taught you, and you thought you were being so clear, but then it turned out that no one understood what you were talking about? That no one was really listening? You were using your words, but you might as well have been writing on an…

A Promise Fulfilled

06.18.17 – A Promise Fulfilled – Galatians 3:10-22   One of my favorite theological writers, Douglas Adams, opens a book called The Restaurant at the End of the Universe with these lines:   “The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a…

A New Identity

Back in Genesis, God told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you.   I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will…