Tag: luke

Unrecognizable/Unmistakable

When I was in college, the Campus Activities Board would use the giant chapel monitor to show The Princess Bride every year, and I think I watched it every time. It was an evangelical college, and most of us came out of evangelical youth groups, which means that we came to college so familiar with The Princess Bride that we…

Nonsense and Wonder

There’s something hilarious to me about the way that we approach the Easter story. I don’t want to seem critical of anyone else, so just look at what I did to prepare for this service: -I bought bagels and cream cheese at Kroger. -I microwaved a second cup of coffee yesterday. -I arranged my living room books by the color…

Releasing Wonder

Quakers have an ambivalent history with holidays. If you’re a careful reader, you’ll have noticed that the front your bulletin offers a normal looking date but the back says that today is Second Month, Twenty-sixth Day, 2017.   The stranger sounding date is written in a Quaker style that avoids referencing idols. Our days and months are largely named after…

Get In The Game

So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” -from Luke 7 What’s really going on in this passage? That’s probably something I should have looked at before I told Julie I would speak this morning…because there’s a LOT…

Preparing our Hearts: Sabbath Edition

This week’s worship will feature an extended period of waiting worship in the Quaker tradition. We call it waiting worship rather than silent worship, even though it’s mostly silent, because the silence isn’t really the point. Silence is just a tool that we use to wait together for God’s presence to be known among us. If you’re like most Friends,…

Do Not Be Afraid

Last week, we found Jesus preaching in his hometown synagogue in Nazareth. I don’t know if you’d call it a success or not. On the one hand, it seemed like everyone got his point; on the other hand, they responded by trying to throw him off a cliff. They wanted him to inspire the hometown crowd. Instead he spoke as…

Those On Whom God’s Favor Rests

“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.” -from Luke 4 Let me set the scene for you, here. Imagine, if you will, a young football player for the Wilmington Hurricanes. He was born with a football in his hand,…

The Gift of Revolutionary Revelations

“The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” -from…

Telling The Truth

When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like…