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Recovering Abundance in the Middle of Nowhere

*The following is a lightly edited manuscript of a message I shared with the congregation of Winchester Friends Meeting in Winchester, Indiana.  Good morning, Friends. It is good to be with you and worship with you this morning. I was a little concerned because I’ve been under the impression that the Holy Spirit doesn’t interact [...]

Good Enough for Government Work? Recovering Abundance in Field and State

When I lived in Kansas, I occasionally stopped by the local "hardware store" (read general store) to get a pop on a hot day or grab some basics like milk and bread because I didn't feel like making the drive to the nearest grocery store. One morning, I stopped in before class and several local [...]

Renewal > Resolutions: Retreating with People and Places

"There must be a time when a person of resolutions puts their resolutions aside as if they had all been broken, and learns a different kind of wisdom." ~Thomas Merton It's 2018! Indeed, we are now a couple weeks into it. The new year comes with much celebration--sometimes because a new year has begun and sometimes [...]

Protest and Patriotism: Learning the Awkward Liturgy of Solidarity

I'm a Quaker. Quakers are probably the lowest of the "low church" tradition; historically, we have tried to avoid any kind of ritual or repetition. Our worship is based on waiting in stillness for the Spirit to move. If such a miracle happens during worship, then we might move. I love the simplicity and silence [...]

Abundance in the “New Inner City”

*This blog is adapted from a message I shared for this year's Midwest Friends of Jesus gathering in Toledo, Ohio. (Friends pictured above) The story begins with Jesus and the disciples in a space like the one in which we are currently gathered. We might say they were at a Friends of Jesus retreat. It [...]

Just Some Good Ol’ Boys?

A couple weeks ago I was at the Morrow County fair. I have a lot of good memories at the fair: the booths with free pens, the rides lit up at night, seeing the animals that my friends were showing, watching the demolition derbies, eating deep fried everything. The fair is also an opportunity for [...]

Recovering Abundance in Seminary

Below is the short manuscript from a message I gave recently at Earlham School of Religion for Common Worship. While not directly relating to rural issues, it provides another opening into the story of Jesus feeding the multitude, the inspiration for the blog's title. Enjoy: Geese appear high over us, pass, and the sky closes. [...]