Recovering Abundance Through Retreat

Some days I wonder if I should change the name of this ministry. How can I talk about the possibilities of abundance when I feel surrounded by scarcity? I turn on the news, check my bank account, or learn a family member is seriously ill and the world doesn't seem like a place of abundant [...]

Recovering Abundance Through Risk

*This post is lightly adapted from a message given by Andy for ESR (Earlham School of Religion) Day at Richmond First Friends Meeting in Richmond, Indiana.  Good morning, Friends. It’s great to be here to worship with you and share with you all. I will say to you what I said to Winchester Friends a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Introducing Recovering Abundance: A Miracle and Midrash about Rural Renewal

What's with the name Recovering Abundance?  There is a gospel story that I've been carrying around for quite awhile. When I say "awhile," I don't mean a couple days, a couple weeks, or a couple months. I mean a couple of years. It has been bouncing around in my mind, sinking deeply into my spirit, [...]