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Making Up for Lost Time

What an absence. It seems as though all parts of life converged onto last week, and the 24 hours in a day seemed to become more like 20. So, in an effort to make up for lost time, I am packing into this post all of the things that have teased me the past week – those things I wish I could have spent more time with:

– It appears that Quakers still have the ability to rock the boat, and convey truth while doing so. First, she was fired for being a Quaker. Then, she was re-hired for being a Quaker!

Foy Vance rocks. Check out this song, then buy his album:

Rue Royale is also worth your time and both your ears.

– I was a member of the GC4JC relay team that took first place last weekend in the BAC 30k challenge. Believe me when I tell you it was the other two who made a win possible…believe me.

– If you haven’t yet, you must watch Into the Wild. Amazingly beautiful and disturbing.

– Finally, Alaska Airlines did a fine job bringing me and my family to Oregon, where we will be for the next week or so. Man, I miss this place.

Anti-Quaker Day

Pithy post of the day:

Did you know that today may be the most un-Quaker day of the year?

It is, after all,  March 4th (or march forth), the only day of the year that is an actual command.

On this March 4th, may you march forth towards a calling that is of Christ.

Quaker Conspirators?

Through a prolonged stint of blog-hopping at the end of last week, I happened upon the New Conspirators Festival hosted by Tom and Christine Sine this past weekend. It was a gathering of folks doing new types of ministry underneath the emerging umbrella – or as the blog promoted, it was a gathering to “spend time with those on the innovative edge who are creating new forms of life, church, mission and celebration.”

As I perused through, I recognized some names of a few presenters, until I came across the name Bruce Bishop. I was so excited to see his name there, connected with the title, “Holy Loitering: Rediscovering Spirituality for New Expressions and Traditional Communities.” Bruce is a longtime friend who I deeply respect, both for his friendship and his ability to plumb the depths of human life in order to look for the work of the Spirit.

What was even more exciting, though, was a Quaker presenting at the conference!

As a few other Quakers have noted (Wess, Robin, and AJ are some of them) the emergent movement and the Quaker church have much to teach each other, and much that is in common. I hope Bruce’s participation in the festival continues the conversation that has been begun already with the Quaker church.

Hermeneutical Ranking

Scot McKnight created a hermeneutics (what you read into the Bible) quiz that you, yes you, can take here. Scot correctly mentions that it is not an encompassing quiz, and that there are issues with the scope and in some cases, the applicability of such a quiz. But, it is fun to take. To my surprise, I am a moderate (64 is my score – I just took it again (3/6) and scored a 52. Hmmm), which matches well with my political leanings. Perhaps hermeneutics and politics are (insert sarcasm) interchangeable!

Of course, I used hermeneutics to interpret the actual quiz, which therefore means that a hermeneutics of hermeneutics quiz should be created. Oh, what a hermeneutical web we weave. This is precisely the point at which I should stop, because I am starting to sound too postmodern.

Anyway, I encourage you to take the quiz, and if you feel led, to report your score back here.

Elevated Spirituality

Just yesterday the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released findings from a recent survey about the frequency and scope of people changing faith traditions and/or leaving established religion totally. This story did not focus solely on Christianity, but it certainly seemed to note that it was in Christianity that the biggest change was happening (Zach has done a nice job offering a broader context for the study). It was, in essence, another opportunity for media to place a negative focus on Christianity. There is, to be sure, quite a few areas where the public life of Christianity needs to be reformulated, where new voices need to be heard and sought out. Brian McLaren, in this press conference, begins that conversation, and it is one I welcome whole-heartedly. And here McLaren himself talks about the significance of the Pew Study.

But this morning, after reading the article A Spiritual Graduation by Roland Martin, I am left with even more questions than before. Continue reading

Quaker Politics

Our youngest is home from church today with a cold, so I stayed with him. Thirsting for some teaching, I connected with Newberg Friends Church’s podcast of last week’s sermon, “Are we really going to talk about communion?” As I listened to Gregg preach, I wandered on over to his blog to read up on his most recent posting (is this an acceptable form of multi-tasking???). It was there I found his most recent post on his presidential choice. This followed what I found on another Quaker blog last week in support of the same presidential candidate. Continue reading