With Coronavirus – We’re All in the Belly of the Fish Now

This is a sermon that I preached on Sunday, 3/22/20, at Berkeley Friends Church (via videoconference). The scripture reading for this sermon was: Jonah 2. You can listen to the audio, or keeping scrolling to read my manuscript. (The spoken sermon differs from the written text) Listen to the Sermon Now We’re in the belly […]

These Are The Weeks When Decades Happen – How Will You Respond?

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” ― Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Lenin is not a person I would normally look to for an example, but this quote fits. Things are moving fast. The San Francisco Bay Area is on a shelter-in-place regime until further notice. In Kansas, they’ve closed […]

San Francisco Bay Area Shut Down – How Will Quakers Respond?

I knew that the grocery stores would be a zoo this weekend, so I didn’t even think about going. But Monday is our regular day to buy groceries for our family of five. So I bit the bullet and drove down to Trader Joe’s in Alameda (near Oakland). What I saw when I got there […]

Never Tell Me the Odds – Finding Hope in an Age of Empire

This is a sermon that I preached on Sunday, 3/1/20, at Whittier First Friends Church, near Los Angeles. The scripture reading for this sermon was: Ephesians 6:10-13. You can listen to the audio, or keeping scrolling to read my manuscript. (The spoken sermon differs from the written text) Listen to the Sermon Now The most […]

God is Doing a New Thing. What Can You Say?

This is a sermon that I preached on Sunday, 1/12/20, at Berkeley Friends Church. The scripture readings for this sermon were: Matthew 3:13-17. You can listen to the audio, or keeping scrolling to read my manuscript. (The spoken sermon differs from the written text) Listen to the Sermon Now John the Baptist was a wild […]

Christmas Isn’t a ‘Hallmark Moment’ – It’s a Revolution

This is a sermon that I preached on Sunday, 12/23/19, at Berkeley Friends Church. The scripture readings for this sermon were: Matthew 1:18-25. You can listen to the audio, or keeping scrolling to read my manuscript. (The spoken sermon differs from the written text) Listen to the Sermon Now It’s been a really crazy week or two. […]

Can You Separate the Wheat from the Chaff?

This is a sermon that I preached on Sunday, 12/8/19, at Berkeley Friends Church. The scripture readings for this sermon were: Matthew 3:1-12. You can listen to the audio, or keeping scrolling to read my manuscript. (The spoken sermon differs from the written text) Listen to the Sermon Now We’re in the time now that the […]