Month: February 2014


1.  Now and then I host what the Quakers called a “Clearness Committee” for an individual working their way through an issue about direction or a decision.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, it’s a group of friends who know a person well and their only role is to ask questions.  They cannot make statements or prescribe what a person should do.  The Quakers have a high regard f ...[Read More]


1.  The whole idea and image of “sanctification” may be intimidating for many of us.  It sounds more like an image of Grant Woods’ “American Gothic” – the famous painting of the farm couple.  Both unsmiling and humorless – the man with a pitchfork. It’s serious business, isn’t it? For some it’s probably a series of lists and personal chal ...[Read More]

Jesus Reigns

1.  As Americans, we have a basic antipathy toward kings, don’t we?  It’s in our bones.  We resent any kind of royalty – except the ones we create – and the privileges of dynasties – except those who run for elected office.  It’s been so from the beginning. “In England a King hath little more to do than to make war and give away places; which, in plain ter ...[Read More]