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As a Quaker (or Christian, Evangelical, Anabaptist) how does one get out of Jury service?

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Is there a way of being exempt in the UK completely (so not added in again 12 months after refusal) from Jury Duty on the basis of faith? Also here is a bigger question what are the arguments for…Continue

 

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The Similarities of Radical Groups

I have enjoyed finding out about both primitive and radical reformation groups and the similarities they have. None more so than my own unusual mix of beliefs from Quaker, Evangelical and Anabaptists quarters. Here is an excellent blog post from Quaker Stew that compares Early Quaker and Anabaptist writings.…See More
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David Timothy Holdsworth replied to David Timothy Holdsworth's discussion 'As a Quaker (or Christian, Evangelical, Anabaptist) how does one get out of Jury service?'
"I got a letter from the judiciary politely accepting my refusal today. I just had to admit my connection with Quakers and Anabaptists. Seems more straightforward than I first assumed."
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Forrest Curo replied to David Timothy Holdsworth's discussion 'As a Quaker (or Christian, Evangelical, Anabaptist) how does one get out of Jury service?'
"Not sure how this works in Canada... but if you can't promise to follow the law (What is it's unjust?! Or unkind?) and tell them so, they aren't likely to keep you on a jury."
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The Fruit of Love

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind"; and, "Love your neighbour as yourself....
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David Timothy Holdsworth replied to David Timothy Holdsworth's discussion 'As a Quaker (or Christian, Evangelical, Anabaptist) how does one get out of Jury service?'
"Thanks. Yes I perhaps could have worded it better. Sorry about that. What I meant was as some one who has covictions stemming from Faith how does one then avoid going against conscience. I read elsewhere that I in theory could make an affirmation…"
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David McKay replied to David Timothy Holdsworth's discussion 'As a Quaker (or Christian, Evangelical, Anabaptist) how does one get out of Jury service?'
"I'm in Canada. I'm sure the rules are different in UK. My issue is regarding how you phrased the problem. You want to get out of jury service and wants to do so permanently and you want to use religion as your way of doing it. That may not…"
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As a Quaker (or Christian, Evangelical, Anabaptist) how does one get out of Jury service?

Is there a way of being exempt in the UK completely (so not added in again 12 months after refusal) from Jury Duty on the basis of faith? Also here is a bigger question what are the arguments for jury duty and the arguments against? See More
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Angelos - A Peace Novel

Hello Friends, I was wondering if anyone would like to post a review on goodreads, smashwords or amazon or wherever of my short novel. I offer the novel free here at smashwords. Info from wattpad where you can also read part of it....…See More
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Grace Alone - My Christian Testimony (updated version)

When I was young, my parents raised me in a Christian home. The influence of the gospel lay upon my life from a young age. I lived in the Mission House owned by the Free Church. My Dad worked as a local preacher and Mum was a caretaker of the Church building next door. The Minister a Rev Macleod and his wife were so kind to us and that has stayed with me over the years. I wanted to give my life to Jesus after hearing so many testimonies and seeing that older believers I met at fellowships had…See More
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I'm David. I am an Evangelical Christian. I have been influenced by study of the Radical Reformation (Anabaptists) and early Quakerism. Along with study of Peace Churches and The Christian Peace Testimony as a whole. I hold a degree in Theology and a degree in Social Sciences. I like sharing wise quotes here from those of the past as well as useful links and my own Prayers, Poetry and Reflections. I run a blog called Reflections (see link).

So, Welcome! Let's celebrate life, faith, hope, love, joy, peace and social justice together.

A little more about me:
I love my family and friends. I am married to my darling Sarah and father to baby Ezra. We like outings, walks and hanging out in coffee shops. I am a follower of Jesus whose gospel is peace. I dream of a better world and of the world to come.

A Statement of Faith:
(1) Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh, and apart from Him the true God can not fully be known, worshipped, or acknowledged. Jesus is fully revealed as the God who is love and whose gospel is peace.

 (2) Salvation is by faith in the atoning blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, apart from all human works and character. It is by Grace we are saved not by works, it is a gift from God, obtained through faith. 

(3) It is the supreme obligation of every saved person to obey the Lord Jesus Christ. We will fail no doubt often in this for we are mere humans - but our aim should be holiness. The two golden rules are to love God and love each other (even to love enemies). This is the kind of active faith that can change the world for the better. 

These three points are the pillars of my faith - the deity of Christ, salvation by faith in Him, obedience to His word. 

Do you believe these three things and if not why not take it into consideration?


Grace Alone - My Christian Testimony:

When I was young, my parents raised me in a Christian home. The influence of the gospel lay upon my life from a young age. I lived in the Mission House owned by the Free Church. My Dad worked as a local preacher and Mum was a caretaker of the Church building next door. The Minister a Rev Macleod and his wife were so kind to us and that has stayed with me over the years. I wanted to give my life to Jesus after hearing so many testimonies and seeing that older believers I met at fellowships had something or rather someone beautiful. So the Lord drew my heart to His and though young I invited Christ into my heart and life. Though I have faltered and failed many times along the way and the road hasn't always been easy God had begun a good work in me.

In my teens with a much fuller understanding of the things of God I recommitted my life to Jesus, or as one person put it I found assurance of salvation. I took Free Church communion for the first time, which is reserved for those who are saved and who the elders have examined as such and feel are ready. It was a blessing.

In my later teens was a major denominational split and a major family crisis. It would be untruthful if I said these things didn't impact my journey, for they did. Though it shook me these things gave strength in the long run. I was inward looking until in a spiritual battle in my heart my eyes opened to the fact that others suffered still much more than I did.

When I went to University, I found that through my studying of Theology and Social Science that the troubles of human nature was not new, nor was the world's or my need for hope. In a rage one day I roared at God "Why do you allow such suffering in this world?" God may have been saying "Why do you?" How could I ignore such a thing?

It was this that got me active in campaigns against wars and armaments and joining the struggle to Ban the Bomb, Drop the Debt and Make Poverty History. But, it still wasn't enough for me so I journeyed to Devon to be a summer worker at Lee Abbey. They taught me to "be God's hands and feet in this world."

This idea of love was a spiritual awakening and the start of a profound stirring within my heart. I found my old path of blaming God for the world's woes was unsound. I discovered many woes are man made. That God lives within the laws of cause and effect - laws he made, He lives by His own word and gives humans and angels free will. I could not blame God any longer.

Here are 5 things I have discovered on my pilgrimage of faith:

1. Having for a time looked at other faiths I concluded that though many faiths offer a few ideas, Christianity in its truest form was the only faith offering a much-needed saviour. Christian faith is not winning points with God, but is the person Jesus the Christ. It is less religion, more relationship.

2. I could not save myself from sin or judgement, I needed and still need a redeemer. The heart of mans problem is the problem of mans heart. In this I was no exception. In the words of John Newton "I am a great sinner, but I have a great saviour."

3. Salvation is by Grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone for the glory of God alone.

4. This gift of salvation, does not remove the need for right living, but changes the motive. We must do good because it is right and because we love God and others, not to gain salvation or position with God. God is love, and whoever does not love is not of God. Good works do not save us, but Jesus saves us so we may do them.

5. It's important to be peacemakers, such are called the children of God. Christ came to reconcile man to God, and brothers to brothers.

After, my time at Lee Abbey I did cleaning and factory work. But, my wish to experience Christian community had grown. I had heard of L'arche at Lee Abbey and a community existed in Inverness. So in Inverness I joined the L'arche community. I discovered care work and much more. The impact of this community and the ideas of the founder and philosopher Jean Vanier was great. Whilst holding true to my evangelical faith I discovered a new dimension to my faith. If one were to have faith in Jesus one ought to express this through practical Christianity and what better way than through community and care.

Various Christian churches influenced me over the year. I was a part of the Free Church of Scotland as a boy and in due time the Free Church (Continuing). When I moved to Inverness, I looked around a while and joined what they then called Christian Outreach Centre Inverness (called CityLife a while and now called The Junction). It was a family friendly, lively church. I had a membership of the Baptists both in Inverness and Edinburgh for a while also (including being part of the Scottish Baptist Lay Preachers Association). Both these churches and those I studied (e.g. the Anabaptists) have had a deep impact on my journey.

In 2010 I had the privilege of serving refugees and homeless people in London. An interesting month where I learned of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker - though keeping my right to be in effect an Evangelical worker. I learned of the Anabaptists thanks to SPEAK and the Mennonites. I joined campaigns against violence. This active month deeply influenced me.

Then in 2011 I went on a mission trip to give parcels and share the good news of Jesus in Romania. I realised God wanted me to have an active vocation.

God blessed me to live and work at Kilravock Christian Castle. Then for a time I returned both to Highland Theological College and L'arche. I moved to Edinburgh in 2014 to get married to Sarah and began work as a support worker at a Christian organisation called Redwoods Caring Foundation. We faced many challenges in our new life together, but it has been interesting to see that God has used other Christians to help us (and a few Muslims and secular folks). God has not forgotten us when we needed him most. One of our hearts desires has been to have a baby and though it looked like it would not happen for us (as some people experience) God none the less blessed us with a beautiful baby boy.

And so my story and pilgrimage continues...Soli Deo Gloria!

(My Testimony and many of my reflections may be viewed on my blog below where you can also get a couple of faith based ebooks for free or a token amount).
Website/Blog
http://reflectionsbydth.blogspot.com
Twitter Page
http://twitter.com/DavidTH365

‘In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity’.

D.T.H

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A Prayer of Thanks

Posted on 8th mo. 19, 2018 at 10:52am 0 Comments

Dear Lord, Thankyou for giving us faith, hope and love. That the greatest of these is love. Thankyou that your love lights up the world. That though the darkness is resistant your light still shines. Thankyou that you rejoice over your children with singing. That you put a new song in our mouths so may rejoice in your love. Thankyou you that you give strength to the weary. That you give us wings so we may mount up like eagles and bath in the sunlight of your infinite love. Thankyou that you… Continue

By the Blood

Posted on 8th mo. 19, 2018 at 10:50am 0 Comments

Thankyou Father that we can come into your holy presence with boldness by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) who sets us at liberty.

You, Lord have torn the veil of the temple from top to bottom so we may come to such a holy God as thee.

We rejoice that if we draw near to you, you will draw near to us and if we resist the devil, he will flee from us. So Lord give us strength, your strength. For yours alone will be enough.

Thankyou for full assurance of faith and that though our sin be… Continue

The Similarities of Radical Groups

Posted on 8th mo. 15, 2018 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

I have enjoyed finding out about both primitive and radical reformation groups and the similarities they have. None more so than my own unusual mix of beliefs from Quaker, Evangelical and Anabaptists quarters. Here is an excellent blog post from Quaker Stew that compares Early Quaker and Anabaptist writings.…

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Angelos - A Peace Novel

Posted on 8th mo. 7, 2018 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Hello Friends, I was wondering if anyone would like to post a review on goodreads, smashwords or amazon or wherever of my short novel. I offer the novel free here at smashwords

Info from wattpad where you can also read part of it....…

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