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Who, Me?

It is Martin Luther King Day and I am thinking about how difficult it is to know our own worst capabilities.I’ve been thinking about an experience in the 1980s. I was living near a Quaker day school that had an ugly, racist incident. The school community awoke one day to find a large surface on the school grounds had been painted with unquestionably racist graffiti. There were KKK-robed figures, there was an African-African head with a bullet traveling through it, there was the ‘N-word’, and…See More
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Kirby Urner commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"My humble apologies Patricia.  I went out on the Web and Googled "Quaker convincement" and was brought right back into QuakerQuaker and thought I was reading something you'd said earlier, but I should have said:  "Also,…"
12th month 7, 2015
Patricia Dallmann commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"Hello Kirby. I did write that grace is received through Christ. It's good to hear that you agree. I must take issue though with your stating that the link and ending paragraph is mine; it's another person's, someone whose first name…"
12th month 7, 2015
Kirby Urner commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"I agree with Patricia and it's part of the SCM (Standard Christian Model) that Divine Grace is received, not instigated or "won" by the one seeking convincement.  Also by…"
12th month 7, 2015
Forrest Curo commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"One big flexible plan, as in "I'll stir this until it boils, then see if a little more garlic would be good in it?" [Anne & I are actually making soup today, so this seems like a natural metaphor. But most art forms, at least the…"
12th month 6, 2015
James C Schultz commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"I prefer to think of it as Plan A and Plan B.  Maybe even Plan C (after the flood) and who knows how many more plans there are."
12th month 6, 2015
Forrest Curo commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"You make it sound like God was finished with Adam once He took him down off the workbench, as if all God had in mind had been that first perfect product...  I think it makes more sense to think in terms of a larger art form, where Adam's…"
12th month 5, 2015
James C Schultz commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"I don't necessarily believe that the Adam who left the Garden was the original design so much as a Plan B design in that the Adam who left the Garden of Eden, literal or metaphorical, was not the same as the Adam God created.  In all…"
12th month 5, 2015
Kirby Urner commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"Creation as judged by God in Genesis, to be "Good" might as well be adjudged "Perfect" in the sense Doug was getting at i.e. "Complete" insofar as created (extant), though also still becoming.  Being's triumph…"
12th month 4, 2015
Forrest Curo commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
""sin" is itself another iffy word. Things we've done wrong that continue to haunt us? Then David had more than his share. Maybe, just perhaps, the human tendency to push on despite that barely-discernable little voice screaming for…"
12th month 4, 2015
Keith Saylor commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"Concerning Perfection Robert Barclay writes in "A Confession of Faith which Contains a True Account of the Principles and Doctrines of the People called Quakers" written in 1673. "Concerning Perfection Sin shall not have dominion over…"
12th month 4, 2015
James C Schultz commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"Obviously I believe we can become perfect.  James 1:4 says we can.  I guess we just have to figure out what the word perfect means.  For me it means that in my life light has overcome darkness.  If I equate light to love, which I…"
12th month 4, 2015
Keith Saylor commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"This discussion reminded me of George Fox's response to Christopher Wades book "Quakery Slain" written in 1657. In Fox's "The Great Mystery of the Great Whore Unfolded ..." he writes: "P. He [Wade] saith, '…"
12th month 4, 2015
Kirby Urner commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
"Only in others, not in oneself."
12th month 4, 2015
Patricia Dallmann commented on Doug Bennett's blog post 'Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?'
""The third teacher, the "gospel teacher," is Jesus Christ, who in his earthly ministry and risen lordship leads his people out of confusion and into obedience and order, restoring the perfection known in paradise."(Gwyn,…"
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I am a member of Durham Friends Meeting (NEYM), and live in Topsham, Maine. I am currently President Emeritus and Professor of Politics Emeritus at Earlham. I have a wife, Ellen, and two sons: Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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Who, Me?

Posted on 1st mo. 18, 2016 at 11:00am 0 Comments

It is Martin Luther King Day and I am thinking about how difficult it is to know our own worst capabilities.

I’ve been thinking about an experience in the 1980s. I was living near a Quaker day school that had an ugly, racist incident. The school community awoke one day to find a large surface on the school grounds had been painted with unquestionably racist graffiti. There were KKK-robed figures, there was an African-African head with a bullet traveling through it, there was the…

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Is ‘perfection in this life’ possible?

Posted on 12th mo. 3, 2015 at 9:12am 23 Comments

Doug Shoemaker, the Superintendent of Indiana Yearly Meeting, has been writing a series of ‘letters to George Fox’ that appear in the IYM Communicator. I find interest in these letters in considering whether I agree with them and also whether I think he construes George Fox in a way Fox would want to be understood.  In his recent, eighteenth letter, Shoemaker addresses the possibility of human’s achieving perfection, or ‘entire sanctification.’

Dear…

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Why Was the Bible Written -- And Why So Late?

Posted on 11th mo. 19, 2015 at 10:00am 8 Comments

November 19, 2015

Why was the Bible written? The Bible itself tells us very little. I don’t recollect any verse in which Jesus says to a disciple, “Simon, will you take notes today, you know, for the record?”

When I first came to know the Bible in my…

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Why It Matters How We Read the Bible

Posted on 11th mo. 9, 2015 at 2:00pm 108 Comments

“We want to clarify for everybody that this is not a homosexuality issue for us, this is an authority of scripture/interpretation of scripture/orthodoxy issue for us.” That’s what Anthem Friends Church said last week as they…

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At 1:01pm on 7th mo. 5, 2012, Mackenzie said…

I read your "plea to read the Bible together" in Friends Journal the other day. It was very well-written. Thank you.

I remember one time having someone tell me that "oh no, I know what the Bible says, Sodom & Gomorrah!" to which I paraphrased a line of Ezekiel back to him: the sin of Sodom was that of pride, fullness of bread, and not holding up the poor and needy. He asked if Ezekiel was in the Bible.

At 11:28am on 4th mo. 6, 2011, Paula Deming said…

Welcome!

Thy fFriend Paula (mother of Earlham '04 grad Elaine Banvard)

 
 
 

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