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Lee Nichols commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'John Wilbur and immediacy or The Way Not Mediated'
"Keith,  It is good to see that you are working to find answers for your questions and not just talking carelessly like many others do.  These issues continue to be a concern periodically and I was reminded of another web discussion on this…"
12th month 13, 2013
Lee Nichols commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'John Wilbur and immediacy or The Way Not Mediated'
"Forrest, I am afraid you expected more of the analogy of the two stones than was intended, but in another way you did not see the implications of it.  The two stones of the foundation do not stand for different reality but different ways humans…"
12th month 11, 2013
Lee Nichols commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'John Wilbur and immediacy or The Way Not Mediated'
"Dear Keith, Thank you for the information on Wilbur's concerns. I do not see Gurney or Wilbur as authorities although I am sure I could learn from them.  I know if I had to choose, I would choose an unprogramed mostly silent meeting…"
12th month 7, 2013
Lee Nichols commented on Keith Saylor's blog post 'John Wilbur and immediacy or The Way Not Mediated'
"Dear Keith, I am having trouble following Wilbur's concern about Gurney from Gurney's writings.  This lead me to wonder what evidence Wilbur has that Gurney departed from "faith in the immediate revelation or guidance of the…"
12th month 4, 2013
Lee Nichols commented on Lee Nichols's blog post 'Separations and views of atonement'
"Note to Jim Wilson Thank for your reflection, Jim.  It is probably true that popular thought does not always follow intellectual movement.   Lately I have been acquainting myself with the writings of the new atheists such as Richard…"
9th month 2, 2013
Jim Wilson commented on Lee Nichols's blog post 'Separations and views of atonement'
"Friend Lee: I enjoyed your thoughtful post on James Bellangee.  I was struck by your view that given the numerous disasters of the 20th century, most people have put aside the idea that human beings can perfect themselves.  I would amend…"
8th month 29, 2013
Lee Nichols commented on Lee Nichols's blog post 'Separations and views of atonement'
"Further comments using the Journel and writings of James Bellangee A Quaker minister, James Bellangee, traveled hundreds if not thousands of miles in ministry speaking to innumerable meetings to the benefit of many people as report in his…"
8th month 29, 2013
James C Schultz commented on Lee Nichols's blog post 'Separations and views of atonement'
"Lee, hope you are well.  I also hope to see you labor day weekend at Powell House.  I guess the point I was trying to make is I definitely have my own beliefs about the Atonement but since it came from personal revelation I can't…"
8th month 23, 2013
Forrest Curo commented on Lee Nichols's blog post 'Separations and views of atonement'
"Well, I wouldn't consider 'relying on God's power and wisdom' to be a particularly 'liberal' way to handle what looks to be insoluble by unaided human reasoning.... I'd say Paul, whether or not he was the actual…"
8th month 23, 2013
Lee Nichols commented on Lee Nichols's blog post 'Separations and views of atonement'
"A response to Jim Schultz and Forrest CuroA blog like this, being free of some concerns of meetings, such as how comments move it in one direction or another and how control of the meeting is maintained, may be a place to have a more open discussion…"
8th month 22, 2013
James C Schultz commented on Lee Nichols's blog post 'Separations and views of atonement'
"There are beliefs and there are beliefs.  It doesn't really matter what your belief is if it doesn't affect your life and it isn't going to fully affect your life unless you can walk in it.  So you can have all the correct…"
8th month 18, 2013
Forrest Curo commented on Lee Nichols's blog post 'Separations and views of atonement'
"Before Quakerism or even Christianity... Some people had a sense that humanity overall had become estranged from God, but that God was seeking to reveal 'His' self to people, so far as they could profitably receive it ... According to the…"
8th month 17, 2013
William F Rushby commented on Lee Nichols's blog post 'Separations and views of atonement'
"Hello, Lee! Thanks for the informative essay.  At this point in Quaker history, we have moved beyond a simple pluralism of views of the Atonement.  For many unprogrammed Friends, faith in Christ is no longer an option--regardless of view…"
8th month 17, 2013
Lee Nichols posted a blog post

Separations and views of atonement

Separations and views of atonement.If I could frame a question on this topic, it would be "what needs to be addressed in order for a single Quaker meeting to have differing views of the atonement?" The second question would be "what goals for a meeting are implicit in each view of the atonement."It would be simpler to say why can’t we all just get along. But the answer to that would probably not help us understand our differences or the solutions that addresses these differences. It is easy to…See More
8th month 17, 2013
Lee Nichols commented on Earlham School of Religion's blog post 'A Modest Proposal: Quakers Should Embrace Multiple Views of Christ’s Atonement'
"Hi Steve, Since you are an educated man, I am sure you have considered the pernicious effect of bias on every decision we make from financial to leisure.  If I guessed at your position based on biases expressed, I would begin with the position…"
8th month 13, 2013
Lee Nichols replied to Peter Miller's discussion 'Robert Barclay and the Gurneyite/Wilburite Division'
"Bill and Peter,  Have you read the book Quaker Nantucket by Leach and Gow?  Bill, if you have read it, what sort of review would you give it.   The authors have a lot of details about Quaker life because they have limited it to…"
8th month 6, 2013

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My past experience includes a Master of Divinity and four years employment in churches, then a Masters plus certification in school psychology with which I worked in a variety of settings in PA, OH, IN and NY and then retirement with my wife in IN and currently near Elmira, NY.

In the year 2000 when my friend, Monica, soon to be my wife, and I ventured off toward Mohawk Valley Friends Meeting, it was not the little we knew about Quakers that led us down the small roads toward the meeting house 30 miles away but what we had experienced in many churches, Catholic churches for Monica who rejected most of Christianity along with her Catholic childhood so that she was looking for a more personal experience with God and for me a variety of churches starting with a small Baptist Church led by small Baptist men and continuing through a variety of denomination finding an abundance of doctrine and leadership seeking to increase the churches importance by calling people to themselves more than to the overflowing, surging life and energy and might of the Spirit of Christ. What I hope our road continues to have, what I value as unique to the Quaker experience ahead of us in 2000 but behind us now is what I would like to share with others, openings which in general are the sense that meeting is not a time for ritual or ceremonies to make us pleasing to God rather our ritual pleasing to God is the way we live our life as an offering poured out to Him, and the gathering is for an intense fellowship surrounded as we are by others who receive grace to grace His presence in the gathering just as one wave magnifies another moving in the same direction by joining with it.

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Separations and views of atonement

Posted on 8th mo. 17, 2013 at 5:41pm 9 Comments

Separations and views of atonement.

If I could frame a question on this topic, it would be "what needs to be addressed in order for a single Quaker meeting to have differing views of the atonement?" The second question would be "what goals for a meeting are implicit in each view of the atonement."

It would be simpler to say why can’t we all just get along. But the answer to that would probably not help us understand our differences or the solutions that addresses these…

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worship may be dangerous to our spiritual health.

Posted on 1st mo. 27, 2013 at 8:19pm 3 Comments

The purpose of my prior BBQB blogs is to highlight Quaker reliance on Scripture to construct the Quaker practices and Quaker organization.  This blog examines “worship” as one of the two words where Quakers failed to follow new covenant teaching because they focused on the plain meaning of scripture in faulty translations.

 

The study of worship starts with a dictionary definition. Worship as a verb means “to show religious reverence for: to adore or to perform acts of adoration”.…

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We modern Quakers are thieves but do not weep. BBQB-IV

Posted on 1st mo. 15, 2013 at 11:36am 5 Comments

We modern Quakers are thieves but do not weep.  This is unlike Margaret Fell Fox's response to the 28 year old farmer, merchant preacher's, message given before the sermon in her respectable Church of England in 1652.  Respectable modern Quakers may object that they are not now in the 38 year old Margaret's position by having stolen a Christian's profession without knowing it needs to be accompanied by a renewing possession of the Spirit of Christ.  We modern Quakers frequently quote the…

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Can you identify which of the following quotes are from Quaker sources? BBQB-5

Posted on 1st mo. 6, 2013 at 8:48pm 2 Comments

Can you identify which of the following quotes are from Quaker sources?  Knowing Quaker from non-Quaker writing will determines how we describe ourselves as Quakers.  How many of the following 10 quotes can you accurately place in or outside of early Quaker thought?



1    So if it could be proved -as it can not- .... that the Gospels were the fabrication of designing and artful men, that  Jesus of Nazareth had never lived, still Christianity would stand firm, and fear no evil.  None…

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At 3:25pm on 1st mo. 18, 2013, Barbara Smith said…

Lee - That is wonderful! Our first meeting will be at our home in Lodi at 11 am on Feb 3. We had planned a simple soup and bread lunch for noon.  We would love to have you. Let me know if you can make it and I will send directions. It is about 1/2 hour north of Ithaca. We have 5 very interested folks so far, 4 from Ithaca and one in Cortland. So as things develop we may decide to move it to Ithaca to be more central.

Do you attend Ithaca Meeting? I look forward to meeting you and hope you can make it out here. If you would need a ride let me know.

In Christ,

Barb

 
 
 

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