"While reading your words, Barbara, I kept thinking of "the rich young man" of the gospels who asks, "What must I do to enter the kingdom of heaven?" ultimately, Jesus tells him to sell everything he has and "come follow…"
"Discipline is a four-letter word among Friends, alas.
Shrewsbury Meeting in New Jersey (New York Yearly Meeting) went through a similar challenge some years ago and eventually expelled the man from meeting. I learned three things from that…"
At least in theory (meaning we talk about it but it doesn’t always happen), Friends offer you some distinctive contributions to the Christian tradition. Foremost, perhaps, is the rich tradition and experience of answering…"
"Know, Friend, that thee is not alone. Though it sounds like thee may feel alone in thy meeting.
Is this really true? Is there no one else in your meeting who has experienced Truth? who hopes, at least, that their vocal ministry actually comes…"
"I think the most important question raised by the first chapter of Genesis is, what does it mean to be created "in the image of God"? In God's proposal to do this, in verse 26, and then in the next verse, where he actually does it,…"
3/2011 Carnival: Rob Bell and the controversy surrounding his supposed turn toward Christian Universalism.If you write about the topic, bookmark it in Delicious as "quaker.robbell" or post to the comments below.See More
"Jess, this question speaks to one of the basic issues in modern liberal Quaker identity: Is "God" involved in the Religious Society of Friends or not? Individual Quakers are allowed to answer this question for themselves, but meetings have…"
"Helen, I hope you do find a way to provide some leadership. I'll bet prayer will help.
I was once one of those people who hassled Christians about their language and I've thought a lot about the problem, from both sides now. These…"
"Thanks for your post, Kevin. I suspect that the real difference between vocal ministers is not really between experienced and inexperienced, but between Friends who feel that they "speak for God," as you put it, when they rise in meeting,…"
"CQ, I agree with you that liberal Quakerism has been characterized, if not defined, by its "rejection of beliefs, creeds and dogmas in favor of values and principles." I see this especially in how we approach first day school, and in fact,…"
"Why do (some) Friends find that talking from God disturbs their peace? I was such a person once and for me, the reason was the hard handling I received from Christians (especially my father), the long history of Christian violence and perfidy, and…"
"I think the retreat from belief to practice is a signature characteristic of liberal Quakerism, just as Dandelion described it in his book on the sociology of Quaker belief. Though a liberal Friend myself, I think this is a big mistake. It strips…"
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