Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
If you are interested in Quaker history and outreach, there is probably not a more intriguing book than Arthur O. Roberts’ famous study of Friends missions to the Eskimos of Alaska in the 1800’s.…Continue
Added by Daniel Wilcox on 11th mo. 22, 2015 at 7:35pm — No Comments
I love the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. I am a Liberal Quaker. An atheist I know pointed out with a lot of back up evidence that we have no proof jesus ever said those words. I feel foolish to have regarded these words "Blessed are the Peacemakers" etc as words he spoke- whereas I feel now these words most likely are fictional. rich morgan Brookahven NY
A few weeks ago I spent a long weekend in retreat with some Friends at a Benedictine monastery here in Vermont called the Weston Priory. The monks live under the Rule of Saint Benedict which was written circa the year 500. The motto of…Continue
November 19, 2015
When I first came to know the Bible in my…Continue
So here you are. God himself! You have created the universe, Angels, Adam and Eve, and now you have to make two coats for Adam and Eve so they can survive outside of Eden. Do you think you can do better than loin skins? Can you do better than Isreal (Jacob)? Better than Hannah? How about better than Mary, Jesus' own mother? I think the coats they made are a shadow of the coats God made for Adam and Eve. How about you?
Ever since the Tower of Babel we each insist on finding a "better" way of expressing something even if it means everyone who is used to a term has to learn a new term. So I hear all sorts of expressions for what we are. Why can't we just agree on what Genesis says we are, that is a "living soul"?
Then we can discuss what a soul is and maybe build each other up. I'll start with my simple model of what I perceive as the main components of a living soul: A mind (consciousness), a…Continue
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Quakers are right to select Paul as one of their spiritual ancestors
Careful choice of ancestors is important to our spiritual lives of all humans. Paul is a good early…Continue
Added by Mike Shell on 11th mo. 16, 2015 at 6:28pm — No Comments
In times like these, we need to practice the art of welcoming. And by “we” I mean the whole world.
We need to rediscover the high art of welcoming the stranger,
… relearn that welcoming is an antidote to fear,
… exercise the art of welcoming until it is second nature,
… recognize that welcoming is a higher art than the art of war.
As waves of displaced people seeking refuge from war wash across the world, we need to welcome them and not build walls forcing…Continue
Added by Eric E. Sabelman on 11th mo. 15, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Added by Daniel Wilcox on 11th mo. 15, 2015 at 3:45pm — No Comments
Micah, Thank you for your piece I Want to Follow Jesus, Do I need to be Baptized. Your words carried me back to my youth, in the Baptist Church, when the Spirit came upon me and the Life itself was transforming and experienced as sufficient. I am so thankful for the fellowship of one Baptist minister who shared Quakerism with me. I really thought there was no gathering of people that affirmed the Spirit…Continue
Added by Keith Saylor on 11th mo. 13, 2015 at 10:11am — No Comments
Added by Daniel Wilcox on 11th mo. 11, 2015 at 9:34pm — No Comments
In the 3rd verse of the 3rd chapter of the prophet Amos we are asked:
Can two walk together, except they be agreed? There have been more than a few nights where I cried this scripture out to God because of personal desires to end a relationship. I would wail in the night with moanings and groanings citing this scripture thinking it justification for ending a twenty year marriage that had created three children,between the ages of 19 and 14 at that time only to be redirected to…Continue
“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…Continue
The other day, I was driving west along the Elk River into the southern Oregon Coast Mountain Range. The breaks in morning cloud cover showed promise of a beautiful sunny morning. I was racing with the waning darkness. A few days earlier, in mid afternoon, I had come across a beautiful little creek, while observing and photographing lichen, feeding into the Elk River. The movement of the water cascading over rocks and boulders was particularly captivating. I just could not…Continue
And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
"You will say, 'Christ saith this, and the apostles say this;'…
Added by Forrest Curo on 11th mo. 7, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments
Students in Steve Angell's "Creation of Modern Quaker Diversity" class this fall were asked to imagine a scenario in which Joseph John Gurney and Elias Hicks met up in a present-day context with which the students are familiar. Below is one of the resulting essays, from MDiv student John Edminster:…Continue
Added by Earlham School of Religion on 11th mo. 6, 2015 at 9:31am — No Comments
If we died with him, we shall live with him;
if we endure, we shall reign with him.
If we deny him, he will deny us.
If we are faithless, he keeps faith,
for he cannot deny himself (2 Tim. 2:11-13).
These simple, beautiful lines are preceded by the Apostle's guarantee: "Here are words you may trust." It seems likely that he's informing us that the words are inspired, and therefore trustworthy. In addition, the breadth and depth of understanding,…Continue
Added by Patricia Dallmann on 11th mo. 2, 2015 at 11:29am — No Comments
“Welcome to the battlefield,” writes Ross Douthat in the New York Times yesterday. That sentence concludes a piece in which he responds to a letter sent to the Times by a sizable group of Catholic scholars, and that letter, in turn, was written in response to a series of columns by Douthat,…Continue
Isa 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
Isa 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and…Continue
Added by James C Schultz on 11th mo. 1, 2015 at 12:37am — No Comments
I tend to over-simplify things even though I do not live in a simple manner outwardly. My outward life is somewhat complex for a number of reasons that I have accepted as a tool that I am called to use for spiritual reasons. I did not reason my way to where I am; rather, I have found myself mindfully here at a place where it seems the Spirit has placed me. And the Spirit has ministered and comforted me in this place because it is not where I would choose to be if I were left to my own…Continue