3rd mo. 2013 Blog Posts (57)

Daily Old Testament and Early Christian Writings: Exodus 19 and The Didache 5-6

Exodus 19Some of the interesting observations made by the Schocken translator in his introduction to chapters 19-24 include the following: the mountain serves as a bridge between heaven and earth [Augustine would run with this image in his sermons]—and only Moses is permitted to ascend it.

 

Mt. Sinai itself never became a holy site for the Israelites.  The…

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Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 31, 2013 at 6:51am — No Comments

Daily Old Testament and Early Christian Writings: Exodus 18 and The Didache 2-4

Exodus 18 – Moses’s father-in-law, Jethro (AKA Reuel) brings Zipporah, Moses’ wife, and their two sons, Gershom/Sojourner There and Eliezer/God’s Help, to Moses at the mountain of God, and he rejoices to hear all that the Lord has done.  The Schocken Bible points out that the wilderness or “trek” narratives, Exodus and Numbers, have six stations or stops between Egypt and Sinai, and then six again from Sinai to the Promised Land.  Here they…

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Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 30, 2013 at 5:51am — No Comments

Daily Old Testament and Early Christian Writings: Exodus 17 and The Didache - Introduction through 1

Exodus 17The people in the desert are thirsty and again they complain to Moses.  Again, they belabor Moses with their complaints about the things they lack as “free” men. “Moses cried out to the Lord, “What should I do with these people? They are ready to stone me” (17:4).

 

God instructs Moses to take his staff, “the one [he] used when [he] struck the water of the Nile” (17:5) and to strike a rock at Horeb, near Mt. Sinai so that water will come out of…

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Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 29, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Everlasting Gospel: The New Foundation to build upon in our day...

Ellis Hein in his latest blog speaks clearly about what is the new and living Foundation to build upon in ourday; that is the Voice of the Living Christ.

Check out Ellis' Blog @ http://nffquaker.org/profiles/blogs/the-new-foundation

Ellis lays out in a clear and unequivocal manner the difference between hearing and obeying the Voice of Christ Jesus, and other voices of our own making.

Added by Allistair Lomax on 3rd mo. 28, 2013 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Daily Old Testament and Early Christian Writings: Exodus 16 and The Epistle of Barnabas 20-21

Exodus 16 – The Israelites take the “long way around” to Canaan, through the Wilderness of Shur, around the western coast of the Sinai Peninsula through Marah and Elim, then to the Wilderness of Sin - see the map if you are as unfamiliar with this territory as I was: http://www.wall-maps.com/bible/232783-over.htm - you have to love the internet. 

 

Here they begin to grumble: “Would that we had died at…

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Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 28, 2013 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Among Friends, Who Is an Evangelical? Is Anyone a Fundamentalist?

March 28, 2013

A month ago, I featured here three paragraphs from a 1959 Friends Journal article by Howard Brinton entitled “The Place of Quakerism in Modern Christian Thought.” The three paragraphs concerned Brinton’s view of fundamentalism among Friends.

The blog post drew…

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Added by Doug Bennett on 3rd mo. 28, 2013 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

Design Flaws

On a recent New Yorker podcast, writer Tony Earley read and discussed Robert Maxwell's short story, "Love."  It’s not what you think. Well, the story is about love, the love of a young boy for his fifth-grade teacher. Even more, it’s about…

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Added by Iris Graville on 3rd mo. 27, 2013 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Daily Old Testament and Early Christian Writings: Exodus 15 and The Epistle of Barnabas 18-19

Exodus 15There follows here Moses’ famous “Song at the Sea” which the Schocken Bible editors aptly say, “provides a natural boundary in the book of Exodus. It sets off the Egypt traditions from those of Sinai and the wilderness, and brings to a spectacular close the sage of liberation.”

 

“So YHWH delivered Israel on that day from the hand of Egypt; Israel saw Egypt dead by the shore of the sea, and Israel saw the great hand that…

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Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 27, 2013 at 6:39am — No Comments

Learning Spanish Saved My Life

The following is drawn from a message delivered in ESR and Bethany Joint Worship on March 22 by David Johns:

In short, learning Spanish saved my life. It opened me to the joy of other people, it has helped me learn to take risks; it has helped me see how my work really can be meaningful. It has made me…
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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 3rd mo. 26, 2013 at 8:24am — No Comments

Daily Old Testament and Early Christian Writings: Exodus 14 and The Epistle of Barnabas 16-17

Exodus 14  - Pharaoh decides to pursue the people and overtake them encamped by the Sea.  “As Pharaoh drew near, the Children of Israel lifted up their eyes: . . . They were exceedingly afraid. And the Children of Israel cried out to YHWH” (14:10). The people start blaming Moses for putting them in this predicament (14:11).  “What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave…

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Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 26, 2013 at 5:45am — No Comments

John Punshon's Hopes for Friends (5)

March 25, 2013

This is the fifth of a series of posts on John Punshon’s Reasons for Hope: The Future of the Friends Church. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is…

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Added by Doug Bennett on 3rd mo. 25, 2013 at 12:27pm — 1 Comment

Daily Old Testament and Early Christian Writings: Exodus 13 and The Epistle of Barnabas 14-15

Exodus 13 – The requirements of observing this pilgrimage-festival are outlined.  The importance of the memory for their children is stressed.  So, ways of actually putting the memory on their bodies—the phylacteries worn on the body—are stressed.  Schocken’s note draws a parallel to the place in Song of Songs where it says, “Set me as a seal upon your heart . . .upon your arm” (Song 8:6).  The first-born (males) of every womb are dedicated to the Lord too (redeemed is the word they…

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Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 25, 2013 at 6:35am — No Comments

Daily Old Testament and Early Christian Writings: Exodus 12:29-51 and The Epistle of Barnabas 12-13

Exodus 12:29-51 - Death hits in the middle of the night (12:12:29). Pharaoh summons Moses and Aaron, and they are told to leave.  They “asked the Egyptians for clothing and articles of silver and gold. The Lord caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth” (12:34-35=36).

 

Not counting children there are 600,000—a crowd of mixed ancestry (12:38) with…

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Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 24, 2013 at 6:45am — 1 Comment

Daily Old Testament and Early Christian Writings: Exodus 12:1-28 and The Epistle of Barnabas 10-11

 

Exodus 12:1-28 – The passage starts as an instructional on how the event shall be celebrated throughout Jewish history. The actual event begins around verse 21.

 

Here is the instructional: The month of Passover shall be reckoned the first month of the year for Jews.  On the tenth day of this month, every family must get a lamb (or join with a neighbor and get one)—sheep or goat—keep it till the fourteenth and then slaughter it in the evening. …

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Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 23, 2013 at 7:02am — No Comments

John Punshon's Hopes for Friends (4)

March 22, 2013

Fourth of a series of posts on John Punshon’s Reasons for Hope: The Future of the Friends Church. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here.

John Punshon begins his…

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Added by Doug Bennett on 3rd mo. 22, 2013 at 11:27am — 2 Comments

Daily Old Testament and Early Christian Writings: Exodus 10-11 and The Epistle of Barnabas 8-9

Exodus 10 – The Lord says that the obstinacy of the Pharaoh and his servants is designed to make the signs and wonders of the Lord more glorious and memorable (10:1). The next plague, the eighth, is locusts. By now Pharaoh’s servants are begging him to let the Hebrews go. “’How long will you let this man hold us hostage? Let the men go to worship the Lord their God! Don’t you realize that Egypt lies in ruins?’” (10:7)

 

Pharaoh “caves” to his unhappy officials and…

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Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 22, 2013 at 6:14am — No Comments

"Do you know God?" An Exerpt from Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words

Do you know God? Do you know there is a power greater than ourselves which manifests itself within us as well as everywhere else in the universe? This I call God. Do you know what it is to know God, to have God's constant guidance, a constant awareness of God's presence? To know God is to reflect love toward all people and all creations. To know God is to feel peace within -- a calmness, a serenity, an unshakeableness which enables you to face any situation. To know God is to be so filled…

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Added by Stuart Greene on 3rd mo. 21, 2013 at 7:50pm — No Comments

John Punshon's Hopes for Friends (3)

March 21, 2013

Third of a series of posts on John Punshon’s Reasons for Hope: The Future of the Friends Church. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here.

John Punshon’s Reasons for Hope is unabashedly an argument. Those who are uncomfortable with arguments may not warm to this book,…

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Added by Doug Bennett on 3rd mo. 21, 2013 at 10:14am — No Comments

I'm just a girl: The portrayal of women in Peter Rollins' "Idolatry of God"

ESR student Jodi Jones offers a reflection on Peter Rollins’ new book, The Idolatry of God. Rollins will be on campus at ESR as the keynote speaker for our annual…

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Added by Earlham School of Religion on 3rd mo. 21, 2013 at 8:25am — No Comments

Daily Old Testament and Early Christian Writings: Exodus 9 and The Epistle of Barnabas 5-7

Exodus 9 – God tells Moses to tell the Pharaoh that he must “Let my people go so they can worship me. If you refuse to hold them and refuse to let them go, the hand of the Lord will strike all you livestock—your horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep, and goats—with a deadly plague” (9:2-3). The livestock of the Hebrews will not be touched.

 

Pharaoh doesn’t yield, so the Lord sends this fifth plague. Still the Pharaoh is not convinced.

 

Then the…

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Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 21, 2013 at 7:01am — No Comments

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