Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Christians everywhere celebrate communion. Christians do it because of quite specific guidance given by Jesus in the Bible: “this do in remembrance of me.”
That instruction appears in all four gospels (Matthew 26: 26-28; Mark 14: 22-24; Luke 22: 17-20), and it is emphasized by Paul in 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26: “23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given…Continue
Could consideration of divorce help us understand how we make use of the Bible? And might that help us in understanding what God asks of us with regard to homosexuality?
In Luke 16:18 Jesus says18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” That’s pretty clear. But Matthew 19:9 has Jesus saying exactly the same thing and adding “except for immorality.” Matthew has Jesus giving a…Continue
In the news recently, two events catch my attention -- especially in relation to one another and to Indiana Yearly Meeting’s misguided Minutes on Homosexuality .
In New Jersey, Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman sentenced Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail, plus 300 hours of community service, a counseling program related to cyber-bullying, a $10,000 fine to be donated to a group that assists victims of bias crimes, and three years probation. In 2010, Ravi had surreptitiously…Continue
Added by Doug Bennett on 5th mo. 25, 2012 at 8:11am — No Comments
“Where are Quakers with the insistent question of homosexuality?” Are we welcoming and affirming? Or do we proclaim homosexuality a sin, asking that those with the ‘affliction’ renounce their desires?
I asked these questions in early April seeking responses from Friends in various Yearly Meetings across the United States. I’m grateful for the many responses that came back. I didn’t hear from every Yearly Meeting, but I heard from enough to begin to see the pattern – and that…Continue
Added by Doug Bennett on 5th mo. 11, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
While we’re talking about how we read the Bible, whether it is clear and authoritative with regard to homosexuality, let’s consider Genesis 13:15; 15:7,18; and 17:8. These are the key passages in which God gives Abram (renaming him Abraham) and his descendants all the land of Canaan forever.
It’s quite a promise. It’s relatively rare for God to speak directly in the Bible. This is a specific, important promise that lasts forever. And remember Abraham himself isn’t from Canaan…Continue
Added by Doug Bennett on 4th mo. 20, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
I understand why we should treat the Bible with exceptional reverence, taking it as the single most essential book we have among the millions that have been written. The Bible is the best account of Jesus’s life and ministry, the best account of the teachings, travels and travails of His disciples as they began to preach the Gospel. It opens with the best account of God’s efforts to draw the Israelites into faithful covenant life, an account that provides the necessary context for Jesus’s…Continue
The question of how Quakers should view homosexuality is a religious and spiritual question, not a matter of law or public policy. Nevertheless, our consideration unfolds in the midst of continuing turmoil in law and policy. And that turmoil creates an undertow that can drag our spiritual seeking to places far from God’s will.
Until the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was approved in…
One hundred years ago next week was born Bayard Rustin, the man who was the principal logistical organizer of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. That march took place on August 28, 1963 and was attended by upwards of a quarter of a million people. Bayard Rustin was a Quaker and a gay man.
A. Philip Randolph, the president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, was the civil rights leader who initiated and built the leadership coalition for the March. Other leaders…Continue