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On becoming a culture war resister

How Facts Backfire



I found the above Boston Globe piece referenced in a blog post by Adam Ericksen at The Raven Foundation.   In that post, Ericksen spoke about how Matthew Vine’s recently published God and the Gay Christian, though it presented sound and Biblically…


Added by Randy Oftedahl on 7th mo. 5, 2014 at 4:43am — 4 Comments

"A Hermeneutics of Non-Violence"

I posted this in the "Christian Quakers" Facebook group, but wonder what the broader perspective of Friends is on this question. It’s a question about what our Witness should be in the 21st century. This is not an infrequent question, I realize, which is a good thing; to badly paraphrase the philosopher, the unexamined religious life is hardly worth the effort. And I also realize that the RsoF often loves to talk about the Quaker message that Christ has come to teach His people…


Added by Randy Oftedahl on 2nd mo. 14, 2014 at 7:56am — 17 Comments

Grace that passes all understanding

In the opening scene of the film classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, shortly after the eerie hum of a theremin sets the stage, a strange visitor from another world, looking very much like a normal human being, walks toward a frightened crowd in a ballpark in Washington D.C.  In his hand he raises a gift, mysterious and foreign, which immediately causes a soldier to fire a shot at the stranger.  As the visitor lay on the ground he says, “it is a gift to the people of…


Added by Randy Oftedahl on 9th mo. 12, 2013 at 1:29pm — No Comments

An Emergent Witness for Friends?

In 1966 Time magazine published a famous cover story asking “Is God Dead?,” and at the time it may have seemed to many to be a reasonable question.  Membership in mainstream churches had begun its long decline; in some cases, according to Demographia.com, in traditions such as the Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregational (UCC) churches, membership has dropped by nearly fifty percent in the fifty years since 1960.  In North America, the Catholic Church has seen their numbers grow almost…


Added by Randy Oftedahl on 6th mo. 11, 2013 at 10:35am — 5 Comments

What Divides Us and What Unites Us

Like many Friends I watched the realignment proceedings of Indiana Yearly Meeting over the past couple years with a mixture of concern, confusion, consternation, and a strong sense that it is really none of my business.  It’s like any divisive issue in the Christian church; we want to dismiss what we may perceive to be petty bickering in “our larger community” (the community of faith), but when it happens in our own little Religious Society of Friends, it’s…


Added by Randy Oftedahl on 5th mo. 17, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

When God was an atheist

When the world shook and the sun was wiped out of heaven, it was not at the crucifixion, but at the cry from the cross: the cry which confessed that God was forsaken of God. And now let the revolutionists choose a creed from all the creeds and god from all the gods of the world, carefully weighing all the gods of the world, carefully weighing all the gods of inevitable recurrence and of unalterable power. They will not find another god who has himself been in revolt. Nay (the matter grows…


Added by Randy Oftedahl on 5th mo. 10, 2013 at 9:56am — 4 Comments

small 'q' quakerism

I love the Quaker Way.  Though perhaps love is not the right word - I 'm not sure we should ever "love" a created thing, and for all its depth and beauty, Quakerism is a created thing.  What I mean to say is that in my understanding of Quaker life I have - somehow, someway, to some extent - come to find God.  One day in early September 1987 I had a mystical experience.  In a state of depression and hopelessness I sat alone in a small woods when suddenly what I can only describe as a Divine…


Added by Randy Oftedahl on 2nd mo. 13, 2013 at 10:17am — 9 Comments

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