Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
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