Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
I write about this problem of controversy over Christ among American Friends to encourage us who are Christian Quakers to face it head on. Let us labor with the other side in love. Recently a Friend told me that Jesus is welcome in Liberal Friends meetings, but we dare not say his name. This suppression of Christian language is the heart of the problem. Healing is the only way to solve it and to do that we need dialog.
Added by maurine pyle on 7thMo. 16, 2012 at 17:19 — No Comments
While on a private pilgrimage to northwest England several years ago, I was moved to climb Firbank Fell, the hill where the great spiritual movement of Quakerism began. The historical marker said that in 1652 one thousand people had gathered there to hear a sermon by George Fox, a young itinerant preacher. I wondered, as I looked around, why so many people had climbed the steep hill to hear him? Later I discovered that they had come to the market fair at…Continue
This may be the time- a few days after returning from the New Foundation Gathering at Woodbrooke- to express some thoughts concerning both the past and the future.
It was good to meet, and spend time with, those who had given not only their time, but their lives, to carrying out the work which Lewis Benson and others started. It was clear that their commitment was beyond that which might be expected in the mundane affairs of everyday life. But they were not dealing with everyday…Continue
An even cursory glance at the content on this site would suggest to a bystander that there is a great deal of dissatisfaction with Britain Yearly Meeting, and Quakerism generally in this country. Can this be remedied? I think not. One of the big debates within BYM at present concerns what will happen in the future. A couple of people with whom I have discussed this have gone as far as trying to predict "how long is left".…Continue
Added by Malcolm Winch on 6thMo. 19, 2012 at 10:02 — No Comments
We considered Fox's advice, that when the business was concluded, to sit still a while to feel the power of God and to not go beyond the power. (Sermon 2 from "That Thy Candles May Always Be Burning) He advised that in the power we are to know God and to love Christ and to keep the household of faith in good order. And when a contrary mind rises within to say, "Why should I do such and such?" then wait in the power of God to know the mind of Christ to flow over us. Thus are we kept in the…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 5thMo. 22, 2012 at 12:25 — No Comments
' Now the whole earth had one language and few words. As men migrated from the east, they settled on a plain in the land of Babylon. "Come", they said to one another, "let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." Then they had brick for stone and bitumen for mortar. "Let us build a city," they said, "and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves."
The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. "Behold," he…Continue
Added by Malcolm Winch on 5thMo. 22, 2012 at 10:45 — No Comments
The M Prize is a current competition to raise ideas for creating a principled capitalism that takes the long view and is socially responsible. Members of this website may enjoy parts of my entry, found here:
Added by Kennard Wing on 5thMo. 6, 2012 at 11:48 — No Comments
We have recently received the following from Tomasz Kowalski, in Turin, Poland. He is visiting London with family and friends, from today (27-4-2012) to the 8-5-2012. Would any NFF supporters in the London area be able to meet up with him. I have invited him to the Ripley Gathering on the 5th of 5th Month at Ripley, but I think it would be good for him to meet a wider circle of NFF Friends;
We covered just one paragraph from Sermon 2 in, "That Thy Candles May Always Be Burning."
I would not say we wandered off topic, but we touched on the subject of "being renewed up into the image of God." What did Fox mean by the statement "So now come up to the state before the Fall. Here is the wisdom of God, so in his wisdom to order all things to his glory and honor. Here is the top, and Christ set above all, and God hath made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 4thMo. 22, 2012 at 23:00 — No Comments
I was contemplating how to introduce myself to Friends here and I found one of my old writings which although not spiritual or remotely religious in content, it seems to sum me up. I come from along line of Quakers on my mothers side, our ancestors can be traced back to the 1680s in Herefordshire England. My fathers side are all Catholic, some from England and some from the North of Ireland so its a bit of a mix. I started to be involved with Friends in Winnipeg Canada in 1990 and…Continue
The artwork above is by E. Burne-Jones, April 1888, for the first book edition of William Morris' A Dream of John Ball. Illustrates the couplet "When Adam delved and Eve span / Who was then the gentleman?" which had international popularity in several Germanic languages as an equalitarian…Continue
Away with the body of death and purgatory! Away with them! Come to the apostles' religion, the true saints! For we are come again to the apostles' days and have that which they had and were in! So we have done with all that hath been set up since the apostles' days and [are come again] to a glorious church which Christ Jesus hath presented to God, that is without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy, and without blemish. (Eph. 5:27) This religion was…Continue
"Which of the books by Lewis Benson is my favorite?" The question came floating up in my mind as I was putting various titles into our estore. The task is not so demanding that it doesn't allow room for such reflections.
However, I could not decide.
Today, I have it. My favorite book by Lewis is whatever one I am currently reading. At the moment it happens to be The Truth is Christ, New Foundation Publication #5.
I have just finished Lewis' essay on The…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 3rdMo. 5, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments
The Women Under the Cross …
Following is an excerpt from Sermon II (That Thy Candles May Always Be Burning) that we were reading and considering on our recent monthly call. We found this to be a very deep and searching time.
So keep the Sabbath; think not your own thoughts, for we are atop of that nature in Christ where evil thoughts are, that nature being taken away by Christ. So you should not think your own thoughts, do your own works, speak your own words. In the outward Sabbath there…
UK Newsletter #39d (Winter) is available. It contains a precursor of our main Woodbrooke theme, Fox's Firbank Fell sermon by Justin Meggit (our main presenter) and an article on the same theme by Michael Langford. Go Here
Added by Allistair Lomax on 1stMo. 22, 2012 at 19:16 — No Comments
Published by Foundation Publications, Camp Hill, PA USA, 2011
"Elizabeth Stirredge's small memoir, Strength in Weakness Manifest, is a treasury of spiritual wisdom on what it takes to be a faithful minister of the Lord Jesus Christ…
"Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen," or so goes the author of the book of Hebrews. My definition goes somewhat differently, though I suspect it comes to the same thing in practice. Faith is that which keeps me going, following the command of Christ, when all reason, all outward evidence, and all advice points a different direction. Faith is the willingness to look like an absolute fool for the sake of being obedient to Christ's direction. Faith keeps…Continue
An aside into Hebrews
It has been some time since I made a post to this blog. I have had subjects for at least three separate posts swirling inside and it is time to publish again.
My intent for this post was to take a look at the non-Pauline epistles in the New Testament (not already touched on in prior posts) before tackling Paul directly in the next. In the writing my focus has narrowed. My family has been reading the book of Hebrews together. As I have pondered…Continue