Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
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
I have been enjoying reading Pat Dallmann's The Word Within. I have known Pat for a number of years, so her fresh insights and the depth she brings to her essays are what I would expect, though I can't always anticipate her conclusions.
Even though I have not yet finished Pat's book, I want to encourage others to read it. If you have read it, what do you think of it?
Copies can be purchased from Terry Wallace,…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 11thMo. 1, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments
Forgive me if you all know of this website and I just haven't spotted it.
I was trying to find the 8 Volume Works of George Fox (at an affordable price!) and came across a site created by (I believe) 2 American Friends - they've scanned and proofed not only the complete Works, but also material by many other Friends, and the home pages also present Christian Quaker thought on the bible in a very clear and gentle way.…Continue
Added by Kenneth Schroeder on 10thMo. 5, 2011 at 15:57 — No Comments
The following is a paper I gave at the Oregon gathering this summer which was a joint meeting of the NFF and the Wider Conservative Friends Fellowship. It is related to the blog I have been working on this year (2011) but has its own content. May it be of use to you who read it.
Stretching our understanding and experience of the Messiah
“They asked one another, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us as he talked to us on the road and opened the…Continue
Added by Dan Davenport on 9thMo. 25, 2011 at 20:50 — No Comments
There are at least two difficulties connected with the concept of baptism from the Quaker understanding. One has to do with the fact that most people have a generally accepted concept of what baptism is. To present the Quaker view of baptism means to offer a radically different view, and most people do not easily give up long-held understandings. The second difficulty lies in the fact that, unlike most words in the Greek New Testament, the word baptizo was never translated into…Continue
During the course of a recent gathering and subsequent conservation, the following comments arose that illustrate the confusion about becoming a Christian.
Do we hear Jesus differently or more clearly the more we intentionally come before Him whether that be for the purpose of corporate worship or whether we are practicing individual spiritual disciplines such as silence? I asked the question for the purpose of clarifying your comments about disciples being…Continue
Conscience and Light
– Caroline Stephen, 1891
Added by Allistair Lomax on 9thMo. 2, 2011 at 22:00 — No Comments
Our Friend, Rodney Pharris has posted a very serviceable exposition on Fox and Early Quaker's approach to the taking of outward bread and wine on QuakerQuaker. A useful and well-argued blog that deserves a link from here...
In this age of toleration there are two questions that are not tolerated. The first question is, "Can you be a Quaker without being a Christian?" One's first impulse, on hearing such a question, is to look about at various groups claiming the name of Christian and to wonder, "Does he think I have to be like that?" This brings us to the realm of the second question. "Can you be a Christian without being a Quaker?"
It is time to define our terms. Christian is…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 8thMo. 24, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments