Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
What seemed to me to be the best insight during our Fox Reading Conference Call came in response to a statement Fox made in Sermon III regarding walking by faith rather than by sight. Peter Glass pointed out that, contrary to our logic, faith is a stronger, more reliable sense than sight. This must be understood in the context of the sermon we were reading where this faith is the gift of God, written on the heart by Jesus; not the result of my efforts to believe something…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 2ndMo. 19, 2013 at 14:10 — No Comments
John the Baptist's announcement concerning the Lamb of God, in John 1, came in the midst of a culture of sacrifice and ritual; a culture heavily invested in the perpetual sense of guilt before God and the continual need to appease God. In John, chapter 2, Jesus overthrows money-changer's tables and drives out the merchants of sacrifice along with all their animals. His accusation of making "my Father's house a house of merchandise" has to do with the culture and economy of sin.
Added by Ellis Hein on 11thMo. 29, 2012 at 14:02 — No Comments
I have never been able to find any significance to the account of the marriage feast in John 2. This morning, I read again the portion of scripture and suddenly I saw. The steward of the marriage feast said to the waiter who brought him the water-now-wine, "Everyone first serves the good wine, and when people have drunk that, then brings out the not as good. But you have served the best last." (my paraphrase) The writer inserts the comment, "This first sign Jesus performed in…Continue
I have published a new book coutesy of Inner Light Books (San Francisco, 2012).
It is entitled, The Early Quakers and the 'Kingdom of God'.
I'm sure NFF folks will really like it.
It's in paperback and hardback and available at FGC and BYM bookstores.
The Workers' Gathering and Meeting for Business took place at Gloucester on 22nd September. The intended venue- Gloucester Meeting House - was not available as it had fallen victim to a fire. However, Ursula Windsor stepped in and provided wonderful hospitality.
There were several items of business. After news of Friends, we discussed Tomasz Kowalski, who is building a Quaker group in Poland. He was in England recently and raised the matter of translating some early writings…Continue
Added by Malcolm Winch on 10thMo. 9, 2012 at 15:10 — No Comments
What is the distinction between the believing that produces the witness within and the belief that is Pharisee-like? The true believing is an active acceptance of the Light of Christ, the life in Him, as our living guide. The Pharisee-like belief is an acceptance of certain propositions while at the same time we hide ourselves from the revealing light of Christ that would make our true condition manifest.
What is the witness within that results from believing the…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 9thMo. 18, 2012 at 11:50 — No Comments
We had a very precious time last evening on the monthly Fox reading conference call. We began on Sermon III from That Thy Candles May Always be Burning.
One of the things we spoke about concerned the word "Lord". The historical meaning of Lord is the supplier of bread. Much of what Fox had to say in the opening portions of this sermon has to do with The Supplier of Bread and what comes of eating that Bread.
What do the professors feed on? The rudiments of…Continue
Friends may recall Tomasz Kowalski, a Friend from Torun Poland who visited England during 4th and 5th month months of this year. He wished to make contact with Friends here, and approached New Foundation Fellowship. Eventually we met at Bromley Local Meeting in South East London. Following Meeting, Tomasz spoke to us about his work among ex-prisoners in Poland. Later he joined our Gathering in Ripley and spoke of it as a wonderful experience.
Tomasz returned to Poland with the…Continue
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