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Interesting Discussion on Reddit.com/r/Quakers

Just to alert you to an interesting discussion that has taken place on reddit.com/r/Quakers. See https://www.reddit.com/r/Quakers/comments/9x7h1w/can_there_really_be_quakerism_without_jesus/

This is a post I put up in response to another post someone put up concerning Quakerism Without Jesus. (Sorry, I don't have the like to that post.)

If you find that post useful, feel…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 11thMo. 18, 2018 at 12:57 — No Comments

The Gospel Generates Moral Power and Fellowship Forming Power: an Introduction to Lewis Benson's Lecture #3 of A New Foundation to Build On

Moral -- 1 a: of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior... b: expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior... c: conforming to a standard of right behavior d: sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment... e: capable of right and wrong action...
Fellowship -- 1: companionship, company. 2 a: community of interest, activity, feeling, or…
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Added by Ellis Hein on 10thMo. 10, 2018 at 16:08 — No Comments

Quaker Psalm #22

Taken from QuakerPsalms: A Book of Devotions, edited by T.H.S. Wallace

Added by Ellis Hein on 10thMo. 3, 2018 at 2:30 — No Comments

Isaac Penington on the Work of the Light of Christ Within

The following quote from Penington is the full text of what I quoted parts of in my previous post. It is well worth reading in full.

[Question] What is it to believe in the light?

[Answer] To receive its testimony either concerning good or evil, and so either to turn towards or from, in the will and power which the light begets in the heart.

[Question] How will this save me?

[Answer] By this means; that in thee which…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 9thMo. 25, 2018 at 0:52 — No Comments

The Power That Transcends Cultural Forces

I am a member of culture A, which has practice X. While traveling to a foreign country I meet you, a member of culture B. I am shocked to find that you have practice Y. I convince you that practice X is much better than practice Y and then return home. You now want to participate in practice X, but all the forces of culture B are against you. I have given you no power to forsake the practices of your culture to take up the practices of mine.…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 9thMo. 20, 2018 at 2:33 — No Comments

Quaker Psalm 3

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Added by Ellis Hein on 9thMo. 12, 2018 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Burning Bush and The Brewing of Soma

I keep coming back to Moses, so much started there. God had established his covenant with Abraham, renewed it through Isaac and Jacob (or Israel). The descendants of Israel, slaves in Egypt, were being subjected to infanticide. Baby Moses caught the attention of Pharaoh's daughter, who adopted him. As an adult, Moses killed an Egyptian who was abusing one of the Israelites, and had to flee Egypt.

For 40 years Moses lived…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 7thMo. 27, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

Live The Stories: Part Three

Part three

In a recent blog post, For the Love of Stories: Imagining Quakerism Beyond Belief, The Armchair Theologian posits the need to return to the stories of our beginnings, to sit with these stories even if they are uncomfortable to our modern ideologies, to live these stories. This…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 6thMo. 18, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Live The Stories: Part Two

In a recent blog post, For the Love of Stories: Imagining Quakerism Beyond Belief, The Armchair Theologian posits the need to return to the stories of our beginnings, to sit with these stories even if they are uncomfortable to our modern ideologies, to live these stories. This advice he directs to Universalist, Christian, and Non-theist Friends. In this three part series, it is not my purpose to summarize his blog post. Part one considered the source of these…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 6thMo. 17, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Live The Stories: Part One

In a recent blog post, For the Love of Stories: Imagining Quakerism Beyond Belief, The Armchair Theologian posits the need to return to the stories of our beginnings, to sit with these stories even if they are uncomfortable to our modern ideologies, to live these stories. This advice he directs to Universalist,…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 6thMo. 16, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

The Problem of Being Human. The first of 5 lectures in a series entitled: A New Foundation to Build On, by Lewis Benson

Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: (Isaiah 30:1)

In 1976, at Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, Lewis Benson gave a series of lectures entitled A New Foundation to Build On. The first of these lectures considers…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 6thMo. 11, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

What Should I Tell You?

This first appeared on my blog, This Was The True Light.

If I could stand before you and speak of the things of God, what should I tell you? What would be on my heart, as it is upon my mind now, is this one question: “Why are you here?”

There could be many answers to that question, ranging from the flattering “We are here to hear what you have to say” to the more mundane “I love the food that appears at…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 5thMo. 18, 2018 at 0:04 — No Comments

Do You Believe...

Ellis, do you believe in…?” I have been asked this question concerning many different “objects of belief:” God, Jesus, scripture, etc. But when I was recently asked “Do you believe in the Devil?” as an admonition to look at scripture as our safeguard against the wiles of Satan, I deemed it appropriate to make a thorough explanation.…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 3rdMo. 7, 2018 at 13:30 — 5 Comments

George Fox on Sanctification

Per a recent discussion, I have looked at what George Fox had to say about Sanctificaion. My search terms were “sanctification,” “sanctify,” and “sanctified.” The greatest density of Fox’s statements occurred in Vol. III, but the terms are found throughout his writings.

  1. Vol. III --- 183 hits
  2. Vol. V --- 76 hits
  3. Vol. VI --- 59 hits
  4. Vol. VIII – 36 hits
  5. Vol. I --- 23 hits
  6. Vol. VII --- 20 hits
  7. Vol. II --- 18 hits
  8. Vol. IV…
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Added by Ellis Hein on 2ndMo. 27, 2018 at 0:58 — 13 Comments

George Fox and Romans 7

Following a lengthy discussion, Brenda Redshaw (of this site), asked me to look into what Fox had to say concerning Romans chapter 7. In searching for “Rom. vi” or “Rom. 7” I turned up very few references. So I turned to searches for the concepts or phrases Fox used when he identified Romans 7 in his writing. There may be a better approach, or I perhaps could have used better phrases. I hope all readers will do their own searches and contribute what they find of significance. Here is what I…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 1stMo. 26, 2018 at 13:35 — 51 Comments

Limited Time Offer of Free Tapes of Lewis Benson Lectures

Anne Olsen, of this site, has discovered a set of tapes containing more than 10 lectures of Lewis Benson. The date on the tapes is 1982. You will need an 8-track player to play these or need to have them converted to digital format.

Anne has offered to pay shipping. I am saying that this might apply to shipping in U.S. If you are outside the U.S. you should contact Anne regarding shipping.

If no one wants these tapes, they will be pitched. Anne no longer has equipment to listen…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 1stMo. 23, 2018 at 13:34 — 2 Comments

The Passage from Darkness to Light, from Death to Life

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. (Isaiah 9:2)...For unto us a a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand,…
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Added by Ellis Hein on 12thMo. 16, 2017 at 3:14 — 2 Comments

A Short History of a Long Travel from Babylon to Bethel

I recently stumbled onto a downloadable file of Stephen Crisp's allegory, A Short History of a Long Travel from Babylon to Bethel. Even though the text is not very long, it provides a lot of material for pondering. You can download this work from archive.org. Go to https://archive.org/details/ashorthistoryofa15730gut. If you…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 11thMo. 19, 2017 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

A Question of Authority, Part 2

Note: Parts 1 and 2 originally appeared on my blog, under the title of A Question of Authority. Some of this material first appeared as comments on Steven Davison's blog post, …

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Added by Ellis Hein on 11thMo. 17, 2017 at 1:00 — No Comments

A Question of Authority, Part 1

Note: Parts 1 and 2 originally appeared on my blog, under the title of A Question of Authority. Some of this material first appeared as comments on Steven Davison's blog post, Scripture--Picking and…

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Added by Ellis Hein on 11thMo. 16, 2017 at 4:13 — No Comments

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