Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
This material first appeared on This Was the True Light.
In Catholic Quakerism, chapter III, The Quaker Conception of Christian Community and Church Order, Lewis Benson stated:
Of the two basic presuppositions in Fox's conception of…
[S]o great a sense came upon me of the veil of darkness that was over the priests and professors of christianity, that I was moved to give forth the following, as an awakening warning to them:
BLINDNESS hath happened to the professed christians of the letter now-a-days, as blindness happened to the Jews; who professed the letter, but owned not the life, which the letter speaks of: as the christians now, to whom this blindness hath happened, who profess the…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 7thMo. 14, 2019 at 2:19 — No Comments
I have finished this series of posts looking at the book of John through the ideas surrounding the Jewish Passover. I had thought to publish the final post here, but it is too long. Instead, I am presenting the opening paragraphs and encourage you to read it on my Wordpress blog.
We now reach a dividing line that separates two opposite…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 6thMo. 21, 2019 at 1:30 — No Comments
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.Continue
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.…
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This post first appeared on my blog https://thiswasthetruelight.wordpress.com
...for that eye that is turned from the light is the blind, and leads into the ditch. (Works, Vol. IV, p.25)…
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Kathleen died peacefully in her sleep at Parkview Long Term Care Home in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada. She is buried in the Friends Burial Ground in…Continue
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This is part 4 of a series I am working on that has been appearing on my blog, This was the true light.
Now, lest I should lose my way, I want to recap what this study is about. Conventional theology looks at John the Baptist's announcement, "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world," as pertaining to Jesus being a guilt offering enabling God to forgive errant humanity. Mankind's…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 1stMo. 20, 2019 at 12:38 — No Comments
ALL ye churches gathered into outward forms upon the earth, the son of God is come to reign; and he will tread and trample, will shake, and make you quiver, you that are found out of his life, his light, and his power. His day hath appeared...Come you, that have boasted of my name, saith the Lord, and have gloried in the flesh...who have slain my witness, yet boast of my words...What! hast thou professed the prophets’ words? hast thou…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 12thMo. 1, 2018 at 0:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 11thMo. 18, 2018 at 12:57 — No Comments
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 9thMo. 25, 2018 at 0:52 — No Comments
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.…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 7thMo. 27, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 6thMo. 18, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 6thMo. 17, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 6thMo. 16, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments
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 The Problem of Being Human. This topic is of paramount importance: if we don't have an understanding of the problem, we can only apply false "cures". For example, in the middle ages people…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 6thMo. 11, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
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