Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
Excerpt from November Boughs: "Strange as it may sound, Shakespeare and George Fox (think of them! compare them!) were born and bred of similar stock, in much the same surroundings and station in life - from the same England - and at a similar period." Mulling over this observation of Whitman's, I think on their lack of formal education - Shakespeare had "little Latin, less Greek" after all. Both used language in ways that seem to defy formal conventions but yet with considerable power,…Continue
The following excerpt from Lewis Benson's Six Disciple Church Lectures details some of the changes that have come about in the concept of salvation. Today we still use words like forgiveness, sanctification, justification, the cross, etc., but our understanding of those words are not the same as when used by the writers of the New Testament or the preachers of the gospel in the days of the early church. The full text of Lewis Benson's Disciple Church Lectures will be available for download…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 8thMo. 29, 2022 at 12:39 — No Comments
I think my presentation yesterday about the Digital Quaker Collection and the Quaker Bible Index went well. Then I went home and made up a kind of "kit" out of it, that any Friend (with some familiarity with using the DQC and the QBI) is welcome to use to make a similar presentation at their own Meeting. Here it is:
My approximately 45-minute hybrid presentation at West Richmond Friends Meeting began with an account of how I found the “Browse by Author” utility in Earlham School of…
Added by John Jeremiah Edminster on 5thMo. 9, 2022 at 18:12 — No Comments
My apologies to all who have received a comment added to their profile from one A. Maris. Earlier, I admitted into membership someone representing herself as Christina Florand. Immediately, said Christina's profile became A. Maris and people began getting this comment: "How is everything with you, I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately. I have something very vital to disclose to you, but I found it difficult to express…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 5thMo. 3, 2022 at 3:01 — No Comments
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me." If you turn that around, we can say, "If you have come to the Father, you have come by the way, you have embraced the truth, you have life within you--you know and are known by Jesus. These three--way, truth, and life--are the most precious assets a human can posses. Allow me to put these three under one umbrella: Truth with a capital T.
In a 1965 paper published by Lewis Benson (Friends and the…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 9thMo. 4, 2021 at 2:34 — No Comments
The voice of Christ frees us from bondage to rules. Focusing on the immediate, direct teaching of our Shepherd simplifies our task, because all we need to do is wait for guidance. With God’s voice comes the power to obey, something a focus on rules, even the right rules, can never provide.
However, reading Scripture, especially the New Testament, can tempt us into focusing on Jesus’s precepts for living. This in turn siphons our…Continue
Added by Rebecca Hein on 8thMo. 5, 2021 at 15:30 — No Comments
A Sermon preached at Mooresville (Indiana) Friends Church, Sixth Month 13, 2021, and previously blogged at Brethren Life & Thought (www.brethrenlifeandthought.org/2021/06/27/great-joy-dreadful-danger-a-sermon-by-john-jeremiah-edminster/). Reprinted by permission
“Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people,”…Continue
Added by John Jeremiah Edminster on 6thMo. 30, 2021 at 18:03 — No Comments
I just posted this comment on a Facebook page, and it seemed important enough to tell the whole world. Whoever is moved to, share it freely:
The attitude I'd encourage in all my fellow enjoyers of well-educated, able-bodied, tall white male American-with-no-felony-record privilege, is this: everyone you know, everyone you meet is not your "equal," but Jesus Christ, your Lord, clothed in their skin. You have probably sinned against them in more ways than you realize, so you…Continue
Added by John Jeremiah Edminster on 6thMo. 19, 2021 at 20:19 — No Comments
In 1995, while seeking understanding regarding a previous spiritual encounter speaking about a sovereign Friend's revival, a spiritual voice said,
"The Friend's revival is the last revival and perfection of the church for God, the culmination of history as we know it. The next stage is the transformation of our mortal body and we will know as we are known."
I have shared elsewhere the Friend's revival encounter but the 1995 manifestation has not been shared with other…Continue
I'm french and 40' yo. I'm member of Nantes local assembly. I feel that George Fox and the quaker vision is the best way to Christ. The early quakerism is so inspiring.
God's love is like when a friend or family member tells you they love you, even after you hurt them or make the same mistakes over and over. They hold you, and tell you they love you, again and again; they make you believe it. I have been so blessed to have friends and family like this. People who have reflected what the love of the Creator is like to me.
This love is like having a job, but one…Continue
Last night, in my dream, I was in a familiar neighborhood. As I walked, I came upon a house where a crew of people were busily cleaning. This crew was led by Lewis Benson. I readily joined in the effort of cleaning windows, cleaning eve troughs, sweeping the roof, and cleaning the inside. It was as thorough a cleaning job as I have ever witnessed! Nothing was left untouched.
I have had the clear understanding that I must share what I have seen. Even though I can't say precisely what…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 12thMo. 29, 2020 at 0:56 — No Comments
On the 15th of November we again considered Fox's Epistle XXXVIII. You can access the recording at
Access Passcode: @*2unN*q
This past Saturday morning was our regular time for reading and discussing Fox's Journal (Volume 1, p. 363 and following from the Works of George Fox). It was a good discussion regarding what Fox said about the seven things people could "sit down in." Today's list might be somewhat different, but the seventh, our sabbath rest, will always be sitting down in Christ Jesus who never fell. What does that mean, to sit down in Christ Jesus? This was part of our discussion which you can see by…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 11thMo. 8, 2020 at 19:00 — No Comments
2 P. M. FIRST-DAY MEETINGS NOW SET FOR THIRD FIRST DAY OF EACH MONTH: 11/15, 12/20, ETC.
A group of Indiana Friends have reopened the Sugar Grove Meeting House in Plainfield, just west of the Indianapolis Airport, for a monthly hour of waiting worship after the manner of Conservative Friends. The time was chosen with a view to letting Friends worship at their home meetings in the morning and then travel to Sugar Grove without pressure to hurry. The Meeting House, a…Continue
Added by John Jeremiah Edminster on 11thMo. 4, 2020 at 0:48 — No Comments
On Sunday, the 18th of October, we read and discussed the first few paragraphs of Fox's Epistle XXXVIII. In this epistle, Fox calls us to abandon the great city of Sodom with its fascination of all things of this world. Even though we are not to reason with flesh, we live by a different reasoning. "Come let us reason together," says the Lord. It is in the council of the Lord that we see the victory of the Lamb against the great beast with 10 horns.
Listen in to our reading and…Continue
Added by Ellis Hein on 10thMo. 23, 2020 at 2:46 — No Comments
This past Saturday was our regular Zoom meeting for reading and discussing the Journal of Fox. Following is a link and the passcode to access the recording. It is one hour and 15 minutes long. The reading is from Vol. 1, page numbers are given at the beginning. This recording will only be available for 1 week when we will need to make space for the next session.
The link is …Continue
In "Welcome to..." at the top of the page you have, "When George Fox spoke of passing through the two-edged flaming sword upon entering the paradise of God..." I'd like to read that in full. Where can I find it?
This is not a regular Blog, but I'd like to solicit everyone's opinions about upgrading this site to the next Ning Platform.
This site is currently running on a platform called Ning 2.0, but, a couple of years ago, Ning released it's latest platform, Ning 3.0. So far, I've ignored their pleas to upgrade.
From a users perspective, it will make little difference to the ordinary users of this site. It will work pretty much as before. There will be no impact on…Continue