Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
With the publication of these sermons, the "library" of Quaker classics readily available to the reading public gains a completeness it had previously lacked. Oh, we'd had the writings of George Fox, Isaac Penington, James Nayler, Robert Barclay, and William Penn in print; but none of these had fully penetrated the armor of my complacent world-view until I'd read Stephen Crisp's Sermon No. 14, "The Kingdom of God Within," made available by the NFF a generation ago, and been struck by Crisp's…Continue
Added by John Jeremiah Edminster on 12thMo. 9, 2022 at 14:19 — 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
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
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
HOW TO FIND YOUR FAVORITE GEORGE FOX QUOTE IN THE DIGITAL QUAKER COLLECTION, SO THAT YOU CAN CITE IT IN SOMETHING YOU'RE WRITING, PONDER IT, TAKE WARNING OR ENCOURAGEMENT FROM IT, OR JUST BASK IN ITS WISDOM, GOODNESS, AND BEAUTY:
Step 1: Say, for example, that you recall that somewhere George Fox wrote the phrase, "in this thick night of darkness that may be felt," and you want to find its source. Go to…Continue
Added by John Jeremiah Edminster on 8thMo. 7, 2020 at 14:43 — No Comments
“He must increase, but I must decrease,” said John the Baptist of Jesus (John 3:30 NRSV). Can you imagine having that be your own seven-word graduation speech when you leave seminary? Five years into your post-graduate career, can you imagine yourself saying, with Paul, “it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20)? If a serious soul comes to you for counsel, will you be able to credibly say “we ought to lay down our lives for one another” (1 John…Continue
Friends, I've just been informed that Arthur died at 10 o'clock last night, Fourth Month 7, 2020. He was comfortable, the attending physician said. May he forever enjoy "righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit."
In an appended comment to Steven Davison's excellent post, I write of the felt need of salvation that drives many to seek a Savior and find one in Jesus Christ; I also describe what I think inhibits such a search. I invite responses. Reclaiming the Christ
From the Journal of Job Scott (1751-1793): a thumbnail-sketch anticipation of his book-length essay On the Knowledge of the One Lord, the Only True God, which was published posthumously and may be found in his Works, in the Digital Quaker Collection (…Continue
MIGHT WE BECOME AS OBEDIENT AS JESUS?
On First Day, 6/24/2019, I was privileged to be among the seventeen Friends who heard Australian Friend David Johnson (_A Quaker Prayer Life_, Inner Light Books, 2013; _Jesus, Christ and Servant of God_, Inner Light Books, 2017) lead an intense after-meeting discussion, at West Richmond (IN) Friends Meeting, on what the Gospel of John has to say about the relation of Jesus Christ to God, His _Abba_.
Friend David had us go around the room,…Continue