Category Archives: Understanding early Friends

Through the Lens of Passover: Part 9

Where the teaching of Christendom, in general, has placed salvation in Jesus’ crucifixion, the book of John points to a living relationship of hearing and following the voice of Jesus today as the source of life and salvation. Continue reading

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Through the Lens of Passover: Part 5

Chapter 6 grabs our attention at the outset by Jesus feeding 5,000 men plus women and children with the meal a boy brought for himself. But Jesus’ discussion concerning the bread of life following this event is one of the most profound portions of Scripture.
What must we do to gain this life? When is it available?. Who else can provide this life to us? The answers to all these questions and more are contained in this chapter. Continue reading

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Through the Lens of Passover: Part 4

“The hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” Jesus’ statement is as explosive today as it was when he told it to his Jewish audience. It leaves much of our current theology in ruins and causes us to re-examine what the Church as taught for centuries. Continue reading

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Through the Lens of Passover: Part 3

John, chapter four, gives us glimpses of the consequences of receiving the life of Christ. Yes there is Jesus’ statement, “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst…” But there are also the actions of the woman that portray two key issues of receiving life. Continue reading

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Through the Lens of Passover: Part 2

The third chapter of John contains some of the most quoted passages of the Christian Scriptures. Part 2 of this series reveals new significance to these famiiliar passages and illuminates other portions of this chapter. This brings a new understanding of the good news about Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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The Church In God Is Not In Imitation Gathered: Lessons from a Successful Garden

The seeds planted in our gardens are our hope of harvest. And the church in God, is not in imitation, gathered from the letter, nor is a high-flown people in their imaginations, but are they who are born again of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Burning Bush and the Brewing of Soma

This post first appeared on the New Foundation Fellowship website. 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 … Continue reading

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Live The Stories: Part 3

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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