3rd mo. 2012 Blog Posts (66)



I've just posted a new blog on my views on Britain Yearly Meetings action on addressing the monarch of the UK, Elizabeth Windsor.

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Added by Allistair Lomax on 3rd mo. 31, 2012 at 2:16pm — 4 Comments

Daily Bible Reading: Lamentations 4-5 and Romans 16

Lamentations 4 – This section of Lamentations is about what it was like to be in Jerusalem after its fall in 586 BC. As much misery as we may have experienced, it is not anywhere near the desolation that affected the inhabitants of this city. There are places in the world where life is as terrible, but I have not known anything like this.


“Happier were those killed by the sword, than those pierced by hunger, whose life drains away, deprived of the produce of the field.…


Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 31, 2012 at 7:53am — No Comments

Bible Authority and the Five Snippets

I understand why we should treat the Bible with exceptional reverence, taking it as the single most essential book we have among the millions that have been written. The Bible is the best account of Jesus’s life and ministry, the best account of the teachings, travels and travails of His disciples as they began to preach the Gospel. It opens with the best account of God’s efforts to draw the Israelites into faithful covenant life, an account that provides the necessary context for Jesus’s…


Added by Doug Bennett on 3rd mo. 30, 2012 at 9:09am — 1 Comment

Daily Bible Reading: Lamentations 3 and Romans 15

Lamentations 3 – If you are not torn apart by the words of this lament, I do not understand it. The comments I have in my notes on this reflect the many different “states of mind” I have brought to it over the years. It slays me every time.


Here are the first three verses:


“I am one who knows what it is to be punished by God. He drove me deeper and deeper into darkness and beat me again and again with merciless blows. He has left my flesh open and raw,…


Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 30, 2012 at 7:11am — No Comments

North Valley Friends Podcast 3.25.2012

 Paul Bock gave the message this week called "Go & Make Preparations" on the Last Supper.

Added by Cherice on 3rd mo. 29, 2012 at 6:14pm — No Comments

'Communal Intelligence'

Last weekend my partner and I visited friends in Manchester, two couples with young children who live in intentional community. We got to witness some of the ins and outs of communal living, especially the joys and challenges that small children bring to the community dynamic.


We were struck by the ways devotion and liturgy were as much a practical part of the house routine as putting out the compost. They shared their house grace with us (a song from the Iona community), and…


Added by Mark Russ on 3rd mo. 29, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Whispering words of love

Listen to this post: http://www.turtleboxstories.com/audio/whisperingwords.mp3


"The price of recognizing Jesus is always the same: our idea of him, of the church, of the spiritual journey, of God himself…


Added by Cathy Barney on 3rd mo. 29, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Daily Bible Reading: Lamentations 2 and Romans 14

Lamentations 2 – “The Lord has become like an enemy; he has destroyed Israel . . . he has destroyed his tabernacle . . . and in his fierce indignation has spurned king and priest” (2:5-6).


“The Law is no longer taught, and the prophets have no visions from the Lord” (2:9). ” All the favors and blessings God’s people have enjoyed, all the marks of redemption, are destroyed or rejected.


“My eyes are worn out with weeping; my soul is in…


Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 29, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Easter is not for culture war.

Easter poses a fundamental question to us: what god is it that we worship, into whose image we are then created?  Too often we hear and read of the Gospel demeaned as a tool of violence and division, of how it is used by ‘us’ against ‘them’, but only really succeeding in expressing a society ‘we’ construct with the materials of lurid imagination and bitterness.

Easter is the barrier to our wilful culture-wars, and the crucifixion and Resurrection are in fact the vindications of a God…


Added by Mark Robert Johnson on 3rd mo. 28, 2012 at 7:10pm — No Comments

Daily Bible Reading: Lamentations 1 and Romans 13

Lamentations is a poetic description of the desolation Jerusalem suffered in the wake of its destruction in 586 BC—attributed to Jeremiah. Each “chapter” of Lamentations consists of a 22 verse poem.


Lamentations 1- “How lonely lies Jerusalem, once so full of people! Once honored by the world, she is now like a widow; the noblest of cities has fallen into slavery” (1:1).


The “bride” of Yahweh cries and is without any allies or…


Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 28, 2012 at 8:01am — No Comments

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 51-52 and Romans 12

Jeremiah 51Oracle Against Babylon Again – Jeremiah here repeats that the “moral arc” of God’s dealing with Israel and Babylon will be long, but in the end Babylon whom God used to punish the unfaithfulness of His people, will also be brought low by its “kingdom from the north” [Persia].


The Lord made the earth by his power; by his wisdom he created the world and stretched out the heavens. At his command the waters above the sky roar; he brings clouds from…


Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 27, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

And the Nominees Are...

Bridge Film Festival 2012

Judges' Choice Awards Nominees

This year the Bridge Film Festival received 27 entries including six…

Added by Andrew Swartley Cohen on 3rd mo. 26, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Unpeeling our hearts

What's this Easter thing all about? I've been asking myself that question for awhile, but particularly as I complete a Bible study on the Gospel of Luke. I guess I'm frustrated at how easily everyone else seems to accept how God sacrifices Jesus for us. No discussion though I am full of questions, but not comfortable enough to voice them. In some ways, it makes absolutely no sense to me. If God is…

Added by Cathy Barney on 3rd mo. 26, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 49-50 and Romans 11

Jeremiah 49 - Oracle on the Ammonites – The lands of Gad, on the east bank of the Jordan, had been taken by Ammonites after the collapse of the northern kingdom. (Amman, Jordan today).  Milcom is the God of the Ammonites.  Jeremiah promises destruction of them as well and eventual restoration too


Against Edom – an implacable enemy of Israel, they profited from Judah’s downfall. They were renowned for their wisdom, but it does not…


Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 26, 2012 at 7:39am — No Comments

Atheism or Religion; It appears both may be right

In the beginning was nothing.

No gasses, no matter, no slime, no proteins,

no matter, no dust, no universe, no nothing.

Well then; if there was nothing then how

did all that is come about.

The Non-Religious Christian community in

Oil City, Pa has one possible answer to this


The answer they have could be acceptable to

both Atheist and Religious community’s alike.

Atheist say

Continue reading on Examiner.com…


Added by Daniel Paden on 3rd mo. 25, 2012 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Five Snippets and Split Ends

QuakerQuaker This Week, 3/25/2012

In Five Snippets, Doug Bennett looks at the places where the Bible talk about homosexuality as a sin with the premise"And so it matters how we read the Bible." Stephen Angell maps the…


Added by QuakerQuaker on 3rd mo. 25, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

New blog post: "Quaker Plain II: Plain Dress"

New blog post: "Quaker Plain II: Plain Dress"

Added by Bruce R. Arnold on 3rd mo. 24, 2012 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 48 and Romans 10

Jeremiah 48Oracle against Moab – Bitter enemies of the Israelites (conquered by the Babylonians in 582 BC, two years after Jerusalem. “Because you trusted in your works and your treasures, you also shall be captured” (48:7). The Lord says through Jeremiah, “Moab has always lived secure and has never been taken into exile. Moab is like wine left to settle undisturbed and never poured from jar to jar. . . So now, the time is coming when I will send people to pour Moab out…


Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 24, 2012 at 8:14am — No Comments

Five Snippets

So it comes down to five Bible verses.

The argument that homosexuality is wrong, that homosexuality is sinful, has no other leg to stand upon – if it has any at all – than these five verses: two from Leviticus, one from Romans, one from First Corinthians, and one from First Timothy.

Some want to argue that…


Added by Doug Bennett on 3rd mo. 23, 2012 at 3:09pm — 60 Comments

Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 46-47 and Romans 9:24-33

Jeremiah 46 – The next four chapters are Jeremiah’s oracles on the nations: Egypt, Philistia, Moab, Ammon, Edom, Damascus and others. He begins with an oracle against Egypt. This is a poetic look at their defeat under Neco at Carchemish (605 BC) on the Euphrates.  The poetic retelling of the battle of begins with the Egyptian side, getting ready for what they are confident will be a victorious assault.; but the Lord is not going to favor them today. Nebuchadnezzar will conquer…


Added by Irene Lape on 3rd mo. 23, 2012 at 5:15am — No Comments

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