P.S. to “An Apology”

Recently, I posted about “An Apology for the True Christian Divinity.”  Written by Robert Barclay, this was the first orderly presentation of early Quaker beliefs.  Early Quakers were deeply Christian while many later Quakers drifted from Christ into subjectivism. One of my readers left a comment  wondering why later Quakers left their Christian roots.  I suggested that…

When I Consider How My Light Is Spent

John Milton was a Christian and poet in the 1600’s.  By age 44, he went blind.  Milton wondered if he could continue serving God without eyesight.  Sometimes, he simply felt useless. Milton’s anxiety and grief spill out in his 19th sonnet: “When I consider how my light is spent.”  The sonnet ends with the Lord’s…

The Comings and Goings of Wind

Fire, wind, and an earthquake happened because of God’s presence but God was not in them (1 Kings 19:11-12). Manifestations or experiential hallmarks of God’s presence are not God. Signs follow those who believe but signs are not God (Mark 16:17). Jesus healed many people but healing is not Jesus. Jesus is healing. Jesus raised…

Stepping off the Merry-Go-Round

The golden calf…. It’s as epic an event as is found in scripture. The drama peaks when Moses comes down Mount Sinai and sees the Israelites worshiping the calf. Moses is so angry he *smashes* the stone tablets on which God wrote His commandments. You have to be pretty ticked–boiling, nuclear–to smash God’s commands. But…

The Prayer of St. Francis

St. Francis is a hero of mine.  Below is a prayer attributed to him.  Whether or not he wrote it, the prayer perfectly describes the way we are meant to function by the life of Love Himself. *** Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred let me bring your love. Where there…

Wonderful Things in Your Law

The law of Moses–sometimes referred to as the old covenant or 10 commandments–can be a source of unending confusion to believers.  We know that Jesus fulfilled the law but what does that mean, really?  Some say the law has no bearing at all on the Christian.  Others say some laws are required, others not.  What…

More than Pefect (Part 1)

            Job was someone the Lord Himself described as “a man of perfect integrity” (Job 1:8).  That’s high praise…sort of.  Why do I say “sort of”?  Because the book of Job is largely about the fact that God wanted something more than perfect integrity for His servant.  For many of us, perfect integrity is the…