Tag: quaker questions

How Does It End?

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no…

How Do We Know That We Are Doing The Right Thing ?

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. -Philippians 1:9-11 “How do we know…

What good is our Peace Testimony when people are dying?

Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give…

Technology: Good or Bad?

Today’s question Technology: Good or Bad? is the cause of so many panicky Time magazine covers, so many glowing reviews of the newest generation of smartphones, so many distraught essays (probably typed in modern word processors) claiming that Google is destroying our brains and Facebook is killing our friendships. Is technology good or bad? For answers this morning, we turn…

Come and Eat (Why Do We Do Communion Differently?)

“Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon. How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.” ― Rumi The tables are burdened heavy with food. Meats, salads, cheeses, vegetables, and of course the ever-glorious table of desserts. This is one of those events where everyone shows up with five stomach’s worth of food, such that it…

What Do We Do Now?

Bless, Friends. Bless, and do not curse. Laura Curliss’ house, where Craig and I live, has these lovely, tastefully designed flower beds. There’s a small prairie garden out front, a few beds in the back yard, and a circular space out by the road where she would plant flowers in eye-catching designs. Hence, our recent acquaintance with the deep-rooted pain…

What Should We Do About Race?

What should we do about race? We could start this discussion with the Portuguese, the first colonial masters to import African slaves to the Americas. Or we could stay in our own country, looking at the dehumanizing evil that led up to the Civil War. Or we could skip past the Civil War and examine the sordid history of people…

How Should Quakers Run A Business?

Yesterday, Craig and I went to the Farmer’s Market. As is our custom when surrounded by healthful and delicious produce from all around Clinton County, Craig’s first stop was at the Pickard’s booth, because we can’t leave without some of Nancy’s cookies. We aren’t immune to the charms of vegetables, but those cookies are amazing. So, Craig asked for four…

When Do We Speak?

In the fifth month of that same year, the fourth year, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who was from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the Lord in the presence of the priests and all the people: “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will break the yoke of the…

Is Everyone Saved?

All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law,…