Asking the Wrong Question: Can a person come to God through general revelation?

Often, theologians divide revelation into general and special, and mean by “general” what can be known of God through nature. By “special” they essentially mean biblical revelation or at least the explicit gospel. So the question comes down to “can a person turn to trust God through general revelation”?

I think that’s exactly the wrong […]

“We are all thieves”

In his Journal, George Fox quotes Margaret Fell:

And so he went on, and said, “That Christ was the Light of the world, and lighteth every man that cometh into the world; and that by this light they might be gathered to God.” I stood up in my pew, and wondered at his doctrine, […]

1887 Quakers on War (and Peace)

from Declaration of Faith issued by the Richmond Conference of Friends in 1887:

We feel bound explicitly to avow our unshaken persuasion that all war is utterly incompatible with the plain precepts of our divine Lord and Law-giver, and the whole spirit of His Gospel, and that no plea of necessity or policy, however urgent […]

Waiting Worship Instructions

Be still, and know that I am God

Psalm 46:10

Waiting worship begins in silence. Each worshipper comes to meet with God. As soon as the first person arrives it is time to be quiet. As you arrive, enter quietly with as little distraction and noise as possible and find a place to sit near […]

A Discernment Process

Discernment – The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment. – The Free Online Dictionary

We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. – Paul of Tarsus, 1 Corinthians 2:12 [niv]

Test everything. Hold […]

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is a way of reading scripture that allows contemplation, listening to the Holy Spirit, and even communion with God in order to more deeply appreciate and integrate scripture into one’s thinking and being. One may receive peace, guidance, joy, or insight from this practice. We have found it quite beneficial in small group […]

What makes a church? …Contrasting Catholic and Quaker thinking

In an essay entitled The Ecclesiology of Vatican II, Joseph Ratzinger (as of 2011, the current pope) explains a Catholic view of what constitutes a church:

No one can make a Church by himself. A group cannot simply get together, read the New Testament and declare: “At present we are the Church because the Lord […]

Does God intend Christians to be healthy and wealthy?

Does God intend Christians to be healthy and wealthy? Is the prosperity gospel on target? I say no. Here’s an explanation.

The argument I most often hear for the prosperity gospel is that God loves his people and knows how to give them good gifts. Thus, he gives them prosperity and health. I agree that […]

Early Quaker Charles Marshall on Christians

Recently Arthur Roberts recommended to the Friends Theology email list a quote from a prayer by Charles Marshall, given at the close of a meeting in Grace-Church Street on March 11, 1693. The prayer is found in the Quaker Homiletics Online Anthology, a division of Quaker Pages, edited by Peter Sippel. Can we be as […]

What about baptism and communion?

Being from the Friends tradition, and staying with it (which is not true of all Evangelical Friends), we’re often asked about our practice of baptism and communion. These days not too many Christians are aware of church history at all, let alone Quakers. They are surprised to find out that otherwise perfectly fine-seeming Christians are […]