Written by Ben Wood, originally posted on his blog, summeroflove85.wordpress.com Some while ago, I started reading G.K. Chesterton’s apologetic classic The Catholic Church and Conversion (1927) and was amused and delighted to find a reference to Quakers nestled in its yellowing pages. Unsurprisingly perhaps, Chesterton is not particularly interested in Quaker life or theology on its own … Continue reading The Gifts of the Quaker Way
My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.—1 Corinthians 4:4 One of the things I’ve always struggled with was whether I was unwittingly awful, sinful, or condemned. It made sense in my Calvinist upbringing. There really was no way to know if I was actually … Continue reading Does a clear conscience matter?
o give your servant a discerning heart… 1 Kings 3:9 One of the things I’ve found most moving in Quaker worship is the focus on listening. I sit, whether in Meeting for Worship or on my own, and listen for wisdom, comfort, challenges, or whatever may come. It’s not always an easy task. It takes … Continue reading A Listening Heart
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit – just as it has taught you, remain in him. 1 John 2.27 I have been struck by … Continue reading Anointing
I have some friends where you can tell they experience their bodies as a residence, as a space. With some of them, it’s like they’re visiting their bodies. In their eyes you see them peeking into the world. Their minds are their sanctuaries. I’m not like that. I experience my body as my self. In … Continue reading Breaking in, and waiting
You are one of God’s people, of God’s family . . . you light up your grace of body with your splendour of soul. More than others you can be compared to the Church. When you are in your room, then, at night, think always on Christ, and wait for his coming at every moment. … Continue reading “Wait for his coming at every moment.”