Written by Ben Wood, originally posted on his blog, summeroflove85.wordpress.com Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (Hebrews, 13.2). Angels are part of the fabric of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, yet their identity is starkly elusive. The word … Continue reading Angels Among Us
Sometimes I feel alone. Like there’s something wrong with me. Like I’m a bad person, too broken – not fit for friendship. I feel that way tonight. I feel bad. I think it’s because I’m remembering. I grew up in the Unification Church. We believed that the Reverend Sun Myung Moon was the second coming … Continue reading Aloneness
"I am not a God afar off, I am a brother and friend; Within your bosoms I reside, and you reside in me . . ." —William Blake, Jerusalem The Emanation of the Giant Albion As a person who experienced, and continually experiences, a spiritual intervention through the person of Jesus, I cannot help but … Continue reading The Challenges of Incarnation
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?
Why We Belong Be still and cool in your own mind and spirit from your own thoughts, and then you will feel the principle of God to turn your mind to the Lord God, from whom life comes; whereby you may receive his strength and power to allay all blusterings, storms, and tempests. (George Fox) … Continue reading Fox and Dōgen: Finding Paradise in Every Moment
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
Power has a way of co-opting the subversive for its own stability. The teachings of Jesus, an anti-imperialist prophet, included. Within a few centuries, Christ's communities of holy fools and prophets ossified into a vehicle of imperial power, playing a vital role in historical and contemporary colonialism. Today, Christian institutions are globally advocating for right-wing … Continue reading The emerging vision of Friendly Fire