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Theological Issues Facing Friends

I. Is Jesus the Truth? The Church is losing influence in America not because it has not been marketed well enough, but because few believe its message to be the Truth. Instead, the Church is believed, at best, to represent one among many equally valid truths and ways to God. Academics have led the way in this. II. Are Father, Son and Spirit at odds with each other? A. The Christian message is not the general human possibility of finding God by making use of something analogous to God in each person. The Christian message is that God opened up a new way for us in Jesus Christ when we were entirely lost in our sins. B. A universality based…

Other Shepherds

Bible Lecture, North Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends August, 2000 Text: John 10:1-21 The most basic question before us is whether Jesus is the truth or a truth i.e., just an opinion, just a worldview, just a retreat into some dark corner of personal perspective. The question of whether we can know truth or only just opinion reaches back to the dawn of classical philosophy and the debate between Protagoras and Plato.  Protagoras claimed that truth is simply a matter of where our self-interest lies.  There is no truth independent of human opinion.  Thus, he coined the phrase “Man is the measure of truth.” Plato rejoined that this is a contemptible way of handling truth.  Humans, at best, merely discover truth;…

Test the Spirits: An Address to North Carolina Quaker Elders Conference

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already”. 1John 4:1-3 Ministers and Elders cannot escape the responsibility of spiritual discernment. To avoid it is to assume an emblem of the false prophets. They refuse God’s command to make a distinction between righteousness and wickedness. Instead they blur that…

Relevant Irrelevancy

Bible Lecture North Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers) September 2nd, 2007  It has been seven years since I last stood in this spot, and I have been thinking about the things that have happened during those seven years.  One thing is that this past year I turned fifty-six.  So, the government now officially recognizes me as a senior citizen.  Linda and I took a vacation this summer and I found myself for the first time ordering off the senior menu.  I wanted someone to ask to see my ID, but nobody did.  In fact, we went into one restaurant and we ordered the buffet.  The young woman behind the cash register looked at us and turned to yell at…

Other Shepherds?

Bible Lecture North Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers)  Text: John 10:1-21 The most basic question before us is whether Jesus is the truth or a truth i.e., just an opinion, just a worldview, just a retreat into some dark corner of personal perspective. The question of whether we can know truth or only just opinion reaches back to the dawn of classical philosophy and the debate between Protagoras and Plato.  Protagoras claimed that truth is simply a matter of where our self-interest lies.  There is no truth independent of human opinion.  Thus, he coined the phrase “Man is the measure of truth.” Plato rejoined that this is a contemptible way of handling truth.  Humans, at best, merely discover truth; they…