Have You Been Baptized?

Of course that question can sometimes bring a knee jerk response from a Quaker. “We don’t believe in baptism in our Society”. Of course this is completely opposite to what Friends have always held throughout the years. When I am asked this question by people from other Christian sects, my answer is an affirmative yes. One can’t be a Christian without being baptized. Of...

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Recapturing the Vision

A little information about my background may help. I am not a “birthright” Friend. I was not raised in a Friends meeting. I grew up in a mainline Protestant denomination in Canada. When I accepted Christ as my Savior (or should I spell that Saviour being Canadian), it was through the evangelistic ministry of The Salvation Army. My first five years of spiritual growth was...

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Our Fascination with Ritual

    There is a long standing view that Quakers do not have any set rituals that we follow. The Roman Catholics have seven sacraments while the majority of the Protestant sects celebrate two, water baptism and communion. Many of the latter would call them ceremonies, than sacraments. I prefer the term sacrament, as our whole lives are to be caught up in the sacramental....

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Pondering Easter

    Is Easter just another holiday where people dress up in fancy clothes and attend a special service at a church they frequent for weddings and funerals? Could there be a much deeper meaning behind this day we call Easter? The hymn writer says that “I serve a risen Savior”. He goes on to write that “He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today”. What powerful words of...

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What’s Your Story?

    There’s an old hymn that I love to sing entitled “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations”. Maybe my age is telling by saying this but I love to sing the old hymns of faith. In one sense they remind me of some of the psalms. There is so much great theology captured in these hymns. For example, one of the best loved hymns is Amazing Grace. The title says it all. God’s...

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You Are What You Eat

Firstly, let me say that this article is not primarily about food. It’s about a lot of things and food may just be the tip of the proverbial iceberg as they say. If, as they say, we are what we eat, perhaps we can also say, we are what we read, watch, meditate on and so much more. When we think of the violence we see every day on the streets throughout this country, I...

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