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That Name Would Not Have Occurred to Me

That Name Would Not Have Occurred to Me

When I was nineteen I moved to Plainfield and rented an apartment a few blocks from Plainfield Friends Meeting where I began to attend meeting. Jim Wilson was the pastor. The Catholic priests I had known as a child tended to be distant, but Jim was gregarious, a...

Let Your Life Speak

Let Your Life Speak

We’ve been dabbling in the Quaker sayings these past several weeks. We talked about Minding the Light and That of God In All People. Last Sunday, Keith Wimmersberger explored the historic parallels between Baptist and Quaker spirituality, our chief similarities being...

What It Is We Give Our Lives To

What It Is We Give Our Lives To

Well, it’s good to be back from my travels. I have one more trip, then I’m staying put for three months, or until Joan says, “Don’t you have to go to give a speech somewhere?” I was in Virginia last week with Episcopalians at a retreat. I walked over to the conference...

Minding the Light

Minding the Light

It’s been an interesting week in the American church. The preacher and writer John MacArthur, who has spent much of his life telling people how much he knows about the Bible, was asked to say in a few words what he thought of the Bible teacher Beth Moore, and he...

That Of God In All People

That Of God In All People

I’ve been out of town these past few weeks, first to Washington State just east of Mount Rainier to meet with a group of pastors. If you ever need to meet with pastors, Mount Rainier is the place to do it. The highest point in Danville is the landfill, and Mount...

The God of Sarah

The God of Sarah

I remember when Russ Arnold, a bright and thoughtful Jewish man who taught the Bible and religion over at DePauw, used to worship with us. His wife, Ginger, was Christian, so they attended Quaker meeting because we didn’t try to turn him into a Christian. Every now...

God and Guns

God and Guns

What is it about guns, and their power? Not just their power to kill, which is their obvious power, but their power to intoxicate, their power to enchant even the most thoughtful among us, their cunning ability to make us believe we are not safe without them, even as they destroy us.

Labor Day

Labor Day

When Joan and I met in 1982, she attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute, and I was a lowly worker at Public Service Indiana. I had no marketable skills, except the gift of persuasion, which I used to convince Joan her life would be wretched without me. So we...

My New Hero

My New Hero

When I was in college, I was required to take a class in sociology, as the goal of a liberal arts education is ensuring one is well-versed in topics outside their chosen major. My major was theology, but there I was in sociology class, and found it fascinating, so at...

The Healing Power of Normalcy

The Healing Power of Normalcy

I want to thank the meeting for its love to my family this past week—the visits, the letters, the phone calls, and all the delicious food after the funeral of my father. An interesting custom, the funeral dinner. In the gospel of John, in the 21st chapter, it tells...

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7:00 pm Royal Theater, Danville IN @ Royal Theater
Royal Theater, Danville IN @ Royal Theater
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Holiday Memories – An Unforgettable Evening of Storytelling and Music with Philip Gulley and vocalist Holly Solis.  This is a fundraising event for Sycamore Services, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization devoted to making a difference[...]
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Naples United Church of Christ, ... @ Naples United Church of Christ
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1:00 pm Naples United Church of Christ, ... @ Naples United Church of Christ
Naples United Church of Christ, ... @ Naples United Church of Christ
Feb 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lecture “Unlearning God”