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I recently read a message I’d given in 1984 and felt a mixture of embarrassment and surprise. Embarrassed because it seems inadequate now, and surprised by how much my worldview has changed. Twenty-five years from now, I might read these messages and have a similar reaction. I offer no guarantee that my work or words will endure the eroding effects of time. I can only assure you these thoughts have been helpful to me, and perhaps a few others, today. With that qualification, I offer them to you.

~ Philip

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Is Religion A Force for Good or Evil? (4)

Is Religion A Force for Good or Evil? (4)

VIEW VIDEO  We’re continuing our discussion about religion and whether it is a force for good or evil. I thought it would be appropriate, before we went much further, to tell you how I came to believe in the Christian god. When I was a teenager, I began researching...

Is Religion A Force for Good or Evil? (4)

Is Religion a Force for Good or Evil? (3) 

VIEW VIDEO  We’re having a screenhouse built at our farm, so I visited an Amish man who makes doors and windows and purchased a screen door. The Amish man turned out to be this nice guy who doesn’t mind answering my questions about Amish traditions and customs. While...

Is Religion A Force for Good or Evil? (4)

Is Religion a Force for Good or Evil? (2)

It is good to be back with you. I spent last weekend riding motorcycles with the Quaker Oatlaws Motorcycle Club and ended up at the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home in Lincoln City, Indiana, where the accomplishments of President Lincoln were on full display. When we...

Is Religion A Force for Good or Evil? (4)

Is Religion a Force for Good or Evil? (1)

VIEW VIDEO  I had plans this this past Monday to pull weeds in our flowerbeds, but it was too hot, so I watched a YouTube video instead. To be honest, it doesn’t have to be all that hot to keep me from pulling weeds. The YouTube clip was a debate between Christopher...

Is Religion A Force for Good or Evil? (4)

Liberation

VIEW VIDEO A few years ago, Joan got mad at The Indianapolis Star and cancelled our subscription. I’ve never known Joan to be mad at a person, but if you’re a corporation, you’d better not cross her. So now we subscribe to The New York Times, and I’ve downloaded the...

Is Religion A Force for Good or Evil? (4)

This Too Shall Pass 

VIEW VIDEO  Every Sunday, on our way home from meeting, I ask Joan if she liked my sermon, and every Sunday she squeezes my hand and says it was wonderful. We’ve been doing that now for 37 years and it’s been a wonderful arrangement. Except last Sunday, when I asked...

Is Religion A Force for Good or Evil? (4)

Resilience

VIEW VIDEO It’s been wonderful being on vacation. Our son Sam and his wife Kelsea came down from Fairbanks, Alaska, with their dog Maggie, who met another dog during their visit and went into heat, which added an interesting dimension to our time together. It’s a...

Is Religion A Force for Good or Evil? (4)

Our Family Reunion

VIEW VIDEO My family on my Dad’s side were coal miners from southern Illinois, to the chagrin of my paternal grandmother who wanted everyone to think she was from England and personal friends with the Queen. She and my grandfather had lived in London for about ten...

Is Religion A Force for Good or Evil? (4)

Habits of Wholeness (8)

VIEW VIDEO Several years ago, Chris and Anne Gautier were at the farmhouse with Joan and me. It was in the summertime and we were sitting outside watching the birds, which were just thick down there. As we were watching, an iridescent blue bird landed on a feeder and...

Is Religion A Force for Good or Evil? (4)

Habits of Wholeness (7)

VIEW VIDEO I came across a video clip of our granddaughter Madeline this week, taken when she was first learning to talk and had a functioning vocabulary of a dozen or so words—mommy, daddy, Hank (their dog), Nanna, Poppa, kitty, puppy, play. Simple, basic words that...

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