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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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You Might Be a Humanist If…(1) 

You Might Be a Humanist If…(1) 

VIEW VIDEO  Good morning, friends. It is good to be back after yearly meeting and Fifth Sunday. After speculating three Sundays ago that if Jesus were alive today, he’d be a humanist, I am announcing the beginning of a new series entitled, “You Might Be a Humanist...

You Might Be a Humanist If…(1) 

Was Jesus a Humanist?   

VIEW VIDEO  I was thinking this week about how computers make everything so much easier, which is good and bad. Computers spare us from drudgery and make it possible to accomplish more work. Before we had computers, it used to take me 3-4 weeks to spend my paycheck,...

You Might Be a Humanist If…(1) 

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (13)      

VIEW VIDEO  It is good to be back among Friends. We enjoyed our trip to Alaska, visiting our son and daughter-in-law, who are expecting their first child, so we anticipate more trips to Alaska, despite getting Covid while I was there. Being the deeply spiritual person...

You Might Be a Humanist If…(1) 

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (12)   

I have a friend who teaches in a Catholic school where the children are required to attend weekly Mass. I’m well acquainted with this custom since I grew up Catholic and my mother was the principal of a Catholic school. I remember once asking her if I could go to her...

You Might Be a Humanist If…(1) 

Let’s Graduate

VIEW VIDEO  It is an honor to have our graduates with us today. How proud your family must be of you, and how delighted we are of your accomplishments.  For the past twelve years, some days when you didn’t feel like it, you woke up, got cleaned up, got dressed, ate...

You Might Be a Humanist If…(1) 

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (10)

VIEW VIDEO  When I was a kid, I loved going to the movies at the Royal Theater in Danville, especially matinees, sitting in the dark on a Saturday afternoon, then staggering outside disoriented by the sunlight, like a second morning to the day. Mr. Ahart owned the...

You Might Be a Humanist If…(1) 

What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual? (8) Easter 2022

Well, Easter Sunday has arrived in its entire splendor. Early Friends didn’t celebrate Easter, and still don’t with the same enthusiasm of other Christians. We believe no one day is more sacred than another, that each day is a fitting day to celebrate the principle of...

You Might Be a Humanist If…(1) 

Palm Sunday 2022 (John 12:12-26)

Well, it’s a pleasure to be here. If my records are correct, this is my fifth time to speak from this pulpit, which means I’ve spoken here one more time than I did the first church I pastored, where I lasted only four Sundays before letting it slip I didn’t believe in...

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