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50 minutes | Jan 9, 2022
Fundamental Beliefs of Conservative Friends #9: A Concise Account of the Religious Society of Friends
Henry starts out with a general review of the previous 8 sessions. He then reads from Robert Barclay’s fifteenth proposition in his Apology for the True Christian Divinity . But for most of this session Henry reads and comments on a tract called. A Concise Account of the Religious Society of Friends, Commonly Called Quakers.To find out more about Ohio Yearly Meeting, visit our website at ohioyearlymeeting.org.The music in our podcast was provided by Paulette Meier. The words in the music are from Robert Barclay's Apology for the True Christian Divinity, PROPOSITIONS V. & VI, Page 148.
22 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
TQC07D&E "Misunderstandings of the Peace Testimony" and "Original Peace Witness": Chapter 7 Sections D & E of Traditional Quaker Christianity
This podcast contains sections D & E of chapter 7 in the book Traditional Quaker Christianity Section D: The Peace Testimony: Common Misunderstandings. Readings from this section include Terry H.S. Wallace, “Stand and Live in that Which Takes away the Occasion for wars: A critical Examination of the Quaker Peace Testimony: Present and Past”; Martin Luther King, “Pilgrimage to Nonviolence,” Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story – Birth of Successful Non-Violent Resistance, p 77-95.Section 7.E. Friends’ Original Peace Witness. Readings from this section include “The [Peace] Declaration of 1660” The Journal of George Fox (Nickalls edition), p 398-404.
3 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Announcing the Ohio Yearly Meeting Podcast Forum
In this short episode, we announce our Facebook group in support of this podcast.To join: In Facebook, search for Ohio Yearly Meeting Podcast Forum, or Use this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/980508459485393 or Use the QR code in the image for this episode.Other ways to engage can be found at our website: ohioyearlymeeting.orgHope to see thee in the forum.
19 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
TQC07A-C "Peace and the Lamb's War" Chapter 7 Sections A, B & C of Traditional Quaker Christianity
This podcast episode starts out with a reading of Ohio Yearly Meeting’s sixth query.It contains the first three sections of chapter 7 in the book Traditional Quaker Christianity Section A: Our lives as Our Testimony. Readings from this section include Mathew 5-7, 1 Corinthians 13, Ephesians 4:17-31; Colossians 3; the Book of James; 1 John 3:11-24.Section B: The Lamb’s War: Readings from this section include The Lamb’s War, a presentation to the General Gathering of Conservative Friends 6/17/2006 at Barnesville Ohio (http://www.michiganquakers.org/lamb.oym.htm); Selections from the Writings of James Nayler, third edition, Brian Drayton, editor.Section C: The Lamb’s War and Peace: Readings from this section include Jeremiah 31:31-34; Isaiah 2:2-4; Isaiah 11:1-9; Ephesians 6:10-17.
19 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
TQC06G "Eldering and Oversight" Chapter 6 Section G of Traditional Quaker Christianity
Chapter five focused on the gift of Ministry. This section covers the gifts of Eldership and Oversight. It also compares the relationship between all three gifts.
42 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
Fundamental Beliefs of Conservative Friends #8: Living a True Faith - Belief alone is not enough
Henry starts with a quick review of several topics: fear of the Lord, Inward/Outward, the Kingdom of God. and true Repentance. He then reads the 15th proposition from Robert Barclay's Apology for the True Christian Divinity. This was followed by an excerpt from a work by William Temple. Finally there follows by a reading of the tract A Concise Account of the Religious Society of Friends by Thomas Evans. This tract is the focus of this and subsequent sessions. Henry then returns to a discussion from last week on the fruits of the Spirit. In response to a question, He explains the difference between a subjective wrong and an objective wrong. A participant tells the story of a mother and her children as an example of the danger of acting in one's own power. There is a potential cost for a true faith. The discussion focuses on those in history who have willingly paid that cost. The vastness of time and space highlights our insignificance and reminds us of eternal life. A Life that can and should begin before death. Henry explains the connection between the word savior, and the word heal. He then points out the fallacy in thinking that assenting to a belief or beliefs alone can bring salvation. The word “redeem" is explained. Henry proceeds to the meaning of the word “Christ" as the “Anointed one" and that this anointing is initially in everyone as a seed. The session finishes with a reading from 1John 2:27 which supports the truth of this Inward Anointing.
42 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Fundamental Beliefs of Conservative Friends #7 To Become Holy
Henry starts out with a quick summary of the first six sessions. This includes: the fear of the Lord, the inward Kingdom of God, true repentance, and taking up the Inward Cross. This is followed by a reading from Robert Barclay's Apology for the True Christian Divinity, the Fifteenth Proposition which distinguishes certain aspects of Friends’ beliefs from those of other denominations. Henry then explains plans for the next session(s) which will focus on a tract published by the Tract Association of Friends. The tract is an excerpt from a work of Thomas Evans. A Concise Account of the Religious Society of Friends, Commonly Called Quakers. Henry reads from this tract and then discusses it. It leads to an explanation of various words such as: holy, fear of God, belief, and doctrine.The understanding of early Christians and early Friends was that one’s belief had to be carried out in the daily walk with God. It is not enough to simply agree to a belief or doctrine. One must exhibit the fruits of the Spirit and become “holy”. One can overcome the human tendency to fall short of God’s glory — with God’s help. This help is available in the form of the eternal Spirit, the Spirit of the Messiah, the seed of God which is within everyone. This required holiness was an expectation in early Christianity, but has been lost over the centuries before being rediscovered by Quakers.Henry was asked about the meaning of “grace" in the context of becoming holy. Another question concerned the spirit’s agency: is it a gift, or does it only come with conscious acknowledgment? His answer involved the Christ, the Word, the enlightener as the Light that enlightens everyone that comes into the world. It is initially a seed with potentiality for growth in every human being.A discussion ensued concerning the "day of visitation". Another question arose about the “long dark night of the Apostacy”. Finally, someone asks about the translations used by early Friends.
36 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Conservative Friends Bible Study of Mark #13 Chapter 08 Verse 34 - 38, Chapter 09 Verse 1
This session returns to and focuses on Mark 8:34 to Mark 8:38. The meanings of the words follow, deny, self and awe are examined. Some historical context concerning physical crucifixions are presented, followed by a discussion of “taking up the inward cross”. There is also discussion on the creation of Adam, the garden of Eden and on sin. An important point is made, however, that Friends have not accepted the later dogma of "original sin". Finally, another discussion ensues regarding Jesus as the Second Adam as well as the Son of God. The following words were covered in this episode...Akoloutheō v. – follow someone who is taking the leadHeauton – self, (ego) Autos – self, (ego)Phobos – fear, reverential awe/respect = Hebrew: yirahStauros – cross (a form of execution)Cheir – upper limb, hand, armPhroneō v. – thinkHubris – insolence, arrogance, egotism, pridePneuma – spiritPsuchē - spirit, soul, life, the life animating spiritHuios tou Anthrōpou - Son of [the] Man, Son of Mankind, Son of AdamAnthrōpos – man, mankind; Hebrew: ’adam = man, mankind; (Hebrew: ’adamah = (red) earth)Taking up the (inward) Cross of ChristRegeneration = Second Birth, being born again (a spiritual birth)Metanoia – repentance, a transformation in mindset, a paradigmatic shift in one's way of thinking Hebrew: Ruach - breath, spiritHuios tou Theou – Son of GodHuios – sonProphētēs, = pro-phē-tēs = for+speak+er – prophet, a spokesman for God
37 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Conservative Friends Bible Study of Mark #12 Chapter 08 Verse 22 - 38
Click here for OYM discussion group opportunities.This session includes readings and discussions on the following sections from Mark:· Mark 8:22-26 The healing of a blind man · Mark 8:27-30 “Who do you say that I am”· Mark 8:31-33 Jesus Predicts His Death· Mark 8:34-38 Jesus’s call to deny ourselves.Translations and meanings of the following words are considered…· Christos – anointed, Messiah, Christ· Christ was anointed with the Holy Spirit.· Chriō v.– anoint· Anthrōpos - man, human being = Hebrew: ’Adam - man, mankind· Anēr – man (male), husband· Anistēmi v. – rise up· Epitimaō v. – rebuke· Aparneomai v. - renounce, reject· Heauton – self = ego· Stauros – cross· Take up the inward cross.· Psuchē - spirit, soul, life· Pneuma – spirit · To Hagion Pneuma – The Holy SpiritParticular attention is paid to the true meaning of “deny” and the implications of “denying ourselves”. The following link provides information about Ohio Yearly Meeting online discussion groups.https://ohioyearlymeeting.org/online-teaching-and-discussion/
11 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
TQC06E&F "The Advices and Queries" and "Spirit Led Teachers" Chapter 6 Sections E and F of Traditional Quaker Christianity
This episode includes both sections The Advices and Queries and Spirit Led Teachers.The Advices and Queries section provides historical context by Carole Edgerton Treadway (from The Journal of the north Carolina Yearly Meeting, #2 Winter 2003) and also readings of Advices and Queries from the Ohio Yearly Meeting Book of Discipline. Spirit-Led Teachers presents a reading from Robert Barclay, Apology for the True Christian Divinity, Proposition 3 V-VI.
15 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
TQC06D "Clerking: An Aid for Decision-Making" Chapter 6 Sections D of Traditional Quaker Christianity
This section is a reading from Susan S. Smith's "Clerking in the Spirit of Christ" Sound, Sound Abroad You Faithful Servants! A call to True Quaker Ministry (a New Foundation Fellowship publication).
13 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
TQC06B&C "The Church Visible and Invisible" and "The Place of the Individual in the Body of Christ". Chapter 6 Sections C and D of Traditional Quaker Christianity
This episode includes both sections The Church Visible and Invisible and The Place of the Individual in the Body of Christ.The Church Visible and Invisible includes readings from Robert Barclay, Apology for the True Christian Divinity Prop X. The Place of the Individual in the Body of Christ includes a reading from William Penn, True Spiritual Liberty.
33 minutes | Jul 3, 2021
Fundamental Beliefs of Conservative Friends #6 Worldly Spirits and Influences
Information on Ohio Yearly Meeting’s 2021 session can be found at ohioyearlymeeting.org/events/.Henry starts out with a review of true Repentance and a reading from Robert Barclay’s Apology for the True Christian Divinity. He discusses the measures necessary for entering into the Kingdom of God. He also describes the three remaining Conservative Friends’ Yearly Meetings today, asking what it means to be a Quaker or Christian. This leads into the worldly influences on Conservative Quakerism today. He compares the different bases of belief of Catholics, Protestants and Quakers. In response to a question from a participant, there ensues a discussion on the Bible, on the real "Word of God", and the Spirit of Christ. Recommended books to read are Traditional Quaker Christianity by Ohio Yearly Meeting and The True Christian's Faith and Experience by William Shewen.Other book recommendations can be found at ohioyearlymeeting.org/readings/.
48 minutes | May 25, 2021
Fundamental Beliefs of Conservative Friends #5 The Cross of Christ
Please note that the Conservative Friends Gathering will be held June 11-13. Contact either Nanquakernh@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for a full agenda including Zoom link information. Also see: https://ohioyearlymeeting.org/programs/wider-fellowship-of-conservative-friends/This fifth session starts out with a review of the previous four sessions. While examining the last session, Henry reads the preface to George Fox’s Journal on repentance. This becomes a segue to the need to take up the Inward Cross of Christ. Henry discusses the “ego”, it’s origins, meanings and that the traditional Christian term is the “self”. A reading from Genesis reviews the story of the Fall in the Garden of Eden. A reference is made to a nineteenth century Quaker publication “A Guide to True Peace” to help explain the main issue of pride and hubris. The opposite of arrogant pride or hubris is humility. Henry discusses the origins of the word “humble”. A reading from the second chapter of Philippians highlights how Christ was totally humble. A discussion with participants reminds us of the role humans have (and should have) in the hierarchy of creation. [I have forgotten what may have been said there]. In the exploration of “self”, the negative and positive aspects of self are listed. A comment of Jesus in Matthew 10:38 shows the importance of taking up the Inward Cross in order to be united with Christ. An clarification of “denying one’s self” as meaning "renouncing one’s ego" is presented. Also discussed in taking up the Inward Cross of Christ is the necessity to crucify or execute those motions within us that keep us from God. Participants became involved in an exploration of how we need God to help us attain this goal. Also delved into are some of the temptations of “the World”.
4 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
TQC06A "Christ's People" Chapter 6 Section A of Traditional Quaker Christianity
This episode presents Robert Barclay definition of a true Christian.
18 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
TQC05E&F "The Traveling Ministry and Visiting Families" and "Examples ... from Quaker History" Chapter 5 Sections E and F of Traditional Quaker Christianity
This episode includes both sections The Traveling Ministry and Visiting Families and Examples of the Nature of Ministry from Quaker History The Traveling Ministry and Visiting Families covers...The beginning of traveling Ministry and visitationTesting a prompting to travelTraveling companionsExamples of Traveling MinistersExamples of the Nature of Ministry from Quaker History contains two examples from Thomas B. Gould's The Inspired MinistryJames ScribbensIsaac Lawton and a servant boy
12 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
TQC05C&D "Speaking during Worship" and "Advice to Ministers" Chapter 5 Sections C and D of Traditional Quaker Christianity
This episode includes both sections Speaking during Worship and Advice to Ministers. Speaking during Worship covers...Pursue Love, desire to prophesy (1 Cor. 14:1)Watch and Wait (Charles Marshall's epistle)Advice to Minister contains a reading from Samuel Bownas's To the Meetings of the Ministers at Kendal in Westmoreland.
11 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
TQC05A&B "The Call to Ministry" and "Woman Ministers". Chapter 5 Sections A and B of Traditional Quaker Christianity
This episode includes both The Call To Ministry and Woman Ministers.The Call to Ministry covers...Who MinistersHow Ministers are madeSpiritual challenges of MinistersWoman Ministers explores Quakers' commitment to and justifications for women in the ministry. Margaret Fell's arguments are examined.
41 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Fundamental Beliefs of Conservative Friends #4 Repentance
Henry starts out by reviewing the last session. As part of that review, Proposition 15 from Barclay’s Apology is read. The conclusion of the Apology is also read. These readings are translated into modern English and commented on.The focus of this episode is repentance. Henry explains that repentance is not so much an exercise in remorse or regret as it is a change or transformation of one’s mind, mindset, and whole being. In Mark and Mathew (4:12-17) Jesus starts his ministry with this call for repentance (These sections are read and reviewed). In support of Henry’s definition of true repentance references in Paul’s letters to the Philippians (2:5) and Romans 12:2 are explored. George Fox sent out Ministers who called for repentance. Repentance was a foundation of their message. In his introduction to George Fox’s Journal, William Penn breaks repentance into three parts: convincement, conversion, and amendment of life. Penn’s understanding came from Acts Chapter 26:20. In Acts, the three parts are: repent, turn to God, and do good deeds. Henry then explores what “Convincement” meant in the 1600s compared to what it means today. Other references to the Book of Acts are made. These are chapter 2 verse 37 – 38 and chapter 3 verse 17 – 19. The opinions of Tertullian on the translation of Repentance are mentioned. In conclusion, Henry gives a preview of the next session by talking about what must happen after repentance.
14 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
TQC04 Waiting Worship. Chapter four of Traditional Quaker Christianity
This chapter discusses our Silent Unprogrammed Meetings for Worship.It begins by discussing Christ In our midst and then quotes from several Friends writings .
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