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Are You Ready for the Refiner's Fire

Are You Ready for the Refiner’s Fire?

The Refiner’s Fire By Lynda Ladwig My grandfather fancied himself to be a bit of a prospector and he would bring home many beautiful rocks and pieces of ore that he would extract from his mine in the desert. He often told us kids about the process of discovering and finding the value and beauty in each and every rock….

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Quaker Life - March/April 2015

Meeting God in the Grocery Store

By Annie Glen – Communications Editor I’d like to think that my public testimony falls right in line with my spoken testimony. I’d like to think that when I encounter anyone, they see Christ. But there are times, truth be told, that my outward testimony has nothing to do with my perceived reality of my spiritual state. It was a…

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Should Christians Say the Pledge of Allegiance?

Do you remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance as a kid? When I was growing up, the Pledge was a standard part of every public school classroom. Each morning during announcements, we would be asked to stand and, turning to the American flag that hung at the front of the class, every student and teacher would place hand over heart…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Passages: Quaker Obituaries – January/February 2015

BABCOCK Fern Elaine Carper Babcock, 94, died on October 21, 2014, at her home near Winchester, Indiana. She was born in Winchester on May 5, 1920, the first child of Harry Walter Carper and Vada Berniece (Love) Carper. She was later joined by her sister, Mary Kathleen and brother, William Frederick. They grew up in a rural home northeast of…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Ask Tom: Who is the oldest known Quaker?

By Tom Hamm Professor of History; Archivist/Curator, Friends Collection Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana I can only answer this in the sense of: “Who is the oldest Quaker Tom has found any record of?” Before I answer the question, I must first offer some remarks on Quaker longevity. Observers, both Friends and among the world’s people, have noted that Quakers have…

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Missions Movement: Women caring for Women in Kenya

By Jeremiah Kehenzi Akoto, as told to Eden Grace I first visited Kakuma Refugee Camp in Northwest Kenya in 2010, as part of a mission trip as a student of Friends Theological College. I was deeply moved by the passion the Kakuma Quaker community had for the word of God. It was then that I vowed to work with these…

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Is Jesus a Get-Out-Of-Hell-Free Card?

Based on what you see in a lot of churches today, it would be easy to assume that the ministry of Jesus had mostly to do with teaching people 1 weird trick to avoid damnation. The Jesus we are most often presented with is a walking, talking get out of hell free card. Popular Evangelical theology tells us that we will be justified – that is,…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Out of My Mind – January/February 2015

By Colin Saxton FUM General Secretary Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. — Hebrews 10:23-24 “I don’t believe in God,” the man said to me matter-of-factly. “I don’t see any evidence of a divine being…

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Quaker Life January/February 2015

Let There Be Light!

By Micah Bales Web & Communications Specialist We live in an age of isolation. Even sitting together in the same room, we live in private worlds. We stare at our personal screens, separated by our own hobbies, interests and ambitions. When we do connect, it’s often through shared consumption. We find shallow unity in products, images and ideologies: the spectacle….

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FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend

By Neil Snarr This spring 186 young adults from 27 states, 16 colleges, five high schools and 20 monthly meetings arrived in Washington D.C. for the annual Lobby Weekend sponsored by the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). The purpose of the trip was to talk with participants’ own members of Congress about repealing the 2001 Authorization for the Use…

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