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Gathered in Christ: Disciple Making

By Dorlan Bales Welcome to the first of six Bible studies that explore the subject of discipleship, including being gathered by Christ and sent forth to serve. How and why do people become followers of Jesus Christ? There is not a simple answer to that question. For many people, two complementary influences lead to a decision to follow Jesus’ teachings…

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Discipleship 101: The Master’s Model in Modern Day

By Megan Anderson Discipleship is a term, like sanctification or reformation, casually tossed about in religious circles, is usually unaccompanied by a clear definition. We have heard the word enough times to cultivate a vague understanding of what it means, but don’t afford it due consideration. Now more than ever, we are experiencing the consequences of that failure. Why disregard…

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It Cannot Be Completed Alone

By Susann Estle-Cronau I love the Southwestern United States: the dry desert and exotic cactus, the Native American traditions and the beauty of the red earth. While visiting New Mexico, I realized how vital grass is to life. Grass plays a remarkable role in the natural circle of the earth. Without grass, lands would either wash away into the rivers…

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Discipleship: Relational Connections

By Matt Chesnes The “Great Omission” is the label Dallas Willard placed on the church’s neglect to make disciples. The church he suggests has omitted, passively or actively, the core objective of its mission. It is a strange practice when Christian churches invest time and energy in developing a relevant mission statement for their ministry when the mission has already…

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Ask Tom: How have Quaker views on tombstones changed over time?

By Thomas Hamm Professor of History; Archivist/Curator, Friends Collection Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana Editor’s Note: Tom has waited years for this question to be asked, as he is an enthusiast for cemetery and tombstone studies. His list of Quaker burial grounds visited in North America approaches 300. Early Friends viewed tombstones as a vanity. The function of elaborate tombs and…

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Book Reviews: January/February 2014

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth By Resa Aslan Random House, 296 pp; $27 In Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan argues that Jesus was an apocalyptic messianic figure who believed that God was soon to intervene with violence to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. He further argues that Paul,…

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Passages: Quaker Obituaries – January/February 2014

DORRELL Homer R. Dorrell, 89, of Mooresville, Indiana passed away peacefully October 19, 2013. Homer was born to Merrill and Lillian (Barnett) Dorrell on June 9, 1924, in West Newton, Indiana. He married Gladys W. (Westerfield) Dorrell on July 20, 1947. Homer graduated from Decatur Central High School in 1942. He received his B.S. in Secondary Education from Indiana University…

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Football Nation

By Barbara DeMille A recent shooting in Sparks, Nevada, has added another name to the lamentable list of teachers killed at Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, educators who died while instinctively shielding their students from apparently deranged gunmen armed with automatic weapons and the delusion that the murder of innocents would somehow quell the raging cacophony roaring through their…

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