Thirty months

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July 16, 2018

I wrote my very first issue of Long Story Short and sent it out on Monday, January 4, 2016. It was my first official day on the job as the new publisher at Barclay Press. In the thirty months and twelve days since, we’ve published ten Fruit of the Vine quarterlies, we’ve completed two revisions of our Illuminate Bible study curriculum, and we’ve released nine new Barclay Press titles:

  1. Face to Face: Early Quaker Encounters with the Bible by T. Vail Palmer, Jr.
  2. Close to the Ground: A Collection of Poems by Nancy Thomas
  3. Praying for Justice by R. Anderson Campbell & Steve Sherwood with Paula J. Hampton
  4. Rhythms of Grace: Life-Saving Disciplines for Spiritual Leaders by David O. Williams
  5. Presence and Process: A Path Toward Transformative Faith and Inclusive Community by Daniel P. Coleman
  6. A Long Road: How Quakers Made Sense of God and the Bible by T. Vail Palmer, Jr.
  7. Because of This: How to Live, Love, and Lead by Jim Teeters
  8. The Shalom of God by Howard R. Macy
  9. Going the Extra Mile: Adventures with God in Seventy-Five Countries by Norval Hadley

Two weeks ago, we received a donation to help cover the subscription cost for anyone who would like to try Fruit of the Vine. If you don’t already subscribe to Fruit of the Vine and would like to try it out, respond to this email, and I’ll get you started with a free, twelve-month, print or electronic subscription.

Seeds of hope – the three-year campaign to fund the ministry of Barclay Press by developing new titles, supporting small churches, and balancing the budget – has a goal of raising $162,000 by December 31, 2020. In order to stay on target, we need to get to $34,859 by August 1, 2018. As of this morning, we have raised $29,670 in gifts and pledges.

Eric Muhr





 
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Hymns of praise

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July 9, 2018

In this morning’s Fruit of the Vine, Gary Fawver discusses the contribution Thomas Ken made to the life of the church in the late 17th and early 18th century. As an academic and church leader, Ken wrote music, including “three hymns – one each for morning, evening, and midnight. He charged his students to ‘sing the Morning and Evening Hymn in your chamber devoutly.’” You may not be familiar with these three hymns, but it’s likely that you have sung at least a part of each song. Gary writes that “the ‘Doxology’ that we sing in our churches was the closing stanza of each of these three hymns.”

Praise God the Father who’s the source;
Praise God the Son who is the course;
Praise God the Spirit who’s the flow;
Praise God, our portion here below!

How might you experience each day if it were shaped by hymns of praise at morning, at evening, and at midnight!

This last week, we received a donation to help cover the subscription cost for anyone who would like to try Fruit of the Vine. If you don’t already subscribe to Fruit of the Vine and would like to try it out, respond to this email, and I’ll get you started with a free, twelve-month, print or electronic subscription.

Eric Muhr

P.S. 
Seeds of hope – the three-year campaign to fund the ministry of Barclay Press by developing new titles, supporting small churches, and balancing the budget – has a goal of raising $162,000 by December 31, 2020. In order to stay on target, we need to get to $34,859 by August 1, 2018. As of this morning, we have raised $29,570 in gifts and pledges.





 
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Means of grace

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July 2, 2018

In this morning’s Fruit of the Vine, Bethany Lee reminds us that “grace is more than what God does; it’s who God is.” And she challenges us, for this reason, to pay attention to the “sacraments and practices” that open us to experiences of God while also “connecting us to worshipers beyond our community, beyond our era.”  

Where have you experienced grace in the last day?

I was with my dad at the hospital yesterday afternoon, talking over his prognosis and how soon he might be able to come home while a passing pack of clouds filled the sky for as far as we could see outside his window. It was a welcome pause, a reminder of God’s presence with us, a moment of grace.

“It’s hard to see God’s grace in painful experiences,” Bethany reminds us. We “rush to silver linings and gratitude to avoid pain.... It’s hard to be willing to sit with my own pain through the long process.”

Bethany asks us to consider: “What if means of grace is just one way to name a moment of awareness oriented in God’s direction? What if God’s grace is ever present, creative enough to flow through any channel. What if, no matter our theology about how God ordains or allows our lives to unfold, we could trust that grace is present in every moment,” that God is present.

And Bethany suggests that we pray, asking God to “open my eyes to your care in every moment.”


Eric Muhr

P.S. Norval Hadley’s memoir – Going the Extra Mile: Adventures with God in Seventy-Five Countries – arrived late last week, and we’ve already shipped out more than one hundred copies. Have you gotten one? Click on the link above to order your copy!


P.P.S. Seeds of hope – the three-year campaign to fund the ministry of Barclay Press by developing new titles, supporting small churches, and balancing the budget – has a goal of raising $162,000 by December 31, 2020. In order to stay on target, we need to get to $34,859 by August 1, 2018. As of this morning, we have raised $28,565 in gifts and pledges.





 
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Newberg, OR 97132
503.538.9775


www.barclaypress.com

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