March 12, 2018
This week we start mailing out one free sample copy of The Shalom of God by Howard R. Macy to every Friends church in our database. That means we’ll be sending out more than 500 print copies of Howard’s pamphlet. Separated into four sections with discussion questions for each, The Shalom of God offers both small and large groups a means of practically engaging our historic peace witness.
- What would shalom look like in your family? In your meeting? In your community?
- How can one begin to create the conditions of peace?
- What is the difference between saying that Jesus Christ taught peace and that he was the agent of peace – “a walking, talking peace movement”?
- What concerns are appropriate for a peace committee in a local congregation?
We know our database is incomplete, so please contact me by replying to this email if you’d like to make sure your church is included. We also have print copies available through our online store and digital copies available through Amazon as Kindle downloads.
In Fruit of the Vine this week and next, Phil Smith guides us through the book of Revelation. I was curious about what Phil might focus on, so I skimmed ahead. I’ve included a few excerpts below that have encouraged and challenged me:
Revelation 2:8–11, “Jesus’ message to the Smyrnans is also his message to us: In the hard times, be faithful.”
Revelation 3:7–13, “The Revelation is not about us. It’s about Jesus.... When Jesus opens a door, we can go through with confidence.”
Revelation 5:7–14, “Remember that the Revelation was to be read in public meetings. Surely listeners understood that the new song spoke about them. ‘You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God’ (v. 10).”
In this tenuous year of transition, Barclay Press must raise $25,000 in order to remain a going concern. So far this year, we’ve received $8,845 in donations and $2,100 in pledges, getting us more than 43 percent of the way to where we need to be by the end of the year. Thank you for your continuing prayer, for your words of encouragement, and for your support!