Chronicler Blog Radio

A non-Quaker friend of mine has helped me to set up an internet radio talk show. The first session is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Fourth Month 24, 2009 and should run about an hour. This is the link to listen. My plan is to host a show about once a week.

Thee can either listen live or listen afterward. Listeners may call in if they wish; the number is (646) 200-0409. Alternately, feel free to send me an instant message; my AIM name is quakerchronicler. I actually prefer the latter.

The shows will have three general themes:

1) Helping focus our attention on the Creator of the Universe and His Son, who alone can lead thee into salvation and holiness.

2) Affirm the ancient, traditional doctrines of the Society of Friends.

3) Nurture thee and help thee lead a life that is beautiful in the eyes of thy Maker.

Typical shows will likely include discussion of scripture passages, readings from the Approved Writings, and interviews with selected Friends.

The show is not intended to be a forum for political discussions or attacks on ancient Quaker beliefs/doctrine. For that matter, it is not intended to be a forum for attacks on any person, either. We have been instructed "Do violence to no man" (Luke 6:28), and I want to maintain a positive focus on the things of the Spirit.

Last, I intend to have a strict rule against unnecessary language.

The first show this week is intended to be rather eclectic while I learn the mechanics. After this, I intend to have shows on a common theme.

Feel free to tune in!


Raye said...

Looking forward to this!!!

Anonymous said...

The Friends family in Halfway listened to the recording . . . and hope to hear the next broadcast . . . A Texas Friend

Anonymous said...

A couple of ideas have stayed with me this week, after listening to the radio show. I thought I'd pass them back to you as feedback.

1. First is idea of trying to live a life beautiful in the eyes of God. This is an unusual spiritual orientation in our day, I think. One spirituality seeks what God wants. One spirituality seeks "what helps me on my journey." The first one acknowledges there are risks in the spiritual life, while the second one does not. Perhaps this is one of the distinctions between a conservative and liberal spiritual approach or, in more particular terms in our context, between traditional conservative Friends and "Christocentric" liberal Friends.

2. The comments about "leadings" are important. First, we have no right to wait for a leading to forgive others, turn the other cheek, feed the hungry, or otherwise follow the revealed teachings of Christ (though a leading will may us exactly how to do that). Second, I think all too often "I have a leading to" do such-and-such means I am interested, comfortable, or intrigued by doing such-and-such. I also think many times what I think may be a leading in my own life is probably better characterized as a neurotic impulsiveness, compulsiveness, obsession, or an ego-satisfying plan of action. In our contemporary setting, I think "leading" has been divorced from two other important concepts: discipline and discernment.

(Both disciplne and discernment are essential if we are trying to please God, but not if we are trying to do merely "what is helpful to me on my spiritual journey." Unfortunately, I go back and forth between those two orientations on a seemingly daily basis.)

A Texas Friend