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It’s All One: John Woolman

November 13, 2020

John Woolman was an advocate for the abolition of slavery, cruelty to animals, and economic injustice and oppression.

He lived from 1720 to 1772, and according to Elton Trueblood, Mr. Woolman kept his inner and outer life together. In fact, Trueblood wrote that Woolman’s “devotional experience and his social concern, far from being in conflict, actually required each other.” 

Compare and contrast that cohesiveness to this confession: I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing. That’s a biographical statement from none other than our old friend St. Paul, in Romans 7:19.

Self- Inventory: Where are you relative to Woolman’s congruence and St. Paul’s clash?

Take time to answer.

And if you’re up to it, ask someone close to you to help you with your answer.

Take time to listen.  

Let’s pick up there tomorrow.


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