Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. KJV

14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,  by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. Gal 6:14 KJV

Living the “Yet Not  I” Life.

Daily Devotional

Early AA’s

read Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for his Highest. Many of the AA ideas for self-surrender are taken straight from these pages

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Three Views of Recovery

     - A Critique

 

In Response to the Article @  StepStudy.Org

 

    This excellent article "Three Views Of Recovery" at StepStudy.Org helps make sense of what seems to be the contradictory messages we hear at some AA meetings. The author is unattributed - an old fashioned anonymity-loving member of our fellowship,  I would guess. The insight is profound and very helpful, as agreed by some others, with whom I have shared it. Many thanks to the author for the useful label “conversionist.”  

    That's what I am—a conversionist (having had a spiritual awakening as THE result of these steps). This paper (The three views) just may be the catalyst for us conversionists to do some helpful revitalization of our precious fellowship by being better able to talk about these various aspects of the program and how we can more patiently explain the “hope” we have in us.

   I did not see any particular bias in this piece except, I suspect an oversight, when it was said in the conversionist view that “Meetings…are a chance for recovered addicts to give testimony to the Power of the Steps.” It would be accurate to say, in my opinion, that we actually give witness to the power of the God who shows us the steps.

   And many thanks for the comments by our good friend Dick B. who has done diligent  research on the Oxford Group roots of AA. I myself would not be making these comments but for access to the larger history of AA that Dick has been so faithful to bring forth for us. Through his histories I was led to the origins and methods of Keswick and a deeper inquiry into Frank Buchman’s experience in Keswick in 1908.

      I am convinced that it is Frank’s “experience” that we receive when we really grasp  all that AA has to offer.

     Our ‘spiritual awakening’ is the AA way of saying what some in the churches in the mid 1800's were engaged in  a search for a way to impart the second blessing (filling of the Holy Spirit, Baptism of the Holy Spirit, second work of Grace or whatever it may be called.) Keswick had the message – the Cross. And it had a method. Frank got the message; he also attended the conferences from 1908 until the 1920’s with men from Oxford University while he developed his method of personal work - Soul Surgery.

      Frank never got very far from the Cross, and was reported as always seeming to be listening” . . . for the voice of God. His great mistake was to say something to the effect that “Wouldn’t it be great if a man like Hitler could be directed by God?”  We AA’s would say today, “Wouldn’t  it be great if such and such a fellow could get our way of life?” But then we would not be saying it in public, and so we stay out of trouble .