The Worrier’s Prayer

I came across this prayer several weeks back, and while the emphasis is clearly humorous, don’t miss the larger point: how often do we pray in these ways to our Lord? Dear Lord, Help me to relax about insignificant details, beginning tomorrow at 7:41:23 a.m. EST. Help me to consider people’s feelings, even if mostContinue reading “The Worrier’s Prayer”

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Recommended Reading: May 26

If you read one article, reflect over The Amish Understand a Life-Changing Truth about Technology by Michael Coren. For those of you with additional reading time this weekend, check out the following suggestions, gathered (as always) from around the interwebs. Think I missed sharing something important? Let me know in a comment below. Happy reading!

The Non-Denominational Reformation

Every 500 years or so in the history of the Christian church, a significant restructuring seems to take place. Around the year 500, a church council at Chalcedon published what most of Christendom calls the clearest explanation of orthodox Christology: Christ is one person with two natures. However, large swaths of Christians—the Oriental Orthodox (suchContinue reading “The Non-Denominational Reformation”

Mourning with Those Who Mourn

In what may be his most practical stretches of writing, Paul admonished the Roman church to “rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” in Romans 12:15.1 Modern Christians, as a whole, do a pretty good job with the first part of this verse. In just the past year I’ve celebrated birthdays, marriages,Continue reading “Mourning with Those Who Mourn”

Recommended Reading: May 12

If you read one article this week, engage Evangelical Gnosticism by Abigail Rine Favale For those of you with additional reading time this fine Spring day, check out the following selections, gathered from around the interwebs. Happy reading! Theology and Churchworld Lessons from the Worst Sermon I Ever Heard by Mike McKinley Pope Francis, Nondenominationalist?Continue reading “Recommended Reading: May 12”

Should I Hide When Mormons Come Knocking?

One of the great privileges of serving in the local church is the opportunity to hear intriguing questions from congregants. A couple of weeks ago, I had such an experience after talking about evangelism. The topic of door-to-door Mormon missionaries  came up, and eventually our conversation turned to how to interact with non-Christian missionaries—and ifContinue reading “Should I Hide When Mormons Come Knocking?”

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good.” He has blessed me with gifts beyond measure with many good things that I do not deserve. For my wife and daughter—brings or joys, lights of life—thank you Lord! For my family and friends—those you’ve placed in my life to guide, grow, and come alongside me—thankContinue reading “A Prayer of Thanksgiving”

Sermon-less Church: A Thought Experiment

“If you took away the sermon from your worship service, what sort of theology could you construct from what remains?” Sometime back, a Facebook friend shared this quote from Pastor Mark Jones and it got me thinking. What would a sermon-less church service look like? What messages and theology would it convey? Would we attend?Continue reading “Sermon-less Church: A Thought Experiment”

The Lord’s Prayer Rewritten

Papa God, Your reign above all of creation, you are beyond our capacity to approach. Let your power and reign come into our world, into our lives; let you plan and desire become our plans and desires; let our world become good, true, and beautiful like your paradise. Bless us beyond our wildest imagination, PapaContinue reading “The Lord’s Prayer Rewritten”