Teach Me, O God

Teach me, O God, to use all the circumstances of my life today to nurture the fruits of the Spirit rather than the fruits of sin. Let me use disappointment as material for patience;Let me use success as material for thankfulness;Let me use anxiety as material for perseverance;Let me use danger as material for courage;LetContinue reading “Teach Me, O God”

A Prayer for Today

Let me face what you send with the strength you supply;When you make what I do effective, help me to ensure that your word is effective in my heart;When you call me to go through the dark valley, do not let me persuade myself that I know a way around;Help me not to refuse anyContinue reading “A Prayer for Today”

Will There Be Scars in Eternity?

Last week, I wrote about my journey of healing from my heart episode this past winter and how thinking about my PTSD experience like a burn on my leg has been a helpful way for me to conceptualize my experience. I ended by saying that, someday, my mental scar will be all that remains ofContinue reading “Will There Be Scars in Eternity?”

Like a Burn on My Leg

Since my heart episode and subsequent surgery this winter, I’ve been in counseling. (Yes, a pastor has been in counseling. But that’s a different subject for a different post.) It’s been hard. It’s been eyeopening. It’s been helpful. It’s reaffirmed my belief that people benefit from someone walking with them when they’re experiencing hard times.Continue reading “Like a Burn on My Leg”

Endgame and the End

A version of this post originally appeared at Conciliar Post. Disney+ is something of a temptation, especially for those of us who are Star Wars and Marvel nerds. Want to binge your absolute favorite shows? Now, I don’t even have to find my DVDs–they’re right on my phone or TV in HD perfection. This hadContinue reading “Endgame and the End”

O God Our Refuge

Some more prayers for this morning: “O God, who has been the refuge of my fathers through many generations, be my refuge today in every time and circumstance of need. Be my guide through all that is dark and doubtful. Be my guard against all that threatens my spirit’s welfare. Be my strength in timeContinue reading “O God Our Refuge”

“Give Us Grace to Hold You…”

Another prayer from The Oxford Book of Prayer, this time from Fr. Gilbert Shaw: Lord, give us grace to hold you when all is weariness and fear and sin abounds within, without when love itself is tested by the doubt… that love is false, or dead within the soul, when every act brings new confusion,Continue reading ““Give Us Grace to Hold You…””

A Lament (Psalm 48)

I am depressed, O God. I see no end to this cycle of sadness. People tell me: “Everything will be all right,” but it isn’t and it won’t be. The quote Paul to me: “All things work together for good for those who love God.” Don’t I love you? Wasn’t I brought up in yourContinue reading “A Lament (Psalm 48)”

What is the Purpose of the Local Church?

This post originally appeared as a contribution to a Round Table discussion at Conciliar Post. Any full discussion of the church—in either its New Testament or current forms—demands more space than a round table affords. Accordingly, I want to focus on two central characterizations of what the New Testament Church seemed to be and howContinue reading “What is the Purpose of the Local Church?”