October 23, 2017

Against Sermonic, Neo-Puritan Prayers

As usual, John Piper’s theological and (I assume) pastoral instincts have led him to speak publicly about the hurricanes that have brought such chaos and damage upon our part of the world recently. Piper’s pronouncements have not turned out well in the past, from my perspective. At least this time, he gave us a prayer […]

A Worker’s Prayer for Labor Day 2017

• • • A Worker’s Prayer for Labor Day 2017

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (5)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Five Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ Paul’s primary […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: March 24, 2017

From a 2007 post by Michael Spencer What do you do when God answers your prayers? I am a fairly consistent reader and user of the Book of Psalms in my devotional life and worship leadership. Along the way, I’ve noticed that many of the Psalms are prayer or report episodes of prayer in the […]

Psalms Week: Lives Built Around Praying the Psalms

My primary (and very limited) experience with praying the Psalms communally is with the Trappist monks at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. They pray the Psalms seven times a day, and cover the entire Psalter every two weeks. So you can imagine that the words and sentiments of the Psalms have become part of the very […]

Merton: “Full of the racket of my imperfections and passions”

• • • You have made my soul for Your peace and Your silence, but it is lacerated by the noise of my activity and my desires. My mind is crucified all day by its own hunger for experience, for ideas, for satisfaction. And I do not possess my house in silence. But I was […]

A Simple Trinity Prayer

In my email I receive and collect Richard Rohr’s daily meditations. I highly recommend them, and you can subscribe HERE. Fr. Rohr’s new book, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation will be available October 4, 2016. You can pre-order at thedivinedance.org). In his daily meditations, Rohr is currently exploring ideas and themes about the Trinity from this forthcoming publication. In […]

A Lament for Lahore’s Children

Today we weep for Lahore, her children and families, and all who love peace. The Easter bombing of a playground in Lahore, Pakistan has brought the subject of Christian persecution to the forefront of the world’s attention, because the group responsible for it claimed that they were targeting Christians. The horrific attack is one more event in […]

A Prayer for Resurrection Sunday

A Prayer for Resurrection Sunday Hail thee, festival day! Blest day to be hallowed forever; Day when our Lord was raised, breaking the kingdom of death. All the fair beauty of earth from the death of the winter arising! Every good gift of the year now with its master returns. Rise from the grave now, […]

A Good Friday Prayer by Michael Spencer

Master, this day is our day to stand and look. To be amazed and disturbed. This is a day to put away glad songs, and to see the terrible cost of our salvation. This is also a day to believe and to know what is demanded in the Great Exchange at the heart of the […]