Where Jesus Prayed

I am happy to have the chance to participate in the Patheos Book Club about Danielle Shroyer’s book Where Jesus Prayed: Illuminating the Lord’s Prayer in the Holy Land. I was eager to participate, since I’ve been to the Holy Land multiple times, and will be leading a group of students traveling there again next [Read More...]

The Swahili of Baba Yetu

Gamers have been fascinated by the lyrics to Baba Yetu, Christopher Tin’s award-winning music for the video game Civilization IV, for more than a decade. When the song was first released, there were attempts to transcribe and translate the lyrics, with some comical results – such as where someone thought the lyrics at one point [Read More...]

Baba Yetu

I’ve mentioned the song Baba Yetu before. It is music from the game Civilization IV, and the words are the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili. This a capella version by Peter Hollens with Malukah is a nice arrangement. Now that I am diving into learning Swahili, I should probably apply something that has proven helpful with [Read More...]

PhD Student’s Prayer

From PHD Comics. [Read more...]

The Disciples’ Prayer

Several people have been blogging about a book that I mentioned when I read a draft of it about a year ago. The book is by Jeffrey Gibson, and the title is The Disciples’ Prayer: The Prayer Jesus Taught in Its Historical Setting. Jim Spinti offered some brief thoughts on the book, and Loren Rosson offers a [Read More...]

Baba Yetu (Civ IV Lord’s Prayer)

Jeff Carter drew my attention to the music in the above video, which is the Civilization IV theme song. The text is the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili. It is interesting to consider that, juxtaposed with the events and possibilities of human history depicted in the game, and the opening question in the video: What will [Read More...]

Theodicy and Thanksgiving

Last Sunday in my sunday school class, we talked about prayer. Perennial questions came up, the most pressing of which was how to avoid having prayers asking for help, and giving thanks for good fortune, become things that cause harm to those around you. It is ultimately the same issue that got Job’s friends into [Read More...]

Sauron is Going After Christians on Amazon.com

I suppose one could call it the lord’s prayer…but the “lord” in “Lord of the Rings” is usually considered to be a different “lord” than the one in “Lord’s Prayer.” [Read more...]

Students’ Prayer

Jeffrey Gibson has emphasized that the Lord's Prayer ought to be called the disciples' prayer. And I discussed recently in my Sunday school class the suggestion (inspired by his interpretation of the prayer) that the final/penultimate petition traditionally rendered as “lead us not into temptation” could in fact mean “Do not lead us into the [Read More...]

What is Sin? (Virtual Sunday School)

Last Sunday in my Sunday school class, we reached the part of the Lord’s Prayer that asks for forgiveness of sins/debts/trespasses. Among the topics which came up, and to which we would have returned today if all church events had not been cancelled due to the severe winter weather, were the question of what “sin” [Read More...]

Bread and Bullying

Zainab Khan has a guest post on the Patheos blog AltMuslim, about a bullying volunteer at a mosque school. If you read the post, I think you will recognize the situation, whether from a mosque, church, or secular setting. Often we allow our institutions to be held hostage by volunteers and donors – we become [Read More...]