The Listening Life

Kris and I were at lunch at Kent and Elizabeth Keith’s home in Honolulu that led to a conversation with Elizabeth, a professor, about language acquisition. One of her points was that early in our life we factor out specific sounds that are not useful in our culture. Hence, I cannot “hear” the variations in [Read More…]

Prayer for the New Year

Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of [Read More…]

Permission to Ponder

The only reason to read her book is if you have time — or if you need to have time — or if you want to have time. Perhaps you don’t have time, and perhaps this is reminder that you do need to take time, time to ponder and pray and contemplate. This is why [Read More…]

Advent Sunday Prayer

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to [Read More…]

Prayer in the Earliest Church

Christian prayer is adaptation of Jewish prayer so understanding Jewish prayer is vital to understanding Christian prayer. Andrew McGowan tantalizes (only slightly) when he opens his chapter on prayer with this: A minority religious group provokes curiosity among their neighbors, lot least because of their habits concerning ritual and prayer. Their women are conspicuously veiled; [Read More…]

St Francis Sunday

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, Grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world, that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one [Read More…]

What are “Vain Repetitions”? (John Frye)

Vain Repetition? Really? (by John Frye) When I was a new Christian I was immersed in a very conservative Bible-oriented church. Unfettered legalism was peddled as godliness. For example, we, as teens, weren’t allowed to drink soda from cans (bottles were being phased out for soda) because others might think we were drinking beer. Alcohol [Read More…]

Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, Who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [Read More…]

A New Perspective Anglican Ponders a Presbyterian’s Luther

This is not an April Fools day post. It’s a post appreciating the greatness of Martin Luther, with whom I’ve had my own struggles. I, of course, love his accomplishment in the Protestant Reformation, wish more would be made on the part of many in seeing how political that movement actually was, think his posing [Read More…]

The Praying Heart (by John Frye)

The Praying Heart As a person and as a pastor, I have struggled with developing a daily practice of prayer. Countless people have talked to me over the years about this same challenge. I have preached sermons on prayer, read books on prayer (including Scot McKnight’s book Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, [Read More…]