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…]

Prayer for the Week

Gracious Father, Whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP [Read more…]

Faith-Sustaining Factors

Here’s the big idea for this post: “No model of youth ministry or set of practices can substitute for a congregation-wide commitment to young people.”  So if you want to know whom to blame — it is not the youth pastor, the parents, or the youth. The solution to creating faith-sustaining churches is a church [Read More…]

Thoughts on Spiritual Formation

Let us say you think Christians ought to progress in some ways toward a deeper spiritual maturity over time. Let us agree that in general we can gain a good glimpse of what maturity looks like. Let us then also agree that we can work toward developing a plan for each of us to become more spiritually [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns [Read More…]

Epiphany of Epiphanies

O God, Who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and [Read More…]

An Old Idea Returns

I was talking with a pastor not that long ago who told me the most intense problem in their church fellowship was what he called an evangelical kind of “pietism,” which term for him described those who come to church, are good people, but who want to be left alone as they are and not [Read More…]

House of Prayer (John Frye)

This second post on the Psalms will consider three more types of prayers/songs. A quick reminder: we find ourselves in the Psalms, for sure, but we also find others (and ‘the other’) and, most of all, we find the sometimes apparently missing God. Because life is not static, but constantly moving, we find in the [Read More…]

The House of Prayer

Psalms: The House of Prayer- Part 1 (by John Frye) I have been pondering Eugene H. Peterson’s comment that his “primary educational task as pastor was to teach people to pray” (The Contemplative Pastor, 96). Peterson, like many other wise spiritual directors, points us to the Psalms. “The Psalms make it possible to say things [Read More…]