Using “We” in Public Prayers

In their splendid book, Shaping the Prayers of the People, on intercessory prayers in corporate worship, Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher make a case that we need to be very careful about how we use the word “we.” They illustrate with five groups, for whom the “we” in the congregation/church/service might not apply: 1. Our [Read More...]

The Apprentice Institute

An announcement: Dallas Willard and Richard Foster opened the door for more Christians to explore the deep teachings of Christian spirituality in the great traditions of the church. Many of us have walked through that door and are discovering new insights for spiritual formation. One of the more profound insights for me is an ecclesial, [Read More...]

Praying for Others in Public

It’s called “intercession” or “intercessory prayers” when we pray for others, and when we do it in public it needs to be the sort of intercession that belongs in public. As a seminary student I had one professor whose opening prayers were of such significance that I wish they had gone into print, which of [Read More...]

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with [Read More...]

Fourth Sunday of Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Read more...]

Third Sunday of Easter

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Read more...]

Prayer for the Week

O  God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives [Read More...]

4 Problems for the Pastor. 2. Staleness

Here is how he frames the problem: “in the midst of all the pressures that are upon us, how can we not only overcome discouragement but maintain spiritual freshness?” So John Stott, in Problems of Christian Leadership (27). Here is Stott birdwatching in Belfast, and it appears that’s Tyler to his left. No specific passage, he [Read More...]

Authentic Faith is Honest Faith

An image of faith for the Christian is that once a person believes and gets matters settled between God and the self that person, if faithful, will ride smooth waters. Turbulent waters may be a challenge but the Christian will settle the turbulence by looking to the Lord. Turbulence, too, could be a sign of [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Read more...]


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