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...]

Benefit of the Doubt

Many learn that the best faith is certaintist faith, that doubt is the worst kind of failure, and that when in doubt one should pluck up the courage to believe. Greg Boyd, in what will surely become a standard point of departure for conversations about faith and doubt, Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of [Read More...]

Dallas Willard: Proto-Evangelical

Let us agree that one way of talking about evangelicalism is to speak to five themes: Bible, conversion, cross, evangelistic and social activism, and its focus on salvation. How did Dallas Willard fit into these major themes? This is the question Gary Black Jr asks in The Theology of Dallas Willard: Discovering Protoevangelical Faith. I cannot [Read More...]

Prayer for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost

We are in what the church calendar calls Ordinary Time. Here is the prayer for today: Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily [Read More...]

The Next Jonathan Edwards (Interpreter)

In my life four theologians have illuminated Edwards the most for me. George Marsden in his classic biography, Gerry McDermott (along with Michael McClymond, but I’ve talked Edwards with Gerry for a number of years), John Piper’s singular focus on the glory of God as mediated through Edwards and now, one of the next interpreters [Read More...]

A Wake-Up in Prayer

A short story about prayer by none other than the cynical Mark Twain reminds us that prayer has consequences or implications, and those consequences or implications perhaps need to be kept in mind when we ponder our petitions. You may know Mark Twain’s mono-eyed “The War Prayer,” but if you don’t here’s a full version [Read More...]

Prayerbooks: Our Teacher

I’m curious: What is your practice when it comes to the use of set prayers? Do you pray through a psalm or the Psalms? Do you pray with prayer books? Do you, as Kris and I do, use prayer books like Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime? Which are your favorites if you do use prayer [Read More...]

CS Lewis on Prayer — Audio

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

O God, who before the passion of your only­begotten 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 reigns [Read More...]

Mud and the Masterpiece

One of my favorite pastors in the USA is John Burke in Austin TX at Gateway Church. John wrote a book sometime back called No Perfect People Allowed, a book that told stories about how his church was formed by imperfect people finding the grace of God and forgiveness in the face of Jesus. So I [Read More...]