A community of prayer

Community of Prayer

Jesus tells us not to pray in public. But he doesn’t teach us to pray by ourselves.The Lord addresses this in the Sermon on the Mount. Right after saying that we shouldn't call attention to our charity, but rather do it in secret, Jesus tells his disciples to pray the same way. "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites," he says; "for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. . . . But when you pray, go into your r … [Read more...]

Celebrating faithful mothers

Celebrating Mothers

The most obvious thing to do with mothers is to celebrate them.I watch my Megan day in and out striving to raise, nurture, encourage, protect, correct, and prepare our kids. It's a humbling thing to behold. When I say that I couldn't do it, I say the obvious. When I say that she does, I speak of the miraculous.God has a special concern for mothers, something apparent in both the Bible and the memory of the church, which tell the story of so many noteworthy mothers. Just start with the … [Read more...]

Trusting God in trying times

Trusting God in trying times

The Apostles Peter and Paul both spent time in the hoosegow. While both were jailed for the sake of the Gospel, I find it interesting that they passed their time in different ways. Peter slept. Paul sang.In the first instance, as Luke records in Acts 12, Herod "laid violent hands" upon the Christians. He killed James, the brother of John, and then jailed Peter. … [Read more...]

Less happiness, more joy

Less happiness and more joy

There has been a lot of serious psychological and neurobiological research on happiness in recent years, sussing out and measuring its elusive components. The findings are occasionally popularized for lifestyle magazines and newspapers; though if you desire to really stay abreast you can subscribe to peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journals on the field.I’m sure some of this works is quite good and helpful, but I’m also pretty sure that we’re too focused on happiness, particularly at the popu … [Read more...]

Following Jesus in the Psalms

Christ Preaching at Capernaum

Jesus tells us to pick up our cross and follow him, and he makes a striking provision for us in the Psalms to do so. The Psalter—in its own way as much as the Gospels—sums up Christ’s life and work while also making that life and work something with which we can identify in a powerful way. … [Read more...]

Giving thanks always

give thanks for everything

Life, to quote that neglected philosopher Tonio K., is “a fiery ordeal.” Sometimes it’s easy. Most of the time, it’s not. But when life’s tough, it’s often tougher still to do the one thing we’re urged in Scripture over and again: To give thanks.We’re all well aware of the verses. Ephesians 5: "giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father. . . . " 1 Thessalonians 5: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances. . . ." And the money shot, Philippians 4: “R … [Read more...]


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