The Prayers of Flannery O’Connor

The prayer journals of Flannery O’Connor are being published next week and were recently excerpted in the New Yorker, and over at Slate, Marian Ryan is writing about them, and her own struggle: I’m jealous of Flannery O’Connor, though she’s been dead nearly 50 years. I envy her not only because she was brilliant, the maker of [Read More...]

A Prayer for the Beginning of the School Year

My friend Kari is a school librarian, and she recently posted a prayer for the beginning of the school year. My school year starts tomorrow, and I’ll wager you know at least one person who needs a bit of prayer to start off the year well – teachers, administrators, and students: Ready or not, our [Read More...]

Prayer at the Movies

Did you see The East this summer? Neither did I, but in Christianity Today Patton Dodd says that the overlooked, gritty thriller was all about prayer: Efficacious prayer isn’t The East‘s message; it’s just the film’s basic narrative assumption. A first-act prayer determinesThe East‘s trajectory no less than it drives Frank Capra’s beloved holiday noir It’s a Wonderful Life(1946). [Read More...]

Astounding Freedom: A Reflection for Independence Day

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12 Today is Independence Day in the United States. On this day, commonly called The Fourth of July, we Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the final wording [Read More...]


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