prayer from the cell “miss”

Those who are just so certain and push their certainty upon others... I often wonder what kind of a bubble they're living in.But then all I have to do is observe myself. All the motions of spirit have moved within me.We are all guilty of presumption, the desire to be irrefutable, the fear of the soon to come unknown.But even though, on the one hand, it is a terrible journey, it is on the other a terribly beautiful one. … [Read more...]

prayer from the cell: please stay

Religion generates a lot of business.But what if "God" isn't who or what we thought? What if we are marketing our fantasies?I honestly think that many of us won't "go there" because it would mean we'd have to radically change ourselves and our ways.It could mean a serious loss in revenue.Get my cartoon book that address issues like this one. "Nakedpastor101: Cartoons by David Hayward", from,, … [Read more...]

prayer from the cell: mutual masters

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prayer from the cell: knock

For most of Karl Barth's theological career he emphasized and fought for the Otherness of God and the desperate separation of humankind from him... how Christ and the cross was God's emphatic "NO!" to humankind and humankind's emphatic "NO!" to God.Later in his life, toward the end of his career, he softened. He began to emphasize more how Christ was God's "YES!" to humankind and humankind's "YES!" to God.Which is why I enjoy turning the verses.I published a book of cartoons that addresses … [Read more...]

prayer from the cell: satellite phone

Lisa and I had a long talk yesterday. I tried to express to her what I'm feeling. I will try to explain it to you all soon because I think it is important. But it's this sense that since I left the professional ministry and haven't gone to church I am getting further and further away from God's center of attention. In my mind I know this is bad theology. But after living for decades in the church where this is the presumption, it is hard to shake it. Sometimes I wonder if I ever will.Get fine … [Read more...]

prayer from the cell: disappointment

This is one of the main voices of Christianity and Christians. Maybe the main voice. And it should be. It is one of the main voices of the bible. Everything from the delay of the Parousia to the crashing of our own personal sense of justice... what should be compared to what actually is... gather to give voice to our bewilderment, confusion and disappointment.The bible says that Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before him. And Paul writes about the hope of joy. It is as though joy is … [Read more...]

prayer from the cell: airplanes wishes

Lisa and I have been catching ourselves singing this song. We both like it very much. It's from the song "Airplanes" by B.O.B. featuring Hayley Williams. The song is about returning to our original passion, the purity of our unsullied intention, the dream we used to have but lost. It's about abandoning the false self that others have shaped, the false self we ourselves have been complicit in fashioning, and coming back to truer selves. And that's something we've just made a decision to do. Lisa … [Read more...]

prayer from the cell: dead zone

There are times when there is absolute silence. The heavens are as brass. Our ears are deaf. We can never truly discern which one it is. If the Spirit is silent, all we can do is ride it out like a test. In any case, the best thing to do is to become self-aware. Do an interior examine of your mind. How have you shut down yourself? Has something within you died?Let's talk.My fine art prints of cartoons.My fine art.My t-shirts.I have an open image terms of use policy.Please join my … [Read more...]

prayer from the cell: for the beauty

I remember this hymn from the earliest years of my life. It's always been one of my favorites. Some years ago I realized it must be because it is in nature that I have the strongest sense of the Blessed. Especially at night with a clear sky and all the stars are shining. The atmosphere is absolutely full of Benediction.Last night Lisa and I dug out a bottle of wine we were keeping for a special time. It was a decent bottle: Rosemount Shiraz. We went out on our front patio overlooking the … [Read more...]

prayer from the cell: promise

There are some who long for the past. There are others who long for the future. The promise brings these two and unites then in the present. The present isn't full of fulfillment. Instead, it is full of our contentment, our satisfaction. Our gratitude. My image terms of use policy. Please join my newsletter by clicking here. … [Read more...]