“Pray Without Ceasing…” [Awkward Christian Signs]

Pray Without Ceasing

I was talking recently to some friends about the nature of prayer, and what it might mean to pray without ceasing (a topic that might merit some reflection on this blog in the near future), but while we were talking, some of them pointed me to this nearby sign...I'm sure the sign is merely a product of careless inattention to what is being said... (which is bad enough in itself) BUT it also stands as a powerful sort of reminder of the many shortcuts we take in our Western Christianity, and how we reduce the Gospel to fit our convenience.  Such shortcuts were a key impetus in John and I … [Read more...]

Prayer and the Contingencies of Life.

This post is (sort of) a follow-up to my recent post Becoming the Exploited Ones?A life of ceaseless prayer is key to moving in the direction that I described in the post mentioned above...But what does it mean to pray without ceasing?I have long thought that the spirit of prayer is "not my will but thine be done," as Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. But recently, I've been reflecting on what Jesus's prayer might mean.Life is full of contingencies, of things that could possibly go wrong.  The nature of modern Western cukture is to eliminate as many of the contingencies … [Read more...]

A Prayer for Slow Churches from Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero

I was recently reminded of this prayer from Oscar Romero and thought that it was a lovely theological meditation on what it means to be a slow church. It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings … [Read more...]


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