We all know that you can’t print the word “Threepeat” on a t-shirt without paying Pat Riley. Well, now you cannot drop to a knee, put your fist to your forehead, and pray, without potentially being sued by Tim Tebow. How they will enforce, this, I have no idea:
Dropping to a knee like Tim Tebow might cost you now.
The New York Jets backup quarterback has officially trademarked “Tebowing,” the move in which he goes down on one knee and holds a clenched fist against his forehead while praying during games. After Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a series of fourth-quarter comeback victories last season, “Tebowing” swept the country — with actor Robert Downey Jr. even doing it at the Oscars.
Read the rest: Tim Tebow prevails in trademarking ‘Tebowing’.
This week’s Question That Haunts Christianity, Andrew challenged us with a question not so much theological, biblical, or historical in nature. Instead, his question is spiritual and, ultimately, existential:
Why do I not experience God like I have been taught I should? Why don’t I hear his “voice?” … If Christianity is for real, why am I not able to have experiences of God?
Ayayay. In many ways, Andrew’s question is the toughest one we’ve tackled yet. When it comes to issues of Heaven or the inclusion/exclusion of the Gnostic Gospels, I can reiterate long-standing arguments, even if I argue with aspects of them. Not so much with this one. For Andrew’s question, I need to answer from the heart.
Since I’m writing a book on prayer, I’ve been thinking a lot about the subject. So has Texas pastor Rick Scarborough. The pastor-genius behind the Rick Perry prayer rally “The Response:” has now launched a 40-day prayer-fast to save America. It starts this Friday and runs, coincidentally, until election day.
Over to you, Stephen,
The readers of this blog have been extremely helpful as I’ve worked through issues around prayer, in preparation for my next book, Why Pray? Thanks to those of you who answered Do You Pray? and for those who told me about a time when God Answered Your Prayer. (Those are still open, if you’d care to contribute.)
Now, I’m interested in hearing When God Did Not Answer Your Prayer? And also, what you did with God’s non-response? That is, how did you reconcile your understanding of God with God’s silence in the face of your request?
Aloud, that is. That’s my contribution to the Pomomusings series, “(Re)Imaging Chrisitianity:
This post is part of an ongoing blog series on Pomomusings entitled “(Re)Imagining Christianity.”
What is one belief, practice or element of Christianity that must die so that Christianity can move forward and truly impact the world in the next 100 years?
What is one belief, practice or element of Christianity that we must hold onto and live out more fully so that Christianity can move forward and truly impact the world in the next 100 years?
I’m going to keep this brief: I think that we should stop having spoken prayers in worship services.
Read the rest of my post here: Tony Jones on (Re)Imagining Christianity – Pomomusings.
I’m hard at work on a book about prayer. I’m trying to establish a reasonable, rational explanation of why we should pray. About what prayer accomplishes. About what effect prayer has on the Divine.
One of the things it seems I have to get over is my very human predilection to understand things by cause-and-effect.
I’m not the first one to tackle this, of course. David Hume thought a lot about cause-and-effect, including this famous billiard ball analogy:
Today, I’m starting a new book. It’s tentatively titled, Why Pray?, and it’s going to be my attempt answer this question for myself. It’s a question that, quite honestly, I don’t have an answer for. I hope that by the end of writing the book, I will.
If you pray, you’ve probably got an answer. I’d like to hear it. You can comment here, or in subsequent posts. You can answer my questions on Facebook. You can tweet me an answer using the hashtag #whypray. You can also join and follow the story I’m building using Storify.
Truly, I’d love your help. Thanks.
She has said to me in private almost exactly what she said in answer to a question on Rachel Held-Evans’s blog, that a Christian who uses practices or theology from the Orthodox tradition without converting to wholehearted Orthodoxy is, in effect, making a fresh slower arrangement. Here’s the Q and the A, with my response below:
This sponsored post is part of the Patheos Book Club on Richard Foster’s new book, Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer. This edition of the book club also includes some video responses from the author.
One of my dearest friends, Mark Scandrette, was in town earlier this week. Mark is, dare I say it, the Richard Foster of my generation and tribe of Christianity. He’s a guru of spiritual formation, as seen in his new book — though, I must say, Mark’s got a much more urban edge than the spiritual formation gurus of the past generation.
Anyway, Mark and I spent most of Monday catching up, talking about our lives and our careers. By the end of the day, Mark challenged me to start writing more personally, about what has gone on in my life lately, about how I’ve gotten through it.
The last few years have been, in short, rife with struggle. Divorce, foreclosure, custody battles, financial troubles have all confronted me. There’s also been new love, new friendships, and new opportunities. I won’t be writing about the details of these things, but Mark thinks I should write about what has happened to my soul during these times.