August 1, 2011

Luke 11:37-54 Christianity is a challenging religion because it’s a comprehensive one.  We don’t get to make choices about what to care about, because God cares about it all.  And so we don’t need to decide whether the body or the soul is more important because God created both, cares about both, and is redeeming both.  Likewise, we don’t need to make choices about whether to consider the outside or inside of our religion, because God cares about both. In… Read more

July 30, 2011

Luke 11:29-36 I once wrote a poem that began: “Why are there 7 holes in my head?” The answer to that question (in prosaic terms) is “To take in God and be transformed and show Him to the world.”  One way of looking at the purpose of mankind is to examine our lives in terms of being made in the image of God.  God created us in His image and placed us in His Garden (while the dew is still… Read more

July 29, 2011

Well, the cat’s out of the bag now: Rob Bell is officially a universalist.  To date, I’ve kept out of the arguments over the Emergent Church and the theology and methodology of Rob Bell. As a pastor, professor, teacher, and writer – and one who passionately loves Christ and cares about His gospel – I now feel compelled to give my evaluation – not of Rob Bell himself, but of what he’s written for all to see in “Love Wins.”… Read more

July 29, 2011

Give Us This Day is a unique daily devotional commentary for the entire New Testament based on the ancient method called lectio divina.  Lectio divina, or “divine reading,” is the method used by the early church and countless Christians through the centuries to read the Scriptures to form and transform the soul more than merely to inform the mind. Rather than writing a short devotional about a particular verse from a passage, Give Us This Day deals in depth with… Read more

July 29, 2011

Luke 11:14-28 You might remember the Ajax White Knight, clad in silver armor, mounted on a white steed, and galloping valiantly down neighborhood streets zapping dirty laundry with his magic white lance to the tune of “Stronger than Dirt.”  Apparently, the inspiration for the White Knight campaign originated in a dream that the ad creator, Joe Sacco, had one night. He saw a nightmarish world of housewives trapped in dungeons filled with dirty laundry, unable to escape the drudgery of… Read more

July 28, 2011

Luke 10:25-37 It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?… Please won’t you be my neighbor?   Hi neighbor! Perhaps no one more than Fred Rogers, Mr. Rogers, has made us all aware of the idea of being a neighbor.  Mr. Rogers had a certain friendly charm that invited people into his TV neighborhood.  But sitting safely at home, watching the TV, may not by itself make… Read more

May 1, 2011

Many daily devotional books seem to have the goal of offering the reader a small slice of comfort to help him through the day. This one is different. Using Bible readings from the daily lectionary of the Book of Common Prayer, Fr. Charles Erlandson sets forth a daily sermon accompanied by prayers and reflections. The zeal, the intensity of faith, and the intelligence of these messages are contagious. Praying these prayers and reflecting deeply on God’s Word in this way… Read more

April 5, 2011

Give Us This Day is lively, provocative, and engaging.  With it, Charles Erlandson has given us all good inducement to dig deep into the Word of Life.  Highly recommended.” George Grant, author of more than 50 books and pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, TN. Read more

March 27, 2011

Father Charles writes with the grace and wisdom that all seekers of God’s kingdom can faithfully identify with.  Give Us This Day has been pivotal in my daily discipline of shaping my heart and mind in His image. Darby Logan, long-time Give Us This Day reader Read more

February 27, 2011

I use Give Us This Day as a daily meditation in conjunction with my prayer discipline using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer Order for Morning Prayer.  I have found it to consistently glorify God, and spiritually substantive and edifying as part of my discipline. May God bless these meditations further for His glory and the good of His people. Fr. DeWayne Adams Ascension & St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Bridgeport, Texas Read more

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