September 10, 2005

This little series on prayer comes out of Praying with the Church: Developing a Personal Prayer Life, which I am hard at work on my off days now. The section I wrote yesterday, on hope, will be changed, as may this section today, on honesty. But here it is in its present shape. (more…) Read more

September 9, 2005

In this last in a (and Kris would say too) long (of a) series on how Jesus would understand being missional, I want to look at what is perhaps the most profound of all the ideas mentioned in Matthew 9:35-11:1. Those who are involved in missional work (which is really all of us to one degree or another) and who are especially in the frontiers called liminality are the presence of Christ to others. |inline Read more

September 8, 2005

The Psalms provide for us a complete picture of life’s journey before God. Walter Brueggemann sees three “phases” in the journey of life. Brueggemann calls these three phases orientation, disorientation, and new orientation. The important word for Brueggemann was disorientation, as I think both “orientation” and “new orientation” are bland descriptions for what we are actually going through. (more…) Read more

September 8, 2005

Lightning Atkinson, a student of mine who is praying and planning to plant a church with his wife Sara, now has a nice blogsite, called Churchbrew, and he has already put up some good ones. (more…) Read more

September 8, 2005

I will shortly begin a short series of four posts on the “The (inner journey) of a Prayerful Person,” which will be my take on four kinds of Psalms. This is a modification of Walter Brueggemann’s Spirituality of the Psalms. Read more

September 8, 2005

Full-scale missional work, as we see in Matthew 10:37-39, moves from love to sacrifice. He who loves anyone more than me, Jesus says, is not worthy of me. Anyone is clear, and a very forceful. But… (more…) Read more

September 7, 2005

If you like blogging as much as I do, it is worth the effort and cost to move over from a generic brand to WordPress. The change for me has been efficient and has permitted me a variety of new features, not the least of which is the Categories and the poll. Dave Anderson, from Bemus Point on the shores of Lake Chautauqua (western New York) built mine, and you can contact him through the e-mail link at the bottom… Read more

September 7, 2005

The original post and then a follow-up on what I labeled “grace grinding” has generated far more attention than I expected. There has been plenty of activity on my blog but also on others, including especially the Jolly Blogger. I’ve been asked to give some concrete examples, and so I do so here. (more…) Read more

September 7, 2005

Missional work can be divisive. It doesn’t have to be, often it is not, but sometimes it is. One of Jesus’ harder and harsher words is this: “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth — I did not come to bring peace but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). And often misunderstood, too. (more…) Read more

September 6, 2005

Lukas, my son, decided to try to run a half-marathon without training. Read his own story about it. Laura, my daughter, is running hers this weekend — only she’s been training for months. Read more

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