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Common Prayer

Common Prayer

Liturgy for ordinary radicals… Hold that thought. Prayer is not what makes us Christian. In fact, just about every religion I’ve studied includes some form of ‘prayer’. I suspect a case could be made to show that even atheists pray if only to themselves through self-talk. Unfortunately for most Protestant Evangelical Christians who think they […]

Stuttering Prayer

Stuttering Prayer

 Our souls are deeply connected to God and each other through the indwelling of God’s Spirit. Yet, too often, this connection gets buried under obligations, routines, and distractions–we lose sight of our truest self. That disconnection leads to all sorts of things–the most obvious is feeling lonely or empty. Unfortunately, the most obvious thing we […]

Thirsty for More

Thirsty for More

“O God, I have tasted Your goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more.  I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace.  I am ashamed of my lack of desire.  O God, the triune God, I want to want You; I long to be filled with longing; I […]

Lukewarm Christians in Heaven?

Lukewarm Christians in Heaven?

Rev. 3:15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot!  16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth! ________________________________________ “As I see it, a lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron; there’s not […]

Saturday night review

Saturday night review

Before too much time passes from this past Saturday evening I thought I would raise a few questions for us to ponder as we move forward.   At what point during our sharing did you feel most engaged? What was happening at that point?  Was it something someone said or did? Of those who shared, […]

My False Self

My False Self

“When we play god in our lives, [our union with God is lost] (see Col. 3:3).  We become autonomous, self-referenced (self-centered) being who have abandoned the center of our true identity in God.  We objectify or identify our self apart from God.”  (M. Robert Mulholland, The Deeper Journey, p. 28)  I call it Christian atheism.  […]

“If the Lord wills”

“If the Lord wills”

Last night, chatting with the middle schoolers, I decided to simply focus on James 4:13-17.  We all agreed that the topic was one none of us wanted to actually discuss.  Jared was pretty sure he never thinks about dying and both Jille and Katie agreed that was not very interesting.  And since tonight’s subject was […]

I want more…

I want more…

“I want more.  Please!” The whole room gasps as Oliver Twist timidly walks to the font of the room and asks for more.  All eyes are on him.  Hopeful, angry, cynical, confused, shocked.  Each hiding his (or her) own secret desire. Quite frankly, I don’t remember much else from that scene.  I was not much […]

It’s about time…

It’s about time…

My life’s work is supposed to be about people.  Like a pastor, I enter people’s lives for a time noticing the contours of their soul, the formation or deformation of Christ within.  Somewhere in there I ask questions and make observations eventually challenging and hopefully disrupting their beliefs about God and what He is about […]

Don’t be Fooled…

Don’t be Fooled…

The Light of the Gospel is greatly needed to break into this desperately dark place….. Don’t let the tourist travel brochures fool you…. Symbolism and beliefs behind Thai blood protest When Thai red-shirt opposition protesters spilled their own blood at key locations in Bangkok, they were not just making a show for the TV cameras, […]