Christian Faith · Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing

Christ is Building His Kingdom with Earth’s Broken Things

Christ is building His kingdom with earth’s broken things. Human beings want only the strong, the successful, the victorious, the unbroken, in building their kingdoms; but God is the God of the unsuccessful, of those who have failed. Heaven is filling with earth’s broken lives, and there is no bruised reed that Christ cannot take… Continue reading Christ is Building His Kingdom with Earth’s Broken Things

Christian Faith · Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing · Prayer

Hold Us Up Against Our Sins

Father in Heaven! Hold not our sins up against us but hold us up against our sins so that the thought of You when it wakens in our soul, and each time it wakens, should not remind us of what we have committed but of what You did forgive, not of how we went astray… Continue reading Hold Us Up Against Our Sins

Christian Faith · Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing · Prayer

Holding Up the Life of Another Before God

From Douglas Steere’s book, Prayer and Worship, comes this excerpt on intercessory prayer: When we hold up the life of another before God, when we expose it to God’s love, when we pray for its release from drowsiness, for the quickening of its inner health, for the power to throw off a destructive habit, for… Continue reading Holding Up the Life of Another Before God

Christian Faith · Prayer

Lancelot Andrewes: Prayers that Lift the Mind Up to God

Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626) is cherished for his prayers that have been preserved for us from his own private devotions. Here is a selection that we might use this week as a call from our own hearts. I believe in you, O God, Father, Word, Spirit—one God. I believe that by your Fatherly love all things… Continue reading Lancelot Andrewes: Prayers that Lift the Mind Up to God

Politics

Ben Carson, the Media, and Word Pretzeling

Some media outlets and some of my friends on Facebook have been in an uproar over comments made by Ben Carson at a Monday meeting with Housing and Urban Development employees. They have expressed outrage over Dr. Carson’s use of the word “immigrant” to refer to slaves brought, in cargo holds, to the United States. “There were other immigrants who came here… Continue reading Ben Carson, the Media, and Word Pretzeling

Christian Faith · Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing · The Church

Sunday’s Palms Are Wednesday’s Ashes

Sunday’s palms are Wednesday’s ashes as another Lent begins; Thus we kneel before the Maker in contrition for our sins. We have marred baptismal pledges, in rebellion gone astray; Now returning, seek forgiveness; grant us pardon, God, this day! We have failed to love our neighbors, their offenses to forgive, Have not listened to their… Continue reading Sunday’s Palms Are Wednesday’s Ashes

Christian Faith · Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing · The Church

Converts to Christ Who Are Not Disciples of Christ

Richard Foster writes: “Perhaps the greatest malady in the Church today is converts to Christ who are not disciples of Christ–a clear contradiction in terms. This malady affects everything in church life and in large measure accounts for the low level of spiritual nutrients in our local congregations. To counter this sad state of affairs,… Continue reading Converts to Christ Who Are Not Disciples of Christ