As we start this New Year I can think of no prayer that I would rather pray than the high priestly blessing. Not only does it serve as my prayer for each of you today, but in her book Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters Carmen Imes has talked about the fact that this … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 1/1/2020
Thank you so much for joining me this year! As we get ready to start a New Year I took a look back at this year's most popular posts. If you're relatively new to my blog, here are a few "old favorites" that keep getting visitors: My Son Needed the Love of the Church. I … Continue reading The 5 Most Popular Posts of 2019
Merry Christmas! Today I pray that your day is filled with wonder and awe at the gift of the Incarnation of our loving God. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 12/25/2019
Maybe our frequent cultural conception of sin as being simply personal, something between me and my God, needs to be reconsidered. Even if my sin doesn't have an impact on another person, how is the body harmed when I am not fully experiencing the work of the Spirit in transforming me into the image of Jesus?
As Christmas draws ever closer, we turn to the theme of joy. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 12/18/2019
The practices of self-examination and confession help us to see the ways in which we contribute to a fallen world, but they also invite us to take these things to our God who makes all things new, bringing life from death.
Different traditions focus on slightly different themes during Advent. Last week, we focused on hope. This week, we turn to the theme of preparation. A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3 NIV Father, we may not … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 12/11/2019