• Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

    lenten journal: if darwin prayed

    by  • April 13, 2011 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    If you haven’t heard, Rob Bell has written a book. I haven’t read it, but he apparently has a lot of nerve claiming God loves everyone. What I have read are any number of blog posts, articles, and straight out rants claiming that Bell’s argument that Hell might not exist is not just wrong...

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    sunday sonnet #10

    by  • October 25, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    This week’s parable was the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector who came to pray (Luke 18:9-14). I was struck, in the sermon, by the idea that both men missed the mark by clinging so tightly to their view of the world, rather than praying for eyes to see what God might...

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    sunday sonnet #9

    by  • October 18, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    The text today was the parable of the unjust judge (Luke 18:1-8). The story is not an easy one. One of the main things I took away from this morning was a big part of the call to live like Jesus lies in our persistence. The widow just wouldn’t give up until she got...

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    lenten journal: what the kids said

    by  • March 11, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I can’t say I have ever heard God speak out loud, but I think I’ve come close. Whatever God’s voice actually sounds like, I think I come close to hearing it when our children lead worship. Last Sunday, they led our call to worship by lining up in front of the Communion table and...

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    lenten journal: worship guide

    by  • March 1, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    there’s a liturgy to our lifethat begins with breakfastcereal, coffee, cinnamon toast some days the invocationis offered by public radioand others we speak ourselves we exchange the readingof our calendars, listing ourobligations and appointments and talk of when we willcome home to one anotheranswering the altar call to return and to rememberour hope is...

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    I would like to say something

    by  • January 13, 2010 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    about the images of buildings lyingflat on top of people, of survivorssleeping in the streets becauseroofs no longer symbolize safety; about those who sit snugly instudios and speak for God withungodly arrogance and ignorance,and those who are helping quietly; about the helplessness that hauntsmy heart on nights like this, whenthe best I can do...

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    check yourself before you wreck yourself

    by  • January 6, 2010 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    Today was one of the first days in a long time that I had some morning traveling time: I had to drive to Cary, about twenty miles away, for an appointment with my eye doctor, which meant I got to drive home with my eyes dilated and NPR on the radio. I only stopped...

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    a prayer for the new year

    by  • December 30, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Early in the morning I’m getting on a plane for Austin, Texas to go and both say goodbye to and celebrate the life of my friend David Gentiles. I fly back to Durham early Thursday. As I was trying to find words for my final post of the year (since I don’t imagine getting...

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    weighting room

    by  • October 16, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    it’s not the same you know waiting in linewaiting for the phone to ringwaiting (waiting) for the world to change tonight I am not passing timeor fostering impatienceI am waiting for newsNo – I am weighting for newstime is not passingtime is falling in layerseach one heavier than the lasteach one heavy with hopeand...

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    worth passing along

    by  • October 11, 2009 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    It’s not often I quote something without a post to go with it, but time is short today and this is worth passing along. From Pedro Arrupe: Nothing is more practical than finding God,that is, than falling in lovein a quite absolute, final way What you are in love with,what seizes your imagination,will affect...

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