Something about fasting…

With Lent right around the corner, I’ve been thinking that now would be a good time to rummage through my old attic of spiritual disciplines, pull out an oft-forgotten item, dust it off, and put it to use again.  So I fasted yesterday. CONFESSION – You will be hard-pressed to find a…

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Praying with Jesus #9: On Eating (Pt 2 of 2)

There is more to be said, however, on “give us this day our daily bread” (see here for part 1 of this post). As we have already seen, Jesus’ mention of “bread” provokes the remembrance of miracle bread (manna) on the desert floor for the Israelites each day during their…

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“Always protects…” :: Some Thoughts on Richard Roberts

Early this morning, the former president of Oral Roberts University, Richard Roberts, was arrested on a DUI charge.  He was released on an $1,100 bail just a few hours ago. Richard, who served as president of ORU for 15 years, resigned his post in 2007 amid charges of corruption and…

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Praying with Jesus #8: On Eating… (Pt 1 of 2)

Jesus’ prayer thus far has taken us on a journey that radically decentralizes the “self”.  We are called to approach God not first of all in a spirit of “gab”, blabbering on and on to God about whatever happens to pop into our heads, and neither with a laundry list…

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Praying with Jesus #7: The Kingdom

The first “requests” of the Lord’s Prayer are three, set in parallel: Hallowed be Thy Name Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done Parallelism is a common rhetorical device in Greek.  It is largely to indicate that we are talking about the same thing, but from a variety of viewpoints,…

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Praying with Jesus #6: Hallowing the Divine Name…

Now that we’ve got the “To Whom” we pray part down (“Our Father who art in heaven”), Jesus begins to teach us the “For What” of prayer.  And it is noteworthy what he calls us to pray for: hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done On…

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Praying with Jesus #5: Always near us…

“Our Father, who art in heaven…” is how Jesus begins his teaching on prayer.  Interesting that Jesus thinks it’s important that we know the location of the God to whom we pray.  He is “in heaven.” And with that phrase we find ourselves in a bit of a situation.  Praying…

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Praying with Jesus #3: As to a Father…

What is your view of God like?  Austere, remote, distant?  Unapproachable, unimaginable, vague?  Micromanaging, autocratic, tyrannical?  Petty, fault-finding, judgmental?  Angry, ill-tempered, irascible?  Disinterested, dispassionate, impersonal? How we see God will condition how we pray, for better or for worse.  Jesus knows this.  Hence, he does not assume we know to…

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