Why do we end the Lord's Prayer with these words, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen"?
The Seven Last Words Spoken by Jesus on the Cross
Holy Week's Poem, Prayer, Psalm, and Promise
A poem inspired by Philippians 2:5-11, which is read every year on the Sunday commemorating the Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week.
Hearts Made Full: My Sermon on Philippians 2:5-11, preached on Palm Sunday.
"Pray, and let God worry." - Martin Luther
Palm Sunday's Poem, Prayer, Psalm, and Promise
Reading this reflection was a true blessing for me, and I think that it will be for all who feel “spiritually weary.”
I don’t always “feel” spiritual.
Whatever that means.
Not only that, sometimes I feel positively unspiritual.
Again, whatever that means.
But maybe you can relate. You pray, but it feels like you’re talking to yourself. You read Scripture, but nothing springs out of the text as a joyful surprise or as a source of conviction. You go to church week after week, but wonder, “Is this it?” Your faith and church just doesn’t seem to be working for you like it once did.
I think if we’re honest, we all experience this sort of thing as Christians. Though possibly in different degrees. For some, the experience feels spiritually debilitating. Others have a short season of the spiritual blues.
There’s a word for this: Blah. Or maybe malaise. At more serious times, melancholy. It feels like God is absent. Theologically, it’s called by some “a dark night of…
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Today I join with many Christians in giving thanks for Oscar Romero, Bishop of El Salvador, a faithful and courageous servant of Christ who was assassinated on this day while celebrating Mass. Here are a few of my favorite quotes of his.
What Does It Mean to Pray “Deliver Us from Evil”? Here is my reflection on this question, as I continue my series on the Lord's Prayer.