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The National Day of Prayer is recognized in Columbia, Tennessee, where I serve First Presbyterian Church as pastor; and so, thanks to the Kiwanis Club, I was invited to join a group of religious and civic leaders to pray on the steps of the courthouse.
It was a beautiful day; the sun was shining. I said a nice prayer for commerce. That was the general area my prayer was to cover--then there were prayers for schools, for those who serve in the armed forces, for children, for parents--all were prayed for. These prayers were fervent, if a little long winded, and so I was only a little surprised that during a prayer for our churches someone in the crowed passed out; and while the EMTs were called, as the ambulance's siren wailed, we went on praying, not daring to raise our heads or open our eyes because once you've started praying it seems important to stay the course.Read full transcript...
Psychologist Dr. Robert J. Wicks is known around the world for helping to restore lives traumatized by such conflicts. He has served in the wake of massive tragedies, such as conflicts that swept across Rwanda and Cambodia. He regularly helps aid workers, medical professionals as well as men and women serving in the U.S. military.
Not all of us, but many, are busy. We live according to calendars that are overflowing with commitments.
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On July 27, 2014 we will celebrate the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
I hope you’ve all read or seen The Fault in Our Stars by now. Each of the main characters has a disability: Gus has prosthesis after his leg is amputated; Hazel remains on an oxygen tank due to faulty lungs; Isaac becomes blind during the course of the movie. I wonder how this verse from Romans would play with Hazel, Gus, Isaac, or anyone who loves them: 'We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose' (Romans 8:28 NRS)?
I thought of an old entry in my journal when Robert J. Wicks’ book 'Perspective: The Calm Within the Storm' came my way. Instead of time and distance, Wicks guides readers to perspective by 'improv[ing] our sense of reality and acceptance of it.'
Part 5: Progressive Reflections on Traditional Christian Themes. Joel Osteen has been deemed by many as America’s pastor. I scanned Joel Osteen’s book, Your Best Life Now, in search of any serious reflection or discussion on the life, teaching, and death of Jesus and his call to discipleship as presented in the Gospels. It’s not there.
We live in a world that seems tailored to extroverts. As a result, introverts – essentially people who recharge and find energy from more solitary and contemplative pursuits rather than by interacting with groups of others – often feel overlooked and undervalued.
Consumer driven worship leads people to the misunderstanding that worship is about our likes and dislikes and not about our commitment to God. Worship is not supposed to be easy. If worship was easy, everyone would worship.
By now, I'm sure you've noticed that when things go well, people like to talk about what 'we did.' And when things go wrong, what 'we did' quickly becomes what 'you did' or what someone else did.