July 13, 2020

Daily Bread in Days of Drought

According to a new report released by the National Climatic Data Center today, the 2012 drought disaster is now the largest in over 50 years, and among the ten largest of the past century. Only the extraordinary droughts of the 1930s and 1950s have covered more land area than the current drought. 55 percent of the […]

Recommended: A Diary of Private Prayer

John Baillie was a leading Scottish churchman of the twentieth century. Professor of divinity at Edinburgh University from 1934 to 1956, he has been considered a “mediating” theologian, one who tried to take the best of Protestant Orthodoxy and liberal theology and combine them. He was a prolific writer, but is best known for two devotional […]

A Prayer of Martin Luther

Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it. I am weak in the faith; strengthen me. I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent, that my love may go out to my neighbor. I do not have a strong and firm faith; at times I doubt […]

The Merton Prayer

One of the books I will be reading and meditating upon during my sabbatical is Thomas Merton’s Thoughts In Solitude. A well-known passage from this book has been called, “The Merton Prayer” (see below). This prayer acknowledges that, despite our human tendency to think we know what life is about and how we can manage […]

Does Jesus Really Mean It?

Confession time: I pray a lot, but I don’t often believe that God will hear and answer my prayers. And for me, that creates quite a bit of tension. On the one hand, I believe that I should pray and pray frequently. We are told to pray unceasingly. We are to pray for those in […]

Chapter Two: Prayer

Preachers occasionally comment that it is permissible for them to preach “down the road” – to talk about something they haven’t yet seen or exhort their congregation to levels they haven’t yet achieved.  When I write about prayer, I’m definitely writing about a “down-the-road” view, not a retrospective of all I’ve achieved myself.  That’s been […]

Is There a Church There?

By Chaplain Mike Last week’s provocative bombing of Yeonpyeong Island by North Korea made us all feel a little more insecure, even as we read words about beating swords into plowshares on the first Sunday of Advent. Those who welcome the Prince of Peace at this time of year should be on the front lines […]

Thank You, Lord

A Prayer of Thanks By Chaplain Mike Thank you, Lord, In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… For life itself, the gift I take most for granted. For my baptism and introduction to the Gospel when I was but a helpless, trusting infant. For my family and my heritage. For my birthplace […]

I Have To Admit, I Don’t Get It–Part Two

Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth. (Psalm 54:2, ESV) You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it. (Matthew 21:22, NLT) They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. (Acts 2:42, The Message) […]

Sunday’s Gospel: Lord, Teach Us to Pray (Teaching One Another)

By Chaplain Mike On Sundays, we hear the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary. Sometimes, I share a message based upon this text. On other weeks, I ask you to share your observations for us all. Today, we’ll be teaching one another again. Today’s Gospel How many times have we had this desire in […]