A Selfish Prayer? (Daily Psalms, Part Two: Psalm 67)

In this brief series of posts, I’m paying attention to Psalms that are prayed in some parts of the Christian church on a daily basis, and asking a simple question: how would this Psalm better direct our daily life with God? At first glance Psalm 67 doesn’t seem like...

Daily Prayer, Part 1

I’m a fairly early riser. I like to get up as close to 6:00 as possible, and if I happen to wake closer to 7:00 (say, if I’ve stayed up to watch a movie the night before) I feel like I’m already behind on the day. The first hour of my day consists mostly of Bible...

Tools for Praying

Earlier this year I built a few garden boxes to use in our front and side yards. They were simple little projects, but they gave me something constructive to do for a few hours and a sense of satisfaction when I was ready to load them up with dirt. (I’ll leave the...

Questions about being/becoming Baptists

At our annual meeting, we began a conversation about what it would mean for our church to become and join in association with Baptists. This may raise a lot of questions in the minds of many. That’s great, because it’s what participating in the...

On Spiritual Reading: Some old and new words of advice

Reading has long held an important place in the lives of Christians. First of all, we read the Bible as a way to hear God’s word for us. In its pages we not only find the story of his dealings with humanity and his great acts of salvation in Israel and in Jesus, we...