Be With Us

I’m up early, engaged in morning devotions, and I start to worry. My prayers are lazy, a sequence of uncreative words to God rattled off without enough thought. I glance at prayers from the church’s past—rich biblical prayers like those in the Psalms or the letters of...

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...