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 conversation really...

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...

The Unfamiliar Testament

Last week I read a fascinating book called The Old Testament is Dying (2017, Baker Academic) by Brent Strawn, an Old Testament professor from Candler Seminary at Emory. I found I couldn't stop reading it once I started, partly because it's so engagingly written, but...

The benefits of growing up

In preparation for Bible Study and for tomorrow's worship service, I've been thinking about the New Testament idea of maturity. According to the apostle Paul, we are growing toward maturity in Christ. This is God's intention for us, as we see in Romans 8:29 ("he...

The Church and November 11

Thinking Christianly An old theology professor of mine used to tell us that one of his goals with our classes was to help us to learn to “think Christianly.” He wanted us to develop a habit of mind that would help us to see all of life through Christian eyes. This...

On Blogging, and on Prayer

I think I would be unsettled to know the number of times in the past year that “write a blog post” has been on my to-do list for the day. The reason I’d be unsettled, of course, is that I’ve written very few posts recently. But like attending church for many people...