How can I start praying again?

Dear Jon: Something just hit me and I hope I don’t get struck down for saying this: I used to pray, something I used to do quietly on my own since I was a kid. But a year ago or so, I began questioning the purpose: If God has a plan for me and knows […]

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How to answer a simple question.

I work at a church. Every Sunday morning, I know that someone will ask me how I’m doing. I know that someone will say, “How was your week.” And I will not know how to answer the questions. So I decided to figure out how to have an answer. 1. Don’t think, “I wonder why […]

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just one picture, please

Philip was a normal guy. After Jesus invited Philip to follow him, Philip went to find his friend Nathaniel. Rather than talking about his own understanding of Jesus, Philip rooted his invitation to his friend in theology:  “This is the one Moses and the prophets pointed to.”  When Nathaniel argued, Philip merely said, “Come and […]

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Are you talking to me?

(This is the second of a few posts on Psalm 4, written as a followup to Oscar Hammerstein and reading the Bible) 1. Some people think that because Psalm 4 follows Psalm 3, it was written at the same time. If so, then David is a king in a coup, kicked out of the capital […]

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You mean I haven’t talked about that before?

I really wasn’t planning to plunge into a series on prayer. Next week I’m teaching about prayer at a denominational conference. To help me think, I went to the group I teach on Sunday mornings and began exploring this question:  What does it mean that so many people end prayers with some version of “In […]

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