Month: October 2017

Backstreet Boys and Gender Roles | Misguided Quests #3

“Maybe it was all true, after all. I realized suddenly I hadn’t been sure.”   If I could sum up the first few chapters of this section, I would call it “surprised by the Spirit.” Does anyone else find it…

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Who is the Redeemer? Afternoon Prayer

The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God in whom God became man and bore the penalty of sin itself. — The New City Catechism, Question 20   Dear God, we all want to be…

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A Story to Tell | Intro and The Woman Caught in Adultery

I remember engaging in several angsty conversations as a teenager when a local school proposed a class called The Bible as Literature (or something like that). There was a prevailing sense of discomfort among the Christians I knew about what…

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For Our Leaders: Afternoon Prayer

We lift up our hearts, O Lord,  in intercession for all who carry civic and political responsibilities.  Grant that, putting aside all merely selfish ambition,  they may seek to be the instruments of your will  and carry out your purpose…

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#celebratefamily and Lowered Refugee Admissions | What to Celebrate and Lament This Week

Celebrate: Family   Imagine adopting a child from Uganda and later learning the same child had been stolen from her birth mother. That’s what happened to an Ohio couple who welcomed a young girl named Namata into their home, only…

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Gossip: Afternoon Prayer

Father, protect us from the temptation of gossip and its evil. Give us the strength to resist it, the wisdom to know when to hold our tongues, and the self-control to do so. Words can be so powerful; yours are….

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Deliverance: Afternoon Prayer

Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You…

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The Weight and Joy of Community

I call my neighbor Robyn in the morning on my way to the hair salon. “What’s up?” she says, with her characteristic full laugh.   “Just getting my hair colored,” I say. “Do you think I should go with dark…

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For Performing Artists: Afternoon Prayer

Lord, it is a worthy calling to be a performer, but it is also challenging and difficult at times. Father, thank you for the actors, musicians, and dancers in our midst. Protect them from despair and doubt. We pray that…

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Breaking Bread with The Leftovers

On the advice from a friend, I recently watched the critically-acclaimed HBO series, The Leftovers.   And by “I watched,” I mean this:   I watched the pilot, got really excited, watched another two or three episodes, got my wife…

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