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Christian Spirituality

October 14, 2011 1 comment

Zondervan Publishers has an excellent blog called Koinonia (Greek for fellowship).  It is a great place to learn about new books and current trends in Christianity.  Every once in awhile they provide books to be reviewed.  I recently received a copy of the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality.  I really like it and provide some of my thoughts below: Read more…


A New Commentary on Galatians

December 15, 2010 4 comments

Zondervan has recently released a new series of commentaries titled the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.  This week Zondervan’s blog, Koinonia, is hosting a blog tour providing reviews of the commentaries on Matthew, Galatians and Ephesians.

Below is my contribution with a review of Thomas Schreiner’s commentary on Galatians. Read more…

Comfort in Uncertain Times

August 4, 2010 3 comments

Our lives are often shrouded in uncertainty.  We simply don’t know what the future holds.  Will I have a job next month?  Will my cancer treatment be successful?  Will my kids be okay when they leave for college?  Is there anything that we can be certain of? Read more…

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Spiritual but not Religious

A lot of ink is spilled on the phrase “spiritual but not religious.”  While this phrase is used in different ways, most people use the phrase “spiritual” to refer to their personal relationship with God and “religious” to refer to a manner of organizing or institutionalizing this relationship.  The phrase sounds pious and, I believe, even contains an element with which I agree.  However, overall, it is a bad way of viewing our relationship with God.  Here’s why. Read more…

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Corporate Prayer

June 23, 2010 1 comment

In my experience with non-denominational and baptistic churches, the highlight of a Sunday morning gathering is the sermon.  This is the time we dig deep into the Word of God.  I think this is a great emphasis and needs to continue, but have we focused on the sermon (and music) to the neglect of corporate prayer? Read more…

Midday Prayer

Here is a great midday prayer for today:

You are God: we praise you; You are the Lord: we acclaim you; You are the eternal Father: all creation worships you; To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory.  The glorious company of apostles praises you. The noble fellowship of prophets praises you. The white-robed army of martyrs praises you. Throughout the word the holy Church acclaims you;

Father, of majesty unbounded, Your true and only Son, worthy of worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father.  When you became man to set us free, You did not shun the Virgin’s womb.  You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.  You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.  We believe that you will come and be our judge.

Come, then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.

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Praying without Ceasing, part 3

Saying prayers at fixed hours throughout the day may be one way to pray without ceasing.  It has a long and significant history that is unknown to a lot of us low-church, free-church types.  So what is the history of fixed hour prayer? Read more…

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