A Christian Minister’s Rewrite of the RNC’s “Christian” Prayer

There's been a whole lot of discussion and (rightful) condemning of the opening statement and prayer from Pastor Mark Burns at the Republican National Convention. To be clear, I've played my part in the condemning. For reference, here is the opening statement and prayer: Of particular concern is that statement, "...our enemy is not other … Continue reading A Christian Minister’s Rewrite of the RNC’s “Christian” Prayer

Being More Loving [A Prayer]

Good and gracious God, We sometimes struggle to love the way we should. We sometimes allow our relationships to become distorted, exploitative, even destructive. We gossip and slander, we belittle and bully – at times, we even find ourselves wanting vengeance. Remind us that these things, that way of being, points to a systemic problem. … Continue reading Being More Loving [A Prayer]

10 Things You Can’t Vote For While Following Jesus

Being a “Christian” means “being a little Christ.” Put even more succinctly, it means “following Jesus.” Can you actually do things on this list and call yourself a Christian? Well, of course. Sadly, people do it all the time. Are you following Jesus when you vote for these things. Nope. 1) Anti-LGBT laws Ask yourself: … Continue reading 10 Things You Can’t Vote For While Following Jesus

The Lord’s Prayer: Description Not Prescription (6 of 6)

In this series, I’m discussing The Lord’s Prayer, and why I believe it reflects some of Jesus’ most radical and challenging ideas. The prayer is meant to be descriptive of how to pray, not prescriptive on what to pray. In Part 6, we look at the difficulty in following God's desires.   When you pray, … Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer: Description Not Prescription (6 of 6)

The Lord’s Prayer: Description Not Prescription (5 of 6)

In this series, I’m discussing The Lord’s Prayer, and why I believe it reflects some of Jesus’ most radical and challenging ideas. The prayer is meant to be descriptive of how to pray, not prescriptive on what to pray. In Part 5, we think about the connection between forgiveness and forgiving.   Jesus taught the … Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer: Description Not Prescription (5 of 6)

The Lord’s Prayer: Description Not Prescription (4 of 6)

In this series, I’m discussing The Lord’s Prayer, and why I believe it reflects Jesus’ most radical and challenging ideas. The prayer is meant to be descriptive of how to pray, not prescriptive on what to pray. In Part 4, we think about what it means to ask God to give us our daily bread. … Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer: Description Not Prescription (4 of 6)

The Lord’s Prayer: Description Not Prescription (3 of 6)

In this series, I’m discussing The Lord’s Prayer, and why I believe that it is one of Jesus’ most radical and challenging ideas. The prayer is meant to be descriptive of how to pray, not prescriptive on what to pray. In part 3, we’re looking at Jesus’ understanding of “the Kingdom,” what it meant to … Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer: Description Not Prescription (3 of 6)

The Lord’s Prayer: Description Not Prescription (2 of 6)

In this series, I’m discussing The Lord’s Prayer, and why I believe that it is one of Jesus’ most radical and challenging ideas. It is meant to be descriptive of how to pray, not prescriptive on what to pray. In part 2, we’re looking at Jesus’ name for God, what it means, and why it … Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer: Description Not Prescription (2 of 6)