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A Funny Book on Prayer

I struggle with prayer. I pray a lot, but never as much I would like to. I’m over the concept of guilt at not praying but I haven’t managed the art of prayerfully doing everything I do in a day. It’s something I would really like to learn over the years. And I think it takes years to learn much about prayer and I like to read books, old and new, about prayer. Jared Brock’s book “A Year of Living…

Sometimes We Need to Pray but We Don’t Know What to Say

At our session meeting last week, we had a robust discussion. (For those who might not know, ‘session’ is the official name of the gathering of our congregational leaders, the elders. They are sort of like a board, but with pastoral responsibilities.) It was a very good discussion and one, I thought, in which the wisdom of the people was permitted a voice and in which we witnessed the power of communal discernment. It was, shall we say, something like…

Hidden Crosses

For a couple of years on and off I have been swimming and trying my best to repeat simple mantras as I do so. I’ve done lap after lap focusing on that ancient line Lord Jesus Christ Have Mercy on Me or some other short easy to repeat prayer or verse. Despite my best intentions, I spend most the time counting 1-2-3 breathe-1-2-3-breathe, and getting lost in the pure blissful cadence of breathing made intentional. Sometimes, however, I manage to…

It’s a Daily Thing

Continued on-going daily prayer and bible reading are foundational to my life as a minister. I am, I must admit, scared of the stats that swirl around new ministers, especially those with kids. You’ve probably heard that a lot of us don’t make it to the 5 year mark. You may also have heard that far too many of us rarely pray on our own nor do we tend to read the bible all that much (outside of our public…

Thoughts of a Paper Shredding Pastor

Every now and then I look for some paperwork or other and realize how cluttered my files are. I then get the urge to purge, purge, purge and this leaves me cutting endless mounds of paper while I watch television. Now that I am starting to grow up and have what many people would consider a real job I have access to grown up luxuries, like a paper shredder at work. This is supposed to save me lots of time,…

Prayer, Facebook, and Reconciliation

This week I realized that prayer is like a spiritual version of Facebook; it is something that breeds familiarity and community even as one sits alone in a room with the door shut. I have been involved in a mentor group since June. The group is made up of pastors at various points in their careers from retired all the way to the newly ordained (me). We meet monthly, using an online meeting tool, to discuss how our lives are at…

I’m Sorry About Mars Hill

Like many people involved in the church I have found myself watching the happenings over at Mars Hill Church the same way I slow down and gawk at a car accident, not because I really want to, and not because I think I will learn about how to drive better, but because I cannot help myself. I know many people disparage the work of Mark Driscoll and other mega-church pastors. I know some of that comes from jealousy and some…