Prayer: Seeing Salvation

A prayer on reading Luke 2:21-38 Fairest Lord Jesus, eternal Son of the Father, you came down from heaven and became incarnate in the womb of Mary. You took on meekness, took on lowliness, took on humility. You subjected yourself wholly to the law - consecrated to the Lord - obedient in life - loving... Continue Reading →

First Glance: Matthew 6:9-10

“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:9a) For many Christians, the Lord’s Prayer is the first prayer we learned by heart. We may pray it every week in worship or every day at meals. This prayer has worn deep paths in our souls. However, our familiarity with the prayer Jesus taught... Continue Reading →

First Glance: Luke 23:34

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. (Luke 23:34) Jesus does not ask that his enemies get what they deserve (“Father, smite them, for they knew exactly what they were doing!”). Instead, he prays for their forgiveness. He prays... Continue Reading →

Review: Rejoicing in Lament

J. Todd Billings, Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer & Life in Christ. Brazos Press, 2015. It is a rare book that can hover between the academic and the personal in a way that enriches both realms. After he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at age 39, J. Todd Billings’ life took a surprising... Continue Reading →

First Glance: Luke 1:5-25, 57-66

“But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard.” (Luke 1:13a)   Advent is a season of longing. As we anticipate Christmas and the celebration of the coming of Christ, we are invited to long with Israel for the Messiah. Zechariah and Elizabeth had lived with longing. This... Continue Reading →

First Glance: Psalm 122

  Jerusalem—built as a city     that is bound firmly together. To it the tribes go up,     the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel,     to give thanks to the name of the Lord. (Psalm 122:3-4) A few weeks ago we had the unique opportunity to walk on the temple mount. The tension was high. Armed... Continue Reading →

First Glance: Psalm 113

Who is like the Lord our God, who sits on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap. (Ps 113:5-7) Sometimes a prayer comes at just the right time. God takes all our feeble plans and hopes,... Continue Reading →

First Glance: Psalm 51

  to the leader. A psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone into Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, According to your steadfast love. According to you abundant mercy, Blot out my transgressions.” (Ps. 51:1) Every prayer has a story. Whether it’s the simple cry, “Help!”, a... Continue Reading →

Why So Much Anger?: #YesAllWomen and Psalm 137

In response to the recent shootings in Santa Barbara, the hashtag #YesAllWomen has swarmed social media sites. Millions of tweets have begun or ended with #YesAllWomen – signaling their intended support of the movement. Originally, I noticed a few friends of ours using the hashtag on twitter to share stories and statements supporting women and... Continue Reading →

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