“At what point do those prayer requests become sinful gossip? … It’s complicated. … Here is a mental checklist that I have developed for managing prayer requests in a careful, godly manner. Before you pass on that request, make sure to check your facts, your role, your audience, and your heart.”
“My point in all this is that debates about things like nationalism or pacifism aren’t simply abstract theological discussions. These debates need to, but often fail to, take into consideration the sacred element of human blood. These debates need to reckon with the face that blood is the most sacred thing we know, more sacred, even, than God. Emotionally, where this argument will be won or lost, blood will trump theology. Always. And this is why the church needs her martyrs.”
“When it comes to my decision to stay a virgin until marriage — to hold out for that one-time-only chance to fully connect with and know and love another person — I want to make sure it’s the right man. Until then, bring on the squirmy no-sex chat.”
“… all translations are on a spectrum of more or less formal and more or less dynamic. Now one more complication: each translation will vary for individual words or phrases or clauses. Each of these Bibles is good. Let’s use them all, and rejoice that we have such wonderful access to the Bible.”
“Who prays? Men are less likely to talk to God than women: one in five say they never pray (22 percent), vs. 1 in 10 women (11 percent). Roughly 20 percent of whites (19 percent) and Hispanics (20 percent) say they never pray; in contrast, only five percent of African Americans say the same.”
“Not all members of the body of Christ are called to marriage, but all are called to be part of the body of Christ. We are complete in him alone and we are all adopted into one family no matter our place in society or our relationship status. We have to create a culture that celebrates, embraces and encourages individuals whether married or not.”
Thank you, Father, for your temple. For bringing to this earth a place to reside with your human creation.
A place of worship. A place of prayer. A place of revival, refreshment, rejuvenation and great celebrations.
A fortress for your people. A safe place where your light always shines.
Indeed, a wonder for all of the world to see the true love of the true God of this earth.
The place where heaven meets earth. The place where you now reside. In our human hearts.
Thank you for living in me. For the blood of Jesus that made me pure enough to receive you.
Thank you for entrusting me with your Spirit. Forgive me Father for not using your Spirit to the best of my ability. Forgive me Lord for letting your light dim. Please help me Lord to revive your Spirit in me so that your light, your love, is fully displayed in me. You promised to always be with me. To be with us in your holy temples.
And now in this place look upon us with your favor. Bolster your Spirit in our worship. Prepare our hearts to remember your great sacrifice as we share in the feast of the body and the blood of your Son.
Prepare our hearts to receive your word and send us on our way refreshed, and revived with the light of your Spirit, so that we may with great joy bring your blessings to the poor, the sick, the aged and infirm and those imprisoned …
Until the end when we will hear you say, “Well done.”
“It has taken me a while to figure a few things out when it comes to discussing a disagreement with someone. Here are a few observations I have made over the last few years that set a positive tone for a healthy conversation.”
“A daddy’s silence can be deadly. Far too many men are silent at all the wrong times. A father’s silence can communicate volumes. The absence of his voice can leave a boy or girl feeling emotionally alone.”
“… week after week, I saw the things I was supposed to be doing getting squeezed out of my schedule because there were urgent demands on my time. Above all else, the one task that seemed to get squeezed out most was prayer. … Unfortunately, prayer doesn’t demand your attention. In the midst of people wanting your time and urgent tasks to complete, spending time in prayer is easy to neglect.”