It is the day of all things green. Let this prayer from St. Patrick encourage you to set your thoughts and affections on Christ our Savior on this day and every day that follows. I arise today Through the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock. I arise today Through God’s strength to pilot me; God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s word […]

A Prayer of St. Patrick

I love to read and I love to write. However, I have found little time to do either since graduating from seminary. The demands of pastoral ministry have made it difficult to carve out time for reading and writing beyond the weekly sermons and lessons. Of course, the challenge of time is not unique to pastoral ministry. Many of us would lament the fact that there are more things to do than there is time to do them. Or maybe we stretch ourselves beyond our means because we subconsciously (or more explicitly for some) believe that things just don’t get […]

Reading, Writing, and Magical Worlds

I love the Psalms. They are beautiful and sometimes gut-wrenching expressions of human emotion. They are not pretentious. They are not fake or canned. They are honest words from people who are striving to love God while struggling to walk upright in this world. They are words that I can relate to nearly every day. Many of the Psalms are prayers. That being the case, we can learn a lot about prayer by reading and meditating on the Psalms. And let’s be honest, many of us have a lot to learn about prayer. I know that I do. When I […]

Show Me, Guide Me, Remember Me

A recent story in The Chronicle of Higher Education quoted the new atheist and prominent author Sam Harris as saying those words about William Lane Craig. Craig is a well-known theologian, philosopher, and Christian apologist in evangelical circles. He is also known to many academics in the philosophical guild. However, he is less known among the general population and the story in the Chronicle helps shed some light on the man, the academic, and his faith. It is a lengthy piece but it is well worth the time.

Putting the Fear of God into the New Atheists

N.T. Wright is a man of many talents. He is a bishop, scholar, and prolific author. It also seems that he is a pretty decent musician. Wright put his musical ability and love for Bob Dylan songs on display at a recent visit to The Rabbit Room.

N.T. Wright the Musician

Ray Van Neste posted a nice reminder for pastors about being willing to admit ignorance when asked a question they don’t know. It is only natural for a pastor to feel the pressure to come up with an answer for every question and scenario. They are charged with a tremendous responsibility to care for and protect a local body of believers. They are shepherds and stewards of God’s church. They spend several years studying at seminary and training in internships in order to help nurture believers in their faith and answer their questions along the way. Yet pastors are still […]

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