Prayer as an Experience of Connection

Prayer is an experience of connection. Like wifi, the strength of that connection may vary due to circumstances. When I am hurt, disappointed, weary, or complacent, my prayer life becomes hit-or-miss and monotonous. It hit me one afternoon that when I am trying to strengthen my wifi connection, I move closer to the signal (router), not farther away. I guess sometimes […]

79th Annual Freed-Hardeman Lectureship (Feb 1-5)

The following was provided to us by Dr. Doug Burleson highlighting events at this year’s FHU Lectures and looking ahead to 2016’s lectures. The 79th Annual Freed-Hardeman University Lectureship is happening this week in Henderson, TN.  This year features the theme “Give Us A King: Faith, Failure, & Forgiveness in Samuel.” The program features around […]

Prayer as Eucharistic Identity

For most of my life prayer had been a stumbling block. Prayer always raised more questions than it provided answers. Whenever I prayed I was filled with doubt. To be sure this was mainly due to how I approached prayer. I approached prayer pragmatically. The critical question was: Did prayer work? Did prayer do anything? […]

Resources on Prayer

Prayer is so vitally important in our churches and homes. We believe it is important to pass on some resources for those of you who want to do more reading and study on how to draw closer to God through prayer. Here are a few books you might consider: Answering God: The Psalms as Tools […]

A Prayer for Churches of Christ

Father, we have challenges ahead…challenges to make disciples, challenges to our unity, challenges in our interpretation and doctrine and challenges with our holiness. And we know that none of these are insurmountable with your power and presence. So we pray, Lord, that you will continue to be patient with us. We pray that you will […]

Highlighting Discipleship.org

The following is from Bobby Harrington of discipleship.org There is a national conversation about discipleship going on right now. In some circles it is the hot topic, with lots of convincing, inspiring, and good ideas. We believe God is at work in the midst this dialogue. Discipleship.org wants to pour gasoline on the fires that […]

Free Webinar: National Discipleship Forum

This article is from Bobby Harrington of discipleship.org There is a free webinar of the first National Discipleship Forum entitled, “The Discipleship Lifestyle.” The webinar is promoted on discipleship.org. It took place at Saddleback Church in Los Angeles, CA, and was held in conjunction with the Exponential Conference (West). The speakers included Francis Chan, Jim Putnam, Jeff […]

Lament Prayer

You, God, who made the heavens and the earth and have promised to remake them, hear my voice. I plead for a hearing because you often seem so distant to me, and sometimes I fear that you do not listen. Awake, O God, and hear my prayer for I struggle once again with death. Death […]

Bono Gives Us a Lesson on Praying the Psalms

U2 and the Psalms have something in common. Both know how to infuse the soul with song so rich and meaningful that it speaks words from our heart that we might never have come up with on our own. On July 7th, 2005 during the Vertigo tour, there was a series of bombs set off […]

2015 Tulsa Workshop is Coming Up!

You cannot think your way into a new way of living. You have to live your way into a new way of thinking. Richard Rohr The Tulsa Workshop will open for year 40 at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds March 18, 2015. The three-day event will become a hub of excitement, renewal, and joy as Christians […]

The Prayer Jesus Told Us to Pray that Too Few of Us Pray

In sharing some thoughts recently on Luke 10 it dawned on me that Jesus is telling us that there is something we need to be praying and I cannot say that I have heard it prayed more than a few times in my life. “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two […]

Book Review – Prayer: Experiencing Intimacy With God by Tim Keller

Last November, Tim Keller published another book on another much needed topic for Christians – prayer. His book Prayer: Experiencing Intimacy With God bears all the marks of typical Keller…thorough, Reformed and practical. I mean all three in the best possible way. Thorough Sometimes thorough can be a problem where someone spends way too much […]

God is great. God is good. Let us thank …

I would imagine that everyone reading this is able to finish that little prayer. I would also imagine, like so many things in our religious world, prayer is a place where we often differ. I have some friends who have used that prayer, as well as others, to teach their children how to pray. I […]

Grace the Final Word: God’s Final Word in the Book of the Twelve

The Book of the Twelve consists of the rudely called “Minor Prophets.” I say rude because these small works contain some of the most challenging and profound things in the Bible. The canonical arrangement of our English Bible has the “Old Testament” ending with these books (Malachi) but the Hebrew Bible arrangement ends with Chronicles. […]

“He will rule over you”: An egalitarian perspective

I should start by saying that I dislike the term “egalitarian.” I’d rather refer to myself as a “complementarian” because I believe God made Eve to be a complement to Adam — to make up what was lacking. But “spiritual leadership” or “hierarchicalist” teachers have adopted “complementarian” as their own self-description, leaving me with an […]

Beginning 2015 in Prayer

As we kick off 2015 we are going to spend the month in prayer. There is so much going on in the world, in churches and in our personal lives that need prayed over that we are devoting this month’s theme to prayer. We will be writing about prayer and helping equip you in your […]