One of the great Christian myths is that we should just know how to pray. But we don't! Prayer is something we need to learn. If we want to be disciples, we need to humble ourselves and ask the disciple's question, "Lord, teach us to pray!"
It has been a year since the horrific shootings at Mother Emanuel changed our city. It has been a week since the shootings at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando reminded us that we still have so much work to do. Are we willing to do the hard heart work necessary? Are we willing to admit, and then relinquish our privilege?
Summertime is the time when life is a bit different, when we try to slow down just a bit and get in touch with ourselves, with nature. In doing so, we also have the opportunity to get in touch with the re-creation of God.
Leaving is hard--whether it is leaving high school, or a job, or a place. How we leave says a lot about the relationship. It says about how we can come back. It says a lot about how we deal with grief. It says a lot about how we move into the future.
Throughout the Bible we read of dreams--Abraham, Joseph, Ezekiel, Joseph (the New Testament one.) But perhaps the most world changing were those of Peter and John--two dreams that changed everything...maybe even for us!
It is Tax Day, the most hated time of the year. As Christians, how are we to face this day? How do we render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar, and to God the things that are God's? Ahh, that last part might be even harder!
Easter at Providence! What a wonderful day--from the Sunrise Service that did not get rained out even if the clouds never really parted, to an early service where we were feted with Dennis Hyatt's Traditional Bunny Cake, to worship where the choir sent us into the world with the notes of the Hallelujah Chorus ringing in our souls!
Hear a portion of a wonderful day of worship!
As we finish our series on the Ten Commandments, we also remember the beginning of Holy Week. How did not bearing false witness lead us here?
Trying to finish our series on the 10 Commandments, we are doubling up today--with stealing and coveting. One we can see, and one is just invisible. Both go to the heart of our contentment with God and ourselves.