What’s the use!

When the world seems to be coming unglued, it’s easy to lean toward despair or acedia or worse. On October 22, 1939, Lewis preached at the University Church of St. Mary in Oxford. I had the privilege of hearing an English orator re-enact the sermon at this church when I attended a conference in Oxford a […]

Beauty and the Beast

In an earlier post, “Beauty will save the World,”  I highlighted the last section of the poem by Czeslaw Milosz called One More Day. Milosz lived through the horrors of attrocities in 20th cent. Europe. He draws attention to the reality of moral absolutes built in by God. In light of the current raw evils that […]

‘Honest to God’ – Pouring out our hearts

In our series on Prayer, we looked at Hannah as a beautiful example of the Psalmist’s invitation: “Pour out your heart before Him.” (Psalm 62:8) You can listen to the podcast here. Let me add an excerpt from Foster’s Prayer: Finding The Heart’s True Home in a  chapter  he calls Simple Prayer. In Simple Prayer […]

Learn to ‘Wrestle’ in Prayer!

Sunday’s sermon explored the vivid image of “Wrestling in Prayer.” You can listen here. It has much to teach us about prayer as the real work of the Christian disciple. This Greek verb, agonizomai, is translated variously as “struggle, agonize, toil, labor, work hard, and wrestle.” We see it in action with patriarch Jacob in Genesis […]

Of Prayer and iPhones

After last week’s sermon stressing Paul’s injunction to “pray without ceasing,” (and the reminder that God is closer than “the Cloud!”) I got an email from friends who started to pray before and after using their smart phones for email or texts, etc. I added the thought of praying for the person involved with each message. […]

Prayer: What Difference Does It Make?

Our summer series at Christ Church asks some hard and honest questions about Prayer and our practice of it. Today we explored the relationship of God’s Spirit and continual prayer. God invites us into a love relationship that is intended to push back the lesser and competing loves that cry for our allegiance. [Sunday's sermon audio […]

Flourish! (aka Shalom!)

If you missed some or all of our series called Flourish!- the teaching here from June 22 may be very helpful. It summarizes a vision for flourishing, both as a church and as an individual. One new insight is that the word flouish is very much parallel to the expansive biblical word, Shalom. It means “wholeness, completeness, wellness, the […]