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"A Few Thoughts on the Lord's Prayer"

a meditation

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Note: This appears as today's reading from the saints in For All the Saints. It is an Anonymous meditation on the Lord's Prayer and one worthy of our reflection and consideration.

I cannot pray, Our, if my faith has no room for others and their need.

I cannot pray, Father, if I do not demonstrate this . . .

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Posted in: prayer

July 18, 2019

the best Greek New Testament

and a survey of Reader's Greek New Testaments

Searching online for the "best Greek New Testament" is kind of a silly exercise. There are essentially four editions of the Greek NT readily available for students and pastors--the Nestle Aland/United Bible Societies ("NA/UBS") edition (two editions with the same text but different apparatuses), the Byzantine/Majority Text . . .

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July 03, 2019

in praise of Reader's Greek New Testaments

or why getting a Reader's Greek New Testament is a MUST

People are vain, and pastors are no exception.

I still remember in seminary the large group of guys who insisted upon only carrying blue Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament, even though they were way more expensive at the time than the identical red UBS version, simply because Nestle-Aland with its extensive textual notes was (and . . .

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Posted in: greektheology

July 02, 2019

praying for our leaders

lection reflection for 18 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's New Testament reading (1 Tim 1.18-2.8) made me chuckle a bit in light of the recent clamor about Franklin Graham's call for a day of prayer for President Trump. Given his outspoken support of Republican presidents and consistent criticism of Democratic presidents, it's easy to see Graham's call as . . .

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Posted in: reflections

June 18, 2019

Trinity Sunday

a long creed confessing the once-delivered faith

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This Sunday marks Trinity Sunday, the day in the church year specifically set aside to focus on the incomprehensible reality that marks the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--one God in three persons. Traditionally, as part of corporate worship on this Sunday, congregations recite the Athanasian Creed, a 6th or 7th century creed that . . .

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Posted in: theologyworship

June 16, 2019

review: Less of More by Chris Nye

"We can stand anything God and nature can throw at us save only plenty. If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much, and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy, sick." -- John Steinbeck
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Chris Nye opens his new book Less of More with this prophetic quote from John Steinbeck...and I was immediately . . .

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June 14, 2019

"God has not called me to be successful..."

Mother Teresa on success and fidelity

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God has not called me to be successful. He has called me to be faithful.

--Mother Teresa

Photo by Elijah Beaton on Unsplash

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Posted in: quotestheology

June 14, 2019

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