simply, Christian

pray without ceasing

recommended resources for getting started with the Daily Office

Silvrback blog image

In my last post, I promised to detail some resources I've found helpful in learning to pray the Daily Office. If you're wondering what prompted this post, I suggest you start there. Don't worry, this article isn't going anywhere. It will be here when you get back!

As I mentioned before, there are a number of . . .

Read More

May 08, 2020

I'm done with online 'worship'

a plea to abandon virtual 'worship' in favor of learning to pray

Silvrback blog image

I'm done with online 'corporate worship.'
I detest it. I can't stand it. It makes me want to scream.
I tried to make the best of it, I really did, but I've decided that I despise everything about it.

It is neither corporate nor worship. It is a facade, not even a decent interim solution to our . . .

Read More

April 22, 2020

the Church: essential or non-essential?

considering church in the midst of global pandemic

Silvrback blog image

In the past couple weeks, as cities, counties, and states across the United States and around the world have basically shut down to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, leaders have tended to categorize everything as 'essential' or 'non-essential.' The idea being, of course, that essential services, activities, and . . .

Read More

Posted in: theologyworship

March 26, 2020

a prayer in time of storms

be they on the sea or in our lives

Silvrback blog image

O Thou who dwellest in the light that is unapproachable, while clouds and darkness are round about Thee, we thank Thee that the day is thine, the night also is thine. When deep calleth unto deep, and all thy waves and billows are around us, we recognize the voice of the Lord our God. We know that the sea is his, and that he . . .

Read More

March 17, 2020

"Worship Goes Viral" by Ben Witherington

Dr. Ben Witherington, New Testament scholar at Asbury Theological Seminary, wrote a poignant piece about online or virtual worship. He challenges us to be faithful in the midst of pandemic and fear. He calls us to be mindful of what worship is and does in a culture that is self-absorbed and twisted by radical consumerism. Here's a tease:

. . .

Read More

Posted in: lifetheology

March 16, 2020

say your prayers, wash your hands, & love your neighbors

life and ministry in a world gripped by fear

Silvrback blog image

Coronavirus. Covid-19. Pandemic. Infection. Quarantine. Death.

These words are filling our headlines, and fear is gripping our hearts. It isn't the first time and it surely won't be the last. How should we think about this from the perspective of our Christian faith? How should we live out our faith in times of . . .

Read More

Posted in: lifetheology

March 12, 2020

praying in the midst of pandemic fear

Silvrback blog image

In this week's collect, we prayed for God's protection of body and soul.

Almighty God, Who seest that of ourselves we have no strength: Keep us both outwardly and inwardly; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; . . .

Read More

March 12, 2020

Archive