Living with the Lord’s Prayer

prayer_handsI grew up being taught that the Lord’s Prayer was irrelevant to the lives of contemporary Christians because the Kingdom, for which Jesus prays, was now present in the church.  Why pray for something that already exists?  Right?

So much of my life I missed out on the benefits of living inside the world of Jesus’ concerns and requests of God.  It wasn’t until the last several years that the Prayer became a daily part of my life. Continue reading →

Kingdom of God

marine-litterI didn’t grow up inside a culture of respect for the earth.  “Earth” as a totality – flora and fauna, beauty, wildness, and wonder.

In my childhood we used disposable products with abandon; old car oil was often poured out on the ground, and we never considered the impact that disposed plastics would have on our world.  Pesticides caused a decline in bird populations.  Oceans started to become big toilets  where our detritus was flushed when it rained.  And, worst of all, people became as disposable as our throw away products. Continue reading →

Who do you trust?

trusttrust  \trəst\ n 1: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something  2 :  one in which confidence is placed

“Friendship- my definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble.” – Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Continue reading →

Facebook and Political Discussion – Part 3

integrityIn the 80’s there was a rumor that was going around, principally among churches, that Madelyn Murray O’Hare, the famed atheist, was petitioning the FCC to end religious broadcasting.  People were frantic!

Since there was no Internet in the 1980’s, concerned Christians carried around petitions for churches to fill up with the names of people who didn’t want their 700 Club to go away.  Periodically a new iteration of the petition would circulate. Continue reading →

Facebook and Political Discussion – Part 1

the-scream-munchThe last place on earth that a political discussion should occur is on Facebook.

During the last year, I have watched what looks like a slow motion car crash as various people take to the Internet to vent their opinions about this candidate or that candidate.  Seldom is there any courtesy or nobility in the conversation.  It, most often, has a “don’t you get it, stupid” kind of air to it. Continue reading →