Prayer

When Church Feels Like Ballet Class (some thoughts on Posture, Strength, Flexibility, and Attitudes)

  Someone asked me recently when last I was “wowed” by church. I didn’t know what to say, but it made me wonder about the question: should I expect to be “wowed” by church? If not, what should church feel like? I’ve been wrestling with this for days, and the closest answer I can think …

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Idiot Psalms (Scott Cairns)

Idiot Psalms 1           A psalm of Isaak, accompanied by Jew’s harp. O God Belovéd if obliquely so,                       dimly apprehended in the midst                       of this, the fraught obscuring fog                         of my insufficiently capacious ken,                         Ostensible Lover of our kind—while                       apparently aloof—allow                       that I might glimpse once more                       Your shadow in the land, avail                       for me, a …

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What women want

I’m over at Ungrind again this week. Here’s a sneak peek – click over here to read the whole thing 🙂 I settled down at the table and watched my daughter compose her face in her “now-I-have-something-important-to-say” expression: eyes level, chin down, forehead hopeful. She paused dramatically and in a butter-cream-smooth tone, said: “Mom, if …

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One little word that radically changed my prayers

I got that lead-balloon feeling on Sunday when our pastor pointed out all the things Paul didn’t pray for in his letters: people with cancer, busy schedules, promotions at work, successful ventures, hard pressed finances, strained relationships…. Not that those things don’t matter, or that we shouldn’t pray for them, or that God doesn’t care …

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