(Un)Surprisingly Relevant Ancient Prayers for Charleston

(Un)Surprisingly Relevant Ancient Prayers for Charleston Lord, “We don’t know what we should pray.” We “wait breathless”, we feel weak and frustrated at all the suffering — and don’t know how to give expression to our inner groaning. [1] Lord we asked you to “teach us to pray” and you said: “Don’t pour out a flood of empty…

When the hardest thing about “love thy neighbor” is your neighbor

When the hardest thing about “love thy neighbor” is your neighbor   I often have great ideals. I’m all about being “missional”. Love God, love others. Yes! I want to reach my neighbors, make an impact, be that person in the neighborhood who has an open door and is known for generous hospitality.  But I…

Why I don’t like “Quiet Times” and I “don’t get” prayer (or maybe I do)

Why I don’t like “Quiet Times” and I “don’t get” prayer (or maybe I do)   I’ve always had a hard time with “quiet times” – a Christian way of talking about a daily regimen of Scripture reading and prayer. A time set apart — especially first thing in the morning — to be with…

Two Simple Things Everyone Can Do That Will Make a Difference

Two Simple Things Everyone Can Do That Will Make A Difference It’s almost embarrassing to admit, but sometimes in the quest to make a difference and have an impact, I forget the simple things. I get caught up in strategizing, researching, or worrying about what I will say if ________ or do when _______. There’s…