(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…

Recovering the Lost Art of Lament: Reflections on Ferguson

Recovering the Lost Art of Lament: Reflections on Ferguson I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, praying, reading, and talking with others surrounding the recent events related to Ferguson. I find myself conflicted, sad, angry, and perplexed. People are all over the spectrum when it comes to their thoughts about race in America and questions of…

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…