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Keep O Lord

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.



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Spirit and Scripture (RJS)

Perhaps the most neglected and disputed aspect of Christian faith is the person and role of the Holy Spirit. We (most of us anyway) will recite the Apostle’s Creed with sincerity and affirm a Trinitarian doctrine of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and […]



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Talking Science as Christians (RJS)

How to talk about science and faith … or perhaps, and more important, how not to talk about science and faith. Here are some thoughts from 50+ years as a Christian involved in a range of churches, and from 30+ years as an active scientist, 26 years as a professor. 1. Make Sure Your Facts […]



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Talking Science as Christians (RJS)


The Spirit, Faith, And Apocalypse

Where is the Spirit in faith? We are looking at Philip Ziegler, Militant Grace: The Apocalyptic Turn and the Future of Christian Theology. Ziegler observes where the Spirit fits in Reformed thinking generally, and then asks if that is enough: Within the main lines of the Reformed tradition, the work of the Spirit is typically schematized […]



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The Spirit, Faith, And Apocalypse


First Sunday After Pentecost

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you […]



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First Sunday After Pentecost


Daily Prayer for May 17

Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great High Priest who has gone into the very presence of God – Jesus, the Son of God. Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. Hebrews 4:14-15, TEV

Dear Father in heaven, we look to Jesus Christ, who is at your right hand, through whom you have promised help for the whole world. Unite us with him so that we may receive authority to help all people according to your will. May your name be kept holy among us, for your children have every reason to rejoice in the Savior you have given them. We thank you for everything you have shown to those who believe in you. We pray to you, hasten the time when your day shall come with glory, the day when you will give the glory to Jesus Christ, when he will reign and triumph over all evil and bring the peace you have always wanted to give the world. We wait and long for this. Amen.


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Author: Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Daily Prayer for May 14

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2, NIV

Lord our God, almighty and holy One, whose glory shines upon the earth so that we may find joy in you and may live rejoicing in all your loving-kindness, spread out your hands in blessing over all people. Spread your blessing over the happy and the sad, over the courageous and the weak. Shepherd them in your love, in the great grace you have given through Jesus Christ, confirmed in us through the Holy Spirit. Do not let us remain degraded and worthless. Lift our hearts above what is transitory, for you have given us something eternal to live by. Help us every day so that we can reach the goal you have set for us, for many others, and finally for all peoples of the earth. Amen.


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Author: Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

Faith As Union With Christ

We are looking at one fascinating book:  Faith Formation in a Secular Age, by Andrew Root. In the first half of the book he maps the age of obligation and duty giving way to the age of authenticity where authenticity is understood as being true to one’s own self. Inherent to authenticity’s supreme value is […]



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How The Bohemian Culture Changed American Culture

Andrew Root’s big thesis, in Faith Formation in a Secular Age, is that the Age of Obligation gave way to the Age of Authenticity, though “authenticity” is not understood as many might understand it today: it means true to one’s self. It is noticeable to me at least that Root avoids interaction or complementing the […]



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How The Bohemian Culture Changed American Culture


The Age Of Youthfulness

The age of authenticity (yesterday’s post) is the age of youthfulness. So Andrew Root, in his new splendid book Faith Formation in a Secular Age. How so? To tell the story of the dawn of the age of authenticity is to show how the flows of our cultural history have moved the majority of us […]



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The Age Of Youthfulness