Prayer while feeling rushed in daily living

O God Forgive me for this busy prayer Atop my business like a layer Of dust upon my uncleaned shelves Abandoned by my cleaning elves. Hear my superficial cant Atop my awkward stumbling gait Half-witted like my untied shoe Have mercy as I wretch towards...

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Reflections on a 6 hour silent retreat

I spent my silent retreat in the outfield at my local community sports park, and was not interrupted until the last hour of my sit, at which time I took the opportunity to walk around, then walk the mile and a half home, continuing my...

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REVIEW: Islam by Braswell

George W. Braswell Jr.’s Islam: Its Prophet, Peoples, Politics and Power is a concise yet fairly comprehensive introduction to the history, doctrines, and practice of Islam. Braswell, a Baptist professor of missions, has spent the majority of his career understanding and teaching on the beliefs...

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UPPERCASE, lowercase, camelCase?

OK, this is just a bit of trivium for you writing geeks. But lately around the office, the term ‘Camel Case’ has been used for how we are going to write the name of a variable in our programming. Camel what?!? OK, so I finally...

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The Experience of Praying the Psalms

This paper was written for a graduate level M. Div. class at Fuller Theological Seminary. The author of the book I used, James W. Sire, has authored an impressive suite of books that you should check out. — Surprisingly to me, the spiritual discipline of...

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Spiritual Disciplines 05 – ACTS

This post is part of a series. Yet another acronym for prayer, this study method is very popular, in part because of how easy the acronym is to remember. Adoration Spend time praising God. This pushes our earthly concerns to the periphery and refocuses us...

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Spiritual Disciplines 04 – SOAP

This post is part of a series. This very popular method of devotional scripture study has four steps, outlined in the acrostic SOAP. Begin by opening your journal (this is a written exercise). And by the way, there is an iOS app for this! Check out...

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