Also Praying on Vacation

During one of my early years as a pastor, I remember eagerly looking forward to spending a couple of weeks of traveling on a family vacation. Before I left on that trip, an elderly Baptist minister suggested that even while I was on vacation, I should be…

The Psalms, and Praying Hatred

Growing up, my Christian teachers said that I could—and should—talk to God conversationally, just as if I was talking to a friend. (Although my Dad also cautioned me against speaking to God too casually, because God is more than a buddy) All this good advice was unsurprising, since I…

Why do Christians Pray? (Part 2)

What happens when you thank someone? Think back to the last time you thanked a bank teller, the cook in your home, a child who cleaned up his Lego set, a grandparent who recalled a bit of her history, or the greeter who held the door…

Why do Christians pray? (Part 1)

Christians struggle to pray. Or at least, that’s what I hear. Church attenders, my students, and pastors all express to me their dissatisfaction with how they pray. They’ve heard that they should pray. They want to pray. But they tell me that they don’t pray enough, that they’re not…

Kijiji, Ben Franklin, and Generosity

This past fall, I started a new position with MB Mission. Around this same time, I was also beginning another semester of university. I was sitting in our school’s commuter lounge one day when I had the opportunity to tell those around me what my…

God Of Our Fathers, Ancestors, and Social Media…

There is a trend growing among millennials who frequent social media hubs and also value their relationship with God. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like are now becoming platforms for people to put their relationship with God out there for all to see. Posts can…

A to B, and In-Between

  This summer I had the opportunity to go spend some time with B*rmese believers in Thailand and Mya*mar on MB Missions’ Action program. Part of our assignment was a ten day evangelism trip into Mya*mar where we encouraged believers and shared the gospel with…

A Christmas Prayer

Recently, I received a newsletter from the Northumbria Community, in which the following prayer caught my eye—and heart. Written by Pete Askew, these words capture many of my desires at this time of year. I’m spending my days grading, preparing courses, and writing and rewriting—while also 

Prayer: who answers whom?

Many Christians say that they pray because God answers prayer. In prayer meetings and home groups, I’ve heard people tell each other their ‘prayer requests,’ which are then addressed to God for God to answer. I was once part of a group that kept a weekly…

Feelings and Prayer

“What are you feeling?” As the other participants in the assertiveness training seminar answered the facilitator’s question, I was at a loss as to what to say. When my turn finally came, I said, “I’m feeling a sense of questioning about this seminar.” The teacher…