Keep us, O Lord, while we tarry on this earth, in a serious seeking after thee, and in an affectionate walking with thee, every day of our lives; that when thou comest, we may be found not hiding our talent, nor serving the flesh, nor yet asleep with our lamp unfurnished, but waiting and longing for our Lord, our glorious King, for ever and ever.
- What we lose when we prayer shame politicians after a mass shooting: Hashtag activism has become, in many ways, our new secularized form of praying. The expressing of one’s opinion is a way to say, “I’m the sort of person who wants to restrict guns” or “I’m the sort of person who wants to racially profile Muslims” or “I’m the sort of person who wants more resources for police.”But let’s be clear: that’s not “doing something.” (Russell Moore)
- On ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ After the San Bernardino Shooting: It is unrealistic, and arguably cruel, to ask for fresh words in the moment that we are confronted with suffering and loss, let alone horror and evil. Every human being, in these moments, falls back on liturgies—patterns of language and behavior learned long before that get us through the worst moments in our lives. There is no need to come up with a new thought or new words when you stand in the receiving line at a funeral home; it is entirely fine to say, “I am so sorry for your loss,” even though the family will have heard those words a hundred times before. What matters is not your words, which cannot possibly rise to the demands of the occasion, but your presence and your empathy. (Andy Crouch)
- Can You Start in Azusa and Still Make It to Nicea? Engaging Christopher Holmes’s The Holy Spirit: Should theology always “begin” with the Son, or is it ever proper to construct a theological system that takes pneumatology as a fundamental starting point? (Common Places – and yes, I’m shamelessly plugging something I wrote somewhere else)
- Biotech Enhancement and the History of Redemption: Karl Barth envisions ethics as offering an account of human action that corresponds to the threefold form of God’s action in creation, reconciliation, and redemption. Because we are God’s creatures, there must be some account that accepts, honors, and celebrates distinctively human agency. Because we are sinners whom God has in Jesus acted to reconcile, our life is disordered in countless ways, not least in our search for mastery and self-sufficiency. And because we are heirs of the future God has promised, we will one day be perfected — really enhanced — in a way that does not obliterate our created humanity but, rather, expresses God’s faithfulness to it. I want to borrow not the substance but the structure of Barth’s account, using it as an approach for thinking about enhancement. (New Atlantis)
Just for Fun
- When you wake up in the morning and just can’t get out of bed.
- The Many Ways to Dance Your Ph.D.: Communicating scientific research can get challenging, but doctoral candidates spend years delving into the minutia of phenomena in biology, astronomy, chemistry or another field. It would be a shame for that work to stay locked up in the pages of journals, only to be appreciated by other experts. That’s why some researchers jump—and leap, spin or plié—at the chance to reach a wider audience with the Dance Your Ph.D. contest. (Smithsonian)
- When Calling Someone A Heretic…: This topic may be more important than we might think, especially in the world of online discourse. There is a distinction between willfully committing a soul-destroying heresy and committing a theological error. (Reformation 21)
- Treat youth as agents, not objects, of ministry: Youth want to do more than participate in ready-made service opportunities, and the work of youth ministry should be to help them experience their own agency. (Faith & Leadership)
- Do Millennials Make for Bad Employees? The generation has been called lazy, entitled, and narcissistic. Their bosses beg to differ. (The Atlantic)
Just for Fun
O God of earth and altar,
Bow down and hear our cry;
Our earthly rulers falter,
…..Our people drift and die;
The walls of gold entomb us,
…..The swords of scorn divide;
Take not thy thunder from us,
…..But take away our pride.
From all that terror teaches,
…..From lies of tongue and pen,
From all the easy speeches
…..That comfort cruel men,
From sale and profanation
…..Of honour and the sword,
From sleep and from damnation,
…..Deliver us, good Lord!
~G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
intelligence to understand you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you,
throughout he power of the Spirit
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
~St. Bendict (c. 480–c. 547)