On Culture

We are called to live in our present time and yet, at the same time, we are called to be workers of Christ’s Eternal Kingdom as well. We have reflected on how this applies to our attitude towards history, modernity, and nationalism. Now,  consider how this applies to our posture toward our culture. In contemporary […]

On Conscience

One of Martin Luther’s most well-known quotes comes from when he was asked to retract his statements (which, at the time, were considered heretical and wrong). Standing before the authorities of his day, Luther said “…my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant, since it is neither safe nor […]

On Temptation and Evil

Earliest manuscripts of the Lord’s Prayer end with “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (In fact, Luke ends with just “and lead us not into temptation”.)  When I recite this portion of the prayer, my mind often goes straight towards thinking about temptations and evil, often forgetting to meditate on the underlying inquiry. That […]

On Confession

As we meditate on the Lord’s Prayer and think about “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive our trespassers”, we must also think about confession. There are stories of young Martin Luther confessing his sins for hours on end, then leaving his confessor, and then immediately returning, realizing he left out something and fearing the consequences. […]

On Our Daily Bread

When we pray “give us this day our daily bread” we mediate on the needs that make us human and our reliance on God to ultimately provide for us. When we reflect on our daily needs we include our physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental, social, and vocational needs. We reflect on what makes us whole and […]

On The Kingdom

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Good and right prayer asks for the Kingdom of God to come, for God’s will to be done, and (perhaps most importantly) that God’s will be done on earth. This is the linchpin of the Lord’s Prayer. It sets the context for the […]