Prayer of Adoration for September 27, 2009

Eternal paradox of possibility, God of justice and mercy, We come to worship you.   Invisible yet Incarnate, Three yet One, We come to seek your face.   God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God of time and eternity, We come to praise your name.   With honesty and humility, With reverence and repentance, We come to pray to you - Offering our prayers of confession . . . (transition to congregational prayers of confession) Read More …

Review of Rediscovering New Testament Prayer

Koenig, John.  Rediscovering New Testament Prayer: Boldness and Blessing in the Name of Jesus.  Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1992. Meet the Author Koenig began in ministry in the Lutheran (LCA/ELCA) church as a  pastor for twenty years before becoming an Episcopal priest in 1993.  Since 1978, he has been on faculty at General Seminary, where he is currently Professor of New Testament.   He has written six books all in the broad area of biblical theology and practice.  They include: New Read More …

How Should a City Council Pray?

Lodi, a town with 62,000 residents located between Sacramento and Stockton and the self-proclaimed Zinfandel Capital of the World is now famous for an entirely different reason: prayer.  At the heart of the issue is how the council begins its meetings.   For many years each council meeting has started with public prayer.  This became an issue in May when the city received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation that challenged the use of the words Jesus Christ in prayers. The city Read More …

Review of The Heart of Prayer

Barrs, Jerram. The Heart of Prayer: What Jesus Teaches Us.  P&R Publishing, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-59638-10302. Meet the Author Since 1989, Jerram Barrs has served as  Professor of Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture at Covenant Seminary. Previously he served the L’Abri Fellowship in England, where he also pastored the International Presbyterian Church. He is the author of several books including Learning Evangelism from Jesus and The Heart of Evangelism.   Book Read More …

Review of The Prayer of the Lord

Sproul, R.C.  The Prayer of the Lord.  Reformation Trust, 2009.  ISBN: 978-1-56769-118-4. Meet the Author R.C. Sproul is the founder and President of Ligoneer Ministries  and can be heard daily on the Renewing Your Mind radio broadcast .  He is a respected teacher, theologian, and pastor. Sproul is currently serving as the director of Serve International, and as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida.  Sproul, an ordained Presbyterian Read More …

Review of On Earth as in Heaven

Braun, Kay Bender. On Earth as in Heaven: Praying at the Crossroads.  Augsburg Fortress, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-8066-8009-5. Meet the Author Kay Bender Braun is pastor of St. Petri-Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has a background in journalism and has written for diverse publications including The Charlotte Observer, the team magazine for the NBA Charlotte Hornets, and Word in Season, a daily devotional published by Augsburg Fortress.   Book Read More …

Review of Finding Jesus in His Prayers

Shoemaker, H. Stephen.  Finding Jesus in His Prayers.  Abingdon Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-0-687-35253-1. Meet the Author Stephen Shoemaker is the Senior Minister at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He is the author of several books, including Finding Jesus in His Prayers,  God Stories: New Narratives from Sacred Texts, and Strength in Weakness: A Lyrical Re-presentation of II Corinthians.   Book Basics For those who seek to know and follow Jesus, learning more Read More …