Musings on the Morality of Prayer (James 4)

I have been thinking about the moral aspect of prayer.  Morality is defined as principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong.  Logically speaking, if there is a right way to do something, there must be a wrong way.  Theologically speaking, we believe that God determines morality and as Christian people we believe God’s moralityContinue reading “Musings on the Morality of Prayer (James 4)”

Standing on Firm Ground (Does God Still Heal?)

When I was in high school, doing impressions of highly animated faith healers was wonderful sport.   Perhaps my favorite sport.  I remember watching television as people threw away their crutches, ripped out their hearing aids, sprung from their wheel chairs and testified of miracle cures.  When a few of the more visible but unprincipled conduitsContinue reading “Standing on Firm Ground (Does God Still Heal?)”

Ten Things Churches Must “Get” (To have a future)

    We all know that most churches are in decline.  We also know that some churches are growing and some are growing exponentially.  There are clearly some things growing churches “get” that declining churches do not. Here are ten things churches need to “get” to have a future.   Get strategic around the missionContinue reading “Ten Things Churches Must “Get” (To have a future)”

The Soft Light of Humility

Imagine what might happen if the American church stopped trying to defend that of our history which is indefensible? What if we owned our collective sin and humbly asked God and society for forgiveness? And what might happen if we Christians took it to the personal level and asked for forgiveness for our own failure toContinue reading “The Soft Light of Humility”

Should a Christian Pray for God’s Vengeance? (you may be surprised)

Should a Christian Pray for God’s Vengeance? One of the first challenges to the modern reader when foraying into the Psalms are the prayers for God’s vengeance upon the writers enemies.  I am talking about the “knock out their teeth, drive them into the dust and strike them dead” kinds of prayers.  Surely Psalm 58Continue reading “Should a Christian Pray for God’s Vengeance? (you may be surprised)”

Praying for Our Troubled Region (Metro East/St. Louis)

Today I pray for our troubled Metro-East/St. Louis region.  I pray for peace knowing the conditions that lead to peace are not in place. I pray for justice knowing the systems that uphold justice are flawed. I pray for understanding knowing people are far more willing to speak than to listen. I am not lobbyingContinue reading “Praying for Our Troubled Region (Metro East/St. Louis)”

Rev. Shane on Prayer (Part VII)

Rev. Shane on Prayer (Part VII) Despite my near constant thoughts of retirement, I will play another 70-100 Softball games this year.  What I enjoy most about competitive softball is the honesty.  When there are two out, men on base, you are at the plate and the game is on the line; you either getContinue reading “Rev. Shane on Prayer (Part VII)”

Rev. Shane on Prayer (VI)

Rev. Shane on Prayer (Part VI)  There is an incredible and most disturbing story relayed to us in Genesis 22.  Long ago God had promised a young wanderer named Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation.  Abraham and his wife Sarah were now old; sin had invited complexity into their livesContinue reading “Rev. Shane on Prayer (VI)”

Faith Healers (Rev. Shane on Prayer Part V)

Rev. Shane on Prayer (Part IV) When I was in high school, doing impressions of highly animated faith healers was wonderful sport.   I was really pretty good a mimicking their bodily gyrations and odd vocal inflections.  I remember watching television as people threw away their crutches, ripped out their hearing aids, sprung from their wheelContinue reading “Faith Healers (Rev. Shane on Prayer Part V)”

Rev. Shane on Prayer (Part IV)

Rev. Shane on Prayer (Part IV) Dealing with Conflict Matthew 18:15-17 is our key scripture in ChristChurch culture to handle problems.  When issues arise here, and they do, we turn to these instructions of Jesus to resolve them.  Matthew 18:18-20 also gets a lot of work.  It says that where two or three are gatheredContinue reading “Rev. Shane on Prayer (Part IV)”