My Pastoral New Year’s Resolution

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. I’ve tried them in the past, but they’ve never worked. “Resolution” can sounds so decisive, so irrevocable. So guilt-inducing. Let’s call this my pastoral New Year’s goal, then. Here’s what I’m aiming for as a pastor for 2017: to be patient in love, persistent in prayer, faithful in …

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Soul-Shaping Prayer

Most often we pray because we want something in our circumstances to be changed. We or someone we know is facing a particular problem, a difficult situation, an obstacle of some kind, something that we feel is keeping us or them from the good that we believe God desires—and so we pray. There's nothing wrong that. We …

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The Lord’s Prayer for All People

Our Father in heaven, in whose image all people have been created, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, your kingdom without borders, your will for justice and peace, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, all of us throughout the world, just what we …

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