Tag Archives: Liturgy

What Kind of Prayer Was the Earliest Church Dedicated To? (Why Greek Matters Part 17)

“They were  continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship,to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 NASB Acts 2:42 is a commonly used text to talk about the community dynamics and priorities of the Church … Continue reading

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Wounded Love, Hope, and the Holy Eucharist

This post was originally a homily given at the wedding of two very good friends of mine. The readings that preceded the homily were Genesis 2:4-9, 15-24; Ephesians 5:1-2, 21-33; and John 15:9-17.   Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of … Continue reading

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Religion is Not a Bad Word

“Christianity is not a religion, its a relationship,” is a mantra I occasionally hear. The more I hear it, the more I am taken aback, wondering what exactly people mean. Whatever they specifically intend, the implication is that “religion” is … Continue reading

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Why Use Written Prayers? (A series explaining the logic and reasons behind Christian liturgy and worship)

Among Evangelical and Charismatic Christians, reactions to liturgical aspects of worship and prayer vary greatly from intrigue, to delight, to bewilderment, to straight up scoffing. This series will attempt to explain some of the reasons behind liturgical prayer aimed at … Continue reading

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Developing a Consistent Prayer Life

My apologies – I meant to say, “how to develop an easy, consistent, diverse, deep, rich in content, broadly-biblical, non-idiosyncratic, Christ-centered, historically-rooted, well-rounded, manageable and profoundly moving prayer life,” but thought that title was at the same time unwieldy and immediately … Continue reading

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Practical Suggestions for Celebrating the Church Year

If you’re like me, celebrating Advent may conjure up childhood memories of those peculiar “Advent Calendars” where you pop out a piece of chocolate each day as Christmas nears. Suffice to say, not all approaches to celebrating the Church Year … Continue reading

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How to Pray the Daily Office from the Book of Common Prayer (Part 7) – Making it Easy (in fact, brainless…)

If you’ve been following along this series (or learned to pray the BCP Office by other means), after an attempt or two (or perhaps just upon hearing), it may seem daunting with all the flipping of pages and navigating through … Continue reading

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