A Prayer for Today, after Yesterday in #Charlottesville

Eternal God, As we lift our hearts to you on behalf of those who have suffered at the hands of the demonic distortion of white supremacy, either at the hands or by words of others, or by their own degradation by this sin which so easily entangles, we acknowledge our own need for your forgiveness….

We live in a fallen world… So what of it?

We were talking a while ago about prayer… not the “now-I-lay-me-down-to-sleep” sort of pious niceties, nor the generic “sending-good-vibes-your-way” sort of thing we often encounter. But prayer considered as a weapon. That’s something that can’t be done without an attitude of repentance… it certainly can’t be done if one is self-righteous or self-serving. But there’s…

Weaponizing prayer… through repentance

Events in the world today have been driving us to prayer lately. More than ever before, we are realizing that prayer is, indeed, a weapon. Not a weapon that kills people. But a weapon that can, in fact be effective against forces which are out to wreak havoc and destruction. Sometimes we seem to think…

I am “N”

Like many other people of good will, not only Jesus-followers, I have been appalled at the recent activities of the caliphist group ISIS, particularly their brazen attacks against Christians and other religious minorities, which are an affront to any conception of justice. After having their homes marked by the militants with the Arabic letter nun…

The legacy of Maidan. Part 1. Spirituality.

As Ukraine struggles and lurches toward a national presidential and parliamentary election this Sunday, please continue to pray. I truly believe that a stable government with the democratic mandate of a “free and fair” election will go a long way toward bringing needed equilibrium (not “stability” yet) and beginning the long, complex job of national…

“Not my will, but Yours…”

A month has gone by since I was on Maidan (and what a month!). However, I still am sorting through my impressions from that time – which are not built upon a single visit, but informed by a good dozen years of living “embedded” in the culture, sharing the heart of the marvelous people of…

Prayer on Maidan

Following on my last post about the significance of spiritual unity, particularly prayer, on Maidan in Kyiv these days, I wanted to pass along my translation of a post “Euromaidan on its knees” that illustrates it well. The original can be found at: http://paus144.livejournal.com/20705.html It was an indescribable sight! I saw it with my own…