Prayers for Lent

20140404-131010.jpg

Blessed be God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to the riches of his mercy has preserved in his church at least this sacrament (of baptism), untouched and untrained by human ordinances, and . . .has not permitted it to be oppressed by filthy, godless monsters of greed and superstition. Martin Luther

Posted in Uncategorized

Music for Lent (Day #15)

20140319-090701.jpg

I found a new (for me) band called The Brilliance. Their EP is available at iTunes, and I have it in the rotation of music I have been listening to for Lent. It is haunting, lamenting and worshipful; it’s great stuff. This piece below was written particularly for Ash Wednesday, and so it fits well with Lent.

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

Music for Lent (Day #13)

20140317-090123.jpgContinuing the observance of the Lenten season’s focus upon penitence, I thought another song was in order. Given the state of the American church that smells more like the supple leather of a BMW (or pig dung) than the ashes of those who mourn, it seemed we needed to hear from a prophet and saint, Keith Green.

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Lenten Prayers

20140307-094030.jpgWhether it is Lent, or any other part of the Church calendar, Christians have used prepared prayers as an aid in prayer.   Today, and in the coming days, I will post a prayer that I, and hosts of other among people of God, have prayed.  But, first a very quick word about prepared prayers. Continue reading

Posted in Lent, Prayer | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

American Christians and a Community of Goods

occupygeorge“Tell me then, how is it that you are rich? From whom did you receive it, and from whom did he transmit it to you? From his father and his grandfather. But can you, ascending through many generations, show the acquisition just? It cannot be. The root and origin of it must have been injustice. Why? Because God in the beginning did not make one person rich and another poor. He left the earth free to all alike. Why then if it is common, have you so many acres of land, while your neighbor has not a portion of it?”

John Chrysostom

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

And I Must Be an Acrobat: (Lent Day #3)

U2 Lent AcrobatFor nearly three decades now, I have lived with the music of U2 as a near constant companion on my journey as a believer.  Unlike most of the other popular “Christian” bands that have come and gone, the music of these four Irishmen has never once tried to condescend to me.  It has never asked me to mask my darker impulses.  It has never asked me to renounce my doubts or my fears.  Continue reading

Posted in Church and Culture, Lent, Music and Culture | Tagged , , , , , ,

Music for Lent (Lent Day #2)

20140307-094030.jpgDuring Lent, as part of our meditation and prayer, I have selected music that is fitting for this somber season. Our car, home and time in coffee shops are filled with haunting laments and cries. Here is one song that made it into the rotation. Continue reading

Posted in Lent, Uncategorized | 2 Comments