Living the Lord’s Prayer?

I did a pretty substantial amount of reading in Eugene Peterson’s newest book The Pastor: A Memoir (HarperOne, 2011) today, and as I was reading/listening and he was writing/talking, I realized something he was saying (I can’t remember where at the moment – but I think in chapter 11 “Holy Land” when he was working the night shift in Kalispell, MT right before going to college and he was reflecting on Psalm 108) – he was talking essentially about not just praying prayers but living them too or living out the prayer – and in reflecting on that I wondered if we fall shot just to pray one of the most significant prayers in the Bible: the Lord’s Prayer?  Instead of praying it, what if we lived it out, sort of in the line of the old Keith Green song Make my Life a Prayer to You?  I am positive this is not new and lots of people have probably already talked about this – but still – live out the Lord’s prayer?

Yup.  Line by Line.  To really live as he is our Father; in as such, to live a life that hollows God’s name in every way; to live in anticipation of the Kingdom and as much as possible in seeking his will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven (and not just in our own lives or or own little world) but in the lives of others as well; to live in dependency on him daily; to live graciously forgiving lives both seeking forgiveness and extending it; living in the strength of the Lord to resist temptation and to not be taken in by the evil one and so on.

Living out our prayers can be a challenge but I wonder if that is how it is intended to be – not just praying prayers (as we should and we must) but also living out the prayers.

What say you?

are you still amazed by God and the gospel?

Earlier today I came across a video on Yahoo of a kid doing some pretty amazing dance moves on a TV program in Norway – what struck me was not the video but a comment someone made about commenters on the video, which was something to the effect of “it can be hard to amaze people anymore…”  and I thought, isn’t that the truth?

It got me thinking about how all through the Gospels, in the ministry of Jesus, we see the people “amazed” at Jesus and his teaching, miracles, power, and the authority with which he went about his ministry and proclaiming the gospel.  For example:

Matthew 8:27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Mark 1:22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.

Mark 2:12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Luke 5:26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

Luke 9:43 And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.  While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples…

John 7:21 Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed.

Now as to the authenticity of the people’s “amazement,” we’ll just leave that aside for the moment – and talk about “amazement.”  You will have to excuse me as I am not at a computer with Bibleworks and languages material but the last I checked… the word used in these verses for “amazed” has to do with the sense of jaw-dropping, mouth gaping wide open, eyes popping out of their heads. breathtaking amazement, maybe even a degree of disbelief (as in totally blown out of the water).  lol!

Maybe that is a little too exaggerated but I am guessing in the more “primitive” culture of the first century seeing the deaf hear, and the lame walk, and the blind see, and the dead raised – demons fleeing, the wind and the waves suddenly going calm, fish overwhelming nets, walking on water, feeding up to 10,000+ (?) folk on four loves and two fish…. teaching with authority and not uncertainty or doubt, etc…

would be pretty



would it not?  🙂

I mean, even today, would not, should not these things practically knock the wind out of us in utter and complete amazement??!!   Or have we become too dull anymore to be amazed at the demonstration of the supernatural power of God – even maybe a bit suspicious? Would we need proof?  A doctor’s note?  Documentation? Evidence that demands a verdict?

These kinds of things still happen you know.  The question is, are we still amazed by God and the gospel?

My guess is maybe some are but I am concerned that many have lost the ability to be amazed at God and the power of the gospel anymore.  I even wonder would I be amazed or would I be too dull to care?  or think, wow, that’s neat, and then move on with my own business in my own little world?

I realize there is a lot of fakery out there.  Jokesters and pranks.  Lots of falsehood and deception – and possibly situations that are more in the psyche than in the body and so on. “Demons” are really just psychological disorders and such…

But I wonder, if due to the fact that much of this stuff is seen as a joke anymore, have we run the risk of having stopped giving God the benefit of the doubt and maybe actually believe in his ability to work his supernatural power in and through the power of the Spirit?

Truly, it can be hard to amaze people anymore.

what say you?

Thriving at College

it’s a new book being sold through the WTS Bookstore.

Thriving at College:Make Great Friends, Keep your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World! (Tyndale, 2011) is a new book by Alex Chediak that the folk at the WTS Bookstore would like to bring our attention. Having read it they believe it should be the new standard give-away for any Christian who is preparing for or recently enrolled in college. It seems that they are not the only ones who think so; endorsers include: Al Mohler, Jerry Bridges, Alex & Brett Harris, Russell Moore, Sally Lloyd-Jones, Tedd Tripp, Doug Wilson, Bruce Ware, Chris Morgan, Mike Horton, Burk Parsons — the list goes on.

Filled with wisdom and practical advice from a seasoned college professor and student mentor, Thriving at College covers the ten most common mistakes that college students make….. (read more).

You can check out a 50 page sample here.

To help get Thriving at College into the hands of Christians attending college, we are offering the first copy in an order at 50% off (additional copies: 40% off) for one week (sale ends April 5th).

Personally, without having read the book, if you ask me, send your kids to a state college/university that has an active Chi Alpha group, very strongly encourage them to join and they will do quite well! 

CBD Sale: NA27 Wide Margin Edition!

soon as I can I want to get it.  it’s on sale for $20 at CBD – given I had to throw away my really nice cloth bound NA 27 – this could be a great alternative….

562002: Novum Testamentum Graece (NA27), Wide-Margin Edition Novum Testamentum Graece (NA27), Wide-Margin Edition
By E. Nestle, B. & K. Aland, eds. / Hendrickson Publishers

The leading edition of the original text of the New Testament, this scholarly edition is designed for extensive research, textual criticism, and other academic studies.

In keeping with the goals of serious and advanced New Testament scholars, the revised critical apparatus shows a nearly exhaustive list of variants but includes only the most significant witnesses for each variant. The Greek text has paragraph and section breaks. Cross-references in the margins are extensive and include synoptic parallels. Five appendices offer in-depth information for further understanding of passages.

The introduction appears in both English and German. Text, notes, and critical apparatus appear in a clear font throughout the volume.

Larger in size but priced lower than the large print edition, this user-friendly edition gives professors and students the opportunity to make notes in their Bible as they translate the New Testament.

Quote of the Day: Pastor as Theologian

Mark is taking about the role of the Pastor as a “Theologian in Residence” and I liked what he wrote about that today:

A helpful metaphor in understanding my own vocation as a minister is, “Theologian in residence”. It is important that this metaphor not be used as permission to lock myself away in the Minister’s study and pour over scripture and the church fathers seeking to develop my own theological agenda. Rather it is permission to escape ministry as a business or management. It helps me to see my role as more than the day to day needs of the church. It is a vocation explored within the context of the community for the community. The distractions that I mentioned are the very outworking of Christ’s ministry in our midst. The phone call, the visits, the paperwork and even the sermon preparation are the necessary tension to theological reflection. As Eugene Peterson might say, ,“this is where we see Christ at play” and where we reflect on the nature and work of God revealed to us! It is in ministry that we find a playground for the unpacking of our theology.

I love the notion of being able to escape ministry as a business or management.  The vocation of Pastor isn’t about managing people or trying to tell them what to do and so on – it is about ministering the presence of God in people’s lives an pointing them to Christ our hope and life.  Good post!

GKC on Heresy and Orthodoxy

From the Kindle book Orthodoxy and Heretics:

The word “heresy” not only means no longer being wrong; it practically means being clear-headed and courageous. The word “orthodoxy” not only no longer means being right; it practically means being wrong. All this can mean one thing, and one thing only. It… means that people care less for whether they are philosophically right. For obviously a man ought to confess himself crazy before he confesses himself heretical. The Bohemian, with a red tie, ought to pique himself on his orthodoxy. The dynamiter, laying a bomb, ought to feel that, whatever else he is, at least he is orthodox.

My thought about this was: well now… this is interesting given certain recent events. lol!

C.S. Keener on Biblical Interpretation

Craig S. Keener wrote a course on Biblical Interpretation back in ’04-’05 and has allowed it to be downloaded and used and distributed FREELY.  You can download it if you want (PDF) and use it!  I did and am now trying to get it moved it over to my Kindle!!

Now in PDF: Bible Interpretation Course by Professor Craig S. Keener.  (Source)

disclaimer: I just downloaded it so I do not know the strengths and or weakness of it yet.  I guess download and read at your own risk?!  🙂

Be Blessed!

Sundays with Andrew Murray

So I am going to try something different on my blog – others have done Mondays or Wednesday with Wright, Fridays with Fee (since Robert quit blogging one of us needs to take that up again, maybe you? maybe me?), or this or that scholar, or with Barth, etc – I am going to try something a little different and try to share more devotional quotes from Andrew Murray on Sundays.  Like him or not, I think he has good things to say, and convicting.  Without further ado, here is the first quote I want to offer from Murray’s Absolute Surrender:

God does not ask you to give the perfect surrender in your strength, or the by the power of your will; God is willing to work it in you.  Do we not read: “It is God that worketh in us, both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Phil 2:13)?  And that is what we should seek for – to go on our faces before God, until our hearts learn to believe that the everlasting God Himself will come in to turn out what is wrong, to conquer what is evil, and to work what is well-pleasing in His blessed sight.  God Himself will work it in you. (Kindle edition)

As we pursue a life of surrender it is not just us but God in and through us that moves us to that place of absolute surrender.  Blessings