Let’s Create a Preaching Renaissance
My Prayer For You
O My God, Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects, my heart admires, adores, loves thee, for my little vessel is as full as it can be, and I would pour out all that fullness before thee in ceaseless flow.
When I think upon and converse with thee ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up, ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed, ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart, crowding into every moment of happiness.
I bless thee for the soul thou hast created, for adorning it, for sanctifying it, though it is fixed in barren soil;
for the body thou hast given me, for preserving its strength and vigour, for providing senses to enjoy delights, for the ease and freedom of my limbs, for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;
for thy royal bounty providing my daily support, for a full table and overflowing cup, for appetite, taste, sweetness, for social joys of relatives and friends, for ability to serve others, for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities, for a mind to care for my fellow-men, for opportunities of spreading happiness around, for loved ones in the joys of heaven, for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.
I love thee above the powers of language to express, for what thou art to thy creatures. Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.
–Puritan Prayer (The Valley of Vision)
Sound Theology with Colleen Butcher
The Open Table
Bohemian Rhapsody starring Rami Malek; rated PG-13
–Review by Ashley Davis
Bohemian Rhapsody beautifully tells the story of Freddie Mercury and Queen, and is a perfect example of EPIC (experiential, participatory, image-rich, connected). I saw it in the theater a few days ago—I cried several times and loved watching the people sitting in front of me dance and sing along through parts of the movie.
Keep in mind this biopic wasn’t a documentary. I haven’t done all the research to know what was “fact or fiction” and there have been a lot of mixed reviews on that point, so I’m going to keep my comments to the movie itself here. read more…
If the church wishes to converse effectively with a culture, it must learn the culture’s language. Today, shifts in technology mean that language is increasingly one of symbols and metaphors, stories and images―not words.