German stamp, showing Karl Barth. Deutsch: Deutsche Briefmarke, die den Theologen Karl Barth zeigt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Great discussion in this series about a topic that needs to be addressed – Christians and Violence
This makes me want to read Barth – A Prayer for Sunday (Karl Barth)
An important distinction I always need to be reminded of – A Critical Mind vs. A Critical Spirit (HT Marc Cortez)
A new religion? – On Mitt Romney, Liberty University, and Civil Religion (HT Brian LePort)
Yesterday and the day before I got to spend a little bit of time with Alexander Strauch and was blessed to hear him speak on the topic of prayer. It was a challenging message in many ways, and one that I needed to hear. He ended his sermon with this quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones:
“When a man is speaking to God he is at his very acme. It is the highest activity of the human soul, and therefore it is at the same time the ultimate test of a man’s true spiritual condition. There is nothing that tells the truth about us as Christian people so much as our prayer life. Everything we do in the Christian life is easier than prayer.”
I was particularly struck by the last statement. I’m curious if you agree with it. If prayer is truly the most difficult part of the Christian life, how should that change the way we think about it, teach about it, and practice it. What is it that would make it more difficult than the other aspects of our lives as disciples of Jesus?
On a side note, Alex has a fantastic sense of humor and was really generous with his time to spend some of it with a group of seminary students. It is wonderful when someone can challenge you deeply, spend meaningful time with you, and make you laugh uproariously all the while.
1 Give ear to my words, O LORD,
consider my sighing.
2 Listen to my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation.