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Ultimate Allegiance -- New Book on Lord's Prayer
I want to announce the forthcoming publication of my book on the Lord's Prayer. It is entitled Ultimate Allegiance: The Subversive Nature of the Lord's Prayer. The book is part of a series of books being published by Energion Publications that caries the title Areopagus: Critical Christian Issues and is edited by Allan Bevere and David Allan Black.
To give you a sense of the purpose of the book, here is the lead paragraph from the publisher's announcement:
"Prayer changes things." It's a common saying, and too often Christian discussion of prayer deals only with how we can change other things and other people through prayer. But what if prayer is much more that we imagine? What if it is also the means of correcting our relationship to the Creator and at the same time of changing our relationships with one another? Perhaps prayer can ultimately help transform our theology, what we believe about God, into character and action.
The book will be available in November, but you can pre-order now -- along with my bible study guide on the Book of Ephesians. Click here to find out more the book and about ordering copies. Although there are not study questions, it can easily be adapted for such a purpose.
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus
came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and
saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent,
and believe in the good news.”16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of
Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for
they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them,
“Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18 And
immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 As
he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who
were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately
he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired
men, and followed him.
story is told, perhaps it’s apocryphal, that my grandmother spotted me
preaching in my crib, and she told my mother that I would grow up to be a
preacher. While I spent my youth as
first an acolyte and …
John 20:19-31 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin[a]), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”26 A week la…
Genesis 1:1-2:4a New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 1 In the beginning when God created the
heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless
void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from
God swept over the face of the waters. 3 Then
God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And
God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the
darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the
darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the
first day. 6 And God said, “Let there be a dome
in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the
waters.” 7 So God made the dome and separated the
waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And
it was so. 8 God called the dome Sky. And there was
evening and there was morning, the second day.