Tag: prayer

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #20: Christianity as Life

If any one of Philipp Spener’s six “pious wishes” is most central, or does the most to set Pietism apart from other Christian traditions that place a high value on Scripture and a “common priesthood,” it’s probably this one: …the people must have it impressed upon them and must accustom themselves to believing that it is…

The Christian Feminist Podcast, Episode # 4: Mariology

Introductions, a welcome, and an apology Knowing Mary as theotokos  Lots of theologians have talked about her role So have lots of feminists Mary’s feast days make this discussion a timely one (or would if we had recorded on time :/ ) Reading This is a huge topic—please join our discussion on the blog and…

What Habakkuk Saw: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings from 6 October 2013

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 6 October 2013 (20th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C) Lamentations 1:1-6 and Lamentations 3:19-26 or Psalm 137  • Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 and Psalm 37:1-9  • 2 Timothy 1:1-14  • Luke 17:5-10 Habakkuk is one of those short little prophetic books that’s an under-appreciated goldmine.  In three brief chapters it explores the relationships between Psalmic lament and prophetic lawsuit-oracle; presents one of the…

Why Pray at All? A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 12 September 2010

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 12 September 2010 (16th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C) Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 and Psalm 14 • Exodus 32:7-14 and Psalm 51:1-10 • 1 Timothy 1:12-17 • Luke 15:1-10 I remember being very impressed the first time I heard the claim that prayer was not for the sake of God but…

Bible, Tradition, Theology part 1: The Nature of God

Once again I have Phil Rutledge to thank for an occasion to think not only about theology’s content but the ways in which I do theology.  Responding to our recent podcast on origin stories, Phil asks a battery of questions including the significance of the epithet Shaddai often appended to the Hebrew el, the effects…