Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
Do we have to ask God to hear our prayer, or does He automatically hear? When Nehemiah was preparing to go before the King to request permission to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls of the city, he prayed, “O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant” (Nehemiah 1:11). Furthermore, Daniel prayed, “Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications” (Daniel 9:17). Finally, David prayed, “Incline Your ear to me, and hear my…Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on July 19, 2021 at 9:33am — No Comments
Hajj 2021 - Day 1
Sacred Act 1: Ihram (cleaning, preparation day
Pilgrims must enter into the state of Ihram (purity) which involves ritual washing and then wearing white, plain garments. These garments indicate that all pilgrims are equal. Following this cleansing, pilgrims are officially on the Hajj. As they cross the pilgrimage boundary, the men will shout the Talbiyah, a Muslim prayer: “Here I am at Thy service O Lord, here…Continue
Added by Merton J. Hershberger on July 17, 2021 at 8:06pm — No Comments
I have been compiling a collection of prayer quotes from lesser-known authors. As I was preparing to donate my collection of five hundred books on prayer to the Southwestern Baptist Seminary Library, I got to wondering who all these authors were. A few were recognizable, but most were unknown, at least to me. I decided to scan all the books before releasing them, to see what I, or some previous owner, had underlined or highlighted, thus my collection of quotes. One of my favorite quotes is…Continue
"I have been reminded of your sincere faith,
which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice?
I am persuaded, now lives in you also" (II Timothy 1:5 NIV)
If Timothy's grandmother Lois had not…Continue
Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 5, 2021 at 7:56pm — No Comments
I know of people who don’t pray because they say they don’t know how. They fear saying the wrong things to God. While I do not have that specific problem in prayer, I do understand, and I have some advice. It comes from the minor prophet, Zephaniah. “Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD; for the day of the Lord is at hand” (Zephaniah 1:7). Rather than say you can’t pray, why not simply acknowledge God’s presence and then listen. Admit that prayer is not just you talking to God, but…Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on April 3, 2021 at 11:56am — No Comments
I fear the greatest reason for the hostility being expressed in politics, social media and nearly every area of society is the absence of love. We who know the Lord and believe the Bible can know…Continue
God's people need to learn to fear and hate lies.
We live in days of great deception. Believers need to know how seriously God takes falsehood and deception. We seem to think some little lies are okay. They are not. It no longer seems to be a big deal to post a list of things on social media about a politician or public figure you fear or dislike, some of which you cannot verify.…Continue
Christian Nationalism #5
The Reconquista – The Beginning
I am old enough, and have been a part of the Evangelical world for long enough, that I am now struggling with understanding what exactly (or even in-exactly) is an “Evangelical.” In an earlier post I gave a short overview of the history of Evangelical social engagement starting with the 1940’s. The difference between early 20th century Fundamentalism and mid-20th century…Continue
Added by Ken Oliver on March 15, 2021 at 1:38pm — No Comments
I first saw one in a friend’s “Prayer Room” (a middle bedroom of his house), then I saw another one in a colleague’s office. How unique, I thought. So, I searched until I found my own Prayer Bench and fit it into my Seminary office. I had long believed, and then taught, the discipline of place, in private prayer. After all, Jesus repeatedly went to specific places to pray (Mark 1:35; Luke 22:39-40). Among other subjects, I kept my…Continue
Christian Nationalism #4
Five Principles for Discerning the News - cont'd
(Principles 3 – 5)
In my early blog post, I talked about the first two principles. Now I will continue with #3,#4, and #5.
One of the myths that exist in any situation of conflict is the over-estimation of the opponent. I remember some years ago when…Continue
Dave Butts "Prayer Strategy for Ministry" resonated strongly with me, as does Nehemiah's prayer life.
I also liked Phil Miglioratti's thought…Continue
Christian Nationalism #4
Five Principles for Discerning the News
(Principles 1 – 2)
I recall a meeting with a community organizer many years ago. On her wall was a framed Hagar The Horrible cartoon. The caption said: “Allies come and go, but a good Enemy will last a life-time.” I remember that because in the world of political organizing you need a good enemy. However, what is pragmatic for politics is…Continue
In my previous post, I said that I would talk about next steps to restore a Christ-centered orthodoxy to Evangelical Christianity and rid us of the scourge of Christian nationalism. This is the first step – we must confront the loss of truth.
In Ephesians, Paul admonishes us to speak the truth in love. This has two parts: 1) a commitment to truth, and 2) a commitment to love. Following this guide, I want to say that I love Evangelicals. They are…Continue
Christian Nationalism - Part 2
Should we engage society?
In my last blog post I talked about the theological error of Christian nationalism, and its danger to Christianity because it undermines evangelism and attempts social reform through the use of power. Having stated what I think is wrong, I feel the need to suggest a way forward. The next couple of blogs will address that.
First, should Christians be concerned with social reform?…Continue
Added by Ken Oliver on January 29, 2021 at 1:25pm — No Comments
Today, especially in the wake of the events of Jan 6 in our nation’s capital and the aftermath, there have been many thoughtful things written about the dangers of Christian nationalism. One writer said: “The split we are seeing is not theological or philosophical. It’s a division between those who have become detached from reality and those who, however right wing, are still in the real world.” I disagree. I believe that the problem is theological, and the healing can only happen when we…Continue
For the first ten years of my life, I was an only child. I guess my parents didn’t believe in baby-sitters or perhaps couldn’t afford them, I just remember accompanying my parents to a lot of adult events. At each, I was told to “be seen and not heard.” So, I grew up being rather quiet, and reserved. That lifestyle carried over into my prayer life. In fact, I remember wondering in church, why some people prayed such long, wordy prayers, and why in the worship service, we spent so much time…Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on January 24, 2021 at 9:47am — No Comments
After the large group of disciples deserted him Jesus ministered only in Galilee for some time. He did not go at all into Judea because the Jewish hierarchy were threatening to kill him. With the Feast of Booths at hand Jesus went back to his childhood home in Nazareth. There he found his brothers and sisters and their families gathered. His oldest brother, Joseph, welcomed him.
“Jesus! We are glad to see you. We…Continue
I watch a lot of college football. I've seen all the bowl games, even the ones that no one has heard of. In one of those games, I saw a commercial that really intrigued me. It pictured a "first date" meet-up between Satan and 2020 (personified as a woman), and then the development of a relationship between them.
It's unlikely that the producers of the commercial have any idea about spiritual warfare, but the reference brought to my mind the fact that 2020 was indeed a…Continue
Times have changed. People are staying home from church services in record numbers – and blaming the COVID virus. History has shown when we are forced by circumstances to change, we eventually get comfortable with the change, and even prefer the new methods to the old. John Cage, an American composer, artist, and philosopher, confessed, “I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened of old ones.” Most churches I know have recovered approximately half of their…Continue