JAMES 5:14–18: Did God Really Stop the Rain?

In James 5:14–18, James encourages the elders of the church to lay hands on and pray for the sick, the sinful, and those in need of healing prayer. He writes “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” The context is not intercessory prayer on behalf of others from a distance but prayer that

JAMES 5:14–18: Did God Really Stop the Rain? 2018-07-06T17:53:41+00:00

Prayer, the Bystander Effect, & The Little Children

“The bystander effect” is a term used by social psychologists to describe what happens when individuals fail to intervene during crises or emergencies when they perceive others are present and aware of the event. Preeminent social psychologist Elliot Aronson writes in his classic book, The Social Animal, “If people are aware that an event is

Prayer, the Bystander Effect, & The Little Children 2018-06-21T01:49:39+00:00

Centering Prayer

Centering prayer can be one of the most difficult prayers to engage in because it requires stillness and silence, which are completely countercultural and counter-ego. Stillness and silence are countercultural to our drive-through, drive-by, and driven society that fosters a jittery nervous system and type A(DHD) personalities. Many people, therefore, think of stillness, silence, and

Centering Prayer 2018-05-20T20:03:39+00:00

Cooking, Bathing, and Soaking, Oh My!

J. P. Moreland is a poster child for intellectually savvy and deeply conservative evangelicalism. He is brilliant–stunningly so. I have learned a lot from him over the years. I was listening to his talk on YouTube, entitled “On the Promises and Problems of Petitionary Prayer” (2013). He said things that perfectly align with my vision for

Cooking, Bathing, and Soaking, Oh My! 2018-04-06T01:53:16+00:00

PRAYER IN THE AFTERMATH OF MASS SHOOTINGS

What does prayer look like with an uncontrolling loving God in the aftermath of mass shootings? First, let me share some traditional petitionary prayers that are often prayed after such incidents: “I pray for the victims, families, and first responders.” “God, be with the families of those shooting victims.” “Pour out your grace

PRAYER IN THE AFTERMATH OF MASS SHOOTINGS 2019-08-09T16:04:25+00:00

DIVINE ECHOES

“People who intentionally set aside time to prayerfully listen and conspire with God, humbly opening themselves up to receive God’s wavelengths of love, and creatively and subversively reverberate them out to the world around them.”