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Memorial Day Prayer

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Gracious, Sovereign God, Lord of all nations, On this Memorial Day, we pause to reflect upon our blessings as a nation and the high cost of those blessings for many. Thank you for the freedom we enjoy in this country, […]

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Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: The Blessing of Fear

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The Blessing of Fear READ Psalm 128:1-6   How joyful are those who fear the LORD     all who follow his ways! Psalm 128:1 When I was a child, I was afraid of sirens. If a police car was racing through our […]

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A New Promotional Plan for Laity Lodge? Help from the NBA and Pizza!

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A recent USA Today got me thinking. Perhaps there’s a new way for us to promote Laity Lodge . . . by branding food with our logo. According to the article by Bruce Horovitz, “NBA cooks up edible logos to […]

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Privacy and God: From Facebook to a Biblical Theology of Privacy

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Facebook has been all over in the news this week. It made the cover of TIME, for example, with the story “How Facebook is Redefining Privacy.” This article chronicles the astronomical rise of Facebook as well as the privacy crises […]

Harvard Ironies: The Irony of All Ironies

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Today, thousands of people will descend upon Harvard Yard as the university celebrates its 359th Commencement (graduation). Half of Harvard Yard will be transformed into the Tercentenary Theatre as thousands of students “commence” their new lives as Harvard graduations. One […]

Harvard Ironies: The Statue of the Three Lies

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If you were to visit my alma mater, Harvard University, no doubt you’d wander about in Harvard Yard. And, if you were like thousands of other visitors to “The Yard,” you’d end up getting your picture taken in front of […]

How is Your World Geography?

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USA Today reports that the 22nd annual National Geographic Bee is happening this week in Washington D.C. Fifty-four fifth through eighth graders will compete in this annual competition. The article includes a mini-quiz using questions from previous years. How will […]

Harvard Ironies: Veritas for Whom? For What?

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This Thursday, May 27th, Harvard University holds its commencement. It’s not called “graduation,” but “commencement,” because the ceremony is the beginning of life beyond the university. I had to opportunity to participate in two Harvard commencements, in 1979 as I […]

An Appeal to Atheists: Play Well With Other Scientists!

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An opinion piece in USA Today invites atheists to “play well with others.” Karl Gilberson, a professor at Easter Nazarene College and co-president of the Biologos Foundation, a group dedicated to working on the issues of faith and science, complains […]

Pentecost FAQ, Part 3: More On the Spiritual Significance of Pentecost

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My last post in this series began to answer the question: So, then, what difference does it make for us today that the first Christians were filled with the Holy Spirit almost two millennia ago on the Jewish festival of […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Streams in the Desert

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Restore our fortunes, LORD, as streams renew the desert. Psalm 126:4 Psalm 126 begins by celebrating the return of the Israelites from exile (126:1). It was a time of laughter as God’s people rejoiced in the “amazing things” God had […]

Pentecost FAQ, Part 2: What is the Spiritual Significance of Pentecost?

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In yesterday’s post I gave a brief overview of some basic facts about Pentecost: What is Pentecost?What does the word “Pentecost” mean?What actually happened on the day of Pentecost?Should we believe that all of this actually happened?How is Pentecost related […]

Recommendation: Little Lakes Valley along Rock Creek, California

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My (much younger) daughter and (much younger) me in Little Lakes Valley, along Rock Creek, in California. Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The hike to this spot isn’t terribly difficult. In fact, […]

Pentecost FAQ: What is the Christian Celebration of Pentecost All About?

posted by Mark D. Roberts

This coming Sunday, Christians across the world will celebrate Pentecost. In fact, not all Christians recognize this holiday (holy day). But it is generally honored in liturgical churches (Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, etc.), in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches, […]

Praying for Business: A Dream

posted by Mark D. Roberts

When it comes to praying for business, I have a dream that I’d like to share with you. No, it’s not a fast-asleep kind of dream, but a vision, a hope, perhaps even a game plan. In the last couple […]

Noteworthy News: Being Over 50 Isn’t So Bad!

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Good News for the Over-50 Crowd According to USA Today, “Daily stress and worry plummet after age 50.”  The Gallup Organization teamed up with Healthways Corp. to survey 340,000 adults concerning their psychological and emotional states. The report, published in […]

Noteworthy News: A Bold Experiment in Generosity

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One of my favorite “quick” eating places is Panera Bread, which can be found all over the country. Now, the former CEO of Panera is trying a bold experiment in generosity. Ron Shaich has opened a restaurant in what was […]

Praying for Business: Practical Suggestions (Part 2)

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Yesterday I began to offer some practical suggestions for pastors (and other worship leaders) who want to start praying for the marketplace and its workers. These suggestions were: 1. Look to Scripture for new insight into how business might be […]

Praying for Business: Some Practical Suggestions

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Last week my blogging focused on the question: Why don’t we pray for business? I was especially concerned with the absence of marketplace related prayer in the context of corporate Christian gatherings for worship and prayer. When we get together […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: What If?

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What If? READ Psalm 124:1-8   What if the LORD had not been on our side     when people attacked us? Psalm 124:2 Have you ever found yourself wondering “What if”? Perhaps you’ve asked yourself this question from a place of disappointment […]

Speaking of Business . . .

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I’ll have more to say about praying for business, but today I want to share a photo of one of my colleagues at work, focused on his business. (Marcus’ office is being remodeled, as is everything in his building, including […]

Why Don’t We Pray for Business? Part 5

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Today I want to delve into what I believe is one of the most profound reasons why we don’t pray for business. It has to do with how we think as Christians, a fundamental element of our worldview. But first, […]

Why Don’t We Pray for Business? Part 4

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So far in this series I’ve suggested three reasons why we don’t pray for business in the context of Christian worship services: Reason #1: We don’t pray for business because we don’t pray for business. Reason #2: We don’t pray […]

Why Don’t We Pray for Business? Part 3

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In the last two days I have begun to consider why it is that Christians do not pray for business, at least not very often in the context of corporate worship. So far I have suggested two reasons: Reason #1: […]

Why Don’t We Pray for Business? Part 2

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Yesterday I began a short series on the question: Why don’t we pray for business? In particular, I’m wondering why Christians don’t pray, in the context of corporate worship, for business institutions, business leaders, and those who work in businesses. […]

Why Don’t We Pray for Business? Part 1

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A few days ago, I commented on a feature of the National Day of Prayer that was mostly overlooked by the mainstream media: an encouragement for churches to pray on the Sunday prior to the official National Day of Prayer. […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling: Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

posted by Mark D. Roberts

READ Psalm 122:1-9   Pray for peace in Jerusalem.     May all who love this city prosper. Psalm 122:6 It seems sadly ironic that Psalm 122:6 is still just as relevant today as it was when it was written, about three millennia […]

Stonehenge for Sale!

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Most people have heard of Stonehenge, the famed monument in England, a few kilometers north of Salisbury. Tourists from throughout the world flock to this unique reminder of an ancient world. (Photo: Stonehenge) But now you can have Stonehenge in […]

The National Day of Prayer Controversy: What Would Jesus Think? Part 5

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Today I want to finish my series on the National Day of Prayer. In yesterday’s post, I completed an evaluation of Jon Meacham’s use of Jesus to bolster his case for the separation of church and state. In today’s post […]

The National Day of Prayer Controversy: What Would Jesus Think? Part 4

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If you’ve been following my blog for the last few days, you know I’ve been posting a variety of thoughts related to the National Day of Prayer, which is today, Thursday, May 6, 2010. Included among these thoughts has been […]

National Day of Prayer: Most Americans Give Thumbs Up; Some Baptists Give Thumbs Down

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57% of Americans Favor the National Day of Prayer According to a recent USA Today/Gallup Poll of 1,000 adults, 57% of Americans favor the National Day of Prayer, 38% don’t care either way, 4.5% oppose it, and .5% don’t know […]

The National Day of Prayer Controversy: What Would Jesus Think? Part 3

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In Monday’s post I summarized a “religious case for church-state separation” found in Jon Meacham’s recent Newsweek article. Meacham believes that Jesus originated the idea of church-state separation. In support of this claim, he refers to two passages in the […]

The National Day of Prayer Controversy: What Would Jesus Think? Part 2

posted by Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s post, I summarized a “religious case for church-state separation” found in Jon Meacham’s recent Newsweek article. In support of his religious case, Meacham draws from none other than Jesus of Nazareth, whom Meacham credits with originating the idea […]

The National Day of Prayer Controversy: WWJT? (What Would Jesus Think?)

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What would Jesus think about the National Day of Prayer? Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek, thinks he knows. But is he right? WWJT? Last Friday I began to comment on the upcoming National Day of Prayer. It’s slated for this […]

Sunday Inspiration from The High Calling

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Messy Praying READ Psalm 120:1-7   “I am tired of living     among people who hate peace.” Psalm 120:6 Psalm 120 is the first in a series of psalms known as the “Psalms of Ascent.” They were used by the Jewish people […]

Missing My Dad

posted by Mark D. Roberts

Yesterday was my dad’s birthday. He would have been 78 years old. But cancer took his life 24 years ago, when he was only 54. So my dad hasn’t been around to celebrate his birthday for a long time . […]

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