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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

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Mark Herringshaw is writer, speaker, spiritual life coach and pastor at North Heights Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He’s the author of "Six Prayers God Always Answers: Results May Vary," and "Nine Ways God Always Speaks: Only Available in Certain States," both co-written with Jennifer Schuchmann. His third book is "The Karma of Jesus.” Mark is a native of Santa Cruz, California. He has studied at Azusa Pacific University, The Academy of Performing Arts, Cambridge, Ontario, and Luther Seminary. He holds a Ph.D. from Regent University. Mark and his wife Jill have four children. His true passion is walking with people in the exciting adventure of communicating with God.

A Prayer for Peace after the San Diego Earthquake

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A 7.2 earthquake epicentered near Mexicali, Mexico struck about 3:40 p.m. Sunday rattling all of Southern California, and setting high rise buildings in Los Angeles and San Diego rocking. There are some reports of damage. This quake was the strongest […]

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It’s Still Good Friday at the Vatican: A Prayer for Justice AND Mercy

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Victims’ lawyers are accusing Pope Benedict of being ultimately responsible for an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse of children by priests. The New York Times reported the Vatican and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, were warned about Murphy but […]

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Good Friday, 2010: The MOST Love

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A crowded train speeds toward an open drawbridge. No one on board knows the danger. But from a frosty window on that train one troubled young woman witnesses an act of unimaginable sacrifice. What she sees proves to her that […]

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April Fools Day, 2010 Prayer… for Topeka, Kansas

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Topeka? I’ve been to Topeka. It’s dusty and flat and on any given day either too hot or too cold. People from Topeka claim it’s a great place to live; but they admit it’s not much to visit. Here’s to […]

Prayer for Chocolate Slaves

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Eating chocolate Easter bunnies is good for the soul AND your heart. Research published today in the European Heart Journal shows that one small square of chocolate a day can lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease. […]

To Stop Iran’s Effort to Build a Nuclear Weapon

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“God, frustrate Iran’s effort to build a nuclear weapon!” Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist, missing since last summer has defected to the U.S. and is assisting the CIA in its efforts to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. That is good […]

The “Christian Warriors” are not… NOT Christian…

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The “Christian Warriors” are not… NOT Christian… The nine members of this anti-government militia group charged Monday with conspiring to kill a law-enforcement officer in an effort to start a “war” against the U.S. government are NOT Jesus-Followers. Plain and […]

A Prayer for the Hadron Particle Collider Experiment

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Physicists are looking for God… again. The Hadron Collider, the world’s largest, most powerful particle accelerator called went into action this morning. The drama is playing out – at this moment – inside a 17-mile tunnel on the border between […]

“Amish Grace”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Love your enemies,” Jesus said. But what does “love” mean in face of senseless violence? That’s the question pressed by the film “Amish Grace” aired last night on Lifetime Movie Network. The feature is based on the events of the […]

Prayer for the Victims of the Moscow Metro Bombing

posted by Mark Herringshaw

At least 37 people have died and were dozens wounded in two explosions that rocked the busy Moscow metro during rush hour this morning. The UK’s Telegraph quotes security sources that suicide bombers from Chechnya were responsible. God, have mercy! […]

The Eucharist Diet: I Wait

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet: I Wait  March 25, 2010 Day 84 Weight: 196 lbs Weight lost: -10 lbs A fitting song lyric by Kathryn Scott… Hungry hungry I come to You for I know You satisfy I am empty but I […]

Two Degrees of Separation from a $184 Million Man

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Joe Mauer is a rich young man. My 12 year old son Michael and 16 year old son Matt and I all huddled around our computer on Monday night watching ESPN’s streaming broadcast of the Mauer new conference announcing his […]

A Prayer for Those without Fathers

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Sometimes conversations come out of the blue to change our day, even our life perhaps. A moment ago I walked into Caribou Coffee expecting to sit quietly in the corner with a mug of dark roast and plan out my […]

A Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Jerusalem is not a settlement. It’s our capital” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday. He spoke responding to the Obama administration’s sharp criticism over Israel’s recently announced new housing plans for east Jerusalem, the part of the city Palestinians […]

Prayer to the Author of True Health Care

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed the so called “Health Care Bill.” Few doubt that some sort of governmental policy change is needed in our country. Too many people have too little access to or pay too high a […]

Hungry for More

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet: Hungry for More  March 21, 2010 Day 80 Weight: 196 lbs Weight lost: -10 lbs We sang this song in church yesterday… Made me hungry! “We are Hungry” by Brad Kilman Lord, I want more of YouLiving […]

The Eucharist Diet: Continued

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet: Continued   March 20, 2010 Day 79 Weight: 196 lbs Weight lost: -10 lbs I have not forgotten; I have not quit. I am continuing my “Eucharist Diet” adventure, my six month experiment taking daily communion and then […]

Already/Not Yet Spring

posted by Mark Herringshaw

We’re dancing in Minnesota! The Vernal Equinox 2010 arrives today at 12:32 PM central daylight time. It’s now Spring for all of us living in the northern hemisphere, and for those of us way up North this is great hope. […]

Prayer for the Red River Flood

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever” (Psalm 29:10). Melting snow has pushed the Red River at Fargo, North Dakota to “major flood stage.” The National Guard and an army of volunteers are […]

A Blessed St. Paddy’s Day to Ye!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A Blessed St. Paddy’s Day to Ye! In the book  wrote, “Nine Ways God Always Speaks” Jennifer Schuchmann and I offer the following about Patrick of Ireland’s spiritual contribution to the world:  St. Patrick’s Day in America is merely an excuse […]

St. Patrick and Thin Places

posted by Mark Herringshaw

When St. Patrick founded the Christian Church in Ireland he incorporated many redeemable elements of the Celtic culture into the new faith community. For all the centuries since the Celtic picture of Jesus and his Kingdom has added a marvelous […]

A St. Patrick’s Day Blessing to Ye All

posted by Mark Herringshaw

May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, And the rain fallsoft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you […]

Prayer after the Los Angeles Earthquake

posted by Mark Herringshaw

An earthquake woke Los Angeles and Southern California before dawn this morning. Millions were jolting out of bed by the tremor. While no damage, injuries or power outages have been reported, the fear sparked by an earthquake like this is real, […]

St. Patrick’s Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. The following prayer is often called “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” because it seeks God’s protection in a world of both tangible and invisible dangers. Though Patrick of Ireland lived more than 1500 years ago his prayer asking […]

Prayer for the Peace of Juarez

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Juarez is a war zone. “God, have mercy.” We have friends living and working there, so the news of the murder of an American couple strikes home for us. A few years back our family spent Spring break working in […]

A Prayer of Thanks for Great Coffee

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I’m thanking God today for volcanoes, Kona and great coffee. Trivial you say. I don’t think so. A moment ago I stood on the balcony of our hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii looking west over the Pacific Ocean […]

A Prayer for Those with Legal Challenges

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I heard today of a friend living in another country who is under investigation by an agency of his government. I grieve for him. The government is accusing him of some sort of financial impropriety. I don’t pretend to understand […]

A Prayer for Runners

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us […]

A Prayer for Prodigals and their Parents

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“All your sons and daughters will be taught by the Lord; and great will be your children’s peace” Isaiah 54:13. I have a friend whose child is wandering into dangerous places. There is no deeper pain than for a parent […]

A Prayer for Travelers

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My wife and I will be traveling today, flying from our home in St. Paul Minnesota to Hawaii’s big island of Kona. Jill and I both will be attending important meetings there, so there is real business involved. But the […]

A Parents’ Prayer for the Safety of our Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Brent and Kelly King of San Diego, California are living every parent’s nightmare. On Tuesday searchers found the body of their 17 year old daughter, Chelsea. She had been raped and then murdered. The following day police arrested John Albert […]

A Prayer for Anyone Facing a Job Layoff

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I’m meeting a friend for lunch today. He was recently laid off. I’m not quite sure what to say when we meet. I can’t exactly hand in a new job, not exactly at least. What I can promise is that […]

A Prayer for Anyone Preparing for a Job Interview

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Facing a job interview can be an ominous and terrifying gauntlet. We’ve all been on the “scrutinized side of the table to face the grilling questions. “So what audacious arrogance leads to you imagine you are qualified for this esteemed […]

A Prayer for Someone Losing their Home

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I have a friend who may be losing his home. Most of us know someone suffering under this crisis. The statistics are daunting. 2 million people are either in default or in immediate risk facing foreclosure. Numbers are one thing; […]

The Eucharist Diet: A Gourmet Christian

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet: A Gourmet Christian March 2, 2010 Day 60 Weight: 195 lbs Weight lost: -11 lbs I’m meeting my friend Brian in 30 minutes to talk about how to make a feast. Serious. Brian is a professional chef […]

A Prayer for Employment

posted by Mark Herringshaw

As of today, the “official” U.S. unemployment rate stands at 9.7% but officials are warning of more bad news for February. Estimates are that payrolls fell by another 50,000 last month lifting unemployment to 9.8%. And this does not include […]

“The Karma of Jesus” Interview vii with Alex Ness

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me about my book, The Karma of Jesus. Here are some excerpts: AN: If Karma isn’t necessarily correct, it is at least a more consciously moral way to […]

The Eucharist Diet: Milk and Honey

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 23, 2010 Day 53 Weight: 195 lbs Weight lost: -11 lbs   I’m down 11 pounds… Not bad! Not done, but not bad… There’s a land of milk and honey, and I want to live there and enjoy the […]

“The Karma of Jesus” Interview vi with Alex Ness

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me about my book, The Karma of Jesus. Here are some excerpts: AN: Can a Christian believe in Karma too? MH: I think Christians have to believe in […]

John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

John Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer” is a prayer used for the renewal of the believer’s Covenant with God. It is often recited in special worship services, but is also a wonderful expression for individuals who want to affirm their commitment to […]

The Eucharist Diet: Giving Up Austerity for Lent

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 18, 2010 Day 48 Weight: 197 lbs Weight lost: -9 lbs   I’m giving up austerity for Lent. My impulse to beat myself-up in order to win God’s favor seems to die hard.  So I’m tackling this with a […]

Eyes of Faith: Seeing Jesus in Spaghetti Sauce?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Is it possible to discover God in a short stack of pancakes or cloud formation or in a paint smudge on the sidewalk? Some people believe it is. Beliefnet.com has created a new photo gallery called “Seeing Jesus (and Mary) […]

The Eucharist Diet: On Ash Wednesday

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 18, 2010 Day 48 Weight: 197 lbs Weight lost: -9 lbs   “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust…” Fire makes ashes. And how do we fight fire? With… water. Specifically we fight fire with the waters of baptism. Fire […]

“The Karma of Jesus” Interview vi with Alex Ness

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me about my book, The Karma of Jesus. Here are some excerpts: AN: Have you considered whether or not this treatment by you of Karma is just another […]

The Eucharist Diet: On Fat Tuesday – Mardi Gras

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 17, 2010 Day 47 Weight: 197 lbs Weight lost: -9 lbs   Today is Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday.” Eat, drink, be merry! My wife Jill and I once spent a Mardi Gras in New Orleans. “Wild” does not describe […]

“The Karma of Jesus” Interview v with Alex Ness

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me about my book, The Karma of Jesus. Here are some excerpts: AN: You’re saying that “Grace trumps Karma.” Isn’t it a bit foolish, to argue one unproven […]

Presidents Day 2010 – A Prayer from George Washington

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is Presidents Day 2010. Our first president, George Washington was a man of deep faith and prayer. Here’s an excerpt from Washington’s prayer journal. O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine […]

“Karma of Jesus” Interview iv with Alex Ness

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me about my book, The Karma of Jesus. Here are some excerpts: AN: Doesn’t the fact that with Karma you get moral people and with Christianity you get […]

The Karma of Bono

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me about my book, The Karma of Jesus. Here are some excerpts: AN: You suggest in your book “The Karma of Jesus” that there is a certain symmetry […]

The Eucharist Diet: Focus, Focus, Focus

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 12, 2010 Day 42 Weight: 197 lbs Weight lost: -9 lbs   I’ve been focused on food. I’m taking communion every day, just to see what would happen in my life – particularly what would happen in my relationship […]

The Eucharist Diet: The Law of Displacement

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 8, 2010 Day 39 Weight: 199 lbs Weight lost: -7 lbs I’m static, parked now for more than a week at this level. I’m still taking communion daily. I’m still finding myself conscience of what I eat. But I’m […]

A Blizzard Prayer for Washington Snow

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A second major winter storm is hitting Washington and Eastern seaboard. Snow, wind and slush are hounding commuters again today as blizzard warnings from Baltimore to New York City herald the arrival of another historic storm – more than 10 […]

A Prayer Against Fear in “Shakin’ Chicago”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 hit rumbled through the suburbs of Chicago, the windy city, this morning. Damage was minimal; fear was not. While there are many more ominous disasters of note in the world today, the fear […]

Interview ii with Alex Ness on “The Karma of Jesus”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me (Mark Herringshaw) about my book, “The Karma of Jesus.” Here is another excerpt: AN: People use the word “Karma” in many ways. What does it actually mean, in […]

The Eucharist Diet: Chocolate Galore

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 10, 2010 Day 41 Weight: 199 lbs Weight lost: -7 lbs I love chocolate. I like coffee. I prefer to drink my coffee with a “shot” of chocolate. This morning I’ve parked at my butt at Caribou Coffee to […]

An Interview with Alex Ness on “The Karma of Jesus.”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Alex Ness is a writer, poet, and social critic. Recently Alex interviewed me (Mark Herringshaw) about my book, “The Karma of Jesus.” Here are some excerpts: AN: Whatever possessed you to write a book called “The Karma of Jesus?” MH: […]

Toyota Prius, Faulty Brakes, Sticking Accelerators and Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Sell your Toyota stock…Now! Toyota has problems. Big problems. Not only do are the accelerators in millions of their cars prone to stick, they now admit design problems in the brake system of the Prius. When it rains it rains […]

The Karma Dump

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I was lecturing once during a Saturday evening church gathering and five minutes into my talk a young man in his twenties spoke up out of the audience.    “Does God really forgive sin?” he asked.   I stopped in mid […]

The Eucharist Diet: Hybrid Food

posted by Mark Herringshaw

February 3, 2010 Day 32 Weight: 198 lbs Weight lost: -8 lbs   I don’t believe in magic; I do believe in miracles. I don’t believe in luck; I do believe in favor. I don’t believe in Karma; I do […]

The Eucharist Diet: Rebounding

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet: Rebounding   February 2, 2010 Day 31 Weight: 200 lbs Weight lost: -6 lbs   Just a quick report for anyone still interested: I’m parked at 200 lbs, down from my original 206 lbs. I’m staying true […]

A Pray on Groundhog Day

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It’s Groundhog Day and Puxatony Phil saw his shadow this morning. Bad news: we’re facing six more weeks of winter… No surprise, especially for us living in Minnesota where it will probably be more like 12 weeks. I woke this […]

“Karma’s a Bitch”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Ari Derfel didn’t throw away his garbage, on purpose. For 12 months the 35 year-old catering company owner stored all his waste inside his Berkley, California apartment. Derfel struck upon the idea after looking for statistics about how much refuse […]

Prayer for Baptist Americans in Haiti

posted by Mark Herringshaw

We pray still for crisis in Haiti. The magnitude of the trauma is numbing. Yet behind the scenes sprawling across our televisions and computer screens we catch the horror of real, personal tragedies. It’s pain we can only begin to […]

Cracking the Karma Code

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A shattered relationship… Financial struggles… Health problems… Family strife… Is there a reason?  Is there a way out? Some people explain trouble by saying… We reap what we sow. The other shoe drops. To every action there is an equal […]

Got Karma? Get Jesus!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Karma’s a bitch… Unyielding. Relentless. Unflinching. Pure and absolute justice. If Karma matters, I’m doomed, dead, and damned. But for Jesus… Jesus became the toxic waste dump of the universe. I give him my Karma, and he suffers in my […]

The Eucharist Diet: Evicting Temptation

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 28, 2010 Day 27 Weight: 198 lbs Weight lost: -8 lbs “Lead me not into temptation…” My friend Mindy – her office is next to mine – just returned from a trip to Israel. The day she flew home […]

A Prayer on Holocaust Remembrance Day 2010

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2010. We pause to pay our respects, to vow that such a terror will never happen again, to pay honor to the survivors and their families, and to pray for God’s justice and mercy […]

CauseWorld, Karma, and Doom…

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Wow, earn Karma for window shopping! What a concept: turn your life around with charitable consumerism. Here’s how it’s suppose to work: CauseWorld is offering a free location-based application for the Apple iPhone and Android phones that allows you to […]

Tim Tebow, CBS, the NFL, and Focus on the Family

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mother will appear in a Super Bowl commercial on CBS that makes a clear pro-life statement. It’s a remarkable coalition, and progressives are in a tizzy. The ad purportedly tells the story of Tebow’s mother […]

The Eucharist Diet: Two or Three Together

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 26, 2010 Day 25 Weight: 198 lbs Weight lost: -8 lbs   Surprised this morning… Down two more pounds! Okay, I’ll take it. And I even had seconds on stir fry and rice for dinner last night… Communion is […]

Dump Your Karma

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The idea labeled “Karma” seems to be embedded in the universe, and in our own understanding of the universe. We do reap what we sow. What goes around does come around. The other shoe always, eventually drops. The ancient philosophers both east and […]

The Eucharist Diet: Dissecting Hunger

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 25, 2010 Day 24 Weight: 200 lbs Weight lost: -6 lbs   What is hunger? Looking at the horrid pictures of the broken people of Haiti, I’m convinced I do not truly know. “God, teach me to see the […]

The Eucharist Diet: An Unorthodox Leverage of Orthodoxy

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 22, 2010 Day 21 Weight: 199 lbs Weight lost: -7 lbs I’ve fallen below the benchmark threshold of 200 lbs! I think I’ll celebrate with something chocolate… I can’t figure – exactly – how this is happening, except to […]

Free Audio Book – “The Karma of Jesus”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Last October I released my latest book, “The Karma of Jesus.” In December I recorded an audio version of the book. Now, for a limited period, my publisher, Bethany House, is offering a free download of this unabridged reading of the book.   To […]

Prayer for Haiti: From “Why, God?” to “How, God?”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Why, God?” Looking at pictures of the pain and sorrow in Haiti, that’s our natural question. We want to know why a loving and all powerful God would allow such devastation. Be honest now. All of us want to know this… […]

The Half-Truth in Pat Robertson’s Oral Dysentery

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I apologize for Pat Robertson’s foul mouth.  The man needs discretion, to say the least. And if Dr. Robertson cannot find enough “fruit of the Spirit” growing in his own soul – particularly self control – then perhaps prudent brothers […]

The Eucharist Diet: “Water is Almost Everything”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 20, 2010 Day 19 Weight: 200 lbs Weight lost: -6 lbs   One more pound burned off and honestly, I don’t know how… I ate three handfuls of M & Ms yesterday too… and a piece of carrot cake, […]

The Eucharist Diet: “What’s with the Water?”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 19, 2010 Day 18 Weight: 201 lbs Weight lost: -5   Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this [natural] water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give […]

A Prayer in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today we remember the birthday of a great American, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will […]

The Eucharist Diet: “Burn Baby, Burn”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 18, 2010 Day 17 Weight: 202 lbs Weight lost: -4   “All the fat belongs to the Lord,” Leviticus 3:16. This morning the temperature on the thermostat outside the kitchen window reads 16 degrees. I wish I was in […]

Halftime Prayer for Haiti

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Let’s pray for Haiti at halftime… The numbers look like…  numbers, and nothing more. 100,000 is a symbol, cold and distant. Pictures and videos taken in Haiti this week help us put human faces to the dark tragedy. But even the best […]

The Eucharist Diet: Full

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 17, 2010 Day 16 Weight: 202 lbs Weight lost: -4 My father died one year ago last April.  I miss him.  He passed along to me so many aspects of my life: a love for baseball, my eye color, […]

The Eucharist Diet: Unintended Progress

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 16, 2010 Day 15 Weight: 202 lbs Weight lost: -4   Down two more pounds since I’ve posted last. Jill (my wife) and I have been away on a prayer/planning retreat in the woods of Northwest Wisconsin. We ate […]

Our Annual Prayer/Planning Retreat in the Woods

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Every year in January my wife Jill and I take 3-4 days away in a cabin somewhere in the woods as a “working retreat.” We’ve done this now for about 20 years and it’s one the things we most look […]

The Eucharist Diet: How is this Working?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 11, 2010 Day 10 Weight: 203 lbs Weight lost: -3   Come, all you who are thirsty,        come to the waters;        and you who have no money,        come, buy and eat!        Come, buy wine and […]

Mark McGwire Lives in Denial… Say a Prayer for Him

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Disgraced ex-baseball star Mark McGwire finally sobbed out his steroid confession yesterday. No one was the least surprised; no one should be the least bit impressed.   I once cheered for McGwire who hit 583 career home runs with Oakland […]

“Hey Tiger, I’ve Screwed Up too, and Yes, There is Redemption…”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Brit Hume is still catching Hell for his public comments that Tiger Woods should consider converting to Christianity from Buddhism. Hume implies that Woods’ belief in an impersonal “Force” running the Universe leaves him no room for redemption. If Karma […]

The Eucharist Diet: How Hungry are You?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 11, 2010 Day 10 Weight: 204 lbs Weight lost: -2   “I have food you know not of…” John 4:31   I’m in a reflective mood this morning, needing to ponder and pen some basics, to remind myself what […]

The Eucharist Diet: No Cheesecake, No Regrets

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Eucharist Diet Adventure: A six month experiment taking daily communion and tracking the results in my personal life, relationships, health, and body fat percentage.    January 10, 2010 Day 9 Weight: 204 lbs Weight lost: -2 Report: I’m parked at […]

Pray for Christians in Malaysia.

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Let’s pray for Christians in Malaysia. In the last two days Muslims in this Islamic nation have turned violent, firebombing four Christian churches following a court decision that allows Christians to translate the word for God as Allah. “Allah is […]

Who can “Bless” the Bread and Wine?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Earlier today someone posted a comment on the blog topic I’ve been calling “The Eucharist Diet” – a day to day report of my practice of taking daily communion and the corresponding results on my weight. I thought this question was worth highlighting and addressing:   […]

The Eucharist Diet: Where’s the Beef?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 9, 2010 Day 8 Weight: 204 lbs Weight lost: -2 lbs Now I know something “different” is happening. This morning I weighed in again and found – to my stunned surprise – that I was down another one pound, […]

The Eucharist Diet: Going Hybrid

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 8, 2010 Day 7 Weight: 205 Weight lost: -1 “I have a kind of food you know nothing about… My nourishment comes from doing the will of God.” (Jesus, in John 4:32,34). There’s food, and then there is “food.” […]

The Eucharist Diet: Merlot Anyone?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 7, 2010 Day 6 Weight: 206 Weight lost: 0 I weighed in and I’m parked at 206 lbs. Okay… I’m still taking communion each day and praying for my meals. The place and time and company with which I […]

Tiger Woods, Brit Hume and “The Karma of Jesus”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Brit Hume has chutzpah, gotta give him that. If you haven’t heard, Hume recently challenged Tiger Woods to replace his Buddhism – which he claims doesn’t offer true atonement and forgiveness – with Christianity – which he says does offer atonement and forgiveness. […]

The Consumer Electronics Show – Skyping with God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I’d love to be in Las Vegas today, both to escape the bitter cold gripping Minnesota and to attend the Consumer Electronic Show and check out the new whiz bang gadgets soon to be available to all us gullible customers […]

The Eucharist Diet: Bread for the Hungry

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 6, 2010 Day 5 Weight: 206 Weight lost: 0 No change from yesterday, which is not a bad thing given the fact they had a piece of Mile’s chocolate cake after dinner last night. Oh, I have rendered a […]

The Eucharist Diet: Results with an *

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 5, 2010 Day 4 Weight: 206* Weight lost: 4 pounds*  For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given […]

A Prayer from The Tallest Building in the World

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, is set to open today in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Although the exact height of the Burj Dubai (Arabic for Dubai Tower) is a closely guarded secret, at more than 2,625 feet, it far […]

The Eucharist Diet: “Get Ye Behind Me!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

January 4, 2010 Day 3 Last night was a mega-challenge for my new diet adventure, and a perfect test for my theory. Jill, my wife invited about 20 of my friends over to celebrate my 50th birthday. By January 2nd […]

The Eucharist Diet: Day 2

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I still weigh 210 pounds… but I’m making progress: I’m hungry this morning and I’m not running full speed to fix it. That’s progress… Jesus began hungry.  Hunger I suppose is not a bad thing. Hunger is just a signal, […]

A Prayer for Irish Atheists

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“God, bless the Irish Atheists…”   No tongue in cheek here. Truly… it’s the right response…   News today: An Irish atheist group is challenging a new law against blasphemy by publishing on its website 25 quotations it claims mock […]

“The Eucharist Diet: Living on Bread and Water, Turned to Wine”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is January 2, 2010, my 50th birthday, and I weigh 210 pounds.  Evidently, that’s a problem.  According to a chart I found online I shouldn’t lug more than 185 pounds. By other metrics I am reasonably fit.  I ran […]

New Year Resolutions: Working from Rest, Not Working to Rest

posted by Mark Herringshaw

New Year: 2010. There’s nothing magical about this 24 hour segment of time. It’s like any day: the earth goes round the sun in exactly the pattern it has for millennia. Yet in our culture we designate this day as […]

Why New Year Resolutions Fail… And what to do to Succeed

posted by Mark Herringshaw

How strong is your will power? Making New Year resolutions is easy. Making them work is not. We intend to change, yet our ability to persevere over the long haul usually isn’t sufficient. It’s a frustrating human reality. As Jesus […]

The Secret of Successful New Year Resolutions

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Are you making a New Year Resolution? What odds would you give yourself for sustaining your goal? 80%? 50%? 20%?   Bad news: According to studies on weight loss (the most common resolution), by February almost 60 percent of us […]

Successful New Year Resolutions

posted by Mark Herringshaw

By Mark Herringshaw   “Be it here resolved that in 2010 I will…”   It’s that time once again. December 31st, “National Extreme Makeover Day,” the 24 hour stretch when everything is possible, tomorrow. There’s nothing particularly magical about this […]

A Prayer on “Good Riddance Day”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is “Good Riddance Day.” At this moment in Times Square, New York, several hundred people are arriving lugging cardboard boxes of old income tax records, mortgage papers, old music recordings, and photographs, anything that brings bad memories from 2009. […]

21 Ways to Pray: Right off the Front Page

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It seems like there’s always more bad news than good. Take today. Yes, it’s Christmas and where I live, a “white Christmas” at that. But all is not cheer and good will. Just read the paper, or these days, the […]

21 Ways to Pray: Stargazing, Dark Matter and Looking Beyond, to God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

We live in a weird universe. Only 5% of the “stuff” out there is familiar to us: stars, atoms, planets, the coffee I’m drinking this morning, all that. 70% is thought to be what scientists call “dark energy,” something we […]

21 Ways to Pray: A Walk in the Woods or Freezing my Toes

posted by Mark Herringshaw

By Mark Herringshaw My car broke down on Tuesday morning this week, and I sat for an hour beside the road waiting for the tow truck. Not a big deal, normally, except that it’s winter in Minnesota a full week […]

21 Ways to Pray: Echoing Ancient Words

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today I’m praying by borrowing some of the ancient words of the Bible. Psalm 23 is a good place to start… “The Lord is my shepherd, I will lack nothing…” These words have been said to and of God many […]

21 Ways to Pray: For a Song

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I live in a household of gifted musicians. My wife Jill, my daughters Emily and Ellie, sons Matt and Michael… Everyone, save yours truly has a nature “swing” woven deep in their bones. For them making music, and for me […]

21 Ways to Pray: Brushing my Teeth

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Every morning and every evening I wash my mouth out with soap. I use Colgate, not nasty lye, but the objective is the same: Bacteria build up on my teeth and gums and by scrubbing them clean, I help maintain […]

21 Ways to Pray: Menial Labor Redeemed

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Again, I won’t need to work out in the gym today: I’ll be shoveling snow.  On Tuesday and Wednesday St. Paul got hit with a load of snow from the first winter storm of the season. Once the storm tapered […]

21 Ways to Pray: Through the Family Album

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A picture may say a thousand words; a picture may also prompt a thousand words. This morning I’m looking through a series of photos of my father who died 18 months ago. We were on a fishing trip in Canada […]

21 Ways to Pray: God is a Dog Person AND a Cat Person

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Our family includes a dog, but no cat. We hold nothing particular against felines, except that four of the six humans in our house get puffy eyes whenever they’re around. JoJo, our feisty firebrand miniature poodle has another kind of […]

Pearl Harbor Day: A Prayer for Those who Fought to Keep us Free

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today, as President Roosevelt declared it, we remember a “Day that will live in infamy.” On December 7, 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, an act that pulled the United States into the Second World War, perhaps the darkest, most costly, […]

21 Ways to Pray: Sharing a Bowl of Gourmet Ice Cream with the One Who Made it!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I love to eat, so this is wonderful – and dangerous – time of the year. The tastes, the aromas, the subtle textures, even the sight of food fascinate me. I suppose God could have packaged our necessary nutrients in […]

21 Ways to Pray: Connecting with God in my Car

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Prayer doesn’t always require lofty language in a sacred space. It can be richest when it’s simple and spontaneous.  All I need to do is see our ordinary moments as the occasions for communicating with God. One of those simple […]

21 Ways to Pray: Imperfection Required!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I played the trumpet until 9th grade, the year I moved to a large suburban school. When I first entered the band room and heard the trumpet section I knew I had to quit. They were fabulous, and I felt I […]

Crashing God’s State Dinner

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Salahis have chutzpah, you have to give them that. Michaele and Tareq got their 15 minutes – plus – of fame last week when, much to the shame of the secret service, they managed to slink their way into […]

Prayer for the Families of Slain Police Officers

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Pray for the families of Mark Renninger, Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards, the slain Washington State police officers gunned down south of Seattle while sitting in a coffee shop. As I write this, police have surrounded a house […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: A Feast as Time-travel

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Thursday is Thanksgiving: a feast, in the real, old, traditional sense of the word. “Feast” means more than food. Oh, feasting involves food, thank The Lord, but the essence of the celebration goes beyond gorging ourselves until we can’t walk. […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: For Families who have Lost a Loved One

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The big chair at the end of the Thanksgiving dinner table will be empty this year. My father died a year ago last April. I tell about his story and mine in my book, “The Karma of Jesus.” Yes, I […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: ‘Saying Grace’ when a Loved One is Missing

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There will be two empty chairs at our Thanksgiving table this year. One I’ll talk about tomorrow. The other will represent our daughter Ellie who graduated from high school last December and two weeks later hopped on a plane for […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Dinner Prayer for Not-So-Perfect Families

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There’s an old adage that says, “You can choose your friends; you’re stuck with family.” Too true, perhaps. We all long for the ideal, whole and functional family, but too often we’re “stuck” between fractured and turbulent relationships with those […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Table Grace Pressure

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The turkey is on the table and everyone is seated. Now what? It’s time to say “Grace.” Okay… Now what? Saying “Grace” before the meal, especially a big and important one like Thanksgiving can be laborious and awkward. The cook has […]

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – as a Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is the 146th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of one of the most sublime and enduring political statements in history: The Gettysburg Address. The 16th President stood and spoke simply and directly, in just a few short minutes, framing […]

Thankgiving Prayer: When Words Fail, Borrow a Line

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Everyone’s gathered and waiting. The food is hot and on the table. It’s Thankgiving, and dinner time. it’s time to pray and say “Thank you” to the One who has given us life and the means to sustain it. How […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Gratitude is the Fountain of Youth!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Satisfaction Guaranteed

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- Who satisfies your desires with good things… “Satisfies…” Really? “With good things…” Is this […]

A Prayer for Veterans on Veterans Day 2009

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Wednesday (tomorrow) is Veterans Day, 2009. It’s fitting for us as a free people to publically and intentionally acknowledge, thank and bless those men and women who have paid a heavy price to insure our liberty. Freedom, as they say, […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Breaching the Berlin Wall in My Life

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I’m holding a jagged piece of concrete, about the size of hand. One side Is flat, and covered with brilliant blue paint, the other porous and broken. 20 years ago today someone, among tens of thousands of jubilant Germans took […]

Lincoln’s “Proclamation of Thanksgiving” – No Separation of Faith and State

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I wonder how the ACLU would have responded to Abraham Lincoln’s “Proclamation of Thanksgiving” issued in Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863. He sure was no advocate of the “separation of faith and state.” During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders. […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Simple Reminders

posted by Mark Herringshaw

They’re playing Christmas music in my coffee shop this morning. By now we understand the marketing strategy: push the boundaries of Yule back one or two days a year. Do we actually spend more this way? Thanksgiving used to be […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Healing

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Praying for healing baffles me, if nothing else, because it seems so inconsistent. Jesus invites us to pray for healing and to expect he’ll respond. Even science has seen the evidence fo prayer. Jesus himself administered healing repeatedly while he was […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Forgiveness

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Sin” is a nasty and out of fashion word. There, I wrote it. “Sin.” Completely politically incorrect. Say “sin” in a crowed movie theater and you’ll likely incite a stampede for the door. Say “sin” in an actually movie and […]

Win or No Win? Casino Denies Man 166 Million Jackpot

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Bill Seebeck won $166 million dollars in a $4 slot at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa on Sunday but he’s none the richer. The would-be millionaire pulled the level and bells started ringing and the figure $166,666,666.65 appeared […]

Thanksgiving Prayer: Remembering to Remember

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There are many crazy stories – some actually true – about Rick Henderson, the Hall of Fame baseball player. Here’s one: Months after Henderson was paid his first one million dollar salary, his team’s accounting team couldn’t locate the withdrawal. […]

A Prayer for All Hallows Eve

posted by Mark Herringshaw

What we call “Halloween” has origin in an ancient Celtic festival to remember the dead called “Samhain.” By the 800s the Celts had become Christian and they “converted” their pagan celebration into a Christian holy day honoring those who had […]

A Halloween Mantra from Jesus: “Be Un-afraid!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“What do you fear?” A good question on Halloween, the day of the year dedicated to agitating that singularly powerful instinctive impulse. What do you really fear?          Today will be dangerous. A car accident. A child’s cancer. A stock […]

Halloween and the Prayer, “Deliver Us from the Evil One”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There’s no way around it for me anymore. I can’t pass off the horror images associated with Halloween today as anything other than evil. Does anyone really imagine than an 8-year old should trick or treat dressed up as an […]

The Science of Prayer: Byrd’s Benchmark Study

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Let me admit to my skeptical readers here in this first sentence: Prayer experiments are riddled with scientific paradoxes. I get that. They prove nothing absolutely. Then again, neither do experiments in quantum reality. Do we debunk them as “not […]

Pumpkin Carving for Halloween and the Face of Evil

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Carving grotesque faces into pumpkins and lighting the cavity with a candle is a treasured American Halloween tradition. I can’t remember a October from my childhood without reliving the squeamish delight: burying my hands into the slimy guts of a […]

Halloween as a Path to God?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I drove past a Halloween lawn decoration scene that’s haunting me. I suppose that is the intent. Haunting. The picture is right out of a run-of-the-mill horror flick: a manikin dressed in a coat and tie and carrying a briefcase […]

For Prayer Skeptics: Studies that Show the Health Benefits of Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There is overwhelming evidence – enough to say without hesitation: Prayer is healthy for those who practice it. Aside from the question of whether or not prayer generates responses from God, we do know from scientific studies on the question […]

Praying For “Situational Awareness”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday a Northwest Airlines A320 flying from San Diego to Minneapolis with more than 100 passengers on board overflew the runway – by 150 miles! According to the first official reports the pilots “lost situational awareness.” I’ll say. Rumors are […]

The Science of Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Earlier this week “Dr. Marshall” who describes himself as a retired M.D. & an atheist suggested in a comment on this blog that since science has failed to prove that prayer has no measurable effect on the sick, as a […]

Prayer for the Drug War in Juarez

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Drug violence in Juarez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, is exploding into a war. So far this month, nearly 100 people have been killed. The death toll for 2009 stands at 2,000, more than 200 per […]

Goldy the Gopher Mocks Penn State Player’s Prayer – Going too Far?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The University of Minnesota’s sports mascot, Goldy the Gopher joined a long list of mascot buffoons when he mocked a Penn State player in prayer before the teams played last Saturday. When defensive lineman Jerome Hayes stopped in the end […]

Pray For Rifqa Bary – and Her Family

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Rifqa Bary, the teenage girl who said she ran away from her Ohio home to Florida because she feared physical harm for converting from Islam to Christianity could soon be returning to her home state. Rifqa fled after her parents, […]

Bargain Basement da Vinci for $19,000

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A fingerprint worth 150 million? Yes, when that fingerprint on an obscure painting can be traced to Leonardo da Vinci . This week forensic art experts revealed that an overlooked work does appear to bear da Vinci’s fingerprint. If confirmed, […]

Prayer for the African Nation of Zimbabwe

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Every day our family prays for the turbulent situation in Zimbabwe. We’ve never been there ourselves, and we don’t know any Zimbabweans personally. And yes, there are crises all over the world, some perhaps even worse than the plights facing […]

Prayer for a Return to the Intent of “Sweetest Day 2009″

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Sweetest Day, 2009 is October 17. It’s celebrated each year on the third Saturday of October. Sweetest Day originated in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922 when Herbert Birch Kingston a candy store employee organized a group of people who packaged small […]

Prayer on National Boss Day 2009

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Friday is National Boss Day 2009, a time for employees to thank their bosses for the job they do. It’s also a time to acknowledge the daily pressures managers have to endure. Patricia Bays Haroski launched this tradition in 1958 to […]

Prayer as a Team Sport

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Four different people made an effort yesterday to tell me they were praying for me. As far as I know, I’m the only connection between them. I don’t think they got together and planned this as a kind of gang […]

Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix and Mediated Prayers for Help!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The title “Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix” caught my eye this morning. I was reviewing the morning news when I saw this at the top of Google’s Hot Trends list. I’m not Catholic, but I pray, and I want to encourage and […]

Distinguishing Faith from Stupidity: Parents, Pediatricians, Prayer, and Sick Kids

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Joke with a point: A man falls off a 1,000 foot cliff but grabs the one tree branch available. Holding on for dear life he calls out, “God, save me!” In short order, a rope from the top of the […]

Elinor Ostrom Shares the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics – Her Case for Social Humility

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Nobel Prize for Economics in 2009 goes to Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to receive the award. Ms. Ostrom’s research challenges the traditional view that common ownership of a resource results in excessive exploitation, that fishermen for instance left […]

Obama and The Nobel Peace Prize 2009 – A Prayer for True Peace

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Congratulations to U.S. President Barak Obama for winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.  Jesus said that peacemakers are blessed. Today we pray a blessing for President Obama and all the efforts of all government leaders around the world who seek […]

Following up “Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 Deserves Praise… To God!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Wow! Wednesday’s post “Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 Deserves Praise… To God!” certainly generated a reaction.  While I cannot, for lack of both time and expertise answer every individual objection that readers have posted I can defer to an expert […]

Prayer for the Santa Cruz Islands Quake and Tsunami

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A 7.8 earthquake just struck off the Santa Cruz Islands in the Pacific Ocean today, triggering a tsunami warning for the nations of Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis-Futuna and Howland-Baker. Let’s […]

Make Your Own Barcode… With God!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Now I can make my own barcode with Google! Amazing days! Today is the 57th birthday of first patent of the barcode and to honor the moment Google has changed its logo to a photo of black and white lines […]

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 Deserves Praise… To God!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to two Americans and an Israeli for explaining how the DNA code is translated into life. The work of Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz, and Ada E. Yonath, explored ribosomes which produce proteins […]

A Prayer with Deanna Favre for Those Battling Breast Cancer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The spotlot should be on Deanna Favre – that’s a good thing! Forget purple and gold, and green and gold. During the Vikings vs. Packers game last night the dominant color was pink. October is national breast cancer awareness month […]

Brett Favre, Vikings vs. Packers, Twins vs. Tigers and the Epicenter of our Passion

posted by Mark Herringshaw

For the moment, Minnesota is the epicenter of the sports world. Brett Favre and the Vikings out dueled Favre’s old team, the Green Bay Packers on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Yes, I watched. Yes, the drama played out as billed. […]

Rosangel Cabrera, Miguel Cabrera and Prayer for the Plague of Domestic Violence

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Call it irony, or a sign that I should comment directly on Rosangel Cabrera, Miguel Cabrera and the plague of domestic violence. An hour ago I added a post about a woman I met in a coffee shop who died […]

The Twin Cities Marathon and My Prayer Partner

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My friend Art finished the Twin Cities Marathon yesterday. He’s now accomplished this fete 26 times (one for every mile of the grueling course). This year he’ll run six different marathons around the country. I won’t tell you Art’s age, […]

A Prayer for Domestic Violence

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Shocked, sickened, grieved…. At the moment I’m sitting in my Caribou Coffee shop trying to collect myself. I come here most Monday mornings, and over the months have struck up friendships with several regulars. Five minutes ago Gayle, who works […]

On Mahatma Ghandi’s Birthday – A Challenge to Pray to a Personal God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday. Ghandi, the spiritual and national father of post-British India is renowned for his none-violent strategies of revolution that led his nation into independence. In my new book, The Karma of Jesus I tell a story […]

Reactions to David Letterman and Roman Polanski: The New Normal?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I’m perplexed – though not terribly surprised – by the base, tribal audience reactions to the revelation last night that David Letterman has been blackmailed by a woman – among several – with whom he had a sexual affair. No […]

Building a Healthy Spiritual Immune System

posted by Mark Herringshaw

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love (Ephesians 4:14-16).   The H1N1 […]

Praying for Indonesian Earthquake Victims

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Wednesday’s 7.6-magnitude earthquake, which originated in the sea off Sumatra island, has severely damaged the city of Padang, Indonesia. At least 376 people are known dead and thousands more are missing or trapped beneath ruined buildings. Let’s offer a collective prayer for […]

Got Fear? Get Faith! Here’s How

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.  Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do […]

pray4jobs

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The U.S. unemployment rate has hit 9.6%. Ouch. The recession now has a personal face, with these numbers representing the names of real people, real families, with real stress, real fear, and sometimes real despair. Does God care? He does. Jesus promises […]

A Christian Prayer for Yom Kippur 2009

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today marks the climax of the holy Jewish celebration of Yom Kippur, the traditional Day of Atonement – the chance for forgiveness and for God’s great, merciful gift of holiness. Christians too honor this heritage introduced to us by our […]

Prayer to Break our Fear Addiction

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.  Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do […]

Praying Through our National Parks

posted by Mark Herringshaw

  Ken Burns has again captivated my imagination.  I adored “Baseball,” was fascinated by “Jazz,” grieved over “The Civil War,” wept watching “The War,” and now find myself “awed” by his new documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” The […]

Roman Polanski’s Case for Grace has Nothing to Do with Genius

posted by Mark Herringshaw

 French authorities are bending over backwards today to defend Roman Polanski after authorities arrested the filmmaker on a 30 year old sexual abuse warrant. The point: He’s an artistic genius. Frederic Mitterrand, the French culture and communications minister, said “he […]

“No Fear Here”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The LORD is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1).   One day when my youngest son was just a toddler I was walking […]

“Hope Takes a Miracle – Ask for it!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

If you’re anything of a sports fan, then you know the feeling. Your team is down and time is running out. Anxiety and doom begin to settle over everyone. And then, strangely, through some subtle shift in the air, a […]

Podcast about Listening to God’s Voice

posted by Mark Herringshaw

We speak to God and believe he hears and responds. Is it possible for us to hear and respond when God speaks to us? I (Mark) just completed a radio interview with Debbie Chavez based off my book, “Nine Ways […]

Seeing Wealth We Already Have

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday a reader named Carmen added an interesting comment on the post, “Praying for Money – An Act of Worship.” You can see it for yourself below. Carmen suggested that instead of praying for money itself perhaps our better choice […]

A “Say So!” Challenge – Mustering 100 Stories of Financial Miracles

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Do you have a financial miracle in your history? It’s time to share the details! We’ve been talking and praying about finances this week. This is a difficult season for many of us, with unemployment and a signficant debt crisis, […]

Adultery Doesn’t Work: Ask the Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday afternoon Angela, an articulate and talented thirteen year-old sat in my office trying to make sense of the train wreck that had blown apart her family. I don’t think I helped much. Help will take a miracle, but then […]

When the Ten Commandments Break Us…

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Actress Mackenzie Phillips confessed this week to a 10 year incestuous relationship with her father, pop superstar John Phillips. In an interview with Oprah, Phillips said of her father, “He was a man who lived in a world where the […]

Praying for Money – an Act of Worship

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Money is the root of all evil…” Right? Actually no. The famous cliché that comes from the Bible, in I Timothy 6:10, says “The love of money is the root of all evil…” There’s a big difference. It’s not the […]

Praying for “See You at the Pole”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

At this very moment over two million students across America and overseas are gathering around the flagpole of their schools to pray and ask God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses. They call it “See You At […]

Asking God to Co-Sign on My Debt

posted by Mark Herringshaw

    The statistics are frightening.  We’re a nation in debt, privately in our own families, corporately in our businesses and organizations, and nationally in our government.  Indebtedness is now growing into an even deeper crisis as our present economic troubles […]

Prayer for Relationship Reconciliation

posted by Mark Herringshaw

    How about this for a story of reconciliation: After working side by side for the same moving company, two men, Gary Nisbet and Randy Joubert finally discovered that they were not only long-lost brothers, but actually identical twins […]

“Just Enough, Just in Time” Prayer for Provision

posted by Mark Herringshaw

You may know, and even frequently say the words in Jesus’ Lord’s Prayer, “Give us today our daily bread.” Here Jesus invites us to ask God, our Father to meet our immediate need for provision.  Jesus is referring to an […]

Prayer for Provision

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday I ran into a friend who’s been unemployed for nine months.  I smiled, politely and asked how he was doing.  He looked at me as if to say, “Stupid question!”  I suddenly felt as if I’d slapped a cancer […]

How Prayer Works: God’s Guarded Trade Secret

posted by Mark Herringshaw

In a response to yesterday’s post, “Praying with our head’s screwed on,” “Kris” offered this comment: “If prayer is for our benefit why must we be so specific? Is it the time we spend on prayer itself and research in […]

Praying with our Heads Screwed on

posted by Mark Herringshaw

An  image of the H1N1 virus. Knowledge is power… The first rule in war: “know your enemy.” At this moment the world is facing invasion from a microscopic but deadly beast. Epidemiologists have dubbed it the H1N1 virus, and it’s […]

Both/And: Faith with Pharmacy

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It’s not either or, this or that, prayer or medicine, faith or pharmacy. God heals, and he often uses the wisdom he’s given medical experts to aid the body’s natural restoration processes. We’ve all heard of tragic stories – people […]

Does Healing Prayer Work?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Do you believe in supernatural healing? Do you believe prayer prompts God to heal the sick? These are ancient questions that – in spite of our modern scientific discoveries – continue to fascinate us. We’re hearing a growing “buzz” about a […]

All the Rage

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Short fuses are “all the rage.” Very, VERY public outbursts this week at the US Open – ala Serena Williams and Roger Federer, during President Obama’s health care pep talk before Congress – Representative Joe Wilson, and at the MTV […]

Prayers for our Children’s Education

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we’ve been posting one prayer for our children and their education. They have just begun school and this is a great time to send them off with our blessing. God cares about our children and their […]

H1N1 Prayer Vaccine

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My 15 year old son has the flu: fever, aches, cough. He’s frustrated and angry – he was scheduled to play quarterback this Thursday – but he’s too physically sapped to say much.    He’s not alone. By now we’ve […]

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You Have Arrived at Someplace Safe
The other day I was taking a carload of clothes and items to a thrift store called, "Somplace Safe." My GPS was guiding me, and when I reached my destination Siri chimed, "You have arrived at Someplace Safe." That was nice to know! David was ...

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A Prayer To Stop Grumbling
And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death. (1 Corinthians 10:10) The people refused to enter the pleasant land, for they wouldn’t believe his promise to care for them. Instead, they grumbled in ...

posted 2:03:41pm May. 04, 2015 | read full post »

Prayer for a Renewed Mind
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2 The Word of God can do what 120 years of daily psychotherapy cannot:  change the chemistry of the mind. Therapy helps, no doubt! We can ...

posted 12:03:06pm Apr. 29, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for a Spiritual GPS
The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey ...

posted 11:41:50am Apr. 28, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Elevate Your Thought Life
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Phil. 4:8 NLT "For as he ...

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