simply, Christian

taking a padre's throughts captive


life after Harvey

I don't really even know where to begin writing after being away from it so long and having experienced so many things. In the last three weeks we have lived through a record-setting hurricane, unprecedented rainfall amounts and rates, the flooding of our home and neighborhood, evacuating through flood waters by wading on foot / boat / deuce and a half, the demolition of the first floor of our home, sorting through boxes and boxes of wet and ruined belongings, moving everything into storage, and a hopeful start to rebuilding. Those things are mostly negative, but we have experienced tons of positive things too: neighbors helping neighbors like never before, my NASA colleagues coming together to help us demo our home, people providing meals, friends opening homes for others to stay, churches mobilizing to help people, gifts of time and money (large and small), and more. The last three weeks have been a frenzied blur of emotions, labor, fatigue, and...yes, joy. 

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collect for Trinity 11

Almighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve, pour down upon us the abundance of Thy mercy, forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
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collect for Trinity 10

O God, who declarest Thine almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity, mercifully grant unto us such a measure of Thy grace that we, running the way of Thy commandments, may obtain Thy gracious promises and be made partakers of Thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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prayer from Sarum Primer, 1527

God be in my head 

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"Nobody likes the prophets much..."

(H/T: republished from Dover Beach)

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distracted by shadows

Note: This is a guest post by a friend I met through the chaplaincy, coming from a different but very strong faith background. Despite our theological differences, the words are powerful and deserve a thoughtful, pensive read. Enjoy.

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collect for Trinity 9

Let Thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Thy humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions, make them to ask such things as shall please Thee; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
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collect for Trinity 8

Grant to us, Lord, we beseech Thee, the Spirit to think and do always such things as are right, that we, who cannot do anything that is good without Thee, may by Thee be enabled to live according to Thy will; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
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collect for Trinity 7

O God, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth, we humbly beseech Thee to put away from us all hurtful things and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
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Evangelicals, transgender, war, and sin

Today the President tweeted that "the United States Government will not accept or allow… Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” As expected, response from Evangelical Christians has been swift and overwhelmingly supportive. Our fixation with sexual sins continues to take the forefront of almost all social and political discussion with Evangelicals. Why? I'm not exactly sure, but it has been the case for decades.

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