simply, Christian

eighth Sunday after Trinity (2021)

contemplating collects

Silvrback blog image

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 . . .

Read More

Posted in: collects

July 25, 2021

making a mockery of worship and life

This video makes me ashamed to point out the fact that I worship in a United Methodist parish. Come one, come all, to our three ring circus!

I realize that most of the criticism on this video focuses on homosexuality. It is an entirely relevant criticism with which I completely agree. Focusing only on that, however, . . .

Read More

Posted in: theology

July 20, 2021

seventh Sunday after Trinity (2021)

contemplating collects

Silvrback blog image

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 . . .

Read More

Posted in: collects

July 18, 2021

relevance: a failed experiment in American Christianity

Silvrback blog image

Since the end of the 1950s, American Christians across the entire denominational spectrum have been enamored with 'relevance,' most commonly touted as a means by which to keep youth in the church and attract the unchurched. At its best, this goal was pursued to make Christianity more understandable to outsiders. At its . . .

Read More

July 14, 2021

sixth Sunday after Trinity (2021)

contemplating collects

Silvrback blog image

LORD of all power and might, Who art the Author and Giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of Thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of Thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one . . .

Read More

Posted in: collects

July 11, 2021

fifth Sunday after Trinity (2021)

contemplating collects

Silvrback blog image

O God, Who hast prepared for them that love Thee such good things as pass man’s understanding; Pour into our hearts such love toward Thee, that we, loving Thee above all things, may obtain Thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy . . .

Read More

Posted in: collects

July 04, 2021

fourth Sunday after Trinity (2021)

contemplating collects

Silvrback blog image

Grant, O Lord, we beseech Thee, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by Thy governance, that Thy Church may joyfully serve Thee in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

. . .

Read More

Posted in: collects

June 27, 2021

Archive