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The Lord's Prayer for Daily Life is a modern meditation on the Lord's Prayer. It is written for progressive Christians, Unitarians, the SBNR (Spiritual But Not Religious), and people of all faiths. In exploring the Lord's Prayer, the book takes you below the surface meaning of Jesus's words and his larger teachings to discover fresh interpretations of the metaphors and parables contained in...

Henry David Thoreau, tucked away in his Walden cabin, famously said that most of us lead lives of quiet desperation. That was in 1845. Today, things are not so quiet in the United States. Anxiety and depression are regular rites of passage from which millions never graduate. Civility meanwhile has long been dropped from our national discourse. It's a sad indictment of a...

Jesus establishes God as a heavenly father figure, but that's not enough for most of us. Without a name, he seems lost in abstraction. Try as we might, we simply can't bring him into view. There is only the vague presence of someone hovering around us—like the adult of a Charlie Brown Peanuts Special, always outside the frame, speaking in a strange indecipherable...

In the Book of Luke, there is a curious statement about God. Luke quotes the prophet Isaiah as saying that through Christ (the Lord) all mankind shall see the “salvation of God”. ((Every chasm shall be filled, every mountain and hill shall be leveled; the winding ways shall be straightened; the rough roads made smooth, 6 And all mankind shall see the salvation...

We've just described our journey toward a life in Christ as a rising. But the act of “rising” (such as rising above petty arguments and concerns) can sometimes get us into trouble, especially we Christians. The reason is that when we rise toward our divinity, we often look down on others with a misguided sense of superiority. ((Speaking to people who were satisfied...

Having led us through forgiveness, the Lord's Prayer turns to temptation. Jesus approaches the subject from a curious angle. He asks us to pray that the Father will not lead us into temptation. "This inevitably causes us to ask: Why would an all–good God lead us to the devil's doorstep? If we believe in the Lord, does he not reward that faith by...

The Lord's Prayer began by grounding us in our relationship with the Father, and it ends now by solidifying our faith in that kinship. ((While the final line of the Lord's Prayer is not included in the earliest manuscripts of the Gospel of Matthew or the Gospel of Luke's version, we have little doubt that Jesus would approve of this addition.)) We have...

On one of these days, when Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, joined by the councilors, confronted him, 2 And addressing him, said: "Tell us what authority you have to do these things. Who is it that has given you this authority?" 3 "I, too," said Jesus in...

John Wesley's sermon on the Lord's Prayer is certainly among the most well-known sermons on the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. Wesley (1703-1791) was known as a strong opponent of the doctrines of Calvinism, and after engaging with the Moravians, he ultimately became recognized as a co-founder of the Methodist movement, as well as having an strong influence on Pentecostals. Wesley's sermon on...