Posts Tagged "prayer"

Reclaiming and Redeeming Gossip…

Posted by on Jun 5, 2022 in Blog | 0 comments

It was a prayer meeting I was at several decades ago. The person praying suddenly asked that God would help James and Jenni (yes, I have changed their names) in their marriage problems, especially after their last major argument which had been overheard by neighbours and was really very ugly. As the prayer elaborated on each detail of this troubled marriage I heard the person next to me say excitedly, “oooh, really” and then a little later, “didn’t know that”. This was prayer as gossip, and our well attended weekly prayer meeting was a great source of...

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On Praying for Parking Bays: Does God Intervene?

Posted by on Nov 11, 2020 in Blog | 10 comments

Photo Jack Sharp: Unsplash In my new book Why Christianity is Probably True I discuss some experiences where God intervened in my life in such a way that I had no option but to conclude that God is probably real and that Christianity is probably true. It caused a reader to contact me and ask: But how often does God intervene in our lives? Is prayer about changing the course of events, or more about our adapting to our circumstances more constructively? These are good questions, and I thought worth exploring in a post. You have probably heard of the “butterfly effect” (a theory beloved by...

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Praying the journey…

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Blog | 6 comments

My Sabbatical leave is almost over, and what an unusual season it has been. I spent part of it at Carson Newman University in Tennessee, and after seven wonderful weeks close to the Smoky Mountains, Rosemary and I had to dash back to Australia to avoid being locked out, potentially for many months. It did make for an abrupt end, though the major task for my Sabbatical, remained. That was to make significant progress on a book on the formation of spiritual leaders, which is my current writing project. I am now at the two thirds through stage, so am pleased about that. Naturally because I am...

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Managing Monday with Corrie ten Boom – take 3

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983) is remembered for her imprisonment in the Ravensbruck concentration camp for the assistance she and her family provided to help Jewish people escape from the Nazi Holocaust. Her story is told in The Hiding Place – a book which continues to encourage and inspire many. Three of her key themes were the futility of worry, the importance of forgiveness and the power of prayer. Her personal experience adds enormous credibility to her comments. Today we look at a few of the things she said about prayer. Prayer is the key for the day; the lock for the night. Corrie...

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Pentecost Sunday: Happy Birthday Church…

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Vose student Audrey Francis has contributed to this blog a few times. She wrote this prayer for Pentecost Sunday, which I share with you… A Prayer at Pentecost Lord of the cross and empty tomb,   Surround us afresh with the power of your Holy Spirit that we may be bold to risk your way.   Surround us afresh with the fire of your Holy Spirit that the desire to communicate your Gospel may burn within us.   Surround us afresh with the wind of your Holy Spirit that we may show the abundant and joyful life you have given us.   Surround us afresh with the peace of your...

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