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Tue, Jan 1, 2019 - 09:00 am
Wed, Jan 1, 2020 - 09:00 am

My Resolution: Discipline in Prayer

"If I wanted to make a resolution (and I do, but they don't usually keep the whole year), I would say: “discipline in prayer.” So much of my spiritual life is, like the rest of my life, filled with chaos and unpredictability. Toddlers have this affect on people, I'm told. I tend to pray in a haphazard way, and it isn't very satisfying. Prayer is one of the last things I remember as I'm trying to shut down my brain for sleep: “Oh crap. I forgot to pray. Umm….  remember people with cancer… so-and-so is going through a rough time, look after her….  for people who are suffering…” This simply isn't working for me. I will have to carve out some time, and this will take discipline. Not discipline in the sense of getting punished, but rather discipline in the sense of developing a good habit through repetition and self control. " [More on SpokaneFavs]

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Hymns for New-Year's-Day

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A New Year’s Resolution for Pundits

"Most religion writers are as seasoned to the human condition as old pastors. They have seen everything and, if they forget little, they forgive a lot. Because they understand the nature and subtleties of the experience of faith in the great religious institutions, they _ unlike many mainstream media pundits _ do not write the kind of shorthand and shortsighted accounts of belief that have appeared so often in a year in which faith was front and center in everything from politics to the movies." [Read more].

 

At War With Ourselves - An ON Scripture Feature Romans 7:15-25a, A Reflection By Greg Carey

“I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7:15, NRSV)

Paul’s examination of the conflicted self-stands as one of the classic statements in Western culture. Borrowing from Jesus, we often say something similar: “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38; Matthew 26:41). From our frustrations with diets and New Year’s resolutions to the deepest insights of Buddhist spirituality and modern psychology, we grieve the clash between what we wish we’d do and what we actually find ourselves doing. Why do we find it so difficult to live up to our highest aspirations?

The train has long left the station, but just the same, biblical scholars try to intervene. We complain that the passage has been taken out of context. The Revised Common Lectionary rips verses 15-25a out from a larger argument.  Paul isn’t performing a deep analysis of the human psyche. Rather, he’s making a point about God and God’s law, the Torah. Paul has just rejected the idea that God’s law causes sin: “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin” (7:14). [Read More]

 

My Worst New Year’s Eve Ever . . . One Year Later

New Year’s Eve 2012 was, hands down, one of the worst days of my life. By then it was clear that my mom was not only terminally ill but that death would be soon, certainly within weeks but probably within days. So on the morning of New Year’s Eve I officially signed all the papers to enroll my mom in hospice and discontinue all treatment. [Read more].



Why I am not reading a book a week

After failing in her New Year’s resolution to read a book a week, Allison Backous realized that she needed to repent of the sin of pride. During Lent, she is approaching her reading practice with a different spirit. [Read more].

 

All Things New

When is it too late to begin again? Did you miss the opportunity to make a New Year’s resolution, or did the declaration you made prove short-lived? If the pounds you meant to shed still linger, you’ve already spent the money you swore to steward wisely, or the words you promised to stop saying once more fall freely from your lips, is it too late to try again?  [Read more].

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