A Prayer of Ulrich Zwingli link
Almighty, eternal and merciful God, whose Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path,
open and illuminate our minds, that we may purely and perfectly understand thy Word
and that our lives may be conformed to what we have rightly understood,
that in nothing we may be displeasing unto thy majesty, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Prayer by Augustine link
O Lord my God, I believe in you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Insofar as I can, insofar as you have given me the power, I have sought you. I became weary and I labored.
O Lord my God, my sole hope, help me to believe and never to cease seeking you.
Grant that I may always and ardently seek out your countenance.
Give me the strength to seek you, for you help me to find you and you have more and more given me the hope of finding you.
Here I am before you with my firmness and my infirmity. Preserve the first and heal the second.
Here I am before you with my strength and my ignorance. Where you have opened the door to me, welcome me at the entrance;
where you have closed the door to me, open to my cry; enable me to remember you, to understand you, and to love you.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory, Forever and ever.
I had the privilege of meeting John Lennox as well as corresponding with him when I had some questions about creationism.
He is an intellectual, he has a great sense of humor, and he is a man of deep and abiding faith.
In some respects, he reminds me of CS Lewis. From his website
John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University (emeritus),
is an internationally renowned speaker on the interface of science, philosophy and religion.
He regularly teaches at many academic institutions, is Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum
and has written a series of books exploring the relationship between science and Christianity.
A Polish Blessing link
May your hand be outstretched to all you meet.
And may all men say ‘Brother’ when they speak of you.
May the land be fertile beneath your feet.
May your days be gentle as the sun-kissed dew.
1) Dee, has echurch had a woman speaker, teacher, preacher?
Diane Langberg: “To be called female is often to be demeaned and trashed—often in the house of God. We have become accustomed to absorbing these views without much discernment. We have not examined but have sanctified what has been handed down to us.”
2) From Lennox:
“The universe is not the ultimate reality, God is the ultimate reality… Jesus was the Word incarnate…the universe was created by speech acts … of God” [not by us, our speech acts… as some who preach would claim authority in their hubris].
Interesting that this evidence talk is from a professor of mathematics, the science of patterns and formulas.
I asked a woman preacher if I could use her sermons on EChurch but there was a hiccup with the elders. However, I plan to feature tsome talks by women in the coming posts.
Though I haven’t heard her sermons lately, but years ago Iverna Tompkins was one of my favorite preachers. You can find a list of her teachings and sermons here:
Wonderful. Not surprised you had this in mind. Looking forward.