10.15.22 EChurch@Wartburg: Dr. John Inazu: From Aspirations to Virtues: Faith, Hope, and Love


Prayer to God the Holy Trinity-St Basil the Great (330-379 AD) link

As I rise from sleep, I thank You, O Holy Trinity, for through Your great goodness and patience
You were not angered with me, an idler and sinner, nor have You destroyed me in my sins,
but have shown Your usual love for men, and when I was prostrate in despair,
You raised me to keep the morning watch and to glorify Your power.
And now enlighten my mind’s eye and open my mouth to study Your words
and understand Your commandments and do Your will and sing to You in heartfelt adoration and praise
Your Most Holy Name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages.

Prayer to the Divine Tutor – St Clement of Alexandria (150-215) link

Be kind to Your little children, Lord; that is what we ask of You as their Tutor,
You the Father, Israel’s guide; Son, yes, but Father as well.
Grant that by doing what You told us to do,
we may achieve a faithful likeness to the Image and,
as far as is possible for us, may find in You a good God and a lenient Judge.

May we all live in the peace that comes from You.
May we journey towards Your city, sailing through the waters of sin untouched by the waves,
borne tranquilly along by the Holy Spirit, Your Wisdom beyond all telling.
Night and day until the last day of all, may our praises give You thanks, our thanksgiving praise You:
You who alone are both Father and Son, Son and Father, the Son who is our Tutor and our Teacher, together with the Holy Spirit.


Prayer to God the Father – St Ambrose of Milan (337-397 AD) link

O Lord, who has mercy upon all, take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me the fire of Your Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore You,
a heart to delight in You,
to follow and to enjoy You,
for Christ’s sake.

Dr. John Inazu | Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion and Professor of Political Science | Washington University | St. Louis, MO
He often speaks on how to live as Christians in a pluralistic world.



Benediction of St Francis of Assisi link

Now, wherever we are,
and in every place,
and at every hour,
throughout each time of each day,
may all of us honestly and humbly believe,
holding in our hearts
to love, honor,
adore, serve,
praise, bless,
glorify, exalt,
magnify, and give thanks
to the Most High and Eternal God,
Trinity and Unity.


10.15.22 EChurch@Wartburg: Dr. John Inazu: From Aspirations to Virtues: Faith, Hope, and Love — 4 Comments

  1. “. . . the calling of Christians
    is to be shaped and reshaped into people
    whose every thought and action is characterized by faith, hope, and love
    you then speak and act in the world
    with humility, patience, and tolerance ”

    (Dr. John Inazu is quoting words from his friend Andy Crouch starting at marker 7:30)

    good words to explain WHY it is POSSIBLE for a Christ-follower to befriend another person whose ways and beliefs may differ from one’s own,
    in a way that honors the person as a child of God who is more important than any ‘differences’ that divide us from our human brothers and sisters

    Thank you for this post. It puts light where it is much needed . . . a blessing. 🙂

  2. Thanks, Dee.

    This is a refreshing alternative to the “(angry and frustrated) aspiration to cultural hegemony” that seems to have characterized many of the corners of conservative US evangelicalism that I have observed over my lifetime.

    Perhaps in future, it will be necessary for the churches to earn their influence through lived demonstration that following Jesus is a better way to be human than the alternatives. I think it’s possible — I think that’s how the early churches earned their cultural hegemony in the then pagan Roman Empire.

  3. * wonderful autumn pic. My favourite season by a long chalk. From my 2 nd floor (3 rd floor to some of you) the air I’m sniffing is far more gorgeous than recent years and from mid August too.

    * thank you for introducing me to Covenant College and Spiritually Grounded

    * Wonderful Ancient Words song, the very sentiments that have been on my heart.

    * I have got Confident Pluralism on order. Exactly what I’ve been wanting to hear more of.

    * The Khorolskiy videos are fantabulous! This guy understands space, transport, individuality, light, gifts – i. o. w. providence.

    These are subtitled:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWiHyYEICHE Look out for the lovely PA-24 featured in it!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJpzcjFJT80 Wow