12.31.22 EChurch@Wartburg Dr James K.A. Smith: The Search for Joy in a Secular Age

Prayer by Martin Marty/Martin Luther link

Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word;
Curb those who by deceit and sword
Would wrest the kingdom from Your Son
And bring to naught all He has done.

O Comforter of priceless worth,
Send peace and unity on earth;
Support us in our final strife
And lead us out of death to life.

Prayer: The Book of Common Prayer, in The Collects, Epistles and Gospels, p. 115

O IMMORTAL Lord God, who inhabitest eternity,
and hast brought thy servants to the beginning of another year
Pardon, we humbly beseech thee, our transgressions in the past,
bless to us this New Year, and graciously abide with us all the days of our life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer from Ceeltic oral tradition link

You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart’s eternal spark
You are the door that’s open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.

Dr. James K A Smith is “a Canadian-American[philosopher who is currently Professor of Philosophy at Calvin University,
holding the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview”. link

Benediction: Tradtional Gaelic Blessing link

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.


12.31.22 EChurch@Wartburg Dr James K.A. Smith: The Search for Joy in a Secular Age — 7 Comments

  1. Dee,

    Glad to see that you are well enough to be posting. Thank you again for your faithfulness in creating e-church week after week.

    How is your husband doing?

  2. May the real 2023 gift all of you with treasures.

    I formerly read writings by Smith about Plantinga and Taylor.

    I am wary of setting up Augustine as a framework (Augustine got initiation and ordination wrong in different ways) but I think Smith has things to say when he gives his fuller intuition its place (and shall follow him up re. “time” in written format).

    I am joyfully astonished to find something readable in “America Magazine” which goes to show it pays to expect the unexpected – in this case about all Smith’s ongoing journeys (and I myself like him have broken families on all sides for several generations):


    Syllogisms are worth meditating on, too. Proper meditation, like humanity, is additive and not subtractive.

    I am not convinced on his “rift” vis a vis Dreher (who in turn struggles to say what he means). We adopt our unique insights in relation to everything. Safe and vulnerable are going to “be” the same thing – whatever our trappings.

    That is why Holy Scripture (OT and NT) is by implication all about Holy Spirit. When we get ourselves boundaries we can empathise with what has happened to other people’s, and supplicate accordingly.