"Refugees: The Holy Family" by Kelly Latimore
I picked up this gospel focussed prayer from JD Greear, author of several books including Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send. The Gospel Prayer In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You love me more, and nothing I have done that makes You love me less. Your … Continue reading Praying the Gospel
My inner demons have been getting the better of me lately, so I am trying to fight back. This prayer comes from Saint Ignatius of Loyola: O Christ Jesus when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to … Continue reading Prayer against the darkness
I have always struggled with fasting as a practice, at least in terms of food. Recently though I have begun exploring what Jesus and the prophets had to say about it, as well as what later commentators have said. I found Bible.org has an excellent summary of fasting as practiced and understood by the Hebrews … Continue reading Fasting in the Old Testament
There is an amazing array of Christian art covering the story of Jonah, the reluctant prophet. Click through to see the full gallery of images I've collected.
I am not one for going sky clad, but if I were so inclined it wouldn’t be without biblical precedent. The prophet Isaiah walked around naked for three years in a stunning act of performance art. In the book of Isaiah it is written, “Just as my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for … Continue reading Isaiah the naked prophet
John Chrystotom once said, “Do not be ashamed to enter again into the Church. Be ashamed when you sin. Do not be ashamed when you repent. Pay attention to what the devil did to you. These are two things: sin and repentance. Sin is a wound; repentance is a medicine. Just as there are for … Continue reading Do not be ashamed to enter the Church
Persecution. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Jesus once said, "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left … Continue reading Giving without self promotion
Irony alert. He's not the Anointed One, he's just a very naughty boy.
Christ at the centre of zodiac, Dekoulou monastery, Greece
Surprising as it may be for some, there is actually quite a bit of historical evidence for Jesus from non-Christian sources. This is the best kind of evidence as if anything it is biased against Christianity, rather than for it, the writers having no vested interest in proving the historicity of Jesus. Evidence from … Continue reading Evidence for Christ from non-Christians