I've been reading The Mighty Weakness of John Knox by Douglass Bond.
Knox has always been a favorite of mine. The more I read of him, the more I find him to be a kindred spirit.
While reading, I found this quote particularly stimulating:
"We smile and shake our heads; maybe Knox was a bit too fanatical. "Think how much more good he could have done if he had been more relational, if he had been more like us," we say. But meanwhile, what idols remain untoppled in our world today? Perhaps they remain comfortably on their pedestals because, unlike Knox, many ministers prefer delivering sophisticated and erudite lectures on the one hand and non-confrontative chats about community and culture on the other."
Almighty God and merciful Father,
We thank and praise you for having forgiven our sins through the blood of your dear Son, Jesus Christ. We thank you for uniting us to Christ through your Holy Spirit and for adopting us as your children.
We pray, O Lord, that you will always govern and guide Hudson through every moment of his life. May he, through the working of your Spirit, be ever nurtured in faith and godliness all his days. Help him see your fatherly goodness and mercy which surrounds us all. Make him a champion of righteousness under the direction of Christ our King and High Priest. Give him the courage to fight against sin, grant him grace to overcome the wiles of the devil, and keep him from the dominion and domination of the world.
Above all, let him be fully dedicated to You all his life and never know a day where he did not know the only True and living God.
Adapted from the form for baptism of children [Psalter Hymnal].
I have written a piece for the Ashland Free Press regarding this years National Day of Prayer prayer breakfast that occurred yesterday. While it reported some of the news of the event, there are still more things that need to be said in terms of godly critique. Therefore I would like to offer some theological reflections on the event.
What was good?
What needs to be corrected?
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