Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Circular prayers? The "Catholic Meal Prayer"

http://www.prayer-and-prayers.info/dinner-blessings/catholic-meal-prayer.htm

A colleague of mine mentioned that he and his wife argued over the grammar of:

"Bless us, O Lord! and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord."

Because, doesn't that seem redundant or something to pray to the person you received something through, yet mention that person "in the third-person"?

"Thanks, Eric, for the pencil you gave me, and for the eraser that Eric gave with it?"

I said that I assume the first "Lord" is God the Father... and that we have to be careful about our Trinitarian theology as we ponder these things. :)

Monday, February 8, 2010

How to grow?

We all want to grow, right? Even the most "inclusive" learning community would encourage personal growth. But doesn't "growth" require that we leave/shed something that was wrong/bad and then pursue something different?

Even if you say, "Sure, but that's different for each person..." You still have individuals "confronting" people with something that is "wrong" in their lives, right?

More to come...

Friday, February 5, 2010

To quote myself...

In a conversation today I said, "There's got to be a happy medium between arrogant suburban evangelicalism and hip emergent cluelessness... But I've not found it yet."

Hey, since you're reading this (yes, YOU), do you have any advice or suggestions for me?