Unanswered prayer

There is ultimately no such thing as unanswered prayer. If the answer at first is “no” or “not yet,” it is because he gives us what we want in ways better than we asked.— Tim and Kathy Keller, meditation on Psalm 102 from The Songs of Jesus…

A prayer for 2017

A prayer for 2017 It’s no secret that 2016 has been decried as the “worst year ever” for reasons ranging from routine to tragic. Central to much of the felt despair, rage, worry, or fear is a sense of loss: loss of a better past or of a brighter…

Prayer for God’s governance

Prayer for God’s governance Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by your governance, that your people may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness. Amen. Adapted from Thomas Cranmer by Tim and Kathy Keller in The Songs of Jesus (p 163)…

Prayer for church, race, and class

Source » Tim and Kathy Keller on Psalm 72:8-14: Lord, empower your church to win the world by not just proclaiming your Word but also embodying it. Make our congregations places where we see the races and classes reconciled in ways that they are in no other place on the…

The Résumé Beyond Your Reach

One evening, I sat cross-legged on the roof of my five-story apartment building praying. Suddenly I became self-consciously aware of myself and my surroundings. At once, a series of crushing realizations came in rapid succession. First, because I could hear dozens of conversations going on through the apartment windows below…

On love and society

On love and society The things we love individually not only determine our character, but what a society loves collectively shapes its culture. This latter idea was the heart of Augustine’s great work City of God. He believed societies are the mutual associations of individuals united by what they…