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Starting to use the Examen prayer

As I work through the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook with a friend, I’ve started using the Examen, an Ignatian/Jesuit prayer approach. It’s about noticing yourself and your time in the presence of God, an ‘examination of consciousness’ (the Latin word refers to a scales for weighing). It’s traditionally used at noon […]

Liturgies of a fear/power context

This Sunday at church I was struck by how fear/power language permeated everything. (I wrote recently on theĀ fear/power cultural paradigm, and we’ve previously written on it referring to it asĀ animism, and with reference to the prosperity gospel.) In the children’s program… great attention was given to scripture memorisation. Last week’s […]

Answered prayers 2013

Coming to the end of the year, we reflect on what has happened in the last twelve months. It’s been a full one for us! Recently I’ve been feeling the weight of unanswered prayer: loved ones in crisis, practical things that have gone wrong, not being able to see the […]