Sharp About Your Prayers

the challenges, absurdities, and joys of an urban faith

Sharp About Your Prayers header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'Faith and the City'

What I Learned from Momma…

May 5th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Faith and the City

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices; Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way, With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today. –Martin Rinkart, 1636 This Sunday is Mothers Day. So, I am curious: […]

[Read more →]

Tags:··

Short, but Sweet

April 14th, 2016 · Comments Off on Short, but Sweet · Faith and the City

As a seminary intern leading a youth group at Seaside Presbyterian Church in Milford, Connecticut, I gave a dozen teenagers a simple assignment. “For next week, memorize your favorite Bible verse. Come prepared to recite it and to tell us why it is meaningful to you.” Immediately, Patrick, a precocious fourteen year old responded, “Dibs on […]

[Read more →]

Tags:···

Dear Mr. Trump

March 24th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

Dear Mr. Trump, In light of the attacks this week in Brussels, I join you, other political candidates and all Americans in expressing heartache and solidarity with the people of Belgium. At the same time, I cringe when I hear you call for “more waterboarding.” Mr. Trump, you claim to be a Christian. You claim […]

[Read more →]

Tags:·······

Give it to Me, Chapter and Verse

March 11th, 2016 · Comments Off on Give it to Me, Chapter and Verse · Faith and the City

I have a question for you.                                                                . It’s the same question voters are putting to Presidential candidates at town hall meetings. It is a […]

[Read more →]

Tags:····

@Table w/ the Confirmands

February 25th, 2016 · Comments Off on @Table w/ the Confirmands · Faith and the City

It is a common icebreaker: “Name the person, living or dead, with whom you would most like to share a meal?” An Australian food company recently posed this question to a group of adults. Predictably, their answers listed celebrities: Marylin Monroe, Justin Bieber, Jimi Hendrix, and Nelson Mandela. After filming the adults, the director dismissed them. […]

[Read more →]

Tags:····

Hold on to the Good

February 18th, 2016 · Comments Off on Hold on to the Good · Faith and the City

Do you savor? Do you take time — pause-and-reflect time — to delight in the moments of grace and joy that flit through your life? This morning I read something that troubled me. Psychologist Dan O’Grady claims that our negative experiences and critical thoughts have remarkable staying power. They stick to us like Velcro. They […]

[Read more →]

Tags:·····

The Souper Bowl

February 5th, 2016 · Comments Off on The Souper Bowl · Faith and the City

About 12 years ago, I met the Rev. Brad Smith. Brad told me an amazing story. In 1990, he was an associate pastor at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. On Super Bowl Sunday, Brad offered a simple prayer as the church’s youth group settled down to watch the big game: Lord, even […]

[Read more →]

Tags:···

Slush

January 28th, 2016 · Comments Off on Slush · Faith and the City

This past Monday put me in a grumpy mood. After dropping my son off at school, I negotiated icy sidewalks and slush clogged intersections trying to make my way back to the subway. It was a ridiculous mess. Trudging along in single file with other commuters and school children, I began muttering about scofflaws who […]

[Read more →]

Tags:·····

Hit the Wood

January 22nd, 2016 · Comments Off on Hit the Wood · Faith and the City

Can you keep a secret? Step a little closer. I do not like election years — specifically Presidential election years. Yes, yes … I know. The Presidential election in America — the once-every-four-years process through which we select a leader for this country, followed by the peaceful passing of the baton from one administration to […]

[Read more →]

Tags:····

Mulch

January 7th, 2016 · Comments Off on Mulch · Faith and the City

Life moves fast. If you walk around the city this week, you cannot help noticing the curbside stacks of bedraggled Christmas trees. They are ready for “Mulchfest” — New York’s annual recycling program that turns our holiday remnants into something useful for local parks and playgrounds. The Church moves fast, too. This week we celebrate Baptism […]

[Read more →]

Tags:····