Wednesday, November 14, 2007 • 2:48 am
Couple weeks ago, I posted a request for prayer for one of my congregants named Craig. I recall dropping by his home to pray for him and his wife, Betty, the day before the surgery. It was supposed to be a “routine” surgery to remove a “benign tumor” in his brain. Unfortunately, the situation turned for the worse… While they were successfully able to remove three golf size worth of tumor in his brain, the tumor was found to be Grade IV cancerous. Needless to say, it was shocking news.
As Craig/Betty’s friend and pastor, I’ve been praying for the protection of their souls Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: health, prayer, religion
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 • 10:29 am
Update 10/30: Received word last night that the surgery was completed and the tumor removed. Craig is recovering. However, there’s possibility of some very difficult news. Unfortunately, what was initially diagnosed as a benign tumor is likely cancerous – 80% probability according to the pathologist. The complete diagnosis and pathology report will be released in 3 days.
I have chosen to move the updates on Craig’s situation to the Quest Church community blog. Because this blog receives its fair share of visitors and subscribers from all over, I prefer not to take the focus away from surrounding Craig and Betty with care and prayer. Some comments were posted re: the authenticity or reality of prayer [and God] and while I’m a supporter of open dialogue, I’d rather not use this occassion or blog entry to pursue that. Instead, I’d prefer to direct people to this blog entry, Does Your Prayer Work, which was written by one of the commenters on his blog, I believe, in response to this blog entry. Feel free to engage there and be nice blokes.
And yes, I still invite you to join us in prayer for Craig and Betty.
I heard some not so good news about a congregant at church yesterday. After hearing the news after the 2nd service, I called and went to visit Craig and Betty at their home to pray with them. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: prayer, religion
Thursday, August 2, 2007 • 5:07 pm
Read the daily updates on the hostage situation in Afghanistan.
The hostage situation in Afghanistan has reminded me [again] of our deep human brokenness. There is indeed both beauty and depravity in the human condition. I’m also [again] reminded of my narcissicm – my personal depravity. It’s so easy to think of just me, myself, and I. May we all be reminded to think beyond ourselves to reflect, pray, and advocate for much that goes on around us. In the midst of human depravity and brokenness, may we be instruments and embodiments of God’s beauty.
I am simply cutting and pasting a prayer that ”Cat”, a frequent visitor to this blog [and Quest congregant] posted earlier on the post about the hostage situation in Afghanistan. It’s such a moving prayer. Please take a moment to read and pray through it.
We bow down before You and give thanks that You, in Your triune being, are faithful and compassionate. We are blessed and comforted by your omniscience, your omnipotence, your salvation. We do not understand the choices that You make as You carve out a path of righteousness in the midst of our human garden and water it in the blood of martyrs and the sweat of the oppressed people of our planet and the tears of those who love You.
We are deeply flawed in vision and understanding, but we see Your Son and we read Your Word Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: christianity, prayer, religion
Thursday, June 21, 2007 • 12:07 am
quest had the privilege of “co-sponsoring” a conference in 2002 with mustard seed associates [tom and christine sine] which is based here in seattle. i had an opportunity to join an eclectic mix of different presenters from around the world. i have no idea what i spoke about… q cafe hosted all the presenters during the pre-conference shindig and it was there that i briefly met shane claiborne. his voice is fresh, unique, and important. while there may not be total agreement with all of his thoughts, his role in the body of christ and his leadership to this and coming generations is critical.
this morning, i read this from the simple way website. simply, they are in need of assistance from the larger body of christ. would you join me in praying for this community, their neighborhood and consider making a donation?
6/20/07 11:25PM (UPDATED)
This morning, a 7-alarm fire consumed an abandoned warehouse in our Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia. The Simple Way Community Center at 3200 Potter Street was destroyed as well as at least eight of our neighbors’ homes. Over 100 people were evacuated from their homes, and 400 families are currently without power. Despite this tragedy, we are incredibly thankful to share that all of our community members and every one of our neighbors is safely out of harm’s way. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: church, justice, prayer
Tuesday, March 20, 2007 • 12:39 pm
Thanks to each of you for your friendship and partnership. We live in interesting times where through the internet, certain levels of connection can take place and information can be conveyed like never before. Perhaps, not in the most deepest level, but a certain level of ‘community’ is still possible. I write this post to ask for prayer from the folks at Quest Church, my network of personal friends, fellow co-laborers in Seattle, and the larger community I’ve had the privilege of meeting in the past years. Prayer is both a beautiful and mysterious gift. It is a good thing. I’ve also learned that it is both a personal and communal thing. While I have no prayer cards, no prayer letter reminders, and no official prayer chain, I simply ask that as my family and I come to mind or heart, please lift up a prayer for us. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: prayer, quest church