“The Discipline of Continual (Spontaneous)  Prayer” (Nehemiah 2:4 Sermon) 


(Preached at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Morganton, NC   5-17-15)

Some of us were eating out a few years ago, and one of our friends was asking the blessing for our food, and he prayed a fairly long prayer. When he was finished, another of our friends said, “Hey, just because you missed your prayer time this morning doesn’t mean you had to make it up while all of our food was getting cold!”
There is a time for praying longer prayers, and then there is a time for praying shorter ones, and as good disciples of Jesus we need to recognize, and learn to use both types of prayer.

This morning we are continuing our series, “The Disciplines of Disciples.” Jesus commanded in Luke 9:23 that if anyone would come after Him, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Him. We saw in I Timothy…

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Roberto Esposito, Persons and Things: From the Body’s Point of View

Progressive Geographies

Roberto Esposito, Persons and Things: From the Body’s Point of View, now out from Polity.

What is the relationship between persons and things? And how does the body transform this relationship? In this highly original new book, Roberto Esposito – one of Italy’s leading political philosophers – considers these questions and shows that starting from the body, rather than from the thing or the person, can help us to reconsider the status of both.
Ever since its beginnings, our civilization has been based on a strict, unequivocal distinction between persons and things, founded on the instrumental domination of persons over things. This opposition arose out of ancient Roman law and persisted throughout modernity, to take its place in our current global market, where it continues to generate growing contradictions. Although the distinction seems to appear clear and necessary to us, what we are continually witnessing in legal, economic, and…

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Disaster at Khodynka Field

Little Bits of History

People at Khodynka People at Khodynka

May 18, 1896 OS: There is a stampede on Khodynka Field in Moscow, Russia. Russia would adopt the Gregorian calendar in 1918 and the dates changed, moving forward by twelve days. The last Russian Emperor was crowned just four days earlier and a celebration party was to take place in the field. In anticipation of a large crowd of celebrants, many theaters were built along with 150 buffets and 20 pubs. The site was placed near a field which contained a ravine and many gullies. The evening before the banquet was to be held, rumors leaked stating the tsar would be offering coronation gifts. People began to gather at the field in anticipation of receiving a bread roll, a piece of sausage, pretzels, gingerbread, and a commemorative cup.

By 5 AM, there were several thousand people gathered together with some reports listing a number as high as 500,000…

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