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Laborare Est Orare

I was recently listening to John Webster’s Kantzer Lectures from 2007, “Perfection & Presence: God with Us, According To the Christian Confession,” and was directed to C.S. Lewis’ brief essay “Work and Prayer” from God in the Dock. Leaving aside the knotty issues of sovereignty and free choice (even though this is The Calvinist International!), there […]

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Archive Authors Civic Polity E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene The Two Kingdoms

The Prayer of Exiles

One more from Liturgia Sacra, from which I quoted the prayer of confession yesterday. The following excerpt is from the long general prayer in the service. Here the exile community, after confessing to God the basis for prayer in Christ’s command and through His mediatorship, prays in keeping with 1 Timothy 2 for those in authority […]

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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism

A French Reformed Prayer of Confession from 1555

Eric Parker recently drew my attention to a liturgical book of the exiled French Reformed community in Frankfurt am Main from 1555. In this post, the first of possibly a couple on the prayers in the Lord’s Day liturgy, I give a translation of the Latin text of the prayer of confession that comes toward […]

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The Prescribed Hour for Prayer is “Always”

From what we saw yesterday, we might suppose that Calvin would make similar comments on Ps. 119:164, often used as textual support for seven daily times of prayer (i.e., the liturgy of the hours; cf. here, in bold): “Seven times a day I praise you for your just and righteous decrees.” But, in spite of […]

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Prescribed Hours of Prayer

In Psalm 55:17, we read: “Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he hears my voice.” John Calvin, commenting on this passage, remarks that these must have been the hours not only of sacrifice for ancient Israelites in this period, but of private prayer as well. The sacrifices have […]

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Praying for Virtue in the Culture of Persuasion

The eminent English divine Henry More (1618-1647), like many of his Protestant forebears, believed that piety is an essential part of moral philosophy, that is to say, that moral philosophy is not a secular discipline. The individual who seeks true virtue, More believed, would not be satisfied until he discovers the ultimate source of virtue […]

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Spiritual Warfare in Paul

Since my series on “Was Jesus a Pacifist?” completed, I have seen several sorts of replies and posts related to the subject indirectly. I would like to take time to reply to an aspect of the larger question that some of the latter category raised, but which I skipped over, due to the focus of […]