Concordia Theological Monthly

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Life in the Spirit Today

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community, church, worship, relationship, spirituality, humanist, prayer

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


In many ways nothing seems stranger than this moment to me-to be found in these circumstances talking about spirituality. In the years since the writing of Seven Days I have become engaged in almost constant activity. Those who live with me in the building at headquarters of The American Lutheran Church, I rather imagine, would be somewhat shocked to see me standing here; they don't regard me as a contemplative man, and I would be a phony if I came to you and pretended I was some sort of spiritual giant. Many times I have been lost, foundering at the edge of cynicism. In the atmosphere of this time I could honestly say that another-such moment might be only a day or two away. My prayers and worship are torn from me grudgingly and with much protest. I quarrel with God, despair. I am anything but regular in my formal prayer life.


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Laity; Ministers; Scholars