Luther on Being a Theologian: Oratio, Meditatio and Tentatio

In John Doberstein’s The Minister’s Prayerbook, he discusses Martin Luther’s understanding of the development of a theologian. Luther believed that the “right way to study theology” is anchored in the three rules set forth in Psalm 119: Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio. For Luther “Everything centers around the practice of meditation, for prayer prepares for it and its results are […]

Daily Forgiveness, Leadership and Deliverance

The Lord’s Prayer is concerned with the daily. The petition for “daily bread” implies that the other requests are also daily in nature. Daily petitions point to daily needs. Take a look again at the requests that follow the prayer for sustenance. “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead […]

Daily Bread

Food is intended to anchor our thoughts in a few essential things. First off it reminds us that we are creatures. We are not self-sufficient like our Creator. We are dependent by nature. We must have food to go on living this life. Secondly, as dependent creatures we receive our sustenance from the Creator on […]