Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Due to technical difficulties, I have been unable to post on my blog for the last month. Unfortunately, in re-establishing the blog, I have lost all archived articles from February to November 2006.

I need your help! If you happened to save one of the blog articles from that time period, would you please send it back in so that I can re-post it?

Thank you!


Melissa said...

Mr. Wilbur,

I have a large number of your articles archived in my RSS aggregator . . . some of them are only snippets, but others are full articles. Where can I send the complete entries?


Matt said...

We had a backup so need to worry about backups.

Matt Ruff
Kings Meadow

. said...

The Puritans were adamantly opposed to the prayers in the English Prayer book..not that the prayers were heretical, but because they feared the rote manner of the prayers. They feared that prayer would become mechanical, without thought, repetitious, and without meaning if congregations recited the same prayers again and again.

Ironically, this appropriate fear of the Puritans is manifest in the opposite direction in the modern evangelical church. It is the extemporaneous prayers of our time that are mechanical, without thought, repetitious, and consequently, without meaning. How many time have you heard, ..Dear Lord, we just come before, Lord, to thank you, Lord, for your bounteous favor. And Lord, we beseech you.... (..Bounteous.. and ..beseech.. are good ..prayer words....words that show up in prayers but rarely in common speech)

How often do you ask the blessing for food using 90% of the same words?

We fall into patterns whether they be written or spoken, but promiscuous change for the sake of change is not the answer. The ..holy ruts.. of Proverbs 3 are not of themselves bad things. It is the unthinking repetition that makes prayers mechanical.

In our age, the written, thoughtful prayers of past centuries provide a tonic to shake us from our complacency and to challenge our own thinking about prayer, sin, forgiveness, the work of the cross, and the nature and character of Almighty God. This is not the ultimate solution, but could be part of the process of increasing our understanding of the nature of prayer.

Tradition without thought is dead orthodoxy, but the infusion of life that comes from knowledge, understanding, and wisdom through the work of the Spirit, makes ancient and modern traditions an opportunity for spiritual maturity.

The other lesson is that we need to be careful before we import the doctrines of a tradition without understanding the theological context of those ideas. Otherwise, we may find ourselves opposing the very things we say we uphold.

by: Greg Wilbur

Jim Bob Howard said...

Dear Greg,

Here's at least one from that time period:

Wilbur Blog on Web Archive

Jim Bob