Daily Prayer for January 19

But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, O Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name. Isaiah 63:16, NIV

Lord God, we thank you as we look back to the times throughout the ages when your servants lifted a voice to witness that you are our Father, that you lead the peoples to their true goal. However long it may take, we thank you for allowing us to be part of this witness. We thank you that so much love and goodness still shine into our time as a light to the nations. Watch over us. May your Spirit grow stronger and stronger within us. Bring the redemption proclaimed by your servants, and let your light dawn over all lands to the honor of your name. Amen.

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tuesday conversation

PloughCast #21 Disability, Embodiment, and What It Means to Be Human


Susannah Black, Peter Mommsen, and O. Carter Snead

Peter and Susannah talk with O. Carter Snead about his book What it Means to be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics. Read now.



monday provocation

Words that Got Martin Luther King, Jr. Shot


Martin Luther King, Jr.

The pronouncements that got Martin Luther King, Jr. killed are probably not those that appear on inspirational posters today. Read now.



sunday source

The Noble Virtue of Charity


Marguerite Porete

Charity is such a wise merchant that she earns profits everywhere where others lose, and she escapes the bonds that bind others. Read now.



saturday insight

The Way Home


Erna Albertz

A daughter with Down syndrome comes to terms with her mother’s death. Read now.



friday long read

When Masking and Vaxxing Threaten a Friendship


Jamie Santa Cruz

It was she, member of the resistance against both masks and vaccines, who showed me, the vaccinated mask-wearer, how we bridge the rift. Read now.

Daily Prayer for January 18

Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials…Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:2,12, RSV

Lord our God, be with us. Touch us with your Spirit so that our hearts may receive something from you. Let us find joy even in a life of struggle and temptation. Let us find joy in every need we face, even in the agony of death. Protect us through your Word, and let it always be a light to us so that we can follow you and do your will. Be with us on all our ways. Guide everything with your hand until the goal for all humankind is reached and we may rejoice over all the trials and testing because in the end the glorious prize can be won. Amen.

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monday provocation

Words that Got Martin Luther King, Jr. Shot


Martin Luther King, Jr.

The pronouncements that got Martin Luther King, Jr. killed are probably not those that appear on inspirational posters today. Read now.



sunday source

The Noble Virtue of Charity


Marguerite Porete

Charity is such a wise merchant that she earns profits everywhere where others lose, and she escapes the bonds that bind others. Read now.



saturday insight

The Way Home


Erna Albertz

A daughter with Down syndrome comes to terms with her mother’s death. Read now.



friday long read

When Masking and Vaxxing Threaten a Friendship


Jamie Santa Cruz

It was she, member of the resistance against both masks and vaccines, who showed me, the vaccinated mask-wearer, how we bridge the rift. Read now.



thursday books and culture

Black on the Inside


Billy Williams

An Aboriginal Australian Christian reclaims his heritage and roots his faith in his peoples’ wisdom and experience. Read now.

Daily Prayer for January 17

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that we need never feel forsaken. We thank you that we are led and guided by your hand. We thank you for all we have received from you, your care for our bodies, for our material needs, and for our inner life. We praise you, O God! Continue to lead us, we pray. Continue to work among us so that we can all see and come to know that the Good Shepherd is leading us. Amen.

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friday long read

When Masking and Vaxxing Threaten a Friendship


Jamie Santa Cruz

It was she, member of the resistance against both masks and vaccines, who showed me, the vaccinated mask-wearer, how we bridge the rift. Read now.



thursday books and culture

Black on the Inside


Billy Williams

An Aboriginal Australian Christian reclaims his heritage and roots his faith in his peoples’ wisdom and experience. Read now.



wednesday reading

In the Presence of Mystery


Abraham Joshua Heschel

Our own speechlessness at creation becomes our worship. Read now.



tuesday conversation

PloughCast #20 Suffering, Reality, and Rehumanization


Susannah Black, Peter Mommsen, Aimee Murphy, and Ross Douthat

How do we face suffering, chronic pain, and disease? Ross Douthat’s chronic Lyme and Aimee Murphy’s fibromyalgia are unexpected avenues into truth. Read now.



monday provocation

Divorce Wrecks Children’s Lives Too


Erika J. Ahern

Despite what our culture tells us about putting ourselves first, divorce is not good for you or your children. Read now.

Daily Prayer for January 16

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Psalm 145:1-2, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, we come before you and thank you with all our hearts. You know all that we are thankful for. Continue to sustain us, we pray, and give us strength for the paths on which you lead us. Even when we must suffer and fight long, hard battles, we know that everything has its right purpose and will still lead us to your goal. For all this we praise and thank you. Protect us in mind, heart, and spirit. Keep us courageous, and lift us above all discouragement through your Spirit, who will renew our lives forevermore. Amen.

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friday long read

When Masking and Vaxxing Threaten a Friendship


Jamie Santa Cruz

It was she, member of the resistance against both masks and vaccines, who showed me, the vaccinated mask-wearer, how we bridge the rift. Read now.



thursday books and culture

Black on the Inside


Billy Williams

An Aboriginal Australian Christian reclaims his heritage and roots his faith in his peoples’ wisdom and experience. Read now.



wednesday reading

In the Presence of Mystery


Abraham Joshua Heschel

Our own speechlessness at creation becomes our worship. Read now.



tuesday conversation

PloughCast #20 Suffering, Reality, and Rehumanization


Susannah Black, Peter Mommsen, Aimee Murphy, and Ross Douthat

How do we face suffering, chronic pain, and disease? Ross Douthat’s chronic Lyme and Aimee Murphy’s fibromyalgia are unexpected avenues into truth. Read now.



monday provocation

Divorce Wrecks Children’s Lives Too


Erika J. Ahern

Despite what our culture tells us about putting ourselves first, divorce is not good for you or your children. Read now.

Daily Prayer for January 15

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26, NIV

Lord God, send your Spirit, we pray, over us and over the whole world. Let your light dawn on earth among humankind. Reveal your power and let your reign begin. May your will be done, O Lord. We kneel before your throne and plead to you. We are weak. Lord, help us. Bless us. Establish your kingdom in the hearts of those who are willing to follow you, who are willing to accept your grace in Jesus Christ. Help us through your strength. Reign over us. Be with us with your Holy Spirit, O Lord God, our Father. Amen.

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friday long read

When Masking and Vaxxing Threaten a Friendship


Jamie Santa Cruz

It was she, member of the resistance against both masks and vaccines, who showed me, the vaccinated mask-wearer, how we bridge the rift. Read now.



thursday books and culture

Black on the Inside


Billy Williams

An Aboriginal Australian Christian reclaims his heritage and roots his faith in his peoples’ wisdom and experience. Read now.



wednesday reading

In the Presence of Mystery


Abraham Joshua Heschel

Our own speechlessness at creation becomes our worship. Read now.



tuesday conversation

PloughCast #20 Suffering, Reality, and Rehumanization


Susannah Black, Peter Mommsen, Aimee Murphy, and Ross Douthat

How do we face suffering, chronic pain, and disease? Ross Douthat’s chronic Lyme and Aimee Murphy’s fibromyalgia are unexpected avenues into truth. Read now.



monday provocation

Divorce Wrecks Children’s Lives Too


Erika J. Ahern

Despite what our culture tells us about putting ourselves first, divorce is not good for you or your children. Read now.

Daily Prayer for January 14

For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you. 2 Corinthians 13:4, NIV

Lord our God, we come into your presence and kneel before your throne, asking you with all our hearts for your Spirit, so that our lives may be guided and ruled by you, the one God and Creator of all life. Let your Word come into our hearts. Give your blessing on all we experience in life and on all we ask of you as we stand before you. We are weak and poor. We can achieve nothing, and our hearts are weary. But you can strengthen us. You can make everything come right to reveal your kingdom throughout the world. Then all the people of our time may come to know that your will for the earth is not distress and suffering, but your goodness, your life, and your eternity. Amen.

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thursday books and culture

Black on the Inside


Billy Williams

An Aboriginal Australian Christian reclaims his heritage and roots his faith in his peoples’ wisdom and experience. Read now.



wednesday reading

In the Presence of Mystery


Abraham Joshua Heschel

Our own speechlessness at creation becomes our worship. Read now.



tuesday conversation

PloughCast #20 Suffering, Reality, and Rehumanization


Susannah Black, Peter Mommsen, Aimee Murphy, and Ross Douthat

How do we face suffering, chronic pain, and disease? Ross Douthat’s chronic Lyme and Aimee Murphy’s fibromyalgia are unexpected avenues into truth. Read now.



monday provocation

Divorce Wrecks Children’s Lives Too


Erika J. Ahern

Despite what our culture tells us about putting ourselves first, divorce is not good for you or your children. Read now.



sunday source

Saint Francis of Assisi Confounds the Wise


Brother Ugolino di Monte Santa Maria

How Brother Masseo told Saint Francis that the world was gone after him, and how Saint Francis replied. Read now.

Daily Prayer for January 13

Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, RSV

Dear Father in heaven, give us childlike hearts so that we may understand everything in the right way. Grant us work that bears fruit in spite of our faults and weaknesses, because we want to work with the understanding given by love. Father in heaven, you know that we are faced day and night with many difficulties and setbacks. But you see us, and you will help us so that your name may be honored, your kingdom may come, and your will may be done on earth as in heaven. Amen.

Recent Articles from Plough




wednesday reading

In the Presence of Mystery


Abraham Joshua Heschel

Our own speechlessness at creation becomes our worship. Read now.



tuesday conversation

PloughCast #20 Suffering, Reality, and Rehumanization


Susannah Black, Peter Mommsen, Aimee Murphy, and Ross Douthat

How do we face suffering, chronic pain, and disease? Ross Douthat’s chronic Lyme and Aimee Murphy’s fibromyalgia are unexpected avenues into truth. Read now.



monday provocation

Divorce Wrecks Children’s Lives Too


Erika J. Ahern

Despite what our culture tells us about putting ourselves first, divorce is not good for you or your children. Read now.



sunday source

Saint Francis of Assisi Confounds the Wise


Brother Ugolino di Monte Santa Maria

How Brother Masseo told Saint Francis that the world was gone after him, and how Saint Francis replied. Read now.



saturday insight

Letter from Brazil


Claudio Oliver

As Brazil’s Covid pandemic rages on, a small community of urban farmers serves its neighbors. Read now.

Daily Prayer for January 12

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, you let us see and feel your great goodness toward us. Grant us the inner help to be victorious in the Savior, rejoicing to be by his side with faith and loyalty, and with the strength of soul that frees us from all burdens by laying them in your hands. Hear us as together we pray to you. All we ask and long for, all our concerns down to the very smallest, we lay in your hands in the one great request that your name be glorified on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Recent Articles from Plough




tuesday conversation

PloughCast #20 Suffering, Reality, and Rehumanization


Susannah Black, Peter Mommsen, Aimee Murphy, and Ross Douthat

How do we face suffering, chronic pain, and disease? Ross Douthat’s chronic Lyme and Aimee Murphy’s fibromyalgia are unexpected avenues into truth. Read now.



monday provocation

Divorce Wrecks Children’s Lives Too


Erika J. Ahern

Despite what our culture tells us about putting ourselves first, divorce is not good for you or your children. Read now.



sunday source

Saint Francis of Assisi Confounds the Wise


Brother Ugolino di Monte Santa Maria

How Brother Masseo told Saint Francis that the world was gone after him, and how Saint Francis replied. Read now.



saturday insight

Letter from Brazil


Claudio Oliver

As Brazil’s Covid pandemic rages on, a small community of urban farmers serves its neighbors. Read now.



friday long read

How Funerals Differ


Eugene Vodolazkin

When the woman with the clown nose walked past us, I noticed that her eyes were wet with tears. Read now.

Daily Prayer for January 11

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1, RSV

Our dear Father, we ask you to come to us from heaven and surround us with your goodness and mercy, with your light and life. We are weak, poor, and lost just when we need to stand firm and hold on. But you are faithful. You stay by us and help us. Continue to help and sustain us, we pray. Do not let our lives be lived in vain. May something of eternity be with us in all we have to face in life, so that over and over again we may find courage to start anew. Amen.

Recent Articles from Plough




monday provocation

Divorce Wrecks Children’s Lives Too


Erika J. Ahern

Despite what our culture tells us about putting ourselves first, divorce is not good for you or your children. Read now.



sunday source

Saint Francis of Assisi Confounds the Wise


Brother Ugolino di Monte Santa Maria

How Brother Masseo told Saint Francis that the world was gone after him, and how Saint Francis replied. Read now.



saturday insight

Letter from Brazil


Claudio Oliver

As Brazil’s Covid pandemic rages on, a small community of urban farmers serves its neighbors. Read now.



friday long read

How Funerals Differ


Eugene Vodolazkin

When the woman with the clown nose walked past us, I noticed that her eyes were wet with tears. Read now.



thursday books and culture

Pecans Rain on the Just and the Unjust


Elizabeth Corey

There’s nothing like an overabundance of tree nuts to open one’s eyes to God’s overflowing and undeserved generosity. Read now.

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