Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Living Through the Lord's Prayer

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jul 31, 2007 - Religion - 252 pages
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Karl Barth's legendary image of preaching with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other now has a matching image for praying. In Ain't Too Proud to Beg Telford Work encourages praying with a social documentary in one hand and the Lord's Prayer in the other. The result is neither a commentary on the Lord's Prayer nor a theology of prayer. Instead it is an exercise book that uses prayer to strengthen our theological muscles.

Work proposes that we take whatever is happening in our world -- a political election or the latest war will do -- and set the Lord's Prayer in the middle of it. Let that prayer shed light on the scene and expose what matters. Then pray it. Then look again and see how the prayer is a response to what matters. These three movements give structure to the book as a whole and to each chapter within it. Prayed this way, the Lord's Prayer is always new and never quite the same.

Ecumenical, evangelical, postmodern, and irenic in tone, Ain't Too Proud to Beg ends not with a neat scholarly wrap-up but with an open-ended "Amen" -- three sparkling, joyful sermons -- a fitting ending to Work's provocative exploration of prayer as a theological process.
 

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Contents

The Character of God
3
Our Father in Heaven
15
The Reputation of God
27
A Glimpse of Something Extraordinary
31
Let Your Name Be Held Holy
32
The Reign of God
47
Divided Loyalties? American Patriotism and Christian Identity
53
Your Kingdom Come
64
Give Us Today Our Daily Bread
130
The Mercy of God
144
Forgive Usas We Forgive
152
The Victory of God
172
Do Not Lead Us into Temptation Rather Deliver Us from the Evil One
188
Amen
206
Generosity under Pressure or How to Win in November No Matter What
213
You Can Say That Again
225

The Presence of God
79
Your Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven
103
Interlude
111
The Providence of God
117

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About the author (2007)

Telford Work is associate professor of theology at WestmontCollege, Santa Barbara, California.

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