Every now and then, one of the posts appearing in this blog becomes something more than the writer’s personal thoughts on a subject. It becomes a tool that is useful for teaching, preaching, and the spiritual formation of the entire church. In this sense, it becomes authoritative, in that the church recognizes the value of the writing to its spiritual formation and desires to incorporate it into its life.
Douglas Dobbins, our Catholic representative within the community of the ‘Block, provided not just one such post, but a series of posts (eleven in all) in which he expounded on each clause of the Lord’s Prayer. Through these reflections, Douglas demonstrated the incredible depth and breadth of Jesus’ teaching on prayer to his disciples, pointing not to himself, but to his Lord.
Once the editorial team recognized the value of the posts to the church, the decision was made to publish the reflections first on the Spiritual Formation section of the Center for Theology, the area with articles, lectures, and sermons that have been recognized as useful to the entire church’s growth and development. You can read them by visiting the “Meditations on the Lord’s Prayer” portal page. Later, Douglas’ reflections will be published as a pamphlet to be made available to the churches of the Anglican Diocese of New England (ADNE) and elsewhere.
We would like to thank Douglas for being faithful to our Lord by providing such a valuable contribution to the church. In this, he has fulfilled on purpose of the Center for Theology: to provide excellent work in service to the church’s spiritual formation. We encourage our readers to take some time to absorb Douglas’ series on the Lord’s Prayer. They are good for the soul!