Episode 53 — “Politics of the Lord’s Prayer”


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Politics of the Lord’s Prayer? Well…yes. At it’s origin, it was highly political. I often refer to it as the Insurrectionist’s Prayer. To pray this prayer in the presence of the Roman empire was to repudiate it and call for God’s empire to replace it. Today, it has been domesticated along with our God. Dr. Epperly and I examine how this prayer’s notion of power is at odds with that of today’s empires and how this filters down to interpersonal relationships. The need to restore its original power, that of relational, not coercive, is one of the greatest needs of our day. The Lord’s Prayer can help us do this. 

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