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Ultimate Allegiance: The Subversive Nature of the Lord's Prayer

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"Prayer changes things." It's a common saying, and too often Christian discussion of prayer deals only with how we can change other things and other people through prayer. But what if prayer is much more that we imagine? What if it is also the means of correcting our relationship to the Creator and at the same time of changing our relationships with one another? Perhaps pr

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Paperback, 82 pages
Published December 9th 2010 by Energion Publications
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Lee Harmon
This little 60-page booklet breaks down the Lord's Prayer, providing a line-by-line explanation. The provocative subtitle is The Subversive Nature of the Lord's Prayer, planting images in my mind of a prayer that drives me trembling to my knees, but that isn't quite the way Robert means it. The preface explains, "Prayer that is subversive is prayer that engages 'the powers that be.'"

Christians have for a couple thousand years recited this prayer—the Didache advises believers to pray these words
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John Hanscom
More of an extended pamphlet than a book - 81 pages - but very good. To show how revolutionary the Prayer it, the book places it in its original context, and explains what the first hearers would have heard, rather then tose of us who have heard it repeatedly over our lives. It stresses the corporate nature of the prayer. It reminds us the Kingdom of God is this-worldly as much or more than other-worldly. The short chapter on "Deliver us from evil," was fascinating in its definition of "evil."
Jim Reindollar
An excellent little book that should be good for clergy and laity alike with smart, but easy to follow ideas that will leave you thinking. A book to read multiple times. It is short, I read it on a single Sunday afternoon. It would also be ideal for a Sunday school class or small group.
I read the Kindle edition of the book. It is well priced, brief, but bountiful in content with inspiration and challenges for the modern Christian to contemplate.
David Ackerman
A book that’s been on my reading list for some time has been Robert Cornwall’s “Ultimate Allegiance.” I only wish I’d gotten to it sooner. This exceptional analysis of the Lord’s Prayer raised fresh insights to me about Jesus’ model prayer that I previously had not fully considered. Among these are its political implications. Instead of being simply an individualized prayer designed for personal use, Cornwall shows how it is deeply communal. He also shows its subversive character, as it contrast ...more
Katherine Willis Pershey
Full review on my blog.
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Robert D. Cornwall is the Pastor of Central Woodward Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Troy, Michigan and editor of Sharing the Practice the journal of the Academy of Parish Clergy. He holds a M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is a graduate of Northwest Christian University in Eugene, OR. He is the author/editor of several books including Visib ...more
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