Despite the flippant title, this is a serious theological meditation on the Lord’s Prayer which serves also as a commentary on today’s social context. Work says his book contains “remedial exercises in prayerful theology.” He’s not sure that a “prayer life” is something we should aspire to, but he believes that the Lord’s Prayer is transformative. With each petition of the prayer he reflects on some issue, and then ponders how the prayer speaks to it. The chapter on “Give us this day our daily bread” begins with an extended treatise on how money is regarded in both his extended family and the larger culture. The Lord’s Prayer, he argues, transcends individualist and collectivist economies. The author is an evangelical who makes a good conversation partner for postliberals. The volume concludes with three of the author’s own sermons.
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