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February 23, 2015 / Whitworth University

Turn the Other Cheek

Feb. 22-March 1

“But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also….”
Matthew 5:39 (NRSV)

“If someone strikes you, stand there and take it…no more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.”
Matthew 5:39-42 (The Message)

During this fourth week of the semester, we pray for…

  • students to be disciplined in their use of time, resources, and relationships, especially in terms of their relationships with one another, as they pursue an education of mind and heart.
  • Monday’s Faculty Assembly and Friday’s Faculty Development Day: important gatherings for faculty as they hone their skills to help students develop intercultural competency based on our Christian mission.
  • Monday’s Simpson-Duvall lecture, with Yale University Professor of Religious Studies Kathryn Lofton presenting “Do not Tamper with the Clues: What Goldman Sachs Can Tell Us about Religion.”
  • Tuesday’s President’s Coffee, as Beck Taylor hosts a gathering to allow the community to meet new employees and honor current employees for years of service. Beck will also offer some Whitworth updates and share in a devotional.
  • Tuesday Community Worship as Kent McDonald (Theology) preaches from Matthew 5:38-48 on retaliation and reconciliation. Podcasts of the sermons are posted online at
  • Professor of History Dale Soden, as he speaks Tuesday on “The Civil Rights Movement in the Pacific Northwest.”
  • Thursday thru Saturday’s BELIEF conference, held on campus, where current students host high-schoolers and provide their guests with a vision for the possibility, opportunity, and importance of a college education.
  • Vadana Asthana, Ph.D., professor at Eastern Washington University, as she speaks Thursday from her recent book Water Security in India: Hope, Despair and Challenges of Human Development.
  • The second of our three Honors Colloquia, Saturday-Sunday, as students compete for scholarships while learning about the programs and experiences available through a Whitworth education.

Lenten Prayer:
Lord, we turn again to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and we ask that you would convict and purge us of our appetite for retribution and retaliation when we’re wronged by others. We know that retaliation is the way of the world, not the Way of our Master’s cross. Yet we are prideful people who, when our inflated egos are wounded, return wrongs with words and actions fueled by hearts inflamed with revenge.
Lord, we desperately need your attitude, an attitude that refuses to cling to our self-centered claims of personal “rights” and submits to obedience through humility. This was your way – the Way of the Cross. Fill us now afresh with your Holy Spirit, that we might be filled with your attitude and might glorify your name. Amen!

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