Progressive Prayers for Progressive People

This collection of prayers comes from a decidedly progressive Christian point of view. They are more about changing us and changing the world than about changing God’s mind and getting a particular set of actions from God.

The prayers address everything from understandings of God to matters of justice to life in general. It’s a wonderful addition to your daily spiritual practices or to your list of resources for worship services or other gatherings.

From the Author: For years, I have shared my prayers on social media from time to time. From that, I have received many request to put some of them together as a progressive Christian resource. In doing my Doctorate work, I saw an opportunity to put that kind of resource together. It’s humbling and exciting to offer it to the public now. I hope to the core of my being that you find it to be a valuable new resource for your spiritual journey.


“Dr. Sandlin did the impossible… he got me to read a book of prayers.”  That’s about as high of praise as I could ever give this book.  Dr. Sandlin got this curmudgeon who hates all these prayers to engage a book of his.  Honestly, I would’ve never picked up a book on prayer if Dr. Sandlin hadn’t written one.  But here we are… and I am pleasantly surprised.  It didn’t hurt to get through it.  In fact, Dr. Sandlin’s words were as sweet as honey.  I imagine they were to God as well.  So, maybe prayer isn’t so bad after all.  So, after this extended diatribe I thought I’d give it a go… God be with those who engage this book. May every prayer be a call to action. Help them get off their lazy asses. Amen.” – The Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood Dean, The New Theology School


About the Author
Mark is husband to an amazing woman who is full of life and brings him joy every day (well, almost every day). He is also a proud father to two adult boys. According to Mark, they are the kindest and smartest people you could ever hope to meet.
Mark was born and raised in the South and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He currently serves at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Greensboro, NC. He is a co-founder of The Christian Left. Mark also serves as the President and Co-Executive Director of  His blog, then known as “The God Article,” was named as one of the “Top Ten Christian Blogs.” Mark received The Associated Church Press’ Award of Excellence in 2012. His work has been published on “The Huffington Post,” “Sojourners,” “Time,” “Church World Services,” and even on the “Richard Dawkins Foundation.” He’s been featured on PBS’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly and NPR’s The Story with Dick Gordon. He has earned a B.A. and a B.S. from Appalachian State University in English and Business Administration, a Master in Divinity from Wake Forest University, and a Doctorate from The New Theology School.

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