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The most recited prayer is performed more often than it is prayed.  Bob Cornwall thoughtfully challenges us to recognize the subversive nature of the words we speak.  When we truly pray the Lord's Prayer, God pushes us to worship deeply, live bravely, trust full, forgive freely, and celebrate joyfully.  This book is for those who are willing to honestly question their ultimate allegiance.  
Brett Younger, Associate Professor of Preaching
McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta.

About the Author

Robert D. Cornwall is the Pastor of Central Woodward Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Troy, Michigan. He is also the 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. He is also a graduate of Northwest Christian University in Eugene, OR and did graduate work in American History at the University of Oregon. He is the author/editor of several books including Visible and Apostolic: The Constitution of the Church in High Church and Nonjuror Thought (University of Delaware Press, 1993); Gilbert Burnet's Discourse on the Pastoral Care, (Edwin Mellen Press, 1997), A Cry from the Cross: Sermons on the Seven Last Words of Christ (CSSPublishing, 2008), Religion, Politics and Dissent, 1660-1832: Essays in Honour of James E Bradley, edited with William Gibson (Ashgate, 2010). He has contributed articles to a number of books, encyclopedias, and journals, including Religious Identities in Britain, 1660-1832, Events that Changed the Word in the Eighteenth Century, The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , The Encyclopedia of the Stone Campbell Movement, Encyclopedia of Protestantism, Church History, Anglican Theological Review, Congregations, the Progressive Christian, and Anglican and Episcopal History. He also writes for several blogs including Ponderings on a Faith Journey (personal blog), Theolog, and [D]mergent.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Energion Publications (December 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893729842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893729841
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,572,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Cornwall is Pastor of Central Woodward Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Editor of Sharing the Practice (Academy of Parish Clergy). He holds the Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. While serving a church in Lompoc, CA, he was a weekly op-ed contributor to the Lompoc Record, is an active blogger, writing for his own blog -- Ponderings on a Faith Journey as well as for the Troy Patch.

Cornwall is very active in ecumenical and interfaith work, currently serving as the Convener of the Troy-area Interfaith Group, Chairs the Ecumenism Commission for the Michigan Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), was a founder of the Metropolitan Coalition of Congregations (suburban Detroit), and earlier served as President of the Greater Santa Barbara Clergy Association, the UCSB University Religious Conference, and helped found the Lompoc Interfaith Group.

He likes to opine on matters religious, historical, theological, cultural, and political.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James A. Lee on March 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
The second entry of the Energion Areopagus Series is Ultimate Allegiance: The Subversive Nature of the Lord's Prayer by Robert D. Cornwall. This entry in the series takes on the content of the Lord's Prayer as written in a series of sermons that were once delivered by Mr. Cornwall during the 'Lenten season.' Regardless of denominational affiliation, the Lord's Prayer is profoundly familiar to many believers and is easily one of the most recited. In sixty short pages, Cornwall addresses each stanza of the prayer as it was once taught to the inquiring disciples several thousand years ago. There is a catch however. Cornwall stands firmly on the premise that the prayer itself has a different agenda. Instead of rote liturgical repetition, the prayer really is an example of the disciple seeking his true and proper place and subverting himself to God the Father through Christ the Son in allegiance to the Kingdom of God.

Ultimate Allegiance spells out much of what I have been finding to be the most challenging in my own studies of the scriptures these days. Mr. Cornwall highlights the subversive nature of this prayer and brings a view not often seen at first glance. What I enjoyed most about this book is that it remains in line with the proclamation of the Kingdom of God, and in likewise manner is consistent with the teachings of Jesus to followers living in a Roman ruled empire. That fact alone illuminates statements like hallowed be your name, thy kingdom come, and forgive us our trespasses. He also goes on to elaborate on the phrases that are not scriptural in and of themselves but are additions added through years of Christian repetition and practice, like for thine is the kingdom, the power, and glory forever, and other ancillary additions. But of most importance, Mr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev Judi on January 24, 2011
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Each week we pray the Lord's Prayer. It flows so easily off our tongues, but have you ever stopped to think about the words you are praying? It is simple to memorize, but also asks that we pray for God's will to be done, for God's reign to rule. This prayer, says Rev. Cornwall, "has a subversive quality to it." Quoting contemporary theologians like NT Wright and John Dominic Crossan, the author gives depth to the ideas presented in his book. Other scripture references build up how we are to live under God's rule and share our resources. This would be a great book for a small study group, or a Lenten series, or as an aid to preaching the Lord's Prayer for your church. You will learn more about the Lord's prayer and how God is transforming the church in the world today...heaven isn't for tomorrow, God's reign is breaking in now! This is a clearly written work and would make an excellent gift to church leadership looking for inspiration from the ancient prayer Jesus taught us to pray...(Our Father, which art in heaven,...)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2012
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I read a lot of books on biblical commentary, ministry, social justice, and theology. This is one of the best books that I have come across in many years. It is very well written and should appeal to clergy and lay folks as well. It avoids technical terms, but it has great depth as well as breadth. It says a lot but is very concise. I think it would make a great book for a group to read and study together. Although it specifically covers the Lord's prayer, the theology that is unpacked from the prayer reaches far beyond the prayer. Of course, the prayer itself captures and highlights Jesus' own thinking. I believe every Christian (and even non-Chrisians) can benefit from a reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Dave on March 4, 2011
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The Lord's Prayer is arguably the best known prayer of any religion in the world. Yet too often we simply mouth the words rather than actually consider what it is that we are praying for. Robert Cornwall's book invites us to think about it, that the words of our lips may become the meditation of our hearts. Based on a sermon series, it is conversational in style and manageable by all readers. Pastors will find it to be an excellent refresher and lay readers will find it to be a wonderful introduction. We don't often think of the Lord's Prayer as being subversive, yet it does seek for God's will to be known and God's way to be accomplished among us, a Godly focus for our earthly existence. As the author says, "The kingdom of God may seem hidden, but it can change the dynamics of the world's existence." (p. 21)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Ackerman on July 28, 2014
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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 contrasts the kingdom of God with the empire of Jesus’ day and the empires of this world. The implications of this message for our time are enormous. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in exploring this prayer from a new perspective and on a deeper level.
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