Tag Archives: Religion and Politics

Praying after Riots in the Capitol

Events in the Capitol building and its surroundings shocked me this past week. Along with reacting to those events, I remembered happier moments from 1977 and 1978 when I sang with a college choir on the Ellipse outside the White … Continue reading

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Let the Whole Church Pray…

Several preachers among Churches of Christ have put together an online event for today called “Let the Whole Church Pray.” You can read about it here. The event’s page calls for Christians to pray for our nation (the United States … Continue reading

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Prayer about a Father’s Hope

I preached about “A Father’s Hope” this past Sunday. Drawing from Isaiah chapters 7-9, I discussed how Isaiah’s sons participated in his ministry and became part of his message. As Isaiah proclaimed his message, he noted that he and his … Continue reading

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Cataracts

Waters cascading, white waves dancing over rocks Testify, God, that we can’t confine to a box The defining Force that propels the cataracts, The constricting Fear that humbles before the facts. We observe your power revealed in nature And build … Continue reading

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Praying with Awareness of a Legacy of Sin

As in my last post, I will consider what the prayer of returned Jewish exiles to their parents’ homeland can teach us about prayer. In that previous post, we observed the prayer was offered to the God who created the … Continue reading

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Prayer that Glorifies God

In an age where rage and insult infest social media posts and where people get shot after blowing their horn at a potentially speeding motorist, it is easy to be captivated by the fervent and righteous outrage and to yearn … Continue reading

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A Prayer in the Wake of Violent Protest

“The faithful have disappeared from the land and there is no one left who is upright; they all lie in wait for blood, and they hunt each other with nets. Their hands are skilled to do evil; the official and … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the Harassed and Helpless

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of … Continue reading

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When God’s People Humble Themselves and Pray

If Paul in 1 Timothy 1:15 could describe himself as chief of sinners, then King Manasseh might have argued that he was next. Manasseh ruled fifty-five years, more than any other monarch of Judah or Israel. During most of his … Continue reading

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Praying for Presidents

Today is Presidents Day in the United States. Originally, this holiday merged the commemoration of the birthdays of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, both of whom were born in February. In this posting, I will reflect on the prayer … Continue reading

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