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Tweet It, Facebook It, Most of All Pray It!

Tweet It, Facebook It, Most of All Pray It!

Spread the word. Blog it, tweet, Facebook it, but most of all pray: Pray for nuclear safety in Japan. Consider fasting. As you do, pray for the rest of the pain Japan is only beginning to experience, and for God’s work in hearts there and worldwide. Join me and my family in giving toward relief efforts, too. We trusted the Salvation Army with our donation, and we think you can too.

Pray for NEA Extremists—Pray for Our Schools!

Pray for NEA Extremists—Pray for Our Schools!

I read this a couple of days ago when Holopupenko linked to it, and I didn’t know whether to weep, scream, or vomit. All three are fitting: but there is an even better response, which I’ll return to at the end of this post. The context for this statement is a side event paralleling the recent meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. “O___ s___, m_________, and o_____s need to be taught in education,” Diane Schneider…

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Hearts and Bodies Healed in Rwanda

Hearts and Bodies Healed in Rwanda

This morning I had the rare privilege of sharing breakfast with a pastor from Rwanda, a man who has seen and known God at work in ways I have never known. In the past I’ve written about Catherine Claire Larson’s book, As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda. In it she tells story after story of the horrors of genocide there, and of the glory of reconciliation and restoration in Christ since then. The country itself had been savagely…

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College Students Suspended for Praying: Case Settled, Questions Remain

College Students Suspended for Praying: Case Settled, Questions Remain

Religious freedom under assault: The Peralta Community College District has settled a federal lawsuit over its punishment of two College of Alameda students who were praying on campus. The four-college district will pay $90,000 in legal fees to students Kandy Kyriacou and Ojoma Omaga, who were threatened with suspension after they prayed in class and after Kyriacou prayed with a sick instructor in the teacher’s office…. Public agencies and schools are supposed to remain neutral when it comes to religion,…

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Unconstitutional? Let’s Make That Opinion Irrelevant!

Unconstitutional? Let’s Make That Opinion Irrelevant!

The National Day of Prayer, honored in the United States for more than a half-century, is unconstitutional, a federal judge in Wisconsin has ruled. [From Judge: Natl Day Of Prayer Unconstitutional] The National Day of Prayer has been observed on the first Thursday in May since 1988 (other days before that). I’m not going to rush to a written opinion on what the judge ruled. I don’t agree with it, but I’m not in a position right now to analyze…

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Wishes or Prayers

Wishes or Prayers

An atheist who goes by the nom de blog “ylooshi” raised this question about my pre-Christmas post on Wishing and Celebrating: Then it occurred to be, even before I left the paragraph above, that if you replace “wish” for “prayer,” you really haven’t changed the criticism…. The author both criticizes ineffectual wishing the world was different and then appeals to an ineffectual superstition to make the world different. The kettle has thus referred to the pot as blacker than he….

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On Prayer

On Prayer

In response to this comment and those preceding: I am sure there is much manipulative prayer prayed by Christians. I am equally certain there is no truly Christian manipulative prayer. The difference is in “Not my will but thine be done.” Prayer is as much a searching for God’s perfect, good, and wise will as it is asking for things; and to ask while so searching, in submission to God, is not to manipulate anything or anyone.

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