Tag: Prayer

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mary Poplin on “Jesus and the University”

You wouldn’t expect a talk on Jesus and the University to start in Calcutta, India, but that’s the context in which Mary Poplin presented her thoughts on this topic. Poplin was at one time Dean of the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University in southern California, and...

The Other Front In the Culture Wars

Four Strategies for Christians In a Changing World A talk given this morning at the Chapel at Kingsmill, Williamsburg, VA. Sometimes the culture wars are about specific topics in dispute: defense of marriage, sanctity of life, what’s portrayed in the media, and so on. For Christians, there’s also another,...

Further Encouragement from the Founder of the Red Envelope Project

Christ Otto, the founder of the Red Envelope Project , sent me this email today: As I was praying this morning, I had the sense that these envelopes were one way the God wants to reinvigorate a nationwide prayer movement. I have begun asking people to pray the “life...

Deep Social Change: Four Priorities (Condensed Reprise)

Here in condensed and more convenient form is a reprise of four priorities for the church in 2009. I will continue to blog on all four of these throughout the year. We need deep social change. Few of us need convincing of that. It seems to me, though, that...

Deep Social Change: Four Essential Priorities for 2009

We need deep social change. The U.S. election cycle that just ended has once again reminded all Americans of that. For Christians, three issues at the forefront are the economic pain spreading across much of our country, the pending “Freedom of Choice Act” that could open a much wider...