Seven Sour Prayer Attitudes
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What keeps people from praying more? Enjoying their prayer life more? What hindrances do you find in your own prayer life (or lack thereof)? Here are seven sour attitudes that I've come across (full disclosure—some of these attitudes come from within my own brain, I’m sorry to say): #1  Patronizing attitude: I don’t want to insult God by appearing to tell him things he already knows. If he’s really omniscient, he doesn’t need my reports. If he really loves me,... Read More
National Day of Prayer
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Former Wisconsin governor Lee Dreyfus once famously remarked that the city of Madison was 36 square miles surrounded by reality. People from the religious right are outraged, though probably not surprised, that Madison federal district judge Barbara Crabb recently ruled in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization of agnostics and atheists, and declared that the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional. Shirley Dobson, chairwoman of the NDP Task Force during the Bush 43 administration, was named in... Read More
Inaugural Prayer
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It seems that Rev. Rick Warren of the famed Saddleback Church is taking some criticism over being appointed to offer public prayer at the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. The LGBT wing of America is furious because he supported California’s Proposition 8 (which passed), amending the state’s constitution to define marriage as one male/one female. They think that because they worked so hard to get Obama elected, only pro-gay clergy should have been invited.   Others fear that Rev. Warren may... Read More