Obama retakes oath of office

“Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. re-administered the oath to Mr. Obama on Wednesday evening, one day after the two men stumbled over each other’s words during the inauguration ceremony at the Capitol.”

Read the rest here.

Being Pro-life Christians under a Pro-choice President

Being Pro-life Christians under a Pro-choice President” is the title of a sermon that John Piper preached in 1993 three days before Bill Clinton was inaugurated as president of the United States. Piper has posted on excerpt from that sermon today on his blog, saying that these words are just as relevant now as they were then. I couldn’t agree more.

Piper’s text was 1 Peter 2:17, “Honor the king,” and he closed his sermon with eight ways to honor a pro-choice president. Here’s the seventh: Continue Reading →

Rick Warren To Pray In Jesus’ Name

Rick Warren has told his congregation that he intends to pray in Jesus’ name at tomorrow’s presidential inauguration. He has asked for prayers from his church members. Here’s the story from Brandon Rogers (HT: Justin Taylor).

Warren’s prayer will be a sharp contrast to that of Gene Robinson, whose prayer was excluded from HBO’s broadcast of the inaugural festivities yesterday. Sarah Pulliam shot a video of Robinson’s prayer for Christianity Today (see below). Aaron Barnhart notes three lines from Robinson’s prayer that were in the original written version, but were not included when Robinson voiced the prayer. Continue Reading →

The Bishop’s Unchristian Prayer

Even though he is a bishop in the Episcopal Church, Gene Robinson promised that he would not offer a Christian prayer at the inaugural celebration. Today he lived up to his word.

At the opening inaugural festivities, not only did the Bishop fail to offer a Christian prayer, he began his supplication by addressing a false god—one that he called the “God of our many understandings.” In one sentence, he endorsed the idolatry that is endemic to the human condition—the idea that god is whoever we imagine him to be. There’s no question that the warnings of Romans 1:18-31
apply here.

The rest of the prayer is filled with liberal tropes and the pabulum that usually goes with civic prayers. You can read the whole, sad thing here.

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UPDATE: Sarah Pulliam shot a video of the prayer for Christianity Today (see below). According to Ben Smith, HBO with its exclusive rights to coverage of the event did not broadcast Robinson’s prayer. HBO.com has made the video available, and it does in fact exclude the opening prayer. Aaron Barnhart notes three lines from the prayer that were in the original written version, but were not included when Robinson voiced the prayer. Continue Reading →

Washington Post Editorial on Bush’s Legacy

Yesterday’s Washington Post editorial about President Bush’s legacy has a surprisingly positive assessment of his efforts in Iraq. In short, the editors conclude that history will render a more favorable judgment than current surveys of popular opinion:

“As matters in Iraq now stand, there is a decent chance of a reasonably pro-American incipient democracy in the heart of the Arab Middle East. This would be a major accomplishment, and one that would cast the invasion, the failures of the early years of occupation and the painful loss of more than 4,000 American lives and many thousand more Iraqi lives in a different light than the one in which they are seen by most Americans now. It would also vindicate his unpopular decision to stabilize Iraq with more U.S. troops rather than abandon it to civil war and possible genocide — an instance in which Mr. Bush’s self-assurance and steadfastness paid off.”

The editorial is by no means entirely positive about the Bush legacy. But that the editors were so optimistic about the war in Iraq is certainly worthy of note.

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