Evangelicals Dominate Inaugural Prayer Service

The long list of participants also included leaders from the Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Bahá’í faiths and opened with a Navajo blessing.

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CHR Comment: The article describes the history of the service, going back to President Washington. In recent times, the service in no longer specifically Christian but includes prayers from various faiths, invoking various gods.

Source: President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Their Families, Attend Inaugural Prayer Service : NPR

Pastor’s Wife on a Ventilator after Shooting

Amanda and Davey Blackburn’s family and church were beginning to grow, family friend said.

CHR Comment: This extensive, heart-breaking story describes the family’s plans to plant a church in Indianapolis and the horrendous outcome of a robbery. Lord, have mercy.

Source: Pastor’s wife on a ventilator after shooting

Houston’s Gay Rights Measure Turned Back by Religious Conservatives

LGBT Americans are looking for more protections, and so are religious conservatives. The challenge, legal experts say, is to find a way out of all-or-nothing politics. Utah might show one way.

CHR Comment: Efforts to pass new measures were hindered by problems in the legislation, which religious conservatives pointed out to the voters. Christians in Houston are concerned for their religious freedoms. The article references the “Utah Compromise” as a way of passing protections for homosexuals and also protecting religious freedoms.

Source: Houston’s angry debate over gay rights can be avoided. Here’s how. – CSMonitor.com

“Amen Corner” in American Culture

Campaigns occasionally get compared to religious movements, so it’s not surprising to see the term ‘amen corner’ in greater use.

CHR Comment: The phrase refers to the practice in Baptist and similar traditions of affirming point in the pastor’s sermon by saying aloud, “Amen.” A related term would be “Preaching to the choir,” which is usually a well-spring of Amens.

Source: When things get tough, politicians look to the ‘amen corner’ – CSMonitor.com

Pres. Candidate, Ben Carson, Believes God Created Us

Carson: The more you know God the more you know the way things work, including human body.

CHR Comment: Presidential Candidate, Ben Carson, spoke at a Madison, TN megachurch on Sunday and described his personal belief that God created human beings. According to the article, Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist, a type of Baptist. Below you will find a link to the Cornerstone church’s website, which shows that it is an Assemblies of God church. They are conservative Pentecostals who have become very involved in Republican politics.

Source: Ben Carson touts creationism during Nashville speech

http://www.cornerstonenashville.org/who-we-are/history/

Forgiving the Charleston shooting. Modern Church

The question of forgiving someone who did not ask for forgiveness was raised by the recent shooting at Emanuel AME Church. We have the example of St. Stephen who prayed of those killing him, “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” We likewise have the example of Jesus praying, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Charleston shooting: Emanuel AME holds Bible study – CNN.com.