Tag: National Prayer Breakfast

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Reviewing Vice President Pence’s brief remarks at the 2020 National Prayer Breakfast, I was caught up short by the phrase he always uses. It was a phrase I heard him use in a large non-denominational church in Mesa, AZ, when he was the VP candidate in 2016. It was fitting then but, oh, how much more fitting today.

Here it is in the context of remarks by Vice President Pence at the 68th Annual National Prayer Breakfast, emphasis added:

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 I received an interesting email from Ron Susek Ministries this morning. I was introduced to Mr. Susek by my sister who shared his outstanding book with me in 2012 called God Will Answer – 52 Meditations (one for each week). I bought dozens of copies and shared them with people who were experiencing difficult times. […]

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Ever since Trump’s election, the lopsided statistics concerning Evangelical involvement in his victory have not gone away. They continue to be trotted out as though they were a shocking revelation of some kind of hypocrisy within the Christian right. So, of course, in response to the National Prayer Breakfast, NPR had several guests on to discuss Christianity in relationship to the Trump Presidency.

Larry Mantle began by questioning Professor Marie Griffith of Washington University:

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If you missed the National Prayer Breakfast, our nation’s Chaplain, Barry Black, gave an extraordinary testimony that will inspire you. If there is any doubt that our country’s Judeo-Christian roots are not strong, firmly planted in good soil, think again.  To hear a part of this powerful service, in an age of political correctness, with […]

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President Trump declared his desire to do everything in his power to protect religious liberty in a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. The beginning was rather brash, as he declared his desire to attend for “the next seven years,” which earned him some laughs. After being introduced by a friend from The Apprentice, the president asked for prayers for Arnold Schwarzenegger, his less-than-successful successor on the show. He then he turned serious. After explaining how his mother taught him from the family Bible, he spoke of the importance of “spiritual success” over material success.

He declared his desire to overturn the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which effectively silenced minsters from speaking out on political matters through provisions in the tax code. This is not the first time Trump has called for its repeal. For example, he spoke about it in an interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo last summer. And the Atlantic reported on it in August.

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As many have pointed out since President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, he’s pretty free with riding the low horse of confession for the sins of others. He expressed sorrow for the sins of the Church committed hundreds of years ago and for the United States since its inception. He really has no […]

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