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Seasons change. A cliché as old as time, to be sure, and yet unabashedly true. With the Autumn air filtering in, nature has just begun to unleash her palette of color upon the canvas of creation, showing once again the splendor of its Author, the majesty of its King. Yes, seasons change. In early 2014, […]

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There are prayers that help us last through the day, or endure the night … that give us strength for the journey … that yield our will to a will greater than our own. This world He created is of moral design. Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance, and love have no end. And the Lord of life holds all who die, and all who mourn…

America is a nation full of good fortune…But we are not spared from suffering… On this national day of prayer and remembrance, we ask God Almighty to watch over our nation, and grant us patience and resolve in all that is to come. We pray that He will comfort and console those who now walk in sorrow. We thank Him for each life we now must mourn, and the promise of a life to come.

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In the summertime when the weather is hot/You can stretch right up and touch the sky/When the weather’s fine … Yes, indeed summer is here, and with it comes the proverbial season of repose, relaxation, and recreation.  For many of us, anyway.  For others of us, of course, the labor continues apace with no end […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 21, 2017, it’s the Trump Chaos and Media Hysteria edition of the show with our special guest Byron York.

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It is well known that dictatorial regimes employ religious symbolism to appropriate God to their secular causes. The National Socialists in Germany in the ’30s (i.e., the Nazis) were an outstanding example of this, endorsing “positive Christianity” and asserting that “God is with us” on propaganda posters. The Trump regime has now taken the next step on their road to ultimate power by sending the First Lady of the United States, whom many until now regarded as an innocent, simpleton concubine of the great leader, to lead a mass rally of sheep in the Lord’s Prayer as a preliminary to a Trump rally.

So it begins.

Ms. Trump’s choice of prayer, also known to Christians as the “Our Father,” was clearly a deliberate attempt to invoke the idea of the Fatherland. The prayer is filled with autocratic, monarchial imagery of a subservient people, thanking the leader for a crust of bread and begging for pardon from the king. Numerous observant SJWs noted that Melania Trump, dressed in bright red reminiscent of the Nazi flag, appeared to read the prayer, and that her middle European accent was comical when it wasn’t blood chilling. Some even suggested that her hair was more blonde than usual.

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We pray. Christians pray to the triune G-d.  This post is one in a series on Christian prayer, and how we learn to pray from the Lord’s Prayer.  Today we come to the “petition” where we ask our Heavenly Father for stuff.  We cannot help but be self-centered in wanting stuff, but as we learn […]

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2017.  A new year, with new hopes and new fears. Many of which aren’t so different from the old hopes and the old fears. What seems different though (at least so far) is the level of hyperactive, hyperbolic angst that seemingly threatens longstanding relationships between family and friends, online and in real life.  The “noise” […]

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After a three-week delay, I am continuing my series on Christian prayer. Christians pray to G-d, and we learn how to pray from the Bible and from fellow Christians.  Sometimes we even borrow from non-Christian sources.  Our chief source is generally the Lord’s Prayer, because that is where Jesus taught His Disciples to pray.  Here […]

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This week Christians from all over Europe and the UK (and even some from the USA) will be meeting in the Augsburg Exhibition Centre for the 10th annual MEHR (“More”) Conference hosted by the Augsburg House of Prayer (for a general description from the source,  see http://mehr.gebetshaus.org/en/). It’s the largest regular prayer and worship meeting of […]

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We are reviewing orthodox Christian teachings on how to pray by examining the Lord’s Prayer.  In this week’s lesson we consider what it means to pray for G-d’s Kingdom to come.      G-d’s kingdom is everything.  He made the universe and everything in it.  He made us and we belong to Him.  So, why […]

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The title to this post is part of the first sentence of an opinion piece at the Washington Post by Leon Wieseltier. I must say that this is not something I have spent much time contemplating. I did the obligatory post way back when on asking for prayers for the people of Syria and an end to […]

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From President George Washington to President Abraham Lincoln, America’s forefathers used to speak of Providence. More than mere acknowledgement of a divine Creator, this reference hearkened to an active Mover of history. Until only recently, most Christians in the West understood that God is not a “divine watchmaker” (winding up His invention to then leave […]

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Christians pray. The Bible teaches us to pray, and prayer is discussed in many passages in the Bible. As a continuation of my exploration of the boundaries of Christian orthodoxy, I want to take a look at Christian teachings on prayer. My intent is to find how far we go together in agreement as Christian […]

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’Lo Lord, It’s good to speak with you again. The world has spun around since our last talk. But here I am in the early morning. The kettle’s on to boil for the tea. Miss O’Malley’s on the bench beside me. The wife’s asleep, of course. She never was a fanatic to see the sun […]

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One of my Rico-friends asked me this question recently. Then, no more than a day or two later, a flesh-and-blood friend made the same enquiry, and in more or less the same, slightly weirded-out spirit. “You sound so normal,” goes the subtext. “It doesn’t make sense that you are…you know…religious.” Preview Open

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Something We Can All Do

 

shutterstock_429118675Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, their campaign staffs, journalists, and, now, James Comey and the FBI agents who are on the case — add them all up, and there are only a couple of thousand people in a position to do anything that might affect the outcome of this election. Which leaves the rest of us twiddling our thumbs while merely hoping for the best?

Not necessarily.

Here on Ricochet we celebrate the traditional pieties, including the most basic American piety of all: faith that, in some hidden way, a benevolent and almighty God watches over the nation. Which means, of course, that there is indeed something the rest of us can do: pray.

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Fall is upon us at last: football is in full swing, baseball is winding down, and the weather (at last) seems to be moving away from the endless summer heat.  Of course, here at Ricochet, it seems like it is all about the election (maybe “the fall” is upon us at last), and the political […]

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