Category: Prayer

Fighting Japan fatigue

On Friday I did something horrible. In a rare moment of “veg” time in front of the TV, I stopped briefly on a news channel to see what was going on in the world, saw the beginning of a story on the increasingly horrifying situation in Japan and flipped right past it. Not because I was looking for better coverage. Not because I’d already seen this particular news loop. Not because there was some other…  [more]

A pastor reports from Japan

Rev. George Young is happy to be alive following the massive earthquake, tsunami and ongoing problems at nuclear power plants north of his home in Japan. Like so many others, the missionary is paying close attention to reports of what will develop following the damage to reactors from a tsunami created by the earthquake that hit the country. In an e-mail message sent this week to Christian Reformed World…  [more]

Prayers for colleagues in Japan

ThinkChristian is supported by the Christian Reformed Church in North America, a denomination that has a significant ministry presence in Japan. Reports of deaths and injuries are still coming in from the region in the aftermath of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami. In Tokyo, hundreds of miles away from the epicenter, buildings shook violently through the main quake and the series of massive aftershocks that…  [more]

Should we talk to dead saints?

As part of the beatification process of Pope John Paul II, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre has testified that she was cured through the intercession of the late Pope. Because the Pope is involved, many Protestants will grumble. But how many others haven't flocked to be prayed for by some pastor or evangelist, especially if the word on the street is that when these representatives get involved, people are healed? It is…  [more]

Looking for answers in Arizona

I've spent time with Gabrielle Giffords. We were not friends or hardly even acquaintances, but on several occasions we shared a dais or a banquet table when she was the featured speaker, and I was asked to do an invocation or a closing prayer at a high school graduation or some other such event. I found her to be warm and kind and someone who was easy to talk to. We once had quite a conversation about the…  [more]

Does It Matter If Your Country Has A National Day of Prayer?

Today is the National Day of Prayer in the U.S., a time designated by Congress to turn to God for prayer and meditation. We asked this question on our Facebook page: Does it matter to you if your country has a National Day of Prayer or not? Here are some of the responses: Candace Weiss wrote, "No, because every day should be a day of prayer." Jamie Dunegan said, "We should all pray daily. But, a national day…  [more]

Why Elective Surgery Got Me Thinking About Prayer Priorities

Several weeks ago, I wrote about some experiences from a recent trip to India.  The part I didn’t mention was the main reason for the trip was to get Lasik eye surgery.  Many of you are probably having the same reaction as our friends and family thinking my wife and I were crazy for doing such a thing.  But we’d worked out the numbers and it was far cheaper and the technology was newer than at lots of places…  [more]

Taking Up A Cause For Lent

I’ve read two articles recently focusing on how Christians can come together to support a larger cause when it comes to making sacrifices or showing compassion for Lent. A group of Anglican British bishops are urging Christians to reduce their carbon footprint during Lent.  According to the USA Today, the bishops are asking people to at least go a day without using their iPod, cell phone or other technology. …  [more]

Why China?

“We’ve decided to adopt from China?” I’d announce. “Really! Why?” was usually the standard answer. Then came, “You know there are lots of babies who need good homes right here in the United States.” I knew. And I’d seen some of their faces on adoption websites. It was gut-wrenching to read about them. The more I investigated the adoption process in the United States, the more I discovered our…  [more]

Prayer in culture

The best selling book of 1955 was Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking. I recently read parts of the book as part of some research I was doing on that era. There are a lot of things about Peale’s version of Christianity that troubled me, and here is one example: Just as there exist scientific techniques for the release of atomic energy, so are there scientific procedures for the release of…  [more]

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