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October 05, 2017
Thoughts and Prayers
What do you say to a person afflicted by a tragedy?
July 04, 2017
“God bless America” vs. “God bless the whole world”
Some people are saying we shouldn't say or sing "God Bless America." That is too...
June 21, 2017
A painting of “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest. . .”
In researching yesterday's post on Saying Grace, I came across this painting. I said to...
June 20, 2017
About half of Americans say grace before meals, according to a new study. Even 11%...
March 29, 2017
Praying the Catechism
Many Christians have problems praying. Our minds wander; we run through our wants and needs; we...
January 17, 2017
Who will pray at Trump’s inauguration
The six religious leaders who will offer prayers at Donald Trump's inauguration have been announced....
May 10, 2016
Problems praying? Pray the Psalms
Continuing our reflections on the Psalms, Pastor Peters at Pastoral Meanderings has a great post...
December 11, 2015
Prayer shaming while praying to the government
When a tragedy strikes, it seems natural for those affected to ask for people's prayers...
November 26, 2015
Banning the Lord’s Prayer video
This video was made by the Church of England to help publicize a new prayer...
March 20, 2015
The unchurched and non-religious still pray
Church attendance and other marks of religious observance are in decline, but a new study...
November 26, 2014
Call to prayer from the Continental Congress
Very often, in the early days of our nation, Congress would call for a day...
June 07, 2014
FDR’s D-Day Prayer
Once D-Day was underway, 70 years ago, President Roosevelt got on the radio and asked...
May 06, 2014
Supreme Court allows Christian prayers in public meetings
The Supreme Court has ruled that public meetings, including those involving local governments, may feature...
March 14, 2014
George Herbert on prayer
We blogged about Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, who wrote about how she was converted from atheism in...
December 05, 2013
“The Lord sustains my life”
A Nigerian ship sank to the bottom of the Atlantic. Three days later, divers went...
August 23, 2013
Obama administration defends government-sponsored Christian prayers
The Supreme Court is hearing a case that will decide whether or not it is...
June 26, 2013
Atheists who pray
As many as 6% of atheists pray, as many non-believers seek the benefits of religion...
April 12, 2013
A prayer for dogs
Michael Dirda reviews Mr. and Mrs. Dog by Donald McCaig, hailed as "the Mark Twain...
March 13, 2013
Most legislative bodies in this country begin with a prayer, whether by an official chaplain...
February 18, 2013
Buried as comment #381 in a recent post is an urgent prayer request from long-time...
November 30, 2012
A president’s prayer
Uganda has long been one of the most messed-up countries on earth, ruled by murderous...
October 25, 2012
Great quotes of St. Francis that he didn't say
Luther is not the only one that gets credited for quotable lines that he didn't...
February 22, 2012
Rev. Harrison on Lent
I am appreciating more and more the ability of Matt Harrison, president of the Lutheran...
February 07, 2012
Join us for morning prayer & devotions online
I am always saying how I appreciate my congregation, St. Athanasius Lutheran Church, and our...
July 01, 2011
Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest. . .
Some time ago on this blog, I sort of took issue with the "Common Table...
March 09, 2011
Let’s pray the litany for Lent
LCMS president Matthew Harrison challenges everyone to join him in a Lenten project that is...
November 29, 2010
The Religious News Service reports on a study about how many Americans have a prayer...
September 21, 2010
What the offering and the prayer mean
Next in our ongoing series from The Narrative Commentary on the Divine Service by John...
December 03, 2009
How to deal with distractions
When you pray or have devotions or listen to a sermon, do you get distracted?...
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