Thursday, February 3, 2011 • 6:00 am
Hi everyone. I’m currently in Washington DC. Long story short, I have a meeting with a group of other folks at the White House today and I’m looking forward to learning, listening, and collaborating. I’m honored to be a participant in these discussions with folks I already respect and admire and hope to get to write more about this meeting.
But this morning, I had the privilege of attending the National Prayer Breakfast – with about 3500 other people in this intimate time of prayer.
When I received this invitation, it was a no-brainer. Lately, I’ve been really burdened to pray – to pray for my city, this country, our leadership, and the affairs of the larger world. A few months ago, I shared with you this deep spiritual sense of wanting and really, needing, to pray for President Obama.
As I attend this prayer breakfast, I wanted to make sure that my motivation wasn’t to simply be a part of a formality demonstration of prayer. I have no political agenda and even despite getting pushback and some criticism from folks that I lean towards one party or affiliation, I am indeed politically independent.
I care about politics not because I obsess over politics. Read the rest of this entry »
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • 2:40 pm
I received a letter this week from the White House. A big fat packet. Ain’t I special?
Unfortunately, it wasn’t an invitation to a special Gala or for me to sing at an event. It wasn’t about a partnership with One Day’s Wages. Or to join his circle of sagacious advisors. Or to ask me to join Warren Buffet in helping turn around the U.S. economy. Or to inform me that he’d be visiting my church. And no, it wasn’t a direct letter from President Obama himself. But it was a letter from one of his staff sharing some stuff about President Obama, some initiatives, and what I perceived to be clarity about his faith. Huh?
It puzzled me initially but after some thought, I think I know why I received the letter as I’m sure several other “pastors” may have received it as well.
Why? Read the rest of this entry »
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Thursday, July 1, 2010 • 10:24 pm
I’m not trying to sound political or overly spiritual but today, I just had the most sudden “impression” that I can only describe as a prompting of the Holy Spirit to pray for President Barack Obama.
If you’ve been reading my blog,
I care about politics because it engages policies that affect people – but I try not to be political.
I am a staunch independent when it comes to political parties Read the rest of this entry »
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 • 12:01 am
What is wrong with us?
So, President Obama bows in respect to the Japanese emperor during his recent visit to Japan and the next thing you know, all kind of crazy, nonsensical, and ridunkulous statements are flung through the newspapers, blogosphere, radio shows, and chit chats.
What exactly is wrong with the image above?
What are your reactions to the reactions?
Here are some of my thoughts: Read the rest of this entry »
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Friday, June 5, 2009 • 3:46 pm
What did you think of President Obama’s speech at the Turkish Press Conference? And this quote from his speech:
…”American is not a Christian, Jewish, or Muslim nation…”
Here’s the above sentence in the larger context:
I think that where — where there’s the most promise of building stronger U.S.-Turkish relations is in the recognition that Turkey and the United States can build a model partnership in which a predominantly Christian nation and a predominantly Muslim nation, a Western nation and a nation that straddles two continents — that we can create a modern international community that is respectful, that is secure, that is prosperous; that there are not tensions, inevitable tensions, between cultures, which I think is extraordinarily important.
That’s something that’s very important to me. And I’ve said before that one of the great strengths of the United States is Read the rest of this entry »
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