Creative invocation

In that holy name
When Rick Warren was invited to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration, the choice annoyed some people because of Warren’s conservative position on several important and controversial issues, and it pleased others who either like Warren or like Obama’s ecumenical approach. Many members of the clergy guild, whatever our politics may be, were simply eager to see how an evangelical like Warren would deal with Jesus.

If he prayed in Jesus’ name, he would offend Jews, Muslims and everybody who was not Christian. If he didn’t pray in Jesus’ name, he would offend his evangelical colleagues and supporters, some of whom believe that God doesn’t pay attention to prayers not offered in Jesus’ name and who think that not naming Jesus in such a prayer is forfeiting a major opportunity to witness to one’s faith.


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