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Rick Warren offered a suitably moving if rather informal invocation at today’s Inauguration, using appropriately nondenominational language. Or at least he touched all the bases: God was referenced as “the Father” and as one “compassionate and merciful”; Jesus was referenced by several names. Toward the end, Warren recited the Lord’s Prayer in close paraphrase. Hopefully the commentary of the day will focus on President Obama’s remarks rather than Warren’s prayer.

Shortly after Warren’s prayer, Associate Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court administered the oath of office to now-Vice President Joseph Biden. A few minutes later, Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to now-President Barack Obama. And off we go.

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posted January 20, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I think Rick Warren did a wonderful job. He was informal but poetic, subtly sound and focused on unity. His prayer will surely draw criticism from Christians who thought he should use the opportunity to proclaim the “plan of salvation,” but I was proud of Warren for boldly proclaiming the name of Jesus.
I agree, let’s hope we don’t get distracted by the prayer.

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Todd Wood

posted January 20, 2009 at 6:52 pm

I like “History is His story” better.
And the benediction prayer was a lot more notable than the opening prayer.

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