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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

October 2009 Archives

A Prayer for All Hallows Eve

posted by Mark Herringshaw

What we call “Halloween” has origin in an ancient Celtic festival to remember the dead called “Samhain.” By the 800s the Celts had become Christian and they “converted” their pagan celebration into a Christian holy day honoring those who had […]

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A Halloween Mantra from Jesus: “Be Un-afraid!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“What do you fear?” A good question on Halloween, the day of the year dedicated to agitating that singularly powerful instinctive impulse. What do you really fear?          Today will be dangerous. A car accident. A child’s cancer. A stock […]

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Halloween and the Prayer, “Deliver Us from the Evil One”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There’s no way around it for me anymore. I can’t pass off the horror images associated with Halloween today as anything other than evil. Does anyone really imagine than an 8-year old should trick or treat dressed up as an […]

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The Science of Prayer: Byrd’s Benchmark Study

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Let me admit to my skeptical readers here in this first sentence: Prayer experiments are riddled with scientific paradoxes. I get that. They prove nothing absolutely. Then again, neither do experiments in quantum reality. Do we debunk them as “not […]

Pumpkin Carving for Halloween and the Face of Evil

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Carving grotesque faces into pumpkins and lighting the cavity with a candle is a treasured American Halloween tradition. I can’t remember a October from my childhood without reliving the squeamish delight: burying my hands into the slimy guts of a […]

Halloween as a Path to God?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I drove past a Halloween lawn decoration scene that’s haunting me. I suppose that is the intent. Haunting. The picture is right out of a run-of-the-mill horror flick: a manikin dressed in a coat and tie and carrying a briefcase […]

For Prayer Skeptics: Studies that Show the Health Benefits of Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

There is overwhelming evidence – enough to say without hesitation: Prayer is healthy for those who practice it. Aside from the question of whether or not prayer generates responses from God, we do know from scientific studies on the question […]

Praying For “Situational Awareness”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday a Northwest Airlines A320 flying from San Diego to Minneapolis with more than 100 passengers on board overflew the runway – by 150 miles! According to the first official reports the pilots “lost situational awareness.” I’ll say. Rumors are […]

The Science of Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Earlier this week “Dr. Marshall” who describes himself as a retired M.D. & an atheist suggested in a comment on this blog that since science has failed to prove that prayer has no measurable effect on the sick, as a […]

Prayer for the Drug War in Juarez

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Drug violence in Juarez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, is exploding into a war. So far this month, nearly 100 people have been killed. The death toll for 2009 stands at 2,000, more than 200 per […]

Goldy the Gopher Mocks Penn State Player’s Prayer – Going too Far?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The University of Minnesota’s sports mascot, Goldy the Gopher joined a long list of mascot buffoons when he mocked a Penn State player in prayer before the teams played last Saturday. When defensive lineman Jerome Hayes stopped in the end […]

Pray For Rifqa Bary – and Her Family

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Rifqa Bary, the teenage girl who said she ran away from her Ohio home to Florida because she feared physical harm for converting from Islam to Christianity could soon be returning to her home state. Rifqa fled after her parents, […]

Bargain Basement da Vinci for $19,000

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A fingerprint worth 150 million? Yes, when that fingerprint on an obscure painting can be traced to Leonardo da Vinci . This week forensic art experts revealed that an overlooked work does appear to bear da Vinci’s fingerprint. If confirmed, […]

Prayer for the African Nation of Zimbabwe

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Every day our family prays for the turbulent situation in Zimbabwe. We’ve never been there ourselves, and we don’t know any Zimbabweans personally. And yes, there are crises all over the world, some perhaps even worse than the plights facing […]

Prayer for a Return to the Intent of “Sweetest Day 2009″

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Sweetest Day, 2009 is October 17. It’s celebrated each year on the third Saturday of October. Sweetest Day originated in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922 when Herbert Birch Kingston a candy store employee organized a group of people who packaged small […]

Prayer on National Boss Day 2009

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Friday is National Boss Day 2009, a time for employees to thank their bosses for the job they do. It’s also a time to acknowledge the daily pressures managers have to endure. Patricia Bays Haroski launched this tradition in 1958 to […]

Pray for Falcon Heene, Missing Colorado Boy

posted by nsymmonds

It started as a CNN breaking news alert, “A 6-year-old climbed into a balloon-like experimental aircraft built by his parents and floated into the Colorado sky.” Falcon Heene is the name of the little boy who took flight earlier today […]

Prayer as a Team Sport

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Four different people made an effort yesterday to tell me they were praying for me. As far as I know, I’m the only connection between them. I don’t think they got together and planned this as a kind of gang […]

Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix and Mediated Prayers for Help!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The title “Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix” caught my eye this morning. I was reviewing the morning news when I saw this at the top of Google’s Hot Trends list. I’m not Catholic, but I pray, and I want to encourage and […]

Distinguishing Faith from Stupidity: Parents, Pediatricians, Prayer, and Sick Kids

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Joke with a point: A man falls off a 1,000 foot cliff but grabs the one tree branch available. Holding on for dear life he calls out, “God, save me!” In short order, a rope from the top of the […]

Elinor Ostrom Shares the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics – Her Case for Social Humility

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The Nobel Prize for Economics in 2009 goes to Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to receive the award. Ms. Ostrom’s research challenges the traditional view that common ownership of a resource results in excessive exploitation, that fishermen for instance left […]

Obama and The Nobel Peace Prize 2009 – A Prayer for True Peace

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Congratulations to U.S. President Barak Obama for winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.  Jesus said that peacemakers are blessed. Today we pray a blessing for President Obama and all the efforts of all government leaders around the world who seek […]

Following up “Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 Deserves Praise… To God!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Wow! Wednesday’s post “Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 Deserves Praise… To God!” certainly generated a reaction.  While I cannot, for lack of both time and expertise answer every individual objection that readers have posted I can defer to an expert […]

Prayer for the Santa Cruz Islands Quake and Tsunami

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A 7.8 earthquake just struck off the Santa Cruz Islands in the Pacific Ocean today, triggering a tsunami warning for the nations of Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis-Futuna and Howland-Baker. Let’s […]

Make Your Own Barcode… With God!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Now I can make my own barcode with Google! Amazing days! Today is the 57th birthday of first patent of the barcode and to honor the moment Google has changed its logo to a photo of black and white lines […]

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 Deserves Praise… To God!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to two Americans and an Israeli for explaining how the DNA code is translated into life. The work of Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz, and Ada E. Yonath, explored ribosomes which produce proteins […]

A Prayer with Deanna Favre for Those Battling Breast Cancer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The spotlot should be on Deanna Favre – that’s a good thing! Forget purple and gold, and green and gold. During the Vikings vs. Packers game last night the dominant color was pink. October is national breast cancer awareness month […]

Brett Favre, Vikings vs. Packers, Twins vs. Tigers and the Epicenter of our Passion

posted by Mark Herringshaw

For the moment, Minnesota is the epicenter of the sports world. Brett Favre and the Vikings out dueled Favre’s old team, the Green Bay Packers on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Yes, I watched. Yes, the drama played out as billed. […]

Prayer for Conde Nast Magazines Closures

posted by nsymmonds

It was announced today that four Conde Nast titles–Gourmet, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride and Cookie magazine–would be closing following a consultant recommending cost-cutting efforts for the huge publishing company. I am no stranger to the publishing industry’s often-sharpened ax having sort of been under […]

Rosangel Cabrera, Miguel Cabrera and Prayer for the Plague of Domestic Violence

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Call it irony, or a sign that I should comment directly on Rosangel Cabrera, Miguel Cabrera and the plague of domestic violence. An hour ago I added a post about a woman I met in a coffee shop who died […]

The Twin Cities Marathon and My Prayer Partner

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My friend Art finished the Twin Cities Marathon yesterday. He’s now accomplished this fete 26 times (one for every mile of the grueling course). This year he’ll run six different marathons around the country. I won’t tell you Art’s age, […]

A Prayer for Domestic Violence

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Shocked, sickened, grieved…. At the moment I’m sitting in my Caribou Coffee shop trying to collect myself. I come here most Monday mornings, and over the months have struck up friendships with several regulars. Five minutes ago Gayle, who works […]

On Mahatma Ghandi’s Birthday – A Challenge to Pray to a Personal God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Today is Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday. Ghandi, the spiritual and national father of post-British India is renowned for his none-violent strategies of revolution that led his nation into independence. In my new book, The Karma of Jesus I tell a story […]

Reactions to David Letterman and Roman Polanski: The New Normal?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I’m perplexed – though not terribly surprised – by the base, tribal audience reactions to the revelation last night that David Letterman has been blackmailed by a woman – among several – with whom he had a sexual affair. No […]

Building a Healthy Spiritual Immune System

posted by Mark Herringshaw

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love (Ephesians 4:14-16).   The H1N1 […]

Praying with Our Hearts

posted by nsymmonds

I was reading an introduction from William Cleary’s book, “We Side with the Morning: Daily Prayers to the God of Hope” when I came across this beautiful passage about prayer, the difficulties some have with it, and what prayer can be compared to. […]

Praying for Indonesian Earthquake Victims

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Wednesday’s 7.6-magnitude earthquake, which originated in the sea off Sumatra island, has severely damaged the city of Padang, Indonesia. At least 376 people are known dead and thousands more are missing or trapped beneath ruined buildings. Let’s offer a collective prayer for […]

Got Fear? Get Faith! Here’s How

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.  Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do […]

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A Procrastinator's Prayer of Repentance
Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!'" Ma

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I Found My Happiness
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If Your Boundaries are in Rubbles, Say, Pray, and Do This
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