Despite efforts to keep the 9/11 Memorial Service free of religion, invited speakers chose to read prayers and Scripture at the event. President Obama and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani read from the Bible on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City Sunday morning. Former President Bush read a letter written by Abraham Lincoln that mentions God.
Obama chose to read Psalm 46, which begins with, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” (NIV).
The president arrived at the memorial site with first lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush, and former first lady Laura Bush. All four stood together in a moment of silence when they arrived at the memorial. more >>
Every generation of Americans has had a crisis, whether it be war or natural disaster, that has helped define it. This generation is no different. The Millennials, now entering the workforce, were forever shaped by the events of 9/11.
Many experts who study characteristics of generations have labeled the Millennials as a generation that is more family and team oriented, less worried about financial gain, and less comfortable with taking risks than the Generation X that came before it. According to a poll released by the Brookings Institution this year, 60 percent of young people say the United States is too involved in global affairs, and 80 percent say they can’t foresee a future without the threat of terrorism.
Would the MIllennials have turned out the same way without having experienced the terror attacks as children between the ages of 8 and 19? Possibly. However, after seeing hundreds of young people celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden in May, it’s easy to see that the attacks had a real, long, and lasting impact on this generation. more >>
Churches across the country are paying tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died 10 years ago on Sept. 11. "We remember" is the phrase many are using as the nation mourns the tragic day of the terrorist attacks.
Pastors and Christian ministry leaders offered some brief reflections on the 10th anniversary of the attacks on their Twitter and blog pages. The following is a compilation of their statements.
"The legacy of 9/11...set aside self-interest and petty partisanship and pursues solutions for our common good."– Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family more >>
As the nation marks the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, writer Paul Berman asks an important question in the New Republic: “Do ideas matter?”
The answer is emphatically, yes! But do we in the post-modern West truly understand the power of ideas?
We ought to. Just go back to the years preceding the attacks: In November 1989, the Berlin Wall came down. Two years later, the Soviet Union itself collapsed and, without any exchange of fire between the principals, the Cold War was over. more >>
NEW YORK – Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s firm decision to not allow religious leaders to offer words of prayer at the 9/11 Memorial Service Sunday, one pastor believes the event will still be about God and prayer.
Steve Stone, founding pastor of the Tennessee-based Heartsong Church, which lets Muslims borrow its sanctuary for worship when the Memphis Islamic Center was under construction last year, commented on the exclusion of religion from the 9/11 service when he was in New York City on Friday to participate in an evangelical press conference about the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
While many religious leaders, including Christians, have protested Bloomberg’s decision to keep religion out of the civil ceremony, Stone told The Christian Post he is actually glad that no religious speakers were invited to speak at the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attack. more >>
In an event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center destruction and events of 9/11, global evangelical leaders came together Friday to call for unity between different groups and religions to bring about lasting change.
The World Evangelical Alliance joined with Sojourners to promote discussion surrounding the Sept. 11 tragedy that occurred 10 years ago.
Pastor Steve Stone, founder of Tennessee-based Heartsong Church, spoke about his involvement with the Muslim community. more >>