Newspaper Prayers: Monday, December 10th

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, December 4, 2017

Trump, Defending Himself After Flynn Guilty Plea, Says F.B.I. Is in ‘Tatters’

As the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation draws closer to him, President Trump on Sunday unleashed an extraordinary assault on the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, calling it a biased institution whose reputation for fairness was “in tatters.” Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Monday, December 10th”

This Season of Gratitude: My Grandson Grayson

Headlines from my life Saturday, December 2nd 2017

My grandson, Grayson, is on the autism spectrum. I thought I would write about him during this season of giving thanks. He is a unique human being, loving, funny, great sense of humor, agreeable, able to do things at four years old that amaze me (like read and play simple songs on the piano). Continue reading “This Season of Gratitude: My Grandson Grayson”

Newspaper Prayers: Friday, December 1st

Headlines from NPR Online for Friday, December 1, 2017

5 Ways Congressional Tax Legislation Would Transform Health Care

Here are five ways the tax legislation could change health policy:

  1. Repeal the requirement for most people to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty
  2. Repeal the medical expense deduction
  3. Trigger major cuts to the Medicare program
  4. Change tax treatment for graduate students and those paying back student loans
  5. Change or eliminate the tax credit that encourages pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs for rare diseases

Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Friday, December 1st”

Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, November 30th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, November 30, 2017

It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life.

The tax plan has been marketed by President Trump and Republican leaders as a straightforward if enormous rebate for the masses, a $1.5 trillion package of cuts to spur hiring and economic growth. But as the bill has been rushed through Congress with scant debate, its far broader ramifications have come into focus, revealing a catchall legislative creation that could reshape major areas of American life, from education to health care. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, November 30th”

Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, November 29th

Headlines from the NPR Online for Wednesday, November 29, 2017

In Myanmar, Pope Calls For Unity And Tolerance, But Doesn’t Mention Rohingya

Pope Francis, delivering a closely watched speech in Myanmar, called on the Southeast Asian country to respect all religious groups. But as some had feared and others had hoped, the pontiff failed to mention by name the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, November 29th”

Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, November 28th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Does Religion Make People Moral?

(Below are excerpts from an editorial by Mustafa Akyol. Mr. Akyol speaks largely about Islam in his article, but I believe his words could apply to Christians, too.)

Over the past 15 years, my country, Turkey, has gone through a colossal political revolution. The traditional secular elite that identifies with the nation’s modernist founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, has been replaced by religious conservatives who, until recently, were largely powerless and marginalized. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, November 28th”

Newspaper Prayers: Monday, November 27th

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, November 27, 2017

ICE’s Courthouse Arrests Undercut Democracy

At the door of the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver one Friday in April, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents tackled a man to the ground. A chilling video shows the man — who, according to his lawyer, was there to deal with a traffic ticket — yelling “No!” “My hand!” and “Why?” in Spanish. Sheriff’s deputies order passers-by to stand back, and the violent arrest continues. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Monday, November 27th”