Just had a guest post go live on On The Forecheck, briefly summarizing our adventure with security at Bridgestone Arena a few weeks ago, and warning parents how to deal with it themselves.
I’ll be honest: for a long while now, prayer has been something of a challenge for me. I have downright dreaded it. Somewhat individually, but especially in groups. I think I’ve just been around too many churches in the past where prayer was mostly passive-aggressive giving of unsolicited advance (and in some cases, passive aggressive request making) between members of the group who are “praying for one another” and “sharing prayer requests”. It would often go something like this…
Fred: “I’m struggling with my finances. Please pray that God would help me [...and that one of you will drop me one of those awesome anonymous checks I often hear about]“
Leader: “Sure thing! Let’s Pray – ‘God, please help Fred pay off his credit cards first and help them know how to live within his means.’”
I just got tired of it, and took to Jesus’ instructions on how to pray very literally. Normally this is a fine thing to do, after all.
Update: a friend contacted the councilman and got this quote -
“Just so the record is straight, this ordinance did not cost Metro anything but rather is revenue producing while protecting those who wish to use the list from the annoyance of door to door sales persons.” – Phil Claiborne
The Nashville Metro government just enacted a law, described in the below video: