2012 National Prayer Breakfast

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 02/02/12 under Blog

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Today I spoke at the Nat’l Prayer Breakfast in Washington.  During my speech I gave the President a copy of my Bonhoeffer book…  Here’s the article from WORLD. Here’s one from The Baptist Press. Here’s the Catholic News Agency.  And here’s National Review.

Emily02021FOR THE VIDEO, CLICK HERE!!!

My talk begins 35 mins in and ends with me leading the 3,500 assembled in singing “Amazing Grace”.  No kidding.

Guess who snapped this photo below?  None other than VP Joseph P. Biden, who of his own accord very graciously offered to take it for me!  Amazing.  I wonder how many photos there are of U.S. President’s taken by U. S. Vice Presidents?

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2012 National Prayer Breakfast

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Published by Rick Vlaha on 02/02/12 under Media Video
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Today I spoke at the Nat’l Prayer Breakfast in Washington.  During my speech I gave the President a copy of my Bonhoeffer book.

Buy the Socrates in the City book!!!

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 10/06/11 under Blog

412iUpxwqQL._SS500_Before you buy it, read this interview! To get a copy click here!! It contains eleven fab talks by Os Guinness, Sir John Polkinghorne, Peter Kreeft, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Chuck Colson, Dr. Paul Vitz, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Francis Collins, N.T. Wright, and Yours Truly.  It also has all of my wacky introductions.   I am really VERY excited about this book! By the way, here’s a terrific review that just came out!  Click here.

Cross Promotion Jumps the Shark!

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 07/04/11 under Blog

Eric Metaxas_3_2The morning after the Superbowl 2011, I had the honor of spending an hour talking with former President George W. Bush.  He and the First Lady have read Bonhoeffer and now I’m reading his book.

F-Bomb Bestseller is a Parody of My Book!

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 06/17/11 under Blog

go-the-f-to-sleep.topThe unfortunately titled Go the **** To Sleep bestseller is a direct parody of my children’s picturebook, It’s Time to Sleep, My Love. You can’t make this stuff up.  The author refuses to admit it, but for my commentary, click here. For the Christianity Today article, click here… For the WORLD article, click here… And have you heard the gorgeous lullabye SONG written and performed by Sally Taylor — daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon??  Click here! Then click the arrow beneath Carly Simon!

Dick Cavett is coming to Socrates in the City!

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 04/29/11 under Blog

cavett-largeLegendary talk-show host Dick Cavett will be our special guest at Socrates in the City on June 23rd!  Eric will interview him on “Celebrity, Fame, and other small topics,” followed by our traditional Q&A with the SITC audience.  By Groucho’s mustache — that could be you!!! For more info, click here!

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself…

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 04/25/10 under Blog

SITC. April 9, 2010If you missed the April 9th event commemorating the 65th anniversary of Bonhoeffer’s death at the hands of the Nazis, click here to watch the video.  The first twelve minutes are me introducing myself.  The next part is the talk, followed by the lively Q&A.  We’re thrilled to finally have captured an SITC event on video for all to see!  Enjoy it and please share it with your friends!  To buy this book at B&N, click here!  To buy it at Amazon.com, click here!  To buy it at CBD, click here!

Jimmy Carter to Eat Live Frog on “60 Mins.”

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 09/25/09 under Blog

Former_President_Jimmy_e309.JPGIn what critics are describing as a “shameless effort” to remain relevant, former President Jimmy Carter has agreed to eat a live bullfrog next Sunday night on the CBS program “Sixty Minutes”.

CBS execs are clearly thrilled, predicting a ratings bonanza beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.  “The broadcast will be live,” said CBS President Les Moonves, quipping “as will the frog.”  But friends close to the Carters are not amused, fearing the stunt will tarnish the former President’s legacy.   But Carter remains defiant, describing the act as a “vindication” and as a “valentine” to his rural childhood in Plains, Georgia.

Veteran media watchers are puzzled, calling the whole thing “bizarre”.  Some have suggested Carter was stung by the controversy over his remark that cast SC Congressman Joe Wilson’s outburst as “racially motivated.”  Eating a small amphibian on a nationally-televised program would serve to “turn the page”, with the added boon of possibly revitalizing the former President as a player on the international stage.

Carter was also thought to be upset that “Dancing With the Stars” had recently rejected him as a contestant.  Learning they had welcomed the participation of former House Whip Tom Delay was “the last straw”, according to his wife, former First Lady Rosalyn Carter, who told one friend that while casting about for a way to “leap-frog” ahead of his detractors, her husband’s thoughts had drifted to an incident from 1934, when he was eleven.  That memory seems to have sparked the idea for the “Sixty Minutes” appearance.  But details of this incident remain unclear, although Carter’s late brother Billy spoke of it in a 1978 interview:

“There was an old redneck feller who lived in a shack by the river.  Everybody called him ole Frawg, but I never knew why.  My brother Jimmy and I would go down there to taunt him and chunk rocks at him.  But one time that man taught us a lesson.  One rock hit ole Frawg in the small of the back and he went down.  Jimmy run over to see if he was still breathing, but as soon as he got close, ole Frawg grabbed him by the ankle!  The old feller was just playing possum!  He drug Jimmy to his shack and I ran home.  Later on, when Jimmy came home he told me that ole Frawg had said, “You boys think you kin get the better of ole Frawg.  But ole Frawg gonna teach you a lesson.”  Then he reached down into a cedar bucket and pulled out a bullfrog as big as his fist and he talked to it real tender, callin’ it his brother.  And then he chawed the critter’s head off.  Jimmy started crying, but ole Frawg said it didn’t taste half-bad.  He said his tastebuds wasn’t worth a damn on accounta he smoked so much ter-backy.  And he allowed as that old frog was in a better place than that stinky bucket.  Years later, when he had become a midshipman at Anapolis, Jimmy told me how the story had affected him, and how some day he’d tell the world about ole Frawg.”

Cartoon of the Week

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 06/07/09 under Blog

For more, go to www.theargylesweater.com. …and of course my “Don’t You Believe It!” cartoons can be seen here each day by clicking on the blue “Don’t You Believe It!” bar.  No, I didn’t illustrate them, but I did write them.  Collect ‘em and trade ‘em!

Angels & Demons (and Bears! Oh, my!)

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 05/19/09 under Blog

Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, and Dan Brown are at it again, with a new movie destined to confuse, mislead, and vex millions. If you saw their previous collaboration, The Davinci Code, or read the record-breakingly awful book — or better yet, just heard about it — you may be interested in my take on it. It came in the form of a parody, titled “Screwtape on the Davinci Code. When I posted it on my website a few years ago it was linked to everywhere, and became a small internet sensation. In case you missed it then, here it is again. Enjoy!