Louie Giglio to Give Benediction at President Obama’s Inauguration

The Hill is reporting the that civil-rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams and Evangelical pastor Louie Giglio will participate in President Obama’s 2013 inauguration.1

Evers-Williams will give the invocation and Giglio is set to give the benediction. The last Evangelical to participate in Obama’s inauguration was Rick Warren of which I shared some thoughts at the time. (See: Apostle Paul On Inauguration Day) It’s interesting that Giglio is not only Evangelical, but also a Calvinist.

I am glad, yet cautiously optimistic about Giglio’s participation. Events like the President’s inauguration tend to be highly ecumenical. Surely, Giglio will carefully choose his words while facing temptations to speak ecumenically and without offense.

Agree or disagree, Giglio has accepted the invitation. Therefore, I hope all Christians will join me in praying for Pastor Giglio. The Apostle Paul has just the right encouragement when he wrote, “and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak” (Ephesians 6:19-20 ESV).

For the Kingdom…


P.S. I’m curious. Do you think Louie Giglio giving President Obama’s benediction is biblically acceptable? Would you do it? What would you say?



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1 rhology January 8, 2013 at 11:56 am

Sadly I doubt he’ll say anything of much import. But he should take the opportunity to rake the President and the nation over the coals of God’s law.

2 jennyelaine January 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

Hope you are doing ok Mark, as I don’t see as many posts….just praying you and your family are well!! Thought I’d leave this article with you as well…as it is huge reminder to all Christians of the whole reason for Christ’s coming. Blessings…

Oh, btw, I have a ‘thank-you’ giveaway going on….and wanted to tell you about this too.


3 apologeticsandagape January 10, 2013 at 7:41 am

Hi Mark,
How do you know that Louie Giglio is a Calvinist?
Ken Temple

4 Mark January 10, 2013 at 9:40 am


Actually, I’m just guessing like many others have. Piper has been Giglio’s biggest influence. Either way, I should add the word “alleged”.

5 apologeticsandagape January 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Yeah, after I asked you; I googled the issue; and it seems he may be by implications of his teaching and emphasis on God’s glory and fame, but I don’t know of him explaining or teaching specifics of Reformed theology, for example.

I actually appreciate the way Piper seeks to influence larger segments of the non-Reformed Evangelicalism.

I love and respect John Piper, still, and his preaching and teaching; even though he invited Rick Warren and never really confronted him on his pragmatism and chameleon like methods. I wish he would follow up on that; and explain more. It is a mystery to me. But I will not “throw him under the bus”, which it seems like other Reformed folks have done.

Louie went by “Butch” in College. I went to undergrad at Ga. State with him and Andy Stanley (1983)and knew them back then; but since they have become famous (smile), I don’t know them anymore.

I was at Passion in 08 – I hated how loud the music was and how the bass seemed to reach into my chest and shake my heart. The other younger mission reps were laughing at me and how old I had become. (smile) I also didn’t understand the young people doing that jumping up and down and pumping their hands up. (like a Rock concert) I was a mission representative. I had a lot of good talks with young Christians about missions and guidance, etc. and I enjoyed Piper’s sermon, and it provided a good context for meeting young and zealous Christians; but the loudness of the music was a negative. I know Beth Moore should not be a pastor of a local church, according to 1 Timothy 1:12; but I am unsure if her teaching in a venue like that is wrong. What she taught was pretty orthodox from Philippians 2 on the Lordship and Deity of Christ. But that is another can of worms I may have opened here. (smile)

6 apologeticsandagape January 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Actually, after thinking about it; it was 1979-1980 that we were at Ga. State together. Butch/ Louie and Andy graduated in Spring of 1980 and both went on to seminary from Ga. State.


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