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When you’re prompted to give “God a Hand of Praise,” what are you doing exactly?

This was the provocative question I posed to a colleague during a lengthy discussion about Church, Theology, First & Fourth Century Christianity; the impact of the Charismatic Movement on the so-called Black Church and the Pagan roots of contemporary Christianity. While the natural inclination is to suggest that God is “getting the praise,” I’m afraid a more self-aggrandizing and narcissistic motive is at work.

For the complete version of this piece, ‘Are You Giving God a “Hand of Praise” or the Preacher a Round of Applause? visit my blog,

Ron Holland is the host of the Public Affairs show, ‘COMMUNITY VOICES’ on WPZS -100.9 & 92.7 FM, Charlotte. He’s also a Producer and Board Operator for WOSF – Old School 105.3 FM. Ron Holland is also a Production Assistant with all three stations. Any thoughts on this week’s commentary send Ron an email: