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Y'all Keep Prayin' Now! 1 Timothy 2:1-7

Y'all Keep Prayin' Now!

Praying is one thang; prayin' with the right accent's 'nother.

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Is it possible for an entire group of people to lose their signature sound? According to one researcher, it's happening in the Lone Star State, where the endearing Texas twang is quickly fading. But Texans are not alone. According to the apostle Paul, God's people might also lose their spiritual dialect if they're not careful.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Liar's Club," September 19, 2004 , at

Texas is losing its twang. That's right, the Lone Star State's famous drawl, which was once as much a part of Texas culture and identity as longhorn cattle and reverence for the Alamo, is quickly disappearing.

For example, according to Lars Hinrichs, a linguistics professor at the University of Texas, at one time 80% of Texans interviewed by university researchers had traditional Texas accents, ranging from the East Texas drawl made famous by Matthew McConaughey to the nasal West Texas Twang of Laura Bush. But now,...

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