In years past, debates and even a suit by atheist Michael Newdow followed controversial inaugural prayers by evangelist Franklin Graham and Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell of Houston.
Now, Hunter's benediction has been declared "unusual'' by a Wall Street Journal blog and noted by ChristianityToday.com's Ted Olsen.
"Yes, he prayed in Jesus' name,'' Olsen wrote. "But I don't think I've ever seen that long of a preface to praying in Jesus' name.''
Beliefnet.com's editor-in-chief Steven Waldman learned that Franklin Graham's father gave Hunter this advice as crafted his benediction: "Just say what God gives you."
YouTube.com features Hunter's Thursday night prayer on its Web site.
YOU TUBE LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQyXd33Y1KU