Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday 2014

Here at Thy table, Lord, this sacred hour,
O let us feel Thee near, in loving power,
Calling our thoughts away from self and sin
As to Thy banquet hall we enter in.

Sit at the feast, dear Lord, break Thou the bread;
Fill Thou the cup that brings life to the dead;
That we may find in Thee pardon and peace,
And from all bondage win a full release.

So shall our life of faith be full, be sweet;
And we shall find our strength for each day meet;
Fed by Thy living bread, all hunger past,
We shall be satisfied, and saved at last.

Come then, O holy Christ, feed us, we pray;
Touch with Thy piercèd hand each common day;
Making this earthly life full of Thy grace,
Till in the home of heaven we find our place.
...May P. Hoyt image

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How easily we forget...

How easily we forget that the church was founded by disciples who betrayed their master. None was willing to stand by Jesus as the religious and political authorities condemned him to death. At his moment of greatest need, the disciples fled in the darkness. The boldest of the lot, Peter, was the very one who cursed and denied him three times before the cock crew. It was for traitors that Jesus died. ...Philip Yancey image

Two Edinburgh churches quit over gay ordination; The Puppet Mass Returns; Nigerian Schoolgirls abducted...more

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter Prayer Breakfast with invocation
Not hard to guess who...

Edinburgh churches quit Church of Scotland over gay ordination
TWO Edinburgh churches are quitting the Kirk just weeks before the General Assembly over the issue of gay ordination...

The Puppet Mass Returns

NYT: A significant number of people labeled vegetative had received an incorrect diagnosis
...A new study has found that PET scans may help answer these wrenching questions. It found that a significant number of people labeled vegetative had received an incorrect diagnosis and actually had some degree of consciousness and the potential to improve. Previous studies using electroencephalogram machines and M.R.I. scanners have also found signs of consciousness in supposedly vegetative patients.

“I think these patients are kind of neglected by both medicine and society,” said Dr. Steven Laureys, an author of the new study and the director of the Coma Science Group at the University of Liège in Belgium. “Many of them don’t even see a medical doctor or a specialist for years. So I think it’s very important to ask the question, are they unconscious?”...

New Emails Show Lois Lerner Was in Contact With DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups
According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for "lying" about political activity...

Slaughter in Nigeria — Where Is the State Department?
...But even on the very day on which they called Boko Haram terrorists for the first time, the State Department displayed mixed feelings and moral equivalence regarding the jihadists. Testifying at the House hearing, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that “Boko Haram’s activities call our attention not just to violence, but also to poverty and inequality in Nigeria.” It’s true that there is poverty and inequality in Nigeria. But none of it touches Boko Haram. They carried out their latest slaughter in two armored personnel cars and seven double cabin pickups, according to Punch.

In addition, the State Department is always loath to attribute religious motivation to Boko Haram (or any other Islamists)...

At Least 100 Nigerian Schoolgirls Abducted
...Various news outlets report Muslim terrorists abducted at least 100 Nigerian schoolgirls on Monday at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok. Nigerian police claim they can’t confirm who is behind the kidnapping, but named the Islamist group known as Boko Haram as the possible perpetrator.

"Many girls were abducted by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy of vehicles," Emmanuel Sam, an education official in Chibok, told CNN...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Over 200 dead in terror attack on Nigerian commuters

14 Apr 2014
By George Conger

Over 200 people have been killed in a terror attack at a bus terminal outside the Nigerian capital of Abuja today. While no group has yet come forward to accept responsibility for the blast, the Islamist terror group Boko Haram is suspected to be behind the attack.

A priest of the Church of Nigeria, who asked not to be named as he was not speaking on behalf of the church, told Anglican Ink that witnesses report hundreds of dead and wounded from the explosion in Nyanya some 10 miles outside of Abuja. Wire service reports state that a single bomb exploded in a bus terminal during rush hour at 6:30 am on 14 April 2014 as passengers were boarding four commuter buses. The four high capacity buses, along with several smaller vans and passenger motorcycles known as “okada” were destroyed in the blast.

The attack comes a day after Boko Haram terrorists killed 60 people in North East Nigeria. The United Nations estimated last month that a half million people had fled their homes in Northern Nigeria since Boko Haram began its campaign of violence against Christians and moderate Muslims four years ago. The Church of Nigeria priest gave voice to the frustrations held by many people over the government’s inability to stop the violence, which has claimed several thousand victims this year.

In an interview published on 23 March 2014 on the Codewit website, the Primate of All Nigeria, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh reported that the anti-Christian violence had led the church to close the Diocese of Damatura. “The Bishop has relocated to Jos; the clergy is just being paid to keep it on.”
However, “our church in Maiduguri is miraculously on but the churches are being attacked here and there.  The Bishop has escaped so many attacks, but he is still there; so what we are doing is to find a way to support the Bishop to support his members. The Bishop is there to ensure that the church does not die,” he said.

“Let me say that evil will not win this battle no matter how long it takes,” Archbishop Okoh said.

“We are aware that some people are behind it all, because it is not just the poor Boko Haram person who is perpetrating this evil; there are people behind it who bring the money, who bring the ideology and use these poor boys as cannon fodder. By the grace of God, the evil will be defeated.”

Here at Anglican Ink

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday 2014

The Savior! what a noble flame
Was kindled in his breast,
When hasting to Jerusalem
He marched before the rest!

Good-will to men, and zeal for God,
His every thought engross;
He longs to be baptized with blood,
He pants to reach the cross.

With all his suff'rings full in view,
And woes, to us, unknown,
Forth to the task his spirit flew,
'Twas love that urged him on.

LORD, we return thee what we can!
Our hearts shall sound abroad
Salvation, to the dying Man,
And to the rising God!

And while thy bleeding glories here
Engage our wond'ring eyes;
We learn our lighter cross to bear,
And hasten to the skies.
-William Cowper image

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ride On ! Ride On In Majesty - King's College

1.  Ride on, ride on in majesty!
     Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;
     O Savior meek, pursue your road
     With palms and scattered garments strowed.

2.  Ride on, ride on in majesty!
     In lowly pomp ride on to die:
     O Christ, your triumphs now begin
     O'er captive death and conquered sin.

3.  Ride on, ride on in majesty!
     The winged squadrons of the sky
     Look down with sad and wond'ring eyes
     To see th'approaching sacrifice.

4. Ride on, ride on in majesty!
    Your last and fiercest strive is nigh;
    The Father on his sapphire throne
     Expects his own anointed Son.

5.  Ride on, ride on in majesty!
     In lowly pomp ride on to die;
     Bow your meek head to mortal pain,
     Then take, O God, your pow'r and reign.
                    -Henry Hart Milman

Friday, April 11, 2014

Exclusivity of Christ; Iran-Muslims coming to Christ; Kenyan churches oppose polygamy; Rise in stay at home moms...

Turning kids into clients: Planned Parenthood’s evil schemes
...Consider for a moment, the vicious cycle Planned Parenthood start little kids on. Through the government sanctioned sex-education FoSE (Future of Sex Education), which Planned Parenthood helped to draft, their “age-appropriate” training begins exposing Kindergarteners to sexual exploration at age five. Continually reinforcing the myth that they are the child’s trusted ally, Planned Parenthood slowly becomes the authority in all sexual matters. In the FoSE curriculum, by 4th grade, sexual experimentation is encouraged and before long, contraceptive measures are suggested...

Mohler defends exclusivity of Christ
...Mohler said liberal Christianity has dealt with the claim by moving toward universalism, the belief that eventually all persons are saved, or, more commonly, inclusivism, which assumes that all world religions point to a common truth that at the end of the day will be discovered to have been Christ...

Kenyan Churches Oppose Polygamy Legalization
Churches across the East African nation of Kenya have expressed opposition to a bill that if signed into law would legalize polygamous marriages.

As Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta considers signing the marriage bill into law, his administration faces the vocal opposition of multiple church groups. In late March, Christ is the Answer Ministries Bishop David Oginde read a joint statement from numerous church leaders denouncing the bill as a threat to the family unit...

More Muslims May Be Coming To Christ in Iran Than Anywhere Else
Open Doors USA has ranked Iran number 9 on its list of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is most severe.

The Institute on Religion and Democracy recently spoke with officials of the ministry who say despite intense persecution, many more Muslims are coming to Christ at an increasing rate.

“Rafin and Nader, young coverts from Muslim backgrounds are proof of that,” Jerry Dykstra, media relations director with Open Doors told the IRD.  “They are not alone. “Many Persians are coming to Christ, he added. “Many are young college students, and even some of their teachers are asking for Bibles!...

Four Pakistani Christians now on death row

After Decades of Decline, A Rise in Stay-at-Home Mothers
The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29% in 2012, up from a modern-era low of 23% in 1999, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data.1 This rise over the past dozen years represents the reversal of a long-term decline in “stay-at-home” mothers that had persisted for the last three decades of the 20th century.2 The recent turnaround appears to be driven by a mix of demographic, economic and societal factors, including rising immigration as well as a downturn in women’s labor force participation, and is set against a backdrop of continued public ambivalence about the impact of working mothers on young children...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dear Lord, if at this evening hour...

Dear Lord, if at this evening hour I think only of myself and my own condition and my own day’s record of service, then I can find no peace before I go to sleep, but only bitterness of spirit and miserable despair. Therefore, O Father, let me think rather of Thee and rejoice that Thy love is great enough to blot out all my sins. And, O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, let me think of Thee, and lean upon Thy heavenly righteousness, taking no pleasure in what I am before Thee but only in what Thou art for me and in my stead. And, O Holy Spirit, do Thou think within me, and so move within my mind and will that as the days go by I may be more and more conformed to the righteousness of Jesus Christ my Lord; to Whom be glory forever. Amen. ...John Baillie

Obamacare-There’s no such thing as illegal immigrants; Too late to buy Obamacare for most; IRS employee promoted Obama 2012...more

NY health boss resigning after agency failed to inspect abortion clinics
...Word of Shah’s resignation late Wednesday came as the Health Department announced it was scrambling to inspect 25 abortion clinics ”within the coming days” — after The Post reported that it hadn’t visited many of them in more than a decade.

The abortion clinic controversy also became a political hot potato for Gov. Cuomo when GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino Wednesday accused the Health Department of neglect and called on Shah to resign....

Too Late to Buy Health Insurance in 2014 for Most, Thanks to Obamacare
...Consumers — including those outside the healthcare exchanges — will be unable to purchase health insurance from now until the next enrollment period, which begins January 1, 2015.

John Divito, president of Flexbenefit, states, “It’s all closed down. You cannot buy a policy that is a qualified policy for the purpose of the ACA (Affordable Care Act) until next year on January 1.”

According to Fox News, this requirement will leave tens of millions of people out of the health insurance market for the rest of the year, with only a few exceptions, such as qualifying events that include marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, or loss of employment...

Obama administration to health insurers: There’s no such thing as illegal immigrants  ...On April 1st, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a new guidance document to health insurers. The CMS guidance says that people whose immigration status is uncertain will be presumed eligible for subsidized coverage in Obamacare’s marketplaces while a further review is pending...

Watchdog finds IRS employees promoted Obama in 2012
IRS employees encouraged taxpayers to vote for President Obama during his 2012 reelection campaign and disparaged Republicans, a federal ethics watchdog said Wednesday.

One IRS customer representative urged people calling into the agency to vote for Obama by “repeatedly reciting a chant based on the spelling of his last name,” the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) said in its announcement.

The office is responsible for investigating cases in which people violate the Hatch Act, which bans federal employees from engaging in partisan campaign activities...

Hilary praises Pussy Riot band who stormed cathedral and sang lyrics calling religion the excrement of Jesus Christ
...The U.N.’s Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin mocked her in reply, suggesting Powers join the group herself. “I would expect her to invite them to perform at the National Cathedral in Washington. Maybe they could arrange a world tour for them, you know. St Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, then maybe in Mecca in Saudi Arabia, ending up with a gala concert at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.”...