Tuesday, November 24, 2015

God's love is big enough to touch any life...

God's love is big enough to touch any life, to make light out of any darkness. Jesus came that we might have life, so that no more would we have to die in depression, anger or pain. He loved people back to life. He would go anywhere, talk to anyone. And wherever He went, He would stop for the one-- the forgotten one, the one who was rejected, outcast, sick, even stone dead. Even a thief who was dying for his crimes on the cross next to Him. In the Kingdom of God's love there is no sinner who cannot come home. ...Heidi Baker image

The Vicar of Baghdad: 'I've looked through the Quran trying to find forgiveness... there isn’t any.'

Isis bombs have exiled Canon Andrew White to Hampshire, but he's itching to get back to the Middle East
Mary Wakefield
21 November 2015

Canon Andrew White, the vicar of Baghdad, is not, in person, at all as I’d imagined him. His memoir, about life as first a medic, then a cleric, is chock-a-block with famous friends. Pope John Paul II was a pal, the Grand Ayatollah of Baghdad, General David Petraeus. ‘Oh, Andrew knows everyone,’ I was told when I asked anyone about him, and I’m afraid my heart hardened. I arrived in the rain at his house in Liphook, Hampshire, preparing myself for a vain man, full of his own derring-do.

More fool me. Canon White is instantly, unusually lovable. He greets me wearing a sweatshirt with the caption ‘Real men become vicars’. ‘Look!’ he says delightedly. ‘Look at my hoodie!’ We talk for close to two hours about Islam, Isis and evil, and his work as a mediator between the various hate-filled factions of the Middle East. By the time I leave it occurs to me that Canon Andrew White is something of a saint.

It’s not that he’s perfect, but that he’s guileless. He’s pure of heart in the way few people over five ever are. It makes sense that he’s spent two decades as a peace-maker, negotiating with tyrants and psychopaths, because he’s utterly disarming.

We sit in his study, which is arranged like a front room in the Middle East: seats around the walls. And on most of the seats, perched or lounging, is a young person, all employed by White’s foundation (for relief and reconciliation in the Middle East). Throughout our interview they fuss over White, organise him, join in the conversation, which is interrupted from time to time by phone calls from a man called Des who has been given the job of finding for the Canon the perfect red suit-lining...

the rest of the interview-excellent!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Cinemas ban Church of England Lord's Prayer ad; Obamacare Endures the Death of a Thousand Facts...more

Cinemas ban Church of England Lord's Prayer ad
Three of the UK's leading cinema chains are refusing to screen a Church of England advert which features the Lord’s Prayer.

The Digital Cinema Media agency, which handles adverts for Odeon, Cineworld and Vue cinemas, has decided that the ad could offend people.

Hollywood star Liam Neeson provides the “voice of God” in the minute-long ad, which received clearance from the British Board of Film Classification and the Cinema Advertising Authority...

Seven reasons to ban the Lord's Prayer  ...There are only 63 words in the Lord’s Prayer.

 It takes less than a minute to say them. Yet these words shape our identity, give purpose to our lives, check our greed, remind us of our imperfections, offer a way of reconciliation, build resilience in our spirits and call us to live to the glory of our creator.

No wonder they have been banned in the boardrooms of consumer culture.

Anne Kennedy: Line by Line the Preacher Preaches

Obamacare Endures the Death of a Thousand Facts ... problem is that “reform” distorts the market by burying both insurers and the insured beneath a mountain of mandates. Probably the worst is Obamacare’s benefit mandate. Most health plans must now include 10 “minimum essential” benefits—whether customers want them or not. This mandate has inevitably caused the cost of providing coverage to skyrocket. The only way a company like UnitedHealth can keep premiums under some modicum of control is to offer plans with very high deductibles. Meanwhile, the law’s individual mandate has utterly failed as an incentive for healthy individuals to purchase insurance.

This has led to a “lose-lose” situation for insurers and for patients. In an article titled, “Many Say High Deductibles Make Their Health Law Insurance All but Useless,” the New York Times reports, “In many states, more than half the plans offered for sale through HealthCare.gov, the federal online marketplace, have a deductible of $3,000 or more.” In 2016, the penalty for failing to buy insurance is $695 or 2.5 percent of one’s household income. This means that for most individuals, particularly the young and healthy, the penalty will be considerably less than the out-of-pocket cost required by most health insurance plans...

 ObamaCare's imploding even without repeal “We can’t really subsidize a marketplace that doesn’t appear at the moment to be sustaining itself.”

Half Of People Who Went To College In The Recession Haven’t Graduated  ...The low graduation rate shouldn’t come as a big surprise. The recession drove people to attend college who wouldn’t have gone otherwise and who were likely less prepared than other students. Many of them ended up in worse shape than if they hadn’t gone to college in the first place: burdened with thousands of dollars in student debt, but without a degree to show for it...

Australian Bishops Face Lawsuit for Distributing Traditional Marriage Booklet ...This is what “Don’t Mess with Marriage” said about traditional marriages: “Their physical, spiritual, psychological and sexual differences show they are meant for each other, their union makes them whole, and through their union ‘in one flesh,’ they together beget children who are ‘flesh of their flesh.’”
The distribution of “Don’t Mess with Marriage” outraged Rodney Croome, the leader of Australia’s gay marriage political movement. Croome claimed that the bishops had turned the children into “couriers of prejudice” by giving them copies of the booklet...

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The world is full of beautiful geometry.
It’s something we start teaching our youngest children. This daisy is a circle. This dandelion is a sphere. And we repeat it all the way through high school: Honeybees build their hives in hexagons. Solutions to quadratic equations can be graphed as parabolas. Rates of change are found in the slope of lines tangent to a curve.
“God has established nothing without geometrical beauty,” astronomer Johannes Kepler wrote. Before him, planetary orbits were thought to be perfect circles. He discovered that they weren’t—but that they were in fact ellipses, still part of the same wonderful family known as Euclidean geometry, named for the Greek mathematician who wrote Elements around the year 300 B.C.
Kepler, Newton, Leibniz, Descartes, and others looked at the world and found time and time again that the Euclidean model accurately describes all kinds of shapes and events in nature...

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Bishop Nazir-Ali: Only Christian faith will save Europe

by Gregory Tomlin
19 November, 2015

A retired Anglican bishop who now works on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide has a message for those who believe the answer to preventing more Islamic terrorism is promoting secular values:

Only Christianity can save Europe from the radical Islamists threatening it.

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, who is originally from Pakistan, writes at The Catholic Herald that there are points of similarity between the secular states of Europe today and the fractured Roman Empire when it was sacked by barbarians in the fifth century.

Though many historians have blamed Christianity for the fall of Rome because it challenged its secularism (which the historians say was a unifying force), Nazir-Ali contends Rome was never secular – it had "religions of the family, tribe, city or empire." All of these systems had different ideals and values.

The invasions, however, occurred at a time where Christianity was beginning to unify the empire around shared ideals about life and faith and so, he writes, it was Christianity that saved western civilization in the Dark Ages following the destruction.

"We have the same decadent and dilettante popular culture, where anything goes and 'bread and circuses' keep the population quiescent with a never-ending round of sports, entertainment and games of chance," Nazir-Ali writes. These things naturally lead to a cynical view of faith.

The answer, however, is faith – the Christian faith, he writes... the rest

A.S. Haley: Has America Sold Her Christian Soul?

November 20, 2015

The ISIS/ISIL/IS (could we please agree on a convention, folks?—see below) terrorists in Paris have finally pushed America over the top, it would seem.

Well, let the reader decide. Here are just the straight facts:

1. The President proposes to increase the number of refugees authorized to immigrate here by up to 100,000 per year by 2017. This year alone, at least 10,000 will come from Syria.

2. More than 96% of the Syrian refugees the President and the State Department are bringing in identify themselves as Muslim.

3. Since over 70% of the civilian mass murders in recent times have been carried out by Muslims; since ISIS/ISIL/IS proclaims itself to be the re-establishment of the ancient Islamic caliphate; and since ISISILIS (let’s just call it that: pronounced I-SIS’-I-LIS, to rhyme with syphilis) has announced its intention to bring Paris-style terrorism to these shores, many Americans think that to bring tens of thousands of Muslims into America from a country where ISISILIS operates is a particularly bad idea.

4. The Republicans in the House, led by their new Speaker Paul Ryan, have introduced a bill that supposedly requires the Government to check all new Syrian emigrants before approving them for travel to the US and resettlement there. The bill is a sham, because its vetting requirements are mostly meaningless, impractical to carry out, and may be evaded with a simple certification... the rest

(In the comment section, there is a link to this Syracuse story about the Catholic church selling one of its buildings to a mosque: Syracuse church conversion.)

Secret Planned Parenthood conference: CNN Reporter Turns On Obama After G20 Speech...more

CNN Reporter Turns On Obama After G20 Speech  ...As supportive as CNN’s Christiane Amanpour usually is of Obama and his policies, even she simply couldn’t stand by while he twisted the truth and tried to defend his obvious failure of a strategy to confront the Islamic State group...

Planned Parenthood Docs Caught Selling Aborted Baby Parts Headline Secret Conference ...
But at least two of those doctors, Dr. Deborah Nucatola and Dr. Deborah VanDerhei, are still playing a key role in the abortion business’s dealings. Documents obtained by LifeNews today show Nucatola and VanDerhei were presenters at a secret Planned Parenthood conference in Chicago last week.

According to an agenda from the November meeting, Nucatola was a presenter who led a “hot topics” discussion on Saturday, Nov. 14. VanDerhei led a session on the same day called “Abortion by the numbers.”...

Obamacare in Death Spiral as UnitedHealth may terminate its Obamacare business by 2017 ...Across the board, Obamacare premium prices are increasing 20.3% for 2016, but apparently that is not enough. Hemsley wanted to emphasize that the recent change in market data was across the industry, not just for UnitedHealth, suggesting that other insurance companies may wish to follow suit.

Obamacare appears to have entered an insurance industry “death spiral.” Basically, too many sick people are signing up, and too few healthy people are doing so. This causes prices to surge, and that causes fewer healthy people to sign up. The death spiral continues until the insurance program collapse completely. The 20.3% price increase for 2016 is probably the cause of the current round of the Obamacare death spiral.

Obamacare’s fate may now depend on whether other insurance companies follow UnitedHealth. According to analysts, insurers lost about $2.5 billion through Obamacare exchanges in 2014. But the other two large insurers, Aetna and Anthem, have made no comment on today’s announcements, but in the past they have said they are willing to continue losing money on Obamacare for a few years...

Failure of Intelligence: How Liberals Cause ISIS Terror Attacks

The Atlantic: How Syracuse became home to the highest concentration of poverty in the US

How to Decimate a City
Alana Semuels
Nov 20, 2015

SYRACUSE—The neighborhood with the most concentrated poverty in America has Victorian-style homes with big porches, immaculate public parks, and tree-lined streets where children play. But some of the homes are crumbling or abandoned, and the parks are empty because a recent spate of shootings in this city has made parents fear for their children’s safety.
The poverty is more evident a few blocks away, where families are crowded into public housing near the overpass of I-81, an elevated highway that cuts through the heart of the city. There are no supermarkets here, just small convenience stores that advertise that they sell cigarettes and accept food stamps. Across the street from one store, men and women sit in an empty lot, some in rolling office chairs, others leaning on cars or rickety shopping carts.
Poverty under most circumstances causes hardship and suffering. But being poor and surrounded by other poor people has particularly rough consequences: Those raised in such neighborhoods (what academics tend to call areas of concentrated poverty and everybody else calls slums or ghettos) are far less likely to graduate from high school, attend college, and put off having children. They’re also much less likely to reach a different income level from the one in which they were raised.
Additionally, the neighborhoods with the highest concentrations of poor people tend to have worse schools, fewer businesses (there not being enough consumers with disposable income to sustain them), and more violence...  the rest (Picture by Raymond Dague-click to enlarge)
Syracuse will be featured in C-SPAN’s "Cities Tour" this weekend. C-SPAN Cities Tour staff visited numerous locations in the area to explore the unique history and literary culture of the area, including some at the University.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Anglican Unscripted Episode 206

Nov 19, 2015

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Jihadist boasts of freely crossing Europe's borders; Freedom from speech...more

On American campuses, freedom from speech   ...What kind of parenting produces children who, living in the lap of Ivy League luxury, revel in their emotional fragility? One answer is: Parents who themselves are arrested-development adolescents, with all the anxieties and insecurities of that developmental stage. They see themselves in their darlings...

Jihadist boasts of freely crossing Europe's borders ...Despite being on wanted lists, Abdelhamid Abaaoud has shuttled between Syria and Europe, exploiting the migrant crisis on EU borders.

The 27-year-old has been able to plan two atrocities and brainwash hundreds of young men to join Islamic State, including his 13-year-old brother...

So Far: Syrian Refugees in U.S. Include 2,098 Muslims, 53 Christians ...Of 2,184 Syrian refugees admitted into the U.S. since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011, only 53 (2.4 percent) have been Christians while 2098 (or 96 percent) have been Muslims, according to State Department statistics updated on Monday.

The remaining 33 include 1 Yazidi, 8 Jehovah Witnesses, 2 Baha’i, 6 Zoroastrians, 6 of "other religion," 7 of "no religion," and 3 atheists...

Russia Says Bomb Downed Plane in Egypt and Intensifies Attacks on ISIS Hours after confirming for the first time on Tuesday that a bomb brought down a Russian charter jet over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt more than two weeks ago, killing all 224 people aboard, Russia joined France in bombing Islamic State targets in Syria....

Obama speech in Turkey: We’re not changing our strategy on ISIS because it’s working, you know  If you want to try to make sense of this, knock yourself out...

Huma email revealed: Hillary 'often confused'    An email released yesterday by Judicial Watch reveals that Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s closest aide at the State Department, warned that Hillary was “often confused.” Dated January 26, 2013, the email came two months after the fall the former first lady suffered at her Chappaqua mansion. That incident resulted in a brain injury so serious that she had to wear special glasses to correct double vision. A month after her fall, the State Department officially claimed: "Judging by the woman we saw this morning and the workload that she´s got she seems to be fully recovered," spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters...

Downton Abbey ‘banned God for fear of alienating viewers’ 
Downton Abbey’s historical advisor has revealed that religious references were deliberately left out of the show for fear they would alienate increasingly secular audiences.

Alistair Bruce, whose role is to ensure historical accuracy in the drama, said that the beginning of a meal is never shown because “no one was ever allowed to see a grace being said”.
“I think that the view was that we’d leave religion out of it”, he explained...

Monday, November 16, 2015

While Paris was under attack, Obama released five more Guantanamo detainees...more

  ...The transfer was conducted on Friday night while Paris was under attack, according to the Miami Herald. However, it was not disclosed until Sunday afternoon. Cmdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, stated Sunday night that the five men left the base after the terrorists attacks in Paris.

The transfer comes as Congress has sent back to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature the National Defense Authorization Act. The defense policy bill includes tougher restrictions on Guantánamo releases. The White House argues that such limits encroaches on Obama’s commander-in-chief authority. The bill also comes as the administration is crafting a plan that would move at least some of the remaining captives to the United States in order to close the controversial detention center. This is an idea that many in Congress oppose, particularly those from Colorado, Kansas and South Carolina, which have military lockups under consideration as potential war-prison detention sites...

Governors of Michigan, Alabama reject resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states 
The terrorist attacks in Paris have prompted two governors to announce that Syrian refugees will not be allowed to resettle in their states.

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan and Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama, both Republicans, issued individual statements Sunday declaring that their states would not be open to refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria...

The Crisis Is Islam-If we're not talking about theology we're not really talking about the problem. ...None of this is to say Muslims can never assimilate in the West. The U.S., for the most part, proves the opposite. But there is nothing bigoted about being vigilant when embracing millions of new people who bring all kinds of illiberal baggage with them. If, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali says, we keep pretending this has nothing to do with Islam, we will never actually talk about the problem. There are many good Muslims, but if that’s the only criteria, no one will be able to be critical of any theology or ideology ever again.

Paris Attacks Reveal U.S. Campus Protesters’ Utter Delusion ...College students willing to shut down their schools and demand resignations over Halloween costumes and rumors of racial insensitivity are unable to recognize the face of true bigotry. They can’t even distinguish between microaggressions and terrorism. A surprisingly large number of Black Lives Matter activists took to social media over the weekend to complain either that the carnage on Paris would steal their media spotlight or that Mizzou and Paris were equivalent. Said one typical post: “Look at all the racists on Twitter using the Paris tragedy to discredit the Black Lives Matter movement at home.”

It’s no surprise, then, that many college students can’t even bring themselves to honor the victims of terrorism. Three days before the Paris attacks, the undergraduate student government at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities rejected a resolution calling for a campus-wide moment of recognition on future anniversaries of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks...

Paris attacks put dagger through heart of liberal Europe The Paris attacks that killed at least 128 people on Saturday night will put renewed pressure on Europe Schengen agreement and threaten the “very essence” of the European way of life, as far-right parties seek to capitalise on the attacks, analysts have warned.

With Paris now enduring this second major terror bloodbath in under a year, questions are now being asked about how much longer both Europe’s open border system and vision of a tolerant, multi-cultural society can survive...

Wanted: Grownups ...The Republican Party rarely wins domestic policy elections. But when it comes to foreign policy, it turns out the American people want someone in the White House who is willing to kill bad guys while suffering no delusions. The Democrats are infantile and delusional. They have reached a point where no evidence contrary to their world view will ever be allowed to pierce their bubble and get them to change their ways.

Barack Obama and the Democrats have no intention of protecting us or killing ISIS. They instead want to wreck our economy with global warming regulations. They think if we wind up having to become powerless tent dwellers like ISIS, maybe then they’ll leave us alone.

The United States needs adults leading it right now.

Mohler: "We cannot abandon the faith just because we are told that we are now on the wrong side of history." We must speak the truth in love and seek to be good neighbors to all, but we cannot abandon the faith just because we are told that we are now on the wrong side of history...

The Rise of the College Crybullies The status of victim has been weaponized at campuses across the nation, but there is at least one encouraging sign....

Most Sickeningly Ironic Tweet from Planned Parenthood...Ever Ugh. This is so absurd that I have to think that they're just trolling pro-lifers. But I actually don't. I think they have zero self insight so don't see how tearing children apart for money might be a little weird...

Friday, November 13, 2015

Anglican Unscripted Episode 205

Nov 13, 2015

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