Saturday, March 28, 2015

Palm Sunday 2015

Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang;
 Through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang.
 To Jesus, who had blessed them close folded to His breast,
 The children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.

From Olivet they followed mid an exultant crowd,
 The victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud.
 The Lord of men and angels rode on in lowly state,
 Nor scorned that little children should on His bidding wait.

“Hosanna in the highest!” that ancient song we sing,
 For Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven our king.
 O may we ever praise Him with heart and life and voice,
 And in His blissful presence eternally rejoice!
...Jeanette Threlfall

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Anglican Unscripted Episode 170

Mar 25, 2015

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The God whom earth and sea and sky...

The God whom earth and sea and sky
Adore and laud and magnify,
Whose might they own, whose praise they swell,
In Mary's womb vouchsafed to dwell.

The Lord whom sun and moon obey,
Whom all things serve from day to day,
Was by the Holy Ghost conceived
Of her who through his grace believed.

How blessed that Mother, in whose shrine
The world's Creator, Lord divine,
Whose hand contains the earth and sky,
Once deigned, as in his ark, to lie.

Blessed in the message Gabriel brought,
Blessed by the work the Spirit wrought;
From whom the great Desire of earth
Took human flesh and human birth.

O Lord, the Virgin-born, to thee
Eternal praise and glory be,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost for evermore.
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A.S. Haley: Tyranny in Vestments

March 24, 2014

It is not enough for ECUSA’s bishops and clergy to say that the Church’s traditional definition of marriage is inadequate for “our vastly diverse and pluralistic society.” Not only is that definition no longer serviceable to society at large, but also it should not even be “permitted to influence” what society thinks marriage is!

But if they truly believe what they write, then why do the bishops and clergy join the brief as bishops and clergy of ECUSA, instead of just as private civilians? Bishops and clergy should not seek to impose their religion-based views on secular society, right? Why then tout their titles, if not to pat themselves on the back for being so “broad-minded” as to endorse views at odds with their religion?

Moreover, who gave them permission to speak using the Church’s name and offices, anyway?? It was just last year that the Presiding Bishop and several other bishops brought Title IV charges against the Communion Partner bishops and clergy—the Quincy three and the Fort Worth ten—for filing affidavits in the Quincy case and an amicus brief with the Texas Supreme Court. The charges were that they misrepresented the polity of the Church, and consisted only of a “minority view” (words which they were forced to acknowledge under duress of more severe punishment).

The official Book of Common Prayer used throughout the Episcopal Church solemnly declares that marriage is “between a man and a woman.” Who are these righteous prelates who betray their ordination vows to profess publicly and without shame or apology a marriage doctrine that is contrary to, and that positively undermines, the only one authorized by Holy Scripture and currently recognized by the whole Church? General Convention supposedly offered experimental rites for same-sex blessings (which it had no authority to offer until the Prayer Book was officially changed). But when did General Convention authorize the Rev. Jennings and her episcopal colleagues to appear with all their trappings and titles to offer their experimental views to aid the secular courts?

I do not ever remember, when I was growing up, any bishops in ECUSA trying to influence courts or legislatures in favor of no-fault divorce. The Church addressed the issue only gradually (including through resolutions adopted over the years at Lambeth Conferences), and no small coterie of clergy organized to promote doctrine contrary to its then teaching. Yes, the Church changed the doctrine with time, but it did so at first very reluctantly—and some (myself included) mark that apostasy as the beginning of the decline of the authority of church in Western society. By relinquishing control of the dissolution of marriage to the State, the Church next will relinquish control of marriage itself to the State. We will reap what earlier generations sowed for us. the rest

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Anglican Unscripted Episode 169

Mar 23, 2015

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Boston College to Host Theologians for Dialogue on Anglican-Roman Catholic Relations

Episcopal Presiding Bishop, A Former Oceanographer, Makes Religious Case Against Climate Denial  One of the most powerful women in American Christianity is condemning the path of the climate denier...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Beautiful footage of the solar eclipse 2015

Mar 20, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Canada May Allow Euthanizing Patients and Harvesting Their Organs; Presbyterian Church Formally Approves Gay Marriage...more

ISIS tweets destruction of more Christian sites  The Islamic State (IS) shared photos of the destruction of Christian relics on Twitter on Monday, increasing calls for the terrorist group to be stopped.

Pictures of smashed crosses, statues and other ancient items destroyed in Nineveh led to condemnation from across the globe.
"They don't care what it's called," Middle East Media Research Institute Executive Director Steven Stalinsky said of the destruction. "They are just following their ideology and that means getting rid of churches and minorities. It is the Islamic State, and there's no room for anyone else...

Canada May Allow Euthanizing Patients and Harvesting Their Organs  In my very first anti-euthanasia article, published by Newsweek in 1993, I warned that legalizing assisted suicide would lead to “organ harvesting as a plum to society.”

That dark prophesy has come true in Netherlands and Belgium, aimed specifically at people with “good organs,” such as MS patients and those with mental illnesses...

FactChecker: Are All Christian Denominations in Decline? ...Many Americans, both within and outside the church, share Evans perception of the decline of denominations. But is it true? Are most denominations truly seeing a decline in numbers?

Before we answer the question, we should clarify what is meant by “decline.” We could, for instance, say that Protestantism has been on the decline since the 1970s. That would be true. We could also say there are now more Protestants today than there were in the 1970s. That too would be true.

The fact is that the percentage of people identifying as Protestant has declined since the 1970s while the total number of Protestants has increased (62 percent of Americans identified as Protestant in 1972 and only 51 percent did so in 2010). Yet because of the population increase in the U.S., there were 28 million more Protestants in 2010 than in 1972...

Presbyterian Church Formally Approves Gay Marriage in Church Constitution The Presbyterian Church has formally recognized gay marriage and will allow same-sex weddings.

The Church approved a new definition of marriage in the church, which includes “commitment between two people.” The definition was approved last year by the church General Assembly, but needed approval from a majority of the 171 regional districts. The 86th vote was cast Tuesday night.

The new definition reads: "Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives."

"So many families headed by LGBTQ couples have been waiting for decades to enter this space created for their families within their church communities," said the Rev. Robin White, a leader of More Light Presbyterians, which supports gay acceptance within the church...

Christians say under siege in Modi’s India after rape, attacks  Christians in India said on Monday that the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not done enough to protect their religion, after a spate of attacks including the rape of a 75-year-old nun at the weekend.

Christians prayed and held vigils across the country to protest against the rape during an armed assault on a convent school, the worst in a series of incidents that followers of the faith say are making them feel unwelcome in their own country...

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cross and Christ covered up as Muslims worship in Southwark parish

16 Mar 2015
George Conger

Muslim prayer services may not be held on consecrated ground, a spokesman for the Bishop of Southwark told Anglican Ink last week, following reports that a Muslim Friday prayer service or jummah had been held at St John’s Waterloo with the permission of the incumbent.

On 6 March 2015 the Rev. Canon Giles Goddard invited the Inclusive Mosque Initiative to celebrate an “Inclusive Jummah” in the church. A video of the service, released on YouTube shows Canon Goddard participating at the close of the service led by a woman imam, Dr. Amina Wadud. Reading from Psalm 139 he said: “This is from the Hebrew scripture – we all share these great traditions, so let us celebrate our shared traditions, by giving thanks to the God that we love, Allah.”

All Christian imagery and iconography, including pictures and statues of the saints, the Virgin Mary, Jesus as well as the stations of the cross appear to have been covered with sheets during the service at St John’s, the video of the proceedings appears to show, leading some critics to charge that while hiding the cross and Christ may assuage Muslim concerns, it serves to deny the divinity of Jesus... the rest

Sunday, March 15, 2015

"Frozen Fever"-Dueling Piano Siblings "Frozen" Mashup

Mar 9, 2015

This piano mashup features Love is An Open Door, For the First Time in Forever, Do You Want to Build a Snowman, and Let it Go. The piano duet was arranged by yours truly and inspired by The Piano Guys.