Friday, October 06, 2006

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth. (John 16:13)

Truth is like a vast cavern into which we desire to enter, but we are not able to traverse it alone. At the entrance it is clear and bright; but if we would go further and explore its innermost recesses, we must have a guide, or we shall lose ourselves. The Holy Spirit, who knows all truth perfectly, is the appointed guide of all true believers, and He conducts them as they are able to bear it, from one inner chamber to another, so that they behold the deep things of God, and His secret is made plain to them.

What a promise is this for the humbly inquiring mind! We desire to know the truth and to enter into it. We are conscious of our own aptness to err, and we feel the urgent need of a guide. We rejoice that the Holy Spirit is come and abides among us. He condescends to act as a guide to us, and we gladly accept His leadership. "All truth" we wish to learn, that we may not be one-sided and out of balance. We would not be willingly ignorant of any part of revelation lest thereby we should miss blessing or incur sin. The Spirit of God has come that He may guide us into all truth: let us with obedient hearts hearken to His words and follow His lead.
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The Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals
Landmark titles that changed the way we think, talk, witness, worship, and live.posted

Christianity Today
10/06/2006

People and movements can be defined by the books they read and remember.

The time it takes to read and digest a book requires us to engage someone else's ideas with more seriousness than almost any other activity. So it is with some trepidation that we present this list.

These are books that have shaped evangelicalism as we see it today—not an evangelicalism we wish and hope for. Books that have been published since World War II—not every book in the history of Christianity. Books that over the last 50 years have altered the way American evangelicals pray, gather, talk, and reach out—not books that merely entertained.

We asked dozens of evangelical leaders for their suggestions, and they sent in their nominations. Then we vigorously debated as a staff as we ranked the 50 books. (We're still debating.)

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Shameless in Seattle

A sociological experiment in Seattle is providing room and board to 75 chronic inebriants in an $11 million facility with 19 full-time paid staff workers. Residents face no requirements to deal with their alcoholism and are allowed to drink as much as they like on site. Supporters believe the project will save taxpayer dollars by reducing emergency room costs. But the latest WORLD reports that seven residents have died and emergency workers have frequented the wet house four to five times per week since it opened in December. The idea flows from a trendy new philosophy in social work called harm reduction, where government works to reduce the consequences of bad behavior instead of addressing the behavior itself. “It’s controversial, yes, but it keeps people alive,” said Alan Marlatt, author of the book Harm Reduction. “At least we’re doing something.”


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Brain-Injury Patients Should be Used for Medical Experiments, Suggest Bioethicists
Severely brain-injured patients should be declared “dead,” some say
By Gudrun Schultz
MELBOURNE, Australia,
October 5, 2006

(LifeSiteNews.com) – Patients designated as in a “persistent vegetative state (PVS)” should be used for medical experiments, according to several top bioethicists, regardless of whether or not prior consent was obtained.

Several articles published in the recent issue of the Journal of Medical debated the potential use of patients with non-responsive brain function for such medical experiments as animal organ transplants—to bypass ethic prohibitions against using a living human being for medical experimentation, some even suggested designating such patients as “dead,” saying their cognitive impairments justified treating them as cadavers.

Dr. John Shea, medical advisor to Campaign Life Coalition, told LifeSiteNews.com it would never be ethically or morally acceptable to use a living human being for medical research without their permission, regardless of their level of cognitive function.

“A person who has PVS is not dead! If you claim to respect the sacredness of human life, you can’t use a human person for medical experimentation—that would be grossly immoral.”
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Pastoral Letter from the Moderator of the Anglican Communion Network
6th October, A.D. 2006
Feast of William Tyndale

TO ALL THE BELOVED OF THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION NETWORK:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

May the grace and peace of Christ Jesus be multiplied to you, and to all who call upon Him as Savior of the world and who serve Him as Lord of all the ages.

I wrote to you back in June expressing my conviction that a new day was dawning for all of us who understand ourselves to be faithful and orthodox Anglicans whether within the Episcopal Church or gone out from it. Three months have passed since I last wrote, and the evidence bearing out that conviction grows daily.

Seven Network Dioceses appealed for Alternative Primatial Relationship in July. The Archbishop of Canterbury responded in August, intervening (in classical Anglican fashion) by asking the principals to sit down together to see if some “American path forward” might be found. In September, that mediation took place in New York without achieving resolution. Shortly thereafter, the leaders of 20 Anglican Provinces (out of 38 total Provinces and representing some 70 percent of the world’s active Anglicans) met, promising that Alternative Primatial Oversight would be provided, and that the Global South Steering Committee would work both with the leadership of the whole Communion and with Network leadership to work out the substance of such provision. Meetings to carry this pledge forward will begin within weeks. An eighth Network diocese, having joined the Appeal of the other seven, will be part of that deliberation.
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Church of England to Appoint First Urban Faith and Life Bishop
Urban mission is set for revival as the Church of England appointed its first bishop to oversee the implementation of the Church's Faithful Cities report.
by Maria Mackay
Posted: Friday, October 6, 2006

A new bishop has been appointed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York who will work to encourage and support the dissemination and implementation of the Faithful Cities report.

The well-received report by an ecumenical and interfaith Commission initiated by the Church of England argued that millions of pounds have been poured into Britain’s city and urban areas in recent years but the resultant growth has still forced many to the margins and dramatised the gap between the ‘super rich’ and the poorest.

The Faithful Cities report also stressed the need for regeneration to concern itself with more than just the built environment and economic targets and include provisions that would address human and spiritual needs.

The Rt Rev Stephen Lowe, Bishop of Hulme, will play a key role in the process to address the findings of the report, promoting close relationships between the Church of England, Government and other national agencies working to improve the quality of life and well-being of urban communities.
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Same-sex marriage ban upheld by court
Ruling says change can come only from voters or Legislature
Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, October 6, 2006

Gays and lesbians have no constitutional right to marry in California, and any change giving them that right must come from state lawmakers or the voters rather than the legal system, a state appeals court declared Thursday.

The 2-1 decision reversed a lower-court ruling in favor of plaintiffs who were among the thousands of gays and lesbians who married at San Francisco City Hall in 2004. It cleared the way for both sides to argue their case before the state Supreme Court, which will have the final say on whether the courts can give same-sex couples the right to marry.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer ruled last year that a 1977 state law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman violated the state Constitution by denying gays and lesbians the right to marry the partners of their choice. Kramer also found that the law discriminated on the basis of sex.
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Anglican parish in property dispute
A question of who owns the church building goes before a Duval County judge.
By JEFF BRUMLEY, The Times-Union

An Anglican parish striving to retain its Jacksonville property cannot argue theology in a lawsuit filed against it by Bishop John Howard, attorneys for the Episcopal Diocese of Florida argued in court Wednesday.

Lawyers for Redeemer Anglican Church countered that Howard's lawsuit itself is steeped in religious arguments, and therefore should be dismissed or allowed to proceed with the parish's theology-based defense.

The hearing before Circuit Judge Karen Cole was the latest round in the lawsuit filed by the Jacksonville diocese in March.

Redeemer is one of several North Florida congregations to quit the diocese because its denomination, the Episcopal Church USA, elected an openly gay bishop in 2003 and permitted the blessing of same-sex unions.
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Ground Zero cross moves to temporary home at church
Updated 10/5/2006
By Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A cross-shaped steel beam that survived the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attack to become a symbol of hope amid the ruins was moved Thursday from Ground Zero to a nearby church, accompanied by a procession of victims' families, clergy and construction workers.

The 2-ton, 20-foot-high cross was placed on a flatbed truck for the 3-block trip to its new home, St. Peter's Church, which had served as a sanctuary for rescue workers searching for human remains from the Sept. 11 attack.

"This piece of steel meant more to many people than any piece of steel ever," said Richard Sheirer, head of the city Office of Emergency Management five years ago. "It goes beyond any religion."

Ironworkers sang God Bless America as hundreds of people walked behind the cross to its temporary home facing Ground Zero outside the 18th-century church, New York City's oldest Roman Catholic parish.
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Campus radicals 'growing problem'
By Frank Gardner
BBC security correspondent

Radicalisation of students by Islamist groups is a growing problem at some UK universities, the BBC has been told.

Muslim sources said at certain campuses radical Islamist groups have secretly been recruiting new members, preying on those they regard as vulnerable.

Professor Anthony Glees, of Brunel University, said the authorities were doing little to tackle the problem.

But the Federation of Student Islamic Societies said it had found no evidence of widespread radicalisation.
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Pentecostals OK religion in politics
By Chrissie Thompson
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
October 6, 2006

A majority of Pentecostals and charismatic Christians think religion should find a place in politics, according to a poll released yesterday.

In nine of the 10 countries surveyed, a majority of Pentecostals and charismatics, together called renewalists, said religious groups should not stay out of political matters, according to the poll by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. In the United States, 79 percent of Pentecostals supported religious expression about social and political issues, compared with 61 percent of all Americans.

"Historically, at least in the United States, Pentecostals were always seen as being apolitical," said John Green, Pew Forum's senior fellow in religion and American politics. "Whether or not that was once true in the United States, it is no longer, and it is certainly not true in the countries that we surveyed around the world. That gives them the opportunity to influence the social and political life of their country."
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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Matt Kennedy: AMiA Press Release: The Rev. Canon Ellis Brust accepts position with the AMiA

Staff Announcements at AMiA
Jay L. Greene
October 6, 2006
For Immediate Release

Anglican Mission in America Announces Staff Appointments

Anglican Mission in America (AMiA) today announced that the Rev. Canon Ellis E. Brust has accepted a call to executive leadership of the missionary movement as the current Executive Officer, Bob Devlin, completes his one year appointment. Canon Brust will take up the newly defined position of President that reflects AMiA's preparation for its next phase of missionary growth and expansion. He will act as the principal executive officer responsible for daily operations, supervision of management and field staff as well as assisting with resource development. In addition, Canon Brust will work closely with Bishop Murphy and other leaders, both domestically and internationally, to implement AMiA's current and future goals.

AMiA also announced that Cynthia P. Brust will join the AMiA staff as Director of Communications. She will be responsible for articulating the message and vision of AMiA for external and internal audiences, both domestic and international, as well as all aspects of strategic communications, including publications, educational resource materials, website and media relations. In addition, she will provide consultative services for field staff, networks and congregations.

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My God, how endless is Thy love!
Thy gifts are every evening new,
And morning mercies from above
Gently distill like early dew.

Thou spread'st the curtains of the night,
Great guardian of my sleeping hours;
Thy sov'reign word restores the light,
And quickens all my drowsy powers.

I yield my powers to Thy command,
To Thee I consecrate my days;
Perpetual blessings from Thine hand
Demand perpetual songs of praise.
... Isaac Watts
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Unusual Partnership Leads to Formation of New Congregation

Two years ago, Canon Dr. Michael Green and the Rev. David Drake weren’t looking to plant a church together. However, after a series of events and God-ordained encounters, both said “yes” to a clear call from God to move to Raleigh, NC, to pastor an orthodox remnant group of Episcopalians from several area churches that had begun to meet together for Bible study and prayer. Dr. Green serves as Canon Missioner and Drake now serves as Rector of Holy Trinity Church which was inaugurated on September 12, 2004. The Church was without clergy leadership for a year before Green and Drake began in the summer of 2005.

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Philadelphia schools promote 'gay' agenda
District threatens truancy charges against parents who keep kids home
Posted: October 5, 2006 1

The Philadelphia School District has launched a new advance in the battle to indoctrinate school children into the "gay" agenda with its announcement that October is "Gay and Lesbian History Month."

And a report on
Family News in Focus said officials there will make sure parents relinquish their children for that "education."

"If there is a parent who wants to remove their child from school," district spokesman Fernando Gallard told the report, "they would have to deal with the truancy regulations."

His comments came after a number of protests erupted over the school system's formalization of its "gay" agenda recognition.
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16 Probable Planets Found in Milky Way
Galaxy May Have Billions, Scientists Say
By
Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 5, 2006

NASA scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered what they believe are 16 new planets deep in the Milky Way, leading them to conclude there are probably billions of planets spread throughout the galaxy.

Over the past 15 years, astronomers have identified more than 200 planets outside our solar system, but the new ones identified by the Hubble are at least 10 times as far from Earth.
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Jill Woodliff: In the Birth Canal

We are giving birth, and it hurts. Our cushioned environment has given way to turbulence. Language is the primary currency of institutional and interpersonal trust. Words carry meaning. We came to the realization that not only our common language of worship, but also the words of Jesus have radically different meanings within our church, and we lost our common currency. The assumption that we were speaking the same language drained away, and with it much of our trust.

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Scientists to create 'frankenbunny' in big research leap
05.10.06

Scientists are planning to create a "frankenrabbit" by fusing together human cells with a rabbit egg.
It is hoped the "chimeric" embryos, which would be 99.9 per cent human and 0.1 per cent rabbit, could lead to breakthroughs in stem cell research which could one day cure diseases such as Alzheimer's or spinal cord injury.

The embryos will allow scientists to perfect stem cell creation techniques without using human eggs.

"If we learn how to do this with animal eggs, we should be able to have more success with human eggs, and I'd much rather know that if we were going to ask women to donate eggs that we were very likely to get stem cells as a result," said Chris Shaw, at the Institute of Psychiatry.
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Bless you! Weekly shots found to suppress hay fever for years
Wed Oct 4, 2006
By Gene Emery

BOSTON (Reuters) - A new allergy treatment may offer long-term relief from the miseries of hay fever with only 6 weekly shots, instead of injections once or twice a week over three to five years, researchers reported on Wednesday.

Not only does the relief seem to last more than a year, the technique may be applied to other substances that spark allergic reactions, said Dr. Peter Creticos of the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center in Baltimore, leader of the team.

"We're interested in grass, we're interested in dust mites, we're interested in cats," he told Reuters.
Of the 40 million hay fever sufferers in the United States, about 20 million to 30 million are allergic to ragweed, a yellow flowering weed which appears east of the Rocky Mountains and is a top cause of hay fever symptoms in the autumn season.
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Drug lifts blindness threat for thousands
By Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor
October 05, 2006

A CONDITION that causes thousands of Britons to go blind every year can be halted and even reversed with a monthly injection.

Trials into a treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is diagnosed in more than 20,000 elderly people a year and is the commonest cause of blindness, have shown dramatic results for almost all who use it.

Patients given Lucentis did not only have the gradual deterioration of their sight halted, but even regained vision lost to the disease. For decades, patients with the condition, which leaves 10 per cent of sufferers blind, have been told there is little or nothing that can be done to slow the disease, let alone reverse it.
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Polygamy view blasted
UPDATED: 2006-10-05
Report slams Canada for allowing multi-wife marriages to flourish
By
KATHLEEN HARRIS, OTTAWA BUREAU

OTTAWA -- Canada is violating international human-rights law by allowing polygamous relationships to thrive and could face a global rebuke for failing to act, a new report commissioned by Justice Canada has concluded.

The $20,000 study by University of Toronto law professor Rebecca Cook, ob-tained by Sun Media, finds there are no justifications on religious, cultural or family grounds for polygamy under international law that prohibits discrimination against women.

Canada's Criminal Code prohibits polygamy, yet multi-wife marriages and polygamous communities such as Bountiful, B.C., have openly flourished without criminal prosecution.
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Archbishop reluctant leader on gay unions
By Stuart LaidlawToronto Star
(Oct 4, 2006)

An issue that has split the Anglican Church worldwide is now beginning to boil over in Canada after a former top archbishop was suspended from performing marriages because he officiated at a same-sex wedding this summer.

The move by Archbishop Terence Finlay, retired bishop for Toronto, has sparked added interest because Finlay was noted for having fired a priest in 1991 because he was in a homosexual relationship. Shortly before he retired in 2004, he admonished a Toronto priest for performing a same-sex marriage.
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Global South Communiqué an 'Epoch-Making Statement', says Anglican Mainstream
Anglican Mainstream has responded to the Global South Communiqué issued last month, calling it an "epoch-making statement".
by Maria Mackay
Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2006

Anglican Mainstream has responded to the recent communiqué released by Global South Primates which called for a two-church split in the Episcopal Church in the U.S. as a solution to divisions over homosexuality.

Canon Dr Chris Sugden, Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream, told Christian Today that the communiqué was an “epoch-making statement” and said it represented the “new reality of the Communion”.

The communiqué, released at the Global South Primates meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, last month, criticised the 75th General Convention's response to the Windsor Report,, declaring, “Some of us will not be able to recognise” Katharine Jefferts Schori “as a Primate at the table with us” at next February’s Anglican Primates' Meeting.
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Traditional Values in Sex and Relationships Making a Comeback
A recent poll has found that traditional attitudes to sex and relationships are making a comeback, a trend that has been welcomed by the Catholic Church in Scotland.
by Maria Mackay
Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2006

The findings of a recent survey have uncovered a resurgence in the popularity of traditional values in sex and relationships. The findings contrast with the widespread assumption that people today put career before having a family.

The poll for BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, carried out on 4 to 5 September by ICM Research, found that many respondents believed it best to have just one sexual partner.The majority of those questioned also said that the ideal age to settle down was between the ages of 21 and 27 and that it was best to have children before the age of thirty.
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Crumbling cathedral held together by tape
By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
(Filed: 04/10/2006)

Canterbury Cathedral is falling apart at the seams, with chunks of masonry dropping off its walls and a fifth of its internal marble pillars held together by duct tape.

The extent of the building's disrepair was revealed yesterday at the launch of a global campaign to raise £50 million over five years for urgent and long-term renovation and conservation.

The cathedral, the mother church of worldwide Anglicanism which was founded in 597 by St Augustine, was the scene of the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 and has survived extensive bombing of the city during the Second World War.
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Jefferts Schori Coaches Ordained Episcopal Women
By
Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Wed, Oct. 04 2006

Katharine Jefferts Schori, who is only one month away from officially leading the U.S. Episcopal Church, told a group of ordained women to "dream the big dream" at the first Episcopal Church-wide gathering of women priests and bishops.

At the historic meeting on Oct. 2, the presiding bishop-elect coached some 200 women in Hendersonville, N.C., with mention of the divided Anglican Communion, saying they can't assume everything will be the same "from this day to the ages of ages," according to the Episcopal News Service.

"We can't simply translate our experience here into a system over here and assume it works," she said. "I think that's part of the trouble with the Anglican Communion right now."

Jefferts Schori, who expressed her condoning of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, encouraged women leaders to think "outside the box" and to be curious and willing to question things – qualities that have to do with "being dissatisfied with the conventional wisdom."

"We've always done it this way. Why? Why? Does that make it good?" she continued. "Is there some other possibility we can be wrestling with or discovering?"

The soon-to-be-installed presiding bishop raised controversy in the church when she was elected this year. Although her election as the first woman to hold the top post in the Episcopal Church – the U.S. representative of Anglicanism – marked a significant step for women in the church, her pro-homosexual position has left dioceses seeking another overseer.
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Ms. Magazine Ignored Petitions From Women Who Regret Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 4, 2006

Beverly Hills, CA (LifeNews.com) -- In an election-year effort to rally abortion advocates, Ms. Magazine plans to include the names of women who have had abortions and are happy about the decision in its next issue. However, Ms. is coming under fire from women who tried to tell the magazine's editors they regret their abortions.

Georgette Forney, the head of a national group for women who wish they could undo their abortion decision, says she knows of many women who submitted petitions to Ms. saying their abortion decision was something that plagued them the rest of their lives.

Forney told LifeNews.com that the womens magazine ignored their comments.

"Silent No More women from across the country submitted petitions to Ms. Magazine asking that their voices be included in the 'We had abortions,' campaign," Forney told LifeNews.com in exclusive comments.

"But, the magazine did not even extend the courtesy of a response," Forney said.
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Accepting 'God's will'
October 5, 2006

NICKEL MINES, Pa. (AP) -- In most communities, a deadly school shooting brings demands for tighter gun laws and better security, and the victims' loved ones lash out at the gunman's family or threaten to sue.

But that's not the Amish way.

As they struggle with the slayings of five of their children in a one-room schoolhouse, the Amish in this Lancaster County village are urging forgiveness of the killer and quietly accepting what comes their way as God's will.

"They know their children are going to heaven. They know their children are innocent, and they know that they will join them in death," said Gertrude Huntington, a Michigan researcher on children in Amish society.

"The hurt is very great," Mrs. Huntington said. "But they don't balance the hurt with hate."
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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

My Good Shepherd, Who have shown Your very gentle mercy to us unworthy sinners in various physical pains and sufferings, give grace and strength to me, Your little lamb, that in no tribulation or anguish or pain may I turn away from You.
...St Francis of Assisi art

Australia: Anglican women regroup to fight ban on ordination
Linda Morris Religious Affairs Reporter
October 5, 2006

THE Sydney Anglican church's exclusion of women from the priesthood is to be challenged for the first time in six years.

Just weeks after the Church of England voted to allow women bishops, an Anglican minister, backed by the Movement for the Ordination of Women, is leading a fresh push in this month's annual synod to permit women to head parishes in Australia's wealthiest and most influential diocese.

The fight for female ordination was settled in the Australian church in 1992, but Sydney has twice refused to adopt national church law allowing women priests. The last attempt to place the issue on the Sydney synod's agenda failed in 2000.
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Mumps outbreak spreads on campuses

CHICAGO, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A mumps outbreak has spread from Wheaton College to two other small schools in Chicago's western suburbs.

The Wheaton College outbreak has spread to 47 cases, the DuPage County Health Department told the Chicago Tribune. Five more cases are under investigation, the newspaper said.

Elmhurst College has confirmed its first case, while Benedictine College in Lisle reported a case last week.

A total of 72 cases of mumps have been reported in DuPage County so far this year.
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All Saints, Attleboro, Leaves Episcopal Church, Joins AMiA
Source: All Saints Anglican (AMiA)

The Rev. Dr. Lance Giuffrida, Rector
October 1, 2006

Dear Parish Family,

The Rector, Wardens, Vestry and People of All Saints have historically and presently maintained the apostolic and biblical truths, values and beliefs of the Christian faith. Two of the highest and most cherished of those beliefs and values are that:

-Salvation comes through Christ alone
-The Bible has always been and is now at the centre of Christian belief and life, it is the Church's supreme authority, and as such is a focus and means of unity

This is the clear and unequivocal teaching of the Christian church, historically and presently.

This is the clear and unequivocal teaching of the Anglican Communion, historically and presently.

These are, and remain the foundational truths upon which the Christian faith stands, and without which, there is no true Christianity.

The vast majority of the Bishops of The Episcopal Church, and the Bishops of the Diocese of Massachusetts, do not believe salvation comes through Christ alone.

The vast majority ofthe Bishops of The Episcopal Church, and Bishops of the Diocese of Massachusetts, do not believe the Bible is the supreme authority of the church.

The vast majority of the Bishops of the Episcopal Church, and the Bishops of the Diocese of Massachusetts, believe they have received new revelation from the Holy Spirit to establish a new and prophetic religion, similar to and built upon Christianity, but which is neither historic nor Orthodox Anglican Christianity.

In a recent letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, outlining the current and immediate crisis, seven of our orthodox Bishops from seven dioceses appealing to the Archbishop of Canterbury to provide immediate Alternative Primatial Oversight; have this to say: .

AN APPEAL TO THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY

By the Bishops of Central Florida, Dallas, Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, San Joaquin, South Carolina, and Springfield (20 July, A.D. 2006)

The Situation

There are effectively two churches under one roof. The common roof is called the (Protestant) Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Separation of the two churches became all but inevitable and irreversible at the General Convention of 2006.

For Network churches in non-Network dioceses (All Saints, for example) the conclusion is that it is time to negotiate separation from ECUSA. With no new options introduced, this separation invariably takes the form of affiliation with a diocese of the Global South, whether Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Central Africa or Southern Cone.

My friends, in order to remain faithful to what we have always been as a church, historically and presently, maintaining the historic and traditional truths, values and beliefs of the Anglican Christian faith, and holding onto the highest and most cherished of our beliefs and values, on September 18th. 2006. the Rector. Wardens and Vestry of All Saints have taken these actions, thereby joining the Anglican Mission in America:

-Unanimously voted to request from Bishop Shaw a transfer of Letters Dimissory for Father Lance to the Province of Rwanda, allowing us to maintain our Anglican Orthodox identity, to be effective November 1,2006

-Unanimously voted to request that Bishop Shaw and the Standing Committee of the Diocese negotiate with the Vestry's Property Discernment Committee for the acquisition of property and assets of All Saints.

-Unanimously voted and agreed to the Solemn Declaration of Principles as required by the Anglican Mission in America

-Unanimously voted and agreed to the Stewardship Principles of the Anglican Mission in America

-Unanimously voted and agreed to uphold the Sexual Harassment and Abuse Policies of the Anglican Mission in America

My friends, I am certain many of you are still wondering what all of this will mean. I can only encourage you in the strongest terms to do some homework on your own:-read the September Almanac-go to the following website: www.anglicanmissioninamerica.org

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Outcry as clergy say calling God 'He' or 'Lord' encourages wife-beating
3rd October 2006

Church of England leaders warned yesterday that calling God 'He' encourages men to beat their wives.

They told churchgoers they must think twice before they refer to God as 'He' or 'Lord' because of the dangers that it will lead to domestic abuse.

In new guidelines for bishops and priests on such abuse, they blamed "uncritical use of masculine imagery" for encouraging men to behave violently towards women.

They also warned that clergy must reconsider the language they use in sermons and check the hymns they sing to remove signs of male oppression.
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Fr. Eric Menees Interview

This is an interview at St Annes Anglican Church, Oceanside Ca.
Fr Eric Menees is one of the San Diego Six priests from San Diego County who have left the Episcopal Church since December.

Fr. Eric is now at Anglican Church of the Resurrection

He was interviewed by Anne Coletta from AnglicanTV.
Filmed by Anne Coletta.
Produced by AnglicanTV.org
Recorded on September 27, 2006

Amish Community Shows Forgiveness, Not Anger, after School Massacre
Members of the Amish community where five schoolgirls were shot dead by a gunman consumed by hate and grief over previous incidents in his life have emphasised the need for forgiveness, not anger.
by Maria Mackay
Posted: Wednesday, October 4, 2006

The Amish community in grieving after a gunman killed five girls in a school shooting rampage have emphasised the need for forgiveness as detectives continue to investigate the motive for the killings.

Members of the peace-loving Amish community around Nickel Mines in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where the shootings took place Monday, said they were sad and disappointed but not angry.

"It's just not the way we think. There is no sense in getting angry," said Henry Fisher, 62, a retired farmer with five grown children and 33 grandchildren who has lived all his life in the town some 60 miles west of Philadelphia.
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A revolution in Jewish genealogy
By ADINAH GREENE
Oct. 3, 2006

They are coming from all over the world to claim their royal heritage.

First, on October 19, they will meet in New York City at the inaugural dinner of the Davidic Dynasty organization. Then, in May, a mass reunion is planned for Jerusalem.

They say they are descendants of King David. They have the oral family traditions, rabbinic texts and historical research to back up their claims. And the way Jewish genealogy is thriving, their ranks may swell in the coming years.

Davidic Dynasty, a project of the Eshet Chayil Foundation, has compiled a partial list of David's purported descendants. Their get-together, to be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, will honor Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis - both of whom are believed to be descended from David.
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Faith schools 'may reject Christians'
By Liz Lightfoot, Education Editor
(Filed: 03/10/2006)

Children from Christian families may be turned away from popular Church of England schools to make way for non-believers and those of other faiths under a new quota system.

At least a quarter of places at all new Church of England schools will be set aside for other pupils, according to guidelines outlined by the Church yesterday. The reform of school admissions will also affect Roman Catholic schools which will in future need to prove that their intakes reflect the social nature of the areas from which they recruit.

The changes have been prompted by the Government's admission code going through Parliament.
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Pope tries to win hearts and minds by saving souls of unbaptised babies
By Ruth Gledhill and Richard Owen
October 04, 2006

THE Pope will cast aside centuries of Catholic belief later this week by abolishing formally the concept of limbo, in a gesture calculated to help to win the souls of millions of babies in the developing world for Christ.

All the evidence suggests that Benedict XVI never believed in the idea anyway. But in the fertile evangelisation zones of Africa and Asia, the Pope — an acknowledged authority on all things Islamic — is only too aware that Muslims believe the souls of stillborn babies go straight to Heaven. For the Church, looking to spread the faith in countries with a high infant mortality rate, now is a good time to make it absolutely clear that stillborn babies of Christian mothers go direct to Heaven, too.
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Ruth Gledhill Weblog: Limbo cast out of limbo

Dore's masterpiece showing Dante chatting to Socrates, Plato and Virgil in limbo is one of the many evocative works of art and literature depicting this uncertain state of undeadness reserved for babies and for those born before the time of Christ. As we report today, the Pope is at last putting an end to a teaching that was never a formal part of Church doctrine in any case. We are of course long past the time in the Middle Ages where, in some parts of Europe if a woman died pregrant, before the burial the baby was extracted from her womb.The 'baby' was buried in unconsecrated ground. It is perhaps out of a wish to win the souls of millions of babies in the developing world for Christ that the Pope has formally abolished limbo, because all the evidence suggests that Benedict XVI never believed in the concept anyway.

In the fertile evangelisation zone of Africa, Asia and the other nations of the South, the Pope, an acknowledged authority on all things Islamic, is only too aware that Muslims believe the souls of still-born babies go straight to heaven. Looking to spread the faith in countries with a high infant mortality rate, now is as good a time as any to make it utterly and absolutely clear that still-born babies of Christian mothers go direct to heaven also.
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Thousands of Women Sign 'We Had Abortion' Petition for Magazine
Tuesday, October 03, 2006

NEW YORK — At a pivotal time in the abortion debate,
Ms. magazine is releasing its fall issue next week with a cover story titled "We Had Abortions," accompanied by the names of thousands of women nationwide who signed a petition making that declaration.

The publication coincides with what the abortion-rights movement considers a watershed moment for its cause. Abortion access in many states is being curtailed, activists are uncertain about the stance of the
U.S. Supreme Court, and South Dakotans vote Nov. 7 on a measure that would ban virtually all abortions in their state, even in cases of rape and incest.

"All this seems very dire," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the
Feminist Majority Foundation, which publishes Ms.

"We have to get away from what the politicians are saying," she said, "and get women's lives back in the picture."

Even before the issue reaches newsstands Oct. 10, anti-abortion activists have been decrying it. Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, wrote in a commentary that when she saw a Ms. announcement of the project, "the evil practically jumped right off the page."
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Religion, madness and secular paranoia
By Michael Medved
Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Why would a major corporation invest big money in a gratuitous insult of millions of potential customers who, according to the company’s own figures, represent a clear majority of the American public?

That’s the obvious question raised by a splashy full-page ad in the Sunday New York Times that appeared on September 24th under the attention-grabbing headline:

“RELIGION=MADNESS?”

Along with a vaguely familiar but unmistakably menacing image of a looming, slightly askew church steeple, the layout asked: “Ready to challenge religious dogma? Read LETTER TO A CHRISTIAN NATION by Sam Harris…The courageous new book that arms all rational Americans with powerful arguments against their opponents on the Christian right.”

At the bottom of the page, the ad features a series of statistics clearly meant to alert the reader to a growing peril and to force all “rational Americans” to protect themselves by buying the new book. “DID YOU KNOW,” the text explains, “44% of Americans think Christ will return in the next 50 years….73% of Americans believe in the existence of Hell * More than 50% of Americans have a “negative” or “highly negative” view of people who don’t believe in God * 70% think it important for presidential candidates to be ‘strongly religious.’”

This hugely expensive book promotion (such a prominently placed full page in the New York Times often costs more than $100,000) goes out of its way to assault and insult people of faith, drawing a clear dividing line between the “rational Americans” it hopes to reach and the benighted masses who believe in God, the importance of religious belief, or even the existence of hell. You might expect this sort of partisan, opinionated declaration of non-faith from some activist group like “Move On.org” or “People for the American Way” or even the American Civil Liberties Union. But the ad came from Alfred A. Knopf, one of the world’s most distinguished publishing imprints and a prominent segment of the mighty Random House empire, which also releases the work of prominent conservatives including (through its Crown Forum division) Ann Coulter, Fred Barnes and me.
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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

So long as there are any roots of sin in the heart, the Holy Spirit cannot have all His way in us, and so our usefulness is hindered, But when our hearts are clean, the Holy Spirit dwells within, and then we have power for service. Then we can work for God and do good, in spite of all our ignorance and weakness. Hallelujah! ...Samuel Logan Brengle photo

Ugandan Woman appointed Anglican Communion Observer at the United Nations
Special Report ACNS, London
October 3, 2006

Mrs Hellen Grace Wangusa, the United Nations Africa Co-ordinator of the Millennium Development Goals, has accepted the call to be the next Anglican UN Observer.

The Revd Canon Kenneth Kearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, in consultation with the Archbishop of Canterbury, announced the appointment of Mrs Wangusa today in London. Hellen will begin her work as Anglican Observer in January 2007, in New York with her office at the Episcopal Church Center. Her appointment follows the retirement last July of Archdeacon Taimalelagi Fagamalama Tuatagaloa-Leota the former Observer.
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First Anglican women priests ordained in Church of Ceylon

The first women priests in Sri Lanka's Anglican Church have said their ordination is a dream come true.

The Rev. Chandrika Mayurawathie, along with the Rev. Malini Devananda, whose husband is an Anglican priest, and the Rev. Glory Jeyaraj, were ordained on September 14 by Bishop Duleep de Chickera of Colombo in the presence of hundreds of church members at the cathedral in the capital.

"I have no words to describe my joy," said Mayurawathie, who completed a bachelor's degree in theology in 1996. "I have waited and prayed for this ordination for years."

"This is a historic event,” Chickera said. "We are all happy finally that we have our women priests."
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UK “Experts” Discount New Ultrasound Images of Unborn for Abortion Debate
Say images showing pre-born stretching, kicking, sucking thumb are “dangerous”
By Gudrun Schultz

LONDON, United Kingdom, October 4, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com ) - Startling images of tiny unborn babies sucking their thumbs and “walking” at 12 weeks gestation have no significance for the abortion debate, according to a trio of experts in the neonatal field, the Times Online reported today.

Responding to the recent debate, triggered by the images, on lowering the gestational age for legal abortions --currently set at 24 weeks--the experts said the images do not prove unborn babies have feelings.

The images are the result of new developments in ultrasound technology, led by Professor Stuart Campbell, former professor of obstetrics and gynecology at King’s College, London. The four-dimensional images allow viewers to witness details of the unborn child’s activity previously hidden to researchers.

Babies can be seen stretching, kicking and leaping at 12 weeks, making intricate finger movements at 15 weeks, and yawning at 20 weeks, the Guardian reported. Babies at 18 weeks gestation were shown opening their eyes.
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Bible-Reading Student Gets Lesson in Litigation
By
Eric Rich
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Amber Mangum was a frequent reader during lunch breaks at her Prince George's County middle school, silently soaking up the adventures of Harry Potter and other tales in the spare minutes before afternoon classes. The habit was never viewed as a problem -- not, a lawsuit alleges, until the book she was reading was the Bible.

A vice principal at Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Laurel last month ordered Amber, then 12, to stop reading the Bible or face punishment, according to a lawsuit filed Friday by Amber's mother. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, alleges that the vice principal's actions violated the girl's civil rights.

"Amber's a new Christian, and she's trying to learn all she can," said Maryann Mangum, the girl's mother. "She reads her Bible and she goes to Sunday school. . . . It really upset me when she was not allowed to read it on her own time."
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Calif. Diocese Seeks to Sever Ties with Episcopal Church
By
Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Tue, Oct. 03 2006

A California diocese is considering proposed amendments to its constitution to transfer communion from the Episcopal Church to an Anglican Province in the wake of homosexual divisions.

The Diocese of San Joaquin postponed its annual convention to Dec. 1-2 as it intends to remain in good standing with the worldwide Anglican Communion amid recent Episcopal actions over homosexuality that have wracked the church. The diocese proposed 13 amendments and additions to its constitution for consideration at the December meeting.

Much of the amendments were crossing out relations with the Episcopal Church – the U.S. representative of Anglicanism – and stressing its full communion with the head of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, and all Anglican provinces faithful to Scripture.

Despite the constitutional changes, the diocese made clear that it "remains true to the Apostolic teaching and practice of the Episcopal Church that it received by being part of the Anglican Communion.
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Diocese of San Joaquin: Proposed Amendments to the Diocesan Constitution

Turkish plane seized in hijacking

A Turkish airliner flying from Tirana to Istanbul has been hijacked and flown to Brindisi in southern Italy in an apparent protest against the Pope.

It sent out an SOS twice in Greek airspace, and both Greece and Italy scrambled fighter jets to escort it before it landed in Brindisi.

All of the Turkish Airlines plane's 107 passengers are said to be unhurt.

Turkish sources say there are two hijackers and they are protesting about the Pope's planned visit to Turkey.
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Bp Minns comes home to St Pauls Darien

This is an speach given at St Pauls Episcopal Church, Darien, CT
Bp Martyn Minns is a missionary Bishop from CANA
He is also the Rector of Truro Church, Fairfax, VA

He was interviewed by Kevin Kallsen from AnglicanTV.
Produced by AnglicanTV.org
Recorded on September 29, 2006

Fifth Female Victim Wounded By Amish School Shooter Dies
Tuesday, October 03, 2006

NICKEL MINES, Pa. — As the Amish community in
Lancaster County mourned the deaths of five young girls shot by a milk-truck driver who was apparently angry at life, the families of five other girls shot were waiting for good news of their loved ones from nearby hospitals.

Three females were shot dead execution style by
Charles Carl Roberts IV on Monday after he entered a one-room schoolhouse and let the boys in the building go free. He turned the gun on himself before police stormed the school. the rest

San Joaquin to Consider Leaving The Episcopal Church
10/02/2006

Delegates to the annual convention of the Diocese of San Joaquin, which meets Dec. 1-2 in Fresno, Calif., will consider amendments to the diocesan constitution which “transfer all relationships and communion from ECUSA to an Anglican Province to be determined at a special convention called by the Bishop.”

The Rt. Rev. John-David Schofield, Bishop of San Joaquin, was recently
exonerated by the Title IV [Disciplinary] Review Committee of charges that he had abandoned the communion of The Episcopal Church. The investigation was necessary after a complaint was received in June from the Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, Bishop of Los Angeles; the Rt. Rev. Jerry Lamb, Bishop of Northern California; the Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes, Bishop of San Diego; and the Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, Bishop of California. Bishop Swing has since retired.

“The Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA) has taken a number of actions which have resulted in a majority of the Provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion declaring that ECUSA is no longer a member in good standing of that Communion,” reads the
explanation to the proposed changes. “After ample time for reflection and repentance, ECUSA refuses to reverse these actions and refuses to commit not to engage in such actions in the future, jeopardizing its standing as a member of the Anglican Communion. the rest

Monday, October 02, 2006


Like the eye which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all. While we are looking at God, we do not see ourselves -- blessed riddance. The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One.
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Please be at prayer: Gunman shoots 10 at Amish school, killing at least 3
By John Holusha
The New York Times
TUESDAY,Published: October 2, 2006

A lone gunman walked into a one-room schoolhouse in a largely Amish community in southeastern Pennsylvania Monday and shot as many as 10 girls, killing three immediately before turning the gun on himself and dying at the scene, according to the state police.

The man, identified as Charles Carl Roberts IV, 32, who lived in the area, was evidently nursing a long-ago grievance expressed in notes left for his wife and children, said Jeffrey Miller, commissioner of the state police. He said the gunman lined the girls against the blackboard, bound their feet and shot them execution-style in the head.

"He split them up, males and females," Commissioner Miller said. "He let the males go, some of the adults go. He bound the females at the blackboard, and apparently executed them."

Three of the girls were dead at the scene in Nickel Mines, Pa., and seven others were rushed to nearby hospitals, some of them severely wounded. An earlier Associated Press report quoted a local coroner as saying there were six people dead, but the coroner later said he was unsure, the A.P. said.
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Complaints Mount Against Panel of Reference
10/02/2006

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Panel of Reference conducted a field investigation last week into the dispute between the Diocese of Florida and the “Florida 6.” The rare field interview occurred at a time when frustration is growing among leaders of the Global South group of primates with the slow pace of review and the seemingly arbitrary manner in which appeals are forwarded for consideration.

The review of the Florida appeal, one of four under active consideration by the panel, was described by the Rt. Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard, Bishop of Florida, as “courteous and productive.” The four days of talks were led by Robert Tong, a solicitor from Sydney, Australia, and the Most Rev. Maurice Sinclair, retired primate of the Southern Cone.
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Survey: Faith a Minor Impact on Children
By
Audrey Barrick
Christian Post Reporter
Mon, Oct. 02 2006

A new Barna survey measured what works for kids and what doesn't and found family experiences outweigh the influence of the Church.

Survey findings revealed the majority of "tweens" – children aged around 8 to 12 years old – have positive impressions of or experiences with family. On the flip side, less than half view faith as important to them.

According to the results, 79 percent of tweens feel safe when they are at home; 69 percent say their family eats dinner together at least five nights a week; and 64 percent say they feel they can always trust their parents to do what is right for the child.

Parents were also found to be more involved in children's lives in terms of guidance. The study found 91 percent of the children get punished by their parents if they are caught using bad language; 74 percent said their parents enforce a strict curfew, and 67 percent noted that the amount of television they are allowed to watch is limited by their parents.
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Family Life Today The Home is the Key: Pastor Voddie Baucham shares why our current approach to youth ministry is failing and tells parents why they are better equipped to disciple the next generation than the youth pastor is. Excellent!

The Home is the Key (Day 1)
The Home is the Key (Day 2)

Christian aid workers muster convoy to Darfur. October 2, 2006

Sudan (MNN)--The mandate keeping Sudan's Peacekeeping troops in place has been extended to December 31.

The European Union is the African Union's top supporter, giving nearly $38 million for peace operations. Their force is meant to prevent jeopardizing humanitarian work in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced in three years of fighting.

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GOD TV Launches on DIRECTV with America LIVE

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /
Christian Newswire/ -- Global Christian broadcaster, GOD TV, launched in the USA this past weekend, exclusively on channel 365 of America’s largest satellite platform, DIRECTV. Established in the UK in 1995 by Rory & Wendy Alec, GOD TV was already available to 106 million television homes worldwide, on a multiple satellite platform and following its expansion to America, is now reaching 122 million potential homes, representing some 437 million people. With a broad section of programming of a kind not yet seen in the USA, GOD TV offers a fresh approach to Christian television, featuring live footage from Christian events, conferences and music festivals. It also offers cutting-edge programming from today’s leading ministries and is the only Christian channel to broadcast from Jerusalem.

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Conservative Bishop Urges Orthodox Episcopal Church to Focus on Mission
By Allie Martin
October 2, 2006

(AgapePress) - A leader in the conservative movement in the U.S. Episcopal Church says the denomination is on the verge of a reformation. Recently, a group of conservative bishops known as the Global South encouraged conservative American Anglicans to be prepared to form church structures that are different from those linked to liberals.

The Anglican Church has been racked by controversy and schism ever since a homosexual bishop was ordained in 2003 by the U.S. Episcopal Church. Robert Duncan, Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, believes a majority of the Episcopal Church leaders throughout America want to make their own rules. However, he says he and other denominational leaders who believe in the authority of scripture are standing strong for biblical principles.

"We are certainly not interested in having battles in the courts," Duncan asserts. "We think the other side may be more interested in those battles, but we actually think they'll lose them, because they're operating outside of the rules that we've received."
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Archbishop who blessed lesbians loses his licence
By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
October 02, 2006

A RETIRED Anglican archbishop has been disciplined after he broke the rules of his Church and formally blessed a lesbian marriage.

Archbishop Terence Finlay, the retired Metropolitan of Ontario in Canada, has had his licence to officiate at marriages suspended after he blessed the same-sex ceremony of two close friends of his family.

The father of one of them had been one of his theology professors and he has known her since she was a child.

The disclosure has surprised some traditionalists and liberals because the Archbishop, who retired in 2004, made headlines in the 1990s for dismissing a priest who was in a homosexual relationship.
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Victory for Wisconsin faith-based organizations
Court orders Wisconsin officials to allow religious organizations equal participation in state charitable program
Monday, October 02, 2006,

MADISON, Wis. — A federal district court ruled in favor of the Association of Faith-Based Organizations Friday in its suit against Wisconsin officials for denying participation to religious charitable organizations in Wisconsin’s State Employees Combined Campaign. Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund and Christian Legal Society represent AFBO.

“A state cannot discriminate against religious organizations because they exercise their fundamental constitutional rights. This is a tremendous victory for religious freedom,” said Casey Mattox, litigation counsel for CLS’s Center for Law & Religious Freedom. “This decision reaffirms that a religious organization’s faith requirements for its employees and board members is protected under the U.S. Constitution.”

Wisconsin’s State Employees Combined Campaign is a state-operated program by which state employees may voluntarily authorize payroll deductions for charitable purposes. Wisconsin officials denied several faith-based organizations, including CLS, participation in the program because they require their board members and employees to share their religious beliefs.

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ADF attorneys file suit against Univ. of Wisconsin for de-recognition of Christian student groups

Michael Howard's son tells how liberal Anglicans have thwarted his ambition
By ELIZABETH DAY
30th September 2006

The son of Michael Howard, the former Conservative Party leader, has spoken for the first time about his distress at being turned down for ordination by the Church of England.

Nick Howard, who completed a theology degree this summer, was not ordained because of his "unwillingness to listen" to other viewpoints.

He told The Mail on Sunday that his strongly held evangelical beliefs on homosexuality and multifaith worship marked him out as a "troublemaker" even though they reflect official Anglican doctrine.

During his three-year training at Cranmer Hall, a theological college attached to the University of Durham, Nick discussed his concerns with tutors but found little comfort in their "blase attitudes". Fellow students, although often sympathetic to his orthodox views, did not want to incur the wrath of college authorities by speaking out.
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That Was Then . . . This is Now? A Nazi Nightmare
Albert Mohler
Posted: Monday, October 02, 2006

Excerpt:
The German practice of euthanizing those considered unworthy of life did not begin with the Third Reich. German doctors began the practice under the liberal Weimar Republic, with doctors defining those considered inferior as Lebensunwerten Lebens -- life unworthy of life.

Those identified as Lebensunwerten Lebens were simply killed -- sometimes after being subjected to inhumane medical experiments.

How is this definitively different from the current practice of selecting out "inferior" embryos or of aborting "defective" babies in the womb? These, too, are assaults on human dignity. How long will it be before some later generation excavates our own moral landscape?

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Modern Eugenics: Our Brave New World
By
Ken Connor
Christian Post Guest Columnist
Fri, Sep. 29 2006

The New York Times has seen the future. According to a recent, ominously titled article, "Couples Cull Embryos to Halt Heritage of Cancer," it will not be long before a parent can choose her child the way a diner chooses her meal at a restaurant.

"Soon...prospective parents may be able to choose between an embryo that could become a child with a lower risk of colon cancer who is likely to be fat, or one who is likely to be thin but has a slightly elevated risk of Alzheimer's, or a boy likely to be short with low cholesterol but a significant risk of Parkinson's, or a girl likely to be tall with a moderate risk of diabetes."

What the article does not emphasize is that if the tall girl with a risk of diabetes is chosen, the other three will likely be left to die.

Many newspapers are reporting that preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or P.G.D., is growing in popularity. P.G.D. is a process that begins with in vitro fertilization, where eggs are removed from the mother's body and fertilized by sperm in a petri dish, creating a set of human embryos. When these embryos are three to five days old they consist of eight cells. One of those cells is removed and genetically tested for diseases, such as colon cancer, breast cancer, Down syndrome, or cystic fibrosis. Scientists can also determine whether the tiny embryo is a boy or a girl. Based on this information, parents can decide which embryos they want to keep, abandoning the rest.
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Harvesting intolerance
The extremes of opinion over the gay debate are tearing the Anglican church apart, an archbishop has warned.
Stephen Bates
October 2, 2006

Yesterday, while many Church of England services were celebrating in time-honoured fashion the rituals of harvest festival, an altogether starker and more urgent message about the church's future was delivered from the pulpit of Southwark Cathedral by an African archbishop. It would do every practising Anglican good to hear it.

Admittedly Southwark may not be a place where there is a sizeable harvest to celebrate, apart perhaps from the diocese's most verdant and furthest reaches, beyond Tooting and Brixton, out towards the Surrey hills, but the sermon from Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane (which will be up in full on the Southwark diocese
website, for those interested) spelled out the nature of the third largest Christian religious denomination today, where distrust and intolerance rule and ancient traditions are forgotten in the lust for a self-proclaimed and self-righteous conservative evangelical orthodoxy.

Archbishop Ndungane - Desmond Tutu's successor in Cape Town - warned that the extremes of conservatism and liberalism over the gay debate which is tearing Anglicanism apart are not the only options open to sensible church people to follow and that there does not need to be a split between the two sides of what was once a famously tolerant and open-hearted church.
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Given a green light, same-sex R.I. couples plan Mass. weddings
By David Abel, Globe Staff
October 2, 2006

Same-sex couples in Rhode Island, eager to take advantage of a Suffolk Superior Court judge's ruling last week that found their state does not prohibit gay marriage, began making plans this weekend to marry in Massachusetts.

The ruling was the first to allow same-sex couples from outside Massachusetts to marry since the Supreme Judicial Court's 2003 ruling that legalized gay marriages in the state. In March, the SJC ruled the state could use a 1913 law to stop out-of-state couples from marrying here if the marriage was forbidden in their home state.

In Rhode Island, where the law refers to a bride and groom but does not explicitly prohibit gay marriage, same-sex couples said yesterday that they hoped to marry soon -- before the state's General Assembly has the chance to change the law when it meets again in January.
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'Miracles' boost Indian Christians
By Subir Bhaumik BBC News, Shillong

More than 100 years after the first waves of a great Welsh religious revival reached faraway north-eastern India, Christian church leaders are claiming a religious reawakening in the region.


Leaders of the Presbyterian Church in the north-eastern Indian states of Meghalaya and Mizoram - sandwiched between Muslim Bangladesh and Buddhist Burma - say there have been miracles occurring.

A church at Malki, in Meghalaya's capital Shillong, has been receiving a steady stream of devotees ever since word spread that a cross here has been glowing and radiating the image of Lord Jesus.
This, combined with recent reports of several school students "convulsing, behaving abnormally and even fainting", has prompted the talk of a revival.

"The Holy Spirit is here to reawaken people," says Reverend Laldawngliana, a spokesman for the Presbyterian Church of India in Shillong.
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Sunday, October 01, 2006

"Jesus leadeth them up into a high mountain apart by themselves."
Mark 9:2

We have all had times on the mount, when we have seen things from God's standpoint and have wanted to stay there; but God will never allow us to stay there. The test of our spiritual life is the power to descend; if we have power to rise only, something is wrong. It is a great thing to be on the mount with God, but a man only gets there in order that afterwards he may get down among the devil-possessed and lift them up. We are not built for the mountains and the dawns and aesthetic affinities, those are for moments of inspiration, that is all. We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle. Spiritual selfishness always wants repeated moments on the mount. We feel we could talk like angels and live like angels, if only we could stay on the mount. The times of exaltation are exceptional, they have their meaning in our life with God, but we must beware lest our spiritual selfishness wants to make them the only time.

We are apt to think that everything that happens is to be turned into useful teaching, it is to be turned into something better than teaching, viz., into character. The mount is not meant to teach us anything, it is meant to make us something. There is a great snare in asking - What is the use of it? In spiritual matters we can never calculate on that line. The moments on the mountain tops are rare moments, and they are meant for something in God's purpose. ...Oswald Chambers photo