Saturday, April 21, 2007

The very first thing which needs to be said about Christian ministers of all kinds is that they are "under" people as their servants rather than "over" them (as their leaders, let alone their lords). Jesus made this absolutely plain. The chief characteristic of Christian leaders, he insisted, is humility not authority, and gentleness not power. ...John R. W. Stott art

Anglican Leader Tells Departing Episcopal Church of 'a Good Way Forward'
By
Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Sat, Apr. 21 2007

A breakaway Anglican leader presented the mission of his conservative Anglican group to an embattled church that's preparing to vote on whether to leave the Episcopal Church.

Bishop Martyn Minns, missionary leader of Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) – a splinter group and outreach initiative of the Church of Nigeria – recently visited Grace Church & St. Stephen's Parish in Colorado Springs, weeks after its leaders voted to secede from the Diocese of Colorado and the Episcopal Church.

He told Rocky Mountain News before the Wednesday meeting that he would tell parishioners he believes CANA represents "a good way forward" at a time when the Anglican Communion itself appears to be fracturing.

"We're a mess," said Minns of the Anglican confusion, according to the local newspaper. "Many things are incoherent.
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Something Horribly Wrong
By Chuck Colson
4/19/2007

The Reality of Evil

Less than seventy-two hours have passed since the shootings that killed thirty-two innocent people and injured another thirty at Virginia Tech. Americans can relate to what Virginia Tech President William Steger said immediately after the killings: “I’m really at a loss for words to explain or to understand the carnage that has visited our campus . . .”

This is especially true as a frightening picture of the killer emerges: a young man, by all accounts a loner, who, according to the Washington Post, wrote poetry about death and “expletive-filled rants against the rich and privileged.” Clearly, on the dark side.

As we seek to understand what happened and why he did this, it is vital that we not exclude an important part of the equation: evil.

Faced with this kind of horror, we automatically assume that we are dealing with a madman—a word the media has already used to describe the killer. That’s because we can’t imagine ourselves or anyone we know doing anything remotely like this. Therefore, we conclude that something must have been “wrong” with the perpetrator.
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British evangelical congregations thrive
By Thomas Wagner
ASSOCIATED PRESS
April 21, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, England -- It's Sunday in England, and across the country many traditional stone churches are struggling to fill their pews.

But not C3, the Cambridge Community Church, one of the country's many evangelical groups. Its mostly white, middle-class congregants sit in a rented school auditorium with their arms outstretched to the heavens and their hands fervently clapping to evangelical sermons.

"I don't need an old church with stained-glass windows where a few people show up out of obligation, not inspiration," said Ruth Chandler, a former member of the Church of England.
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Canada: House of Bishops - Message to the Church
Apr. 20, 2007

To Canadian Anglicans, from the House of Bishops

Brothers and sisters in Christ

The House of Bishops met at Mount Carmel retreat center in Niagara Falls from Tuesday April 17 to Friday April 20. We write this letter to the Canadian Church so that Anglicans will know what we did and how the meeting was for us. As has been our custom for the last while, we devoted the first part of our days together to prayer and Bible study.

This, our last meeting of the triennium was an appropriate time for us to be blessed by a visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. His Grace was with us for less than 24 hours, but his presence was a significant and valued gift. He lead us in prayer and conducted a retreat on the theme of apostolic ministry during which he delivered a number of reflections that gave us profound insights into our ministries and how we do them. We found the Archbishop of Canterbury’s humility, wisdom and humour filling both intellectually and spiritually. During breaks in the day, Dr. Williams met with the bishops of all four ecclesiastical provinces. His time with us was spirit-filled and especially important to us on the eve of a General Synod where many important decisions will be made and where a new Primate will be elected and installed. His reflections set the tone for our meeting.
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Gay subculture in 'bug chase' sees HIV as desirable
Julia Medew and Karen Kissane
April 21, 2007

A MELBOURNE man who fantasised about catching HIV before he contracted the virus has spoken out about a gay subculture in which infection is seen as desirable.

The young professional, who does not want to be named, told The Age a combination of complacency about the virus and the wish to have unprotected sex with an HIV-positive man he loved led him to become infected.

"I wasn't actively seeking it, but maybe there were parts of me, dark corners, that wanted it, that were thinking, 'Let's just do it and get it over and done with and then it won't be an issue'," said the man, who is his 20s.

He is the first to speak publicly about taking part in behaviour that is known in the gay community as "bug chasing" — seeking to become infected with HIV.
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Shocking Research Reveals Babies Born Alive After Abortions
A research paper has revealed shocking revelations in the debate on abortions. The paper, published in the May issue of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, reveals that 102 (3.2%) babies out of 3,189 were born alive after abortion.

by Jennifer Gold
Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2007

A research paper has revealed shocking revelations in the debate on abortions. The paper, published in the May issue of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, reveals that 102 (3.2%) babies out of 3,189 were born alive after abortion.

The paper has been released following a 10-year analysis of abortions for foetal anomaly in the West Midlands of Britain.

The results of the research show that live births occurred in a shocking 18 out of 20 maternity units in the West Midlands.

Julia Millington of the Alive and Kicking Campaign said: “Yet again we are confronted with the gruesome reality that babies are fighting for their lives as doctors try to abort them. The increasingly widespread practice of abortion for disability reflects very poorly on a society that prides itself on equal rights for people with disabilities.”
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Evangelicals Send Message of Hope, Love to Gunman's Parents
By
Michelle Vu
Christian Post Reporter
Fri, Apr. 20 2007

WASHINGTON – In the chaos ensuing after the nation’s deadliest school massacre, there has been an uproar of criticisms, laying blame, and feelings of guilt. Amid all the commotion, evangelical leaders want to tell the parents of the 23-year-old gunman Cho Seung-Hui that they are not blamed for the tragic events that unfolded earlier this week.

“I would like to say that there is a future, there is a hope and they are also loved just as the victims and their families are loved,” said Richard Cizik, the National Association of Evangelicals’ vice president for governmental affairs, to The Christian Post. “Our hearts go out to them and we will be praying for them and want to help them in any way we can to get through this.”
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Va. Gunman's Family Feels Hopeless, Lost

Schori finds commonality in science and religion
By Carol Reeves Gazette-Times reporter
Friday, April 20, 2007


Few people have the expertise needed to speak authoritatively about both religion and science, but the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori does.

Schori is the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, a post she’s held since last fall after serving five years as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada and seven years as assistant rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis. She is the first woman to hold the position of presiding bishop.Before her ordination as a priest in 1994, however, she was a marine biologist with master’s and doctoral degrees in oceanography from Oregon State University.


Before her ordination as a priest in 1994, however, she was a marine biologist with master’s and doctoral degrees in oceanography from Oregon State University. the rest

Seventh Church this Year Splits in Diocese of Dallas
04/20/2007

The Rev. Canon Victoria Heard, canon missioner for church planting for the Diocese of Dallas, has been named priest-in-charge of Church of the Resurrection in Dallas after a majority of the congregation voted to follow the former rector and form a new congregation affiliated with the Anglican Mission in America. The majority of the congregation, which currently has an average Sunday attendance of about 160, will vacate the building by May 31.

“Any separation of brothers and sisters in Christ is painful in its own right,” Dallas Bishop James M. Stanton stated. “I am saddened that the leadership of Resurrection has chosen to walk apart from the diocese; however the ministry of Church of the Resurrection will continue."

The Church of the Resurrection has played an important role in the life of the diocese for the past 40 years, according to a diocesan news release. Resurrection was a leader in the charismatic renewal movement in The Episcopal Church in the 1970s and 80s. At one point average Sunday attendance (ASA) was more than 1,500, but the church has suffered substantial decline in attendance, membership and finances for at least a decade.
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Friday, April 20, 2007

It is a glorious thing to get to know God in a new way in the inner chamber. It is something still greater and more glorious to know God as the all-sufficient One and to wait on His Spirit to open our hearts and minds wide to receive the great things, the new things which He really longs to bestow on those who wait for Him. ...Andrew Murray photo

Global Call to Evangelize...Williams says Gay OK, Lambeth 2008 is on...More
Posted by
David Virtue on 2007/4/19

Excerpt: "From the DIOCESE OF CENTRAL NEW YORK came word this week from attorney Raymond Dague that a New York Court has limited how much participation the National Church Episcopal Church can do in a property case between the diocese and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Syracuse. The New York court's April 10 ruling limits the national church's right of action in cases involving the Dennis Canon. The court ruled that the DFMS could observe but not materially participate in the prosecution of the case. This is huge news, and the first time a judge has ruled that the DFMS had no legal interest the property and "only asserts that St. Andrew's property is held in trust for the benefit of the Episcopal Church as promulgated by certain Episcopal canons, and as such, the court finds its legal interest to be insufficient." Lawyers for the diocese would serve as lead trial lawyers for the plaintiffs, and the DFMS "may not individually conduct any discovery without the express permission of the court." You can read the full story here:
http://tinyurl.com/345tob"

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Pope revises 'limbo,' says there is hope for babies who are not baptized
The Associated Press
April 20, 2007

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI has reversed centuries of traditional Roman Catholic teaching on so-called limbo, approving a Vatican report that says there were "serious" grounds to hope that children who die without being baptized can go to heaven.

Theologians said the move was highly significant — both for what it says about Benedict's willingness to buck a long-standing tenet of Catholic belief and for what it means theologically about the Church's views on heaven, hell and original sin — the sin that the faithful believe all children are born with.

Although Catholics have long believed that children who die without being baptized are with original sin and thus excluded from heaven, the Church has no formal doctrine on the matter. Theologians, however, have long taught that such children enjoy an eternal state of perfect natural happiness, a state commonly called limbo, but without being in communion with God.
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Breakaway Anglicans Ask Court to Dismiss Episcopal Church's Property Suit
A month after calling for dismissal of the state diocese's lawsuit over property rights, breakaway Anglican churches filed their responses to the national church's suit asking the court for its dismissal.

Lillian Kwon
Correspondent
Thursday, Apr. 20, 2007

A month after calling for dismissal of the state diocese's lawsuit over property rights, breakaway Anglican churches filed their responses to the national church's suit asking the court for its dismissal.

The Diocese of Virginia had filed lawsuit earlier this year to secure the properties of 11 Anglican churches - including two of the largest in the state - which voted to break from the diocese and the Episcopal Church. The national body joined the diocese in the property battle when it filed a complaint in February.

The breakaway churches and all of the individually-named defendants asked the court on Wednesday to dismiss the Episcopal Church's suit, which they have called "un-Christian," for failure to state any claims on which relief could be granted.
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Canadian woman bishop among nominees to head country's Anglican church April 20, 2007

TORONTO – The Anglican Church of Canada could elect its first woman leader during a national assembly this summer.

Edmonton Bishop Victoria Matthews is among four nominees for archbishop, or primate, who were chosen Thursday by Canada's Anglican bishops during a private meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The election is set for June 22 in Winnipeg, Ontario.

If Matthews wins, she will be the second woman elected to lead a national Anglican church in the nearly 500-year-old Anglican Communion.

Last year, U.S. Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori became the first woman elected to head an Anglican province. The Episcopal Church is the U.S. wing of the communion, a 77 million-member fellowship of churches that trace their roots to the Church of England.
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The Living Church: Four Nominees for Canadian Primate

Robert Gagnon: Addendum to "Rowan Williams' Wrong Reading of Romans"
Note: The link and text below have been revised to reflect recent changes
By Robert A.J. Gagnon, Associate Professor of New Testament,
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
April 18, 2007

Article can be found here

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Benedict’s Global Agenda
By Samuel Gregg, D.Phil.
Christian Post Contributor
Thu, Apr. 19 2007

This week marks the second anniversary of Benedict XVI’s papacy. Two years is but a blink of an eye in the history of this 2000 year-old institution. But it is enough to identify the particular lines being pursued by Catholicism’s theologian-pope.

In one sense, the papacy’s role is eternal, whoever occupies Peter’s chair. It is to assist the Catholic Church in spreading the Christian message, to be the focus of unity for Catholics (particularly bishops) worldwide, and to explain and defend Catholicism’s essential teachings.
For most people, that would seem more than enough to do. But each pope also brings specific issues to the position.

John Paul II, for example, became pope in 1978 with very clear ideas about the Church’s relationship with the Communist world. To the entire Eastern Bloc, he began applying the same combination of prudence and moral toughness he had previously employed against Poland’s Communists.

Given his age, Benedict knows he has limited time to pursue his particular concerns. The irony is that each amounts to a grand project in itself.

Unquestionably Europe – especially Western Europe – ranks high in Benedict’s concerns. Even before becoming pope, Joseph Ratzinger had been writing about European cultural trends for decades.
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The glory of the spring how sweet!
The new-born life how glad!
What joy the happy earth to greet
In new, bright raiment clad!

Divine Redeemer, Thee I bless;
I greet Thy going forth;
I love Thee in the loveliness
Of Thy renewèd earth.
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The talking mustn’t stop, says Dr Williams
by Pat Ashworth
April 20, 2007

THE ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury has announced that he will visit the United States in September, in response to an urgent request from the Episcopal Church there. He has further confirmed that the Lambeth Conference will go ahead as expected in 2008.

The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church wishes to explain its position and the Church’s polity after the Bishops’ rejection of the Primates’ proposals for pastoral oversight of dissenting congregations from their meeting in Dar es Salaam (
News, 23 March).

The US Bishops argue that the scheme would fundamentally change the character of the Windsor and Covenant design processes, compromise the Episcopal Church’s autonomy, and would violate its founding principles.
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Friday a day of mourning for Virginia Tech victims
Matt Apuzzo - Associated Press Writers
OneNewsNow.com
April 20, 2007

BLACKSBURG, Va. - As experts pored over Cho Seung Hui's twisted writings and his videotaped rant, parents and officials urged people to instead focus on the victims of the deadliest rampage by a lone gunman in modern U.S. history.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine declared Friday a day of mourning and called for a moment of silence at noon to honor the 32 victims in Monday's massacre at Virginia Tech. Churches around the country, from California to National Cathedral in Washington D.C., have scheduled vigils and special prayer services.

"We want the world to know and celebrate our children's lives, and we believe that's the central element that brings hope in the midst of great tragedy," said Peter Read, whose 19-year-old daughter, Mary Karen, was killed. "These kids were the best that their generation has to offer."
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Sex-ed for dummies
Education: With abstinence-only programs under fire, lawmakers renew push for “comprehensive” programs that don’t comprehend parental values
Lynn Vincent

Warning: Graphic material

Before state Sen. Brad Zaun on April 9 began reading from a proposed sex-education curriculum on the floor of the Iowa senate, he told parents in the gallery that they might want to remove their children from the chamber.

Some did. Then Zaun, a Republican, began reading from Safer Choices, Level 1, the "comprehensive" and "medically accurate" curriculum that Senate Democrats claimed would serve Iowa public-school kids better than abstinence-based sex education: "'Explain that students will now have a chance to work in pairs to practice with condoms,'" Zaun read. ...

[Another excerpt] But Concerned Women for America's Janet Crouse points out that the Mathematica study contradicts the findings of 15 previous evaluations supporting the effectiveness of abstinence education. That may be because of the Mathematica study's design, which included children who received abstinence training from ages 9 to 11; researchers interviewed the kids after one year, then again five years later.

"The targeted children were too young to absorb the abstinence message, and there was no follow-up to the original abstinence message," Crouse said.

Mathematica's own conclusions, scantly reported by the major media, seem to back Crouse: In a section of the group's report titled "Targeting youth at young ages may not be sufficient," researchers wrote that their findings "provide no information on the effects [abstinence] programs might have if they were implemented for high school youth or began at earlier ages, but served youth through high school." the rest

Christians Condemn Brutal Bible Worker Killings in Turkey
The World Evangelical Alliance is to send a representative to Turkey to comfort the families of the three Christian workers killed in a brutal attack on their Bible publishing house earlier in the week.

by Daniel Blake
Friday, April 20, 2007

The World Evangelical Alliance is to send a representative to Turkey to comfort the families of the three Christian workers killed in a brutal attack on their Bible publishing house earlier in the week.

The latest attack in Turkey to be directed at Turkey's minority Christian community has stunned Christians in the region.

The three Christian men - Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel of Turkey, and Tilman Ekkehart Geske of Germany - were bound and had their throats slit in a vicious attack in their Christian book publishing office.

Police said they have detained 10 men in connection with the killings.
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The Ginsburg Worldview
By David Limbaugh
Friday, April 20, 2007

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissenting opinion in Gonzales v. Carhart illustrates the moral depths and quagmires of irrationality to which the political and cultural left in this country have descended.

In Carhart, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, a limited congressional ban on partial-birth abortion that was shot down by lower federal courts.

What stands out in Ginsburg's opinion is not her condemnatory legal critique of the majority opinion, but her philosophical/political assertions. While she pays lip service to the supposedly conflicting interests of the government in "safeguarding a woman's health" versus "preserving and promoting fetal life," it is clear that neither of those hold a candle to her interest in promoting "a woman's autonomy to determine her life's course, and thus to enjoy equal citizenship stature."

Much of Ginsburg's opinion reads like a feminist manifesto straight from the National Organization for Women. One gets the sense that she believes what is really at stake in the abortion debate is not the vindication of "some generalized notion of privacy." No, this is purely and simply a power struggle on behalf of women pursuing their presumably unrealized quest for complete equality.
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Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Decision Could Lead to Overturning Roe v. Wade
by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 19, 2007

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the federal ban on partial-birth abortions could pave the way to a ruling reversing the high court's 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that toppled pro-life laws across the country. That's something pro-life advocates relish and pro-abortion activists fear.

The thought is that if the high court could reverse its 2000 decision on partial-birth abortion that it could change its mind on abortion itself as well.

Wednesday's ruling is the first major abortion case in which new Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito have ruled, perhaps giving a clue as to their views on Roe itself.
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"American Idol" Poverty Program Funds Heading to Pro-Abortion Groups

Civil unions advance in N.H.
Governor says he will sign bill now in Senate

By Lisa Wangsness, Globe Staff
April 20, 2007

Governor John Lynch of New Hampshire said yesterday that he would sign legislation establishing civil unions, removing what was seen as the last significant barrier to its passage.

Lynch's decision means that if the state Senate approves the bill next week, as anticipated, the state long known as the craggy old stronghold of New England conservatism would become just the fourth in the nation to permit civil unions and only the second to do it voluntarily, without a court order.

The state's popular Democratic governor took a position on civil unions for the first time yesterday in an interview with the Associated Press. He had previously come out against same-sex marriage, but had declined to say whether he would sign civil union legislation.
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Oregon House approves pair of gay-rights bills

Some say civil unions dropping off

Hitler's birthday prompts lockdown
By Maria Danilova
ASSOCIATED PRESS
April 20, 2007

MOSCOW -- A leading Moscow university ordered its foreign students yesterday to remain in their dormitories for the next three days because of fears of ethnic violence before Adolf Hitler's birthday today students said.

Hundreds of students at the prestigious Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy were told to stock up on food and warned they would not be let out of the dormitories through tomorrow in an attempt to protect them from a marked rise in hate crimes.
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India's dangerous secret sex lives
By Linda Pressly

Thursday, 19 April 2007,

More people are living with HIV in India than anywhere else but activists in Gujarat say that until sexual diversity is accepted, prevention may be impossible.

"Just as other people live their lives, my husband and I maintain our normal family life, even though he has boyfriends."

Gita was relating some of the most intimate details of her marriage.

"We look after each other, so that's why I don't have a problem with his homosexuality," she said.
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Anglican leaders set to converge on N.O.
September gathering to tackle growing rift

Friday, April 20, 2007
By Bruce Nolan

The head of the worldwide Anglican church will meet with Episcopal bishops from across the country in New Orleans this fall, in an effort to keep the 77 million-member Anglican Communion from breaking apart over opposing views of homosexuality.

The archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, announced the meeting during a visit with Canadian bishops in Toronto this week. He will be accompanied on his visit by key archbishops, or "primates," from conservative overseas Anglican churches, where pressure has been steadily building to eject American Episcopalians from the global confederation of churches.


The meetings will be Sept. 20-25.
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Salt may affect more than blood pressure: study
April 19, 2007

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consuming less salt can not only lower blood pressure, but may reduce the risk of heart disease overall, researchers reported on Thursday.

They found that people with borderline-high blood pressure who reduced their sodium intake by 25 to 35 percent lowered their risk of total cardiovascular disease by 25 percent. And this lower risk lasted for 10 to 15 years.

Dr. Nancy Cook and colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston studied more than 3,000 people who took part in a study of a low-salt diet and its effects on high blood pressure.

Those who were assigned to a low-salt diet had a lower risk of all various kinds of cardiovascular disease even 10 to 15 years later, they report in the online version of the British Medical Journal.
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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Certainly true worship invigorates, but to plan invigoration is not necessarily to order worship. As all that glitters is not gold, so all that makes us feel happy and strong is not worship. The question is not whether a particular liturgical form is used, but whether a God-centred as distinct from man-centred perspective is maintained-whether, in other words, the sense that man exists for God rather than God for man is cherished or lost. We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian, as it was to the godly Israelites who wrote the psalms, and that the habit of celebrating the greatness and graciousness of God yields an endless flow of thankfulness, joy, and zeal.
...JI Packer
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Serving the Lord Next to Your Husband
Elizabeth George, Author

Whether you hand out the church bulletin every Sunday or take part in a large international ministry, all Christians are called to serve the Lord and His church in some capacity. Married life, however, brings with it some extra considerations and complications when discerning how and where to serve. In an excerpt of her book, A Wife After God's Own Heart, Elizabeth George gives wives advice on serving God as a couple.

How does a wife assist her husband in serving the Lord? And how does a wife serve the Lord if her husband is lagging behind? And how does a wife serve the Lord if her husband is not a Christian?
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Amid the Chaos of Deaths, a Minister Attends to Those Who Are Grieving
By
NEELA BANERJEE
Published: April 19, 2007

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 18 — Over the last three days, the Rev. Alexander W. Evans has spent his time in a cluster of small meeting rooms on the second floor of the hotel and conference center at
Virginia Tech, listening over and over to a shared lexicon of grief, spoken in so many different voices.

“The reaction was the same: devastation, overwhelming pain,” said Mr. Evans, who accompanied the Blacksburg and Virginia Tech police chiefs as they took families into private rooms to give them the news. “That means crumbling to the floor, crying out, ‘No, no! My baby! It can’t be!’ ”

“You could hear it from outside the rooms, all around you,” he said.

The pastor of Blacksburg Presbyterian Church, Mr. Evans, 49, also serves as a Blacksburg Police Department chaplain. From the time he got a phone call from the police Monday morning, he has listened and spoken to those closest to the killings of the 32 Virginia Tech students and faculty members: the police officers who rushed into Norris Hall and found all but the two victims who had been shot dead about two hours earlier in a dormitory, and the families who now wait to take them home.
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Robert Gagnon: Rowan Williams’ Wrong Reading of Romans

Just how far off the mark Williams’ theological analysis of Paul’s views on the matter is becomes clear when one looks at how Paul deals with the case of the incestuous man in 1 Cor 5-6. There an exasperated Paul asks the Corinthian believers the rhetorical question: “Is it not those inside (the church) that you are to judge?” (5:12). The news article about Williams, if accurate, suggests that Williams’ response to such a question would be “no,” at least as regards the comparable case of homosexual practice. But from Paul’s standpoint “no” is the wrong answer. “No” is the answer that the “tolerant” Corinthian believers would give, but not the answer Paul wants them to give. Far from tolerating the case of incest, Paul advocated temporary removal of the offending member from the life of the community and did so not only for the sake of the purity and holiness of the community but also for the sake of the offender who needed to be recovered for the kingdom of God (5:3-11; 6:9-11). Paul did not take the approach adopted by Williams, namely to caution the Corinthians against self-righteously passing judgment on the incestuous man’s behavior. Paul also, in the broader context, explicitly rejected any attempt to view the morally significant issue of sexual immorality as comparable to morally indifferent issues surrounding dietary practices (6:12-20).

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Anglican Head Claims Conservatives Misread Scripture on Homosexuality
The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has told a group of theological students that the scriptural text conservatives use to argue against homosexuality is misread.
by Lillian Kwon, Christian Today US Correspondent
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2007


The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has told a group of theological students that the scriptural text conservatives use to argue against homosexuality is misread.

The Anglican spiritual leader was speaking in Toronto this week when he examined the practice of reading the Bible. He said the primary point of the most important single text in Scripture on the subject of homosexuality – for the majority of modern readers – is not actually about homosexuality. Instead, he says it is meant to warn Christians not to be self-righteous when they see others fall into sin.

In the first chapter of Romans, the apostle Paul lists same-sex relationships as "unnatural" relations along with other moral depravities of mankind. The text is "famously" used by conservative Christians to back their argument against homosexuality. But Dr Williams said Paul's rhetorical gambit is not helpful to the conservative "who has been up to this point happily identifying with Paul's castigation of someone else".
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BBC to broadcast service from gay church
By staff writers
17 Apr 2007

The BBC is to broadcast a service from a San Francisco church which has been an 'inspiration' to gay and lesbian Catholics around the world.

The specially recorded prayer service from the Catholic Parish of the Most Holy Redeemer, in San Francisco's Castro district will go out on Sunday morning, 29 April, on BBC Radio 4.

The parish offers a 'spiritual home' to all, including "those who are straight, gay and lesbian."
Based in the heart of San Francisco's heavily homosexual Castro neighbourhood the congregation is mainly gay and lesbian.

In the service to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Fr. Donal Godfrey SJ of the University of San Francisco will preside.
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'We Could Not Reach Out to Him,' Says Campus Crusade Leader
Plus: Supreme Court okays partial-birth abortion ban, attacker slits throats at Turkish Christian publishing house, Zimbabwe unregisters all aid groups, and hundreds of other stories from online sources around the world.

Compiled by Ted Olsen and CT staff

1.
Faith of Cho Seung-Hui uncertain, but not that of many of his victims Two days after the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech, many questions remain unanswered. Among them are questions about Cho's personal religious beliefs and his attitude toward Christians. The few details that have emerged in the press so far seem to raise more questions than they answer.

The Associated Press reports, for example:

Cho … left a note that was found after the bloodbath. A law enforcement official described it Tuesday as a typed, eight-page rant against rich kids and religion. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. "You caused me to do this," the official quoted the note as saying. Cho indicated in his letter that the end was near and that there was a deed to be done, the official said. He also expressed disappointment in his own religion, and made several references to Christianity, the official said.
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'Hate Crimes' Bill Hearings Begins Amid Christian Disapproval
By
Doug Huntington
Christian Post Reporter
Wed, Apr. 18 2007

Hearings began Tuesday for a bill that would permit federal punishment for individuals that perform “hate crimes” based on characteristics of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The day also prompted numerous complaints from Christians who disagree with the federal “hate crimes” bill (HR 1592), arguing that it stifles free speech of religion. They are worried that, in the future, their freedom to express their religious beliefs will be interpreted as being “hateful” and thus open to legal consequences.

"This is the most dangerous bill in America," said Janet Folger, president of Faith2Action – an organization that fights society’s “culture war,” in a statement. "The 'Hate Crimes' bill is better named 'Hate Grandma' or 'Hate Free Speech' bill as it poses a serious threat to the freedom of speech for every American."
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President Bush Commends China Aid Association for Religious Freedom Work
US President George W Bush has written to the founder of China Aid Association, the Rev Bob Fu, commending him for his efforts to bring greater religious freedom to Christians in China.
by Maria Mackay
Thursday, April 19, 2007

US President George W Bush has written to the founder of China Aid Association, the Rev Bob Fu, commending him for his efforts to bring greater religious freedom to Christians in China.

China Aid Association, based in the US, is a leading group in the campaign against the persecution of Christians in communist China, where Christians are only allowed to worship at official state-approved churches.

“I’m grateful for the good work you are doing to help those affected by religious persecution, and I am deeply moved by your extraordinary acts of service,” said President Bush.
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Albert Mohler: "Laden With the Power to Devalue Human Life" -- The Supreme Court Rules Again on Abortion
Thursday, April 19, 2007

In an historic 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the government's right to ban the partial birth abortion procedure. The Court reversed the rulings of six lower courts that had struck down the ban. The measure had been passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2003.

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. Kennedy has succeeded retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor as the most frequent "swing" vote among the nine justices. Kennedy also wrote the majority opinion in the 1992
Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision -- a decision that basically affirmed the Court's infamous 1973 decision legalizing abortion, Roe v. Wade.

The decision handed down Wednesday,
Gonzales v. Carhart [see full text of decision and opinions here] was a stunning blow to pro-abortion forces because it represented the first time a specific abortion procedure had been successfully banned. the rest

Hormones can raise breast cancer risk
Thursday, April 19, 2007

Research on two continents signaled more bad news for menopause hormones, offering the strongest evidence yet that they can raise the risk of breast cancer and are tied to a slightly higher risk of ovarian cancer.

New U.S. government numbers showed that breast cancer rates leveled off in 2004 after plunging in 2003 – the year after millions of women stopped taking hormones because a big study tied them to higher heart, stroke and breast cancer risks. Experts said the leveling off shows that the 2003 drop in the cancer rate was real and not a fluke.

From 2001 to 2004, breast cancer rates fell almost 9 percent – a dramatic decline, researchers report in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. The trend was even stronger for the most common form of the disease – tumors whose growth is fueled by hormones. Those rates fell almost 15 percent among women ages 50 to 69, the group most likely to have been on hormone pills.
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3 Evangelicals Found Slain in East Turkey
By
SABRINA TAVERNISE
Published: April 19, 2007

ISTANBUL, April 18 — Three people were found with their throats slit in a publishing house in eastern Turkey that printed Bibles and other Christian literature, the authorities said Wednesday. One victim was a German citizen.

Turkish authorities detained five men for questioning, three 19-year-olds and two 20-year-olds; the five were not identified. The publishing house, in Malatya, a town with a reputation for nationalism, has had trouble in the past over a shipment of Bibles, and it seemed likely that the attackers had a nationalist agenda.

Change is opening up Turkish society, and the country’s nationalist fringe, for whom the ethnic and religious purity of the Turkish state is worth killing for, has been turning to violence more often.
Hrant Dink, a Turkish journalist of Armenian descent, who was killed in January in Istanbul, was one of the victims. A Roman Catholic priest was another. the rest

IRAQ: BAGHDAD CHRISTIANS FLEE FORCED CONVERSION

Anglican bishop to make case for leaving Episcopal Church
By Jean Torkelson, Rocky Mountain News
April 18, 2007

An Anglican bishop will make the case tonight to members of an embattled Colorado Springs parish about why they should secede from the Episcopal Church.

"We’re trying to find a way to remain faithful Anglicans during this time of turbulence," said Bishop Martyn Minns on Wednesday, hours before he was scheduled to address parishioners of the Rev. Don Armstrong’s Grace and St. Stephen’s Church.

Turbulence comes on two fronts: The Colorado Episcopal Diocese is threatening Armstrong with civil and criminal lawsuits involving allegations he misused hundreds of thousands of dollars in church money. Armstrong says the diocese is persecuting him for his conservative views.
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Ruling opens abortion debate for '08
By Amy Fagan
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
April 19, 2007

The Supreme Court decision upholding a federal ban on partial-birth abortion predictably pleased the Republican presidential contenders and disappointed Democratic candidates.

To the Republicans it was "a step forward" and "correct"; to the Democrats it was "alarming" and a "dramatic departure." But partisans on both sides agreed the decision is the beginning, not the end, of the abortion debate in the 2008 campaign.

"This decision marks a dramatic departure from four decades of Supreme Court rulings that upheld a woman's right to choose and recognized the importance of women's health," said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat and the perceived front-runner for Democrats' presidential nomination.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

"God called unto him and he said, Here am I" Exodus 3:4

When God speaks, many of us are like men in a fog, we give no answer. Moses' reply revealed that he was somewhere. Readiness means a right relationship to God and a knowledge of where we are at present. We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. The man or woman who is ready for God and His work is the one who carries off the prize when the summons comes. We wait with the idea of some great opportunity, something sensational, and when it comes we are quick to cry - "Here am I." Whenever Jesus Christ is in the ascendant, we are there, but we are not ready for an obscure duty.

Readiness for God means that we are ready to do the tiniest little thing or the great big thing, it makes no difference. We have no choice in what we want to do, whatever God's programme may be we are there, ready. When any duty presents itself we hear God's voice as Our Lord heard His Father's voice, and we are ready for it with all the alertness of our love for Him. Jesus Christ expects to do with us as His Father did with Him. He can put us where He likes, in pleasant duties or in mean duties, because the union is that of the Father and Himself. "That they may be one, even as We are one."

Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. A ready person never needs to get ready. Think of the time we waste trying to get ready when God has called! The burning bush is a symbol of everything that surrounds the ready soul, it is ablaze with the presence of God. ...Oswald Chambers
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To hear the word of God, press play
By Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
April 18, 2007

Finding the perfect Jesus was no problem for Carl Amari — he just called up Jim Caviezel, who starred in "The Passion of the Christ" — but making a deal with just the right devil has turned out to be harder than hell.

"And you need a good Satan," Amari said with a bit of exasperation, "because Satan has some of the best lines in the Bible."

Amari is a 43-year-old Chicago entrepreneur who made a fortune in the late 1980s by salvaging old-time radio shows and repackaging them on cassette tapes. Now Amari sees a golden opportunity in giving the family Bible a serious digital upgrade — he's behind "The Word of Promise," a lavishly produced, word-for-word dramatic reading of the Bible by Caviezel and other Hollywood stars that, when it's completed, will fill 70 CDs.
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Central America bans 'the Antichrist'
MICA ROSENBERG IN GUATEMALA CITY
Wed 18 Apr 2007

THREE Central American governments have banned a man claiming to be the Antichrist from entering their countries, outraged by his inflammatory preaching against the Catholic Church and organised religion.

El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have banned Jose de Jesus Miranda, who heads a cult-like movement with sermons televised from Miami to dozens of mostly Latin American nations and wants to join followers at a rally next week in Guatemala.

A former heroin addict who was briefly imprisoned as a youth in his native Puerto Rico, Miranda, 60, talks openly in a video on his website about how he loved cocaine and dreamed of working in a Colombian drug lab. the rest

Search for truth possible only through faith in Christ, Pope Benedict says at audience
By Cindy Wooden

4/18/2007
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The human search for truth can succeed only through faith in Jesus Christ, who is truth, Pope Benedict XVI said.

"Faith in Christ grants the true knowledge which the ancient philosophers had sought through the use of reason," the pope said April 18 at his weekly general audience.

Continuing his audience talks about the early church fathers and theologians, Pope Benedict focused his remarks on St. Clement of Alexandria, who was born in the middle of the second century.

The theologian's writings, the pope said, outline how a believing Christian can and should use both faith and reason to "reach an intimate knowledge of the truth, which is Jesus Christ, the word of God."

"Only this knowledge of the person, who is truth, is true gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge or intelligence," Pope Benedict said.

The joining of faith and reason, he said, "leads to true philosophy, that is, the real understanding of the path to take in one's life."
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Jingo Jangle
Christian tribalism is a renunciation of God's kingdom.

Ted Olsen
4/18/2007

When conservative Southern Baptist leaders
recommended in late 2003 that the convention pull out of the Baptist World Alliance, they cited, among other concerns, "a decided anti-American tone [that] has emerged in recent years."

Recently, after the leaders of the Anglican Communion told the Episcopal Church it was violating both Scripture and Anglican doctrine, liberals in that denomination screamed a red-white-and-blue streak.

"In the 18th century, our country in turn fought a revolution to free ourselves from British rule," the
bishop of Arizona told his diocese. "Why would we want to turn over our independence to a small group of foreign prelates who we did not elect and who have no legal authority over us?" the rest

Supreme Court upholds federal ban on 'partial birth' abortions
By MARK SHERMAN

ASSOCIATED PRESS
April 18, 2007

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court upheld the nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure today, handing abortion opponents the long-awaited victory they expected from a more conservative bench.

The 5-4 ruling said the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act that Congress passed and President Bush signed into law in 2003 does not violate a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

The opponents of the act "have not demonstrated that the Act would be unconstitutional in a large fraction of relevant cases," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.

The decision pitted the court's conservatives against its liberals, with President Bush's two appointees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, siding with the majority.


Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia also were in the majority. the rest

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The lavish lifestyles of Church of England bishops: spending increases by £4 million
by STEVE DOUGHTY
17th April 2007

The cost of maintaining the lavish lifestyles of the bishops of the Church of England rose by almost £4million last year - six times the rate of inflation last year. New figures revealed yesterday revealed bishops responded to appeals to curb their use of the CofE's scarce resources by adding millions to the bills for their palaces and staff, including gardeners and chauffeurs.

Last year alone the price of running the palaces and see houses occupied by the 44 senior diocesan bishops shot up by more than 50 per cent from £5.8million to £8.6 million.

The housing bill is six times the amount spent on providing bishops with mansions and palaces a decade ago.
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Archbishop will not cancel Lambeth Conference
'Open question' who will be invited to bishops’ gathering

Solange De Santisstaff writer
Apr 17, 2007

Niagara Falls, Ont.Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams considered cancelling the 2008 Lambeth Conference of the world’s Anglican bishops due to the sexuality debates roiling the church, but decided against it.

“Yes, we’ve already been considering that and the answer is no. We’ve been looking at whether the timing is right, but if we wait for the ideal time, we will wait more than just 18 months,” he told the Anglican Journal in an exclusive interview.
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Dr Jim Packer and 24 other theologians write to Canadian House of Bishops
Anglican Planet.net

Dear Bishops,

We are a group of academic theologians serving in parishes or theological institutions who are committed to the welfare of the Anglican Church of Canada, and we are writing to you out of grave concern for the integrity of our Christian community.

We are disturbed by the proposed motions coming out of the Council of General Synod’s March meeting. We believe that these motions do not reflect the implications of the St Michael Report, and that even to treat them as legitimate options is to neglect the kind of discussion the Report encourages and our Church deserves. In particular, we affirm the following:

1. Sexual ethics is a doctrinally serious matter. Bishop Ingham has recently said, ‘Christianity as a religion stands in need of a better theology of sexuality, a better understanding of the complex role sexuality plays in our human nature, and of the purposes of God in creating us as sexual beings, [. . .]’ (address delivered in Ottawa on 7 March 2007). The St Michael Report could have been cited in support of this statement, and the question of ‘the purposes of God in creating us as sexual beings’ is the subject of over half of the Report. Indeed, the Report identifies six central doctrines that must be engaged in any discussion of sexual ethics, and it classifies the matter of the blessing of same-sex unions as doctrinally ‘important’ (§ 3). We submit that a matter of this gravity should not be dealt with in the manner of a simple resolution.
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Planned Parenthood Condom TV Ad Mocks Religion, Angels
April 17, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, April 17, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (PPGG) has just released a "Safe is Sexy" television ad that features a young couple being interrupted from having unprotected sex by their Guardian Angels. The ad, which will appear on MTV, VH1 and FX, shows a sloppy-looking male angel eating popcorn at the head of the bed watching in delight. Then his female counterpart appears imploring him to do something. He accesses a TV remote and rewinds the scene of the couple in bed. This time the woman asks her male partner if he has any protection, to which he exclaims, "Yeah, of course." She responds, "Amen!"

Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented on this ad saying, "Given the moral hollowness of Planned Parenthood, it is not surprising to learn that it is now in the business of hijacking religious imagery to pander its sex-without-consequences message. But as with PETA before it, the anti-natal salesmen will find that the faithful will tune them out."
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Mere Comments: Here Lies England
April 17, 2007

There weren't any newspapers back in 476, when the German warlord Odoacer took control of Roman government in the west. No headlines blared about the fall. No pundits noted the irony that the poor young emperor whom Odoacer "encouraged" to resign in favor of a monastery was named, with fitting diminution, for the founder of Rome and her greatest ruler: Romulus Augustulus. Not that it would have mattered, because a tree will long put out a few leaves and shoots after the trunk is dead to the core, and nobody will really notice the difference. So it is in history. Rome retained a "Senate," not that it accomplished anything, and "consuls," honorary and pointless. The young sons of Boethius were elected consuls simultaneously, and it was one of the proudest moments of that man's life, he being the last of the great classical Romans. But it was like being chosen for the local chapter of the Lions or the Elks; not much more than that.

Why should we believe that such a fall cannot happen to us, or has not already happened?
The National Catholic Register reports that a new law has been enacted in Little Britain, on whom it seems the sun does nothing but set, prohibiting Catholic teachers in Catholic schools from teaching Catholic doctrine to Catholic students. It's easy to guess the specifics. The British Duma is not exercised over that most revolutionary of Catholic and Christian affirmations, that the God through whom all things were made took flesh of the Virgin and became man -- a doctrine that John Adams, alas, once called pernicious. Catholics may talk all they want about that, because that is thought to be irrelevant. But they may not talk about the sin of sodomy, lest they offend the feelings of those people -- some lonely and unfortunate, some simply confused, some wilfully perverse -- who are committed to the sin, and who demand that they be free from criticism for it. The law, apparently, has been pushed by a woman member of the Blair cabinet, a Catholic and, what's more, a supernumerary of Opus Dei. She's delighted by the innovation, as is her fellow Catholic Mrs. Blair. the rest

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Frequency Fights: Howard Stern Invades Christian Radio
Broadcasters seek a massive FCC-mandated recall of satellite radio and iPod transmitters.

Tabby Yang
posted 4/17/2007

Jim Marshall was sitting in his car with his kids listening to a Christian radio station when suddenly 88.1
WAYF cut out and the Howard Stern show started coming through. "Before I could turn the volume down, there were words on there that terrestrial radio would get a fine for having on," Marshall said. Marshall, who is the regional general manager for The Way-affiliated station in West Palm Beach, Florida, said this is a problem that many Christian radio listeners have encountered, and they are not happy about it.

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Many caught up in grief turn to Web
Thousands pour out their sadness in memorial messages and videos or join online support groups

By Abigail Tucker
The Baltimore Sun

April 18, 2007

So many people logged on to VTTragedy.com on Tuesday that Vy Le couldn't keep up with the traffic, and the site crashed.

The visitors were not just the classmates who the Virginia Tech sophomore thought would want to access the memorial site in the aftermath of the campus shooting that left 33 people dead. There were people from around the world.

"Everyone wants to share their feelings with Virginia," said Le, 19.

Which is why Le is not giving up on the site, which has consumed almost all of her time since the police let her back in her dorm after the shooting Monday morning.
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Technology becomes a coping mechanism
USA Today

Williams says the Bible invites listening not dogmatism
By staff writers
18 Apr 2007

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan WIlliams, has told a mixed audience at a public lecture in Canada that both hyper-liberal and ultra-conservative readings of the Bible are ‘rootless’ and are limited in what they can contribute to the life of the church.

In the Larkin Stuart lecture, delivered on 17 April 2007 at an event hosted jointly by Wycliffe and Trinity theological colleges in Toronto, Dr Williams said that Christians need to reconnect with scripture as something to be listened to and heard in the context of Jesus’s invitation to the Eucharist and to work for the gracious kingdom of God.

He declared: “... The Church’s public use of the Bible represents the Church as defined in some important way by listening: the community when it comes together doesn’t only break bread and reflect together and intercede, it silences itself to hear something. It represents itself in that moment as a community existing in response to a word of summons or invitation, to an act of communication that requires to be heard and answered.”

This, the Archbishop argues, is crucial in the way in which the communities of Christians are informed by what the Scriptures say: “Take Scripture out of this context of the invitation to sit at table with Jesus and to be incorporated into his labour and suffering for the Kingdom, and you will be treating Scripture as either simply an inspired supernatural guide for individual conduct or a piece of detached historical record - the typical exaggerations of Biblicist and liberal approaches respectively.”
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S.C. Diocese will try to elect bishop again
Wed, Apr. 18, 2007

CHARLESTON --The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina will again attempt to elect the Very Rev. Mark Lawrence as its new bishop after his election was invalidated last month by the head of the national church.

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori took the unusual step of invalidating the election in a diocese that has rejected her authority because of her liberal theology.

The diocesan standing committee agreed Tuesday to hold an annual meeting in June and make plans for a special meeting to again elect Lawrence, said the Rev. J. Haden McCormick, head of the committee.
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The Living Church: South Carolina Prepares to Re-elect the Very Rev. Mark Lawrence as Bishop

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

You ask then how I knew He was present, when His ways can in no way be traced? He is life and power, and as soon as He enters in, He awakens my slumbering soul; He stirs and soothes and pierces my heart, for before it was hard as stone, and diseased. ...Bernard of Clairvaux photo

The Living Church: New York Court Limits National Church Participation in Property Case
04/17/2007

A New York state court has rejected a motion filed by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church (DFMS) to join the lawsuit filed by the Diocese of Central New York against St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Syracuse.


The New York court’s April 10 ruling limits the national church’s right of action in cases involving the Dennis canon. It granted the DFMS the right to observe but not materially participate in the prosecution of the case.

In his order, State Supreme Court Justice James P. Murphy stated the national church had asserted that it had “as a matter of right” the standing to intervene in the lawsuit on the theory that all church property was subject to an “express trust” in favor of the DFMS.

“All real and personal property held by the parishes of the Episcopal Church is held in trust for the benefit of the Episcopal Church as a whole, and the specific diocese in which the property is located,” lawyers for the national church argued.

The court rejected this argument saying the DFMS failed to show it had a legal interest in the property and “only asserts that St. Andrew’s property is held in trust for the benefit of the Episcopal Church as promulgated by certain Episcopal canons, and as such, the court finds its legal interest to be insufficient.”

Judge Murphy granted the DFMS a limited right to intervene, noting that if “the court is ultimately required to review the practices, policies and procedures of the national Episcopal Church, the inclusion of the DFMS may be beneficial to an ultimate resolution.”

Lawyers for the diocese would serve as lead trial lawyers for the plaintiffs, and the DFMS “may not individually conduct any discovery without the express permission of the court.” link
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ADF attorneys file federal appeal on behalf of pro-life advocate silenced by Raleigh officials
Citizen silenced for attempting to express message on public property
Tuesday, April 17, 2007

RALEIGH, N.C. — Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed an appeal in federal court Friday on behalf of a citizen silenced for expressing pro-life speech on public property. ADF attorneys originally filed suit on behalf of Dennis Green in 2005, after officials threatened him with arrest for not adhering to the city’s so-called “permit process.”

“The Constitution does not require individuals to obtain governmental permission in order to exercise their First Amendment rights,” said ADF Senior Counsel Nate Kellum. “Such laws are unconstitutional and serve only to stifle the speaker.”

On Aug. 23, 2003, Green, along with some members of his friends and family, began to peacefully communicate a pro-life viewpoint on a public right-of-way. Raleigh police officers approached Green, who was carrying a sign and attempting to distribute literature concerning the issue of abortion.
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San Joaquin Standing Committee Seeks Clues to Diocese’s Fate
04/17/2007

The standing committee of the Diocese of San Joaquin has asked its bishop, the Rt. Rev. John-David Schofield, to help restart the nomination process leading to a primatial vicar.

In their
communiqué from their meeting in Tanzania, the primates of the Anglican Communion proposed a pastoral scheme for dioceses and parishes that request alternate oversight. San Joaquin is one of seven dioceses which have requested alternate primatial oversight. The standing committee letter, dated April 10, encouraged Bishop Schofield to consult with other Episcopal bishops who are committed to the Windsor Report and to remaining in full communion with the See of Canterbury.

Progress toward implementation of a primatial vicar seemingly stopped last month after the House of Bishops
declined to endorse the creation of a pastoral council which the primates envisioned overseeing the work of the primatial vicar.

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Anglican head Williams says anti-gays misread Bible
Tue 17 Apr 2007
By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor

PARIS, April 17 (Reuters) - The spiritual leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans has said conservative Christians who cite the Bible to condemn homosexuality are misreading a key passage written by Saint Paul almost 2,000 years ago.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, addressing theology students in Toronto, said an oft-quoted passage in Paul's Epistle to the Romans meant to warn Christians not to be self-righteous when they see others fall into sin and depravity.

His comments were an unusually open rebuff to conservative bishops, many of them from Africa, who have been citing the Bible to demand that pro-gay Anglican majorities in the United States and Canada be reined in or forced out of the Communion.

"Many current ways of reading miss the actual direction of the passage," Williams said on Monday, according to a text of his speech posted on the Anglican Church of Canada Web site.
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