Saturday, September 27, 2008

Devotional: Proceed with much prayer...

Proceed with much prayer,
and your way will be made plain.
...John Wesley image

Hollywood legend Paul Newman dead at 83

Sep 27, 2008

Paul Newman, known for his piercing blue eyes, boyish good looks and stellar performances in scores of hit Hollywood movies, has died, his foundation said Saturday. He was 83.

Newman, who had been battling cancer, passed away on Friday, Newman's Own Foundation said in a statement from Westport, Connecticut.

"Paul Newman's craft was acting. His passion was racing. His love was his family and friends. And his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all," Foundation Vice-Chairman Robert Forrester said.

Newman played youthful rebels, charming rogues, golden-hearted drunks and amoral opportunists in a career that encompassed more than 50 movies. He was one of the most popular and consistently bankable Hollywood stars in the second half of the 20th century. the rest image

Largest and Fastest-Growing Churches in America

By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Sat, Sep. 27 2008

For the first time since Outreach magazine has compiled its annual report of the largest churches in America, all 100 churches were listed with 7,000 weekend attendants or higher.

With seven churches reporting attendance averages of exactly 7,000, "The Outreach 100" this year included 103 churches.

Topping the fifth annual list again this year was Lakewood Church in Houston with 43,500 attendants, followed by Second Baptist Church in the same city with 23,659 and then North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., with 22,557.

Overall, the combined attendance of all 103 churches was 1,128,451 which is an increase of 111,527 people from 2007.

While some of the most well-known churches still rank highest in the report, some showed a drop in attendance over the last year. Lakewood, led by Pastor Joel Osteen, saw a dip from 47,000 attendants in 2007. Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., experienced a drop from 23,500 people to 22,500, placing the megachurch at No. 4 this year. the rest image

Pittsburgh bishop will not appeal deposition

Saturday, 27th September 2008
By Toby Cohen

The Bishop of Pittsburgh, the Rt Rev Robert Duncan has said he will not appeal against the ruling, as bishops worldwide condemned the Episcopal Church of the manner of his deposition.

He said: “I’m very sad, sad for the Episcopal Church. In 15 days the diocese will determine whether it too wants to be part of the Southern Cone and figure out whether it wants me back as bishop. That is up to the diocese, although I have a sneaking suspicion they will want me back.”

“This is of course a very painful moment for Pittsburgh Episcopalians,” the president of the diocesan standing committee the Rev David Wilson said. “The leadership of the Episcopal Church has inserted itself in a most violent manner into the affairs and governance of our diocese.”

The Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Rev Peter Jensen, said: “The unfolding tragedy of the Episcopal Church starkly reveals the folly of the original decision to break with the Bible and centuries of historic Christianity on the issue of human sexuality.” the rest

Australia: Abortion ordered for 12-year-old girl

Michael McKenna
September 27, 2008

DOCTORS have been ordered to perform an abortion on a 12-year-old Queensland girl who is 18 weeks pregnant after a suspected rape.

In a landmark decision, Supreme Court judge Margaret Wilson ordered the termination after accepting medical advice that the continuation of the pregnancy posed serious dangers to the mental health and wellbeing of the girl, whose intellectual age was deemed by an obstetrician to be that of a six-year-old.

Queensland Health last night declined to comment on whether the abortion - using the labour-inducing drug misoprostol - had already been performed after the secret hearing last week. the rest

Supreme Court Asked to Decide Whether Abortion Kills Human Being

by Steven ErteltLife
News.com Editor
September 26, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Supreme Court on Monday will decide whether or not it will hold a hearing on an appeal in a case involving an abortion practitioner who misled a woman. Abortion practitioner Sheldon Turkish told potential abortion patient Rose Acuna that her unborn baby was "nothing but some blood."

The case is heralded by some pro-life attorneys as the first chance for the Supreme Court in 35 years to decide whether abortions kills a human being.

After the New Jersey Supreme Court said in November that it won't reconsider the decision it handed down in September against Acuna, her attorney filed an appeal with the Supreme Court. the rest

Friday, September 26, 2008

Devotional: In return for the love...

In return for the love which brought the Son of Man down from heaven, in return for the love which led Him to die for us on the cross, we cannot give Him holy lives, for we are not holy; we cannot give Him pure souls, for our souls are not pure; but this one thing we can give, and this is what He asks, hearts that shall never cease from this day forward, till we reach the grave, to strive to be more like Him; to come nearer to Him; to root out from within us the sin that keeps us from Him. To such a battle I call you in His name. And even if at the last day you shall not be able to show any other service, yet be sure that when thousands of His saints go forth to meet Him, and to show His triumph, He will turn to embrace with arms of tenderness the poor penitent who has nothing to offer but a life spent in one never-ceasing struggle with oneself, an unwearied battle with the faults that had taken possession of his soul. ...Frederick Temple image

WEST TEXAS: St. John's, New Braunfels Departs Episcopal Church

By David W. Virtue
9/24/2008

More than 300 members, 90% of the congregation of St. John's Episcopal Church in New Braunfels, have left The Episcopal Church citing the church's failure to uphold the authority of Holy Scripture and recent sexual innovations including the consecration of an openly homosexual priest to the episcopacy.

The departure process from the Diocese of West Texas under the Rt. Rev. Gary R. Lillibridge, a moderately conservative bishop, was fair, said the Rev. Dr. Chuck L. Thebeau rector of the Evangelical catholic parish, in a phone call to VOL. "We feel relieved that this has been accomplished in an amicable manner and that we are now set free to carry out the mission the Lord has given to us."

Thebeau and his congregation have not decided which overseas jurisdiction they will choose, but they have been getting advice from Kenyan bishops Bill Atwood and Bill Murdoch. "We're members of the Anglican Communion Network and we will stay under their oversight for the moment. Geographically we are close to the Diocese of Ft. Worth," he told VOL. the rest at Virtueonline

ENS: Archbishop of York calls all to be 'agents of moral, social and economic transformation'

By Daphne Mack
September 26, 2008

Hundreds filled the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City on September 25 where Church of England Archbishop of York John Sentamu said that "God is calling us to be part of transforming the world."

Sentamu preached the sermon at an "Interfaith Service of Recommitment and Witness of the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)." Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church officiated. The day was held in accordance with the Lambeth Conference's call that September 25 be a day of prayer, fasting and witness. the rest

The Diocese of Virginia Announces a Settlement

September 26 , 2008

The Diocese of Virginia today announced that it has reached a legal settlement with Potomac Falls Church in Potomac Falls and Christ the Redeemer Church in Chantilly. The mission churches, which do not hold any real property, will make a payment to the Diocese as part of the settlement ending the litigation between the parties. The settlement also includes the Episcopal Church.

Under the agreement, the Diocese will release the two churches from any claims or future liability arising from the litigation. In recognition of past diocesan efforts to build, grow and support Potomac Falls and Christ the Redeemer – two mission churches that built and continued meaningful ministries in their communities, conducting worship services in local elementary schools – the churches’ payment will support diocesan ministries, including overseas mission work and Shrine Mont camps, among others. the rest

Argentina: Video Shows Feminists Attacking Pro-Lifers



By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
NEUQUÉN, ARGENTINA,
September 24, 2008

(LifeSiteNews)-- Argentinean feminists participating in a the annual National Women's Encounter viciously attacked pro-life protesters in the city of Neuquen, who stood in front of the Cathedral to protect it from desecration, according to the catholic news agency ACI Prensa, which posted a video of the events on YouTube. story

Lent and Beyond: Pro-life prayer collection

Religious leaders draw up Ten Blogging Commandments

Times Online
September 26, 2008
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

Ruth Gledhill's Articles of Faith (never knowingly updated on the Sabbath)

Church leaders have drawn up a new set of the Ten Commandments aimed at delivering “God bloggers” from the temptations of the blogosphere.

Alarmed by the extent to which religious blogs can descend into vitriol, senior evangelical clergy are calling on bloggers to obey the new commandments or risk perdition.

The commandments, based on those delivered to Moses by God at the top of Mount Sinai, were drawn up at a “Godblogs” conference in Kennington, south-east London....

Ten commandments for bloggers

1 You shall not put your blog before your integrity

2 You shall not make an idol of your blog

3 You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin

4 Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog

5 Honour your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes

6 You shall not murder someone else's honour, reputation or feelings

7 You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind

8 You shall not steal another person's content

9 You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger

10 You shall not covet your neighbour's blog ranking. Be content with your own content

Full article

More Christian homes burn in India's east

Thu Sep 25, 2008
By Jatindra Dash

BHUBANESWAR, India, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Hindu crowds angry at the shooting by police of a protester over attacks on Christians in India's east burned more Christian homes and rioted with police, officials said on Thursday.

Police said they came under attack through Wednesday night in Orissa's Kandhamal district. Hindus have been have been demanding the release of their leaders arrested on charges of attacks on Christians.

The violence is the latest in a string of attacks on Christians in three Indian states that has left at least 20 people, mostly Christians, dead and dozens of churches damaged. the rest

Albert Mohler: Desire and Deceit -- New Book Now Available

Friday, September 26, 2008

My new book, Desire and Deceit: The Real Cost of the New Sexual Tolerance has just been released by Multnomah Publishers and is available through all major booksellers. The book addresses a range of issues symptomatic of the sexual confusions of our age. My sincere hope is that Desire and Deceit will present a distinctively Christian alternative to the secular confusion.

An excerpt:

The sexual issues now confronting our nation—from the breakdown of the family to same-sex marriage—are really pieces of a much larger puzzle. In order to understand what is happening, one must look carefully at the entire picture, the entire trajectory of Western civilization over the past century. What we face today are not individual, isolated issues, but rather a massive social transformation that has not happened by accident and that will not break apart on its own. the rest image/book

Canada: Anglican clergy ordered out

Parishoners vow to go with them
By Frank Stirk
BC Correspondent

ABBOTSFORD, BC—The prospect of having to walk away from their building—and more than a century of cherished memories—seems not to have shaken the resolve of most of the parishioners of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church to stand by their orthodox beliefs.

Earlier this year, the church voted almost unanimously to quit the Anglican Church of Canada and align itself withthe Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC). At issue was what they saw as the ACC’s abandonment of Anglican orthodoxy, and in particular the diocese of New Westminster’s continued advocacy of a same-sex blessing.

Three other churches in Vancouver also voted to join the ANiC at about the same time.
In August, the diocese invoked canon law, ordering clergy at two of the parishes—St. Matthew’s in Abbotsford and St. Matthias and St. Luke in Vancouver—to get out by mid-September. the rest

Instapundit: Obama threatening the licenses of TV stations that run NRA ads.


September 26, 2008

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Mary Unites Christians, Cardinal Tells Anglicans

Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Lourdes Called a Miracle
By Inmaculada Álvarez

LOURDES, France, SEPT. 25, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Devotion to the Virgin Mary has an essential role in ecumenical dialogue and the journey to full and visible unity among Christians, says the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Cardinal Walter Kasper affirmed this Wednesday when he presided over an ecumenical celebration in Lourdes, where Anglicans and Catholics had joined on pilgrimage. Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury gave the homily at the event. The pilgrimage began at the Anglican shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in England.

"Lourdes is known for its miracles," Cardinal Kasper said. "Who would have imagined, only 20 or 30 years ago, that Catholics and Anglicans would go on pilgrimage and pray together?

"For those who are familiar with the debates and controversies of the past on Mary, between Catholics and non-Catholic Christians, for those who know the reservations of the non-Catholic world toward Marian pilgrimage sites, for all these people, today's unprecedented event is a miracle." the rest

"Huge step forward" in stem cells

Adult cells regress safely, report says
By Rob Stein
The Washington Post
09/26/2008

WASHINGTON — Scientists are reporting that they have overcome a major obstacle to using a promising alternative to embryonic stem cells, bolstering the prospects for bypassing the political and ethical tempest that has embroiled hopes for a new generation of medical treatments.

The researchers said they found a safe way to coax adult cells to regress into an embryonic state, alleviating what had been the most worrisome uncertainty about developing the cells into potential cures.

"We have removed a major roadblock for translating this into a clinical setting," said Konrad Hochedlinger, a Harvard University stem-cell researcher whose research was published online Thursday by the journal Science.

The development is the latest in the rapidly advancing and politically charged field of stem-cell research. the rest

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Devotional: Let us live in prayer all day long...

Let us not be content to pray morning and evening, but let us live in prayer all day long. Let this prayer, this life of love, which means death to self, spread out from our seasons of prayer, as from a centre, over all that we have to do. All should become prayer, that is, a loving consciousness of God's presence, whether it be social intercourse or business. Such a course as this will ensure you a profound peace. ...Francois Fenelon image

Pope Benedict XVI selects Rabbi to speak to Roman Catholic synod

September 25, 2008
Richard Owen in Rome

In an historic move to reinforce Jewish-Catholic dialogue Pope Benedict XVI has asked an Israeli Rabbi to become become the first Jewish spiritual leader to address a Roman Catholic synod.

Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said Shear-Yashuv Cohen, Grand Rabbi of Haifa, would address the two day Synod of Bishops in Rome next month, convened by the Pope to discuss the Bible, with the theme "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church."

More than 200 bishops are expected to attend. Rabbi Cohen is to explain to the bishops the Jewish interpretation of the Bible, whose first five books comprise the Torah, Judaism's most sacred writings. He told the Catholic News Service (CNS) in Jeusalem that he saw the invitation as a "signal of hope bringing a message of love, coexistence and peace for generations." the rest

PB Schori: MISS CONGENIALITY

09/21/08

Anyone who expected to see an ogre in action at the diocesan meetings with Katharine Jefferts Schori this past weekend went away disappointed. She is Miss Congeniality - a formidably able woman of charm and intelligence to whom many responded with enthusiasm. Moreover, as far as I could tell, she is that rare bird, a liberal who believes in tolerance and diversity. My impression is that she believes adequate provision should be made for those who use the 1928 Prayer Book and for those who have theological reservations about the ordination of women. If these impressions are right – major caveat - then we do not have to fear much from her on those particular matters.

Nonetheless I went away from this meeting sad and sorry. For this very personable and intelligent woman lacks something critical to any Christian, but certainly to one holding public office in the church - an adequate understanding of the Christian faith, a commitment to upholding it, and an interest in engaging in rational discussion with those who do. It is not that she is not theologically educated: she dazzled the crowd with knowing references to the Athanasian Creed and the doctrine of perichoresis. But she employs such language only to evacuate it of its content - as theological baubles brought down from the attic to ornament a theological perspective that can only be called sub-credal, for it falls below the level of what the Constitution of the Episcopal Church speaks of as “the historic Faith and Order as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer”. In so doing she perpetuates the illusion that the Church can be united as a spiritual community without coherent doctrine. the rest

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New visitor center omits America's religious past

Jim Brown
OneNewsNow
9/25/2008

A Virginia Republican congressman says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and veteran Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) are allowing the new $621 million Visitor Center for the U.S. Capitol to become a "shrine to political correctness" that omits the significant role Christian faith played in the founding of the U.S. government.

The Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) in Washington, D.C., is currently under construction but scheduled to open in December to an estimated 15,000 people a day. Virginia Representative Randy Forbes contends the exhibits displayed in the Visitor Center contain few and factually inaccurate references to the nation's religious heritage. For example, the reference to "religion, morality, and knowledge" in the Northwest Ordinance is excluded. Forbes notes the national motto "In God We Trust" has even been removed from the underground building. the rest

Guess who recommended Obama to enter Harvard

Mystery man in senator's memoir now revealed as disciple of socialist agitator
September 24, 2008
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Saul AlinskyIn a revelation tying Barack Obama even closer to radical community organizing, WND has learned that a renowned disciple of the late socialist agitator Saul "The Red" Alinksy wrote a letter of recommendation for Obama when he applied to Harvard Law School.

Obama approached Northwestern University professor John L. McKnight – a loyal student of Alinsky's radical tactics – to pen the Harvard letter in the late 1980s. McKnight serves on the boards of radically anti-American groups in Chicago, including one accused of thuggery. the rest

Catholic U.K. Minister of Transport's Resignation for Family Reasons Questioned

Ruth Kelly has repeatedly clashed with the Liberal party over embryo research and sexual orientation legislation
By Hilary White

MANCHESTER, September 24, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com ) - Ruth Kelly, Gordon Brown's Secretary of State for Transport and one of the most prominent Catholic Labour MPs, announced at the party's national conference that she will be leaving the Cabinet to "spend more time with her family."

"Being in frontline politics," she said, "and bringing up four children, and being a constituency MP, it has not been easy all the time. I do think it is time just to take a step back and repay the support that [my family] have given me over the years."

The Prime Minister told BBC Radio 4's Today that there were "no political issues between Ruth and me." the rest

Tony Blair is undermining the faith of the church into which he has been received

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is holding an “exciting event” in Los Angeles tomorrow to mark the midway point for the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals in 2015 – a panel discussion including Tony Blair and significant Islamic figures.

The blurb says: “Recorded live, this will be a great chance for you, and countless others around the world, to discuss your thoughts and ideas on issues of faith and combating poverty - as well as encouraging understanding of and between faiths.”

The Mission Statement of Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation is at pains to emphasize: “ … the Foundation will use its profile and resources to encourage people of faith to work together more closely to tackle global poverty and conflict … ” the rest

Wisconsin Pro-Life Group Worried Court Ruling Promotes Assisted Suicides

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 25, 2008

Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) -- A Wisconsin pro-life group is concerned that a state appeals court ruling could pave the way for financial incentives for family members to encourage loved ones to commit suicides. The case involves a decision allowing family members to obtain a person's inheritance after he killed himself.

At issue is a case in Clark County where Linda and Megan Schunk allegedly drove Edward Schunk, their husband/father, to a cabin on their property and left him there alone with a loaded shotgun. The man eventually committed suicide.

The Schunks are inheritors under Edward’s will and another of Edwards's daughters, Donna, filed a lawsuit claiming that Linda and Megan should not be entitled to their inheritance because they assisted in Edward’s suicide. the rest

Archbishop Sentamu hits out at City ‘bank robbers’

by Jennifer Gold
Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2008

City traders who made millions of pounds in profit by cashing in on the falling share prices of leading banks are “bank robbers” and “asset strippers”, the Archbishop of York has said.

In an address to the Worshipful Company of International Bankers’ annual dinner on Wednesday, Dr John Sentamu said that the financial world appeared to be governed by “Alice in Wonderland” rules.

“The share value of a bank is no longer dependent on the strength of its performance, but rather on the willingness of the Government to bail it out,” he said. the rest

Powerful Pro-Marriage Film "Fireproof" Opens in Theatres This Friday

By John Jalsevac
September 24, 2008

(LifeSiteNews.com) - At a time when the majority of marriages end in divorce, the makers of the popular "Facing the Giants" movie are bringing to select theatres a film that has already inspired numerous couples to strengthen, and, in many cases, to rescue, their marriages.

Opening this Friday in 850 theatres across America, "Fireproof" is the inspiring story of a devoted and heroic firefighter whose marriage is on the brink of eruption, and who, in response to a challenge from his father, begrudingly sets out on a 40 day quest to salvage his relationship with his wife.

The film stars Kirk Cameron, the one time teen-star of the popular TV show "Growing Pains," who has for many years devoted himself to using his talents for wholesome projects. the rest image

Muslim-background believers in the U.S. struggle to find Christian community.

Looking for Home
Christopher Lewis
9/24/2008

Sheltered in a Chicago-area Starbucks one afternoon, Tahir* is dreading the commute home. "My home situation is like a time bomb," he sighs, describing the tense stand-off between his Christian faith and the Palestinian Muslim family that considers him a traitor.

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, anti-Arab sentiments initially angered Tahir and made him a more devout Muslim. But they also inspired an intense search of the New Testament, which slowly began to convince him of its truths. As Tahir's new faith took shape, his family became ashamed. Things exploded during a dinner-table debate at which Tahir's brother-in-law told Tahir's wife, "If he's no longer Muslim, your life with him is a sin!"

Today, as Tahir tries to quietly model Christ to his children, his wife warns that she will enroll them in a mosque or flee to Palestine: "Just because you sold your soul to the Devil doesn't mean you're taking the kids with you." Tahir's father has disowned him—"You are no longer my son"—and has threatened to recruit Fatah strongmen to beat him. the rest

Five Chaplains Lose Jobs for Praying 'In Jesus' Name'

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine Urged to Stop Persecuting Christians

RICHMOND, Virginia, Sept. 25 /Christian Newswire/ -- Virginia Governor Tim Kaine is defending why his administration forced the sudden resignation of five Virginia State Police Chaplains because they prayed publicly "in Jesus' name." Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty single-handedly created then enforced a strict "non-sectarian" prayer policy at all public gatherings, censoring and excluding Christian prayers, then accepted the resignation of five chaplains who refused to deny Jesus or violate their conscience by watering down their prayers.

House Republican Leader Morgan Griffith and Delegate Charles W. Carrico, (R-Grayson) both issued public statements defending the chaplains, questioning Governor Kaine's role in terminating the chaplains, and vowing to introduce legislation protecting police chaplains' right to pray according to their own conscience. the rest

Former Abortionist: ‘All I Could See Was Somebody’s Son or Daughter’

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer

(CNSNews.com) – Priests for Life, a Catholic advocacy group that wants to end abortion and euthanasia, brought its message to Capitol Hill last week by letting Dr. Anthony Levatino share the graphic details of a procedure he performed hundreds of times -- before a personal tragedy led him to become a pro-life activist.

“Imagine for a moment you are a pro-choice obstetrician-gynecologist like I once was,” Levatino said at press conference. “Your patient today is 17 years old and she is 20 weeks pregnant. At 20 weeks, she has been feeling her baby kick for the last two weeks. If you could see her baby, she would be as long as your hand from the top of her head to the bottom of her rump, not counting the legs. Your patient is now asleep on an operating room table and you are there to help her with her problem pregnancy.” the rest

In the current financial crisis, only McCain is indispensible

Bill Dyer

Hugh's summary of today's events, posted earlier tonight, is exactly accurate, and I agree with it all. With his, and your, indulgence, here's my own very similar (albeit far more wordy) take:

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A politician can declare that he is a leader. His political party can declare that he's a leader. And hundreds of thousands of acolytes around the world can swoon devotedly at his feet, and he can rack up all the trappings of leadership. But none of that in fact makes him into a leader if he actually isn't one.

Crises reveal, make, and define leaders. When the crisis is over, it's easy to recognize in hindsight who the leader was, even if there was some doubt as to that during the crisis itself. Looking back, we can recognize a leader because he's the one who the other potential actors and decision-makers actually followed.

I do not care what anyone says today, or what buffoons like Michael Moore said at the time: George W. Bush led through the ruins of 9/11/01 and kept us safe from further attacks on our soil for the seven years thereafter. However much nuance future historians may put on his two terms in office, that will be the one-sentence verdict of history as understood and remembered by the public. Well-educated eighth graders in 2088 will know that even if they know nothing else of his presidency. the rest

Why Obama will lose

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Devotional: O God, grant that today...

O God, grant that today
I may not disappoint any friend;
I may not grieve any loved one;
I may not fail anyone to whom I have a duty;
I may not shame myself.

Grant that today
I may do my work with honesty and fidelity;
I may take my pleasure in happiness and purity.

Grant that today
I may lead no one astray;
I may not make goodness and faith harder for anyone.

Help me today
to be a help and example to all;
to bring strength and encouragement wherever I am:
Through Jesus Christ my Lord, Amen.
...William Barclay
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Rowan Williams becomes first ever Anglican leader to accept visions of Virgin Mary as fact

By Simon Caldwell
25th September 2008

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, was yesterday branded a ‘papal puppet’ after he became the first leader of the Church of England to accept visions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes as historical fact.

He asserted that 18 visions of Our Lady allegedly experienced by Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 were true.

His words shocked millions of Protestants worldwide because they not only signified a break with Protestant teaching on the Virgin Mary but also Dr Williams’s personal acceptance of the Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is explicitly linked to the apparitions. the rest image

Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is David Booth Beers

Anglican Curmudgeon:

"+Jefferts Schori may be able to contradict her Church’s legal position in the House of Bishops, where she is, as you say, Maximum Leader, but such two-faced argument won’t fly in the courts. She cannot argue that +Schofield was validly deposed and +Lamb is his valid replacement when she is telling the Virginia courts that 'majority of the whole number entitled to vote' means all those entitled to vote, whether they in fact are present and vote or not.

"If she installs a puppet to go after +Duncan, she will have the same problem. And if she deposes +Iker and +Ackerman with less than a full majority of all the bishops in the House, then no court anywhere will buy her argument that the depositions were valid. So while she can rig the game all she wants within TEC, she cannot do that and take an inconsistent position with the courts."

Analysis of the HOB vote to depose Bp. Duncan.

McCain Suspends Campaign

By Edwin Chen and Julianna Goldman

Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) -- John McCain made a surprise announcement that he was suspending his presidential campaign and called on Democratic rival Barack Obama to postpone their first debate until Congress hammers out a plan to steady the financial markets.

Obama rebuffed McCain, saying it's ``more important than ever'' for the candidates to tell voters how they would deal with the crisis. He said they can work with Congress while campaigning. ``It is going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once,'' Obama said.

Both men said they wanted to reach a bipartisan solution to the credit crisis. McCain said the Bush administration's $700 billion proposal to rescue struggling financial companies and unlock credit markets won't pass Congress in its current form. the rest

The Archbishop of Canterbury speaks in support of Karl Marx


From Times Online
September 24, 2008
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has spoken up in support of Karl Marx, defending key aspects of his critique of capitalism.

Dr Williams warns that in the face of the credit crisis, the financial world needs new regulation and says that our society is running the risk of idolatry in its relationship with wealth.

In an article in Friday's Spectator, Dr Williams compares today's debtors and financiers to the feckless young clerics and landowners described in the novels of Anthony Trollope. He writes: "Individuals find that their own personal financial decisions and calculations have nothing to do with what is happening to their resources, in a process for which a debt is simply someone else's wholly disposable asset."

Criticising the practices which involve financial institutions selling debts onto each other, Dr Williams says: "It is no use pretending that the financial world can maintain indefinitely the degree of exemption from scrutiny and regulation that it has got used to." the rest

Ruth Gledhill's blog: Karl Marx 'right' to condemn capitalism, says Rowan

ACNS: Archbishop of Canterbury calls for greater co-operation to meet Millennium Development Goals
September 24, 2008-On the eve of the United Nations General Assembly meeting on Millennium Development Goals in New York, the Archbishop of Canterbury has underlined the commitment of the Anglican Church to continue to work for the eradication of poverty.

In a video message the Archbishop has backed calls for a renewal of the pledges made by the international community in 2000, and spoke of the need for the Anglican Church to work in harmony with governments and NGOs around the world in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Albert Mohler: A Christian View of the Economic Crisis

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The headlines tell the story as recent days have seen the American economy and its financial system buffeted by seismic failures and the virtual disappearance of major investment banks. The debate raging in Washington these days concerns the form and extent of government intervention that will be required in order to restore stability to the financial markets.

Comparisons to the Great Depression are inevitable, but today's crisis bears little resemblance to the total economic collapse of the late 1920s. Capitalism is not in crisis and the fundamentals of the American economy remain strong. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933, the nation faced a genuine crisis and economic collapse. For the most part, the banks were closed and the nation was out of business. the rest

First Things: Sin & Cinema

By Tim Perry
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

People are basically good, right? It’s a truism drilled into us by any number of self-help books, magazines, talk-show hosts, and pop therapy. When, from time to time, people do terrible things to each other or themselves, we are assured that just the right combination of education, medication, and therapy could correct the ignorance, illness, or faulty social conditioning that led to the act. But do we really believe that to be true? Or do we recognize there is something more sinister at work in human nature?

By profession, I’m a Christian theologian and I often have conversations in which these questions arise. They are made more difficult by the loss of vocabulary that has traditionally addressed the problem. In the past, Christians across confessions could use words like sin, evil, and even demonic, taking for granted a broad cultural context that would make those words understandable to all involved. Not so today—even in socially and theologically conservative Christian churches, the language of therapy has replaced the language of sin. Since Karl Meninger’s 1973 exposé, Whatever Became of Sin?, the problem has only intensified. the rest image

Conservative Catholic elected Japan prime minister

By JOSEPH COLEMAN
posted September 24, 2008

TOKYO (AP) — Outspoken conservative Taro Aso took power as Japan's prime minister on Wednesday after he overcame opposition forces in a split parliament, tasked with rejuvenating the ailing ruling party ahead of elections.

Aso was chosen as president of the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Monday and had already begun piecing together a Cabinet expected to include a fellow hawk as finance chief.

The 68-year-old former Olympic sharpshooter was declared premier after the LDP-controlled lower house overruled the upper house, which had voted for Ichiro Ozawa, the chief of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan.

Aso, known for his rightist leanings and acerbic wisecracks, will lead a country wracked by political divisions and spiking concerns over the economy, which has stalled amid the ballooning financial crisis in the United States. the rest image

'See You at the Pole' kicks off today

Pete Chagnon
OneNewsNow
9/24/2008

Liberty Counsel is offering students free legal help if they are hindered from participating in this year's "See You at the Pole" prayer rally.

Millions of students will gather at their schools all around the world today to participate in the annual See You at the Pole prayer rally. Students will lift up their country, communities, government, schools, and each other in prayer. Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University School of Law, says his organization will offer free legal advice to any students who are hindered by their school from participating in the event. the rest image

German TV Ads Promote Children "as a Cherished Matter of Course"


By Hilary White

Excerpt:
By way of the ads, the sponsors of the campaign intended to generate a lively public debate on the country's disastrously low birth rate, "with the ultimate objective of restoring the idea of having children as a cherished matter of course." The creators of the campaign said they were responding to the problem of a growing anti-child sentiment Germany. "People's desire to have children is lower in Germany than in any other EU member state," they wrote on the campaign's website.

One print ad features a photo of a child with Down syndrome and the text, "You are completely ruining our lives. Ever since you appeared on the scene it's been like Piccadilly Circus around here. You teach us something new every day: how to get your little sister to laugh in no time. How to beat Daddy hands down in the 100 metres freestyle. Or how to counter people's disapproving looks with a simple smile. We're slowly starting to see the world with your eyes. And suddenly it all makes sense."

The ads were the biggest social marketing campaign in Germany's recent history and were seen by an estimated 42 million people. The print ads appeared in 46 magazines and 21 daily newspapers. The video and audio spots appeared on twelve television channels, 148 radio stations and in 766 cinemas in just under 200 towns. the rest

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Devotional: To be right with God...

To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men. ... AW Tozer image

Oakland cathedral marvel opens this week


By Angela Hill
Oakland Tribune
09/22/2008

If the Jetsons were Catholic, they would worship here.

Behold a 21st-century sanctuary, the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Here sacred candleholders are bead-blasted to a heavenly sheen; holy texts are illuminated in stainless steel and embedded in resin compounds in the concrete flooring; and the focal point — a massive image of Christ himself — is formed by a custom-designed computer algorithm, with precision laser-drilled perforations in dozens of aluminum panels, shaping the hallowed figure in tiny points of light.
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ADV Issues Statement of Support for Central Union Mission Despite Legal Threats

FAIRFAX, Va. (September 23, 2008) – The Anglican District of Virginia (ADV) issued the following statement in response to a lawsuit filed by Bishop John Chane of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C., and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) among others. The lawsuit will impede the efforts of a local homeless shelter, the Central Union Mission, to provide much needed services including food and medical care to the needy. St. Brendan’s, one of ADV’s 21 member parishes, holds services at the shelter.

“We strongly support the work of the Central Union Mission and are dumbfounded that at this time of economic downturn the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington would sign onto a lawsuit that will directly affect the work of the homeless shelter. This is the time for people to band together to help the poor and the needy. This is not the time for a leader of The Episcopal Church to encourage costly litigation at the expense of helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society. We should join together to help our neighbors in their time of need and are hopeful that Christian leaders will recognize that their time would be much better spent on caring for the very people this shelter serves,” said ADV Vice-Chairman Jim Oakes. (via email)

The Anglican District of Virginia (http://www.anglicandistrictofvirginia.org/) is an association of Anglican congregations in Virginia. Its members are in full communion with constituent members of the Anglican Communion through its affiliation with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), a missionary branch of the Church of Nigeria and other Anglican Archbishops. ADV members are a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, a community of 77 million people. ADV is dedicated to fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples while actively serving in three main capacities: International Ministries, Evangelism, and Strengthening Families and Community. ADV is currently comprised of 21 member congregations.

Bishop's ouster may be illegal

Allie Martin
OneNewsNow
9/23/2008

A bishop with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America says the decision of the Episcopal Church to depose a conservative bishop may be illegal.

Last week, the Episcopal House of Bishops voted to remove Bishop Robert Duncan from ordained ministry and accused him of abandoning the communion of the church. That action was taken a few weeks before a vote by the Diocese of Pittsburgh on whether to secede from the Episcopal Church. (See earlier article)

Bishop David Bena, with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), says the action against Duncan may have been illegal. "Before a bishop can be deposed or...you might say 'defrocked,' he has to be inhibited for a period of six months or thereabouts," Bena explains. the rest

Archbishop of Canterbury urged to create new province for US conservatives

Senior bishops express "shock" at the Episcopal Church's decision to depose the Bishop of Pittsburgh
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
September 23, 2008

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams is facing growing pressure to create a new Anglican province for conservatives after a leading evangelical was effectively defrocked in the US.

Six senior Church of England bishops have come out in support of deposed US bishop Bob Duncan, declaring themselves “deeply saddened and shocked.”

Headed by the Bishop of Winchester, the Right Rev Michael Scott-Joynt, the Bishops of Blackburn, Chester, Chichester, Exeter and Rochester joined in declaring their belief that the deposed Bishop of Pittsburgh remains “a bishop in good standing in the Anglican Communion.”

In an interview with The Times, the Bishop of Rochester Dr Michael Nazir-Ali said the time had now come for Dr Williams to create a new province for conservatives in the US. the rest

Six Church of England Diocesan Bishops Make Joint Statement of Support

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

As bishops in the Church of England, we are deeply saddened and shocked by the proposed deposition of Bishop Robert Duncan in the Episcopal Church, USA. We declare that we continue to believe that Bishop Bob is a bishop in the Church of God and a bishop in good standing in the Anglican Communion. We continue to pray for him and for his diocese of Pittsburgh.

+Nicholas Blackburn [The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Stewart, Diocese of Blackburn]
+Peter Cestr: [The Rt. Rev. Peter Forster, Diocese of Chester]
+John Cicester: [The Rt. Rev. John Hind, Diocese of Chichester]
+Michael Exon: [The Rt. Rev. Michael Langrish, Diocese of Exeter]
+Michael Roffen: [The Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael James Nazir-Ali, Diocese of Rochester]
+Michael Winton: [The Rt. Rev. Michael Scott-Joynt, Diocese of Winchester]
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Religious Leftists Host Dinner for Ahmadinejad

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /Christian Newswire/ -- Concerned Women for America (CWA) is joining an interfaith coalition in a rally to protest a dinner honoring Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City this Thursday, September 25, 2008. Led by Women International and the Jewish Action Alliance, the protest will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Hyatt and will include representatives from a variety of organizations such as Christian Solidarity International, and the Catholic League.

In town to address the United Nations General Assembly, presumably to defend Iran's developing nuclear program, Ahmadinejad will sit down with the Mennonite Central Committee, Quaker United Nations Office, Religions for Peace, the American Friends Service Committee, the Episcopal Church and the World Council of Churches-United Nations Liaison Office who are hosting the event.

Wendy Wright, President of CWA, states, "As if beating, imprisoning and killing women, Christians and other Iranians is not enough, Iranian leaders' thirst for death spills over its borders to kill and wound American military and innocent civilians in Iraq. Ahmadinejad has grabbed the baton of his genocidal predecessors to threaten the extinction of the Jewish people and their homeland Israel. This is history repeating itself, proving again that evil exists and there is never a lack of 'useful idiots' to support the embodiment of evil. the rest

Dining with the Devil

Mark McCall: Statement on the “Sentence of Deposition” of Bishop Duncan

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Prior to the meeting of the House of Bishops last week The Anglican Communion Institute, Inc. warned that the “proceeding against Bishop Duncan clearly belong[s] to a larger effort to create an office of Presiding Bishop, and a way of proceeding in the present season, at odds with the constitution and canons of this church.” Following the questionable vote, ACI noted that “the legitimacy of the House’s action and the Presiding Bishop’s leadership has been placed in serious question before the eyes of the Communion and the larger public. No one should minimize the role this may play in the unfolding re-establishment of the Communion’s common life.”

ACI’s concerns about canonical abuse and procedural legitimacy are not allayed by the purported “Sentence of Deposition” of Bishop Duncan now made public. In her memorandum to the House of Bishops, dated September 12, 2008, the Presiding Bishop addressed the question whether the canonically required vote by the House of Bishops was “by a majority of bishops present at the meeting at which the matter is presented or, on the other hand, by a majority of all the voting members of the House whether or not in attendance.” She concluded that “the vote must be by a majority of all the bishops who are at the meeting at which the vote must be taken and who are entitled to vote.” the rest

Wales: Church forced to withdraw from adoption

By Simon Caldwell
19 September 2008

New gay rights law are forcing the Church to pull out of adoption services in every diocese in Wales.

The St David's Children's Society, which covers the three Welsh dioceses of Cardiff, Menevia and Wrexham, will cut ties with the bishops and become an independent charity so it can comply with the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

It is the third largest of the 13 Catholic adoption agencies in England and Wales and finds new families for about 35 children a year - about 14 per cent of all cases in Wales.

Its loss will be a massive blow to the Church, which founded the society in 1947. the rest

Adoption agencies split from Church over Sexual Orientation Regulations

Diocese of Virginia Refocuses Legal Efforts

September 23, 2008

The Diocese of Virginia will forgo judicial review of the process used by 11 congregations which voted to leave The Episcopal Church in January 2007. Instead it will focus all of its efforts on overturning a Civil War-era state statute known as 57-9.

In a series of motions prior to the one-day trial on Oct. 6, Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows already has ruled that 57-9 is both constitutional and applicable in this case. The statute states that in the event of a denominational split, a local congregation can determine what to do with church property.

However, anomalies in the deeds of some parish charters may have implications, most notably in the case of the Falls Church, whose original deed from 1749 confers ownership to all nearby colonial residents. If the court rules against the majority of the congregation at the Falls Church, it would permit the diocese to file additional lawsuits over questions of ownership. the rest

North American Mainline Renewal Leaders Support Faithful Bishop, Rebuke The Episcopal Church

CANDIA, New Hampshire, Sept. 23 /Christian Newswire/ -- More than twenty Executives and Leaders of renewal movements and ministries within the mainline denominations of the U.S. and Canada sent a letter of support today to Bishop Bob Duncan, Episcopal Bishop of Pittsburgh who was "deposed" Friday by the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church at the insistence of Presiding Bishop Katherine Schori. In their letter they also issued a strong rebuke to The Episcopal leadership. Bishop Duncan has been a faithful advocate for Biblical Christianity in the Episcopal Church for over two decades.

The mainline renewal leaders wrote to Bishop Duncan, "We stand with you in solidarity as you endure this trial of your faith. Your patient, courageous, and steadfast witness has been an inspiration to all of us who desire to see our Lord Jesus Christ glorified in his church." They went on to say, "It grieves our hearts to see those entrusted with church leadership such as Bishop Schori and the Episcopal House of Bishops, engaged in such divisive and destructive behavior. Like other denominational officials in the North American mainline denominations, they have acted with callous disregard for the authority of scripture, the witness of the historic church, and the sanctity of human life, sexuality, and marriage. We are most deeply grieved for the millions of Christian believers who have been forced out of the churches of their childhood by those they trusted to lead." the rest

Catholic Bishops Warn Congress on Pro-Abortion "Freedom of Choice Act"

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 22, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The head of pro-life outreach for the nation's Catholic bishops has sent a letter to members of Congress warning them about a bill that could be the most extreme measure on abortion ever introduced. The so-called Freedom of Choice Act would make unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy the national law.

But, the measure would go further and undo the abortion limits put in place in all 50 states since Roe v. Wade that have helped reduce abortions to record lows.

It would invalidate laws ranging from bans on partial-birth abortions to implementing parental involvement for teenagers to prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortions. the rest

Trial Begins for Firefighters Suing City over Forced Participation in Gay Pride Parade

Monday September 22, 2008
By Kathleen Gilbert

SAN DIEGO, September 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Four San Diego firefighters who were commanded against their wills to drive a fire truck in the city's "gay pride" parade, where they were subjected to explicit sexual advances, are now suing city officials for sexual harassment and violation of free-speech rights.

Tracy Jarman, the openly lesbian fire chief of the San Diego Fire Department, admitted in her testimony on Thursday that the environment the firefighters were subjected to "could be construed as sexual harassment." The four firefighters (John Ghiotto, Jason Hewitt, Alex Kane and Chad Allison) say they found the sexually explicit environment at the parade so vulgar and disturbing that each of them sought therapy after the event, Jarman testified.

One firefighter said, "You could not even look at the crowd without getting some type of sexual gesture," adding, "If any crew member were to hang up pictures at the station of what we saw, we would be disciplined." the rest

Anglican Mainstream: That Folsom Street Fair

Australian Archbishop Says Catholic Hospitals Set to Close in Face of Mandatory Abortion Bill

Monday September 22, 2008
By Kathleen Gilbert

MELBOURNE, September 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has warned that, in the event that a new bill passes the Victoria Parliament requiring that all medical personnel either perform abortions or give abortion referrals, all Catholic hospital maternity and emergency departments could close, lest Catholic doctors and nurses be forced to go against Catholic teaching and their consciences and kill unborn children.

"In the worst-case scenario, if a government is determined to enforce such laws, we have no option. We might get out of hospitals altogether," Archbishop Hart told The Age.

This would pose a serious problem for the local medical community, since, according to The Age, Victoria hospitals are already straining to provide services. Currently fifteen Catholic hospitals accommodate one third of Victoria's births. the rest

Life Without Prayer

Becky Tirabassi
Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer

One of my favorite authors, Eugene Peterson, in his book called The Jesus Way writes, “There are no secrets to living out the Christian life but it cannot take place without prayer.”

We’ve all tried it. We’ve all tried to manage our businesses or families without consulting God and we’ve all had the same results. Sooner (or sometimes much later), we find ourselves at the end of ourselves—looking up for answers, praying desperate “help me, please God” prayers.

Life is not meant to be lived without prayer. the rest image

In Crisis, Wall Street Turns to Prayer

Financial meltdown triggers prayer sessions citywide.
Tony Carnes

9/19/2008 Starting early last Sunday morning, the turmoil in New York's financial markets triggered a spiritual response among Christian leaders reminiscent of the response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Cell phone text messages quickly spread calls to prayer. "Barclay has pulled out of Lehman deal," one announced. Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers was finalizing bankruptcy papers; Merrill Lynch was clinching its deal to sell itself to Bank of America. Monday would be devastating.

Many Wall Streeters realized that the crisis could be earthshaking. A. J. Rice, well-respected CEO of the hedge-fund firm Pomeroy Capital, says, "Most people think this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. In 1987 we had a dramatic shock, but the other shoe didn't drop." This year, a whole lot of shoes have dropped. Wall Streeters have lived with a constant sense of foreboding. the rest

First Things: The Wall Street Crisis

Albert Mohler: "Licensing People to Put Others Down" -- The End of Human Dignity

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Baroness Mary Warnock is one of the most influential figures in British life today, and one of the most influential specialists in medical ethics on the international scene. When she speaks, the medical community listens. Given what she has just said, every single one of us had better pay attention.

The Baroness, known for her 1984 report that led to the legalization of so-called "test-tube" babies and embryo research in Britain, recently granted an interview to Life & Work, a magazine published by the Church of Scotland. In "A Duty to Die?," Warnock makes some incredible arguments, including her assertion that those suffering from mental dementia should be "put down," or euthanized. the rest image

Joe Biden's and Nancy Pelosi's ill-fated ventures into theological disputation.

by Joseph Bottum
09/29/2008

Do they think this is a debate they're actually going to win? Do they imagine the Catholic theologians of America--from Avery Cardinal Dulles all the way to Sister Sara Butler--are suddenly going to whack their heads and say, "My God, we never thought of that"? What impulse makes Catholic politicians try to argue theology with their own church?

There it was, at the end of August, when Nancy Pelosi, the Catholic speaker of the House, went on Meet the Press to explain that abortion is not theologically wrong: "What I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the Church have not been able to make that definition. And St. Augustine said at three months. .  .  . I don't think anybody can tell you when life begins, human life begins. As I say, the Catholic Church for centuries has been discussing this."

And then, two weeks later, Joe Biden, the Catholic vice-presidential candidate, went back on Meet the Press to add: "There is a debate in our church. .  .  . Back in Summa Theologia, when Thomas Aquinas wrote Summa Theologia, he said there was no--it didn't occur until quickening, 40 days after conception. How am I going out and tell you, if you or anyone else that you must insist upon my view that is based on a matter of faith?" the rest image

Biden says ad mocking McCain is 'terrible'

Biden 'honored' to speak at pro-homosexual gala

More parents move in with kids

In-laws, too, and others
By Greg Toppo and Anthony DeBarros
USA TODAY

In the 1990s, your family came for dinner. Now they're moving in.

The number of parents, siblings and other relatives who live with adult heads of households grew 42% from 2000 to 2007, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Leading the way: parents, up 67%, to 3.6 million.

The figures suggest it isn't only elderly parents moving in. The number of parents under 65 in these households increased by 75%, and those 65 and older were up 62%. Both groups outpaced the rise in the number of people in family households overall, which is up 6% since 2000. the rest

Monday, September 22, 2008

Devotional: Be glad of heart, O believer...

"Let Israel rejoice in him." Psalm 149:2

Be glad of heart, O believer, but take care that thy gladness has its spring in the Lord. Thou hast much cause for gladness in thy God, for thou canst sing with David, "God, my exceeding joy." Be glad that the Lord reigneth, that Jehovah is King! Rejoice that He sits upon the throne, and ruleth all things! Every attribute of God should become a fresh ray in the sunlight of our gladness. That He is wise should make us glad, knowing as we do our own foolishness. That He is mighty, should cause us to rejoice who tremble at our weakness. That he is everlasting, should always be a theme of joy when we know that we wither as the grass. That He is unchanging, should perpetually yield us a song, since we change every hour. That He is full of grace, that He is overflowing with it, and that this grace in covenant He has given to us; that it is ours to cleanse us, ours to keep us, ours to sanctify us, ours to perfect us, ours to bring us to glory—all this should tend to make us glad in Him.

This gladness in God is as a deep river; we have only as yet touched its brink, we know a little of its clear sweet, heavenly streams, but onward the depth is greater, and the current more impetuous in its joy. The Christian feels that he may delight himself not only in what God is, but also in all that God has done in the past. The Psalms show us that God's people in olden times were wont to think much of God's actions, and to have a song concerning each of them. So let God's people now rehearse the deeds of the Lord! Let them tell of His mighty acts, and "sing unto the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously." Nor let them ever cease to sing, for as new mercies flow to them day by day, so should their gladness in the Lord's loving acts in providence and in grace show itself in continued thanksgiving. Be glad ye children of Zion and rejoice in the Lord your God. ...CH Spurgeon
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Barack Obama Faith Tour Flops With Pro-Life Voters

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 22, 2008

Lynchburg, VA (LifeNews.com) -- For the new Barack Obama "faith tour" to have any success, it needs to be able to draw young and evangelical voters. Yet, at its first stop in the Virginia back yard of well-known pastor Jerry Falwell, just 15 people showed up for the event.

The Obama campaign has signed up evangelical author Donald Miller, Pepperdine University professor Doug Kmiec and former Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer, for the "Barack Obama: Faith, Family and Values Tour."

The trio made a stop at Liberty University, which is home to over 10,000 evangelical students from across the county and a conservative bastion in a state Obama is targeting heavily in this election.

Yet, his "faith tour" failed to resonate with people there. the rest image

Bishop Ingham reports to diocese on the Lambeth Conference

Monday 22 Sept. 2008

Excerpt:
At the public meeting, held in Christ Church Cathedral on September 16, Bishop Ingham said it was becoming apparent that the foreign primates had “no interest whatsoever” in withdrawing.
As for the request that same sex blessing cease, the bishop noted that clergy and lay delegates to several diocesan synods in Canada had already voted, some with large majorities, to ask their bishops to authorize a rite of blessing.

“The Canadian church will take very seriously what the Windsor [Continuation] Group recommends,” he said.

In the Diocese of New Westminster, Bishop Ingham repeated that he will ask the next Diocesan Synod in May of next year to seriously consider what we should do. By then there will be more statements from the Windsor Continuation Groups after it meets this fall, and recommendations from a meetings of Primates in February and of the Anglican Consultative Council in May. the rest

Episcopal Diocese of Virginia Forgoes Voting Issue, Prepares for Appeal

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia announced today that the trial scheduled to begin October 6 will focus solely on the issue of which properties occupied by the CANA congregations are actually subject to their 57-9 petitions.

Though loyal Episcopalians have expressed grave concerns about the validity and fairness of the voting procedures used by the CANA congregations, the Diocese will forego judicial review of that process to focus on those issues that will most effectively and quickly return Episcopalians to their church homes and result in the overturning of the 57-9 "Division Statute."

The Diocese is preparing to mount a vigorous appeal that addresses the serious legal and religious questions and implications that have arisen from this unfortunate situation. The Diocese will explore fully every option available to restore constitutional and legal protections for all churches in Virginia. the rest

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Church of Nigeria synod endorses the Jerusalem Declaration

From the 9th General Synod of the Church of Nigeria September 16-20
September 22nd, 2008

GAFCON AND THE FUTURE OF THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION

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Diocese of Sydney expresses strong support for Bishop Duncan

Russell Powell
22 September 2008

The standing committee of the Diocese of Sydney has expressed its strong support for Bishop Robert Duncan of the American diocese of Pittsburgh, saying it is ‘deeply distressed’ that he has been deposed by the Episcopal Church.

Bishop Duncan, who has been negotiating to withdraw his diocese from the Episcopal Church because of revisionist teaching, was the subject of a deposition vote by the US House of Bishops and with 15 bishops missing, including Texans because of Hurricane Ike, the vote passed 88 to 35.

Because of his stand on biblical authority and the historic teachings of the church, it was claimed that Bishop Duncan’s “actions over recent months and years constitute ‘abandonment of the communion of this church’”. the rest

Breakaway Bishop John Guernsey visits Harbor City

By Melissa Evans, Staff Writer
09/21/2008

Members of a South Bay church made up of former Episcopalians disenchanted with some stances of their leaders in America are growing in numbers and are seeing their movement become organized - thanks in large part to support from Africa.

Christ Our Savior Anglican Church in Harbor City formed last year under the leadership of a Nigerian pastor and Ugandan bishop.

On Sunday, a newly appointed bishop, who oversees roughly 50 Anglican churches in the United States now under the leadership of the diocese in Uganda, visited the Harbor City church.

"This is a fascinating movement for us to be a part of," said the Rev. John Guernsey, who also heads a church in Virginia.

"We are part of a global reformation. What our friends in Africa are showing us is a renewed and more vibrant way of faith." the rest

Hindu Leader Arrested in Indian Church Attacks

By Associated Press Writer
Muneeza Naqvi
Sun, Sep. 21 2008

NEW DELHI (AP) - Police in southern India have arrested a senior leader of a right-wing Hindu group in connection with attacks on Christian churches and prayer halls last weekend, an official said Saturday.

Mahendra Kumar, a state convener of the radical Bajrang Dal group in Karnataka state, was arrested late Friday night, according to A.M. Prasad, a senior local police official.

"He's part of the investigation of the attacks on Christian places of worship," Prasad said.

Right-wing Hindu mobs mainly linked with Bajrang Dal attacked at least 20 churches and prayer halls in the Mangalore, Chikmaglur and Udupi districts of Karnataka state on Sept. 14, alleging that some churches had circulated literature defaming the Hindu religion, Prasad said. the rest