Saturday, November 08, 2008

Devotional: Waiting for God...

Waiting for God means...readiness for any command; that sense of perpetual suspense which listens for the word in order that it may be immediately obeyed. Those who wait for God are pilgrim souls that have no tie that will hold them when the definite command is issued; no prejudices that will paralyze their effort when in some strange coming of the light they are commanded to take a pathway entirely different to that which was theirs before; having no interests either temporal or eternal, either material or mental or spiritual, that will conflict with the will of God when that will is made known. ...G. Campbell Morgan image

Duncan deposition 'will not be recognised by African Churches'

Saturday, 8th November 2008
By George Conger

The deposition of the Bishop of Pittsburgh was a “totalitarian” abuse of power and will not be recognized by the church in Africa, the chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) has declared.

On Nov 1, CAPA chairman Archbishop Ian Ernest, Primate of the Church of the Indian Ocean and Bishop of Mauritius, wrote to Bishop Robert Duncan on behalf of the African provinces and stated the African archbishops “continue to recognize you as a bishop in good standing in the Anglican Communion.”

“Your commitment to orthodox Christian doctrine grounded in the Holy Scriptures is after all the mark of your identity as a true believer in the Anglican tradition,” Archbishop Ernest said. “Your grace, patience and forbearance in the face of opposition to your holy calling is an example to us all.” the rest

Catholic Priest To Work In North Korea For Social Welfare

November 6, 2008

SEOUL (UCAN) -- For the first time in almost 60 years, a Catholic priest will stay in North Korea, and look after the welfare of local workers.

Franciscan Father Paul Kim Kwon-soon says he will stay in Pyongyang, probably beginning in late November, and serve as a "social worker" for factory workers in the first joint North-South business venture.

Returning to South Korea from a visit, Father Kim told UCA News on Nov. 4 that North Korea is allowing him to run a newly built welfare center in Pyongyang that houses a soup kitchen, a free clinic and a public bath, even though "they know I am a Catholic priest." As a visitor, he will have to renew his visa every two months. the rest

Billy Graham Won't Advise Obama, Mentions His Strong Pro-Abortion Position

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 7, 2008

Washington, DC ( -- Respected Christian preacher Billy Graham has been an advisor and spiritual helper to presidents dating back to President Eisenhower. But that relationship with presidents will end in part because incoming president Barack Obama takes such a profoundly pro-abortion position.

To be sure, Graham's health is the main reason for the decision, his son Franklin Graham told the Associated Press.

"My father feels like his time and day for that is over," Franklin Graham said. "But he would certainly like to meet (Obama) and pray with him."

But Franklin expressed concerns about Obama's abortion position -- something he mentioned to the senator during the campaign as a problem.

He told AP the Bible is clear in its teaching that human life deserves respect and protection even before birth. the rest

Believers divided on rules for clergy

Methodist finds another path
By Michael Paulson
Globe Staff / November 8, 2008

It was not just any church, but a church in Southeastern Massachusetts that she had been leading in worship while preparing for ordination in the United Methodist Church, a denomination that does not allow noncelibate gays and lesbians to be ordained.

So Britton and her wife made an uncomfortable decision: They removed their wedding rings and stuck them in a box so no one would know.

But the marriage set in motion events that led to a ceremony held earlier this month by a group opposed to the United Methodist Church's ban on gay clergy. During that ceremony, held Oct. 19 in Baltimore, the group declared Britton to be a minister "in the Method ist tradition," although not in the United Methodist Church.

The ceremony, held by a group called the Church within the Church, is the latest example of resistance by some Christians to restrictions on who can be ordained clergy in many denominations. In 1974, in the Episcopal Church, 11 women were irregularly ordained as priests; two years later, the denomination agreed to ordain women. the rest

3rd Episcopal diocese splits from national church

posted November 8, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — A third theologically conservative diocese has broken away from the liberal Episcopal Church in a long-running dispute over the Bible, gay relationships and other issues.
The Diocese of Quincy, Ill., took the vote at its annual meeting that ends Saturday.

Two other dioceses — San Joaquin, based in Fresno, Calif., and Pittsburgh — have already split off. Next weekend, the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, will vote whether to follow suit.

The three breakaway dioceses are aligning with the like-minded Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, based in Argentina, to try to keep their place in the world Anglican Communion. The 77-million-member Anglican fellowship, which includes the U.S. Episcopal Church, has roots in the missionary work of the Church of England.

Meanwhile, National Episcopal leaders are reorganizing the seceding dioceses with local parishioners who want to stay in the church. Complex legal fights have already started in San Joaquin over control of millions of dollars in diocesan property and assets. the rest

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Devotional: The circumstances of a saint's life are ordained of God...

"All things work together for good to them that love God."
Romans 8:28

The circumstances of a saint's life are ordained of God. In the life of a saint there is no such thing as chance. God by His providence brings you into circumstances that you cannot understand at all, but the Spirit of God understands. God is bringing you into places and among people and into conditions in order that the intercession of the Spirit in you may take a particular line. Never put your hand in front of the circumstances and say - I am going to be my own providence here, I must watch this, and guard that. All your circumstances are in the hand of God, therefore never think it strange concerning the circumstances you are in. Your part in intercessory prayer is not to enter into the agony of intercession, but to utilize the common-sense circumstances God puts you in, and the common-sense people He puts you amongst by His providence, to bring them before God's throne and give the Spirit in you a chance to intercede for them. In this way God is going to sweep the whole world with His saints. ...Oswald Chambers image

The disappearing male

Studies show rise in birth defects, infertility among men
Sonja Puzic, Windsor Star
Thursday, November 06, 2008

Are males becoming an endangered species?

That's the question scientists and researchers have been pondering since alarming trends in male fertility rates, birth defects and disorders began emerging around the world.

More and more boys are being born with genital defects and are suffering from learning disabilities, autism and Tourette's syndrome, among other disorders.

Male infertility rates are on the rise and the quality of an average man's sperm is declining, according to some studies.

But perhaps the most disconcerting of all trends is the growing gender imbalance in many parts of heavily industrialized nations, where the births of baby boys have been declining for many years. the rest

St. Francis on Hill ready for changes after breaking from diocese

A new direction
By María Cortés González
El Paso Times
Article Launched: 11/07/2008

EL PASO -- Members of St. Francis on the Hill church probably won't notice any differences in their worship Sunday.

But there is a big difference in the name of the church and the future of this expansive church on a West Side hill.

Following a growing trend in El Paso -- and across the country -- St. Francis on the Hill announced last week it was separating from the Episcopal Church in an effort to be more biblically orthodox in the Anglican Church.

The church's decision comes a year after the Pro-Cathedral Church of St. Clement became the first church in El Paso to depart from the diocese and the Episcopal Church USA in September 2007. At the time, more than 200 congregations had left the church nationally since 2003, clergy said. the rest

Diocese Re-Elects Bishop Robert Duncan

November 7, 2008

Bishop Robert Duncan is once again the diocesan bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Clergy and lay deputies to a special convention of the diocese on November 7 voted to invite Bishop Duncan back into leadership of the diocese 50 days after the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church voted to remove ("depose") him.

"It is good to be back. God has clearly watched over the diocese and watched over me and Nara as we have walked through these challenging days together. God willing, I look forward to many years together sharing the good news of Jesus Christ," said Bishop Duncan.

Leaders representing a majority of the world's Anglican Christians, as well as many inside and outside The Episcopal Church in North America, never accepted the validity of The House of Bishops' decision to remove Bishop Duncan from leadership. In spite of the decision's deep defects, Bishop Duncan and the diocese elected to submit to the purported "deposition," so long as the diocese was part of that denomination. the rest

ENS: Quincy members vote to leave Episcopal Church, align with Southern Cone

By Joe Bjordan
November 07, 2008

[Episcopal News Service, Quincy, Illinois] A majority of deputies to the 131st annual synod of the Diocese of Quincy voted on November 7 to leave the Episcopal Church and realign the diocese under the jurisdiction of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, which covers the southern portion of South America.

The action was carried out by the passing of two resolutions. The first formally annulled accession to "the constitution and canons of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America."

The resolution stated that the General Convention and leaders of the Episcopal Church "have failed to uphold the teaching and authority of Holy Scripture, have challenged or belittled core doctrines of the Christian faith, have refused to conform to the agreed teaching and discipline of the Anglican faith, have refused to conform to the agreed teaching and discipline of the Anglican Communion, and have rejected the godly counsel of the leaders of the Communion."

Members of Quincy's leadership, including former diocesan bishop Keith Ackerman, who retired on November 1, have been at odds with the wider church over such theological issues as the church's attitude toward homosexuality.

The vote on the resolution to leave the Episcopal Church was taken by orders. Members of the clergy voted 41 to 14 in favor of the resolution. Lay deputies voted 54 to 12 in favor of the resolution. the rest

Chinese hack into White House network

By Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington
November 6 2008

Chinese hackers have penetrated the White House computer network on multiple occasions, and obtained e-mails between government officials, a senior US official told the Financial Times.

On each occasion, the cyber attackers accessed the White House computer system for brief periods, allowing them enough time to steal information before US computer experts patched the system.

US government cyber intelligence experts suspect the attacks were sponsored by the Chinese government because of their targeted nature. But they concede that it is extremely difficult to trace the exact source of an attack beyond a server in a particular country.

”We are getting very targeted Chinese attacks so it stretches credulity that these are not directed by government-related organisations,” said the official. the rest

Nairobi: Statement from the CAPA meeting on September 3-4, 2008

We met as Primates of Africa together with the Standing Committee of CAPA at the ACK Guest House on the 3rd and 4th of September 2008. This meeting provided the opportunity to reflect on our journey since our last Council Meeting in Mauritius in October 2007 and also on our experiences of life in the Anglican Communion; particularly in relation to the two great events of Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) and the Lambeth Conference.

We felt a deep sense of warmth and fellowship with each other and expressed gratitude to God for his faithfulness. We were however saddened by the absence of our colleagues namely Archbishop Ian Ernest our Chairman who was ill; Archbishops Peter Akinola and Mouneer Anis, who had difficulties with flight connections. We were glad to welcome Bishop Jo Seoka, who represented Archbishop Thabo Makgoba. We welcomed Rev Canon Grace Kaiso our new General Secretary and his Commissioning at All Saints Cathedral was one of the highlights our meeting. the rest

First Things: Obama and the Bishops

By Richard John Neuhaus
Friday, November 7, 2008

In a few days, the American bishops of the Catholic Church will be holding their annual fall meeting in Baltimore. High on the agenda is how Catholic bishops can better communicate Catholic teaching on social justice both in the Church and in the public square. It is understood that the priority issue of social justice is the protection of innocent human life—from the entrance gates of life to the exit gates, and at every step along life’s way. The most massive and brutal violation of justice is the killing of millions of children in the womb.

In recent months, an unusually large number of bishops have been assertive, articulate, and even bold, in their public affirmation of the demands of moral reason and the Church’s teaching. Some estimate the number of such bishops to be over a hundred. Critics of these bishops, including Catholic fronts for the Obama campaign, claim that bishops have only spoken out because prominent Democrats stepped on their toes by egregiously misrepresenting Catholic teaching. Why only? It is the most particular duty of bishops to see that the authentic teaching of the Church is safeguarded and honestly communicated. the rest

Billy Graham turns 90

Friday, November 7, 2008

World renowned evangelist Billy Graham will celebrate his 90th birthday on Friday with an intimate family gathering near his mountainside home in North Carolina.

"I never expected to live this long, and it is hard to believe I have reached the age of 90," Mr. Graham said.

"Every day is a gift from God, no matter how old we are. I have discovered that just because we grow weaker physically as we age, it doesn't mean that we must grow weaker spiritually.

"In fact, we ought to be growing stronger spiritually, because our eyes ought to be on eternity and Heaven - on the things that really matter." the rest image

Payback Time: What Planned Parenthood Expects from Barack Obama

Commentary by Steven W. Mosher and Colin Mason

November 6, 2008 ( - The decades-long love affair between Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood has reached its political fruition. Obama will soon be ensconced in the Oval Office, with all the people who helped put him there lined up outside for goodies. At the head of the line will be Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. What will they ask for?

The three things that they want from a President Obama are more money for their contraception and sterilization programs, an end to any and all restrictions on abortions, and taxpayer funding, including funding for abortion itself.

Judging by what Obama has said over the course of the campaign, he will be happy to grant their wishes. the rest

Life will not go on

First Trial against an US Surgeon for Killing a Patient to Harvest Organs Begins

By Jonquil Frankham

CALIFORNIA, November 6, 2008 ( – A San Francisco surgeon is undergoing trial for allegedly hastening the death of a terminally ill patient to harvest his vital organs.
The case against Hootan Roozrokh is believed to be the first of its kind brought against an American transplant surgeon.

Rosa Navarro, the patient’s mother, successfully filed suit against the hospital where the patient died and received $250,000 in compensation. Now the District Attorney’s office is pressing charges against the 34-year-old surgeon for “dependent adult abuse, administering a harmful substance and prescribing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose.”

Roozrokh is also being charged with giving the 25-year old Ruben Navarro an antiseptic called Betadine, normally administered to an organ donor after death, via feeding tube to the stomach. Some commentators suggest the antiseptic was ultimately responsible for the patient’s death. the rest

Out with the pews, in with the people

By Gary Stern
The Journal News
November 7, 2008

WHITE PLAINS — Can removing two dozen pews from the front of a spacious but mostly empty Episcopal church help revitalize a once mighty parish that's fallen on hard times?

This is the hope at St. Bartholomew's Church, one of dozens of shrinking mainline churches in the Lower Hudson Valley that are hungry to reel in some of the many suburban families that spend Sunday mornings at soccer practice or Home Depot.

At St. Bart's, as everyone calls the 80-year-old church, the goal when extracting the pews in early fall was to create a more intimate worship space that might appeal to visitors who stick their heads in the doors on Sunday (or at least not scare them off).

"When people visited before, it seemed like a museum," said the Rev. Gawain de Leeuw, rector of St. Bart's for five years. "The church seemed empty. Each person could have had their own pew. Changing our sanctuary space immediately changed the way people feel in the church. It's an important start."

During its heyday in the 1950s, St. Bart's would get more than 1,000 people for Sunday services. Today, the church might see 50 or 60 people between the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services...

....Showing the way is de Leeuw, 39, who is working toward a doctorate in "congregational development" from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. In other words, he is studying the latest research on church growth - which has become an academic field of its own - and using St. Bart's as a willing laboratory.

"Demographically, St. Bart's should work," he said. "If I can keep the vision, keep the people together, this place can explode."

And what is that vision? De Leeuw wants St. Bart's to be a place where people on all sorts of spiritual quests can come for inspiration, sustenance in tough times, friendly conversation or a good debate.

"I probably have more in common with a Muslim sufi or (Zen Buddhist) Thich Nhat Hanh than I do with Sarah Palin," he said. "I believe that this area could support a progressive church that believes in evolution and pluralism and openness toward people."

Like growing numbers of Episcopal priests, he won't say that Jesus is the only way to salvation.

the rest

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Devotional: Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed...

"Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed"
John 20:29

How strong is the snare of the things that are seen, and how necessary for God to keep us in the things that are unseen! If Peter is to walk on the water he must walk; if he is going to swim, he must swim, but he cannot do both. If the bird is going to fly it must keep away from fences and the trees, and trust to its buoyant wings. But if it tries to keep within easy reach of the ground, it will make poor work of flying.

God had to bring Abraham to the end of his own strength, and to let him see that in his own body he could do nothing. He had to consider his own body as good as dead, and then take God for the whole work; and when he looked away from himself, and trusted God alone, then he became fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able to perform. That is what God is teaching us, and He has to keep away encouraging results until we learn to trust without them, and then He loves to make His Word real in fact as well as faith.

...AB Simpson image

Down but Not Out

Thursday, November 06, 2008
Opinion by Robin G. Jordan

The pro-life movement was dealt a serious blow in the November 4th elections. Barack Obama, an ultra-liberal candidate with a strong pro-abortion record and the endorsement of Planned Parenthood, was elected President of the United States. Obama did well with Catholic voters nation-wide. One fourth of the evangelicals who cast their votes in the presidential election voted for Obama. Obama received a wide majority of the popular vote and can lay claim to a popular mandate. The liberal pro-abortion Democratic Party gained additional seats in Congress where Democrats already enjoy majorities in both houses. Three pro-life state constitutional amendments went down to defeat—the first would have limited abortions, the second would have defined life as beginning at conception, and the third would have required notification of the parents before a teenager could receive an abortion. The Washington State assisted-suicide proposal was passed.

The pro-life movement needs to be assessing what happened, why and how it happened, and developing a new strategy. It needs to take a thorough look at Obama’s successful campaign and learn from its success. Obama took advantage of a backlash against President Bush. He ignored the conventional wisdom that young, poor, and minority voters cannot be counted upon to vote. the rest

Jordan Hylden: Aliens and Citizens

In the body of Christ, we learn how to be both.
Jordan Hylden

The sober truth is that at this season in American life, when our non-evangelical neighbors hear the word evangelical, they think of politics before they think of the gospel. Perhaps that confusion is an inevitable result of evangelicals' reengagement with electoral politics over the last few decades. But it does raise the question of whether our gospel is being reduced to politics—or whether our politics is being infused with the gospel. Jordan Hylden, a student at Duke Divinity School and former junior fellow at the influential magazine First Things, offers this response to our big question for 2008: "Is our gospel too small?"


'Three Stooges' Headed To Big Screen

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Larry, Moe and Curly have gotten the greenlight from MGM Studios, and the Farrelly Brothers, the comedy team behind "There's Something About Mary" and "Dumb and Dumber," are now casting their slapstick dream.

MGM has slated the Stooges for a November 20, 2009 release date.

"The Three Stooges are a timeless staple of comedy and when we heard what the Farrellys had in mind we knew it was time for Larry, Moe and Curly to return to the big screen," says MGM Chairman Mary Parent. the rest image

Somalia: Militants step up fear campaign

November, 2008

Somalia (MNN) ― Voice of the Martyrs is confirming the murder of a Somali Christian in Manyafulka village. It is the latest in a wave of such attacks on Christians in Somalia recent months.

Somalia is almost exclusively Sunni Muslim, with less than one percent of the population Christian. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of Christians in Somalia. A number of believers have been martyred, and others have been publicly named as targets for execution.

In many hardline Muslim areas, to convert from Islam to Christianity is apostasy, punishable by death. Compass Direct reports militant Islamists caught up to Mohammed, staged a mock trial and pronounced Mansuur Mohammed an apostate and a spy for Ethiopian soldiers.

After stirring up the passions of the crowd, the militants beheaded the 25-year-old convert. They then circulated the video in an effort to instill fear in those contemplating converting from Islam to Christianity. the rest

Barack Obama asked gay bishop Gene Robinson what it was like to be 'first'

Times Online
November 6, 2008
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

The full interview

Barack Obama sought out controversial gay bishop Gene Robinson not just once but three times during his campaign to become President of the United States, The Times can reveal.

Bishop Robinson, the 80-million strong Anglican Communion’s only openly gay bishop whose consecration in 2003 has left the Anglican Communion on the brink of schism, was sought out by Mr Obama to discuss what it feels like to be “first”.

Bishop Robinson, who received death threats after his election as Bishop of New Hampshire and was advised by police to wear a bullet-proof vest at his consecration, also discussed with Mr Obama the risks incumbent upon being a high-profile leader in a country such as the US. the rest

Schumer Comments Prompt New Fairness Doctrine Concerns

National Religious Broadcasters say his comments "foreshadowed an intolerance of ideas"
By John Eggerton
Broadcasting & Cable

Comments by New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer have provided new urgency to talk radio's and others' concerns about the reimposition of the fairness doctrine under a Democrat-controlled government.

While President-elect Barack Obama has told B&C twice through a top aide that he has no interest in bringing the doctrine back, the same apparently cannot be said for other powerful Democrats including Schumer. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has not ruled it out, either.

In an interview on Fox that was getting radio airplay Wednesday, Schumer said that the same people who say the FCC should be able to regulate "pornography" on the air don't want it to intervene to promote fairness and balance, calling that inconsistent. The doctrine, jettisoned by the FCC in 1987 as unconstitutional, required broadcasters to air both sides of controversial issues. Its demise let to the rise of opinionated, conservative talkers like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. the rest

World stocks plunge as recession fears bite

Nov 6, 2008

Global stock markets tumbled for a second day running on Thursday as investors shrugged off Barack Obama's election as US president to focus on growing recession fears, traders said.

Europe's main markets were up to four percent lower in late morning trade after Asia saw losses of around seven percent. Wall Street shed five percent overnight and on Thursday there were also sharp losses for Nordic and Gulf share prices.

"The honeymoon period for president-elect Obama is already proving extremely short-lived, with the run of grim US economic data (on Wednesday) highlighting the mammoth task ahead in terms of getting the economy back on its feet," said Mitul Kotecha, an analyst at Calyon investment group. the rest

Tony Seel+: This is what the DCNY is promoting these days

Maybe the bishop can go to this and find a fount of knowledge that will explain life's mysteries to him. Given his current state of unknowing as expressed in his comments about the CANA ordination of Dr. Jeffrey Altman to the Syracuse newspaper here, this might be just what he needs. Of course, there is Scripture, but Adams and pecusa have given up on finding answers there. ed.

From dionews [Cental New York]:

Ralph Singh Rakeiten will be the special guest at Wisdom House, Fayetteville, for Vital Conversations on Wednesday, November 5 at 7 pm.

Wisdom House is located at 113 Chapel Street in Fayetteville. It is one of the expressions of the spiritual outreach ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church, Fayetteville.

Vital Conversations at Wisdom House is a program that explores the mysteries of life. It meets on the first Wednesday of the month. Emerging from a shared silence, spiritual leaders and practitioners from different faiths will share the wisdom teachings of their traditions in this very personal and intimate format. More than a lecture followed by questions and answers, these vital conversations will seek a deeper level of inquiry than intellectual or academic presentations.

Our first guest for Vital Conversations is Ralph Singh Rakeiten. Ralph was the founding President of Gobind Sadan, USA, and currently serves as President of Gobind Sadan Community Services, and as Director of Publications and Public Relations for the Gobind Sadan Society for Interfaith Understanding. Ralph has served the translator for His Holiness Baba Virsa Singh in India and as his representative at major conferences, including the Millennium Peace Summit. He has lectured and written on the importance of values and spirituality in modern society, and has represented the teachings of the Sikh Gurus to national and international audiences from the Smithsonian Institution to local interfaith dialogues. DCNY blog

Victory: California Marriage Proposition 8 Passes in Historic Battle

Victory: California Marriage Proposition 8 Passes in Historic Battle
By John Jalsevac

November 5, 2008 ( – The homosexualist lobby received one of its stiffest blows in years, and one which may ultimately serve as a permanent setback for same-sex “marriage” in the US, after California’s Proposition 8, the ballot measure to define marriage as being exclusively between a man and a woman, is projected to pass by a narrow majority vote.

The proposition was ahead by margin of 52% to 48% with 95% of precincts reporting as of 8am today. The referendum called for the California constitution to be amended by adding the phrase: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

The vote marks the second time that Californian voters have voted to protect natural marriage in the state. In a 2000 referendum Californians overwhelmingly voted for marriage, passing Proposition 22 with a 61% to 38% majority. the rest image

Same-sex marriage proponents won’t concede election, ask court to nullify Proposition 8

Cal Thomas: Religious Right RIP-Try Something Else

Tribune Media Services
November 6,2008

When Barack Obama takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009, he will do so in the 30th anniversary year of the founding of the so-called Religious Right. Born in 1979 and midwifed by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, the Religious Right was a reincarnation of previous religious-social movements that sought moral improvement through legislation and court rulings. Those earlier movements — from abolition (successful) to Prohibition (unsuccessful) — had mixed results.

Social movements that relied mainly on political power to enforce a conservative moral code weren’t anywhere near as successful as those that focused on changing hearts. The four religious revivals, from the First Great Awakening in the 1730s and 1740s to the Fourth Great Awakening in the late 1960s and early ’70s, which touched America and instantly transformed millions of Americans (and American culture as a result), are testimony to that.

Thirty years of trying to use government to stop abortion, preserve opposite-sex marriage, improve television and movie content and transform culture into the conservative Evangelical image has failed. The question now becomes: should conservative Christians redouble their efforts, contributing more millions to radio and TV preachers and activists, or would they be wise to try something else?

I opt for trying something else. the rest image

An Abiding Hope

November 6th, 2008
by Fr. Frank Pavone

The pro-life movement has made significant gains in the courts and in the law in these last eight years. For the next four, the movement will work to prevent the erosion of that progress.

It would be a serious mistake for people to think that this election means the pro-life movement has no political power. All politics is local. Political power is about people. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was once told that given the political realities, civil rights legislation would be impossible to pass. “We’ll just have to see about that,” he replied. And the civil rights movement was born, stirring the hearts of the people to lead the nation to the victory of justice.

So it is with our movement. The vast majority of Americans are pro-life. They will fight abortion on the local level, opening pregnancy centers and closing abortion mills, activating their Churches and educating their children, proclaiming the message in the media and demonstrating in the streets. The pro-life movement is winning this battle in the hearts and minds of the American people, as opinion polls show and as the shrinking number of abortion mills and abortion providers prove.

Political races are always a swinging of the pendulum. As soon as you win, you begin to lose, and as soon as you lose, you begin the ascent again to winning. In the next two election cycles (2010 and 2012) the pro-life movement will make up for political ground lost in this one. the rest

"The Killing Must End”: Christian Defense Coalition to Launch Major Post-Inaugural Pro-Life Campaign

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Devotional: To live by faith is to live joyfully...

To live by faith is to live joyfully, to live with assurance, untroubled by doubts and with complete confidence in all we have to do and suffer at each moment by the will of God. We must realize that it is in order to stimulate and sustain this faith that God allows the soul to be buffeted and swept away by the raging torrent of so much distress, so many troubles, so much embarrassment and weakness, and so many setbacks. For it is essential to have faith to find God behind all this.
...Jean-Pierre de Caussade image

U.S. stocks on the day after presidential elections

NEW YORK, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Wall Street hardly delivered arousing welcome to President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday,dropping by the largest margin on record for a day following a U.S.presidential contest.

The slide more than wiped out the previous day's advance, the largest Election Day rally ever for U.S. stocks.

The following table shows the percentage rise or decline in the Dow Jones industrial average. DJI, Standard & Poor's 500 index .SPX and Nasdaq composite index .IXIC on the day after a U.S presidential election and who won the Election Day vote.


San Joaquin Earmarks All Assessments for Legal Fees

November 5, 2008

All of the $260,000 the reorganizing Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin expects to collect next year in assessment income will be allocated to its ongoing court battle with the leadership of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin. Delegates approved the measure during the diocese’s Oct. 24-26 convention.

The diocese, one of several that are reorganizing or expected to reorganize after a majority of their diocesan conventions vote to leave The Episcopal Church, will receive financial assistance from the national Executive Council. Resolution A&F075, approved during council’s meeting in Helena, Mont., Oct. 21-24, authorized up to $700,000 in 2009 for clergy salaries and other expenses in San Joaquin and other similarly situated dioceses. The budget approved by San Joaquin delegates assumes receiving $597,611 in funding from the program budget of General Convention.

The diocesan synod in Quincy (Nov. 7-8) and diocesan convention in Fort Worth (Nov. 14-15) are scheduled to hold referendums on their denominational affiliation. The Diocese of Pittsburgh voted Oct. 4 to realign with the Church of the Southern Cone. The Living Church

Sioux congregation vows action over moves to close church

Wednesday, 5th November 2008
By George Conger

Parishioners from nine churches on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have vowed to take legal action against the American Bishop of South Dakota to prevent the closure of their churches, in a diocesan cost savings drive.

In his convention address to the diocesan synod on Oct 3, Bishop Creighton Robertson reported that dwindling attendance and finances had left him no choice but to close or consolidate the congregations effective Nov 30. However, on Oct 25 members of the redundant churches held an organizational meeting to gather signatures for a petition drive to halt the closings.

In an August letter to the clergy of the congregations located on the Pine Ridge Reservation — home to members of the Oglala Sioux tribe --- Bishop Robertson wrote: “I've decided that some things need to change, particularly concerning the number of churches on the Pine Ridge Episcopal Mission, and that some need to be closed, some moved to mission status, and some to remain open as active worship centres.” the rest

Why the Mainline Becomes the Sidelined

Bill Muehlenberg
November 5, 2008

It has often been said of the more liberal Christian denominations that in their attempt to become trendy and relevant – at the expense of biblical truth – they have ceased being mainline denominations and have in fact become sidelined. They have so compromised truth and the Gospel that they are no longer making any impact at all, and are slowly declining.

This has been true for some time now in places such as the US. The major Protestant mainline denominations have been deteriorating big time, with declining memberships and decreasing impact. Ironically, as they seek to become more and more relevant, they in fact become more and more irrelevant.

A recent article in First Things has highlighted this fact. Joseph Bottum had a piece entitled “The Death of Protestant America: A Political Theory of the Protestant Mainline”. In it he documents the decline of liberal Protestant churches. Of course he is not the first to do this. Many in the past have noted the growth of conservative churches and the decline of liberal churches. the rest (h/t Anglican Mainstream)

Most Canadian Bishops Affirm Lambeth Moratoria

November 4, 2008

The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada acknowledged at the end of a five-day meeting on Oct. 31 that while a majority affirm their commitment to the three-part moratoria proposed by the Windsor Continuation Group at this summer’s Lambeth Conference, a growing number of dioceses are taking steps to authorize same-sex blessings.

The bishops spent considerable time discussing the moratoria on approving same-sex blessings, the consecration of person in same-sex relationships to the episcopate, and cross-border incursions. According to a statement released by the bishops, they also called for the establishment of diocesan commissions to discuss the matter of same-sex blessings in preparation for debate at General Synod 2010.

A week earlier, Bishop Barry Clarke of Montreal told his diocesan synod, “For reasons, perhaps known only to God, I believe we, in the Diocese of Montreal, are among those who have been called by God to speak with a prophetic voice. It is our voice that is called to affirm that all unions of faithful love and life-long commitment are worthy of God's blessing and a means of God’s grace. In time our voice will either be affirmed by the body, or stand corrected.” the rest

At least 500 Christians killed in Orissa, government sources say


The official death toll stands at 31 but a fact-finding mission by a Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist team in the affected area sheds new light on the scale of the attacks and on the present conditions of the refugees. It calls for the banning of radical Hindu groups. New Delhi (AsiaNews) – A representative of the local government in Orissa estimated that more than 500 people died as a consequence of the anti-Christian pogrom launched by Hindu fundamentalists. He said he personally authorised the cremation of at least 200 bodies.

The representative, on condition of anonymity, reported these facts and figures to a team sent by the Communist Party of India (CPL-ML) on a fact finding visit to Kandhamal district.

Officially, according to the state government, the official death toll now stands at 31. the rest

The Day After

Pray for Our President and Our Nation
By Chuck Colson

Whether you voted for Barack Obama or John McCain, whether you’re recovering from your all-night celebration or drying the tears from your pillow, today’s a good day to remember the words of the apostle Paul: “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

And the new President will surely need our prayers because he and his administration face huge, serious challenges to the health of our nation and to peace in the world—challenges that, in my opinion, neither he nor any government on earth will have the power to overcome without divine aid.

How has America come to this point? Why is our economy on the brink of disaster? Why is our culture so utterly depraved?

I can only think of what Alexandr Solzhenitsyn said about the catastrophic consequences of the Russian revolution. “I recall,” he said, “hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.”

Solzhenitsyn was right. Indeed, I can’t find any better explanation for why we Americans find ourselves in the state we are in. We have forgotten God. the rest-don't miss this! image

Albert Mohler: America Has Chosen a President

Massive waves a mystery at Maine harbor

By Megan Woolhouse
Globe Staff / November 4, 2008

Dockworker Marcy Ingall saw a giant wave in the distance last Tuesday afternoon and stopped in her tracks. It was an hour before low tide in Maine's Boothbay Harbor, yet without warning, the muddy harbor floor suddenly filled with rushing, swirling water.

In 15 minutes, the water rose 12 feet, then receded. And then it happened again. It occurred three times, she said, each time ripping apart docks and splitting wooden pilings.

"It was bizarre," said Ingall, a lifelong resident of the area. "Everybody was like, 'Oh my God, is this the end?' " It was not the apocalypse, but it was a rare phenomenon, one that has baffled researchers. The National Weather Service said ocean levels rapidly rose in Boothbay, Southport, and Bristol in a matter of minutes around 3 p.m. on Oct. 28 to the surprise of ocean watchers. Exactly what caused the rogue waves remains unknown. the rest

The Treatment of Bush Has Been a Disgrace

What must our enemies be thinking?
NOVEMBER 5, 2008

Earlier this year, 12,000 people in San Francisco signed a petition in support of a proposition on a local ballot to rename an Oceanside sewage plant after George W. Bush. The proposition is only one example of the classless disrespect many Americans have shown the president.

According to recent Gallup polls, the president's average approval rating is below 30% -- down from his 90% approval in the wake of 9/11. Mr. Bush has endured relentless attacks from the left while facing abandonment from the right.

This is the price Mr. Bush is paying for trying to work with both Democrats and Republicans. During his 2004 victory speech, the president reached out to voters who supported his opponent, John Kerry, and said, "Today, I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust."

Those bipartisan efforts have been met with crushing resistance from both political parties.
The president's original Supreme Court choice of Harriet Miers alarmed Republicans, while his final nomination of Samuel Alito angered Democrats. His solutions to reform the immigration system alienated traditional conservatives, while his refusal to retreat in Iraq has enraged liberals who have unrealistic expectations about the challenges we face there.

It seems that no matter what Mr. Bush does, he is blamed for everything. He remains despised by the left while continuously disappointing the right.

Yet it should seem obvious that many of our country's current problems either existed long before Mr. Bush ever came to office, or are beyond his control. Perhaps if Americans stopped being so divisive, and congressional leaders came together to work with the president on some of these problems, he would actually have had a fighting chance of solving them. the rest

Anglican head to visit Hindu temple in England

November 4, 2008

LONDON (ICNS): In a gesture of peace and love the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has decided to visit a Hindu temple in central England.

Archbishop Williams, who is also the head of the Church of England is to visit the Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) temple Nov. 15. Archbishop Williams said he accepted invitation of the trustees of the temple, Europe's largest Hindu place of worship, as a sign of the "celebration of friendship and the facing of challenges with hope".

The “friendship move” assumes significance in Britain as it comes after a series of anti-Christian violence in Orissa. the rest

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Devotional: Have we this day grace enough?

And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. 2 Kings 3:16-17

Three armies were perishing of thirst, and the Lord interposed. Although He sent neither cloud nor rain, yet He supplied an abundance of water. He is not dependent upon ordinary methods but can surprise His people with novelties of wisdom and power. Thus are we made to see more of God than ordinary processes could have revealed. Although the Lord may not appear for us in the way we expect, or desire, or suppose, yet He will in some way or other provide for us. It is a great blessing for us to be raised above looking to secondary causes so that we may gaze into the face of the great First Cause.

Have we this day grace enough to make trenches into which the divine blessing may flow? Alas! We too often fail in the exhibition of true and practical faith. Let us this day be on the outlook for answers to prayer. As the child who went to a meeting to pray for rain took an umbrella with her, so let us truly and practically expect the Lord to bless us. Let us make the valley full of ditches and expect to see them all filled. ...CH Spurgeon image

Nation watches as a divided California prepares to decide on same-sex marriage

Supporters and opponents have mounted a costly campaign over Proposition 8, which would amend the state Constitution to ban gay marriage.
By Jessica Garrison
November 4, 2008

After the most expensive campaign in state history over a social issue, Californians went to the polls today to vote on the divisive and deeply emotional issue of same-sex marriage.

Proposition 8, which would amend the California Constitution to ban gay marriage, has been extremely close in recent polling, with the Field Poll last week showing 49% against and 44% in favor of the measure, with 7% undecided. Along with the presidential race, the fight over gay marriage is among the nation's most closely watched contests. Volunteers from around the country have staffed phone banks, and campaign contributions have come from every state in the nation to the "no" campaign, and every state but Vermont to the "yes" side.

The two sides raised nearly $74 million and blanketed the airwaves for weeks with expensive television and radio commercials. the rest

Presiding Episcopal bishop speaks of joy, diverse opinions

By Sherri Day
Times Staff Writer
Monday, November 3, 2008

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, head of the Episcopal Church, visits the Diocese of Southwest Florida this week.

Jefferts Schori, who leads more than 2.4-million Episcopalians worldwide and 34,000 in the bay area, is coming to Tampa for the biannual meeting of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. It's her first visit as presiding bishop.

We talked with her Friday as she prepared for her trip.

What's the state of the Episcopal Church?

Most every place I visit, congregations and dioceses are energetically engaged in serving their neighbors both nearby and far away. What gets reported in the media is a matter of a relatively few people who are exceedingly unhappy and very noisy.

You've been in office for almost two years. Describe the landscape of the church.

In some sense, I think we're past the worst of the current controversies. I think most people are realizing that there are a variety of opinions in this church about the current hot-button issues as there have always been a variety of opinions about matters of great interest in the church. I'm fond of reminding people that in the late 1800s people were arguing vehemently about whether or not you could put candles on the altar. Significant numbers of people left the church over that issue. The current controversy is not new in its heat. What is new is the speed with which it's communicated around the world. But I think as Episcopalians we're remembering that we value a diversity of opinion, and that's part of our health and part of our DNA.

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FALLBROOK: Church battle leaves congregation in limbo

St. John's Anglican, formerly Episcopal, still planted at Iowa Street location under dispute
By TOM PFINGSTEN - Staff Writer
Monday, November 3, 2008

FALLBROOK ---- A small Fallbrook church is waiting to see what will come of a court battle with the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego after an unfavorable appeal court ruling, in a property rights dispute that will determine who gets to use the church building.

Several of the 100 to 125 people who attend what is now St. John's Anglican Church said last week that they intend to meet every Sunday at their Iowa Street sanctuary, as they always have, until someone says otherwise.

"We would be kind of foolish to not do some 'What if'-type of things," said Rick Crossley, who has attended the church for 10 years and served as a spokesman since the congregation voted to leave the Episcopal church in 2006. "We're not going out looking at leases, though." the rest

Two Presbyterian congregations vote to break away

Clovis churches cite gay issues
By Ron Orozco / The Fresno Bee

Two of the Valley's largest Presbyterian congregations said they want out of the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination.

After services ended Sunday, First Presbyterian in downtown Fresno and Trinity Presbyterian in Clovis both voted to leave Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) over differences mainly about the authority of Scripture and the possibility of gay leadership in the church.

In voting to leave, the churches are asking their local governing body, the Visalia-based Presbytery of San Joaquin, to transfer their congregations to the more conservative Evangelical Presbyterian Church, based in Livonia, Mich.

The votes were overwhelming: 543-10 at First Presbyterian; 264-7 at Trinity Presbyterian. the rest

Somalia: 13 year-old rape victim stoned to death

Stoning victim 'begged for mercy'
Tuesday, 4 November 2008

A young woman recently stoned to death in Somalia first pleaded for her life, a witness has told the BBC.

"Don't kill me, don't kill me," she said, according to the man who wanted to remain anonymous. A few minutes later, more than 50 men threw stones.

Human rights group Amnesty International says the victim was a 13-year-old girl who had been raped. the rest

Highly Praised ESV Study Bible Reports Phenomenal Sales

By Elena Garcia
Christian Post Reporter
Mon, Nov. 03 2008

Retail spending may have declined in October but Bible sales for one Bible publisher are soaring through the roof.

Crossway Books & Bibles has reported that the demand for its new English Standard Version Study Bible is so high that the first 100,000 copies were sold out even before the release date in mid-October.

Over 111,000 people have purchased the ESV Study Bible, which its makers say is equivalent to a 20-volume Bible resource. The Bible has gone back for a second printing of 50,000 copies with third printing of 50,000 soon to follow...

...J.I. Packer, considered by TIME magazine as among the top 25 influential evangelicals in America, served as the work's theological editor.

Packer, an executive editor at Christianity Today and a former professor of theology, said he was enthusiastic about the <>ESV Study Bible because it takes a larger view of its task than other study Bibles.
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Islamic scholars in Rome for landmark Muslim-Catholic talks

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Muslim scholars are in Rome Monday for a landmark meeting with top Catholic officials.

The Muslim scholars, who will meet Pope Benedict XVI and Vatican officials for a series of talks starting Tuesday, hope the three-day meeting will help defuse ongoing tensions between Islam and Christianity.

"It is clear that the time has come to open debate on the common theological underpinnings and the shared foundations of the two religions," wrote Professor Tariq Ramadan, president of the European Muslim Network (EMN), in a commentary appearing in the Guardian. Ramadan is part of the delegation of Muslim scholars taking part in the first round of interfaith talks with the Vatican. the rest

Albert Mohler: A Prayer for America on Election Day

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Americans head for the voting precincts today as the 2008 election is now at hand. Already, some 20 million citizens have voted through early voting options. Some expect a record turn-out for today's election. In any event, millions of citizens will participate in the first duty of freedom -- the freedom to vote.

There is so much at stake. We hear every election cycle that the stakes have never been higher. In one sense, this is usually also true. There is always the sense that there is more at stake this year than last, and, given the way issues unfold, that perception often seems validated by the times.

Christians face the responsibility to vote, not only as citizens, but as Christians who seek to honor and follow Christ in all things. But, beyond the vote, we also bear responsibility to pray for our nation. the rest

The Solzhenitsyn Challenge: Restoring Public Courage

By Chuck Colson

By the end of the day, we’ll know who our next President and Congress will be. My message today is directed at whoever wins. I want to echo the prophetic address Soviet dissident Alexandr Solzhenitsyn gave 30 years ago at Harvard. On that sunny June day, Solzhenitsyn warned that the West was losing its moral foundation.

“The Western world has lost its civic courage,” Solzhenitsyn said. And—to the outrage of his audience, Solzhenitsyn added: “Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling groups and the intellectual elite.” People and governments, he said, need the courage to do the right thing.

Our Founders would have cheered him on. They understood America to be a noble experiment in ordered liberty and self-government. But, as they warned, that experiment could succeed only if individuals exercised restraint in governing their own behavior. the rest

A price on your head

Margaret Datiles
Sunday, November 2, 2008

In May 2008, Barbara Wagner received a chilling rejection letter from her health-care insurance company. Employing a dollar-saving tactic, Mrs. Wagner's Oregon Health Plan denied coverage for medication that would treat her cancer and extend her life, but agreed to pay for less expensive medications to end her life.

Mrs. Wagner's lung cancer, which had been in remission for two years, had returned. Her doctor prescribed medication which would cost $4,000 per month, but the 64-year-old retired bus driver could not afford to pay. Mrs. Wagner's Oregon Health Plan administrators instead coldly offered to pay $50 for an assisted suicide. To them, that was all she was worth.

Mrs. Wagner and her family were devastated. "It was horrible," she said, tears flooding her eyes. "I got a letter in the mail that basically said if you want to take the pills, we will help you get that from the doctor, and we will stand there and watch you die. But we won't give you the medication to live."

Oregon soon may not be the only state saving money by denying coverage for lifesaving medications and encouraging suicide. The State of Washington is considering a ballot initiative that would allow the same dollar-saving opportunities for health-care insurance companies. Washington Initiative 1000 (I-1000) would legalize physician-assisted suicide and allow Washington health-care plans to financially pressure vulnerable patients into "choosing" assisted suicide. the rest

Monday, November 03, 2008

Devotional: A Prayer for Our Nation's Election

O God, we acknowledge You today as Lord,
Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.

We thank You for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to You.

We thank You for Your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.
We thank You for the opportunity
that this election year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that Your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics
is not their salvation,
Their response to You requires that they be
politically active.

Awaken Your people to know
that they are not called to be
a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to You in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read Your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.

Awaken Your people to a commitment to justice,
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin
when Human Lives Begin,
And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of Your kingdom.
May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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Gay Groups Use Donations to Become a Force in Elections

October 25, 2008

The city of Rochester and its suburbs along Lake Ontario may seem an unlikely focal point for the national gay rights movement.

But many of the philanthropists who have bankrolled gay and lesbian causes throughout the country have poured tens of thousands of dollars in the past month into the State Senate campaign of Rick Dollinger, a Democrat and ally of the gay community. Mr. Dollinger is challenging a Republican incumbent, Joseph E. Robach, whose district includes Rochester.

Mr. Dollinger is not the only beneficiary of the gay community’s largess in this election. From Suffolk County on Long Island to the suburbs of Buffalo, checks from donors in far-flung places like West Hollywood, Denver and Chicago have been pouring into the campaigns of Democratic Senate candidates, adding a surprising dynamic to the battle to oust Republicans from their last post of power in state government. the rest

Study First to Link TV Sex To Real Teen Pregnancies

By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 3, 2008

Teenagers who watch a lot of television featuring flirting, necking, discussion of sex and sex scenes are much more likely than their peers to get pregnant or get a partner pregnant, according to the first study to directly link steamy programming to teen pregnancy.

The study, which tracked more than 700 12-to-17-year-olds for three years, found that those who viewed the most sexual content on TV were about twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy as those who saw the least. the rest

Must read! Obama’s Coming War on Historic Christianity over Homosexual Practice and Abortion

by Robert A. J. Gagnon, Ph.D.
Nov. 3, 2008

If Obama is elected President this Tuesday he has made it a priority of his administration to pass legislation that will make war against Christians and persons of other religious convictions who believe that homosexual practice and abortion are immoral acts. Persecution will take many forms, as indicated by actions that have already taken place in parts of the United States, Canada, and Western Europe:

-Compulsory indoctrination of our children in schools (kindergarten up), as also of ourselves in the workplace, that abortion and especially homosexual practice are moral and civil “rights” and that their opponents are bigots to be excluded from polite society. As regards their children in the public schools, there will be no parental notification or opt-out provisions. For examples go here, here, here, here, here, here.

-Job discrimination, termination, and the imposition of fines on people who express contrary views toward homosexual practice within, and even outside, the workplace. For examples go here (pp. 10-17), here, here, here, here.

-Forced subsidization of abortion and homosexual unions through taxes.

-Forced offering of goods and services that directly advance and promote homosexual practice and abortion, irrespective of the degree to which the conscience of the provider may be violated. This includes, but is not limited to, adoption services and foster parenting, health care providers and counselors, justices of the peace, those who provide wedding services, the legal profession, print shops, and indeed all businesses with employees. For examples, go here, here, here, here, here, here (second half), here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here.

-Severe restrictions in broadcasting and the print media against “homophobic” utterances as civil rights violations that would incur financial penalties and loss of license. Limitations would also extend to free speech in the marketplace. For examples go here, here, here, here, here, here, here.

-Sanctions against Christian colleges and seminaries that allow “discrimination” against “gay, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders,” involving fines, loss of federal funds for student loans and research, loss of tax exemptions, and even loss of accreditation. In short, what happened to Bob Jones University over racial issues will happen to all Christian institutions that tolerate “homophobic” attitudes and practices on campus. the rest-please read! image

It's Not Too Late to Vote for Life
Robin G. Jordan

Thomas Sowell: Ego and Mouth

Obama’s trademark
By Thomas Sowell
November 1, 2008

After the big gamble on subprime mortgages that led to the current financial crisis, is there going to be an even bigger gamble, by putting the fate of a nation in the hands of a man whose only qualifications are ego and mouth?

Barack Obama has the kind of cocksure confidence that can only be achieved by not achieving anything else.

Anyone who has actually had to take responsibility for consequences by running any kind of enterprise— whether economic or academic, or even just managing a sports team— is likely at some point to be chastened by either the setbacks brought on by his own mistakes or by seeing his successes followed by negative consequences that he never anticipated.

The kind of self-righteous self-confidence that has become Obama’s trademark is usually found in sophomores in Ivy League colleges— very bright and articulate students, utterly untempered by experience in the real world. the rest

Archbishop Maurice Sinclair: Why support an Anglican Province of North America in process of formation?

2nd November 2008

The question of the formation and recognition of a new Anglican Province in North America is currently being debated in the Anglican Communion. There is the urgent need on the one hand to regularise the situation of Anglicans who cannot in conscience assent to the innovations in doctrine and ethics being introduced into the life of TEC. On the other hand there is a natural reluctance to create a rival body alongside what has been a historic part of the Anglican Church. Institutions tend to avoid decisive measures, and minimise risk. However, reasons are given here for giving official support to the first steps in the formation of the new Province. It can be argued that failure to take these measures actually increases risk to the institutional as well as the spiritual life of the Communion. the rest

R.C. Sproul: Principles for Voting

October 29, 2008


I know there are people in Christendom who believe that the church should never say anything about the public square or what happens in the political realm. But given our biblical history I wonder how anybody can come to that conclusion. You read the pages of the Old Testament and you read the history of the prophets. You see a king like Ahab using the power of his secular authority to confiscate the personal private property of neighbors. And nobody says a word until Elijah risks his life to declare it unjust and call him to task. Isaiah was raised and anointed to go into the palace and speak to king after king after king, bringing God's criticism to the nation. Amos was the one who cried in the marketplace "let justice roll down like an ever-flowing stream." And for calling the culture of their day to righteousness every one of those prophets faced hostility, bodily harm, and death. Why was John the Baptist beheaded? Because he called attention to the immorality of the king, and the unjustness and illicit basis of his marriage. Jesus criticized Herod as well, calling him a fox. And when He called the nation of Israel to righteousness, corrected the Sanhedrin, and criticized the leading authorities and their corrupt practices, He was arrested and executed. He was not executed because he said, "Consider the lilies, how they spin." He was executed because He said, "Consider the thieves, how they steal."

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Obama Denies Christ in His Own Words
Cathleen Falsani, the author of The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People, interviewed Barack Obama about his faith March 27, 2004, a few days after he clinched the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat that he eventually won.Because of the intense interest in Obama's faith, she has made the entire interview available uncut and in its entirety.

Putting Obama before Christ

Q and A: Bishop Gene Robinson

Bishop Gene Robinson saddened by controversy over 2003 consecration.
By Jeff Brumley, The Times-Union

Ask someone to name the capital of New Hampshire, and chances are he'll scratch his head before reaching for an atlas.

Ask him to name the Episcopal bishop of that state and chances are better he'll guess correctly: the Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson.

Millions of Americans and tens of millions around the world know him as the openly-gay bishop of that state whose Nov. 2, 2003, consecration sparked a controversy that is splitting the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The Times-Union spoke by phone with Robinson about the significance of this anniversary for himself, Florida Bishop Samuel Johnson Howard's Jacksonville-based diocese, and the denomination.

Interview here

Episcopal leader says exodus 'tragic'

By Bonnie Pfister
Monday, November 3, 2008

The head of the country's Episcopal Church visited Pittsburgh on Sunday, a show of support to the 20 local churches that are remaining faithful to the New York-based leadership, even as twice as many others align with a more conservative governing body based in Argentina.

About 700 parishioners and other Episcopalians jammed the pews of Shadyside's Calvary Episcopal Church to welcome Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States. A typical 11 a.m. service draws about 250 people, said Calvary Rector John Lewis.

"It's a great joy for us to welcome Bishop Katharine," Lewis said "We knew we had the support of the Episcopal (Church), but to have her here in the flesh is to have an outward and visible sign of that support." the rest

Proposed Covenant dismissed

Monday, 3rd November 2008
By George Conger

The proposed Anglican Covenant is an “exercise in futility,” theologians affiliated with the Gafcon movement tell The Church of England Newspaper, and the current draft is beset with “a considerable degree of theological confusion.”

On Oct 22, the Anglican Covenant Design Group chaired by Archbishop Drexel Gomez of the West Indies released a commentary on the proposed pan-Anglican agreement drawn from comments made by bishops attending this summer’s Lambeth Conference. The 33-page “Lambeth Commentary” has been distributed to each of the Communion’s 38 provinces, with the request that they offer their comments on the commentary as well as the underlying draft of the covenant by March 9, 2009.

The Design Group said it hoped the Lambeth Commentary “will stand alongside the St Andrew's Draft [released in February 2008] as a critique and as a stimulus for study and response.”

The Covenant Design Group will meet in March 2009 to develop a new draft based upon the provincial responses and submit the final report to the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) at its May 1-12 meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Lambeth Commentary suggests the Anglican Communion adopt a form of alternative dispute resolution to resolve its divisions over doctrine and discipline, citing the examples of conflict mediation, South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Chinese community centres,’ and the racially segregated Anglican churches of New Zealand. the rest

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Devotional: Just because the current giant you are facing...

Just because the current giant you are facing looks like one you defeated in the past, don't buy the lie that you never really won the first battle! By the strength of God's grace, you trusted the Almighty and conquered your Goliath. The first giant is dead. Satan is masquerading as your former enemy so he can slip past your faith and regain entrance into your life. Resist him. ...Francis Frangipane image

Montreal: City's top Anglican stands behind gay unions

Canada's bishops urge two-year moratorium
The Gazette
Saturday, November 01

The head of Montreal's Anglican church plans to bless same-sex unions despite a suggested two-year moratorium following a meeting of Canada's Anglican bishops.

Rt. Rev. Barry Clarke, head of the Anglican Diocese of Montreal, which includes 72 parishes and 110 congregations, said last night he will meet with diocese officials to develop "a protocol and a liturgy implementing the blessing of same-sex unions."

The bishop said he will be respectful of the range of positions in his diocese regarding unions, including "those who disagree with it." the rest

Diocese of Recife faces fresh attacks from Brazilian Province

Anglican Mainsteam
November 2nd, 2008

Statement from the Diocese of Recife Standing Committee

In light of a systematic campaign of misinformation by the Brazilian Province (IEAB) at international level, and facing civil lawsuits posing a direct threat to its mission and property, following a meeting on 30th. October the Diocese of Recife’s Standing Committee unanimously approved the following Document concerning its identity, dignity and rights

“The Diocese of Recife, in its 32 year history, in spite of obstacles and adversity, has remained faithful to the Word of God and its teaching, honoring the memory and missionary vision of the pioneers of Anglicanism in Brazil. The diocese is a legitimate legal entity, registered according to Brazilian law and governed by our Social Statutes and Diocesan Canons, in a permanent participatory process involving our parishes, church plants, social projects, clergy and people (around 5,000 members).

We are recognized and respected by the State, by Civil Society and by other Christian Churches on account of our doctrine, ethics and labor, and also on account of the lifestyle of our ministers and church members. The marks of our life are honesty and transparency, (we possess no supposed “hidden agenda”). the rest