Saturday, April 11, 2009

Holy Saturday: O Lord, God of my salvation...

O Lord, God of my salvation;
I cry out day and night before you.
Let my prayer come before you;
incline your ear to my cry!

For my soul is full of troubles,
and my life draws near to Sheol.
I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
I am a man who has no strength,
like one set loose among the dead,
like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom you remember no more,
for they are cut off from your hand.
You have put me in the depths of the pit,
in the regions dark and deep.
Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
and you overwhelm me with all your waves.

You have caused my companions to shun me;
you have made me a horror to them.
I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
my eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call upon you, O Lord;
I spread out my hands to you.
Do you work wonders for the dead?
Do the departed rise up to praise you?

Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
Are your wonders known in the darkness,
or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

But I, O Lord, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
O Lord, why do you cast my soul away?
Why do you hide your face from me?
Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.
Your wrath has swept over me;
your dreadful assaults destroy me.
They surround me like a flood all day long;
they close in on me together.
You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me;
my companions have become darkness.
...Psalm 88 image

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday: From the cross uplifted high...

From the cross uplifted high,
Where the Savior deigns to die,
What melodious sounds I hear,
Bursting on my ravished ear!
Love’s redeeming work is done-
Come and welcome, sinner, come.

Sprinkled now with blood the throne;
Why beneath thy burdens groan?
On my pierced body laid,
Justice owns the ransom paid:
Bow the knee, and kiss the Son,
Come and welcome, sinner, come.

Soon the days of life shall end-
Lo, I come, your Savior, Friend!
Safe your spirit to convey
To the realms of endless day,
Up to my eternal home-
Come and welcome, sinner, come.
...Thomas Haweis

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Holy Thursday: The Lord Jesus loves his people so much...

Then He poureth water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded. John 13:5

The Lord Jesus loves his people so much, that every day he is still doing for them much that is analogous to washing their soiled feet. Their poorest actions he accepts; their deepest sorrow he feels; their slenderest wish he hears, and their every transgression he forgives. He is still their servant as well as their Friend and Master....humbly, patiently, he yet goes about among his people with the basin and the towel. He does this when he puts away from us day by day our constant infirmities and sins....It is a great act of eternal love when Christ once for all absolves the sinner, and puts him into the family of God; but what condescending patience there is when the Saviour with much long-suffering bears the oft recurring follies of his wayward disciple; day by day, and hour by hour, washing away the multiplied transgressions of his erring but yet beloved child!....While we find comfort and peace in our Lord’s daily cleansing, its legitimate influence upon us will be to increase our watchfulness, and quicken our desire for holiness. Is it so?
...CH Spurgeon image

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Devotional: Some of us think at times...

Some of us think at times that we could cry, "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" There are seasons when the brightness of our Father's smile is eclipsed by clouds and darkness; but let us remember that God never does really forsake us. It is only a seeming forsaking with us, but in Christ's case it was a real forsaking. We grieve at a little withdrawal of our Father's love; but the real turning away of God's face from His Son, who shall calculate how deep the agony which it caused Him? In our case, our cry is often dictated by unbelief: in His case, it was the utterance of a dreadful fact, for God had really turned away from Him for a season.

O thou poor, distressed soul, who once lived in the sunshine of God's face, but art now in darkness, remember that He has not really forsaken thee. God in the clouds is as much our God as when He shines forth in all the lustre of His grace; but since even the thought that He has forsaken us gives us agony, what must the woe of the Saviour have been when He exclaimed, "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" ...Charles Haddon Spurgeon image


We Can’t Knuckle Under to Muslims While Giving Lip Service to Religious Freedom

By Ken Blackwell
April 8th, 2009

This is Holy Week for Christians. For Jews, it is the time of the Passover. Both of these traditions remind us that we must continue to stand for religious freedom for all. I agree with Britain’s Anglican Bishop of Rochester, the Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali. He says that we Christians should treat our Muslim neighbors with love and with respect. We believe, even if they do not, that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. We believe that they share with us the civil rights that are enjoyed by all Americans. But we also believe, with George Washington, that each one here should be able “to sit under his own vine and fig tree and there should be none to make him afraid.”

When Anglican Bishop Nazir-Ali came to the U.S. earlier this year, he did not call for persecution of Muslims. Nazir-Ali called upon all Christians to treat Muslims with genuine respect. Asked whether muezzins ought to be allowed to call Muslims to prayer in his home city of Rochester, England, “certainly,” the Bishop replied even-handedly, “as soon as church bells ring out in Mecca.” The Bishop’s point was there should be no knuckling under.

Anglican leaders meet to chart future path

Wednesday, 8th April 2009
By George Conger

An Anglican Covenant, finances and the political divisions within the Communion and across the world will be among topics of debate at next month’s meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council.

Seventy-five Archbishops, bishops, clergy and lay delegates from the Anglican Communion’s 38 provinces are scheduled to attend the May 1-13 meeting at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. Over the course of the 11-day meeting, the delegates will receive reports from a variety of pan-Anglican groups and networks, endorse a new budget and elect officers, receive a presentation on the work of the Windsor Continuation Group, and review the proposed Anglican Covenant. the rest

Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies

APRIL 8, 2009

WASHINGTON -- Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials.

The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven't sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or war. the rest

Enneagram brings freedom, personal fulfillment, and self-knowledge to Central New York

Stand Firm
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Have you noticed how many Episcopal churches and dioceses seem taken by the ENNEAGRAM fad? This announcement was sent to me from a friend still in the Diocese of Central New York. It was part of the diocesan e-news update...

St. James Episcopal Church in Skaneateles presents a presentation of the ENNEAGRAM on April 24 & 25, 2009 in our parish hall

The ENNEAGRAM is an ancient spiritual tool concerning the nine basic personality types and how they work in our lives. Work with the ENNEAGRAM can help to develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and others and why we do what we do. It enables us to break free from worn-out coping strategies and begin to see life from a broader point of view. The ENNEAGRAM is a tool that we can use to discover the answers to the following questions: Who am I on the inside? Why do I do what I do?

Who are you? If I am made in the image of God, why don't I see it in myself and others?

There will be time for quiet, group interaction and reflection.

So the "ENNEAGRAM" will help us "break free from worn out coping strategies, tell us who we really are on the inside, and explain the root of our behavioral Who needs Jesus when you can get the Enneagram? Comments at Stand Firm

Tony Blair tells the Pope: you're wrong on homosexuality

From The Times
April 8, 2009
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

Tony Blair has challenged the “entrenched” attitudes of the Pope on homosexuality, and argued that it is time for him to “rethink” his views.

Speaking to the gay magazine Attitude, the former Prime Minister, himself now a Roman Catholic, said that he wanted to urge religious figures everywhere to reinterpret their religious texts to see them as metaphorical, not literal, and suggested that in time this would make all religious groups accept gay people as equals.

Asked about the Pope’s stance, Mr Blair blamed generational differences and said: “We need an attitude of mind where rethinking and the concept of evolving attitudes becomes part of the discipline with which you approach your religious faith.” the rest

Obama’s Christian Appointee to Faith-Based Program Says New Testament Teaching on Homosexuality Is ‘Not True’

Wednesday, April 08, 2009
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer

( – President Obama has named to his faith-based advisory council a self-professed Christian who holds that the New Testament's teaching that homosexual behavior is unnatural and wrong--which is found in St. Paul's letter to the Romans--“is not true."

The appointee, Harry Knox, has also said that Obama's decision to invite the Rev. Rick Warren to say a prayer at the Inauguration "tainted" the ceremony and that Pope Benedict XVI is a "discredited leader." the rest

Albert Mohler: The Challenge of Islam -- A Christian Perspective

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

President Barack Obama has put the issue of Islam front and center on the international stage. His visit to Turkey, and his very public statements to the Muslim world, have raised a host of questions at home and abroad.

In his speech to the Turkish parliament on Monday, President Obama declared: "The United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam." He went on to say that "our partnership with the Muslim world is critical not just in rolling back the violent ideologies that people of all faiths reject, but also to strengthen opportunity for all its people."

But the President also spoke of his "deep appreciation for the Islamic faith." the rest

ADV Welcomes New Congregation in Arlington

Restoration Anglican to Begin Public Worship Easter Sunday
(via email)

FAIRFAX, Va. (April 8, 2009) – The Anglican District of Virginia welcomed its newest member congregation, Restoration Anglican Church in Arlington , Va. The new church will open its doors on Easter Sunday for public worship. Restoration Anglican, led by the Rev. David M. Hanke, is a church plant of The Falls Church in Falls Church , Va.

“We are pleased to welcome Restoration Anglican Church to the ADV family. There is no question that planting new churches is the most effective way to reach the unchurched and Rev. Hanke is an exceptional leader who already has demonstrated his gift for building a community of faith through friendship. This new church underscores our shared goal of fostering orthodox Anglicanism throughout the area,” said ADV Vice-Chairman Jim Oakes.

“So many people have come together to help build the foundation for Restoration Anglican Church. We’ve already begun to create a community that connects people to God, to others, and to the needs around us, but our most important benchmark will be whether there are people who are far from Christ that have come into our community and been transformed by the Gospel. We’re excited to see what the Lord has in store for our congregation,” Rev. Hanke said.

Restoration Anglican Church is located at 1815 North Quincy Street in Arlington , Va. The church offers contemporary Anglican worship, small groups, children’s ministry and outreach opportunities. On April 12, Easter services will be held at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. To learn more about Restoration Anglican Church and access the church blog, sermons and a full worship schedule, visit: Here.

The Anglican District of Virginia is an association of Anglican congregations in Virginia.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Devotional: Drop, drop, slow tears...

Drop, drop, slow tears, and bathe those beauteous feet,
which brought from heaven the news and Prince of Peace.

Cease not, wet eyes, his mercies to entreat;
to cry for vengeance sin doth never cease.

In your deep floods drown all my faults and fears;
nor let his eye see sin, but through my tears.
... Phineas Fletcher

ADV Responds to Appeal by The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia

FAIRFAX, Va. (April 7, 2009) – In response to the appeal in the Virginia church property litigation filed on Tuesday, April 7 by the Diocese of Virginia and The Episcopal Church, the Anglican District of Virginia Vice-Chairman Jim Oakes issued the following statement:

“We are saddened that The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia find it necessary to continue this litigation with an appeal filed during Holy Week. The appeal process will cost additional millions of dollars that could be spent on mission and ministry. Both sides have already spent some $5 million in legal costs, money that could have gone to helping our communities during these tough economic times. The legal victories we’ve had so far in support of our religious freedom have only encouraged us to stand firm in our Anglican faith and work together to deliver the message of Christ.

“Since our final legal victory in December 2008, the Anglican District of Virginia has added two more congregations, bringing out total to 25 congregations and three mission fellowships. This continuing growth here and around the country is tangible evidence of the hunger for orthodox Anglicanism in the U.S. Despite today’s appeal, we will continue to move on with our mission to spread the transforming news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our doors are open to everyone, especially those who thirst for transformation and renewal.” link

The Anglican District of Virginia ( is an association of Anglican congregations in Virginia.

Obama: Islam Has Shaped the U.S.A.

By Robert Spencer
Tuesday, April 07, 2009

“We will convey,” said Barack Obama to the Turkish Parliament Monday, “our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.”

Undeniably the Islamic faith has done a great deal to shape the world – a statement that makes no value judgment about exactly how it has shaped the world. It has formed the dominant culture in what is known as the Islamic world for centuries. But what on earth could Obama mean when he says that Islam has also “done so much” to shape his own country?

Unless he considers himself an Indonesian, Obama’s statement was extraordinarily strange. After all, how has the Islamic faith shaped the United States? Were there Muslims along Paul Revere’s ride, or standing next to Patrick Henry when he proclaimed, “Give me liberty or give me death”? Were there Muslims among the framers or signers of the Declaration of Independence, which states that all men – not just Muslims, as Islamic law would have it – are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Were there Muslims among those who drafted the Constitution and vigorously debated its provisions, or among those who enumerated the Bill of Rights, which guarantees – again in contradiction to the tenets of Islamic law – that there should be no established national religion, and that the freedom of speech should not be infringed?

There were not. the rest

We're not at war with Islam. But maybe the president shouldn't keep saying so.

Vatican has rejected three of Obama’s ambassador candidates

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Vatican has quietly rejected at least three of President Obama's candidates to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See because they support abortion, and the White House might be running out of time to find an acceptable envoy before Mr. Obama travels to Rome in July, when he hopes to meet Pope Benedict XVI.

Italian journalist Massimo Franco, who broke the story about the White House attempts to find a suitable ambassador to the Vatican, said papal advisers told Mr. Obama's aides privately that the candidates failed to meet the Vatican's most basic qualification on the abortion issue.

"The informal dismissal of the first names whispered in the Obama inner circle is a signal," Mr. Franco, a columnist with Corriere della Sera (Evening Courier), told Embassy Row in e-mail. the rest

Ashes in their mouths

By William Warren

For those who continue to deceptively hype the “hope, unity, change,” tripe, it’s time to consider the numbers. And weigh the risk.

According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, President Obama has earned himself the widest partisan gap in job approval in modern American history. The spread between Democrats and Republicans who approve of Mr. Obama’s performance is a staggering 61 points—with a whopping 88% approval from Democrats and a paltry 27% from the GOP.

For a bit of context, here’s how other recent Presidents fared at this time during their respective administrations: President Bush earned a 51-point partisan gap in approval between the parties, Clinton had a 45-point gap, George H.W Bush had a 38-point gap, Reagan suffered a 46-point gap, Carter had only a 25-point gap, and even the much-maligned Nixon experienced only a 29-point gap. Mr. Obama’s 61-point spread tops the charts – by a full 10 points. the rest

Bishop Dave Bena: Easter Message 2009

Easter 2009

My Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Anglican District of Virginia,

Let me begin with an understatement: We are living in uncertain times – economically, politically, culturally, relationally, and spiritually. Sometimes I catch myself worrying about what it is all going to come to. People have been known to worry themselves to death in uncertain times. So how do we get out of this worry trap?

Going back to basics, let’s think of the final days of Jesus’ earthly life. He found himself in much the same situation in which we find ourselves today. His world was one of uncertainty – economically, politically, culturally, relationally, and spiritually. In those last few weeks leading up to His death, He watched His world collapse around Him. Some of His followers were expressing doubt about His mission; the religious leaders of the day were obviously out to get Him; the tug-a-war between the Roman Government and the Sanhedrin was heating up and He was in the epicenter of that war; He had no money except what some faithful women were able to dedicate toward His little band of followers; His own brothers thought He was crazy; the whole culture was divided between allowing Roman ideas and customs to flourish beside time honored Jewish standards. In a short sentence: IT WAS A MESS down there in Jerusalem as Jesus and a donkey made His triumphal entry into town.

And so He rode into the mess of what we now call Holy Week. He caused a ruckus in the temple; He taught anyone who would listen; He milled around; He had one last supper with His close followers; and then He was betrayed by His treasurer, was found guilty of blasphemy and was brutally executed. Sort of makes being sued for church property look like a cake walk, doesn’t it?

Do you think Jesus worried about what it was all going to come to? As well as being FULLY GOD, He was also FULLY MAN. He had to deal with the same emotions we do. He may have caught himself worrying a bit. But there was something else…Trust in His Father. Even as He sweat blood in the Garden of Gethsemane and poured out His worries to His Father, he ended with a trust statement, “But not my will, but Thine be done.”

Have you noticed some Trust issues in your life lately? Are they beginning to take control of your mood and even your relationships? I have a suggestion to get break through to freedom. Let’s all talk privately to Jesus about our worries. Let’s pour out our hearts to Him about the uncertainty of our days. Then, let’s rededicate ourselves to Him as our Savior and Lord. I have found that when I do that, something magnificent happens. The worries fade away as I gaze on Jesus and the Big Picture. This too shall pass. Try it.

You see, when you and I look in the side view mirror of our lives, we not only see Jesus dying on a cross for us, WE SEE HIS BODILY RESURRECTION! Jesus was risen from the dead in order to bring us a certainty of our own resurrection. Worries about uncertain times will have much less power over us when we tuck in closely to Jesus – for today, for eternity.

Try to get to as many worship services as you can during Holy Week. Read the Gospel accounts of that last week of the earthly life of Jesus. Easter Sunday will mean so much more to you if you can spend Holy Week making it holy. May your Easter Sunday this year be one of the most wonderful Easters of your life. “See you in church.”

Bishop Dave Bena
CANA Suffragan and ADV Contact Bishop
(via email)

Ruth Gledhill: Guerilla 'flash mob' worship in Liverpool


Pro-Family Coalition Urges Student Walkout for Schools' Pro-Homosexuality Event

Christian Newswire

TINLEY PARK, Il (Christian Newswire) - A national coalition of pro-family organizations is urging parents to call their children out of school on April 17 if their local school will be permitting students or teachers to remain silent during instructional time for the Day of Silence. The Day of Silence (DOS) is a political action formally sponsored by the partisan political action group, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), since 2001.

The implicit purpose of the Day of Silence is to undermine the belief that homosexuality is immoral. It is the belief of the sponsors of the Walkout that parents should no longer passively accept the political usurpation of taxpayer- funded public school classrooms through student silence. the rest

Federally Funded Group Advises Teens on How to Decide if They Are Gay

Communities print their own currency to keep cash flowing

By Marisol Bello
posted April 7, 2009

A small but growing number of cash-strapped communities are printing their own money.

Borrowing from a Depression-era idea, they are aiming to help consumers make ends meet and support struggling local businesses.

The systems generally work like this: Businesses and individuals form a network to print currency. Shoppers buy it at a discount — say, 95 cents for $1 value — and spend the full value at stores that accept the currency. the rest image

Judge Rules in Favor of Pro-Life Pharmacists
April 6, 2009 - Pro-life pharmacists in Illinois will not be forced to dispense "abortion producing" drugs, a state circuit court has ruled.

Sangamon County Judge John Belz has block state officials from enforcing a regulation that forces health care workers to administer emergency contraceptives like Plan B, also known as the "morning after" pill.

The decision temporarily upholds the state's "Health Care Right of Conscience Act." That law gives doctors the right to decline a service or procedure if it goes against their beliefs. In June, the court will consider the pharmacists' request for permanent protection. the rest

Obama Names Pope-Basher to Faith-Based Initiative Board

Monday, April 06, 2009
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer

( – President Barack Obama has named to the federal government’s faith-based initiative a gay-rights activist who, last month, described Pope Benedict XVI and certain Catholic bishops as “discredited leaders” because of their opposition to same-sex marriage.

Harry Knox, who is a newly appointed member of Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is the director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual activist group. the rest

Recession spurs egg and sperm donations

Giving provides extra income
By Bella English
Globe Staff / April 7, 2009

Charitable donations may be down because of the recession, but another type of donation is up for the very same reason: egg and sperm.

More women are trying to make money by offering their eggs to infertile couples, and men are doing the same with their sperm. Egg donor agencies in the Boston area report that their applications are up from between 25 and 100 percent over this time a year ago, and New England sperm banks have seen a similiar trend in the past six months.

"What we've seen is that the economy seems to have inspired more people to look at alternative ways to earning money," said Sanford M. Benardo, president of Northeast Assisted Fertility Group, a company that recruits, screens, and matches women who want to become egg donors or surrogate mothers. "We're seeing people who might not otherwise do this but for their economic condition." the rest

Monday, April 06, 2009

Devotional: Are we living in such a vital relationship...

Are we living in such a vital relationship to our fellow men that we do the work of intercession as the Spirit-taught children of God? Begin with the circumstances we are in - our homes, our business, our country, the present crisis as it touches us and others - are these things crushing us? Are they badgering us out of the presence of God and leaving us no time for worship? Then let us call a halt, and get into such living relationship with God that our relationship to others may be maintained on the line of intercession whereby God works His marvels.

Beware of outstripping God by your very longing to do His will. We run ahead of Him in a thousand and one activities, consequently we get so burdened with persons and with difficulties that we do not worship God, we do not intercede. If once the burden and the pressure come upon us and we are not in the worshipping attitude, it will produce not only hardness toward God but despair in our own souls. God continually introduces us to people for whom we have no affinity, and unless we are worshipping God, the most natural thing to do is to treat them heartlessly, to give them a text like the jab of a spear, or leave them with a rapped-out counsel of God and go. A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to Our Lord.

Are we in the direct line of the intercession of our Lord and of the Holy Spirit? ...Oswald Chambers image

Presbyterians, Lutherans slash budgets

Apr. 06, 2009
By Daniel Burke, Religion News Service

The Presbyterian Church (USA) and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America both have slashed their 2009 budgets, cutting programs and laying off scores of personnel as denominations continue to suffer from the recession.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA), the nation's largest Lutheran denomination, announced a $5.6-million reduction in its 2009 budget on Tuesday (March 31). The cut was necessary in part because regional synods plan to decrease their contributions to the denomination by $2.4 million this year, church leaders said. the rest

Benedict XVI's Homily for Palm Sunday

"His Will Is the Truth and Is Love"

Zenit- Here is a translation of the homily Benedict XVI gave at today's Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Dear Young People!

Jesus went up to Jerusalem for Passover along with a growing crowd of pilgrims. On the last stage of the journey, he had cured the blind Bartimaeus, who had addressed him as Son of David, asking for mercy. Now -- being able to see -- with gratitude he joined the pilgrims. When, at the gates of Jerusalem, Jesus mounts a donkey, the animal symbol of Davidic royalty, joyous certainty erupts among the pilgrims: It is he, the Son of David! Thus they greet Jesus with the messianic acclamation: "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord," and add: "Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest!" (Mark 11:9). We do not know exactly what the enthusiastic pilgrims imagined the coming kingdom of David to be. But we, have we truly understood the message of the Jesus, Son of David? Have we understood what the kingdom is that he spoke of when he was interrogated by Pilate? Do we understand what it means that this kingdom is not of this world? Or would we like it to be of this world?

the rest

Anti-Christian Britain

Astonishing Folly
By Chuck Colson

As you may know, in Islamic countries such as Afghanistan, converting from Islam to Christianity is a crime punishable by death. While they don’t go that far, certain Indian states and Nepal erect formidable hurdles for would-be converts to Christianity.

And then there’s the United Kingdom.

In 2007, a 16-year-old girl was placed into foster care after being assaulted by a family member. Her foster mother had taken care of 80 foster kids over 10 years. She rented a farmhouse and was, by all accounts, completely committed to the well-being of the children placed under her care.

She is also a practicing Anglican Christian. This hadn’t been a problem. No one had ever accused her of taking advantage of her relationship to the girls for proselytizing. the rest

Obama: "We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith..."

Apr 6, 2009
Associated Press Writer

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Barack Obama, making his first visit to a Muslim nation as president, declared Monday the United States "is not and will never be at war with Islam."

Calling for a greater partnership with the Islamic world in an address to the Turkish parliament, Obama called the country an important U.S. ally in many areas, including the fight against terrorism. He devoted much of his speech to urging a greater bond between Americans and Muslims, portraying terrorist groups such as al Qaida as extremists who did not represent the vast majority of Muslims. the rest

Nazir-Ali speaks out against 'values vacuum'

Jennifer Gold
Monday, April 6, 2009

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, who announced his resignation as Bishop of Rochester last week, has spoken out against a “values vacuum” in the UK,and called on the nation to rediscover its Christian heritage.

The bishop, who steps down in September, said that the UK had left behind the moral framework provided by the Bible in favour of diversity.

Writing in The Telegraph, he said that there had been a “gradual loss of identity and cohesiveness” in society due to the abandonment of biblical values, which had long been held in the country.

In particular, he said that societies ideas about the sanctity of life, equality, natural rights and freedom all arose from a tradition rooted in the Bible. the rest

Letter to the Telegraph: Ignore our Christian values and the nation will drift apart

ACNA Canons Published, Comments Welcome

April 6, 2009
3rd April, A.D. 2009
Feast of St. Richard


Beloved in the Lord,

With this letter comes the publication of the complete set of canons proposed by the Governance Task Force to the Common Cause Leadership Council. The Leadership Council is scheduled to meet and to act as the Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America on April 24th and 25th, 2009. the rest

Appendix A
Proposed Schedule

Albert Mohler: Newseek: The End of Christian America

Monday, April 06, 2009

"To the surprise of liberals who fear the advent of an evangelical theocracy and to the dismay of religious conservatives who long to see their faith more fully expressed in public life, Christians are now making up a declining percentage of the American population."

Thus writes Newsweek editor Jon Meacham in this week's cover story, "The End of Christian America." The image on the front cover says it all, declaring "The Decline and Fall of Christian America" in type set to form a cross.

The cover story is a serious consideration of the issue Newsweek set as its priority for the week of Easter, and the seriousness of the magazine's approach is evident in the fact that its editor, Mr. Meacham, wrote the cover story himself. The essay, elegant in form and serious in tone, demands attention. the rest

Italy Quake Kills at Least 50; Thousands Homeless

By Jerrold Colten and Alessandra Migliaccio

April 6 (Bloomberg) -- Central Italy was hit by the worst earthquake in almost three decades, killing at least 50 people and leaving as many as 50,000 homeless. Ansa said 92 were dead.

The death toll in the central province of L’Aquila was likely to rise further, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said. Rescue workers were still combing through rubble from the 6.3 magnitude quake, which had its epicenter about 60 miles from Rome. More than 10,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed and as many as 50,000 people out of the province’s 300,000-strong population may be homeless, the Civil Protection Agency said.

The quake damaged at least one hospital, a student dormitory, the regional police headquarters, thousands of homes and several churches that date as far back as the 13th century. In Rome, the quake, which occurred at 3:32 a.m. local time, was felt for about a minute, shaking buildings and setting off car alarms. the rest


Sunday, April 05, 2009

2 congregations, 2 services

April 5, 2009

Joy was the pervading emotion at St. George's Anglican Church and Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church during Palm Sunday services, but there was also a touch of sadness.

Some Anglican parishioners mourned the leaving of the gothic stone church on North Tejon Street, while a handful of members of both parishes lamented the emotional toll wrought over the last two years following the group split.

The congregations had only a few days to organize Palm Sunday liturgies, and both groups' liturgies encountered technical and organizational hiccups. But none of that mattered.

A new day for St. George's and Grace and St. Stephen's had begun."It's a major transition from the huge gothic church," St. George's priest Alan R. Crippen II said Sunday, "but it feels great." the rest

Dr. Oz to Oprah and Michael J Fox: "The stem cell debate is over."

U.S. Prepares for Emergency Session at U.N. But Gives Few Clues About What to Do With North Korea

The Obama administration is facing its first test in an international crisis Sunday as North Korea defies international resolutions and launches a long-range missile.
Sunday, April 05, 2009

The Obama administration is facing its first test in an international crisis as the U.N. Security Council prepares Sunday for an emergency session to consider a response to North Korea's rocket launch earlier in the day

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is leading the U.S. delegation to the world body. Echoing President Obama and other administration officials, Rice called North Korea's launch "serious and provocative" and said Pyongyang's actions demonstrate why the U.S. is concerned about its capability of delivering weapons.

"That's what we're most concerned about preventing, and preventing North Korea from sharing that technology with others," Rice said on ABC's "This Week." the rest