Saturday, June 27, 2009

Devotional: Spread, O spread, thou mighty Word...

Spread, O spread, thou mighty Word,
Spread the kingdom of the Lord,
Wheresoe’er His breath has given,
Life to beings meant for Heaven.

Word of life, most pure and strong,
Lo! for Thee the nations long,
Spread, till from its dreary night
All the world awakes to light.

Lord of harvest, let there be
Joy and strength to work for Thee,
Till the nations, far and near,
See Thy light, and learn Thy fear.
...Jo­na­than F. Bahn­mai­er
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Dawkins sets up kids’ camp to groom atheists

From The Sunday Times
June 28, 2009

GIVE Richard Dawkins a child for a week’s summer camp and he will try to give you an atheist for life.

The author of The God Delusion is helping to launch Britain’s first summer retreat for non-believers, where children will have lessons in evolution and sing along to John Lennon’s Imagine.
The five-day camp in Somerset (motto: “It’s beyond belief”) is for children aged eight to 17 and will rival traditional faith-based breaks run by the Scouts and church groups.

Budding atheists will be given lessons to arm themselves in the ways of rational scepticism. There will be sessions in moral philosophy and evolutionary biology along with more conventional pursuits such as trekking and tug-of-war. There will also be a £10 prize for the child who can disprove the existence of the mythical unicorn. the rest

Anglo-Catholic and Evangelical Bishops back UK launch of Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (UK and Ireland)

Issued by the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (UK)
For Immediate Release
28 June 2009

FIVE English Bishops are to take part in the launch of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans in London on July 6, expressing the breadth of support the fellowship, which had its roots in the Gafcon conference in Jerusalem last year, is experiencing. Organisers, who booked Westminster Central Hall for the day-long event, have seen registrations from church leaders flooding in since the launch was announced just two months ago.

In addition to video and personal greetings from international guests including Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Bishop of Asaba and Archbishop of Bendel, Nigeria, and Archbishop Henri Orombi from Uganda, delegates will also learn of the depth of support and good wishes from English bishops, leaders of both the evangelical and Anglo Catholic wings of Anglicanism.

English Bishops John Broadhurst (Fulham), Wallace Benn (Lewes), John Hind (Chichester) and Michael Nazir-Ali (Rochester) are all billed to speak to the gathering, and Peter Forster (Chester) has sent greetings. Two other diocesan bishops will attend the event. Leading Anglo Catholic Bishop, Keith Ackerman, will lead a main session on how FCA is a catalyst for united mission, ministry and focus for both orthodox Anglicans, be they evangelical or Anglo Catholic. the rest

The tragic end of Michael Jackson

Jun. 26, 2009
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
THE JERUSALEM POST

I was on vacation with my family in Iceland when my office called and shared the terrible news of Michael Jackson's passing. My wife and children were with me in the van. We could scarcely believe what we had heard. The children all remembered Michael fondly. He had given them their dog Marshmallow who is a member of our family until today. My daughter teared up. And while I was heartsick at the news, especially for his three young children, I was not shocked. I dreaded this day and knew it had to come sooner rather than later.

In the two years that I had attempted, ultimately unsuccessfully, to help Michael repair his life, what most frightened me was not that he would be arrested again for child molestation, although he later was. Rather it was that he would die. As I told CNN on April 22, 2004, "My great fear, and why I felt I had to be distanced from Michael ... was that he would not live long. My fear was that Michael's life would be cut short. When you have no ingredients of a healthy life, when you are totally detached from that which is normal, and when you are a super-celebrity you, God forbid, end up like Janis Joplin like Elvis... Michael is headed in that direction."

I am no prophet and it did not take a rocket scientist to see the impending doom. Michael was a man in tremendous pain and his tragedy was to medicate his pain away rather than addressing its root cause. On many occasions when I visited him he would emerge from his room woozy and clearly sedated. Who were the doctors who were giving him this stuff? Was there no one to save him from himself? Was there no one to intervene? the rest

Michael Jackson: He had everything the world offered--but no Jesus

Friday, June 26, 2009

Devotional: I know Thee, Savior...

I know Thee, Saviour, Who Thou art:
Jesus, the feeble sinner’s friend!
Nor wilt Thou with the night depart,
But stay and love me to the end.
Thy mercies never shall remove;
Thy nature and Thy name is Love.
...Charles Wesley
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Nuns on the run from Episcopal Church

Friday, 26th June 2009
By George Conger

The American branch of the Anglican women’s religious order, the All Saints Sisters of the Poor, has announced that all but one of its members have quit the Episcopal Church and on Sept 3 will be received into the Roman Catholic by the Cardinal Archbishop of Baltimore.

Founded in 1851 in London, the mother house of the English order is located in Oxford. However in the 19th century the order had over 400 members spread across houses in India, South Africa, Scotland and the United States. In 1872 the Sisters were invited by the rector of Mount Calvary Episcopal Church in Baltimore to open a house in Catonsville, Maryland to work with the poor.

According to its website, the All Saints Sisters of the Poor are a “traditional religious community, living under the evangelical vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.” Speaking to the Living Church magazine, the superior of the order Mother Christina said the 12 sisters in the US had come to believe that this discipline was not welcome in the Episcopal Church. the rest

Abused Kids Face Higher Cancer Risk

'Fight or flight' hormone may play a role, researcher suggests
06.25.09

(HealthDay News) -- Adults who experienced physical abuse as children are more likely to develop cancer than those who weren't abused, according to a Canadian study.

The University of Toronto researchers concluded that childhood physical abuse is associated with a 49 percent increased risk of cancer in adulthood. Even after taking into account potentially major health factors -- childhood stressors, adult socioeconomic status and adult behaviors such as smoking, alcohol consumption and lack of physical activity -- the association between childhood abuse and cancer remained significant, they found. the rest

The Chinese PM who became a Catholic priest

Roy Peachey tells the amazing story of the patriot who refused to sign the Versailles Treaty then dramatically embraced the monastic life
26 June 2009

Ninety years ago this Sunday, the foreign minister and former prime minister of China, Lou Tseng-Tsiang, stood alone in refusing to sign the Treaty of Versailles. His act of defiance is all but forgotten today but at the time he returned home a hero. Just over 20 years later that same man, having made one of the most unlikely political journeys of the 20 century, faced the challenges of World War II as a Benedictine monk and priest in Nazi-occupied Belgium.

Born in 1871 into a Protestant family in Shanghai, Lou became a pupil at the local school of foreign languages. After further studies in Beijing, he joined the Chinese legation in St Petersburg as a translator, before eventually entering the diplomatic service in his own right. the rest

Creation of second Anglican church for conservative Episcopalians draws praise from Vero Beach people

George Conger, Correspondent
June 26, 2009

VERO BEACH — The creation of a second Anglican church in America for conservative Episcopalians angered by the liberal drift of their denomination has drawn high praise from the members of a Vero Beach church who attended the new denomination’s founding convocation in Texas this week.

“I’ve been waiting 30 years for this moment,” said Judy Stull of Christ Church in Vero Beach, one of ten members of the church’s delegation to the Anglican Church in North America founding convocation held June 22-25 at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, Texas.

Formed in 2007 after the clergy and a majority of the members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach withdrew from the Diocese of Central Florida, the new church meets in the former Indian River County Tax Assessor’s Office in Majestic Plaza off U.S. 1 in Vero Beach. The 500-member church is one of 700 congregations comprising 100,000 former Episcopalians in the U.S. and Canada that make up the ACNA. the rest

No longer Episcopalians, Anglicans launch own church

North American Anglicans hold inaugural gathering

CANA Celebrates Launch of New Anglican Province

Inaugural Assembly a Unifying, Gospel-Focused Event

HERNDON, Va. (June 26, 2009) – The Convocation of Anglicans in North American (CANA) joined with orthodox Anglican groups representing 700 congregations to formally launch the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). During a meeting held in Bedford, Texas, from June 22-25, ACNA ratified its constitution and installed Robert Duncan as its first archbishop. CANA Missionary Bishop Martyn Minns, a leader in founding the new province, attended the meeting along with a CANA delegation that included more than 20 lay and clergy members. He issued the following statement in response:

“The assembly meeting was a wonderful coming together of the various jurisdictions represented in the Anglican Church in North America. Everyone was determined to make it work and we kept our eyes on Jesus and the Gospel.

“Since day one, CANA has been and will continue to be a full participant in the life of the new province, and will continue to maintain our own identity. We will encourage groups of congregations, when they are ready, to establish themselves as free-standing dioceses. Our goal is to support the work, mission, and ministry of the Gospel on this continent and bring our own particular distinctive to that task. the rest

Support for New Anglican Body Grows

By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Thu, Jun. 25 2009

More Anglican leaders from across the global communion have joined in support of the newly formed Anglican Church in North America.

The Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East and the Province of Southeast Asia sent their congratulations and welcomed the new conservative body.

"Our prayers are for you and for the new Province to continue to stand firm in faith as you have always done," the Most Rev. Mouneer H. Anis of the Jerusalem and Middle East province wrote. "May the Lord keep your unity in order to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ in North America!"

Bishops from England, Sydney and parts of Africa also celebrated the ACNA and recognized it as authentically Anglican. the rest

By trying to do too much, Obama risks not doing enough

June 26, 2009
Peggy Noonan

Something seems off with our young president. He appears jarred. Difficult history has come over the transom. He seemed defensive and peevish with the press in his Tuesday news conference, and later with Charlie Gibson on health care, when he got nailed by a neurologist who suggested the elites who support a national program seem not to mind rationing for other people but very much mind if for themselves. All this followed the president's first bad numbers. From Politico, on Tuesday: "Eroding confidence in President Barack Obama's handling of the economy and ability to control spending have caused his approval ratings to wilt to their lowest level since taking office, according to a spate of recent polls." Independents and some Republicans who once viewed him sympathetically are "becoming skeptical."

"Mr. Obama is not seeing his sentence. He's missing it. This is the sentence history has given him: "He brought America back from economic collapse and kept us strong and secure in the age of terror." That's all anybody wants. It's all that's needed."
You can say this is due to a lot of things, and it probably is, most especially the economy, which all the polls mentioned. But I think at bottom his problems come down to this: The Sentence. And the rough sense people have that he's not seeing to it. the rest

How ObamaCare Threatens Your Health Plan

ACNA Wrap up



An Amazing Procession-found at BabyBlueOnline

Anglicans end meeting with blow-out service
By Julia Duin
June 25, 2009

When it comes to blow-out church services, the Anglicans can sure put on the dog. I've been filing stories for the past three days on the constitutional convention for the Anglican Church of North America, the emerging 39th province of the 77-million-strong Anglican Communion. The big party to end it all was Wednesday night (it's 1:14 a.m. as I type this on Thursday) and it was a splasher.

The site was a Texas megachurch called Christ Church in Plano, a north Dallas suburb. Although I got lost getting there from Fort Worth (first ended up in Garland somehow), I knew when I finally drove up that this was the place. Talk about huge. Buildings everywhere and the sanctuary was cathedral-like in its vastness. All that was missing were side chapels and votive candles. The decor is a bit stark - no Christ on the main cross above the altar which goes along with low-church evangelicalism Texas-style.

Fortunately they got fancy with the music. Some 60 bishops and 323 clergy had to process in, so they needed something sprightly to move these folks in - long robes, mitres and academic hoods and all - rather quickly. What they came up with, composed by trombonist John Wasson was a variation on the hymn "Praise My Soul the King of Heaven" combined with African march-style music in a 4/4 beat. Sounds awful but it was stunning - and beautiful. the rest

Los Angeles diocese wins court ruling

Friday, 26th June 2009
By George Conger

A California appeals court has ruled in favour of the Diocese of Los Angeles, holding that the congregation of St Luke’s Church in La Crescenta could not take its property with it when it quit the diocese.

On June 9 the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a 2007 lower court decision which ruled against the congregation, which in 2006 had quit the Episcopal Church for the Church of Uganda.

"The long history of the Episcopal Church in La Crescenta will continue with new leadership and the potential for sustained growth, and as an open source of full inclusion for all humanity," Los Angeles Bishop Jon Bruno told the Episcopal News Service after the decision was released. On June 11, the Rev Rob Holman, rector of the breakaway congregation, stated his congregation had “shed many tears at the thought of being deprived of our house of worship for these past 85 years. the rest

Prop. 8 under legal attack again

Charlie Butts and Jody Brown
OneNewsNow
6/26/2009

Another federal lawsuit has been filed against California's voter-approved Proposition 8, claiming there's a constitutional right to same-gender "marriage."

George W. Bush's former solicitor general, Ted Olson, has filed the lawsuit, which claims Prop. 8 -- approved by 52 percent of voters in November 2008 -- violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. "Creating a second class of citizens is discrimination plain and simple," Olson stated at a May 27 press conference.

"Proposition 8 denies people fundamental constitutional rights." Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel says Olson's involvement in the lawsuit absolutely disgusts him. In his White House role, Olson argued cases on behalf of the United States before the Supreme Court. the rest

The Voice Claims Another Victim

Friday, June 26, 2009
by Cal Thomas

The first thing that should be acknowledged about South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's admission to an extramarital affair is that it could happen to any of us. That is not an excuse (and no, it has not happened to me, or to my wife). Every married person has heard the voice; the one that says you deserve something "better."

Gov. Sanford should have been familiar with the voice because of the Bible studies he attended. The voice began seducing humanity a long time ago. It told our first parents that they needed more than the perfection of Eden. The voice told them that God knew that if they ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil they would be like God. But they already were like God, because they were made in His image.
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Colson: The Bewilderment of Sin- The Case of the Fallen Governor
In the past 24 hours since Governor Mark Sanford admitted his affair, I’ve run the gamut of emotions: sadness, depression, anger, and most of all, bewilderment.

The particular tragedy of Sanford is that he had been an outstanding governor. He’s attractive, engaging, and smart. He is an articulate and tenacious defender of family values. And he espoused the cause of Christ.

Now, his career lies on the ash heap of history. He’ll have to gracefully withdraw from political life and try to put his shattered marriage back together...

P.B.’s Canon: Church Faces ‘Vague Anxiety’ in Advance of Convention

June 25, 2009

Unlike the previous General Convention, next month’s gathering faces a “vague anxiety level” over multiple issues as opposed to just one, said the Rev. Canon Charles K. Robertson, canon to the Presiding Bishop. He made the remarks during a June 24 lecture at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS).

The comment came in response to a question as to whether a final decision on issues such as same-sex blessings would come out of the General Convention. Canon Robertson said that Resolution B033 from the 75th General Convention, consent to the election of the Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester as Bishop of the Northern Michigan, and the budget are all flash points causing anxiety for different Episcopalians.

“What’s fascinating about this General Convention . . . [is] that there’s not really a very specific target for our anxiety,” he said. “We’re not seeing the same thing we saw in 2006.” the rest

Budget Chair: Triennium Income Could Fall by $9M

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Devotional: We do see heaven opened...

And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man. John 1:51

Yes, to our faith this sight is plain even at this day. We do see heaven opened. Jesus Himself has opened that kingdom to all believers. We gaze into the place of mystery and glory, for He has revealed it to us. We shall enter it soon, for He is the way.

Now we see the explanation of Jacob's ladder. Between earth and heaven there is a holy commerce; prayer ascends, and answers come down by the way of Jesus, the Mediator. We see this ladder when we see our Lord. In Him a stairway of light now furnishes a clear passage to the throne of the Most High. Let us use it and send up by it the messengers of our prayers. We shall live the angelic life ourselves if we run up to heaven in intercession, lay hold upon the blessings of the covenant, and then descend again to scatter those gifts among the sons of men.
...CH Spurgeon
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Barney Frank Brings Back Wider-Ranging ENDA

6/23/09

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank is taking another shot at passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) – complete with special protections for the transgendered.

The bill – H.R. 2981 – has been changed from the "gay-only" version the House passed in 2007 to include language banning job discrimination based on "gender identity" as well as sexual orientation.

Frank told the Washington Blade that prospects for passing a wider-ranging ENDA have improved significantly since 2007, when he and other House Democratic leaders said the measure would be defeated if a gender-identity clause were kept in the bill.

"Things have gotten better," Frank told the newspaper. "The transgender community is lobbying hard." the rest

Switzerland Govt May Ban Assisted Suicide Clinics, Would Affect Suicide Tourism

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 24, 2009

Zurich, Switzerland (LifeNews.com) -- The Switzerland government is considering a proposal that would ban the assisted suicide clinics run by the pro-euthanasia group Dignitas. The move would end the practice of so-called suicide tourism and move the European nation out of the category with Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

The 1942 Swiss law allowing assisted suicide has led to a practice where residents of other nations, especially England and Germany, travel to the country to end their lives.

Federal government officials said last week that they want to discuss "legal barriers and a ban on organized suicide assistance." the rest

Pop star Michael Jackson dead at 50; Farrah Fawcett dies at 62

Paramedics arrived at his Bel-Air home today and found the singer in full cardiac arrest. A doctor was in the home performing CPR on the him. LAPD has opened an inquiry.
By Andrew Blankstein, Phil Willon and Harriet Ryan
June 26, 2009

Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead today after paramedics found him in a coma at his Bel-Air mansion, city and law enforcement sources told The Times.

Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Steve Ruda told The Times that paramedics responded to a 911 call from the home. When they arrived, Jackson was not breathing. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda said. the rest

Farrah Fawcett dies aged 62 after losing battle with cancer

Large Democratic Donors Help Shut Down July 4 Atlanta Tea Party

June 25, 2009
by Bob Owens

A real estate company whose owners have contributed heavily to Democratic causes apparently used articles and content on conservative blogs to justify bringing about pressure to shut down an Atlanta tea party protest scheduled for the Fourth of July — an event that organizers estimated would attract 20,000 people.

The apparent plot was uncovered when blogger and radio talk show host Andrea Shea King noticed an unusual amount of traffic coming to her site earlier this month. the rest

iPorn Comes to the iTunes App Store

By Charlie Sorrel
June 25, 2009

Apple has finally allowed pornography into the iTunes App Store. The application, called Hottest Girls, costs $2 and includes “2200+ images of topless, sexy babes and nude models”.

Why has Apple, a company which banned an e-book application from the same store because it could be used to download the Kama Sutra, suddenly started selling smut? Because the 3.0 iPhone software update now allows age restrictions for applications. Also, when I downloaded the application to test it, a new alert popped up asking me if I am over 17. I said yes. the rest

Wichita 'miracle' causes Vatican to send investigator

Wichita, Kan., Jun 24, 2009

(CNA).- The Congregation for the Causes of Saints is preparing to investigate an alleged miracle in Wichita, Kansas, where doctors are baffled by the unexplained recovery of a young man who had suffered a severe head injury in an accident that had broken his skull.

When her 20-year-old son Chase was seriously injured in a pole-vaulting accident on October 2, Paula Kear and her family began to pray fervently for the intercession of Fr. Emil Kapaun, and asked their friends to do the same. the rest

PETA undecided on killings of unborn babies

June 25, 2009

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) decried US President Obama's swatting a fly, urging compassion for even "the smallest and least" animals, but admitted ambivalence on abortion.

PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said that as an organisation, the group does not have "a specific position on abortion, just as we don't have a specific position on global poverty, or any of the other areas where many noble people are working very diligently," the LifeSiteNews website reported.

Friedrich added that it is "loathsome" and "grotesquely hypocritical" that pro-lifers oppose abortion, but are unconcerned about the mistreatment of chickens and other animals used in the food industry. the rest

'Folsom' sex-fest moves into NYC

'Hundreds walked around naked, engaged in public lewdness'
June 25, 2009
By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Editor's note: This report and its images will be objectionable to some readers.

A "copycat" of San Francisco's infamous "Folsom Street Festival" homosexual event that features nudity and public sex acts has been held in New York City, apparently in violation of state public decency and exposure laws, according to an activist organization.

The report on Sunday's "Folsom East" event, dubbed "New York's premiere SM-leather-fetish block party" and held on West 28th Street between 10th and 11th avenues, was compiled by sources for Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

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Team of Researchers Blames Children's Films for Perpetuating "Heteronormativity"

Wednesday June 24, 2009
By Kathleen Gilbert
ANN ARBOR, Michigan
June 24, 2009

(LifeSiteNews.com) - Researchers at the University of Michigan have concluded that the love stories told in classic Disney and other G-rated children's films - such as the Little Mermaid - are partially to blame for the pervasiveness of what they label "heteronormativity."

"Despite the assumption that children's media are free of sexual content, our analyses suggest that these media depict a rich and pervasive heterosexual landscape," wrote researchers Emily Kazyak and Karin Martin, in a report published in the latest issue of the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) publication Gender & Society. the rest

Breakaway Anglican Church Takes Property Case to Supreme Court

By Aaron J. Leichman
Christian Post Reporter
Thu, Jun. 25 2009

The Anglican church at the center of a nationally publicized church property dispute with The Episcopal Church has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking that it overturn the decision made by the California Supreme Court earlier this year.

In January, the California high court had ruled unanimously that St. James Church in Newport Beach and two other Southern California parishes that left The Episcopal Church cannot retain ownership of their church buildings and property after they pulled out of the 2.1 million-member U.S. church body in 2004.

The court determined that the property belongs to The Episcopal Church because the parishes agreed to abide by the mother church's rules, which include specific language about property ownership. the rest

St James Church Files Petition for Writ of Certiorari

Obama’s Plan to Fund D.C. Abortions Shows He Is Not Seeking ‘Common Ground,’ Congresswomen Say

Thursday, June 25, 2009
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer

(CNSNews.com) - Pro-life activists and members of Congress said President Barack Obama’s claim that he wants to seek “common ground” with people who morally object to abortion and find ways to reduce abortions contrasts his actions, including his recommendation to revise an amendment in the 2010 budget for the District of Columbia and thus allow federal funds to pay for the procedure. the rest

Obama discusses deathbed measures
President Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive and ultimately futile procedures performed on people who are about to die and don't stand to gain from the extra care.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Devotional: And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High....

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
by the forgiveness of their sins.
By the tender mercy of our God,
the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace." Luke 1:76-79

Almighty God, by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Savior by preaching repentance: Make us so to follow his teaching and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching; and, following his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth's sake; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
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ACNA News for Wednesday June 24, 2009

Rick Warren shows support for breakaway Anglicans at Bedford gathering

Episcopal break called a 'historic event'

Women play small, important role for new Anglicans

Pastor Rick Warren addresses Anglican Church in North America Assembly-Cherie Wetzel

A rising tide

New US Province is formed

Robert Schuller taps his daughter to lead ministry's grand comeback

Sheila Schuller Coleman, who has worked in the church for decades, will deliver occasional sermons and be the driving force behind Crystal Cathedral operations, including the 'Hour of Power' TV show.
By Dana Parsons
June 23, 2009

She remembers being about 4 and, as her father worked in his study that doubled as a bedroom, hearing a knock on the front door. She answered and a tearful woman said, "Is the pastor here?"

It was one of Sheila Schuller's first realizations that their small house in Garden Grove was also a sanctuary. In the years that followed, long before Robert Schuller would become an iconic religious figure with a worldwide audience, she came to see her father as "just the local pastor down the street," someone whose job it was to preach on Sundays and help ease people's problems. the rest

New US Province is formed

Wednesday, 24th June 2009
By George Conger

The Anglican Communion’s 39th Province-in-waiting was formed this week, as the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) held its founding convocation at St Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, Texas.

God, history, and provinces representing the overwhelming majority of the members of the Anglican Communion were on the side of the ACNA, Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan told the 234 delegates drawn from the ACNA’s 28 founding jurisdictions including four former dioceses of the Episcopal Church, representing some 700 congregations and 100,000 Anglicans in the US and Canada.

The break with the Episcopal Church was now complete, Bishop Duncan said. “There is no one here who will go back.” the rest

Obama, PETA, and the Value of Human Life

By Chuck Colson
6/24/2009

There was a lot going in the news last week—riots over the election in Iran, North Korea’s nuclear saber-rattling. But the biggest story of the week, it turns out, was—drum roll, please—the story of President Obama swatting a fly.

“I got the sucker!” Obama told CNBC correspondent John Harwood after killing a fly that had been buzzing around his head.

Harwood laughed and the camera crew applauded. But the sight of the fly’s corpse lying on the White House rug was too much for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals—and insects, apparently. They sent a letter to the Fly Swatter in Chief, expressing their disapproval.

In the future, PETA said, they hoped Obama would treat flies in a more “humane” manner. To underscore their point, PETA sent the President a Humane Bug Catcher, which allows flies to be trapped and then released outside.

The story of the squashed fly afforded us a moment of comic relief. But there’s a serious point at stake here. We are seeing more and more examples of people treating animals—and even insects—as if they had as much value as humans. the rest image

Website: Abortion is the UnChoice

About The UnChoice Campaign and web site...

► This web site documents and exposes widespread unwanted, coerced, deceptively informed or even violently forced abortions, as well as physical and emotional harm and aftereffects.

► This web site makes it clear that this legacy is about human rights abuse, not "choice" or even "safe" or "wanted" abortion.

► This information and these resources will help deter those who are – right now – pushing or forcing teens and women into unwanted abortions and those who support abortion in the name of "choice" or "safe" abortion ... or in lieu of meaningful support and authentic choice.

Portrait of a non-choice ...

-64% felt pressured by others
-More than half felt rushed, yet 67% received no counseling
-79% were not told about available alternatives
-65% suffer symptoms of trauma
-Coercion to abort can escalate to violence against women
-Coerced or forced abortion: internationally recognized as human rights abuse
-Homicide is the leading killer of pregnant women

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

N.Y. Senate Talks Fail Miserably, Chaos Ensues

Dems Refuse To Recognize Espada As President Pro Tem, Don't Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance During Special Session
Jun 23, 2009
Marcia Kramer

After talks of a power-sharing arrangement broke down, Democrats locked themselves in the Senate chamber, Republicans tried to conduct business on their own and none of the "people's business" got done.

As incredible as it may seem, pictures obtained by CBS 2 HD are of the Democratic senators who locked themselves inside their chamber so they could be "first in" for Gov. David Paterson's special session. The pictures, shot through the window of a Senate door, seem to show that it was all about taking possession of the podium.

Yonkers Sen. Andrea Stewart Cousins is seen standing there to prevent the Republicans from taking over. The move came shortly after Democrats said talks of establishing a bi-partisan operating agreement fell through because a Republican coalition insisted the Senate president be Bronx Sen. Pedro Espada. the rest

ACNA Task Force Press Conference

ACNA Adds Five Bishops

June 23, 2009

The College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) elected five additional bishops June 21.

The Rev. William Thompson, former rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Long Beach, Calif., was elected for the newly formed Diocese of Western Anglicans. The Rev. William Ilgenfritz, former rector of St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Charleroi, Pa., was elected to lead a Forward in Faith diocese in formation.

The other three bishops-designate will serve the Diocese of the Anglican Network of Canada. They are: the Ven. Charles Masters, executive archdeacon, the Ven. Trevor Walters, archdeacon for British Columbia, and the Rev Stephen Leung, rector, Good Shepherd, Vancouver, B.C. the rest

Evangelist Encourages ACNA Assembly

Warren tells breakaway Episcopalians to love all

By ANGELA K. BROWN
posted June 23, 2009

BEDFORD, Texas (AP) — Christians must show love to all people, even if they don't support their values, evangelical megachurch pastor Rick Warren on Tuesday told breakaway Episcopalians and other Anglicans splitting from their national church over gay clergy and other issues.

"We are to love the people of the world no matter what they believe; we are to not love the value system of the world. And the problem today is lot of Christians are getting that reversed. They love the value system and hate the people," Warren told the crowd of 800 under a large tent on the lawn of St. Vincent's Episcopal Cathedral Church in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Bedford. "God has never met a person he didn't love."

This week's meeting is the first national assembly for the Anglican Church in North America, formed by theological conservatives as a rival to the U.S. Episcopal Church. On Monday, delegates approved a constitution and church law for the new group. the rest

A Passion for Women's Rights: The Stoning of Soraya M.

Jim Caviezel and Steve McEveety, who played critical roles in The Passion, expose human rights violations in Iran through their new film, The Stoning of Soraya M.
Peter T. Chattaway
6/23/2009

Timing, they say, is everything. The Stoning of Soraya M., which depicts the rigged trial and execution of an Iranian woman whose husband has grown tired of her, goes into limited release this Friday after playing at a few film festivals—and it happens to be coming out at a time when the eyes of the world are on Iran and the crackdown that has taken place there against the protestors who claim the June 12 election was rigged by the authorities.

However, when CT Movies spoke to producer Steve McEveety and co-star Jim Caviezel (who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ) about the film, the election was still a few days away—so they never had a chance to address any of the connections that may exist between their movie and the headlines that are currently shaking the world. the rest

Review at Big Hollywood

ACNA media coverage for Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Episcopal defectors approve constitution for new church

Archbishop Duncan shepherds Episcopal spinoff

Anglican Church Assembly Begins

Warren tells breakaway Episcopalians to love all

North American Anglican Splinter Province Reaffirms True Definition of Marriage

Ancient man-made cave found in Israel

June 21, 2009

JERICHO, Israel, June 21 (UPI) -- A giant man-made underground cavern from the era of the Roman Empire has been found in Israel's Jordan Valley, scientists say.

Researchers from Haifa University's Department of Archaeology say the cave was used as a quarry and perhaps later as an ancient monastery, The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday.

The cave was found in March just north of Jericho and is the largest man-made cave ever found in Israel, the newspaper said. Its main hall is reportedly held up by 22 pillars, on which are carved roman numerals, a Roman legion's pennant, crosses and zodiac-like symbols.
the rest

Underground Cave Dating From The Year 1 A.D. Exposed In Jordan Valley

Is Government Health Care Constitutional?

JUNE 22, 2009
By DAVID B. RIVKIN JR. and LEE A. CASEY

Is a government-dominated health-care system unconstitutional? A strong case can be made for that proposition, based on the same "right to privacy" that underlies such landmark Supreme Court decisions as Roe v. Wade.

The details of this year's health-care reform bill are still being hammered out. But the end result is sure to be byzantine in complexity. Washington will have immense say over how, when and through whom Americans are treated. Moreover, despite the administration's public pronouncements about painless cuts in wasteful spending, only the most credulous believe that some form of government-directed health-care rationing can be avoided as a means of controlling costs.

The Supreme Court created the right to privacy in the 1960s and used it to strike down a series of state and federal regulations of personal (mostly sexual) conduct. This line of cases began with Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965 (involving marital birth control), and includes the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. the rest

Orissa Christians breathe easier after election defeat of Hindu extremists

Compass Direct News
6/22/2009

Christians in India heaved sighs of relief after the surprise rout of a Hindu nationalist party in May national and state assembly elections in Orissa, the scene of anti-Christian violence that killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands last year.

A local centrist party, the Biju Janata Dal, took charge of the Orissa state government, soundly defeating the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by 109 to 7 assembly seats. A coalition led by the centrist Indian National Congress won a second term in the federal government; it defeated a BJP-led coalition in 2004.

"The election result is a statement against the persecution of non-Hindus," said Vijay Simha, a senior Indian journalist. "Since the vote went against right-wing parties, the result is a strong rejection of extremist religious programs." the rest

Independents' Warning for Obama

June 23, 2009

Independent voters are the canaries in the coal mine of American politics, telling a leader whether the air is safe or starting to fill up with some toxic gases.

Bearing that in mind, President Barack Obama and his team ought to start worrying about the health of those canaries.

While the president remains broadly popular, his standing has eroded noticeably among political independents in recent weeks. That slide, among a set of citizens central to Mr. Obama's sizable victory in last year's election, means he has reached a politically hazardous juncture at the midpoint of his first, exceptionally hectic year. the rest

Healthcare Reform: A Looming Policy Disaster

What It Sounds Like When the Leader of the Free World Speaks

The Obama Effect?

President Obama Acknowledges Fatherhood Begins at Conception

Undercover Videos Prompt Tennessee Lawmakers to End Preferential Treatment for Planned Parenthood

Monday June 22, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 22, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Tennessee legislators passed a law Thursday that threatens to strip Planned Parenthood of over $1 million in federal grant funding. Under the new statute, local community health clinics will be given priority for Title X family planning funds instead of Planned Parenthood.

Live Action Films says that the move was inspired by undercover videos by the group from a Planned Parenthood clinic in Memphis released earlier this year. The videos show a counselor urging a 14-year-old girl to lie about the age of the 31-year-old "boyfriend" who impregnated her so she can obtain a secret abortion. the rest

Monday, June 22, 2009

UK: Bishops face cull demand at General Synod

Times Online
June 23, 2009
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

The posts of dozens of bishops, archdeacons and cathedral deans could disappear under proposals for cuts in the Church of England to be debated next month.

The General Synod, the Church’s parliament, will be asked to consider cutting the number of senior clergy in the established Church to bring them into line with falling clergy numbers.

The call appears to stand a good chance of winning backing from clergy and laity amid a feeling that a reduction by nearly a third in the number of stipendiary clergy over just two decades has left the Church top heavy.

Maintaining the episcopal apparatus in just one diocese, if a bishop’s house and support staff are taken into account, costs an average of £500,000. the rest

Constitution Passes: The Anglican Church in North America is Constituted

June 22, 2009

“We have done the work dear brothers and sisters the Anglican Church in North America has been constituted,” said Archbishop Robert Duncan on the ratification of the Constitution of the Anglican Church in North America at 4:23 pm Central Time in Bedford, Texas.

The text of the constitution is available here.

For prayer: D.C. Metro Trains Collide, Leaving One Dead

JUNE 22, 2009, 6:04 P.M. ET

WASHINGTON -- Authorities say a six-car train has collided with another train near the Washington and Maryland border, killing at least one person.

D.C. fire spokesman Alan Etter says at least one person was killed and that this is developing into a "mass casualty event." He says crews are cutting apart the trains to get people out. He says there are severe injuries, but no indication how many.

Spokeswoman Taryn McNeil says the collision happened about 5 p.m. between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations on Metro's red line. The collision happened during rush hour on the transit agency's busiest rail line. the rest

Two killed in Washington-area subway train collision

2 dead after Metro train derailment, collision

ACNA News

(I will add to this as news becomes available-PD)

USA Today: New U.S. Anglicans launch, to ban women, gays as bishops

Star Telegram: Breakaway Anglicans to meet on forming new province

Vancouver Sun: Vancouver Anglicans muster into new orthodox grouping

The Anglican Church in North America – Hidden Reefs Ahead

Added 6:40 pm:
Pittsburgh bishop addresses breakaway Episcopal group

Added 9:00 pm:
The Living Church: Bishop Duncan-Break with TEC Now Complete

Covering the ACNA Inauguaral Assembly

ACNA Website here

AnglicanTV coverage

Inaugural Assembly Schedule Overview (pdf)


Provincial Council endorses Covenant; Expresses solidarity with Communion Partners

posted June 22, 2009 (2:37 pm ET)

The Anglican Church in North America Provincial Council has endorsed the Anglican Covenant and expressed solidarity with the Communion Partners.

The Covenant is a four-part document that outlines the basics of the Christian faith as Anglicans have historically understood and practiced it. It also provides for accountability among Communion members. The Covenant was initiated by the 2005 Windsor Report which in turn was prompted by the crisis in the Anglican Communion created by the deviation from Biblical teaching and morality in North America.

On Sunday 22 June 2009, the Provincial Council unanimously adopting the following resolution:

Resolution on the Anglican Communion Covenant

Resolved, under provisions of Canon I.1.1 of the Constitution and Canons, the Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America expresses its readiness to adopt the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant (Ridley Cambridge Draft) at an appropriate future meeting of the Provincial Council.

Further Resolved, that the Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America expresses its solidarity with the Communion Partner Bishops in North America in the hope that individual dioceses and other churches [Covenant 4.1.5] might be encouraged to adopt the Anglican Communion Covenant whether or not the Provinces of which they are a part have chosen to do so.

Unanimously adopted by the Provincial Council of the Anglican Church in North America at its meeting on the Third Sunday after Pentecost, 21 June A.D. 2009.

The Communion Partners is a group of Episcopal Church (TEC) bishops and clergy who are working for a return to orthodoxy within that Church. They are strong supporters of the Covenant and have been very involved in the Covenant development process. ACNA Website

Scientology leader David Miscavige 'physically attacked staff'

Defectors tell paper of 'gruesome' assaults
Church of Scientology says accusers 'ethically suspect'

Haroon Siddique guardian.co.uk,
Monday 22 June 2009

The leader of the controversial Church of Scientology routinely physically attacked members of his management team, according to former executives, a Florida newspaper has reported.

Defectors from the controversial organisation who spoke to the St Petersburg Times told the paper that David Miscavige was "constantly denigrating and beating on people". Mike Rinder, the church's spokesman for decades, said he was attacked by Miscavige some 50 times.

"It was random and whimsical," he told the St Petersburg Times. "It could be the look on your face. Or not answering a question quickly. But it always was a punishment." the rest

Scientology: The Truth Rundown, Part 1 of 3

The Uneasy Conscience of the Pro-Choice Apologist

Monday, June 22, 2009
Joe Carter

Excerpt:
Similarly at Salon.com, Frances Kissling, a visiting scholar at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania and the former president of Catholics for a Free Choice, worries about the effect of ceding moral arguments about abortion in favor of rights-based discourse:

But tough questions come up more frequently than they did in the first years after Roe, as more is known about the choices some women and couples make, and fetuses have become as visible as women. Sex selection is only one of many tough issues. Abortion when the fetus has mild disabilities—or even when the fetus has no disability—is another. What about deaf couples who do not want a hearing child? Or as Ayelet Waldman reported on DoubleX, the woman in her support group who had an abortion because her fetus’ hands were deformed. These things should make us pause and think hard.

While Saletan is content with encouraging people to simply acknowledge that the choice they are making might be killing a human being, Kissling is willing to admit that some abortion choices should be actively discouraged: “I think it’s important for us to be able to say: When a fetus reaches the point where it could survive outside the uterus, is healthy, and the woman is healthy, and she has had five months to make up her mind, we should say no to abortion.” the rest

Peruvian Government Shelves Investigation into Massive Forced Sterilizations of Indigenous Women

Friday June 19, 2009
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
Latin America Correspondent

(LifeSiteNews.com) - Peru's government has decided to end its investigation against former health officials for thousands of forced sterilizations carried out during the late 1990s, under president Alberto Fujimori.

Human rights organizations have thoroughly documented evidence that women were physically coerced, threatened, tricked, and enticed with economic incentives during the implementation of the program, which sterilized a total of approximately 400,000 Peruvian women in just two years, 1997 and 1998, with the help of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The coercive actions of program officials have been tied to pressure from the Peruvian government to meet pre-set sterilization quotas. The economic incentives offered to desperately poor women have also been criticized as coercive, and violated existing international standards for such programs. the rest

Bishop of Springfield Withdraws from Upcoming ACNA Assembly

June 21, 2009

As a result of developments in the Diocese of Springfield, Bishop The Rt. Rev. Peter Beckwith, Bishop of Springfield, will not be attending the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) Assembly which is scheduled to begin tomorrow at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, Texas.

Bishop Beckwith was previously reported to be among the list of attendees at the meeting composed largely of former members of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada by Episcopal News Service. The group is seeking official recognition as another North American province of the Anglican Communion. Bishop Beckwith said he had been invited and that he had intended to attend solely as an observer and that his association with the AAC was limited to being a “liaison to the Ecumenical Relations Task Force,” adding that “[i]n no sense is he a structural part of either the Task Force, or the ACNA.” the rest

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Baptist churches seek revival: 40,000 expected at convention in Detroit

June 20, 2009

Every week, Cynthia Pough of Detroit makes sure to sit in the pews early at Third New Hope Baptist Church on the city's west side.

"It inspires me," Pough said after services Sunday. "It uplifts me, and keeps me going throughout the whole week."

For Pough and millions of African Americans in metro Detroit and nationwide, the Baptist church is a cornerstone of their lives and history.

But can the black Baptist church remain vital in years to come? the rest

'Christian Lady' Cleaned for 6 Presidents

By Patricia Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 21, 2009

Each night for 24 years, Emma Daniel Gray would diligently clean the White House. When she came to the president's chair, she would pause, cleaning materials in hand, and say a quick prayer.

The prayers asked for blessings, wisdom and safety for each of the six presidents she served.

It's a "Backstairs at the White House" moment, a story that could have come from the 1979 Emmy Award-winning miniseries about the professional household staff to the presidential families. Like the characters in that television show, Mrs. Gray took great pride in her work, traveling each day by public transportation from her Northeast Washington home to the residence of one of the most powerful men in the world. the rest

Childless on Father's Day

Abortion clinics scapegoat dads
Sunday, June 21, 2009

Some kids will be surprising their fathers with breakfast in bed this weekend, while others will present a gift inscribed with the phrase, "world's best dad." Some men, though, will only be reminded of the heartache from losing the opportunity to become fathers. They are the third victims of abortion.

The story of a man abandoning a woman after getting her pregnant has become the stereotypical image of pro-abortion activists and some pro-lifers. The male shirker is central to the abortion storyline and often is used to rationalize taking the life of a baby.

Arthur B. Shostak, professor of sociology at Drexel University, is one of a team of academics who took a hard look at men and abortion over a 20-year period. Their findings shatter the common myth that men are more likely to abandon women who get pregnant rather than support them. the rest

Albert Mohler: When does a boy become a man?

June 21, 2009

When does a boy become a man? The answer goes far beyond biology and chronological age.

As defined in the Bible, manhood is a functional reality, demonstrated by leadership and the fulfillment of responsibility. One mark of manhood is the economic maturity sufficient to hold an adult job and handle money.

The Christian view of manhood elevates economic maturity even more. A Christian man sees his work as an assignment from God—and as a gospel issue. If he fails in his responsibility by complacency and sloth, he knows that he has done injury to the gospel and the cause of Christ. the rest image

Watch Out for Myths About Fatherhood

Creation of 2nd Anglican Body in North America Nears Completion

By Eric Young
Christian Post Reporter
Sun, Jun. 21 2009

Conservatives disaffected from The Episcopal Church will complete the historic task of creating their own branch of Anglicanism in North America this week with the ratification of its church laws and the installation of their first archbishop.

Leaders of the new Anglican province in North America, known as the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), will complete the organization of their church body at their first Provincial Assembly, which begins Monday at St. Vincent’s Cathedral in Bedford, Texas.

Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, who led the network of hundreds of congregations that broke from The Episcopal Church for the past five years under the banner of the Anglican Communion Network, will be installed as the new church body’s first archbishop on June 24 at Christ Church in Plano, Texas. Visiting bishops from as far away as South America, Africa and Asia, representing millions of Anglicans, are expected to attend the June 22-25 assembly. the rest

Devotional: The foundation upon which our faith rests...

"The foundation of God standeth sure." 2 Timothy 2:19

The foundation upon which our faith rests is this,

that "God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them." The great fact on which genuine faith relies is, that "the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us," and that "Christ also hath suffered for sin, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God"; "Who Himself bare our sins in His own body on the tree"; "For the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed." In one word, the great pillar of the Christian's hope is substitution. The vicarious sacrifice of Christ for the guilty, Christ being made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him, Christ offering up a true and proper expiatory and substitutionary sacrifice in the room, place, and stead of as many as the Father gave Him, who are known to God by name, and are recognized in their own hearts by their trusting in Jesus—this is the cardinal fact of the gospel.

If this foundation were removed, what could we do? But it standeth firm as the throne of God. We know it; we rest on it; we rejoice in it; and our delight is to hold it, to meditate upon it, and to proclaim it, while we desire to be actuated and moved by gratitude for it in every part of our life and conversation. In these days a direct attack is made upon the doctrine of the atonement. Men cannot bear substitution. They gnash their teeth at the thought of the Lamb of God bearing the sin of man. But we, who know by experience the preciousness of this truth, will proclaim it in defiance of them confidently and unceasingly. We will neither dilute it nor change it, nor fritter it away in any shape or fashion. It shall still be Christ, a positive substitute, bearing human guilt and suffering in the stead of men. We cannot, dare not, give it up, for it is our life, and despite every controversy we feel that "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure."
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Conservatives Push For Rival U.S. Anglican Church

by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
NPR Weekend Edition
Sunday, June 21, 2009

Martyn Minns recalls the moment he knew he had to leave the Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion. It was 2005. He was rector of Truro Church in Fairfax, Va., and he was talking with a young family who told him they could no longer attend a church that accepted gay bishops or diverged from what they called Orthodox Christianity.

"As I looked at them, I realized that I had a decision to make," he says. "Either I moved with them into a rather uncertain future, or I lost the heart of the congregation. So for me it was a matter of, 'Do I want the church of the future, or the church of the past?' "

Soon after that, Minns' church bolted from the American Episcopal Church and aligned itself with the conservative archbishop of the Anglican province of Nigeria. Now he and other church leaders representing more than 700 congregations, four dioceses and up to 100,000 churchgoers are meeting in Bedford, Texas. They hope to form a new Anglican province in the U.S. — one that would rival the Episcopal Church. the rest