Saturday, July 23, 2011

57,000 Young People Protest Message at UN Conference on Youth

July 23rd, 2011 From C-Fam

Statement signed by 120,000 to be released on Monday:

“We do not agree with much of the document produced by governments for the High Level Meeting on youth,” says Tyler Ament, Director of the International Youth Coalition. “We also do not agree with the messages being put out by UN agencies like sex rights for young people and other objectionable ideas.”

Ament and his colleagues will present a Youth Statement to the UN and the World that has been signed by 120,000 people including 57,000 under the age of 30. “The Youth Statement recognizes the rights of parents and calls for policy makers to return to basics and get away from dangerous ideas that are harmful to young people,” says Ament. the rest

Boehner: Obama Kept Moving Goalposts in Debt Talks

Saturday, July 23, 2011By Susan Jones

(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker John Boehner, in a Friday evening news conference at the Capitol, said there are two reasons his debt-limit discussions with President Obama broke down.

“First, they insisted on raising taxes,” Boehner (R-Ohio) said. The Speaker said he and Obama “had an agreement on a revenue number,” which could be reached, not by tax hikes, but by a more “efficient” collection of the taxes that are due to the federal government.

“Let me just say that the White House moved the goalposts,” Boehner said. “There was an agreement, until the President demanded $400 billion more, which was going to be nothing more than a tax increase on the American people. I can tell you Leader Cantor and I were very disappointed in this call for higher revenue.” the rest

Catholic diocese offers to buy Crystal Cathedral

posted July 23, 2011
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese made a $50 million cash offer to buy Southern California's financially struggling Crystal Cathedral, officials said Friday.

The Diocese of Orange said its proposal could pull the megachurch, which was founded more than 50 years ago by pioneering televangelist Rev. Robert H. Schuller, out of bankruptcy by the end of the year.

The Crystal Cathedral is trying to sell the property and lease back portions of it for use for services to help erase a $36 million mortgage and settle nearly $10 million in unsecured debt. The church has been plagued by financial troubles after a disastrous leadership transition and a devastating slump in donations. the rest

150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs

Embryos have been produced secretively for the past three yearsBy Daniel Martin and Simon Caldwell
23rd July 2011

Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories.

The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.

The revelation comes just a day after a committee of scientists warned of a nightmare ‘Planet of the Apes’ scenario in which work on human-animal creations goes too far. the rest
'Ethically it can never be justifiable – it discredits us as a country. It is dabbling in the grotesque.

‘At every stage the justification from scientists has been: if only you allow us to do this, we will find cures for every illness known to mankind. This is emotional blackmail.

‘Of the 80 treatments and cures which have come about from stem cells, all have come from adult stem cells – not embryonic ones.‘On moral and ethical grounds this fails; and on scientific and medical ones too.’

Friday, July 22, 2011

Devotional: The longer I live...

The longer I live, the more I realise the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past - we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude - I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. And so it is with you - we are in charge of our attitudes. ...Chuck Swindoll image by Nisha A.

Church in Wales inquiry after rector burns Bible pages

22 July 2011

The Church in Wales says it is investigating after a Gwynedd rector burnt some pages from the Bible.

The Reverend Geraint ap Iorwerth of St Peter ad Vincula Church, Pennal, also cut up pages from the King James Bible to create an artwork.

Unveiling it at a church event, he said it revealed a "cruel and vile God".

The Bishop of Bangor said: "Destroying parts of the Bible we don't like is disrespectful and will offend many people."

Mr ap Iorwerth told BBC Wales he had burnt scraps of cut up the passages at the public event because he had been making a statement as part of an art experiment. the rest
He said he also planned to create a "wall of shame" at the church naming all of God's "cruel actions".

Gunman Opens Fire at Norway Youth Camp, Deaths Reported

By MARK SCHONE and JOSH HASKELL
July 22, 2011

A gunman dressed as a policeman opened fire at a summer youth camp on a Norwegian island near Oslo, according to media reports. Unconfirmed reports say that as many as five people have died, and a witness told Norwegian television of seeing 20 bodies on the shoreline.

Norwegian media reports say that a man of "Nordic" appearance has been arrested, and that police have control of the island of Utoya. A local police spokesman confirmed to al Jazeera that the suspect is in custody, and that he had been dressed as a police officer and had said he was at the camp to provide security.

Twenty ambulances and four ambulances were dispatched to the island to pick up the wounded. Some of the campers at the island jumped into the water to attempt to swim to safety. the rest

Deadly Explosion Rocks Oslo; Youth Camp Also Attacked

Blast witness: 'The explosion was immense'

Global Survey of Evangelical Protestant Leaders

 

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Evangelical Protestant leaders who live in the Global South (sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and most of Asia) generally are optimistic about the prospects for evangelicalism in their countries. But those who live in the Global North (Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand) tend to be more pessimistic.

Seven-in-ten evangelical leaders who live in the Global South (71%) expect that five years from now the state of evangelicalism in their countries will be better than it is today. But a majority of evangelical leaders in the Global North expect that the state of evangelicalism in their countries will either stay about the same (21%) or worsen (33%) over the next five years. the rest

Oslo explosion kills at least 2

The downtown Oslo explosion, believed to have been caused by a bomb, also injures several and causes widespread damage. The blast was near Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office, but he is safe.
By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
July 22, 2011

Reporting from London –— A massive explosion rocked downtown Oslo on Friday, killing at least two people, injuring several others and causing widespread damage in Norway's government center, news reports said.

The Norwegian public broadcaster NRK reported that police believe the blast was due to a bomb. News agencies said the twisted, charred wreckage of a car could be seen close to the blast site.

The explosion occurred near Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office, but Norwegian media said Stoltenberg was safe.

Video footage showed streets littered with shattered glass, documents and other debris as terrified people fled the scene to safety, heading away from Oslo's normally bustling downtown. the rest

The Midnight Adoption of Europe's Most Restrictive Religion Law

7/21/11
Joseph K. Grieboski

While Communism officially ended in Hungary more than 20 years ago, it appears the dictatorial mindset has not yet fully abated.

On July 12, the Hungarian parliament procured for the country the title of Worst Religion Law in Europe when it rushed after midnight to adopt its new "Law on the Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion, and on Churches, Religions and Religious Communities."

The passage of such a draconian religion law in Hungary is both saddening and disappointing. This law stands at odds with the newly drafted Hungarian Constitution this author openly applauded just months prior. Unfortunately, the law is a danger to all Hungarian society and a terrible indication of the state of democracy in the country.

More than three hundred currently registered religious organizations will be retroactively stripped of their status as religious communities and "de-registered" as religious organizations, losing key rights and privileges provided to favored Churches. Only 14 religious organizations will retain their registration status, while all others will be forced to "re-register." the rest

Report: China building electromagnetic pulse weapons for use against U.S. carriers

By Bill Gertz
The Washington Times
Friday, July 22, 2011

China's military is developing electromagnetic pulse weapons that Beijing plans to use against U.S. aircraft carriers in any future conflict over Taiwan, according to an intelligence report made public on Thursday.

Portions of a National Ground Intelligence Centerstudy on the lethal effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and high-powered microwave (HPM) weapons revealed that the arms are part of China’s so-called “assassin’s mace” arsenal - weapons that allow a technologically inferior China to defeat U.S. military forces.

EMP weapons mimic the gamma-ray pulse caused by a nuclear blast that knocks out all electronics, including computers and automobiles, over wide areas. The phenomenon was discovered in 1962 after an aboveground nuclear test in the Pacific disabled electronics in Hawaii.

The declassified intelligence report, obtained by the private National Security Archive, provides details on China’s EMP weapons and plans for their use. Annual Pentagon reports on China's military in the past made only passing references to the arms. the rest

Instant Churches Sprout in Public Schools, Skating Rinks

More public places transformed into Sunday house of worship
Thu, Jul. 21 2011
By R. Leigh Coleman
Christian Post Reporter

Churches are holding worship services in public places with greater regularity than some might think. It is not uncommon today to see portable church signs outside public buildings and schools on Sundays.

Thousands of believers today are gathering more often in public schools, skating rinks, parks and empty buildings to avoid the financial burden.

As additional housing opens and property rental fees go up, churches often rent non-traditional spaces until they can build a permanent facility or develop a congregation large enough to support one.
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UK eugenic abortion stats released – thousands killed for Downs, cleft lip, club foot, etc.

by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent
Thu Jul 21, 2011

(LifeSiteNews.com) – After a five-year legal battle, a pro-life group in the United Kingdom has succeeded in obtaining detailed statistics about eugenic abortions from the UK’s Department of Health (DoH).

26 unborn babies in the last nine years have been killed for having cleft lip or palate.

The statistics reveal that thousands of babies have been killed for eugenic reasons, some of them (26 in the last nine years) for as minor a condition as cleft lip or palate, seven of them in 2010. These abortions were conducted under “Ground E,” the rule that allows any child at any gestational age to be killed whom doctors believe have a “substantial risk” of having a “serious” disability.

The UK’s Department of Health has refused since 2003 to reveal details about the eugenic abortions that are being committed in the country, arguing that the women involved could possibly be identified. However, the campaign group ProLife Alliance went to court in 2005 demanding that the figures be released. The High Court ruled against the department in April this year, but the figures were only released earlier this month. the rest

Mid East Misogyny and the Plight of Muslim Women

By Ken Connor
Jul-02-2011

[S]ome things must be said, and there are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice.” Ayan Hirsi

In her best-selling autobiography, Infidel, Somali-born writer, politician, and activist Ayan Hirsi catalogs a lifetime of grievances against the Muslim culture and religion. Throughout the book, Hirsi laments the West’s reticence to deal honestly with the egregious human rights abuses that routinely occur in the Muslim world, particularly against women.

No doubt when Hillary Clinton was appointed Secretary of State, women around the world were inspired and encouraged. Finally, an advocate for women’s rights in the most powerful diplomatic post on earth! Surely Mrs. Clinton would leverage her new position to catapult women’s issues to the forefront of the international human rights debate.

Yet, as Maureen Dowd points out in a recent article, Mrs. Clinton’s performance on international women’s rights has been disappointingly muted. As it happens, Hillary is constrained by the same strategic interests that have prevented the United States from taking a bold position on human rights abuses in the developing world for decades. This is particularly true in regard to our relations with Saudi Arabia, where a recent campaign to raise awareness of the Saudi ban on women driving (only one of a long list of offenses) went largely unnoticed. the rest

It is a curious irony that feminists in the United States haven’t taken up the cause of Muslim women. The all-female Liberal activist group Code Pink has time to organize a flotilla protesting Israel’s blockade of the West Bank, but no time to stand up for an entire population of women (some of them Palestinians, no doubt) whose most basic rights are denied on a daily basis. Why the silence? Why the complicity?

On the other hand....
Muslim Woman Seeks to Revitalize the Institution of Sex-Slavery
...This week’s depraved anachronism comes from a Muslim woman—political activist and former parliamentary candidate for Kuwait’s government, Salwa al-Mutairi: She, too, seeks to “revitalize the institution of sex-slavery.”...

Canadian Lutheran Church splinters as it votes to allow same-sex ‘marriages’

by John-Henry Westen
Wed Jul 20, 2011

(LifeSiteNews.com) - The National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) gave an emotional homily Sunday concluding the July 14-17 ELCIC National Convention which approved both performance of same-sex ‘marriages’ in Lutheran churches and ordination of practicing homosexual clergy. “We have made some very difficult and gut-wrenching choices for the future of our church and its ministry,” said Bishop Susan C. Johnson, as she struggled to hold back tears. “Some of us will be leaving this convention elated, and some will, and have already, left despondent.”

The vote to permit conducting and blessing homosexual ‘marriages’ passed by a vote of 192 to 132. The vote to permit practicing homosexuals to be ordained as clergy passed 205 to 114.

While the ELCIC is the largest Lutheran body in Canada, the measure has split the group and been condemned by another Lutheran group in the nation. Leaders of Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC) issued a statement noting that the ELCIC is the only Lutheran church body in Canada “that has approved such a departure from accepted Christian teaching.” the rest

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Attack of the Urban Mosquitoes

Aggressive and Hard to Kill: Two Asian Cityslickers Swarm the East Coast
JULY 20, 2011

The latest scourge crossing the country has a taste for the big city.

The Asian tiger mosquito, named for its distinctive black-and-white striped body, is a relatively new species to the U.S. that is more vicious, harder to kill and, unlike most native mosquitoes, bites during the daytime. It also prefers large cities over rural or marshy areas—thus earning the nickname among entomologists as "the urban mosquito."

"Part of the reason it is called 'tiger' is also because it is very aggressive," says Dina Fonseca, an associate professor of entomology at Rutgers University. "You can try and swat it all you want, but once it's on you, it doesn't let go. Even if it goes away, it will be back for a bite." the rest image by Sean McCann
These urban mosquitoes are what entomologists call "container mosquitoes." Instead of marshes and natural bodies of water, both Asian tiger and rock pool mosquitoes can breed in small, artificial containers, such as tires, toys, cans and concrete structures. "A rule of thumb for container mosquitoes is: Water plus seven days equals mosquitoes," Dr. Fonseca says.

Chinese Catholics on edge of schism

posted July 21, 2011
By Francesco Sisci

BEIJING - The latest choice is Joseph Huang Bingzhang, 43. On July 15, he was ordained as bishop of Shantou in the southern province of Guangdong, next to Hong Kong, without papal approval.

Pope Benedict XVI reacted the day after, saying he was deeply saddened. Without papal blessing, the appointment was illegitimate, and the new bishop and all bishops who took part in it willingly, under no duress, should be automatically excommunicated.

As some 140 new bishops are expected to be appointed over the next few years, and the bilateral mechanism between China and the Holy See for agreeing on the choice of new bishops is breaking down, then the possibility of an objectively schismatic Church of China is becoming quite real. the rest

New York Bishop Orders Gay Clergy to Marry

Tue, Jul. 19 2011
By Swani Swanigan
Christian Post Contributor

In the wake of gay marriage soon becoming a legal institution in the state of New York, the Episcopal Bishop of Long Island, has ordered that homosexual priests wed their partners.

Long Island Episcopal Bishop Lawrence Provenzano has put his foot down against gay clergy who residing in homosexual relationships, and has given a nine month deadline for them to either get married or stop living together, according to the News Observer.

“I need to be mindful that the church has always asked people to live in committed monogamous, faithful relationships. I won’t allow heterosexual clergy to live in a rectory or church housing without the benefit of marriage. When one puts it in that context, then you see how it all begins to make sense,” said Provenzano. the rest
“Now that the state is recognizing civil marriage, we as priests, perhaps deacons too, who are in committed relationships, have a choice: we either live what we preach to become civilly married or we live apart,” he said.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Komen Sends Millions to Embryonic Stem Cell Research Centers

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews
7/19/11

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has long upset pro-life advocates for denying the abortion-breast cancer link and sending millions to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. New information shows Komen also supporting centers engaging in embryonic stem cell research.

As LifeNews.com reported last year, Komen spokesman John Hammarley confirmed 20 of Komen’s 122 affiliates have made donations to Planned Parenthood and, in 2009, those contributions totaled $731,303. The Komen spokesman also confirmed Komen affiliates contributed about $3.3 million to the abortion business from 2004-2009.

Now, Karen Malec of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer has spent time examining Komen’s 990 Forms for the IRS for 2010 and she found that Komen has active relationships with at least five research groups or educational facilities that engage in embryonic stem cell research, which requires the destruction of unborn children in their earliest days for stem cells that have yet to help any patients. the rest

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pro-Gay Marriage Video Mocking Christians Leaves Christians Speechless

Mon, Jul. 18 2011
By Jeff Schapiro
Christian Post Contributor

A website in support of gay marriage in Minnesota has come out with a new vulgar video in which actors mock and slander Christians and even show two young boys kissing each other.

The purpose of the website F**H8.com is to raise money for Minnesotans United for All Families, an organization whose goal is to defeat the proposed ban on same-sex marriage that the state's voters will decide on in 2012...

...The video on the site is a parody of gay marriage opponents, mocking them for wanting to maintain traditional family values. It features men and women dressed in bright colors, some of the men in nothing more than a T-shirt and brief underwear, who finish each other’s sentences and jokingly comment on why gay marriage is wrong. the rest
The site takes critical aim at Christians in particular, with actors in the video portraying Christians as mindless followers of church laws. One girl, twirling her hair, sarcastically says that homosexuality is wrong “because the Bible tells me so.” It also displays a string of actors completing each other’s sentences, saying that that the Bible “tells me it's okay to sell my daughter into slavery and to stone people that work on Sunday. So it's great for making laws.”

Albert Mohler: Reparative Therapy, Homosexuality, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Each U.S. presidential election cycle brings its own set of unexpected issues, and the 2012 race already offers one topic of controversy that truly sets it apart — a debate over forms of therapy that attempt to change an individual’s sexual orientation.

Known as reparative therapy or sexual orientation conversion therapy, these approaches seek to assist individuals in changing their sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. The cultural and political debate over reparative therapy emerged when a clinic run by Marcus Bachmann, husband of Republican candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, was accused of offering treatment and counseling intended to change sexual orientation.

Virtually all of the secular professions that deal with sexual orientation are stalwartly opposed to reparative therapy, or to any attempt to change one’s pattern of sexual attraction. Indeed, these groups hold to an inflexible ideology that insists that there is absolutely nothing wrong with homosexuality. These groups include, for example, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association of Social Workers, among many others. the rest
The normalization of homosexuality simply cannot be accepted by anyone committed to biblical Christianity. The new secular orthodoxy demands that Christians abandon the clear teachings of Scripture, and Christians must understand that the sinfulness of all homosexual behaviors is not only a matter of biblical authority, but also of the Gospel. To deny that sin is sin is to deny our need for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christians cannot accept any teaching that minimizes sin, for it is the knowledge of our sin that points us to our need for atonement, salvation, and the forgiveness of that sin through the cross of Jesus Christ.

"Why Anglicanism?" Compilation Booklet Now Available

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By John A. M. Guernsey
July 19, 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A compilation booklet of our written essay and lecture series on the meaning of Anglicanism, along with a study guide for personal reflection or group study, is now available. The articles inside the "Why Anglicanism?" booklet come from a variety of different leaders, ranging from Archbishop Robert Duncan of the Anglican Church in North America and social critic Os Guinness to many of our own rectors. We are indeed blessed to be able to learn from gifted leaders as we explore the meaning of Anglicanism and its promise for the future.

As we embrace our new role as a diocese within the Anglican Church in North America, there is no better way to shape our future than to reflect on the rich history and founding principles of our shared Anglican expression of faith.

As Bishop Bena said, "This booklet is the work of many minds and hearts. These essays will be of assistance to you and to me as we wrestle with just who we are as Anglicans. Together, the essays make up a beautiful tapestry of Anglicanism. May you be blessed as you read and reflect on the words of faith poured into the following pages."

We encourage you to use the booklet and share it with others. Our hope is that all who read this booklet will gain deeper understanding of the Anglican faith and, in so doing, draw closer to Christ our Lord.

For the printable "Why Anglicanism?" booklet, please click here.

To read the text online, click here.

Yours in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. John A. M. Guernsey Bishop,
Anglican Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic

Pope accepts Philadelphia archbishop’s resignation: Archbishop Charles Chaput to succeed him

By Associated Press
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Philadelphia archbishop Justin Rigali, sending him into retirement as the archdiocese faces accusations that it covered up a long-running priest sex abuse scandal.

The pope has named Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput to succeed him.

The brief Vatican announcement Tuesday said the resignation of the 76-year-old Rigali was for reason of age. He submitted it on his 75th birthday in April 2010, as required by church law, but the pope did not immediately act on it. the rest

From Anglican minister to Catholic priest - a historic first for Scotland

19 July 2011
By John Ross

RELIGIOUS history has been made with the first ordination of a former Anglican clergyman in Scotland into the Catholic priesthood.

Father Len Black, 61 and a grandfather of two, was ordained into the priesthood this weekend, at a ceremony at St Mary's Church in Greenock performed by Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley.

He is the latest former Anglican clergyman in the UK, and the first in Scotland, to be ordained into the Roman Catholic Church under the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the body set up earlier this year by Pope Benedict XVI to receive those leaving the Anglican Church because of the consecration of women bishops.

Father Black was an Episcopal minister for 30 years before converting to Catholicism. Until recently he was the minister at St Michael and All Angels in Inverness and was also the regional dean of Forward in Faith, the leading group of traditionalist Anglicans. the rest

NYT: True to Episcopal Church’s Past, Bishops Split on Gay Weddings

By SHAILA DEWAN
July 18, 2011

The Episcopal Church, which has been strained by gay-rights issues since the election of an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire eight years ago, is now divided over how to respond to the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York.

As a result, gay and lesbian Episcopalians will be allowed on Sunday to get married by priests in Brooklyn and Queens, but not in the Bronx or Manhattan or on Staten Island; in Syracuse but not in Albany.

That is because the church has not taken a firm position nationally on same-sex marriage, leaving local bishops with wide latitude to decide what priests may do when the law takes effect in New York State. In the state, with six Episcopal dioceses, the bishops are split: two have given the green light for priests to officiate at same-sex marriages, one has said absolutely not, two are undecided and one has staked out a middle ground, allowing priests to bless, but not officiate at, weddings of gay men and lesbians. the rest

Monday, July 18, 2011

AnglicanTV: Anglican Something - Something Anglican



Canon George Conger and Kevin Kallsen discuss todays news around the communion. This week they discuss Presiding Bishop Jefferts-Schori, the ABC and COE, and AMIE.

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Book: And the Spirit Led Me: Walking with God through a Church Disaster

Posted July 18, 2011

(from the jacket...)
This book is an important read for anyone whose church is struggling with the issue of homosexuality. It is a true story of a part-time seminary student, who successfully challenged the old and refuted science in the Episcopal Church’s theological explanation for consecrating a partnered gay bishop.

Only as her own faith grew was she given a voice to tell the leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion what she had learned. But first she had to learn how to forgive those who had injured her as she lived in an angry, polarized church.

Even as she was called forward, eerily timed deaths and a life threatening illness plagued her. At the same time, she made shocking discoveries about the politics in our society that masquerades as science, and even more shocking discoveries of underhanded politics in the church.
(I'm in the midst of reading this-so far, it's a fascinating account of Jackie's first hand experiences in dealing with the issues listed above, but also about her efforts to maintain her Christian walk with integrity. -PD)

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Giant replica of Noah's Ark rises in Hong Kong

by Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post
Monday, July 18, 2011

The first actual size replica of the ark Noah built on God’s command before the Great Flood is finally open to the public to give them the hope of a new beginning as they visit this island in Hong Kong.

Part of an evangelical Christian theme park located on Ma Wan Island and rising next to a huge suspension bridge and one of the world’s busiest waterways, the Noah’s Ark can now have visitors, The Christian Broadcasting Network reported Friday.

Christian organisations, funded by an evangelical Chinese businessman and his two brothers, known as the Kwok brothers, built the ark as per the dimensions given in the Book of Genesis, 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. A partner in the project was the government of Hong Kong, a special administrative division of the People’s Republic of China. the rest
The ark was envisioned by an 8-year-old girl. “She drew a little picture, her dad took it. The government officials loved it and from there on the architects and the engineers developed the plan,” Mathew Pine, the manager of the Noah’s Ark theme park, told CBN.

'Gay marriage' already affecting NY Christians

Charlie Butts
OneNewsNow
7/18/2011

A New York town clerk is refusing to turn her back on her faith and comply with the state's new homosexual "marriage" law.

Jason McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), tells OneNewsNow that Laura Fotusky feels she would be "compromising her moral conscience by licensing same-sex couples."

"She has realized that she is going to have to choose between her faith or supporting her family -- between God or her job," McGuire explains. "In light of this recent enacted legislation regarding same-sex marriage, she said, 'I cannot put my name on those marriage licenses' and has been forced to resign her position." the rest

Flavor company that uses embryo cells hides partner company names

by Kathleen Gilbert
Fri Jul 15, 2011

(LifeSiteNews.com) – A biomedical firm that uses fetal cell lines in flavor technology has removed from its website the names of organizations that use their products, according to the pro-life group Children of God for Life (COGFL).

Senomyx has been called out by the organization for using HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney) cells in the research and development of their artificial flavor enhancers, despite a pro-life consumer backlash.

Among Senomyx’s partnering companies is PepsiCo, which has been targeted for boycott based on its use of the flavor technology. In a recent response to customer letters, PepsiCo noted, “With respect to the flavor discovery research with Senomyx, we utilize techniques that have been the gold standard for several decades.”

COGFL responded, however, that the statement only further inflamed the public’s moral concerns. the rest
“If this ‘gold standard’ is no big deal, then why are they trying so hard to hide the truth?” asked COGFL Executive Director, Debi Vinnedge. “PepsiCo and Senomyx have done everything in their power to trivialize what they are doing, when in fact what they are doing is only further damaging their public image.”

Sunday, July 17, 2011

CANA Council 2011 Pictures

CANA Missionary Bp. Martyn Minns

CANA bishops


Church of the Epiphany Ordination Service

Organist's perspective

Archbishop Nicholas Okoh

Candidates prostrate themselves

Examination of Ordinands

Laying on of hands

Archbp. Okoh

Raymond and I attended CANA Council 2011 at the Church of the Epiphany in Herndan, VA.  Most of these pictures were taken during the service on Saturday, July 16th, where three priests and three deacons were ordained. Click on pictures to enlarge.

(Pictures  by Raymond Dague)

Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians

Sat, Jul. 16 2011 By Anugrah Kumar
Christian Post Contributor

Atheists and skeptics now have equal access to our children as we have, which is why the number of Christian youth who believe in the fundamentals of Christianity is decreasing and sexual immorality is growing, apologist Josh McDowell said.

“What has changed everything?” asked the apologist from Campus Crusade for Christ International as he spoke on “Unshakable Truth, Relevant Faith” at the Billy Graham Center in Asheville, N.C., Friday evening. His answer was, the Internet.

“The Internet has given atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the people who like to destroy everything that you and I believe, the almost equal access to your kids as your youth pastor and you have... whether you like it or not,” said McDowell, who is author of two books on Christian apologetics, More than a Carpenter and New Evidence that Demands Verdict.

The belief or worldview, McDowell said, forms values, which in turn drive one’s behavior. The worldview “is where we are falling down the most anywhere in the world.” So what is the prevalent worldview in America today? “There is no truth apart from myself,” that’s what even many young “evangelical, fundamental, born-again Christians” believe, he said.  the rest

Russia Enacts Law Opposing Abortion

By SOPHIA KISHKOVSKYJuly 15, 2011

MOSCOW — President Dmitri A. Medvedev has signed into law the first steps intended to restrict abortion since the collapse of communism, the latest salvo in what is beginning to resemble the fierce divide over abortion in the United States.

The changes require abortion providers to devote 10 percent of any advertising to describing the dangers of abortion to a woman’s health, and they make it illegal to describe abortion as a safe medical procedure.

Tighter restrictions on abortion may follow after Parliament considers a separate health bill in the autumn. the rest