Saturday, November 10, 2012

Inspiration...November 10, 2012

Truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy and a church full (or half-full) of artificial admirers (like people who write generic anniversary cards for a living). On the other hand, emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought. But true worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine. Strong affections for God rooted in truth are the bone and marrow of biblical worship. ...John Piper image

Richard Dawkins Led Many to God With 'God Delusion' Book, Christian Minister Says
..."I actually know of people who have been converted through reading The God Delusion and interacting with the discussion. Dawkins has opened the door. We now have to walk through it," said the Christian minister...

What's So Great About 'The Common Good'?
I'm not sure when I started hearing more about "the common good" from fellow Christians. But I'm pretty sure Christianity Today had something to do with it. This magazine spent 2005 exploring pastor Tim Keller's proposal that Christians be "a counterculture for the common good." Now we're in the midst of This Is Our City: two years' worth of articles, documentary films, and events for leaders in cities around North America. Our team has realized that what we're really looking for are what we are calling "common-good decisions"—times when Christians make choices, some small and relatively easy (say, volunteering in a neighborhood school), others major and costly (say, moving into a tough school district), to seek the good of their neighborhoods.

The phrase also comes up in the perennial but newly vigorous conversation about the role Christians should play in American culture. Gordon College president Michael Lindsay titled his 2011 inaugural address "Faithful Leadership for the Common Good." Gabe Lyons, who convenes diverse church and civic leaders every year at the Q conference, describes its mission as "ideas for the common good." (Full disclosure: Lindsay and Lyons are friends, and their organizations have been the recipients of my family's financial support and have paid me for speaking engagements.) The phrase appears three times in the National Association of Evangelicals' (NAE) 2001 "call to civic responsibility" titled "For the Health of the Nation," which CT editor in chief David Neff helped draft. After longtime vice president Richard Cizik left the NAE, he founded a new group called the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good...

An Icon of God’s Love: Bella Santorum
...Society’s failure to embrace such people is why Bella’s beautiful presence in the campaign was so refreshing. One ad featured scenes of Bella with her family as Senator Santorum reflected upon how they have come to understand her presence in their lives: “Bella is an icon of God’s face, and is filled with his love as he reveals himself through her and all people with disabilities. Bella is a teacher of unconditional love, an education in the dignity of every person.”...

Deliberating on Digital: The Curious Case of the Mountain School
...Yee describes the Mountain School experience this way:
The school offers high school juniors, many from elite private institutions in the Northeast, a semester to immerse themselves in nature. The students make solo camping trips to a nearby mountain for a day or two of reflection, and practice orienteering skills without a GPS device. Between English and environmental science classes, they care for farm animals, chop wood and read the works of Robert Frost. And in the process, many say, they stop scouring the campus for its sparse bars of reception and lose the habit of checking their Facebook pages at every opportunity....

Special team
How about a little good news?

In the scrub-brush desert town of Queen Creek, Ariz., high school bullies were throwing trash at sophomore Chy Johnson. Calling her "stupid." Pushing her in the halls.

Chy's brain works at only a third-grade level because of a genetic birth defect, but she knew enough to feel hate.

"She'd come home every night at the start of the school year crying and upset," says her mom, Liz Johnson. "That permanent smile she had, that gleam in her eye, that was all gone."

Her mom says she tried to talk to teachers and administrators and got nowhere. So she tried a whole new path -- the starting quarterback of the undefeated football team. After all, senior Carson Jones had once escorted Chy to the Special Olympics.

"Just keep your ear to the ground," Liz wrote to Carson on his Facebook page. "Maybe get me some names?"

But Carson Jones did something better than that. Instead of ratting other kids out, he decided to take one in -- Chy...

Friday, November 09, 2012

Many of us have had to stand alone for years...

Many of us have had to stand alone for years witnessing to the power of Christ to save His people to the uttermost. Like Joshua and Caleb, we have had to follow God alone as we followed Him wholly. But this is the real victory of faith and the proof of our uncompromising fidelity. Let us not, therefore, complain when we suffer reproach for our testimony or stand alone for God. Let us, rather, thank Him that He so honours us and stand the test so that He can afterwards use us when the multitudes are glad to follow. ...AB Simpson image

Anglican Unscripted Episode 56

Nov 9, 2012

The Crown Nomination Committee has found a new leader for the Anglican Church and his name is Bishop Justin Welby. Peter Ould and Kevin Kallsen talk about his uniqueness for this solemn role and the challenges every Archbishop of Canterbury meet. George Conger and Kevin talk about the challenges the Communion will offer it's new leader and the excitement it has for someone who is willing to take accept the call.

Justin Welby appointed archbishop of Canterbury to lead world's divided Anglicans

November 09, 2012
FOX News

How will Justin Welby lead the world's Anglicans and heal their deep divisions? Even he is not sure yet.

Welby generated high hopes but few clear expectations Friday as British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the 56-year-old former oil executive was being promoted to archbishop of Canterbury after only a year's experience as a bishop.

"We don't know much about him and there are very few expectations because he has been a bishop for such a short time," said Paul Handley, managing editor of the Church Times newspaper.
But, he said, initial signs were "very encouraging and impressive." 
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Announcement of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury
The Queen has approved the nomination of the Right Reverend Justin Welby for election as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.

He will succeed Dr Rowan Williams who is retiring at the end of December after ten years as Archbishop...

BBC: Next archbishop Justin Welby 'humble but firm'
The Rt Rev Justin Welby's appearance before the nation's media began with what you might expect from the next leader of the Church of England - a prayer - and was then followed by something you might not expect - a joke.

"Well this is the best kept secret since the last cabinet reshuffle" he told the assembled journalists in one of the grand meeting rooms of his future London home, Lambeth Palace...

NYT: Anglican Church’s New Leader Vows to Seek Reconciliation
...His admirers say he is a conciliator who will be able to hold the communion together. “He and I in fact differ on the question of the blessing of same-sex unions,” said Bishop Shannon Johnston of the Diocese of Virginia, “but that has enriched and deepened our relationship and our engagement with one another.

“He has a special gift for both personal and ecclesial diplomacy,” said Bishop Johnston, who says he knows the archbishop because Virginia and Liverpool are “companion dioceses.”...

TIME: As The Next Archbishop of Canterbury, Can Justin Welby Save The Anglican Communion?
...It will now be up to Welby to manage the Church’s conflicts, the most severe of which have sometimes threatened to cause schisms. Many in the Church fear that a move too far to the right or too far to the left by one faction of Anglicans could lead to another faction breaking away entirely. Conservative Anglican groups such as the Convention of Anglicans in North America (CANA) are adamantly opposed to views they feel are contrary to the teachings of the gospels—particularly gay marriage and ordaining women as bishops. Julian Dobbs, a Bishop of CANA, says that such conflicts over theology are “causing huge divisions in the Anglican Communion.” He adds that to prevent irreparable divides, Welby “will need to work hard to establish those historic faith principles that the communion was founded.”...

Christian Science Monitor: Can a former oil executive hold together the Anglican Church?
The outgoing head of the Church of England once said that he hoped his successor would have "the constitution of an ox and the skin of a rhinoceros."

Justin Welby may well be considering those words today, after being appointed the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the world's estimated 85 million Anglicans...

Anglican Ink: Gay church leaders urge new archbishop to adopt a "helpful" attitude
Statement from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement on the appointment of the new Archbishop of Canterbury

A.S. Haley: Deranged and Delusional "Charges" Certified by Bishop Matthews

November 8, 2012

Now that the country will resume its path to deliberate degradation and decay, it is time to return for a look at the parallel path which the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA) is taking. They are on parallel paths because their agendas are virtually indistinguishable from each other. The only difference is that ECUSA is far more along toward its goal of eliminating all voices of dissent (but that will come for America as well -- as surely as the agendas of their respective leaders are indistinguishable).

With the notifications to the Fort Worth Seven and the Quincy Three that they have been charged with violations under the New Title IV which the "Intake Officer", the Rt. Rev. F. Clayton Matthews found to be credible (i.e., he regarded them, "if true," to constitute "an Offense" under the canons), ECUSA has finally laid bare this latter part of its agenda.

The charges are both bizarre and ludicrous -- indeed, it may well be that the words sufficient to describe their twisted lunacy have not yet been invented. Forever after this moment in canonical history, canon lawyers will have to refer to them by some kind of recognized shorthand. Perhaps it will be by a name which links them to the one person under the new Title IV who is charged with acting responsibly: Bishop Matthews. As the "Intake Officer", he is supposed to use his own judgment and discretion to keep spurious charges from ever seeing the light of day. the rest

Scrolling around...November 9, 2012

CBO: Fiscal cliff will mean recession, rise in unemployment
The Congressional Budget Office offered a sobering assessment of the economic implications of plunging off the fiscal cliff Thursday, just as lawmakers prepare for a fight over taxes and spending.
If Congress and the Obama administration allow scheduled tax increases and spending cuts to occur, the economy will shrink by 0.5 percent in 2013. The unemployment rate would soar to 9.1 percent — up from 7.9 percent today...

Sifting Through the Wreckage
The American culture war has been markedly intensified, as those who booed God, celebrated an unfettered abortion license, canonized Sandra Fluke, and sacramentalized sodomy at the Democratic National Convention will have been emboldened to advance the cause of lifestyle libertinism through coercive state power, thus deepening the danger of what a noted Bavarian theologian calls the “dictatorship of relativism.”

Religious freedom and civil society are now in greater jeopardy than ever, as what was already the most secularist and statist administration in history will, unfettered by reelection concerns, accelerate its efforts to bring free voluntary associations to heel as de facto extensions of the state.

Nothing changed? In a pig’s eye.

Europeans understood this, immediately, even if large swaths of the American punditocracy didn’t. One e-mail from Poland, the morning after the election, expressed real fear for the future (as well my correspondent might, given President Obama’s craven whisperings to Dimitry Medvedev that a reelected administration would pull the final plug on missile defense in Europe, as Vladimir Putin has long sought). Another, from London, suggested that Obama’s reelection was a cataclysm for America similar to Henry VIII’s break with Rome: a politico-cultural-economic game-changer the effects of which would be felt for centuries. A Scottish friend (correctly) foresaw serious trouble for the Catholic Church in the United States, to which he had long looked for models of leadership in handling aggressive secularism...

Divorce causes children harm long into adulthood, says study
...Professor Mel Bartley, who edited the paper, said: “Children whose parents remain married
throughout the early childhood years are less likely to suffer from breathing problems such as asthma, to become overweight, or to be injured in accidents by the time they are five years old than children who have experienced a more unstable family situation.”...

Forward! To mass layoffs!
Obamanomics grinds grimly onward, as CNBC brings word that on the day after the election, “Boeing announced a major restructuring of its defense division on Wednesday that will cut 30 percent of management jobs from 2010 levels, close facilities in California, and consolidate several business units to cut costs.” It was sweet of them to keep that under wraps until after the election, wasn’t it?

And that’s not even the dreaded “sequestration” layoffs, which Obama broke the law to convince defense contractors to keep under wraps until after the election. Those are yet to come. The upside to living in a banana Republic with Party-dominated media is that life is full of “unexpected” surprises, to use the word that has come to dominate economic news in the Obama era.

Another round of layoffs announced on Wednesday came from Hawker Beechcraft, which announced it would close facilities in Arkansas, Arizona, and Texas, resulting in 400 jobs lost, while another 170 jobs would be cut from corporate offices in Kansas and Arkansas...
Locally: Syracuse's Crouse Hospital cuts 70 positions

UK Catholics might lose charitable status for not offering communion to everyone
...The Charity Commission alleges that the group’s rule of only giving Holy Communion to full members means that their services are not open to all, a charge which the Brethren deny. The Brethren say that their public services are offered to everyone regardless of religious affiliation. If it is upheld, the rule could be extended to the Catholic Church which also officially restricts Communion reception to members...

Islam Overtaking Catholicism as Dominant Religion in France
France, which is home to an estimated six million Muslims, has the largest Muslim population in the European Union. There are now, in fact, more practicing Muslims in France than there are practicing Roman Catholics...

LGBT Activists Blast Wells Fargo Donation to Boy Scouts
A recent donation of office furniture by Wells Fargo to the Boy Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Council has raised concern among some activists.
Wells Fargo is a major financial-services center in the country, with a long history of supporting LGBT organizations, programs and causes....

Thursday, November 08, 2012

How comforting it is to know the Bigness of God...

How comforting it is to know the Bigness of God in the times of our deepest pain. What a blessed salve it is to our broken and wounded hearts to know that the Creator of the universe, he who holds all the stars in his hand, carries us in his heart. He knows us by name, he is intimately acquainted with every thought, he hears every heart cry and understands every motive of our heart and he loves us still. ...Katherine Walden image

South Carolina statement on rival clergy conference called by the Episcopal Church

November 8, 2012
By Diocese of South Carolina

The Diocese of South Carolina has been completely open about the concerns it has with the direction of the Episcopal Church (TEC) in areas of theology (the uniqueness of Christ and their understanding of the authority of scripture), morality (especially in issues pertaining to sexuality) and polity (and the self-governance of individual dioceses). We have expressed those concerns clearly and in good faith and have explained in detail the actions which led to the disassociation of the Diocese from the Episcopal Church.

So it was extremely disturbing to learn that on Wednesday afternoon, November 7, 2012, a majority of the clergy of the Diocese of South Carolina received an email that pretended to be from the Diocese of South Carolina but in fact was not. The sender of the email was not identified beyond an email address registered to an organization in Florida named “Domain Discreet Privacy Service”. The corresponding web page is hosted by a San Francisco organization stating: “This temporary landing page will be replaced when you publish your site.”

The email was an invitation to a “Clergy Day for the Diocese,” to be hosted at Holy Communion, Charleston and presided over by Bishop. Charles von Rosenberg (A retired bishop from Tennessee).
There are several crucial facts that need to be addressed regarding this announcement.

First, this message did not come from the Diocese of South Carolina.

The sender intentionally impersonated the diocese with an unauthorized use of our Diocesan seal and by stating that the sender was the Diocese of South Carolina.

The sender intentionally impersonated the diocese with an unauthorized use of our Diocesan seal and by stating that the sender was the Diocese of South Carolina.  the rest

Canterbury announcement set for Friday

Justin Welby to be 105th Archbishop of Canterbury

By George Conger

A press conference announcing the name of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury has been scheduled for Friday, 9 November 2012.

Bishop of Durham Justin Welby, (56) a one-time business executive who entered the ministry after 11 years in the oil industry, is expected to be named to the post. The Daily Telegraph reports Bishop Welby has agreed to accept the post, while the Times has reported the announcement will be made this week. On Tuesday British “bookies” Ladbrokes, William Hill and PaddyPower stopped taking bets on who would be named archbishop after large sums of money were placed on Bishop Welby, while Betfair currently has the Durham bishop listed at even money. the rest

Scrolling around...November 8, 2012

Denmark: Muslim majority in local board cancels decades-old Christmas tradition, finances Eid party with 10,000 USD
...Although the small majority in the Chamber Board of Directors was democratically elected at the general meeting in September, the new course has surprised many. It is a sign of a lack of tolerance and inclusiveness from the new majority in the fund's board of directors, says one person from the Egedalsvænge, where many refuse to talk to the media.

Complaint Filed over Illegal Alien Voters
...Gheen said that he believes that tens of thousands of illegal aliens are voting in Nevada and he even stated that at least one high-profile election was swayed by illegal immigrants. Gheen said that he believes that Harry Reid beat Sharron Angle because thousands of illegal aliens voted for Harry Reid in 2010.

“He [Reid in 2010] lost every County but Clark County,” said Gheen of why he believes that Reid was helped by illegal aliens...

Religion and Voters in 2012
...Even in an American electorate that remains overwhelmingly religious, with only 12 percent disclaiming any religious affiliation, Obama was able to win by cobbling together the unreligious, Catholics and Protestants less likely to attend church, and overwhelming majorities of Hispanic Catholics and black Protestants. Unlike in 2008, there seems to have been little Obama effort to target evangelicals. But appeals to less observant Catholics to ignore appeals from their bishops to heed church teachings about marriage and abortion, as well as religious liberty, seem to have worked sufficiently...

NYC: 30% of Public Housing still without power
...City officials and housing advocates said that when the immediate post-storm crisis has passed, the housing authority needs to find more resources to prepare for future natural disaster. Some observers faulted the cooperation between NYCHA and other agencies, including ConEd, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which might be able to provide more rapid emergency assistance...

America's Future? Ripped apart by financial crisis, Greek society in free-fall
...Patients and their relatives glanced up briefly and moved on, hardened to such messages of gloom. In a country where about 1,000 people lose their jobs each day, legions more are still employed but haven't seen a paycheck in months. What used to be an anomaly has become commonplace, and those who have jobs that pay on time consider themselves the exception to the rule...

You were warned: Obama’s layoff bomb goes BOOM!
This is just the beginning.

In case you missed it, Boeing announced massive layoffs and facilities closures yesterday. More: Small business owners are dropping the axe as they brace for the costs and burdens of Obamacare.
In case you missed it, I reported on Obama’s layoff bomb last week....

ObamaCare goes into effect
...I do not even have any females on my policy. And yet I have to pay for this coverage. I do not get "well man visits".

Is this why Barack Obama was re-elected?

Note that the pills, services, and counseling have to be free, with no co-pay or deductible. That is because the Sandra Flukes of the USA do not want the government or the Catholics or someone else to pay, so they do not have to pay a dime. It is also so that teenaged girls can get pills and STD treatments without their parents finding out.

First Lesbian Goes to U.S. Senate in 'Historic' Election Night for LGBTs

Paul Harvey: If I Were The Devil

Groundhog Day in America-Can the next four years be better than the last with the same president in the same divided country?
...How, then, can a reelected President Obama put the fractured American Humpty Dumpty together again after it has been shattered by such a nasty campaign? Certainly, it will no longer work for the president merely to wax eloquent on the need for more civility. Instead, his congressional opponents will expect more hardball Chicago politics and will probably reply in kind...

Evangelical Voters for Romney Overshadowed by Youth, Minorities for Obama
Evangelical Christian voters turned out in record numbers according to a national post-election survey done by the Faith and Freedom Coalition. However, despite a 78 to 21 percent split in favor of Mitt Romney among white evangelicals, the coalition's leader implied that Barack Obama's win was catapulted by votes from youths and minorities.

"Evangelicals turned out in record numbers and voted as heavily for Mitt Romney yesterday as they did for George W. Bush in 2004," said Ralph Reed, chairman of Faith and Freedom Coalition. "That is an astonishing outcome that few would have predicted even a few months ago. But Romney underperformed with younger voters and minorities and that in the end made the difference for Obama."

One in Four Deaths in UK is a Baby Killed in Abortion
Last month I posted a blog titled ‘27% of all human deaths in England and Wales are due to abortion’.

It was prompted by an article on the Guardian website titled ‘Mortality statistics: every cause of death in England and Wales, visualised’ which claimed to give ‘a full listing of “all” deaths in England and Wales in 2010...

Franklin Graham: US on 'Path of Destruction'
The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, has stated that he believes that America is on a "path of destruction" due to yesterday's election results.

In an interview with CNN last night, Graham explained that the path he was referring to involved, among other things, the legalization of same-sex marriage.

"If we are allowed to go down this road in the path that this president wants us to go down, I think it will be to our peril and to the destruction of this nation," Graham said...

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Bishop of Durham Justin Welby to be Archbishop of Canterbury

Justin Welby, the Bishop of Durham, has accepted the post of Archbishop of Canterbury, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
 07 Nov 2012

Sources have confirmed that the Eton-educated bishop will be announced as successor to Dr Rowan Williams as early as Friday, after the Crown Nominations Commission put his name forward to Downing Street.

It marks a meteoric rise for the former oil executive who has been a bishop for only a year, but insiders described Welby as "the outstanding candidate".

Last night a spokesman refused to confirm his appointment. But it came a few hours after he pulled out at short notice from a planned appearance on the BBC Radio 4 discussion programme Any Questions due to take place in County Durham on Friday. the rest image

Superstorm Sandy From Formation to Landfall

23-31 October 2012: Hurricane Sandy drifted up along the Gulf Stream from the Caribbean to the mid-Atlantic to become wedged between a stationary cold front over the Appalachians and a static high pressure air mass over maritime Canada. The Canadian air mass blocked the storm from moving farther northeast. Instead, the easterly winds circulating around the south side of the Canadian high amplified Sandy and drove it westward into the mid-Atlantic states. Sandy became a ferocious "Nor-easter" that brought record storm surges to coastal New Jersey and New York, and the cold front caused blizzard conditions along the Southern mountains. The storm surget at high tide created unprecedented chaos in New York City, such as darkening lower Manhattan and flooding the subway system on the evening of 29 October.

Aftermath...November 7, 2012

America goes into the darkness
The greatest satisfaction today over the re-election of Obama is not being felt in the Democratic Party. It is not being felt among the media, who are no longer objective observers but have turned instead into corrupt partisans who ruthlessly censored the truth about Obama and helped peddle his demonising propaganda about his opponent. It is not being felt among the gloating, drooling decadents of the western left who now scent a great blood-letting of all who dare defy their secular inquisition. No, the greatest satisfaction is surely being felt in Iran.

With four more years of Obama in the White House, Iran can now be sure that it will be able to complete its infernal construction of a genocide bomb to use against the Jews and the west. World War Three has now come a lot closer...

The Death of Ordinary Decency
...No -- the balance of decency in America has changed. Every society has normal, decent people and the other kind. The America we grew up in was fundamentally decent. Decency was the expected standard.

Now the balance has changed.

The evidence for our sleazified culture can be seen all around. It is in our pop music, which has lost melody and now just has rhythm. We have a President who won on revenge against middle class values. That's what he meant by telling his people to vote for revenge. And they did -- showing us exactly who they are.

We are now a society divided between the makers and the takers, and the takers are on a campaign of theft and revenge.

We have a President who takes dangerous pride in his hatred for "middleclassness" as Jeremiah Wright taught him to believe. We have a President who culminated his campaign with a ghetto singer rapping about hoes and bitches, about drug-ridden and broken families, as if all those cruelties were good.

This is not normal, decent America...

It is not.

We need to face that.

Andrew Klavan: The Long Game
Life is short, said Hippocrates, but art is long. There is a practical corollary to that great truth: elections are won and lost in the politics of the moment, but it’s the culture that makes the nation.

In the aftermath of President Obama’s victory, conservative political thinkers will have to ask themselves some hard questions. How much of our defeat was due to strategy and how much to structure? How can we reach out to struggling workers without sacrificing our commitment to free enterprise and individual liberty? How can we speak to single women without losing voters committed to family values and the lives of the unborn? How can we welcome the children of illegal immigrants without compromising our belief in the rule of law?

The smartest political writers in the country, all of whom are conservative, will now be addressing those questions. I’m an artist; I play the long game...

Matt Kennedy: Decline and Fall
...On the other hand, I believe this is just one more step in the long process of God handing this nation over to the particular destruction we’ve chosen. America is not and never has been “the hope of the earth” (one of Mitt Romney’s favorite slogans). Jesus is. One day this nation and government will fall. His never will.

Until then, we do not trust in rulers or governments or presidents. Jesus is forever on the throne and on this earth we have his Church, a people and nation and kingdom over which the gates of Hades will never prevail.

And yet Hades’ gates do seem to have come uncomfortably close. I personally know many otherwise faithful Christians willing to cast a vote for a pro-abortion candidate. That fact has been and remains one of the most baffling and frustrating things in the world to me.

How do they justify it? In my experience most try to weigh it out morally like this: “Well liberal policies “help the poor” (which is delusional but there you go) and liberal politicians are generally “anti-war” (which adds naive to delusional but, again, there you go) so we can swallow abortion (i.e. the dismemberment of 1.6 million babies).

The moral calculus of the above consideration is simply indefensible given the ongoing holocaust. If we were to put it to people hypothetically: “Would you vote for a candidate who promised to make all the changes you think necessary in the nation but who also promised to facilitate the murder of 1 million babies every year?” No One would vote for him. But when people - even Christian people - hear “pro-choice” they don’t think in those terms. I don’t think they grasp what that really means even if they consider themselves “personally” pro-life.

And that’s what frightens me about the Church in America. Morally compromised, supine in the face of mass murder, staring unseeing into the gaping maw of hellish brutality…I wonder whether the salt in this part of the earth has lost its saltiness? If so, our national decline and fall is far closer than I suspected.
 (This analysis hits the nail on the head for me...PD)

Albert Mohler: Aftermath-Lessons from the 2012 Election
The 2012 U.S. election is over, and more than 100 million Americans participated in the great exercise of democracy — fulfilling the franchise of the vote. Even with some votes not yet counted and some issues as yet clarified, a general picture of the election is clearly in view, and the impact of this election will be both massive and enduring.
Several lessons emerge in the immediate aftermath of the election and Christians should consider them carefully...
...Clearly, we face a new moral landscape in America, and huge challenge to those of us who care passionately about these issues. We face a worldview challenge that is far greater than any political challenge, as we must learn how to winsomely convince Americans to share our moral convictions about marriage, sex, the sanctity of life, and a range of moral issues. This will not be easy. It is, however, an urgent call to action..
“It’s not a traditional America anymore. People want stuff. They want things."
And who is going to give them things? President Obama. He knows it and he ran on it...

Fox News exit poll summary: Obama's key groups made the difference
...Meanwhile, more Democrats than Republicans voted, 38-32 percent. In 2008, Democrats also outnumbered Republicans by 39-32 percent...

5 Big Stories The Media Will 'Discover' After The Election
 (I count six)
• The economy really does stink...
• Massive debt and entitlement crises loom...
• The debt ceiling limit is fast approaching...
• ObamaCare isn't what it was cracked up to be...
• Obama's deficit-cutting plan won't work...
• Questions about Benghazi still demand answers...

The Religious Right is dead
Guys – have a quick puff of your joint before heading down the aisle with your boyfriend. In addition to re-electing Obama, various American states voted to legalise dope and gay marriage. OK, so they weren't necessarily the same states, but you get the picture. Last night was a victory for secular liberal America – or, to put it another way, America's emerging secular liberal majority. The United States is still pious by European standards, but the gap is narrowing every year. You cannot visit American bookshops without being struck by the popularity of atheist cheerleaders or agnostic self-help gurus; when I meet a young New Yorker or Californian I assume – as I would in Britain – that they don't go to church, have liberal positions on abortion and homosexuality and generally despise the conservative religious activism that, until so recently, had the power to elect presidents...

Dow Skids 200 as 'Fiscal Cliff,' EU Fears Resurface
Stocks tumbled across the board Wednesday in the wake of President Barack Obama's re-election, triggered by worries over the looming "fiscal cliff" and as fears over Europe's economy reemerged...

Update: Stocks Skid 2%; Dow Dives 300, SandP Below 1400

Obamacare excessive excise taxes set to take effect in 2013
By Rebekah Rast — Now that we know what leadership the next four years holds, there’s much at stake this coming year that needs to be addressed now.

Come January, Americans will be facing myriad new taxes under Obamacare. Unless Congress and the newly elected leader of this country make some radical changes to this law, the American people will become further entwined in its web of mandates and regulations...

Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney Aren't the Only Things to Cry Over

My meditation for today...faded grass and smoke

Psalm 37
Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.

For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.
For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.
But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

The wicked plots against the just,
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
The Lord laughs at him,
For He sees that his day is coming.
The wicked have drawn the sword
And have bent their bow,
To cast down the poor and needy,
To slay those who are of upright conduct.
Their sword shall enter their own heart,
And their bows shall be broken.

A little that a righteous man has
Is better than the riches of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
But the Lord upholds the righteous.

The Lord knows the days of the upright,
And their inheritance shall be forever.
They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
But the wicked shall perish;
And the enemies of the Lord,
Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.
Into smoke they shall vanish away.

 The wicked borrows and does not repay,
But the righteous shows mercy and gives.
 For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth,
But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.
He is ever merciful, and lends;
And his descendants are blessed.

Depart from evil, and do good;
And dwell forevermore.
For the Lord loves justice,
And does not forsake His saints;
They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
The righteous shall inherit the land,
And dwell in it forever.

The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
And his tongue talks of justice.
The law of his God is in his heart;
None of his steps shall slide.

The wicked watches the righteous,
And seeks to slay him.
The Lord will not leave him in his hand,
Nor condemn him when he is judged.

Wait on the Lord,
And keep His way,
And He shall exalt you to inherit the land;
When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a native green tree.
Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more;
Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.

Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;
For the future of that man is peace.
But the transgressors shall be destroyed together;
The future of the wicked shall be cut off.

But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.
And the Lord shall help them and deliver them;
He shall deliver them from the wicked,
And save them,
Because they trust in Him. image

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Election Day...November 6, 2012

While the Presidential contest obviously looms largest at the polls tomorrow, those interested in church-state and religious liberty issues are watching a number of down-ballot issues and contests...
From the YouTube description: Daughters ask their mothers to make the right choice so when they grow up they, not the government, will be able to make choices about their health and their bodies...

“If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed which is not their government… The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure.”   -President Calvin Coolidge

Non-citizens registered to vote in Lawrence, but officials shrug
..."I believe 15 to 20 percent of the voters in Lawrence are non-citizen registered voters," Hayes said. "The voter list is definitely needs one major, full investigation."...

Final Romney Rally Rocks New Hampshire: 10K Overflow Crowd at 11PM
Mitt Romney closed his campaign in the state where it began -- New Hampshire -- in front of a raucous, energetic, and enthusiastic crowd of over 10,000 at the Verizon Center. Thousands more people were outside of the arena, unable to get into the event...

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter. -Martin Luther King Jr.
School Skit Features Romney Getting Punched
A Texas high school marching band is facing criticism for a halftime performance that featured someone dressed like Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney getting assaulted...

New Black Panthers At Back At Polling Places In Philadelphia

Other news.....

US Crashes Out Of The Top 10 In World Prosperity Index
The United States is no longer one of the world's ten most "prosperous" countries for the first time according to the Legatum Institute.
The Legatum Prosperity Index assessed and ranked the prosperity of 142 countries based on eight sub-categories: economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, health, governance, education, safety and security, personal freedom, and social capital...

Monday, November 05, 2012

This Election

 By Ray Labulis
Posted November 5, 2012
Two days from now, America will have a choice regarding the path this country will take for the next four years. We will either be on a path for bigger government, higher taxes, high unemployment, slower job growth, and a feeling of resignation that America has seen better days or we we can be on a new, but proven path with a recipe for freedom, liberty, optimism, and...restoration of American prestige and exceptionalism in the world.

In 3 days we should know the outcome of this election. If Obama wins, think about this. What exactly will those who voted for Obama be celebrating? Will they celebrate the fact that we’ll round out the year with two more months of 7.9% (or higher) unemployment? Will they find out finally from the mainstream media the true incompetency of our foreign policy and how our Ambassador was killed and why our government failed in its obligation to react to this situation to save lives? Will they celebrate that Obama, without the threat of election pressures, will reveal himself as an unchained progressive with little need or incentive to reach across the aisle as a consensus builder? Think deeply if you enjoy government bureaucrats involved in many more aspects of your lives. When you have a problem, who do you go to for resolution? Do you want unelected, unaccountable Czars circumventing the role of Congress as a check and balance to the Executive branch of government? It won’t take long before that feeling of buyer’s remorse sets in particularly as we roll into 2013. At this point, the impacts of Obamacare will become plainly evident in the form of higher taxes and the truly massive government intrusion into the most personal aspects of our lives. Finally, the impact of the national debt growing to well over $20 trillion dollars by 2016 is a certainty. Cast your vote for Obama, and Obama wins? Think about what will you be celebrating?

This election is KEY and is a turning point for America. America must change the path we are on. True change requires a strong change agent. That person is Mitt Romney. For low information voters (not a pejorative), the negative and divisive image of Mitt Romney painted by the Obama team does not stand up to scrutiny and reasonableness. The reasons I am voting for Romney are based on a multitude of successful life accomplishments. People who are against Romney argue it’s because he is “Rich” and all the connotations that “Rich” entail. I prefer to focus on “Successful”. Mitt Romney has been successful in every major endeavor in his life. Don’t get me wrong, I am referring to the general arc of his life and do not mean to infer that he hasn’t had setbacks or less than perfect judgment. We all are guilty of the latter. Mitt Romney was successful in his personal life because he values religion, family, and country. He has given of himself personally and through his church. I can identify with that. He has built successful businesses from the ground up without the help of “government”. Building successful business means job creation which is THE most critical issue in this election. He was asked to leave the business he created, to resolve a crisis with the Salt Lake City Olympics. He was wildly successful in that endeavor. He ran for governor of Massachusetts and won in the most liberal state in the nation.  His success as governor is evident in achievements in closing a state budget deficit and then turning it into a budget surplus. He did this while dealing with a state legislature that was 87% democratic, remarkable! I admire that and understand that bridges need to be built across the political aisle. This will be critical for the next 4 years.

I am urging all to think carefully about our country’s future. Will we leave our next generation of children and grandchildren saddled with unimaginable debt, poor job prospects, and most importantly a belief that freedom, liberty, and opportunity have been diminished in America? If so, your vote is for Obama.


 If you believe that this election is a defining moment for our country.

If you believe that this country is built on the opportunity to succeed.

If you believe that this country needs a return to its founding principles and to continue to be a leading force for freedom in the world.

If you believe in a strong national defense against those seeking to destroy our values.

If you are looking for an individual with integrity, strong moral values and a belief in God and Country….

Your choice is Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. This is why I am voting for Romney/Ryan and why I urge you to do the same. I am also urging you through all means possible to actively solicit your friends and family to do the same and create a groundswell of turnout for this election.

 Thank you.  image

Election 2012...Monday, November 5, 2012

Obama Voters at Biden Rally Vandalize Pro-Life Signs
Supporters of President Barack Obama in Wisconsin who were waiting to get into a local event with Vice President Joe Biden vandalized and spray-painted over pro-life signs held by pro-life rally protestors...

Eric Metaxas: Christians and Voting: A Crucial National Decision
Tomorrow Americans will go to the polls and vote for the next president of the United States. On what basis should we make our decision? Should a candidate's religious faith-or lack of faith-have an impact on whom we vote for?

I'd like to share with you the views of two of the twentieth century's greatest religious figures: Chuck Colson and Billy Graham... image

Black Pastor Receives Death Threats For Reversing Support For Obama-Video

Will New Black Panthers be back this year?
...But the national leader of the group, Malik Zulu Shabazz, told a radio interviewer in September that the New Black Panthers - labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others for its anti-white and anti-Semitic rhetoric - might be out monitoring some polling places again in 2012...

A supercut of US Presidential election ads from the 1952 Eisenhower campaign to the 2012 Obama campaign. Find out what's changed and what's remained the same over the past 60 years.

28,000 SUPPORTERS Turn Out in the Cold to See Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania-pics

500 Former Military Leaders Take Out Ad to Endorse Mitt Romney
500 senior admirals and generals took out an ad today in the Washington Times to declare their support for Mitt Romney. The professional core of the U.S. military overwhelmingly favors Mitt Romney over President Obama by a two-to-one margin...

One Last Chance to Kill Obamacare
...The only way to kill this monster is full repeal. And, for all intents and purposes, tomorrow offers the last chance to set that process in motion. The need to take advantage of this opportunity is made manifest by a review of what the President and the Democrat Congress wrought in the name of "reform." It isn't possible to cover all of Obamacare's flaws in one column, but the point can be made by a brief summary of its worst provisions. Among these are mandates that restrict individual liberty and freedom of conscience, tax increases totaling more than $800 billion, the creation of perverse economic incentives that will kill millions of jobs, and the creation of a rationing board whose power will be virtually unchecked...

Obama, the Virtual Challenger
...Obama has made no real attempt to defend much of what he has done in the last four years. It is as if his first term never existed — no 70 percent approval rating, no Democratic House, no Democratic Senate. Instead we are back to the future as a young Lincolnesque senator, with a clean slate, has come to save us from George W. Bush’s recession, which, we now learn, was caused by plutocrat Mitt Romney all along. Obama is the perpetual challenger, once more running against Bobby Rush, Alan Keyes, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain on all the wonderful things he would do if only he were elected...

The Worst News from Benghazi
...Benghazi was not an accident. It was a blunder waiting to happen, starting from a doomed attempt to buy the loyalty of al-Qaeda and its kind with arms to overthrow Assad.

Half of America is still media-blinded, but there isn't a single foreign ministry or intelligence agency in the world that is unaware of Obama's policy of betrayal. We have squandered trust in America's promises, the keystone of the Western defense arch in the six decades since World War II.

We have known that Obama is a third-world Socialist, because he boasted about it in his autobiographies. But until now we had no proof that his real sympathies are with jihad imperialism. Benghazi is a major failure, but the policy it represents is worse than the idea of putting an unprotected U.S. ambassador into bandit country to make a deal with jihadist terror groups, and then failing to protect him when the bad guys turn on him...

Albert Mohler: A Prayer for America on Election Day

November 5, 2012

First, we should pray that God will bless America with leaders better than we deserve. Democratic systems inevitably reflect the electorate’s decisions, and these decisions reveal underlying worldviews. And, truth be told, all we can expect from democracy is the government we deserve. We must pray for a government and for leaders better than we deserve. May God grant us mercy as he reigns and rules over all things, including this election.
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Sunday, November 04, 2012

Scrolling around...November 4, 2012

Why Hurricane Sandy Didn't Kill the Internet
While most of lower Man­hattan was without power, one key building remained lighted: 60 Hudson Street, one of the most important Internet hubs worldwide. Even during the worst of the storm, the building kept the country connected through an array of well-maintained generators.

If you’ve ever sent an email, your data has probably trav­eled through a fiber-optic cable here. Built around 1929, the building served as the hub for Western Union’s telegraph network and is now known as one of the fastest connections between world financial centers; it maintains Internet connectivity for en­tire regions of the country.

Property manager Shaun Mooney, former Marine and volunteer firefighter, describes this job as “Mis­sion Critical”—“the lights have to stay on no matter what.” Preparation for Sandy started the week before the storm, with staff meetings devoted to assessing supplies and personnel needs. When power in lower Manhattan went out on Monday eve­ning, chief engineer Ernesto Martinez’s team monitored generators and pressure sen­sors. To make sure windows didn’t blow out, his team opened select airway chan­nels throughout the building to equalize pressure...  image

Small steps made in Hurricane Sandy recovery, but long, difficult road lies ahead in N.J.
...Nearly a week after Hurricane Sandy struck the region with the force of a thunderclap, crippling much of the state, New Jersey is showing the first stirrings of recovery...

In the Rockaways, Preparing for a Long, Cold Night
Challenged by bone-chilling temperatures, people in the Rockaways worried Sunday about surviving the coldest night since the storm left the peninsula without electricity, heat and potable water.

Those who stayed spent Sunday in search of blankets and warmer clothes, planning to layer and huddle together in hopes of riding out the storm until the power and heat was restored.

Relief crews including the state National Guard had set up at least five distribution centers in the area, handing out food, water, blankets and flashlights to those in need...

Bishop Tawadros chosen new pope of Egypt's Coptic Christians

4 November 2012

Bishop Tawadros has been chosen as the new pope of Egypt's Coptic Christians, becoming leader of the largest Christian minority in the Middle East.

His name was selected from a glass bowl by a blindfolded boy at a ceremony in Cairo's St Mark's Cathedral. Three candidates had been shortlisted.

The 60-year-old succeeds Pope Shenouda III, who died in March aged 88. the rest

Air New Zealand's new Hobbit inspired safety video

...The airline’s newest safety video is inspired by the upcoming move, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I am guessing that Air New Zealand did not do this out of the goodness of their hearts, but they have a deal with New Line and MGM to help promote the movie. I am okay with that, especially since the video is quite entertaining...     Story