Saturday, November 23, 2013

Rejoice, the Lord is King!

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Rejoice, the Lord is King!
Your Lord and King adore;
Mortals give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Jesus, the Savior, reigns, the God of truth and love;
When He had purged our stains He took His seat above;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

His kingdom cannot fail, He rules o’er earth and Heav’n,
The keys of death and hell are to our Jesus giv’n;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Rejoice in glorious hope! Jesus the Judge shall come,
And take His servants up to their eternal home.
We soon shall hear th’archangel’s voice;
The trump of God shall sound, rejoice!
...Charles Wesley image

Anglican Unscripted Episode 86

Nov 23, 2013           
Anglican Unscripted is the only video newscast in the Anglican Church. Every Week Kevin, George, Allan and Peter bring you news and prospective from around the globe.

Show Index

00:00 GAFCON and the ABC
09:56 Allan Haley and TEC Legal Fantasy
22:00 Raceophobic Church
28:56 GAFCON Down Under
42:52 Marriage
4719: Extinct COE

59:00 Closing and Bloopers

Friday, November 22, 2013

How different the world would look...

How different the world would look, how different the state of our nation would be, if there were more sanctified priestly souls! These are souls who have the power to bless, for they intercede with sanctified hearts. They never begin their daily time of intercessory prayer without having first brought to the cross all that is unholy in their lives, so that their old self can be crucified there with Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb. ...Basilea Schlink image

Massacre in Syria; Prostitutes love Obamacare; Monster Gamma Ray Burst; Doorknobs...

Horror of Christian massacre in Syria
Horrific details are emerging of what has been described as the largest massacre of Christians in the Syrian civil war...
‘Largest Massacre of Christians in Syria’ Ignored

Syrians 'feel lost and without support'
...Stressing the scales of the deaths in the country, the Maronite prelate said: "[T]hey are dying where they are, in solitude and silence.

"And since all the cemeteries are already full, our only project for 2014 is to build a bigger cemetery."...

Thanks Obamacare: Prostitutes Say It Is "Truly a Blessing"
Taxpayers will be happy to know they not only fund abortions under the Affordable Care Act, they also help prostitutes stay healthy.

Prior to Obamacare, brothel workers at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch in Nevada said they were unable to find coverage under their profession...

27 Democratic Senators Who Promised You Could Keep Your Health Coverage
Including: SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “If you like your insurance, you keep it.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/29/09)

Four Republican Senators Haven’t Co-Sponsored Late-Term Abortion Ban
It’s no surprise Senate Democrats, who are almost unanimously pro-abortion, haven’t jumped on board. But four Republican lawmakers haven’t co-sponsored the bill either. They include: Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), Sen. Dean Heller (Nevada), Sen. Mark Kirk (Illinois), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)...

Judge Rules Pittsburgh Catholic Church Doesn’t Have to Comply With HHS Mandate
In yet another pro-life victory against the HHS mandate that forces churches and religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions for their employees, a federal judge has ruled that the Catholic Church in Pittsburgh doesn’t have to comply.

Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh made such a stink when he testified in court recently that he received national attention. He said would rather pay fines, no matter how much they might be that be forced to follow the directives of the abortion mandate...

Supernova blast emitted record burst of gamma rays
Astronomers have chronicled a record-setting burst of gamma rays from the violent death throes of a relatively nearby massive star that imploded into a black hole.

“This burst was a once-in-a-century cosmic event,” Hertz said during an international media briefing Thursday.

"It's much more than the energy that the sun has emitted in its whole life," said Stanford University astrophysicist Nicola Omodei, one of the authors of a series of studies analyzing the gamma ray burst published online Thursday in the journal Science... image

McDonald's restaurant turns to opera to drive out loitering teenagers
Fed up with outlet's night-time transformation into unofficial youth club, staff at an Australian McDonald's are playing classical music and opera to deter young people from loitering...

Vancouver to ban doorknobs
...The new building bylaw, to come into effect in March 2014, bans doorknobs in new homes, favouring the more accessible door handle instead.

The ban not only applies to municipal buildings such as Vancouver City Hall, where most of the treasured art deco style doorknobs will be removed, but extends to all new homes built within city limits.

The bylaw is not retroactive, so if residents won’t have to get rid of doorknobs they already have in their homes...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Time alone with the Lord Jesus each day...

Many Christians backslide...They are unable to stand against the temptations of the world, or of their old nature. They strive to do their best to fight against sin, and to serve God, but they have no strength. They have never really grasped the secret: The Lord Jesus will every day from heaven continue His work in me. But on one condition—the soul must give Him time each day to impart His love and his grace. Time alone with the Lord Jesus each day is the indispensable condition of growth and power.
...Andrew Murray image

Montana Bishop Brookhart: We Episcopalians Are Just “Open” Liberal, Not “Crazy” Liberal!

November 21, 2013
by John Lomperis

In defending his denomination, the Episcopal Church, the Rt. Rev. C. Franklin Brookhart, Jr. was not always truthful in the ecumenical greetings he brought to the global United Methodist Council of Bishops meeting in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina last Thursday.

Bishop Brookhart, who leads the Diocese of Montana, also shared some very basic structural info about his denomination.

While the Episcopal Church is known as a rapidly dying and extremely liberal church, and Bishop Brookhart noted to his UMC colleagues that “[s]ome of you have told me we are ultra-liberal,” he “would assert the Episcopal is not a liberal church as the secular press uses” such terms.

Of course, I recognize that there are a (dwindling) number of faithful Christians still within the Episcopal Church, and that even a tiny minority of the denomination’s 109 dioceses have theologically orthodox leadership. And there are also growing numbers of faithful Christians who were Episcopalian at some point in the past... the rest

General Synod backs women bishops

Archbishop Welby's statement on the women bishops vote

Surprised By Sacraments; Kirsten Powers on her conversion; NYC hospitals not covered by Obamacare....

Obama Honors Gay Socialist, Lesbian Astronaut with Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Barack Obama on Wednesday awarded the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian – the Presidential Medal of Freedom – to 16 people, including a homosexual who led the socialist party in the United States and astronaut Sally Ride, whose partner “outed” her as a lesbian in Ride’s obituary last year...

Thomas Sowell on the 'Knockout Game'
...Attacks of this sort have been rampant in St. Louis. But they have also occurred in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and elsewhere. In Illinois the game has often been called "Polar Bear Hunting" by the young thugs, presumably because the targets are white.

The main reason for many people's surprise is that the mainstream media have usually suppressed news about the "knockout game" or about other and larger forms of similar orchestrated racial violence in dozens of cities in every region of the country. Sometimes the attacks are reported, but only as isolated attacks by unspecified "teens" or "young people" against unspecified victims, without any reference to the racial makeup of the attackers or the victims — and with no mention of racial epithets by the young hoodlums exulting in their own "achievement."

Despite such pious phrases as "troubled youths," the attackers are often in a merry, festive mood. In a sustained mass attack in Milwaukee, going far beyond the dimensions of a passing "knockout game," the attackers were laughing and eating chips, as if it were a picnic.

One of them observed casually, "white girl bleed a lot."...

Surprised By Sacraments
I love being part of ecumenical dialogues because I always learn as much about my own family of churches as I do about the other traditions represented. A few years ago I was involved in an ecumenical conversation as one of five representatives of Pentecostalism. The team members were from various parts of the world with two being from lands traditionally Orthodox.

At one point in the conversation the Pentecostal team was asked about our views of the sacraments: Do Pentecostals believe in the sacraments and how many? One of my fellow team members immediately responded in the affirmative and said that we Pentecostals had seven. After recovering from a bit of shock at this answer, I interjected that this perspective did not hold true for most Pentecostals in the United States.

At the first break I inquired further about this view among Pentecostals in former Communist nations. Did they really hold such a view of the sacraments? Much to my surprise I was told that in lands historically Orthodox, Pentecostals had drunk deeply from Orthodox life and this affected their theological development. While it remains true that many Pentecostals still function with a Zwinglian view of the sacraments, there is a small, but growing effort by some Pentecostal theologians and church leaders to recover a more robust sacramentalism. These efforts remain part of a broader dialogue with Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Patristic thinkers as well as an extension of the spirituality central to Pentecostal life and witness...First Things

Kirsten Powers: Fox News' Highly Reluctant Jesus Follower
Just seven years ago, if someone had told me that I'd be writing for Christianity Today magazine about how I came to believe in God, I would have laughed out loud. If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religion—especially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt.

I grew up in the Episcopal Church in Alaska, but my belief was superficial and flimsy. It was borrowed from my archaeologist father, who was so brilliant he taught himself to speak and read Russian. When I encountered doubt, I would fall back on the fact that he believed.

Leaning on my father's faith got me through high school. But by college it wasn't enough, especially because as I grew older he began to confide in me his own doubts. What little faith I had couldn't withstand this revelation. From my early 20s on, I would waver between atheism and agnosticism, never coming close to considering that God could be real...

New health plans sold through exchanges not accepted at some prestigious NYC hospitals
...As of this week, not one of the plans for sale on New York’s health benefit exchange would cover treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, one of the world’s largest and most respected cancer hospitals.

That could mean that the 615,000 individuals and 450,000 small business employees expected to eventually get their insurance through the exchange would have to go someplace else for treatment, or pay the bill out of their own pockets...

Cancellations are coming for millions more

Largest ever number of HIV diagnoses in UK gay men – due to increased testing and new infections
...Improved HIV testing practices have therefore likely contributed to the greater number of HIV infections which are diagnosed. But Public Health England also believe that HIV transmission continues at high levels – their estimations of HIV incidence using a back-calculation analysis suggest that there have been 2300 - 2500 new infections in gay men each year over the past decade. The large majority of transmissions originate in men unaware of their own infection...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Billy Graham in hospital; Boko Haram abducting Christian women; Obama to "re-brand" ACA-more cancellations coming...more

Evangelist Billy Graham in hospital for respiratory issue
U.S. evangelist Billy Graham is being treated for respiratory congestion and is expected to be hospitalized for several days, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

Graham, who celebrated his 95th birthday earlier this month at a party attended by nearly 900 guests, including celebrities, was admitted on Tuesday to a hospital near his home in the North Carolina mountains...

Nigerian Terrorists Reportedly Abducting Christian Women, Forcing them to Convert and Then Marry Islamic Militants
...“They were about to slaughter me and one of them begged me not to resist and just before I had my throat slit I relented. They put a veil on me and made me read from the Koran,” she said.

Hajja went along with the unit on dozens of attacks in which police and suspected collaborators were killed. In one particularly grisly episode, Hajja was forced to lure civilians working for the army. Five approached her, and were then ambushed by the Boko Haram gang.

“They took them back to a cave and tied them up. They cut their throats, one at a time…I thought my heart would burst out of my chest, because I was the bait,” Hajja told Reuters...

Obama: ‘We’re Going to Have to…Re-market and Re-brand’ the Affordable Care Act
President Barack Obama told a gathering of corporate executives Tuesday he's confident that his model of health care will work in the end, but he said he's going to have to "re-brand" it to sell it to a skeptical public.

 He didn't use the word "Obamacare" once on Tuesday in talking about his health care law, but he mentioned the "Affordable Care Act" seven times...

Second wave of health plan cancellations looms
A new and independent analysis of ObamaCare warns of a ticking time bomb, predicting a second wave of 50 million to 100 million insurance policy cancellations next fall -- right before the mid-term elections.

The next round of cancellations and premium hikes is expected to hit employees, particularly of small businesses. While the administration has tried to downplay the cancellation notices hitting policyholders on the individual market by noting they represent a relatively small fraction of the population, the swath of people who will be affected by the shakeup in employer-sponsored coverage will be much broader.

An analysis by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, shows the administration anticipates half to two-thirds of small businesses would have policies canceled or be compelled to send workers onto the ObamaCare exchanges. They predict up to 100 million small and large business policies could be canceled next year.

US May Have Let 'Dozens' of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees
Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky -- who later admitted in court that they'd attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists' fingerprints...

Cheating students more likely to want government jobs, study finds
College students who cheated on a simple task were more likely to want government jobs, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania found in a study of hundreds of students in Bangalore, India.

Their results, recently released as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, suggest that one of the contributing forces behind government corruption could be who gets into government work in the first place...

Monday, November 18, 2013

God is waiting anxiously to lead each of us in the dance of praise...

God is waiting anxiously to lead each of us in the dance of praise. God is on a mission - a quest. He is looking for worshipers. As he constantly draws each of us into a deeper and more intimate friendship with himself, he is creating within us hearts that will praise him. ...Claire Cloninger image

Obamacare marriage penalty; 'White moms Common Core remark; Tornadoes in Midwest

Penalty for Marriage in Obamacare
...The Atlantic reports that in practice, this means that a married couple in New York making more than a combined $62,040 gets no subsidies from Obamacare. But two people who live together without getting married? They can make up to a combined $91,920 and still get subsidies from the government...

Rasmussen: New High: 58% View Obamacare Unfavorably
...Unfavorable views of the national health care law have risen to their highest levels this year...

Obama Administration Puts a Price Tag on Your Religious Freedom
...The penalty for failure to abide by the Obamacare HHS abortion-pill mandate is an astounding $36,500 a year.

Refusal to violate your faith will cost you...

Obamacare Death Spiral: How much will it cost to re-stabilize the Exchange insurance markets?

Up to 90% of Italian gynecologists refuse to abort babies as abortion rate continues to drop ...The report shows that the numbers of conscientious objectors among health care workers has also increased steadily, to its current peak of almost 90 percent of gynecologists in the region of Campania and over 80 percent in all of Southern Italy...

'White moms' remark fuels Common Core clash
...“All of a sudden, their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought … and that’s pretty scary,” Duncan said at the event Friday.

Two hours later, with those comments sparking outrage on social media, Duncan told POLITICO that he “didn’t say it perfectly.” But he stood by his thesis: To oppose the Common Core is to oppose progress...
To the immense frustration of Common Core supporters, an eclectic array of critics have raised sustained and impassioned objections about the new standards. From New York to Florida to Michigan to Louisiana, their voices are so loud and their critiques so varied that they have muddied the narrative around Common Core. It’s no longer a focused national debate about high standards; it’s hundreds of local debates, about everything from student privacy rights to cursive handwriting to computerized testing to the value of Shakespeare
At least six dead after tornadoes, storms sweep through Midwest
Rescuers fanned out across at least a half-dozen states Monday morning in a search for victims, a day after a series of deadly tornadoes and powerful storms tore through the nation's heartland on Sunday, destroying homes and flipping over cars.

At least six were dead, thousands homeless and hundreds of thousands without power Monday as the region began the daunting task of recovering from powerful storm system that spawned several tornadoes. Illinois was hardest hit, with at least six people killed and seven counties declared disaster areas by Gov. Pat Quinn. The storms were felt in at least 12 states, though Illinois, Indiana and Ohio were hardest hit. One tornado that blew through Illinois' Washington County, east of St. Louis, left a path of destruction more than three miles long, according to a preliminary survey by the National Weather Service...

Episcopal Church names ex-Planned Parenthood exec as UN delegate

November 18, 2013

...The 2014 priority theme of UNCSW is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls.”

Pilling will be one of 20 provincial delegates who will join with those representing the provinces of the Anglican Communion.

 A member of Christ Church Philadelphia, Pilling has extensive experience in working with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), both professionally and in the Episcopal Church. A widely published author, lecturer and consultant, she also has worked with United Nations agencies, international nonprofit organizations as well as the U.S. Peace Corps with a focus on women’s health. 

She was vice president of International Programs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and senior program officer at Columbia University where she supervised a $50 million Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiative. Pilling managed primary health care programs in Africa and Latin America for 13 years (Ghana, Kenya, Bolivia, Costa Rica and Zimbabwe) and provided short-term technical assistance around the world. Dr. Pilling is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia.

She teaches courses in global health and public health in the community... the rest

Child abuse royal commission to focus on Anglican Church-run North Coast Children's Home in Lismore
Hearings for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will reopen in Sydney today, with the focus on a New South Wales home run by the Anglican Church.

Between the 1940s and the 1980s it is alleged that at least 200 children living at the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore were sexually or physically abused.

They were children who already had a tough start to life, having been neglected or abandoned by their families....

Church of England synod due to debate women bishops
The Church of England is preparing for a debate at its ruling general synod about how to create women bishops.

It is due to consider an accelerated programme for introducing women bishops and the appointment of an independent arbitrator to resolve disputes.

The synod's general secretary William Fittall has warned that failure would have "very serious" consequences... BBC

Diocese may opt out of marriage
The Bishop of North West Australia has warned that if the state or federal governments legalize same-sex marriage, Anglican clergy in his diocese would no longer serve as marriage registrars.

 The statement by the Rt. Rev. Gary Nelson follows the decision last month by the Australian Capital Territory to legalize same-sex marriage – a move that has been challenged by the federal government as being unconstitutional...