Saturday, June 27, 2015

Look how fears have presented themselves...

Look how fears have presented themselves, so have supports and encouragements; yea, when I have started, even as it were at nothing else but my shadow, yet God, as being very tender of me, hath not suffered me to be molested, but would with one Scripture or another, strengthen me against all; insomuch that I have often said, Were it lawful, I could pray for greater trouble, for the greater comfort's sake. ...John Bunyan image

First Things, Mohler and others on the Supreme Court Homosexual marriage ruling

Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage
More than 100 leaders respond to Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage...

After Obergefell: A First Things Symposium
How should we respond to the ruling by the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage? What’s next?

These are the question that we asked the following contributors—male and female, gay and straight, Christian and Jewish, Protestant and Catholic and Orthodox—to answer in this First Things symposium....

Mohler: Everything Has Changed and Nothing Has Changed — The Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage ...The Supreme Court’s over-reach in this case is more astounding as the decision is reviewed in full, and as the dissenting justices voiced their own urgent concerns. The Chief Justice accused the majority of “judicial policymaking” that endangers our democratic form of government. “The Court today not only overlooks our country’s entire history and tradition but actively repudiates it, preferring to live only in the heady days of the here and now,” he asserted. Further: “Over and over, the majority exalts the role of the judiciary in delivering social change.”

“The majority,” he made clear, “lays out a tantalizing vision for the future for Members of this Court. If an unvarying social institution enduring over all of recorded history cannot inhibit judicial policymaking, what can?”

That is a haunting question. This Chief Justice’s point is an urgent warning: If the Supreme Court will arrogate to itself the right to redefine marriage, there is no restraint on the judiciary whatsoever...

Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country ...It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.

Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives a realistic sense of how weak our position is in post-Christian America.

The alarm that the four dissenting justices sounded in their minority opinions is chilling. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia were particularly scathing in pointing out the philosophical and historical groundlessness of the majority’s opinion. Justice Scalia even called the decision “a threat to democracy,” and denounced it, shockingly, in the language of revolution...Dreher

The Obergefell v. Hodges (same-sex marriage) Mega-Post
ADF Alliance-great resource!

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White House Bathed in Rainbow
The White House Friday evening was lit up in rainbow, the symbol of the gay rights movement.

Bishop Julian Dobbs' statement on Supreme Court decision on homosexual marriage

June 26, 2015

A Statement From Bishop Julian Dobbs regarding the decision on
Marriage from the Supreme Court of the United States.

Greetings in the name of our Lord,

The College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North
America have released a statement on marriage following the
decision from the Supreme Court of the United States which is
copied below.

The position of our diocese on marriage is clearly and publicly
stated in our canons, "The Diocese affirms our Lord's teaching
that Holy Matrimony is in its nature a covenantal union,
permanent and lifelong, of one man and one woman. No
marriage or other conjugal union of persons shall take place in
any of the Congregations or Missions of the Diocese, or with
the participation of the clergy of this Diocese except in
accordance with these Canons." Title III, canon 4, Section 1.

In faithful witness to Christ our Lord,

Your brother and bishop,

Bp. Julian Dobbs

ACNA Bishops’ Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

Friday, June 26, 2015

Christus Rex

by Dominic Bouck, O.P.
6 . 26 . 15

As the dust settles and the role that conscientious dissenters will have in our New Society is made clearer, we who pray “Thy kingdom come” need not be afraid. What is new is the unfortunate decision of five Supreme Court justices. What isn’t new is the call for Christians to live lives of peace, love, joy, freedom, generosity, kindness, and prayer. The Holy Spirit, as far as I know, hasn’t been overruled by the Supreme Court.

What better time to let our light shine before all mankind. We can be gracious in our legal defeat while remaining firm in our conviction that God made man, male and female, in his own image, and created man and woman to live together in fruitful harmony. We can still ask his unfailing mercy for ourselves, first of all, and for all those who do not know him.

Jesus is king. Amen. Alleluia. No civil authority can change that. What we owe him in obedience cannot be changed by any civil compulsion, full stop. Freedom is something so internal that external things cannot touch it. When civil society falters, each believer can check to see whether the foundation of his life was set on the rocky ground of God, or the sands of fickle earthly masters... the rest image

Mohler responds to Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision

June 26, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a statement from R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States concerning same-sex marriage:

Everything has changed and nothing has changed. The Supreme Court’s decision today is a central assault upon marriage as the conjugal union of a man and a woman and in a 5-4 decision the nation’s highest court has now imposed its mandate redefining marriage on all 50 states.

As Chief Justice Roberts said in his dissent, “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not a legal judgment.”

The majority’s argument, expressed by Justice Kennedy, is that the right of same-sex couples to marry is based in individual autonomy as related to sexuality, in marriage as a fundamental right, in marriage as a privileged context for raising children, and in upholding marriage as central to civilization. But at every one of these points, the majority had to reinvent marriage in order to make its case. The Court has not merely ordered that same-sex couples be allowed to marry — it has fundamentally redefined marriage itself.

The inventive legal argument set forth by the majority is clearly traceable in Justice Kennedy’s previous decisions including Lawrence (2003) and Windsor (2013), and he cites his own decisions as legal precedent. As the Chief Justice makes clear, Justice Kennedy and his fellow justices in the majority wanted to legalize same-sex marriage and they invented a constitutional theory to achieve their purpose. It was indeed an act of will disguised as a legal judgment.

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the land, and its decisions cannot be appealed to a higher court of law. But the Supreme Court, like every human institution and individual, will eventually face two higher courts. The first is the court of history, which will render a judgment that I believe will embarrass this court and reveal its dangerous trajectory. The precedents and arguments set forth in this decision cannot be limited to the right of same-sex couples to marry. If individual autonomy and equal protection mean that same-sex couples cannot be denied what is now defined as a fundamental right of marriage, then others will arrive to make the same argument. This Court will find itself in a trap of its own making, and one that will bring great harm to this nation and its families. The second court we all must face is the court of divine judgment. For centuries, marriage ceremonies in the English-speaking world have included the admonition that what God has put together, no human being — or human court — should tear asunder. That is exactly what the Supreme Court of the United States has now done... the rest

We cannot be silent, and we cannot join the moral revolution that stands in direct opposition to what we believe the Creator has designed, given, and intended for us. We cannot be silent, and we cannot fail to contend for marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Evangelical Leaders Respond to Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Top 10 Quotes from the Dissenting Justices on Same-Sex Marriage

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ACNA Provincial Council 2015-a few pictures and videos

Raymond Dague and Bp. Julian Dobbs 
I'm not too happy about the closeness of the bear to the cameraman.
Bp. Julian Dobbs and crew
(Pictures by Raymond Dague)
 ACNA Provincial Council meeting in Vancouver-information and schedule here. 

June 24, 2015
ACNA Provincial Council: Archbishop Foley Beach's Address

Jun 24, 2015
ACNA Provincial Council Governance Task Force Report
-Rev. Phil Ashey

Jun 24, 2015
ACNA Provincial Council: The Rev Shihoko Warren Testimony

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Transfigurations blog 10th Anniversary

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June 23, 2015

Well, it's been ten years since I started this blog.  Actually, yesterday was the actual anniversary, but my refrigerator broke over the weekend and I ended up fixing it myself with the long distance help of my DIY brother and learning how to use a ratchet wrench by YouTube video.  It took me all day to take the thing apart and clean it and put everything back, but this morning it was humming along nicely, so it was worth it.

I am grateful to all the readers who stop by and check out the stories and hopefully are blessed and more informed about the impact of the culture on Christianity and more importantly, how Christianity should impact our culture.

My prayer is that this blog would be used by God to His glory and honor and to further the Gospel message!

Pat Dague

Monday, June 22, 2015

Anglican Unscripted Episode 187

Jun 21, 2015

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Seeking Justice in the Wake of Tragedy; Do the Next Thing: A Mother’s Gratitude for Elisabeth Elliot...more

Seeking Justice in the Wake of Tragedy
A horrible tragedy occurred earlier this week, when a young white male walked into Emanuel A.M.E. church in historic Charleston, South Carolina, and killed nine congregation members. Unfortunately, many common responses to the massacre threaten to undermine efforts to seek real, substantive justice.

First, many people have condemned the act as “senseless violence.” Calling the violence “senseless” implies that the shooter did not have moral agency. What occurred on Wednesday night was not “senseless violence”: it was a cold, calculated, act of racial hatred...

Photos: Mourning and forgiveness in Charleston

Jun 19, 2015

Dylann Roof bond hearing. CHARLESTON —‘I forgive you.’ Relatives of Charleston church shooting victims address Dylann Roof The relatives of people slain inside the historic African American church in Charleston, S.C., earlier this week were able to confront the accused gunman Friday at his first court appearance. One by one, those who chose to speak at a bond hearing did not turn to anger. Instead, while he remained impassive, they offered him forgiveness and said they were praying for his soul. I forgive you,” Nadine Collier, the daughter of 70-year-old Ethel Lance, said at the hearing, her voice breaking with emotion. “You took something very precious from me. I will never talk to her again. I will never, ever hold her again. But I forgive you. And have mercy on your soul.”  (What Christian forgiveness looks like...)

Church of England to introduce monthly fast for planet Earth as vicars trained in ‘eco-theology’  The Church of England is to urge worshippers to dedicate the first day of every month to fasting and prayer for planet Earth as part of a major drive to instill green ideas in its followers.

Candidates for ordination as priests are also set to be trained in “eco-theology” while plans are being considered to install solar farms across parts of the Church’s extensive land holdings, in addition to existing wind farms.

Details of the green initiatives emerged in papers sent out to members of the Church’s ruling General Synod, ahead of its annual summer gathering in York next month.
It comes a day after Pope Francis published a long-awaited encyclical on the environment in which he threw the weight of the 1.2 billion-strong Roman Catholic Church behind the fight against climate change and called for fossil fuels to be phased out... (So twisted-whatever happened to prayer and fasting for the purpose of seeking a closer walk with God?) 

Do the Next Thing: A Mother’s Gratitude for Elisabeth Elliot...Here was a woman who knew the Lord. Here was a woman willing to serve the Lord no matter where he called her. Here was a woman who suffered the loss of her young husband as a martyr on the mission field, and then stayed for several years to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the same people who killed her beloved Jim. A few years later, she lost a second husband to cancer. Elisabeth Elliot suffered beyond what I could even have imagined as a wife and mother. And her response to it all? Trust in God, obey him, and do the next thing.

“Do the next thing” became a mantra at our house. My husband and I still use it more than twenty years later to encourage each other. Elisabeth would always have a Scriptural basis for her counsel which was straight-forward, no-nonsense, and unsentimental. It was easy for young, exhausted, me-generation mothers of toddlers to fall into self pity, but each day Elisabeth Elliot would graciously, but firmly, pick me back up. She’d remind me that my lot was a calling from God, and that it was nothing that millions of women hadn’t done before me with fewer resources and conveniences...

How Pixar Enchants Us
...As parents and grownups still vividly in touch with their childhoods, the gifted artists at Pixar know that the most universal chords to be struck revolve around change and its companion that is loss; around innocence and experience; around the necessity of relationships and the inclines and declines of life. And around the fact that Joy leavens our lives, yet Sadness deepens the journey. In striking these chords, Pixar plays an emotional symphony of dualities...  (I'm a Pixar junkie-can't wait to see Inside Out)