Thursday, August 06, 2015

Feast of the Transfiguration 2015

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These are the divine wonders we celebrate today; this is the saving revelation given us upon the mountain; this is the festival of Christ that has drawn us here. Let us listen, then, to the sacred voice of God so compellingly calling us from on high, from the summit of the mountain, so that with the Lord’s chosen disciples we may penetrate the deep meaning of these holy mysteries, so far beyond our capacity to express. Jesus goes before us to show us the way, both up the mountain and into heaven, and - I speak boldly - it is for us now to follow him with all speed, yearning for the heavenly vision that will give us a share in his radiance, renew our spiritual nature and transform us into his own likeness, making us for ever sharers in his Godhead and raising us to heights as yet undreamed of.
Let us run with confidence and joy to enter into the cloud like Moses and Elijah, or like James and John. Let us be caught up like Peter to behold the divine vision and to be transfigured by that glorious transfiguration. Let us retire from the world, stand aloof from the earth, rise above the body, detach ourselves from creatures and turn to the creator, to whom Peter in ecstasy exclaimed: Lord, it is good for us to be here.
... St. Athanasius on the Transfiguration image

Pastoral Letter from the Chairman of the GAFCON Primates Council

To the Faithful of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and friends
from Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya
and Chairman of the GAFCON Primates’ Council

‘When they became fully awake they saw his glory.’ Luke 9: 32

My dear brothers and sisters,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our only Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

I am writing to you on the day when the Church has traditionally celebrated the Transfiguration. The veil that covered Jesus’ glory in his earthly ministry is briefly drawn aside before he begins his journey to Jerusalem and death upon the cross. While Jesus prayed, Peter, James and John slept, but we must not judge them harshly. Climbing mountains is hard work! In fact, they were so deeply asleep that the reality being revealed was not immediately clear to them, yet the impact was lasting.

Years later, Peter recalls this moment on the mountain as he writes to spiritually sleepy Christians who are in danger of forgetting the truth of the gospel and have become complacent about false teachers. He reminds them that ‘we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty’ (2 Peter 1:16).

Peter’s apostolic challenge needs to come to the Church in every generation and this is what GAFCON exists for. We are not a movement that finds its energy in division and controversy, but in the desire that all should be fully awake to the majesty and power of the Lord Jesus Christ. If the radiance of his glory has truly imprinted itself on our hearts and minds, then we will find ourselves longing for fellowship with others who share that vision and being much more alert to the tragic confusions and divisions which false teaching brings.

How is it that the glory of Jesus is recognised in the Church today? As Peter was speaking out of his ignorance about making shelters for Moses, Elijah and Jesus, the voice of God the Father interrupts him saying “This is my Son, my Chosen One, listen to him”. The same is true today. We must listen to him. But we can be much more interested in our ideas than God’s Word. We must listen to the voice of Jesus as it comes to us through the whole of the Scriptures, but the recent decisions of the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) and the Episcopal Church of the United States (TEC) to amend their marriage canons to accommodate so called ‘gay marriage’ remind us that parts of the Church are becoming increasingly bold in speaking what they have learned from listening to the world rather than listening to the Scriptures and the witness of the Church through two millennia.

The problem TEC in particular continues to pose for the rest of the Communion was highlighted by another but less reported resolution from its 2015 General Convention, A051, ‘Support LGBT African Advocacy’ which mandates that Church to spread its ideas to Africa. In the light of this resolution it is increasingly difficult to see what purpose the dialogue of Continuing Indaba and associated projects such as Bishop Graham Kings’ ‘Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion’ project can serve except as a means, even if unintentional, by which TEC can promote further confusion and division around the Communion.

But there is better news from North America and I continue to give thanks to God for the Anglican Church in North America which continues to grow as a church that is committed to listening first and foremost to the Word of God. The bishops have announced a ‘Matthew 25’ initiative to increase funding for ministry to the poor and have appointed a theological Task Force under the leadership of the Rev Dr Stephen Noll on Marriage, Family, and the Single Life to enable the authentic voice of the Scriptures to be heard clearly on these vital subjects.

Let us pray that whatever our situation, we shall be fully awake to the glory of the Lord Jesus. On the Mount of Transfiguration we see the one who is truly the Son of God, who is to fulfil the Law and the Prophets by his offering of himself for our sins, who will be raised gloriously from the dead and is yet to return in awesome majesty as Lord and Judge of all. May this vision capture our hearts and inspire our labour.

The Feast of the Transfiguration, 6th August 2015
Posted August 6, 2015

Cuba Sees Christianity Boom as Bibles Pour into Communist Nation; Pastors freed in Sudan...more

Obama Admin Purchased Body Parts Possibly From Babies Planned Parenthood Aborted ...A new report indicates the Obama administration may have purchased the body parts of aborted babies from a biotech firm Planned Parenthood sold the body parts to after killing the babies in abortions. The revelation comes after five videos have exposed the baby body parts sales scandal occurring at Planned Parenthood abortion centers across the country.

According to the report in Politico, one of the biotech firms mentioned in the undercover videos identified as a fetal tissue supplier Planned Parenthood sold aborted babies to earned at least $300,000 from federal governmental agencies after selling fetal tissue to them. Officials say they are unsure if the specific fetal tissue sold to the Obama administration came from babies aborted at Planned Parenthood...

Planned Parenthood Video: ‘It Was a Twin…Intestines Are Here,’ Eyeballs ‘Are So Easy…They Come Out, Like, Firmer’

Obama to Africans: Killing Humans And Harvesting Their Organs Is An Atrocity That Must End   ...Obama’s comments come in the midst of a weeks-long scandal in his own country over the killing of unborn children via abortion followed by the harvesting and distribution of their organs. The Center for Medical Progress has released five videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the killing of human fetuses and the harvesting of their organs — or entire cadavers — to researchers willing to pay a pretty penny for them.

On the topic of human organ harvesting, President Obama’s spokesman Josh Earnest has said that President Obama has chosen not to watch the video footage of Planned Parenthood officials dissecting human fetuses for parts. Nevertheless, President Obama has vehemently defended the abortion group...

2 pastors facing death sentences freed in South Sudan After international outcry, two South Sudanese Presbyterian Evangelical Church pastors who faced a possible death sentence in Sudan have been set free after a court hearing Wednesday (Aug. 5).

The Rev. Michael Yat and the Rev. Peter Reith were on trial in Khartoum on criminal charges of undermining the constitutional system, espionage, promoting hatred among sects, breach of public peace and offenses relating to insulting religious beliefs. The first two charges are punishable by the death penalty or life imprisonment...

Cuba Sees Christianity Boom as Bibles Pour into Communist Nation  Cuba experiencing a Christian revival, as tens of thousands of Bibles pour into the communist-ruled nation.

Christian Today reports 83,000 copies of the Bible were sent to Cuba last month alone by the International Missions Board. Additionally, the American Bible Society has a goal of sending one million Bibles to Cuba by 2017. So far, 60,000 copies have been distributed in the nation...
Giant gates to Goliath's home discovered: Monumental fortification belonging to the Biblical city of Philistine Gath unearthed It was the Biblical city where the giant Goliath lived and one of the most powerful in the Philistine empire before it was destroyed in the ninth century BC.

Archaeologists have now uncovered the remains of an enormous gate and fortified wall which are giving clues to just how formidable the city of Gath may have been.

The monumental gate is the largest to ever be found in Israel and much like its most famous inhabitant – Goliath - it would have intimidated any who approached it...

Obama Providing Extra Million Alien Work Permits Annually The Obama administration has issued more than 7.4 million work permits to foreign nationals from 2009 – 2014, beyond the approximately one million lawful permanent residents and 700,000 foreign guest workers admitted to the U.S. each year...

97 Sick, 8 Dead in NYC Legionnaires' Outbreak: Officials  ...Twenty-two buildings have been visited as "disease detectives" hunt for the source of the outbreak, the city said last Friday. Seventeen of those buildings have cooling towers -- five of those tested positive for Legionella, including one at Lincoln Hospital; one at Concourse Plaza; one at a shopping plaza; one at a Verizon office building and one at the Opera House Hotel. All have been decontaminated...

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

I Need Thee, O I Need Thee

Are computer generated visual effects really ruining movies?

Aug 4, 2015

We believe that the reason we think all CG looks bad, is because we only see "bad” CG. Fantastic, beautiful, and wonderfully executed CG is everywhere - you just don't know it. Truly great visual effects serve story and character – and in doing so are, by their very definition, invisible.

Planned Parenthood Refuses to Report Statutory Rape; Thanks Bunches, Techie Pagans!...more

Aborted baby's hand
Thanks Bunches, Techie Pagans! ...Twitter started in 2006, less than ten years ago. Facebook was launched in 2004, just over a decade ago. That was 30 years after Roe. YouTube started in 2005. GoPro started right about that same time. The introduction of iPhones, which led to every other person in the country having a movie studio in his pocket, happened in 2007. So I personally think it would be the coolest thing in the world if we arranged for the first great social media reformation to be the pro-life reformation. Thanks bunches, you techie pagans!...

Planned Parenthood Refuses to Report Statutory Rape ...Planned Parenthood’s illicit harvesting of baby organs has been the center of much press lately, but what of PP’s other atrocities? Sex-trafficked girls get abortions at an exceedingly high rate—as my recent article on the topic expounds—and Planned Parenthood employees are knowingly turning blind eye and deaf ear to these trafficked minors...

The Barbaric Truth behind Fetal Tissue Donation ...Geary says in order to harvest usable tissue, babies have to be born alive. Fetal tissue donation means subjecting a live fetus to maneuvering, crushing, and dismemberment.

At the same time, a 2001 study indicated that 91 percent of women preferred that their babies were dead before an abortion was performed. The statistic caused Geary to ask, “How ‘informed’ is their informed consent” to fetal tissue donation?

The idea of donating tissue to research makes the process sound honorable. It brings to mind the option to be an organ donor on your driver’s license or donating your body to science when you die.

The reality is far from this idea. Unborn babies are being subjected to inhumane treatment, whether on not Planned Parenthood is acting within its legal rights. As Geary said, “None us of neither pro-life nor pro-choice, should support the types of practices Planned Parenthood abortion doctors casually discuss over lunch.” ...

Fetal Organs Harvested For Lab Rats
In January, researchers at Ganogen Inc., a biotech company based in Redwood City, Calif., said they had transplanted dozens of fetal kidneys into lab rats. The ultimate goal: Learn how to grow fetal organs to a larger size in a lab animal, with the hopes of transferring the organs into ailing adults in need of transplants.
In a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation, the Ganogen researchers said they procured “55 fully intact human fetal kidneys” from StemExpress. The gestational age of the unborn children was 17 to 18 weeks...

Bobby Jindal cancels Planned Parenthood funding in wake of body parts scandal  ...Louisiana governor and 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal said that the decision came because of new videos showing illegal activity by top Planned Parenthood officials.

“In recent weeks, it has been shocking to see reports of the alleged activities taking place at Planned Parenthood facilities across the country. Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life,” he said. “It has become clear that this is not an organization that is worthy of receiving public assistance from the state.”

Jindal, who had ordered the state to investigate Planned Parenthood for potential felony violations following the release of the first video, canceled the contract because of its "at will" provision. That means that "either party can choose to cancel the contract at will after providing written notice,” according to a press release from the governor's office. “Governor Jindal and DHH decided to give the required 30-day notice to terminate the Planned Parenthood Medicaid provider contract because Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the State of Louisiana in regards to respecting human life."...

Anne Kennedy: Felt Board Christianity 
As the exposing of baby killing has unfolded over the last few weeks I’m surprised to find a sudden convergence of various threads, that I thought were unrelated to each other, suddenly twisting themselves together in my own thinking. Many of us, well, maybe I won’t begin there. I, me myself, have long long been horrified by the knowledge that the ordinary mother, the woman who happens to become pregnant, in this country, has the right to do away with the child if she sees fit. The horror that I have felt, from my youth, isn’t, I don’t think, because I have a better moral compass than the average Chrisitan, but springs largely from two sources. One, I’m not from here. And two, I have read the bible...
Psalm 94 and Planned Parenthood
 Today, almost 900 babies will die in a Planned Parenthood building. Instead of healing and helping lives, white lab coats will end lives. And while it seems many people are reconsidering what abortion is, in part to these unbelievable undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress, I’m more disturbed and unsettled than ever. Yes, I’m disturbed and saddened by the high-handed and legalized murder of the smallest among us. I’m terrified by the Molech-echoing wickedness from our President who hissed, “God bless you,” to Planned Parenthood (Lev. 18:21). No, Mr. President. Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, is the High Priest of Molech, and our President helps build her altars.

But that’s not all that disturbs me.

I’m disturbed by my lack of prayer for the unborn.

I’m disturbed by my lack of zeal for the unborn...

Planned Parenthood's Dr. Mary Gatter: "I want a Lamborghini.”

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Fifth Planned Parenthood video discusses cost of 'intact' fetuses

By Jesse Byrnes

A Planned Parenthood official discusses the procurement and cost of "intact" fetuses and altering abortion procedures to meet specific needs in a video released Tuesday by an anti-abortion group.

In the fifth video from the Center for Medical Progress, a woman identified as Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, discusses contributing to the organization's "diversification of the revenue stream" and the potential to "get creative" with conditions for procurement needs. The video was reportedly filmed this past April at a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas.

"Just depending on the patient's anatomy, how many weeks, where it's placed in the uterus ... we're going to potentially be able to have some that will be more or less intact, and then some that will not be," she said.

"But it's something that we can look at exploring how we can make that happen so we have a higher chance," she adds. "And we've had studies in which the company, or in the case of the investigator, has a specific need for a certain portion of the products of conception and we bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this. So we deviate from our standard in order to do that," the Planned Parenthood official says in the latest video.  the rest

Metaxas on Margaret Sanger; Technology and Generational Bias...more

Metaxas: Margaret Sanger Was an Outspoken Racist Who Hated Blacks, Campaign Tries to Polish Her Image  ...Given all the grisly and disturbing news we’ve been getting about Planned Parenthood—which is the nation’s largest provider of abortion and, presumably, the body parts of unborn babies—would it surprise you at all to know that there’s also a quiet campaign to rehabilitate Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger as a champion of women’s dignity and human rights?

No less a public figure than Hillary Clinton has said, “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision . . . And when I think about what she did all those years ago in Brooklyn, taking … attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I am really in awe of her.”

Report: Obama Admin Taking the Side of Palestinians Over U.S. Citizens in Terror Case ...Note that this is the same administration that is apparently considering charges against a Navy officer for defending himself and other military personnel during a terrorist attack on the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, TN, last month... 

California Wildfire pictures

Shortsighted Critiques of Technology and Generational Bias ...Pastors and church leaders, you must not demean and downplay the importance of new technology simply because “that’s what the kids are into.” Because, quite frankly, you’ll probably be using that technology as soon as your kids teach you how...

Whom do evangelical insiders favor in 2016?

Monday, August 03, 2015

The Satanic Idolatry of Abortion; IRS won't target Christian Colleges 'At this time'...more

Attention America’s Suburbs: You Have Just Been Annexed  ...The plan has three elements: 1) Inhibit suburban growth, and when possible encourage suburban re-migration to cities. This can be achieved, for example, through regional growth boundaries (as in Portland), or by relative neglect of highway-building and repair in favor of public transportation. 2) Force the urban poor into the suburbs through the imposition of low-income housing quotas. 3) Institute “regional tax-base sharing,” where a state forces upper-middle-class suburbs to transfer tax revenue to nearby cities and less-well-off inner-ring suburbs (as in Minneapolis/St. Paul).

If you press suburbanites into cities, transfer urbanites to the suburbs, and redistribute suburban tax money to cities, you have effectively abolished the suburbs. For all practical purposes, the suburbs would then be co-opted into a single metropolitan region. Advocates of these policy prescriptions call themselves “regionalists.”...

The Satanic Idolatry of Abortion
... In only the last century, the Nazi regime deliberately murdered about 1.5 million children (as well as millions of others) on the altar of ethnic and national purity. The children were Jewish, Romani, Polish, and Russian. Like the pagan Romans and Greeks, the Nazis also slaughtered the mentally and physically disabled. Resourceful, as well as inhuman, the Nazi’s also sacrificed babies and children on the altar of scientific progress. Hundreds and thousands were subjected to barbaric and tortuous medical experiments by “doctors” such as the infamous Joseph Mengele who after the war fled to Argentina and worked as an abortionist, killing yet more babies. When the Japanese invaded China they brutally massacred thousands of children, specially targeting pregnant women.

But mankind’s Enemy was not satisfied, nor had his deception lost its allure. In the early twentieth century Margaret Sanger, “racist eugenicist extraordinaire,” began promoting widespread use of birth control and helped to found the International Committee on Planned Parenthood where she served as its first president. Sanger acknowledged the racist mission of her work, stating “we want to exterminate the Negro population.” Today, organizations like Planned Parenthood help kill an average of 1,876 African American babies every day. Without abortion – African American women comprise only 13% of the population but have 36% of all abortions – there would be 16 million more African Americans alive today....

Meet the Filmmaker Exposing Planned Parenthood
...Daleiden, 26, is executive director of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), the pro-life nonprofit that produced the videos. He’s a former director of research for Live Action, a pro-life group that specializes in undercover abortion clinic videos. Daleiden told CT he started CMP to focus on more long-term, in-depth projects.

For years, he told CT, Planned Parenthood has donated thousands of fetal remains to biotech middlemen, who resell them to researchers.

Federal law allows Planned Parenthood to be reimbursed for the reasonable expense of obtaining donated fetal tissue. But Daleiden believes Planned Parenthood profits from these sales.

Armed with hidden video cameras and a $120,000 budget, he and other activists spent two-and-a-half to three years developing evidence to prove that. They have released three videos so far and hope to eventually release a dozen, including a new video about Planned Parenthood that debuted July 30...

Nigeria says military has freed 178 captives of Boko Haram   Two weeks after Nigeria’s new president shook up his Army by forcing out 25 top generals, a military spokesman said 178 people had been rescued from Boko Haram.

Some 150 of the rescued were women and children. The operation took place in northeastern Borno state, the heartland of the militant Islamist group. The military said it had captured one of the group's commanders during the operation...

IRS Commissioner Vows to Not Target Christian Colleges Opposed to Gay Marriage ... 'At This Time' ...But IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, told Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, in a Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday that he will commit to making sure that the IRS does not punish religious schools for not adopting policies to accommodate gay marriage — such as allowing married same-sex couples to live in married student housing — as long as he is in charge of the IRS.

"I can make that commitment," Koskinen assured.

However, Koskinen did leave the door wide open for tax-exempt statuses to be a problem for Christian schools in the future...

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