Saturday, September 12, 2015

God is waiting anxiously...

Roots and Wings
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

Kidnapped Nigerian Bishop freed

11 Sep 2015
George Conger

The Primate of All-Nigeria has written to the bishops of his church to report the Bishop of Gwagwalada has been freed. On 3 Sept 2015 the Rt. Rev. Moses Bukpe-Tabwaye was kidnapped near the border between Edo and Delta States in Southern Nigeria. Last week Archbishop Nicholas Okoh reported that bishop’s captors are demanding 40 million Naira (approximately $200,000) for his release. However, Archbishop Okoh reported the bishop was back home and that no ransom had been paid for his release on 8 Sept. The Nigerian broadcaster Channels TV, citing a Delta State police spokesman, today said the kidnappers had been arrested and confirmed the bishop had been released unharmed and that no ransom had been paid.

Anglican Ink

Prayers of thanksgiving!

Beautiful Rainbow over WTC on eve of 9/11....Mecca crane collapse: 107 dead

Beautiful Rainbow over WTC on eve of 9/11
Stunning photos show a rainbow coming from the World Trade Center in New York City Thursday, one day before the city marks the 14th year since an attack on Lower Manhattan.

The rainbow made its debut at about 8 a.m. between rain showers.

Many photos were posted to social media from throughout the city, but the most remarkable were those showing the WTC...

Mecca crane collapse: 107 dead at Saudi Arabia's Grand Mosque
At least 107 people died and more than 230 people were injured when a crane collapsed in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The huge red crane crashed into a part of the Grand Mosque - the largest in the world - that was filled with worshippers at the time.

The head of Saudi Arabia's civil defence said strong winds and heavy rains had caused the collapse.
Mecca is currently preparing for the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage...

Radical Islamists recruit male youths in refugee camps in Germany  ...Bavaria's Interior Ministry has confirmed media reports that radical Islamists are trying to recruit young male asylum seekers arriving in the country unaccompanied. Up to 800,000 asylum seekers are set to be taken in by Germany by the end of the year.
"Salafists are trying to talk with unaccompanied youths who have come to Germany without their families and who are in particular need of support and connections," a spokesperson from the Bavarian internal security service (LfV) told Süddeutsche Zeitung.

This has been reportedly happening not only at refugee camps, but also at Munich Central Station, where tens of thousands of refugees have arrived over the past week alone...

Presbyterian Church (USA) Hosts First Same-sex Wedding at National Office

3 New Spiritual Disciplines for a New Technological Reality ...Here are three “making room” disciplines for the 21st century that are not usually listed in manuals of spiritual disciplines. They used to be normative, but now require intentionality. They cannot be done quickly or efficiently, yet we may wish to consider them as real practices that contribute to transformation...

“You've Ruined My Life, Professor Craig!!”
Dear Professor Craig,

My name is Adam. I am an atheist, and have been one ever since I can remember. I was brought up in the Roman Catholic church, but could never really say that I held any theistic beliefs with any sincerity. For instance, one time, when I was around eight or nine years old, I asked a nun at my church where I "was" before I was born. She responded: "You were with God." I was still curious, so I asked her how long I was with God, before my being born, and she proclaimed: "For an eternity!" I then asked her why I could not remember "existing with God” for an eternity of time (is an eternity of time even a coherent concept?). She had enough with that question and proceeded to shew me away to play with the other children. Looking back, I am proud of my skeptical disposition....

Is the "Five Second Rule" Real? A Food Scientist Explains ...While the “five-second rule” might not seem like the most pressing issue for food scientists to get to the bottom of, it’s still worth investigating food myths like this one because they shape our beliefs about when food is safe to eat.

So is five seconds on the floor the critical threshold that separates an edible morsel from a case of food poisoning? It’s a bit a more complicated than that. It depends on just how much bacteria can make it from floor to food in a few seconds and just how dirty the floor is...

Students can't remember 9/11, blame Bush and oil
Sep 10, 2015

As time passes, students on our nation's campuses continue to become further removed from the 9/11 attacks given their ages in 2001. This year's freshmen were only four years old that day. YAF visited the campus of George Mason University to see how much students know about the attacks and whether they think their professors should do a better job of educating them.

Angican Unscripted Episode 197

Published on Sep 11, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

God is our refuge and strength...

Psalm 46
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

4 There is a river whose streams
make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see the works of the LORD,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.
10 "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."

11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

(On the morning of 9/11/01, this was the psalm I had read in my devotional time early that morning before the terrible events of that day. I have read this many times since then in remembrance of that day and for comfort and peace in times of national tragedy and sorrow. -PD)

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Anglican Unscripted Episode 196

Sep 9, 2015
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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Where is the ‘Ummah’ now?; Families flocking to classical education...more

 Where is the ‘Ummah’ now? ... Whenever Britain or America or Israel do have any involvement in any Islamic country we hear a very great deal about the ‘Ummah’. The OIC and the Arab League, for instance, never miss an opportunity to talk about the brotherhood and unity of the Islamic nation and how much any ‘hurt’ or offence to any part of this entity hurts and offends the whole.

Well Iran and Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Turkey and almost every other Muslim country in the Middle East have been involving themselves in the Syrian civil war for four years now. Many have sent fully-equipped armies of their own to fight intra-Islamic rivalries in the homeland of the Syrian peoples. And yet it is Europeans who are falling for the idea that because of this, it is our responsibility – not theirs – to pay for the mess they have created.

Well it seems to me that at the very least we should ask these countries ‘Where is your “Ummah” now?’ Sure, Jordan and Lebanon are grudgingly having to cope with plenty of refugees from Syria. But not one of the Gulf States – not one – has a resettlement programme for a single Syrian refugee...

The State Department issued an unusual warning today, cautioning Americans in South Africa against a possible terrorist attack in the popular tourist destination.

“The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa has received information that extremists may be targeting U.S. interests in South Africa, to possibly include U.S. Government facilities and other facilities identifiable with U.S. business interests. There is no additional information as to timing or potential targeting,” the U.S. Embassy in Johannesburg said in an emergency message to U.S. citizens.

Navy exonerates chaplain accused of being anti-gay ... ”It’s unfortunate that a good man like Chaplain Wes Modder has been subjected to public scorn and ridicule because of a young officer’s witch hunt. However, truth won the day and Chaplain Modder should be commended for his courage under fire and his long years of service to the United States Armed Forces."...

In The Common Core Era, Families Flock To Its Opposite ...As the true liberal arts evaporate from college campuses, they are blooming within younger soil. Terrence Moore, Ridgeview’s founding principal, now travels the nation starting other schools modeled after Ridgeview for an initiative spearheaded by Hillsdale College (my alma mater). The newly released third edition of “Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America” succinctly details classical education and its recent boom, which includes the Hillsdale-supported charters and others, as well as a spike in classical private and home schools.

In the Common Core era, many parents have taken to classical education for respite, opening new schools public and private and flocking to homeschooling organizations such as Classical Conversations (disclosure: my son attends a CC co-op, and my husband ran one for two years). Catholics, Lutherans, Eastern Orthodox, and evangelicals have in recent years started and expanded societies for classical learning that offer teacher training, curriculum, publications, and seminars. “Classical Education,” the book, succinctly details its subject’s prominent expressions...

Chicago: 8 Killed, 46 Wounded In Labor Day Weekend Shootings

Monday, September 07, 2015

Tennessee: 7th graders made to write "Allah is the only God," learn Islam...more

Tennessee: 7th graders made to write "Allah is the only God," learn Islam  ...“My child was required to write ‘Allah is the only God’,” parent Joy Ellis said. “This is a seventh grade state standard, and will be on the TCAP. Christianity was completely skipped and is not a standard. I didn’t have a problem with the history of Islam being taught, but to go so far as to make my child write the Shahada, is unacceptable.”

Marczak said the teachers were covering world history facts of Europe, Southwest Asia, Africa and Asia in the areas of geography, government, culture, economics and religion” and suggested that parents discuss the matter with teachers at scheduled Sept. 17 parent-teacher conferences.

However, Maury resident Bob Crigger said Marczak’s remarks “skirt the real issue” and “shows a callous attitude.

“It did not address the main concern of the parents,” Crigger said. “The parents’ concern is not ‘social studies-world history content related to Southwest Asia culture and religion.’ They are concerned that their children are being taught Islam in the classroom...

The Ethical Cleansing of the Medical Profession
Wesley Smith is right: north of the border there is a concerted attempt to erase the conscience rights of doctors, by demanding referrals for the killing of the unborn (who do not need to put in a request) and of the terminally ill (who thus far do) and, for that matter, of any other procedure deemed “medical.”...

'War Room' trounces 'Compton' for No. 1

 Patrick Ryan
 September 7, 2015

 With War Room at No. 1, the summer box office is ending on a blessed note.

 The Christian drama topped the four-day Labor Day weekend with $12.6 million in just over 1,500 theaters, according to box-office tracking firm Rentrak. Made on a budget of just $3.5 million, the PG-rated film has earned $27.9 million in just two weekends of release.

  War Room, about a crumbling marriage redeemed by prayer, is the highest-grossing faith-based film since When the Game Stands Tall opened to $8.4 million last August (netting $30.1 million total). Although last year had a number of hits with Christian themes — including Son of God ($59.7 million), God's Not Dead ($60.8 million) and Heaven Is for Real ($91.4 million) — there have been fewer faith-based offerings this year, which may have contributed to War's success, according to Rentrak senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian...  the rest

NY State Fair Trooper Dance 2015

Sep 5, 2015
Dancing State Trooper directing traffic.