Saturday, October 17, 2015

One-Third Of Obamacare Co-Ops Are Now Officially Dead: ISIS: 'Convert or die'...more

'Convert or die' ISIS graffiti jihadis declare first European 'caliphate' The terror group's logo was daubed on the wall of a restaurant in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Chilling messages such as "convert or die" and "the caliphate is here" were also found covering the outside of Markus Samuelsson's bakery....

One-Third Of Obamacare Co-Ops Are Now Officially Dead One-third of the Obamacare health insurance co-ops have now failed, causing about 400,000 policyholders in 10 states to scramble for new coverage for 2016.

Seven of the 23 co-ops created by the Affordable Care Act in 2011 at a cost of $2.4 billion — including many launched by passionate but inexperienced health reform activists — have since closed their doors. An eighth, the Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative, appears on the brink of default as well.

The failing Obamacare co-ops have canceled health insurance for largely poor and low-income customers in Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, West Virginia, Louisiana, Nevada, Tennessee, Vermont, New York and Colorado...

U.S. confirms Iran tested nuclear-capable ballistic missile; The United States has confirmed that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, in "clear violation" of a United Nations Security Council ban on ballistic missile tests, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.
"The United States is deeply concerned about Iran's recent ballistic missile launch," the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said in a statement...

Christian movie "Woodlawn" Scores Big  "Woodlawn" is sure to run up a big score at movie theaters this week. It is a combination of "Remember the Titans", "Facing the Giants" and "Rudy". From the first it gets its subject of racial integration in high school sports; from the second its Christian faith theme; and from the third the presence of Sean Astin. These are three winners from the past and "Woodlawn" deserves to be in the winners category too...

The movie is based on a true story about a Birmingham, Alabama high school in the early seventies. The school is having a rough time making the transition from an all white student body to an integrated one. The coach of the football team, Tandy Gerelds (Nic Bishop) is at a loss as to how he can bring them together. But then he meets Hank (Astin), a religious motivational speaker who asks if he can speak to the team. When he does, the team is converted to Christianity.

After firestorm, pork roast is back on the menu at federal prisons ...After a week of controversy surrounding its abrupt removal of pork dishes from the national menu for federal inmates, the government did an about-face Thursday and put pork roast back on the prison bill of fare.

The Bureau of Prisons disclosed the decision to The Post hours after a Republican Senate leader expressed dismay at what he implied was a wasteful survey of inmates’ food preferences and a lack of transparency in the decision...

Mohler: Playboy Opened the Floodgates and Now the Culture is Drowning  ...I thought of that parable when I read the headlines that announced the news that Playboy would cease the publication of nude photographs of women in its magazine. From any moral perspective, that should appear as good news. The headlines might suggest that Playboy has had a change of heart. A closer look at the story, however, reveals a very different moral reality. Playboy acknowledged that its decision had nothing to do with any admission that pornography is morally wrong. Instead, the publishers of the magazine were acknowledging that their product was no longer commercially viable as explicit pornography because pornography is so pervasive in the Internet age that no one need buy their product.

Scott Flanders, Playboy CEO, told the media that his product had been overtaken by the larger culture. “You’re just one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And it’s just passé at this juncture.”...

 Boycott Gay Weddings, Even Family, Says Southern Baptist Leader Al Mohler

ACNA Declared Partner Province by the Global South

Archbishop Beach seated on the Global South Primates Council
posted October 17, 2015
Press release

Anglican Primates of the Global South, a coalition representing the majority of the world’s Anglicans, met October 14-16, 2015 in Cairo, Egypt.

During the meeting, the Anglican Church in North America was declared to be an official partner province of the Global South. In addition, Archbishop Foley Beach, who earlier in the week had preached at All Saints Anglican Cathedral in Cairo, was seated as a member of the Global South Primates Council with both voice and vote; participating fully in the meeting.

Archbishop Beach commented on the gathering, “It is a privilege and joy to represent the Anglican Church in North America as the bonds of fellowship between faithful, global Anglicans continue to be strengthened. This was a good and important week in the lives of our provinces, and I am encouraged that some of the seeds of restoration and renewal that were planted years ago are continuing to bear fruit.“

At future meetings of the Global South, the Anglican Church in North America is invited to send official representatives, and Archbishop Beach will continue to have voice and vote in the Global South Primates Council.

Sydney synod reaffirms marriage A capacity-crowd at the Sydney Synod has voted for a re-affirmation of marriage as between a man and a woman and called for all Australian Christians to respectfully engage in the public debate on redefining marriage. “If we don’t do this - what will our silence say?” argued Tara Sing, who spoke as seconder of the reaffirmation motion...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Episcopal and Methodist Clergy Bless Abortion Clinic; Earliest Known Draft of King James Bible...more

‘Thank God for Abortion Providers;’ Episcopal and Methodist Clergy Bless Abortion Clinic Some ordained ministers are throwing their support behind abortion providers. Last week, for example, clergy for Episcopal and Methodist churches were among religious leaders who gathered in Cleveland to bless an abortion clinic.

“I’m here today standing alongside my fellow clergymen and clergywomen to say: thank God for abortion providers,” said Rev. Harry Knox, president and CEO of Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) which supports abortion rights and what it refers to as “abortion care.”

Knox, who is in a same-sex marriage, was the founding director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program, the first program director at Freedom to Marry, and executive director of Georgia Equality...

Earliest Known Draft of King James Bible  ...But now, in an unassuming notebook held in an archive at the University of Cambridge, an American scholar has found what he says is an important new clue to the earthly processes behind that masterpiece: the earliest known draft, and the only one definitively written in the hand of one of the roughly four dozen translators who worked on it.

The notebook, which dates from 1604 to 1608, was discovered by Jeffrey Alan Miller, an assistant professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey, who announced his research on Wednesday in an article in The Times Literary Supplement.
 
While the notebook has yet to be examined by other scholars, experts who have reviewed Professor Miller’s research called it perhaps the most significant archival find relating to the King James Bible in decades....

Church of England to Only Open Churches on Christmas and Easter as Nearly 50% of Brits Identify as Atheist  The Church of England is reportedly considering plans to keep some historic village churches across the country opened only on holy days such as Christmas and Easter due to population shifts and the ever-growing decline in attendance and church membership.

A major 66-page report by the CofE's Church Buildings Review Group noted that many churches are no longer sustainable, and that about one in four parishes have fewer than 10 regular worshipers...

New York teen dies after hours-long beating at church  A New York couple was charged with manslaughter in the death of their 19-year-old son after allegedly beating him for hours during a family counseling session inside the "sanctuary room" of an upstate Christian church, police said on Wednesday...

Anglican Unscripted Episode 202


Oct 14, 2015

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Baby parts now free; China Intensifies Crackdown on Christian Churches...more

Planned Parenthood to forgo payment in fetal tissue programs Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal tissue available for research, but will no longer accept any sort of payment to cover the costs of those programs.
                                                        
Pro-life activists who recently released a series of covertly filmed videos have contended that Planned Parenthood officials sought profits from their programs providing post-abortion fetal tissue to researchers. Planned Parenthood said the videos were deceptively edited and denied seeking any payments beyond legally permitted reimbursement of costs.... (So that makes everything OK?)

California gov. signs law forcing pro-life pregnancy clinics to promote abortion to women  Just days after signing a law to allow assisted suicide, California's Catholic governor is forcing pro-life pregnancy care clinics to provide information on how to obtain abortions to women who come to them for help.

Governor Jerry Brown signed "The Reproductive FACT Act" on Friday. The law forces pro-life clinics and medical clinics licensed by the state to tell women where to obtain abortions. Additionally, a document with this information is to be posted and/or distributed at the clinic....
 
China Intensifies Crackdown on Christian Churches ...The Christian Post reports that under Chinese President Xi Jinping, Christians in China have experienced the worst persecution in 20 years. Particularly in the last couple years, Xi’s government has made a concerted effort to make it clear that religious activity will be closely monitored...

‘Are You A Christian?’ A Meditation On Martyrdom Are you a martyr if you die at the hands of a homicidal madman at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon? Of course...

Episcopalians Continue Bleeding Members, Attendance at Alarming Rate  Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is leaving office this month after a tumultuous nine years in office that saw significant conflict and numerical decline in the oldline church.

Statistics released this week by the denomination’s Office of Diocesan and Congregational Ministries indicate that Jefferts Schori is leaving her successor, Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry, with decline that is steepening rather than tapering off...

Harvard University Study Reveals Astonishing Link Between Firearms, Crime and Gun Control   According to a study in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, which cites the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the United Nations International Study on Firearms Regulation, the more guns a nation has, the less criminal activity.

In other words, more firearms, less crime, concludes the virtually unpublicized research report by attorney Don B. Kates and Dr. Gary Mauser. But the key is firearms in the hands of private citizens...

Married gay priest elected to Church of England Synod; Cairo meeting of Anglican archbishops to begin on Wednesday...more

Cairo meeting of archbishops to begin on Wednesday  The Global South and Gafcon primates are scheduled to meet in Cairo on 13 Oct 2015 in Cairo, the Archbishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East tells Anglican Ink. Writing in response to a story released on 12 Oct 2015 that stated the primates had begun their meeting at All Saints Cathedral on 11 Oct 2015, Archbishop Mouneer Anis stated this was not the case, as not all of the invited leaders of the conservative and center-right coalitions were present and they had not yet begun their formal deliberations...

Terror threat forces cancellation of Global South Anglican meeting  ...The threat of a terror attack has prompted the Tunisian government to cancel the Sixth South to South Anglican Conference scheduled to begin on 12 Oct 2015 in Carthage. Approximately 150 Anglican leaders from Africa, Asia, and the Americas were set to begin the week long gathering at a resort near Tunis when organizers wrote to participants on 10 Oct 2015 saying the meeting had been cancelled...

Gledhill: Openly gay clergy celebrate election victories to CofE General Synod At least four openly gay clergymen have been elected to the General Synod of the Church of England.

One is married, two are in civil partnerships and the fourth is planning to seal his relationship with a civil ceremony.

Early results show many openly-gay clergy winning election to the synod, the governing body of the Church, at a time when the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is attempting to find a way to prevent the total fragmentation of the Anglican Communion over the issue of homosexuality...

Married gay priest elected to Church of England Synod Traditionalist fury as Andrew Foreshew-Cain, who defied bishops to marry his male partner, is voted on to Church’s national assembly...