Friday, January 29, 2016

The Disastrous New Urban Agenda; Germany tightens refugee policy...more

The Disastrous New Urban Agenda ...Progressive politicians are unwilling to stick to their real work of improving the core functions of municipal government, namely K–12 public education and public safety, and maintaining the basic infrastructure and services—parks, libraries, and the like. The rise of 21st-century urban progressivism points toward a future characterized by shoddy local services, increased regulation of city economies, and the consolidation of inequality.

 Germany tightens refugee policy as Finland joins Sweden in deportations  Germany has moved to toughen its asylum policies as Finland and Sweden announced plans to deport tens of thousands of people in a bid to contain the migrant crisis.

Sigmar Gabriel, the vice chancellor, announced that Germany would place Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on a list of “safe countries of origin” – meaning that migrants from those countries would have little chance of winning asylum...

Dutch suggest EU sends migrants heading to Greece back to Turkey   ...In the latest idea for discouraging migrants from flooding into Europe, the head of a party in the Dutch ruling coalition said it was drafting a plan under which those arriving in Greece by sea could be dispatched straight back to Turkey...

Deutsche Bank Says Managers Won’t Get Bonuses Amid Record Loss

The Inside Story of the Turnpike Mass, from the Priest Who Led It ...According to Fr. Behm, his group plus several other big groups from other schools got stuck near the mile marker 133 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. They were there for approximately 22 hours! The cause of the jam, Fr. Behm was told, was an accident involving two tractor-trailers that blocked all of the westbound lanes of traffic. In the time it took to clear this accident, the snow in turn rendered the road impassible and the vehicles immobile.

He couldn’t claim credit for the idea of having Mass: “I was the principal celebrant of the liturgy,” he said, “but credit for the idea, and credit for building the altar, and credit for going around to the various buses inviting people to join them belongs completely to the pilgrims from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, particularly Mr. Bill Dill, their youth minister.”...

HIV becoming resistant to key drug, study finds  ...HIV was resistant to the drug Tenofovir in 60% of selected cases in some African countries, according to the study, which covered a 17-year period...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

You will never find Jesus so precious...

You will never find Jesus so precious as when the world is one vast howling wilderness. Then he is like a rose blooming in the midst of the desolation—a rock rising above the storm.  ...Robert Murray M’Cheyne image

The Spreading Scent of Cologne; Anger in Austria As Christian Hymn Renamed...more

The Spreading Scent of Cologne
The city of Cologne, still famous for its scented water, has become, since last New Year's Eve, best known for the depredations and misogyny of a growing population of immigrants from North Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere. The events of that evening, when hundreds of women were assaulted, manhandled, and even raped by thousands of migrant newcomers who could not be restrained by the police, spread across the world in days if not hours.

At first, the police played down the seriousness of the incidents, but by January 10th, the BBC reported that the number of criminal cases had risen to 516, forty percent of which were related to sexual assault. According to German police, "Asylum seekers and illegal migrants from North Africa comprise the majority of suspects." This has been confirmed by Germany's interior ministry, which has stated that almost all those involved were migrants...

Anger As Christian Hymn Renamed ‘Allah’s Love Is Wonderful’ At School Austrian authorities are investigating after children were sent home from a kindergarten with homework to learn the words to a Christian hymn, which had the word ‘God’ replaced with ‘Allah’.

The Austrian parent of one child at the Muslim majority school in Oberösterreich complained after he found the handout given to his daughter with the words and musical notation for the popular German children’s hymn ‘Gottes liebe ist so wunderbar’ (God’s love is so wonderful) had been edited and photocopied with new lyrics...

The links below are a series of excellent articles by Bruce Ashford, a professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary:

The (Religious) Problem with American Politics

The (Religious) Problem with Liberalism

The (Religious) Problem with Socialism

The (Religious) Problem with Libertarianism

The (Religious) Problem with Conservatism and Progressivism

The (Religious) Problem with Nationalism

A (Religious) Alternative for American Politics

BBC to air ‘deeply disturbing’ assisted suicide documentary ...The BBC insists that the moment of him actually dying is not shown, but The Daily Telegraph has reported that there is a fleeting shot of his corpse.

It will be the first time footage from inside Switzerland’s second largest assisted suicide clinic will be shown on British television.

Pro-life campaigners have criticised the BBC for being a “cheerleader for suicide”...

Estimate: Common Core To Cost California Nearly $10 Billion, Nation $80 Billion Common Core's rollout costs were projected at $17 billion. California's actual spending suggests taxpayers will pay more than four times that...

Why the United States is so vulnerable to the alarming spread of Zika virus  With the Zika virus now circulating in two dozen countries and territories across the Americas, the mosquito-borne pathogen seems destined to reach the United States and likely sooner rather than later.

What is far less certain, say public health and infectious disease experts, is Zika’s potential reach and impact here. The South is seen as vulnerable because of its warm, humid climate and pockets of poverty where more people live without air-conditioning or proper window screens. Plus, the region is already home to mosquitoes that can transmit the virus...

7 Ways to Fight Distraction During Prayer
I’ve been trying to pray more this year. But prayer does not always come easily to me. I often find (can you relate?) that I sit down to pray with the best of intentions, only to suddenly catch myself, a few moments later, daydreaming about yesterday’s conversation, tomorrow’s meeting, or next week’s vacation.

Most of us have experienced this, and the rest of us are liars!

Distraction can be a huge hindrance in our prayer life, but I am also discovering that it provides an opportunity for growth. Here are seven strategies for fighting distraction, and harnessing it to deepen and direct our prayers... Excellent!

This new technology will revolutionize how we connect to the internet The future of wireless internet just happened, and it came out of nowhere.

A startup called Starry is soon offering wireless internet equipment that delivers super-fast wireless internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) using a technology called millimeter wave band.

Gigabit internet is extremely fast. You can download a whole HD movie in 25 seconds when it would take you half an hour with your average 20 Mbps wired connection from your cable company... 

Jan 27, 2016

The effect that pop has on your body!

Anglican Unscripted Episode 215

Jan 27, 2016

Anglican Unscripted is the only video newscast in the Anglican Church. Each Episode Kevin, George, Allan and Peter bring you news and prospective from around the globe.
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Nigeria: Vicar shot and wounded during church invasion
Gunmen stormed an Anglican Church in Nigeria’s Diocese of the Niger Delta during worship services on Sunday, abducting a member of the congregation. On 24 Jan 2016 kidnappers invaded St Stephen’s Anglican Church in the village of Igbedi in the country’s coastal Bayelsa State shortly after noon, local newspapers reported. A prominent member of the congregation, Duncan Eke -- a petroleum engineer -- was taken away at gunpoint. The church’s minister, the Rev. Ezekiel Obata, attempted to intervene but was shot and wounded by the kidnappers. He was taken to a clinic in the neighboring city of Yenagoa and is expected to recover from his wounds...

Monday, January 25, 2016

Guard what you say, especially today...

Mouth wide shut
Guard what you say, especially today. Yes, guard your tongue. Blessings await you but so also are self-induced troubles. Remember: Life and death are in the power of your tongue. Indeed, James warns, that the tongue sets on fire "the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell (Jms 3:6). Don't destroy your life by speaking loveless words containing seeds of death. Speak life/reap life. ...Francis Frangipane image

Anglicans March for Life; Playrooms, Not Dining Rooms...more

Anglicans Celebrate, Protect, and Honor Life
 ...Among the warriors were dozens of Anglican church members led by the Anglicans for Life ministry along with the Archbishop and a number of other bishops of the Anglican Church in North America.

As the electric green posters they carry in The March for Life proclaim, Anglicans celebrate, protect, and honor life. In the past three years, some dozen Anglican bishops and many of their wives have come to Washington, DC to join the tens of thousands of marchers who celebrate life, from conception to natural death, as a gift from God.

This year the bishops arrived early. Along with dozens of clergy and lay people, on Thursday, January 21, they attended “Summit 2016: Mobilizing the Church for Life,” a conference sponsored by Anglicans for Life and the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. The summit was hosted by The Falls Church Anglican...

Anglicans Mobilize for Life
For the first time, Anglican Christians have presented a conference timed with the national March for Life aimed at mobilizing U.S. and Canadian churches to address sanctity of life issues.

Warning of a “tsunami” of state legislation and court rulings legalizing physician-assisted suicide “just over the horizon,” conference speakers sought to equip local churches to address problems like abortion or euthanasia in, or coming to, their communities. Unlike the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide in 1973, the Church is more aware of the perils of euthanasia and is better positioned to push back against laws allowing people to take their own lives, speakers argued.

“People care about abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide, but many do not know what to do about them or where to get started,” explained organizers Bishop John Guernsey of the Anglican Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic and Deacon Georgette Forney of Anglicans for Life...

Photo published for Students Stranded After 'March for Life' Hold Mass on Snow Altar
Hundreds of Pro-Life Students Stuck in Massive Blizzard Hold Service at Altar Made of Snow

March For Life 2016: story and photos
Thousands of Americans – including at least one Hollywood superstar and a barefoot monk – braved the cold and snow Friday to join the 2016 March for Life in Washington on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Throngs of pro-lifers turned out, despite weather forecasts predicting a blizzard and three feet of snow...

It's Legal To Buy And Sell Children, As Long As They're Small Children created during in vitro fertilization can be disposed of for potential flaws, evaluated for ‘desirable’ characteristics, experimented upon, and bought and sold...

Why Millennial Home Buyers Want Playrooms, Not Dining Rooms   With an unusually honest headline, a finance website indicted modern parenthood. It was unintentional, as truths often are. The story was about millennials buying homes, and how this generation is sacrificing things that once seemed essential for families (large yards) for things they deem more important (indoor playrooms).

“Buyers today—especially millennial buyers—want everyone to have a private space of their own to decompress under one roof, and the bonus room/playroom outweighs a large yard in their buying decision,” a real-estate agent in northern Virginia told writer Amy Hoak of Dow Jones & Co.’s

Why Introverted Teachers Are Burning Out  ...In order to slow the rate of teacher attrition, some people are recommending more induction programs for new teachers. However, this seems to—once again—overlook the needs of introverted teachers. I wouldn’t even classify myself an introvert, and the school where I work is extremely respectful of each teacher’s personal style. But I remember, as a new teacher, the overwhelming number of interactions that were ostensibly designed to help me—support classes, beginning teacher programs, department meetings, union mixers, “Back to School Night,” constant public introductions, and administrative observations. I remember desperately yearning to just quietly study Hamlet and read my new students’ papers...

What the U.S. East Coast's Massive Snow Storm Looks Like-From outer space down to the streets

The UN’s Push for "Same-Sex Marriage"
In direct opposition to international law, both the central UN bureaucracy and individual Member States are aggressively promoting same-sex marriage worldwide...

 'Panic' as Europe Faces Demise Over Migrant Crisis, Top Officials Say  Time is running out to solve Europe’s refugee crisis with the unity of the continent hanging in the balance, top officials at the elite World Economic Forum in Davos said Friday...

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Those who are readiest to trust God...

God knows just when to withhold from us any visible sign of encouragement, and when to grant us such a sign. How good it is that we may trust Him anyway! When all visible evidences that He is remembering us are withheld, that is best; He wants us to realize that His Word, His promise of remembrance, is more substantial and dependable than any evidence of our senses. When He sends the visible evidence, that is well also; we appreciate it all the more after we have trusted Him without it. Those who are readiest to trust God without other evidence than His Word always receive the greatest number of visible evidences of His love. ...CG Trumbull image

Archbishop Foley on March for Life

Jan 22, 2016

Archbishop Foley Beach speaks to Anglicans for Life about the 57 Million abortions America has allowed over the last 42 years.