Welcome to Transfigurations! This blog is intended to serve the orthodox Anglican community and the wider Christian community. We pray that all that is posted here will be faithful to the Scriptures as the inspired word of God, speak the truth in love, edify, bless and transform this local body of Christ, and be an impetus for revival, repentance, prayer and intercession!
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.
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...
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.”...
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...
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:
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!
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...
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
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.
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...
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...
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 MarketWatch.com...
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...
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 Trumbullimage