Saturday, March 05, 2016

When the inspired, God-breathed verses of the Bible...

Hand, Bible, Religion
When the inspired, God-breathed verses of the Bible become our prayer, something powerful occurs. We are praying the anointed words of God. These prayers will release the move of God’s Spirit in our lives in a more precise and effective way than our own random vocabulary. It’s the Hebrews 4:12 principle which says: "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” ...John Paul Jackson

Bombed, Burned, and Urinated On: Churches Under Islam; The Abortion Lobby’s Deathly Shibboleths...more

The Abortion Lobby’s Deathly Shibboleths ...It doesn’t take much effort to see. Abortion-on-demand advocacy has enjoyed a steady stream of philological victories since Roe v Wade speciously classified fetal death as a “right to privacy.” Catchphrases like “reproductive freedom” and “safe, legal, and rare” have (mostly) served their intended purpose: To cast the moral question of abortion as an issue of common liberty vs oppressive ideology.

But euphemism cuts both ways. For some members of the abortion lobby, the abundance of the heart has poured forth a little too revealingly.

Consider first this article, written by Hannah Smothers and published in Cosmopolitan. The article concerns itself with “dismal numbers” from the state of Texas. You’d be forgiven for assuming “dismal numbers” mentioned here are in reference to poverty statistics, or violent crime, or evangelicals who support Donald Trump. You’d be mistaken.

They’re a reference to babies. Not the number of babies who haven’t been born due to declining fertility, mind you, nor the number of babies born with disease. No, the “dismal numbers” of Ms. Smothers’ article are the numbers of babies who have been born in Texas since the state moved to defund Planned Parenthood.

In other words, the “dismal numbers” are people...

Bombed, Burned, and Urinated On: Churches Under Islam
Muslim Persecution of Christians, January 2016

4 Catholic nuns, 12 others killed in Yemen retirement home  Gunmen in southern Yemen on Friday stormed a retirement home run by a charity established by Mother Teresa, killing 16 people, including four Catholic nuns, officials and witnesses said...

NYC Public School PS75 Students Taught To 'Pledge Allegiance To An International Flag'   ...Kindergarten students from PS75, a public school in New York City, recently took part in a class project in which the children were made to create an American flag with the flags of other 22 other nations superimposed over the stripes. Below the flag read the words "We pledge allegiance to an International Flag."...

Zika caught 'killing' brain cells
...The team from the Johns Hopkins, Florida State and Emory universities infected a range of tissue samples with Zika virus for two hours and then analysed the samples three days later.

The virus was able to infect up to 90% of neural progenitor cells in a sample leading to nearly a third of cells dying and the growth of the rest being disrupted.

A similar effect in a developing brain could have devastating results...

CDC to investigate bacterial infection that has killed 18 in Wisconsin The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating 18 deaths and 44 cases of infection from Elizabethkingia in Wisconsin.

The agency is investigating how people came in contact with the bacteria, which rarely infects humans but is often antibiotic-resistant. The agency has dispatched experts to investigate...

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Planned Parenthood Hearings Compared to Witch Trials; MSNBC host wearsTampon Earrings...more

MSNBC Fires Host Who Wore Tampon Earrings and Compared Abortion to Cancer Treatment  ...Though MSNBC is often known for its liberal stance, Harris-Perry took that to a peculiar extreme. LifeNews has reported her wearing tampon earrings in response to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s signing of a bill banning late-term abortions in Texas. She explained that she was wearing them as a response to Texas officials’ “confiscation of tampons at the Texas legislature that abortion activists planned to throw at legislators,” following the bill’s vote...

Border Crime Taking A Toll On Residents In Southwest New Mexico, Arizona ...Judy Keeler, a longtime resident of the rural border region, says her home was recently burglarized and it's not an unusual episode for other residents.

Residents have said state Highway 80 has become a favorite for Mexican cartel drug runners who manage to navigate out of the Peloncillo Mountains along the Arizona-New Mexico border. They want an even more increased presence from the U.S. Border Patrol...

Well That Didn't Take Long. Planned Parenthood Hearings Compared to Witch Trials  And oh yeah, Joseph McCarthy was mentioned as well.

Justice Dept. grants immunity to staffer who set up Clinton email server    ...The official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009.

As the FBI looks to wrap up its investigation in the coming months, agents are likely to want to interview Clinton and her senior aides about the decision to use a private server, how it was set up, and whether any of the participants knew they were sending classified information in emails, current and former officials said...

Canon Phil Ashey: Canadian Bishops on Same Sex Marriage Rites

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posted March 3, 2012

So where does that leave the Anglican Church of Canada on the possibility of changing its doctrine of marriage, along the same lines as TEC?

1. The Bishops left the door open to changing the doctrine of marriage piecemeal, by dioceses exercising “local option” to provide Church blessings for same-sex couples. “We continue to wonder whether a legislative procedure is the most helpful way of dealing with these matters,” they wrote, keeping the door open for the status quo to continue, for dioceses to establish “facts on the ground.”

2.They committed the Anglican Church of Canada to further study of the matter: “In our deliberations, we affirmed a commitment to continuing conversations and engagement with the Report of the Commission on the Marriage Canon, and to achieving the greatest pastoral generosity possible.” We call this “kicking the can down the road.” It doesn’t address the problem—it merely postpones a decision that may already have been made. Are they waiting, perhaps, until the three years have passed for relational consequences on TEC? There are echoes here of the same language TEC used along the way—“generous pastoral provision”-that hint at an already projected outcome.

3.The Bishops allowed other leaders within the Church to challenge their special responsibility to guard the faith, order and doctrine of the Church, without any reply to date. Bishops throughout the Communion of Anglican Churches have a well-recognized responsibility to teach, uphold and safeguard the faith and doctrine of the Church, and to order its worship and liturgical practices accordingly (see Principles of Canon law in the Churches of the Anglican Communion (2008), Principles 37.4, 48.3, 56.7-18 and 60.1). In the same way that the Archbishop of Canterbury has been slow, if not silent, to defend this responsibility of the Primates gathering in January, so the Canadian bishops have been silent in response to the challenge by the co-Chair of the Planning Team for the General Synod. This weakens the authority of bishops, in synod and out. Their silence raises the question “if bishops have not the authority to guard the faith, doctrine and order of the Church, who does?”

4.Finally, by their own admission, these Canadian bishops are “unable to come to a common mind about what the Spirit is saying to the Church.” Really? From which “Spirit” are they seeking discernment? The Spirit of Jesus Christ, whose mind is undivided, as Paul so powerfully expounds in Philippians 2:5-11? The Spirit who inspired God’s revelation from creation, in Holy Scripture, that God created humanity “male and female” (Genesis 1:27) and that marriage is a holy estate between a man “who shall leave his father and mother” to be united to his wife so that “the two will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)? Were they seeking discernment from the same Spirit who inspired Jesus to cite this ordinance in Matthew 19:5, and in the very next verse to emphasize its holiness and permanence by declaring “Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” (Matt. 19:6)?

Or were they seeking discernment from some other Spirit, or the Spirit of the age?...

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Anglican Unscripted Episode 220

Mar 2, 2016

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A.S. Haley: Bishop Bruno Tries to Serve Two Masters
Under California law, a religious body or organization may create a unique form of corporation, called a corporation sole, whose principal purpose is to allow the parent organization (which may or may not itself be incorporated) to hold title to real property. A corporation sole is different from the usual variety of that entity: it has a single officer, director and shareholder, who are all one and the same person, called "the incumbent of the corp sole." The governing body makes the rules for who can be the incumbent. Typically it is that body's bishop or other spiritual leader.

Bishops may come and go, but corporations sole do not. Under law, their existence is perpetual -- and that is why they are a good vehicle for maintaining ownership of real property. And like any religious organization, they are not-for-profit, and pay no income taxes.

So it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that Bishop J. Jon Bruno of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles is at odds with his own Diocese over the disclosure of financial information concerning the corporation sole of which he is the incumbent. (In order to avoid a vote on an outside audit of his corp sole at the diocesan convention last December, Bishop Bruno promised to disclose its financial statements.)

Readers will remember that +Bruno and his corp sole became embroiled in litigation last summer over the bishop's plans to sell the valuable, near-oceanfront real estate of the congregation of St. James the Great, in Newport Beach, California -- after he won a lawsuit to recover that property from the ACNA congregation that voted to leave his Diocese. The original developer who gave the property to the Episcopal Diocese for the building of a local church had placed a restrictive covenant on it, which specified that if the property ever ceased to be used for church purposes, it would revert to the developer...

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

No distant Lord have I...

The Good Shepherd 129
No distant Lord have I,
Loving afar to be;
Made flesh for me, He cannot rest
Until He rests in me.

Brother in joy and pain,
Bone of my bone was He;
More intimate and closer still—
He dwells Himself in me.

I need not journey far
This dearest Friend to see;
Companionship is always mine;
He makes His home with me.
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Looking for Britain’s future leaders? Try evensong: Europe's 'cure' for autism is euthanasia...more

 Looking for Britain's future leaders? Try evensong  ...College chaplains have seen a steady but noticeable increase in attendances at the early evening services which combine contemplative music with the 16th Century language of the Book of Common Prayer.

It mirrors a similar trend reported by cathedrals across England for growing congregations at choral midweek services, which appears to challenge the view that the church is in irreversible decline.

Chaplains say the mix of music, silence and centuries-old language appears to have taken on a new appeal for a generation more used to instant and constant communications, often conducted in 140 characters rather than the phrases of Cranmer...

Student Bible clubs temporarily suspended in Ohio after atheist group files complaint
  ...The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) earlier wrote a letter to Superintendent Steve Wigton of the Lancaster City Schools to complain about outside adults conducting Bible studies during lunch time at different schools.

"It is our understanding that bible study groups meet during the lunch period at Lancaster High School and Sherman Middle School, and before school at Thomas Ewing Middle School," the atheist group said in its letter based on the listing of the clubs on the Faith Memorial Church website.

It said that "public school district must ensure that student religious groups are genuinely student-initiated and student-run, and that outside adults do not regularly participate in the clubs."...

What the Dutch learned during the Nazi occupation ...That medical procedure was called ‘euthanasia’, which means ‘good death’ in Greek. Indeed, what could possibly be better than killing a few thousand for the noble goal of producing a GM race of unbounded mental and physical health?

The underlying belief that it’s neither God nor the person but the state that has the ultimate sovereignty over human life is common to every brand of socialism, national, international or ‘democratic’ (‘democratic socialism’ is the oxymoron to end all oxymorons). The wording will differ, as will the scale on which this principle is implemented. But the principle will remain the same.

Hence in 2002 Seyss-Inquart’s former bailiwick became the first European country to legalise euthanasia, albeit only for terminally ill patients expressing a “voluntary and well-considered request” to be done in...

 Europe's 'cure' for autism is euthanasia ...According to an analysis of 66 of the 110 cases from 2011 to 2014, by psychiatrist Scott Kim of the National Institutes of Health and two colleagues, Dutch psychiatric patients were often euthanized despite disagreement among consulting physicians as to whether they met legal criteria. In 37 cases, patients refused possibly beneficial treatment, and doctors proceeded anyway.

The Kim report, published Feb. 10 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, undercuts the very notion of a “voluntary and well-considered” request for death from a patient who is, by definition, cognitively and/or emotionally troubled.

Dutch doctors have honored the request for lethal injection of a seemingly lucid, physically healthy woman in her 70s who said her life had become “meaningless” after her husband was euthanized a year earlier for a terminal physical illness. And they have done the same for people who were in the grip of delusions or hearing voices...

Jun 1, 2013
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A Lenten Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Foley Beach

To the Bishops, Clergy, and People of the Anglican Church in North America:
Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins! His mercy endures forever. Amen.
As we travel our Lenten pilgrimage, repenting of our sins, reconciling with our brothers and sisters, reproducing followers of Jesus, and expressing relentless compassion to those in our communities, I would like to ask you to consider an important project for your community.
I would like to invite you to gather with members of our congregations on the steps of your county court house or city hall, and there pray together for your community, your neighborhoods, your country, and your leaders; asking God to pour out His Spirit to lead them to know and honor Jesus Christ.  At a time of your own choosing between now and June 30, and I am asking that you take seriously the admonitions of our Lord and the Apostles in Scripture to pray together that "Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven."  Don't make a big splash about it; just go and claim your neighborhoods and communities for the purposes of God in the Name of Jesus.
People all around us are suffering and in crisis. They are hurting and spiritually desolate, suffering from sickness, heartache, and broken relationships; some without employment and hope, living in fear and confusion. We have the ability to help them in Jesus Christ.  This begins with our intentional prayers.
In the United States we are in the midst of the election process not just for the new President, but for many judges, governors, senators, mayors, city council members, and representatives.  This should be a constant concern of our prayers.
Again, between now and June 30, gather with members of your congregation at the County Courthouse or City Hall, and pray together.  Please let me know how it goes.

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. (James 5:16f)
Your brother in Christ,
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church in North America

Monday, February 29, 2016

Everything that God brings into our life...

Christ in Prayer
Everything that God brings into our life is directed to one purpose: that we might be conformed to the image of Christ. ...Erwin Lutzer image

Anglican Unscripted Episode 219

Feb 29, 2016

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Woman arrested in Moscow for beheading child; Only 3 Christian Syrian refugees among 651 admitted to US...more

Nanny arrested in Moscow, reportedly shouting “Allahu Akbar” and waving child’s severed head The agitated woman, who was reportedly shouting “Allahu Akbar”, was spotted pacing up and down outside a Moscow metro station in front of bewildered bystanders.

Russian investigators said a woman had been detained after killing a child aged three or four who reportedly had learning disabilities, then setting fire to the apartment and fleeing.

“I hate democracy. I am a terrorist. I want you dead,” the woman in a headscarf shouted as she waved the head, according to footage broadcast by local television...

Only 3 Christians Among 651 Syrian Refugees Admitted to U.S. Since Paris Attacks ...The three, all male, are a Greek Orthodox, an Orthodox adherent and one person described in data from the State Department Refugee Processing Center simply as “Christian.”

Muslims make up 647 of the 651 Syrian refugees--or 99 percent of the total.

634 of the refugees (or 97.3 percent) of the 651 Syrian refugees approved for resettlement since the Paris attacks are Sunni Muslims. The remainder include three Shi’ites, ten others described as Muslims but without any further details, and one refugee identified in Refugee Processing Center data as “other religion.”...

Christian student expelled from university for quoting Bible on homosexuality ...In the comments on Facebook profile, which were not visible to anyone outside his circle of friends, he quoted Leviticus in support of biblical teaching on marriage and sexual ethics.

The post was brought to the attention of the faculty at Sheffield. Following a Faculty of Social Sciences "fitness to practise" committee hearing, he was advised he has been "excluded from further study on a programme leading to a professional qualification" and is "no longer recognised as a University student".

This was because the committee believed that he "may have caused offence to some individuals" and had "transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the social work profession." His action would have an effect on his "ability to carry out a role as a social worker," the committee said...

New FBI Counter Extremism Site Fails to Mention Islamism The FBI has launched a new website to counter extremism, but it has been stripped of references to Islamist extremism or Islam.

Titled "Don’t be a Puppet," the site tries to deconstruct some of the motivating factors that lead people into extremism. It’s aimed for use in high schools or other programs for teenagers.

The website was originally slated to launch in November 2015, but did not, following criticisms from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). At the time, CAIR expressed concerns about a new FBI “countering violent extremism” (CVE) online program that would make teachers an extension of law enforcement and may stigmatize and increase bullying of Muslim students.”...

Most euthanasia deaths linked to loneliness, says Dutch study  ...The study by the National Institute of Health also revealed that the Netherlands was operating a de facto policy of euthanasia on demand, with patients “shopping” for doctors willing to give them a lethal injection for the most trivial of reasons.

Many of them used euthanasia clinics and mobile units willing to over-ride decisions of family doctors who believed that a death wish could not be justified.

The research, led by Dr Scott Kim, cited the case of a woman of good mental and physical health who was killed by lethal injection because she felt lonely following the death of her husband a year earlier...

 Seismic Faults Produce Deadly Levels Of Carbon Monoxide In California Deadly and unprecedented levels of carbon monoxide are being released into the atmosphere across the west coast of America due to unusual activity on seismic faults.

Scientists have yet to confirm the cause, but experts are suggesting that the Earth may be emitting the dangerous gas via seismic fault lines – cracks in the earth’s surface where tectonic plates rub against each other...