Thursday, November 03, 2016

My God, how endless is Thy love!

Milky way 1/15
My God, how endless is Thy love!
Thy gifts are ev’ry ev’ning new;
And morning mercies from above
Gently distill like early dew.

Thou spread’st the curtains of the night,
Great guardian of my sleeping hours;
Thy sov’reign word restores the light,
And quickens all my drowsy pow’rs.

I yield my pow’rs to Thy command,
To Thee I consecrate my days;
Perpetual blessings from Thine hand
Demand perpetual songs of praise.
...Isaac Watts image

Anglican Unscripted Episode 254

Nov 3, 2016

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Chicago Cubs Ben Zobrist Shares Christian Faith; The Bible Is the Bedrock of Civilized Society...more links

Chicago Cubs Ben Zobrist Shares Christian Faith: ‘We All Need Christ’  Chicago Cubs player Ben Zobrist uses his platform to share his Christian faith and says that “We all need Christ.”

Zobrist has been given some incredible opportunities in his baseball career. Last year, he won a World Series title with the Kansas City Royals, and this year he has the opportunity to win another World Series with the Cubs who are looking to win the World Series for the first time since 1908.

“We know that as a Christian athlete, people are watching, and so we want to be the best example we can be and show that we are different – that Christ has changed our lives," Zobrist said in 2013. "But at the same time, I want people to know that grace is for everyone. We all need grace. We all need Christ...

The Bible Is the Bedrock of Civilized Society
...Holland appears to identify as a cultural Christian rather than a born-again evangelical, but this is still a significant shift because he had previously accepted an interpretation of history that came from Enlightenment writers who claimed that Christianity had ushered in an “age of superstition and credulity”.

But, eventually, that understanding was shattered:

“The longer I spent immersed in the study of classical antiquity, the more alien and unsettling I came to find it. The values of Leonidas, whose people had practised a peculiarly murderous form of eugenics, and trained their young to kill uppity Untermenschen3 by night, were nothing that I recognised as my own; nor were those of Caesar, who was reported to have killed a million Gauls and enslaved a million more. It was not just the extremes of callousness that I came to find shocking, but the lack of a sense that the poor or the weak might have any intrinsic value. As such, the founding conviction of the Enlightenment—that it owed nothing to the faith into which most of its greatest figures had been born—increasingly came to seem to me unsustainable.”

Even atheist Richard Dawkins has voiced concern about the decline of Christianity:

“There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse.”

Evangelical Pastor Wins Election, Becomes Mayor of Rio  An evangelical Christian pastor has been elected as mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a city that is known for it’s liberal, left-leaning culture.

CBN News reports that Marcelo Crivella won the election with 59 percent of the vote.

Crivella has a long history of living out his faith. He was a missionary in Africa and is currently a gospel singer and a bishop at the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God...

Iraqi Church Rescued From ISIS Holds First Service In Two Years  ...The Syriac Catholic church, located in the city of Qaraqosh, held the service just days after Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) retook the city last week. Archbishop Butrus Moshe led the mass undeterred by charred walls and a nearly destroyed altar....

Complaints of syringes and feces rise dramatically in SF   More and more, it seems, San Franciscans need to watch where they step. And they’re not imagining things: There’s been an explosion in complaints about needles and feces on the streets and sidewalks.

Reports of improperly discarded syringes have jumped 41 percent since last fiscal year, according to a recent city controller’s report. Complaints about feces have increased by 39 percent, with every district seeing a rise in the calls.

And, in a trend that must be disturbing to residents who don’t live near the Tenderloin or SoMa, long perceived as epicenters of filth, there were big increases in complaints about the outlying neighborhoods to the city’s 311 service portal for fiscal year 2015-16...

San Francisco: Priest Walks Streets, Praying Where Homicides Occurred

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Archbishop Of Nigeria Battles For 'Faithful Church' Against Pressure To Compromise On Gays

November 1, 2016
Ruth Gledhill

The evangelical Archbishop who heads the Anglican church's most conservative wing has condemned the inclusion of one of the most liberal bishops in a delegation to meet the Pope.
He has also spoken of the growing pressure to "compromise" on the gay issue, which he describes as most intense in the Church of England.

Archbishop of Nigeria Nicholas Okoh, chairman of the conservative Global South grouping GAFCON, says in his latest newsletter that he was "deeply disturbed" that the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church (TEC) had gone with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to Rome.

Earlier this year, TEC was penalised by Anglican primates for its liberal stance over same-sex marriage and gay clergy.

The church was told it must face the "consequences" of its actions. 
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The primates said TEC should "no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity."

Archbishop Okoh writes: "Many of us were therefore deeply disturbed that the Presiding Bishop of the American Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, was a prominent member of the Archbishop of Canterbury's delegation in Rome, despite the fact that the Canterbury meeting of Primates in January this year had resolved that, among other things, TEC should not be involved in representing the Anglican Communion in ecumenical or interfaith relations."

China's new stealth jet developed with 'stolen' US plans; Mohler: Will Beauty Save the World?...more

The Timeless Cross Revisited
Albert Mohler: The cross of Christ may not be pretty, but it certainly is beautiful ...Similarly, the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ is certainly not attractive from the world’s perspective. The agony of the Savior, the blood of his self-sacrifice, and the horror of crucifixion are not pretty. Yet, while the cross is not pretty, it is certainly beautiful. The cross is beautiful because on it Jesus paid the penalty for sin. The cross is beautiful because in it we see the grace and justice of God. The cross is beautiful because it is also good and true...image

The Two Most Common Practices in Healthy Churches
...and I would add a "praying congregation" to this list

Black market for human eggs surges in China
Business in the underground market for human eggs is flourishing and remains a serious problem in the Chinese mainland.

"Egg collection" agencies advertise their underground services to desperate infertile couples, while young women, especially university students, are lured by the prospect of earning substantial sums of money in payment but by doing so also risking their health.

Advertisements about "egg donation" or "surrogacy" can be seen everywhere on the streets around the Center for Reproductive Medicine of the Peking University Third Hospital, as well as on universities' online discussion boards in Shanghai and Beijing...

China proudly debuts its new stealth jet it built 'by hacking into US computers and stealing plans' China's controversial stealth jet has made its first flyby, giving the public and media a glimpse of the aircraft believed to be a copy of America's F-22 and built using hacked US military blueprints.

Taking to the skies at the airshow in the southern city of Zhuhai, in Guangdong province, the J-20 stealth fighter passed by onlookers in a thunderous demonstration...

Christian Nursing Home May Lose Tax Status if It Doesn’t Allow Assisted Suicide ...A Christian nursing home run by the Salvation Army in Switzerland has been told that it must either allow assisted suicide despite its religious beliefs, or lose its charitable status.

The nursing home mounted a legal challenge against the country’s new assisted suicide rules which require charities taking care of the sick or elderly and to offer assisted suicide when a patient asks for it, Catholic Herald reports...

Number of home-schooled students has doubled since 1999, new data shows  Approximately 1.8 million U.S. children were home-schooled in 2012, more than double the number that were home-schooled in 1999, when the federal government began gathering data on national home-schooling trends, according to estimates released Tuesday. The estimated number of home-schooled children represents 3.4 percent of the U.S. student population between the ages of 5 and 17.

The increase was fastest between 1999 and 2007, then slowed between 2007 and 2012, according to the estimates from the National Center for Education Statistics...

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

GAFCON Chairman's October 2016 letter

GAFCON Chairman Archbp. Okoh’s October 2016 Letter
October 2016

My dear people of God,

This month, two ancient cities have hosted meetings which both tell us much about the future of our beloved Communion. With my brother GAFCON Primates, I was present in Cairo for the Sixth Anglican Global South conference at which twenty Provinces of the Anglican Communion were represented. At the same time, a group of Anglican Primates were with the Archbishop of Canterbury in Rome to celebrate fifty years of ecumenical dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church.

In Cairo, I preached about the peace which Jesus Christ alone can bring. The unfolding tragedies in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and the troubles of my own country call for Christians to be peace makers who love justice and long that ‘the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea’ (Isaiah 11:9).

The call to be peacemakers is also a call to evangelism because peace with one another cannot be separated from peace with God, and peace with God cannot be separated from faithfulness to the biblical and apostolic gospel of God. I therefore warmly commend the Global South Chairman, Bishop Mouneer Anis, for his bold warning about the ‘ideological slavery’ which some Western Churches seek to impose on the Global South by using their money and influence to promote teachings which overturn the bible and offer a false gospel.

Many of us were therefore deeply disturbed that the Presiding Bishop of the American Episcopal Church (TEC), Michael Curry, was a prominent member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s delegation in Rome, despite the fact that the Canterbury meeting of Primates in January this year had resolved that, among other things, TEC should not be involved in representing the Anglican Communion in ecumenical or interfaith relations.

This incident is just the most recent of many failures which the Cairo Communiqué describes as ‘the inability of the existing Communion instruments to discern truth and error and take binding ecclesiastical action’. We need alternatives. GAFCON already has its five yearly conference and its Primates Council which provide ways for the Communion to relate on the solid basis of the shared doctrinal commitments of the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration and I was greatly encouraged by the willingness of those of us gathered in Cairo to work together and not be divided by culture, personality clashes or secondary issues.

I believe we see victory in our spiritual battle for a faithful Church when the orthodox are willing not only to stand, but also to stand together as we experienced in Cairo despite many cultural and historical differences. The Anglican Church in North America came about as a new province because of a willingness to surrender narrow ambitions for the sake of a wider cause and there is a lesson here in godly unity throughout our movement.

It is increasingly clear that the Church of England is becoming the place where pressure for compromise has become most intense and I am encouraged that 88 evangelical Anglicans leaders from varied backgrounds have come together this month to sign an open letter to the English House of Bishops calling on them ‘not to depart from the apostolic inheritance with which they have been entrusted’. Please join with me in praying for these leaders in the Church of England, the Mother Church of our Communion, asking for them to have courage and unity at this critical time.

Finally, I wish to thank all who prayed for the first GAFCON Bishop’s Training Institute Conference as mentioned in my September letter. We have had very positive feedback and there is already a waiting list for the next training conference. By God’s grace and with your support, GAFCON will increasingly take action to equip and encourage faithful leaders throughout the Communion.

The Most Revd Nicholas D. Okoh
Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria and
Chairman, the GAFCON Primates Council

Evangelical Anglicans Urged To 'Stand Up And Be Counted' Over Gay Blessings  
A rallying cry for clergy opposed to same-sex relationships to "stand up and be counted" has been issued by the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC).

Guarding the deposit argues all gay relationships are a "disorder" and will "attract the eternal judgement of God". The 19-page discussion document was sent to all CofE bishops and evangelical leaders earlier in October and published last week....

Anglican Unscripted Episode 253

Nov 1, 2016

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German Streets Descend into Lawlessness; Rainbow Blight: Obama's LGBT Legacy

German Streets Descend into Lawlessness
◾During the first six months of 2016, migrants committed 142,500 crimes, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office. This is equivalent to 780 crimes committed by migrants every day, an increase of nearly 40% over 2015. The data includes only those crimes in which a suspect has been caught.
◾Thousands of migrants who entered the country as "asylum seekers" or "refugees" have gone missing. They are, presumably, economic migrants who entered Germany on false pretenses. Many are thought to be engaging in robbery and criminal violence.
◾Local police in many parts of the country admit that they are stretched to the limit and are unable to maintain law and order.
◾"Drug trafficking takes place right before our eyes. If we intervene, we are threatened, spat on, insulted. Sometimes someone whips out a knife. They are always the same people. They are ruthless, fearless and have no problems with robbing even the elderly." — Private security guard.
◾According to Freddi Lohse of the German Police Union in Hamburg, many migrant offenders view the leniency of the German justice system as a green light to continue delinquent behavior. "They are used to tougher consequences in their home countries," he said. "They have no respect for us."
◾"It cannot be that offenders continue to fill the police files, hurt us physically, insult us, whatever, and there are no consequences. Many cases are closed or offenders are released on probation or whatever. Yes, what is happening in the courts today is a joke." — Tania Kambouri, German police officer....

Rainbow Blight: Obama's LGBT Legacy
Late last week, NBC News posted an interesting column centered on the "quiet" mission of Obama's gay foreign policy. My only question is: what's quiet about it? Americans have watched an almost eight-year parade of LGBT activism from the rainbow flags at U.S. embassies to global bullying on homosexuality. During her time in the administration, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the Grand Marshall of the celebration, declaring to the world that "gay rights are human rights."

And now, two terms into that overseas mission, those "human rights" are profoundly trumping human needs. In a sweeping decision last week, the administration announced a new rule that puts faith-based aid groups in the crosshairs of the far-Left's crusade for genderless bathrooms, showers, and other facilities. National Security Advisor Susan Rice cheered the move in a speech at American University. Insisting that "the United States also needs to do more to institutionalize efforts to promote LGBT rights," she explained that her office is doing its part to reverse what she called the "backwards" environment the administration inherited in 2009. (By "backwards," I assume she means one that respects the First Amendment rights enshrined in the Constitution.) "As part of that commitment, I'm pleased to note that just yesterday, a new rule went into effect that explicitly prohibits discrimination by USAID contractors. This rule means that any organization that contracts with USAID must ensure that all people can benefit from its federally-funded programs, regardless of... sexual orientation and gender identity."

Translation: any organization with moral objections to the president's LGBT agenda will be ineligible for government aid contracts...

Monday, October 31, 2016

Unsealing of Christ's Reputed Tomb Turns Up New Revelations

For just 60 hours, researchers had the opportunity to examine the holiest site in Christianity. Here's what they found
By Kristin Romey
October 31, 2016

JERUSALEM—Researchers have continued their investigation into the site where the body of Jesus Christ is traditionally believed to have been buried, and their preliminary findings appear to confirm that portions of the tomb are still present today, having survived centuries of damage, destruction, and reconstruction of the surrounding Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City.

The most venerated site in the Christian world, the tomb today consists of a limestone shelf or burial bed that was hewn from the wall of a cave. Since at least 1555, and most likely centuries earlier, the burial bed has been covered in marble cladding, allegedly to prevent eager pilgrims from removing bits of the original rock as souvenirs.

When the marble cladding was first removed on the night of October 26, an initial inspection by the conservation team from the National Technical University of Athens showed only a layer of fill material underneath. However, as researchers continued their nonstop work over the course of 60 hours, another marble slab with a cross carved into its surface was exposed. By the night of October 28, just hours before the tomb was to be resealed, the original limestone burial bed was revealed intact.  the rest
During the past few days, the burial bed has been resealed in its original marble cladding and may not be exposed again for centuries or even millennia. "The architectural conservation which we are implementing is intended to last forever," says Moropoulou. Before it was resealed, however, extensive documentation was performed on the surface of the rock.

Archaeologist Martin Biddle, who published a seminal study on the history of the tomb in 1999, believes that the only way to really know, or understand why people believe, that the tomb is indeed the one in which the Gospels say Jesus' body was laid, is to carefully review the data collected when the burial bed and cave walls were exposed.

Christians erect cross in town once held by ISIS; St. Benedict's Basilica destroyed by earthquake in Italy...more links

Amazing Video of Christians Erecting a Cross in Town Once Held by ISIS To me, this is like a Christian version of that famous Iwo Jima photograph. It is moving and beautiful.

The video originally aired on France 24 and re-shown on Catholic World Report shows a group of Christian fighters in a town just outside Mosul returning home after having been violently driven from the town two years before...

Earthquake destroys Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia, Italy
A massive earthquake hit Norcia this morning, destroying the Basilica of St. Benedict, site of the birthplace of the father of Western monasticism and one of the most influential figures in European civilization and culture.

The 6.6 quake hit central Italy at approximately 7:40 am, with the epicenter near the town of Pie del Colle, located 6 miles from the walled Umbrian town of Norcia. The quake was felt strongly in Rome and at the Vatican, where buildings swayed for close to a minute. It was also felt as far north as Bolzano, near the border with Austria.

The local co-cathedral, located just a block from the Basilica, was also destroyed...

Euthanasia tyranny expands in Canada
People who think differently are not even to be allowed into medical school...

Parents slam 'damaging' BBC sex change show aimed at six-year-olds  The BBC has been accused of acting recklessly after targeting children as young as six with a programme about a schoolboy who takes sex-change drugs.

Parents are angry that the show, available on the CBBC website, features a transgender storyline inappropriate for their children.

And concerned campaigners said it could ‘sow the seeds of confusion’ in young minds. The programme, Just A Girl, depicts an 11-year-old’s struggle to get hormones that stunt puberty, making it easier to have sex-change surgery in the future...

Embracing modernity is no answer to falling church attendance  Embrace gay marriage’ - or ‘at the very least blessing services for same-sex couples’ -  is one possible marketing strategy for the Church of England following the release of its profoundly sobering attendance figures for 2015.

The CoE admits that usual Sunday attendance across its churches is down on a decade ago by about 120,000 people to 752,000.

Whoever else may pop into a church for a mid-week activity or group, the usual Sunday congregation is the core that sustains a local church - prayerfully, financially and with their active volunteering.
The situation on the ground is serious. So why not hop onto the politically correct bandwagon to get in some more punters?...