Daily Archives: April 25, 2012

Archbishop of Sudan appeals for peace as tensions rise between neighbouring countries

The Anglican archbishop who was instrumental in delivering peace to Sudan has raised the spectre of full-blown war and appealed for restraint from the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan.

Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak, leader of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, urged the two presidents to pursue peace in spite of the difficulties following the major clashes threatening the fragile peace that churches helped to broker in 2005.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, --North Sudan, --South Sudan, Africa, Anglican Provinces, Episcopal Church of the Sudan, Politics in General, Religion & Culture, Sudan, Violence

Saint George's Church in Redditch to be shut

After 140 years of serving the community, a Redditch church is to be shut.

The church commissioners have confirmed that St George’s Church can be closed in line with the view of the church councils of the parish.

The commissioners considered a number of submissions for and against the closure of the church before agreeing with the Bishop of Worcester’s proposals to put into effect the parish request, which had also been supported by deanery and diocesan committees.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), England / UK, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture

FCA Plenary Talk by Michael Ovey of Oak Hill Training College

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), FCA Meeting in London April 2012, Global South Churches & Primates, Seminary / Theological Education, Theology

Stories from FCA Leaders Conference

Rwandan Bishop Nathan Gasatura–watch it all.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of Rwanda, FCA Meeting in London April 2012, Global South Churches & Primates

Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans Conference Agenda Information for Today

Today is Day 3 of the FCA Leadership Conference. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali is addressing the delegates this morning. Tonight, there will be a discussion on the current state of the Anglican Communion.

This is posted especially for your prayers and intercessions–KSH.

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Samer Libdeh–Arab Christians must fight for recognition in new regimes

Hopes that Arab Christians can enjoy full recognition in their countries’ post-revolution politics appear to have suffered a setback. The political parties that have swept to power in Egypt and Tunisia are attempting to define their nations in narrow ethno-religious terms ”“ as Islamic with sharia as the principal source of law. In Tunisia, for example, the constitution explicitly prohibits Christians from fielding candidates in the presidential election.

Attacks against Coptic churches and Christians in Egypt have increased during and since the revolution, and Arab Christians have allegedly been attacked in Syria. This has led to much soul-searching in the Arab Christian community, whose numbers and political influence have dwindled significantly over the past two decades owing to significant bouts of emigration.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Coptic Church, Egypt, Islam, Middle East, Muslim-Christian relations, Orthodox Church, Other Churches, Other Faiths, Politics in General, Religion & Culture, Syria

Archbishop Okoh: Christian UK can show leadership to Christian world

Britain’s drift away from its Christian moorings is impacting its ability to support Christians being attacked in other countries, the Archbishop of Nigeria has warned.

Archbishop Nicholas Okoh made the comments during a meeting at the House of Lords on Tuesday night where he gave a report on widespread attacks against churches in Nigeria.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), Church of Nigeria, England / UK, Foreign Relations, Nigeria, Politics in General, Religion & Culture, Terrorism, Violence

John Richardson Gives a Feel on the Ground as a participant in the FCA London Meeting

From here:

I am at the GAFCON/FCA gathering in Battersea this week. We’ve been asked not to indulge in too much personal blogging, tweeting, etc, so I’ve not posted anything before, but below is an official release of the opening address.

The mood is good — positive and outward looking, and it has been good to meet so many people from Africa in particular.

Yesterday we had a welcome from the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered by the Bishop of Southwark (in whose diocese we are meeting). That felt odd!

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, --Rowan Williams, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops, FCA Meeting in London April 2012, Global South Churches & Primates, Parish Ministry

Billy Graham–We still worship 'idols' like money, power and possessions

Q: My cousin took us to her church when we visited her a few weeks ago, and the preacher said something about people today being just as idolatrous as people in ancient times. What do you suppose he meant by that, since we don’t worship idols like they did? — Mrs. J.Y.

A: No, we may not bow down to idols made of stone or metal as people did in ancient times (and some people in the world still do). But does that mean we don’t have our own “idols” today — that is, things we serve just as zealously as they did? I’m afraid we do….

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * Religion News & Commentary, Consumer/consumer spending, Economy, Evangelicals, Other Churches, Parish Ministry, Pastoral Theology, Religion & Culture, Stewardship, Theology

Twenty Five Years Ago Today (II)

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * By Kendall, * Culture-Watch, Episcopal Church (TEC), Harmon Family, History, Marriage & Family, Seminary / Theological Education, TEC Parishes, Theology

Twenty Five Years Ago Today (I)

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * By Kendall, * Culture-Watch, Episcopal Church (TEC), Harmon Family, History, Marriage & Family, Seminary / Theological Education, TEC Parishes, Theology

(Independent) UK back in recession

The UK is back in recession after a surprise 0.2% contraction in the economy in the first quarter of the year, official figures revealed today.

The decline in gross domestic product (GDP) was driven by the biggest fall in construction output for three years, while the manufacturing sector failed to return to growth, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, --European Sovereign Debt Crisis of 2010, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, England / UK, Europe, Housing/Real Estate Market, Labor/Labor Unions/Labor Market, Politics in General, The Banking System/Sector, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

Apple Continues Record Streak: 35 Million iPhones, 12 Million iPads Sold

Apple started off the year with a bang, and that momentum has continued through its second fiscal quarter of 2012.

In fact, Apple saw its strongest March quarter ever, resulting in a net profit of $6 billion. iPhone and iPad sales continue to lead Apple’s fiscal success, delivering a combined revenue of $29.2 billion out of Apple’s total $39.2 billion in revenue Q2 2012.

iPhone sales have barely slowed since the debut of the iPhone 4S in early October….

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Science & Technology

Q&A: Actor John Schneider on role in 'October Baby' & a second new pro-life film, 'Doonby'

Actor John Schneider says he just wants to make a difference.

Schneider plays the role of Hannah’s father in the recent pro-life hit “October Baby,” and drifter Sam Doonby in the new movie “Doonby,” a pro-life film from a different perspective. Doonby is being screened to pastors and church leaders.

“The hope is that October Baby will grease the skids so that with these preview screenings Doonby can come out [to the general public] in 500 to 600 theatres,” Schneider said.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Movies & Television, Religion & Culture

A Prayer for the Feast Day of Saint Mark

Almighty God, who by the hand of Mark the evangelist hast given to thy Church the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God: We thank thee for this witness, and pray that we may be firmly grounded in its truth; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Church History, Spirituality/Prayer, Theology, Theology: Scripture