Daily Archives: January 24, 2012

A Salina Journal profile Article of Military School Chaplain Matthew Lewis–Disbelief to devotion

…a tragedy in Lewis’ life — the death of his mother from cancer while he was still a teenager — spurred a period of introspection, what Lewis called “the dark nights of my soul.”

After reading many books on religion — “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis being a particular influence — talking with friends and studying Bible Scripture to find the true meaning behind the words, Lewis had what he called “an intense conversion experience in college.”

“Even though I thought Scripture was dumb, it started compelling me more and more as I read,” he said. “Faith didn’t emerge until I began to take my life seriously.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, Education, Episcopal Church (TEC), Teens / Youth

Videos of Major Addresses from Mere Anglicanism 2012

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * South Carolina, - Anglican: Analysis, - Anglican: Commentary, Episcopal Church (TEC), Theology

(BBC News Magazine) Daniel Nasaw–Is it possible to have a happy open marriage?

Several years after their wedding, Jenny Block realised that even though she loved her husband and wanted to be with him, she needed more.

Today, Ms Block, a writer, lives with Christopher in Dallas. Her girlfriend Jemma does not live with the couple – but spends a lot of time in the house.

“It’s been me and my girlfriend and me and my husband, and the two of them are really good friends, but they’re not sexually involved,” says Ms Block, 41, author of Open: Love, Sex and Life in an Open Marriage.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, England / UK, Ethics / Moral Theology, Marriage & Family, Theology

Sky News Video–Northern Lights Illuminate The Scottish Sky

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, England / UK, Science & Technology, Scotland

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali's Sermon from Saint Philip's Charleston this past Sunday

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * South Carolina, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops, Episcopal Church (TEC), Parish Ministry, Preaching / Homiletics, TEC Parishes

Parish Church of St. Helena rings in its tricentennial

In another nod to the church’s origins, Sunday’s sermon was delivered by the Lord Bishop of London Richard J.C. Chartres, who conducted last year’s royal wedding and will lead services during this year’s Diamond Jubilee in honor of Queen Elizabeth II and the London Olympic Games.

The church was originally established in 1712 under the spiritual guidance of the Bishop of London, according to the parish newsletter.

In a reception after the service, Chartres said he would bring a report of the tricentennial celebration personally to the queen.

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Audio of the Bishop of London's Sermon at Saint Helena's Beaufort this past Sunday

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * South Carolina, Anglican Provinces, Church History, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops, Episcopal Church (TEC), Parish Ministry, Preaching / Homiletics, TEC Bishops, TEC Parishes

(Anglican Church in Nigeria) Christians Told to Resist Militancy

According to the Primate [Nicholas Okoh], this rising wave of hostility is a dimension that is unheard of because it is the highest manifestation of intolerance.

Primate Okoh stated that all hands are on deck, the National assembly is concerned, the president is having sleepless nights and the Church is already facing serious temptation even though the Church does not initiate hostility. The head of the Anglican Church said the intense attack of Boko Haram is really tempting the Christians whether to continue to maintain peace, always turning the other cheek ,or fight back to find their safety.
He therefore made a passionate appeal to leaders in the country who can reach out to Boko Haram to dissuade them from dastardly acts of killing innocent Christian’s souls, asking them to dialogue with government if they have any axe to grind with her and leave the Church alone.

He said the attempt to drag Nigerians into militancy is something Nigerians must resist.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Africa, Anglican Provinces, Church of Nigeria, Islam, Muslim-Christian relations, Nigeria, Other Faiths, Religion & Culture, Terrorism, Violence

Words from a Sermon in 1906–Guess the Speaker Before you Look

There is no use, my friends, in shutting our eyes to the fact that a serious movement is on foot to formulate a non-miraculous Christianity. God forbid that I should speak harshly or bitterly of those who are engaged in this attempt. Their motive is a perfectly intelligible, and, from their point of view, an entirely praiseworthy one. Convinced, somewhat prematurely as many of us venture to think, that modern science will speedily make an end of ancient faith unless something be done and quickly done to prevent it, they are bent on saving the ship of the Church by the process known in admiralty law as jettisoning the cargo. A ship’s crew jettisons the cargo when it throws overboard so much of it as may be necessary to lighten the craft and thereby save it from foundering. But sailors who, under stress of a panic, cast away the very most valuable portion of the ship’s contents, though they may be acquitted of an evil conscience, cannot be rightly credited with either coolness or discretion. Granting that the Church of Christ is tossed with tempest, as undoubtedly it is, buffeted by adverse winds, threatened by lightning, the proposal to jettison those articles of the Creed which tell of miracle is not likely to help matters. If the Church’s hold on life can only be maintained by its losing hold upon the great affirmations that have made our own life endurable, there are not a few of us who would mournfully ask, Is then the Church itself worth saving? If so much must go, why not let the rest go too?

But is there any real reason why so much should go? If there be, I confess I cannot see it; I know not what it is. Modern discovery has, no doubt, thrown a great deal of light upon some of the subjects dealt with in the Apostles’ Creed. It has greatly enlarged our conceptions as to the extent of the material universe, and has correspondingly modified our estimate of the relative position which our own earth holds in the cosmos. It has added new planets to the old list and enormously multiplied the census of the stars. Moreover, we have learned, through the study of animal life, much more than used to be known concerning the human body and the interdependence of the material and immaterial elements which unite to make it what it is. But when you have said that much, you have said about all there is to say. Two or three of the articles of our belief have been illuminated by the larger light thrown upon them by what we call scientific research; not a single one of them has been invalidated.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Church History, Episcopal Church (TEC), Ministry of the Ordained, Parish Ministry, Science & Technology, Theology, Theology: Scripture

Overnight explosions heard in Nigeria's Kano

Explosions and gunfire were reported early on Tuesday from an area near a police station in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, where co-ordinated attacks and gun battles last week killed about 178 people.

The AFP news agency reported early on Tuesday that its correspondent heard a series of blasts and gunshots coming from an area where a mobile police headquarters is located.

Details were not immediately clear and police were not available for comment.

A resident reported a similar account….

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Nigeria, Violence

(LA Times) Germany has the economic strengths America once boasted

Every summer, Volkmar and Vera Kruger spend three weeks vacationing in the south of France or at a cool getaway in Denmark. For the other three weeks of their annual vacation, they garden or travel a few hours away to root for their favorite team in Germany’s biggest soccer stadium.

The couple, in their early 50s, aren’t retired or well off. They live in a small Tudor-style house in this middle-class town about 30 miles northwest of Frankfurt. He’s a foreman at a glass factory; she works part time for a company that tracks inventories for retailers. Their combined income is a modest $40,000.

Yet the Krugers have a higher standard of living than many Americans who have twice that income.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Europe, Germany, Housing/Real Estate Market, Labor/Labor Unions/Labor Market, Personal Finance, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

(USA Today) States betting on casino gambling

The competition for Americans’ gambling dollars is heating up, as several states eye major casino projects in a bid to reverse their fortunes in a tough economic climate….

Authorizing casino gambling is “easy politically right now,” says Douglas Walker, associate professor of economics at South Carolina’s College of Charleston and author of The Economics of Casino Gambling. “People want jobs and they don’t want higher taxes. Legalizing casinos can be argued to create jobs and tax revenues.”

Never mind that some gambling analysts say that gambling doesn’t help the long-term financial stability of a state.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Economy, Gambling, Politics in General, State Government, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

Lent and Beyond–Anna Milles, housekeeper

His family bullied him. The one person who treated him well was Anna Milles, the family housekeeper. She loved him and told him Bible stories, and taught him to pray. “She told him of Calvary and the Empty Tomb and spoke of the Lord Jesus as the risen Redeemer who could be a Friend.” [Later 7th Earl of Shaftesbury] Ashley believed because of her witness and later said, “God be praised for her and her loving faithfulness; we shall meet”¦ in the House where there are many mansions.” Ashley’s choice for Christ became the determining fact of his life.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Church History, Ministry of the Laity, Parish Ministry

Kano attack: Emir leads prayers in Nigerian city

Both Muslim and Christian residents of Kano, the northern Nigerian city where at least 160 people were killed in a series of attacks on Friday, have been urged to heed a day of prayer.

A special prayer session has been held near the palace of the Emir of Kano, asking Allah to help end the violence.

Islamist militant group Boko Haram says it carried out the attacks.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * Religion News & Commentary, Islam, Muslim-Christian relations, Other Churches, Other Faiths, Religion & Culture, Spirituality/Prayer, Terrorism, Violence

A Prayer to Begin the Day

Lord Jesus, who in thy tender love didst stretch forth thy hand and touch the leper who came to thee for cleansing: Grant us a like compassion for all who claim our help, and a willingness to identify ourselves with them in their need; for thy sake who wast made sin for us, and who art our righteousness and our salvation, now and for ever.

–Frank Colquhoun

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons, Epiphany, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Bible Readings

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

–Hebrews 9:1-14

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

(BBC) Iran: EU oil sanctions 'unfair' and 'doomed to fail'

Iran has said an oil embargo adopted by European Union foreign ministers over the country’s nuclear programme is “unfair” and “doomed to fail”.

The measures would not prevent Iran’s “progress for achieving its basic rights”, foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.

The sanctions ban all new oil contracts with Iran and freeze the assets of Iran’s central bank in the EU.

The EU currently buys about 20% of Iran’s oil exports.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Economy, Energy, Natural Resources, Europe, Foreign Relations, Iran, Middle East, Politics in General

(SMH) Justin Randle–US steps outside the law as the war on terror drones on Read more: http://www.

Drone strikes rely on fallible intelligence from local informants, which leads to errors. The price is innocent people’s lives. It also sets a dangerous international precedent – that the secret extrajudicial execution by one country, to kill people in another country, with minimal oversight and no judicial process, is acceptable. This is the policy being carried out by drones.

At a very basic level, it is difficult to gauge whether the policy actually works. Supporters claim the policy has successfully disrupted terrorist networks. Yet suicide attacks in Pakistan and violence in Afghanistan and Iraq have often intensified following the drone deaths of senior al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Budget, Defense, National Security, Military, Economy, Foreign Relations, Politics in General, Science & Technology, Terrorism, The U.S. Government

John Richardson on the Five Marks of Mission and the place of Evangelism in Mission

Regarding the Church, therefore, we must not allow evangelism to be reduced to a ”˜part’ of mission. It is sad to see as distinguished a theologian as Moltmann quoted saying that mission is “not merely evangelization” ”” as if there were anything ”˜mere’ about the proclamation that Christ is Lord and the calling on people to obey his kingship. In the Church of England today as whole, however, that is often how evangelism is seen, and it is not long before it is reduced from being a part of mission to being an optional extra in mission.

But equally, we must not allow evangelism to be reduced to a personal call to change our views as to whether or not we believe in God and what we believe about ourselves and about Jesus dying for our sins. We cannot have Christ as Saviour if we will not have Christ as Lord. And his lordship must extend into every area of the lives of those whom he saves. There is a challenge here for the more conservative evangelical. But the conservative evangelical is also entitled to ask what has happened, institutionally, to the call to personal conversion.
Once again, nothing less than an institutional transformation is required, which needs a deliberate and conscious strategy. And therein lies our problem. Evangelicals will generally go on evangelizing, whatever happens in the wider institution. But this will not lead to a programme suitable to the conversion of England. That needs a bolder and more ambitious approach, yet at present there is no sign of that coming from the official, hierarchical, leadership. Given where we are today, then, how can we address the need for the transformation of the Church?

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), Ecclesiology, Evangelism and Church Growth, Missions, Parish Ministry, Soteriology, Theology

(RNS) Conservative Presbyterians Launch New Denomination

Conservative Presbyterians launched a new denomination on Thursday (Jan. 19), saying that the Presbyterian Church (USA) is too consumed by internal conflicts and bureaucracy to nurture healthy congregations.

“This ”˜new Reformed body’ is intended to foster a new way of being the church, just as traditional, mainline denominations rose to serve in their day,” wrote leaders of the new Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.

More than 2,000 people attended the ECO’s meeting in Orlando, Fla., this week, but a straw poll indicated that most have not yet decided whether to leave the PC(USA), according to the Presbyterian Outlook, an independent magazine.

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Posted in * Religion News & Commentary, Other Churches, Presbyterian