Daily Archives: October 28, 2012

Ron Morris–Univ. of South Carolina star Running Back Marcus Lattimore sidelined by knee injury

The silence has perhaps never been more deafening at Williams-Brice Stadium than it was around 1:30 Saturday afternoon. The South Carolina and Tennessee football teams and a stadium full of fans swallowed hard and experienced a heavy heart.

Marcus Lattimore again went down with a crippling knee injury.

“When you lose a guy like Marcus, he’s such a leader on the team. Everybody loves him. He gets the guys going,” USC quarterback Connor Shaw said. “It’s so unfortunate. No one wishes that on anybody. Prayers are out for him. I know he’ll be mentally strong, and hopefully he can get back.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * South Carolina, Education, Health & Medicine, Men, Sports, Young Adults

(BBC) Roman Catholic church hit in Northern Nigeria suicide bomb attack

At least seven people have been killed and dozens injured in a suicide bombing during Mass at a Catholic church in northern Nigeria, officials say.

An explosive-laden vehicle drove into the church and detonated its load, ripping a hole in the wall and roof.

The attack happened in Kaduna, which has been targeted by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the recent past.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Africa, Defense, National Security, Military, Islam, Law & Legal Issues, Liturgy, Music, Worship, Muslim-Christian relations, Nigeria, Other Churches, Other Faiths, Parish Ministry, Police/Fire, Politics in General, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic, Terrorism, Violence

(Anglican Taonga) Full Text of the Archbishop of Canterbury's ACC opening Eucharist Sermon

One of the early Christian Fathers of the Church, Clement of Alexandria, says at one point that human love is always tending to slip back into the love of what is common among people.

But there’s nothing, he goes on to say, there’s nothing in common between God and the world.

So God’s love for the world is extraordinary. Without cause, absolutely free, absolutely, overwhelmingly unreasonable.

And that’s the kind of the love we are invited to become part of.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, --Rowan Williams, Anglican Consultative Council, Archbishop of Canterbury, Ministry of the Ordained, Parish Ministry, Preaching / Homiletics

(ACNS) Podcast: the Archbishop of Canterbury's ACC opening Eucharist Sermon

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams gave the sermon at today’s beautiful opening eucharist for the ACC-15 meeting at Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Speaking on the Gospel reading, John 15:17-27, he said we all needed to remember that while the world around us is a place where love is conditional, Jesus punctures that view of love.” He said that the challenge for the Church is rethinking love & belonging. “We are to create more belonging with those who don’t belong…” he said. “The church is whatever in us says ‘yes’ to the reckless love of God, that reaches out in mission.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, --Rowan Williams, Anglican Consultative Council, Archbishop of Canterbury, Ministry of the Ordained, Parish Ministry, Preaching / Homiletics

While the cost of living rises, middle class salaries are flat-lining

The middle class has been caught in an economic vise, trying to pay 2012 prices with paychecks that haven’t grown since the good times went bust ”” or even earlier.

Across the nation, family income was down 8 percent last year from what it was in 2000. And in South Carolina, the median income last year was just over $40,000.

That’s the lowest wages have been in the Palmetto State since 1985, according inflation-adjusted figures from the U.S. census.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Children, Consumer/consumer spending, Economy, History, Housing/Real Estate Market, Labor/Labor Unions/Labor Market, Marriage & Family, Personal Finance, Psychology, The Banking System/Sector, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--, The U.S. Government

Local Paper Special Section on Coach John McKissick and a Sunday Quiz

John McKissick began at Summerville High School as football coach in 1952–what was his salary that year. No fair peaking or googling, etc.

Find the answer and all the other articles after you have made your guess there.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * South Carolina, Education, History, Men, Sports, Teens / Youth

Local Legend John McKissick, Summerville H.S. Football Coach, gets Win Number 600, another record

“It feels good,” McKissick said. “It’s another win, and if it totals up to 600, that’s great. I feel good for the kids. I feel good for the boys. They can tell everyone they were part of the 600th. I think they will be proud of that.”

McKissick’s success is unmatched at any level. The all-time winningest college football coach is 86-year-old John Gagliardi of St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., who enters this weekend with 487 wins in 64 years.

Don Shula is the winningest coach in NFL history with 347.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * South Carolina, Education, History, Sports, Teens / Youth

James Wood–Richard Mourdock's Dilemma

…religiously speaking, there are only three possible responses: you can continue to believe in a God who knows in advance the number of our days; you can sharply limit your conception of God’s power, by positing a deity who does not know in advance what we will do, or who cannot control what we will do; or you can scrap the whole idea of divinity. The problem with the first position is that most believers, as Richard Mourdock did not do, run away from the dread implications of their own beliefs; and the problem with the second position is that it is not clear why such a limited deity would be worth worshipping. So cut Richard Mourdock some slack. He’s more honest than most of his evangelical peers; and his naïve honesty at least helpfully illuminates a horrid abyss.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Religion News & Commentary, Apologetics, Evangelicals, Life Ethics, Other Churches, Philosophy, Religion & Culture, Theodicy, Theology

A Prayer to Begin the Day

O God our Father, let us find grace in thy sight so as to have grace to serve thee acceptably with reverence and godly fear; and further grace not to receive thy grace in vain, nor to neglect it and fall from it, but to stir it up and grow in it, and to persevere in it unto the end of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

–Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626)

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Church History, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Bible Readings

A Psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God, I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee; my flesh faints for thee, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary, beholding thy power and glory. Because thy steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise thee. So I will bless thee as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on thy name.

–Psalm 63:1-4

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

Jessica Bowman–When Writers Sip and Nibble But Go Hungry

Writing is hard. All by itself with no bells and whistles, when it’s just your thoughts pulsing through your mind, filtered through your heart, and fighting to get out of your fingers as articulately as possible ”“ it’s hard.

But we, we are living in the age of bells and whistles. In a day and time when being published, being read, is easier than ever ”“ the task itself has become harder.

The responsibilities of writing have been weighed down with drudgery. Writers aren’t simply creatives anymore. We are publicists, agents, assistants, marketers, back-scratchers, promoters, tech gurus, networkers, platform-builders .

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Anthropology, Blogging & the Internet, Books, Economy, Labor/Labor Unions/Labor Market, Pastoral Theology, Poetry & Literature, Psychology, Science & Technology, Theology

(AP) South Carolina tax returns exposed by computer hacker

State officials say someone hacked into the Department of Revenue, exposing about 3.6 million South Carolina tax returns.

Gov. Nikki Haley said Friday about 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were also exposed, and 16,000 of those were unencrypted. State officials are urging anyone who has filed a state tax return since 1998 to call a toll-free number to determine whether their information is affected.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * South Carolina, Blogging & the Internet, Defense, National Security, Military, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Law & Legal Issues, Personal Finance, Police/Fire, Politics in General, Science & Technology, State Government, Taxes, Theology