Daily Archives: November 24, 2012

(The State) Neil White–5 reasons tonight's USC vs. CLEMSON Football game is huge

The 19 combined wins between USC (9-2) and Clemson (10-1) entering the game are the most in the rivalry’s history, topping the old mark of 18 set last season.

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

(BBC) In Pictures: America's Black Friday sales

There are nine in all–check them out (ugh).

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Anthropology, Children, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Marriage & Family, Personal Finance, Theology

Man leaves both 2 yr. old child and car on Black Friday; goes home with giant TV

Police say a Massachusetts man left his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in a car while he went shopping for Black Friday bargains, then went home with his new 51-inch flat screen television and left the toddler behind.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Anthropology, Children, Consumer/consumer spending, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Law & Legal Issues, Marriage & Family, Movies & Television, Police/Fire, Theology

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Urged to Retract Edict to Bypass Judges

Egyptian judges and prosecutors struck back on Saturday against an attempt by President Mohamed Morsi to place his decrees above judicial review, vowing to challenge his edict in court and reportedly going on strike in Alexandria.

Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, a prosecutor whom Mr. Morsi is seeking to fire, declared to a crowd of cheering judges at Egypt’s high court that the presidential decree was “null and void.” Mr. Mahmoud, who was appointed by Mr. Morsi’s predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, denounced “the systematic campaign against the country’s institutions in general and the judiciary in particular.”

Outside the court, the police fired tear gas at protesters who were denouncing Mr. Morsi and trying to force their way into the building.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Egypt, Ethics / Moral Theology, Foreign Relations, History, Law & Legal Issues, Middle East, Politics in General, Theology

Two Hundred Million Christians Under Threat–New Book Describes Persecution

More Christians are under threat than any other faith group, some two hundred million, according to a recent book published by journalist Rupert Shortt.

Shortt, the religious editor of the Times Literary Supplement and author of several books on religious topics, recently published his latest book, “Cristianophobia,” (Random House).

Well before the September 11 attacks, many Christian communities were faced with severe problems of intolerance, he noted in the book’s introduction, and in the last decade the problem has worsened dramatically.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * Religion News & Commentary, Books, Inter-Faith Relations, Law & Legal Issues, Politics in General, Religion & Culture, Violence

(SHNS) Terry Mattingly–A proposal for churches to cut ties to civil marriages

If the American public is truly changing its mind on marriage, then author George Weigel believes it is time for Catholics to draw a bright red line between the state’s secular ceremonies and the church’s rites of Holy Matrimony.

At least, that’s an option that Catholics, and by implication other religious traditionalists, must be willing to consider, according to the Ethics and Public Policy Center scholar, who is best known as the official biographer of the late Pope John Paul II.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Religion News & Commentary, Ethics / Moral Theology, Law & Legal Issues, Marriage & Family, Other Churches, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic, Theology

(Washington Post) President’s decree of new powers divides Egypt

A stark new divide appeared to be emerging in Egypt on Friday after the nation’s first democratically elected president asserted nearly unlimited powers, as rival crowds of demonstrators poured into the streets of the capital to express disgust and admiration for the move.

With Islamists lining up behind President Mohamed Morsi and secular leaders rallying against him, the development threatened to wipe away once and for all the unlikely joining of the two forces that brought down Egypt’s longtime leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Egypt, Foreign Relations, Middle East, Politics in General

W. Mass. Episcopal Bp-elect Douglas Fisher: Time for leadership, outreach, continued collaboration

Q. What are some of the biggest challenges for the church and how would you address those?

A. One overall is the increasing secularization of our society. They have all these surveys that say church has been in a decline after the 1960s because that was such a different time. Across the board, it doesn’t matter whether you’re Roman Catholic, Episcopal or Lutheran, there’s been a 23 percent drop off in church membership since 9/11. It’s an even a bigger shift in New England.

The culture’s changing so that’s both a problem and an opportunity. This means there are a lot of people to reach through the Gospel. But it’s going to take different ways of proclaiming that.

Another change would be that we have churches that are doing fine and others that are struggling.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Episcopal Church (TEC), Parish Ministry, TEC Bishops

A Prayer of Praise to Begin the Day

O God, whose love we cannot measure, nor even number thy blessings: We bless and praise thee for all thy goodness, who in our weakness art our strength, in our darkness, light, in our sorrows, comfort and peace, and from everlasting to everlasting art our God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, world without end.

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

From the Morning Scripture Readings

He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground, a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the wickedness of its inhabitants. He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in; they sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get a fruitful yield. By his blessing they multiply greatly; and he does not let their cattle decrease. 39 When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, trouble, and sorrow, he pours contempt upon princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes; but he raises up the needy out of affliction, and makes their families like flocks. The upright see it and are glad; and all wickedness stops its mouth. Whoever is wise, let him give heed to these things; let men consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

–Psalm 107:33-43

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

Off to see "Lincoln" tonight with the Family

Posted in * By Kendall, * Culture-Watch, Harmon Family, History, Movies & Television

Friday Mental Health Break–Tim Conway as a Brand New Dentist with his first Patient

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This is from the Carol Burnett Show with Harvey Korman as the dentist’s patient.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Humor / Trivia, Movies & Television

General Synod bids farewell to Archbishop Rowan Williams

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, --Rowan Williams, Anglican Provinces, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England (CoE)