Daily Archives: June 8, 2013

World Visions Why World Vision Series

Read them all, very stimulating stuff.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Children, Defense, National Security, Military, Dieting/Food/Nutrition, Energy, Natural Resources, Ethics / Moral Theology, Globalization, Theology

From the Do Not Take Yourself too Seriously Department–Calvin and Hobbes

Read it all. Heh.

Posted in * General Interest, Anthropology, Humor / Trivia, Theology

(NY Times Beliefs) Breaking the Evangelical Mold at a Church With Ethnic Roots

Last Sunday at Vox Veniae, a 200-person church in working-class East Austin, the volunteer baristas showed up an hour before worship services to make locally sourced coffee in the vaunted Chemex system, beloved of connoisseurs. To enhance the java-snob appeal, no milk or sugar was provided. “It’s a purist thing,” one barista said.

“Keep Austin Weird,” the local slogan goes. And the approach to coffee is just one unusual feature of this rule-breaking church in the notably alternative Texas capital.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Evangelicals, Other Churches, Religion & Culture

The TEC President of House of Deputies' Opening Remarks to Executive Council

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), Executive Council, House of Deputies President

The TEC Presiding Bishop’s opening remarks to Executive Council Today

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Episcopal Church (TEC), Executive Council, Presiding Bishop

(NY Times) Hey Mom, Call Me When You Find My Wife

Some mothers ”” and some fathers, too ”” will do just about anything to see their marriage-age offspring settle down, even if that means going where parents ordinarily should never go ”” online and into their children’s posted dating profiles.

“It’s almost like outsourcing your online dating to your mom,” said Kevin Leland, chief executive of TheJMom.com, a Jewish matchmaking site and one of several Web sites that have arisen to cater to parents, some with more money than patience, who want to see that ideal match made.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Blogging & the Internet, Children, Consumer/consumer spending, Economy, Marriage & Family, Young Adults

(Courier-Journal) Albert Mohler: The ELCA as a Lutheran body is ”˜not a church’

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler says the nation’s largest Lutheran body is “not a church.”

He says the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America only lives up to a quarter of its name, citing the Southwest California Synod’s election of the first openly gay bishop in the denomination.

“It is by this act and by many prior acts distancing itself by light years from the actual faith and conviction of Martin Luther,” Mohler said in a Monday podcast. It has “demonstrated itself to be neither Evangelical nor Lutheran and, as G.K. Chesterton might say, not a church either. That just leaves them in America.”

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Posted in * Religion News & Commentary, Anthropology, Ethics / Moral Theology, Lutheran, Other Churches, Sexuality Debate (Other denominations and faiths), Theology, Theology: Scripture

A.S. Haley on the South Carolina Episcopal Contretemps Court Hearing this week

Essentially, what is at issue on the motion to remand is whether or not the Court can fairly read the Lawrence State court complaint to state a “claim or controversy” under the laws of the United States, so that the case could have been brought initially in the federal Court. One would think that a complaint based only upon State trademark law would be left to the State courts to decide, but ECUSA and its Potemkin diocese saw things differently. ECUSA has not done well in the South Carolina State courts, and so they wanted desperately to have the federal courts take jurisdiction of the dispute over who owns the rights to the name “Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, - Anglican: Commentary, Episcopal Church (TEC), Law & Legal Issues, TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: South Carolina

Roland Allen in his own words on Mission and Saint Paul

In little more than ten years St. Paul established the Church in four provinces of the Empire, Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia. Before AD 47 there were no churches in these provinces; in AD 57 St. Paul could speak as if his work there was done, and could plan extensive tours into the far west without anxiety lest the churches which he had founded might perish in his absence for want of his guidance and support.

The work of the Apostle during these ten years can therefore be treated as a unity. Whatever assistance he may have received from the preaching of others, it is unquestioned that the establishment of the churches in these provinces was really his work. In the pages of the New Testament he, and he alone, stands forth as their founder. And the work which he did was really a completed work. So far as the foundation of the churches is concerned, it is perfectly clear that the writer of the Acts intends to represent St. Paul’s work as complete. The churches were really established. Whatever disasters fell upon them in later years, whatever failure there was, whatever ruin, that failure was not due to any insufficiency or lack of care and completeness in the Apostle’s teaching or organization. When he left them he left them because his work was fully accomplished.

This is truly an astonishing fact. That churches should be founded so rapidly, so securely, seems to us today, accustomed to the difficulties, the uncertainties, the failures, the disastrous relapses of our own missionary work, almost incredible. Many missionaries in later days have received a larger number of converts than St. Paul; many have preached over a wider area than he; but none have so established churches. We have long forgotten that such things could be. We have long accustomed ourselves to accept it as an axiom of missionary work that converts in a new country must be submitted to a very long probation and training, extending over generations before they can be expected to be able to stand alone. Today if a man ventures to suggest that there may be something in the methods by which St. Paul attained such wonderful results worthy of our careful attention, and perhaps of our imitation, he is in danger of being accused of revolutionary tendencies.

–Roland Allen, Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours; A Study of The Church In The Four Provinces, Chapter One

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

A Prayer for the Provisional Feast Day of Roland Allen

Almighty God, by whose Spirit the Scriptures were opened to thy servant Roland Allen, so that he might lead many to know, live and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ: Give us grace to follow his example, that the variety of those to whom we reach out in love may receive thy saving Word and witness in their own languages and cultures to thy glorious Name; through Jesus Christ, thy Word made flesh, who livest and reignest with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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

A Prayer to Begin the Day

Lift up our souls, O Lord, to the pure, serene light of thy presence; that there we may breathe freely, there repose in thy love, there may be at rest from ourselves, and from thence return, arrayed in thy peace, to do and bear what shall please thee; for thy holy name’s sake.

–E. B. Pusey (1800-1882)

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

From the Morning Bible Readings

The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God; for the rendering of this service not only supplies the wants of the saints but also overflows in many thanksgivings to God. Under the test of this service, you will glorify God by your obedience in acknowledging the gospel of Christ, and by the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others; while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

–2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

(World) The Bible becomes a bestseller in Norway

In Norway, people are buying more Bibles than any other book. The Bible topped best seller lists in 2012 and is still popular in 2013, outselling works like Fifty Shades of Grey and Justin Bieber’s autobiography.

In any European country this would be newsworthy, but especially so in Norway. Only 1 percent of Norwegians attend church regularly.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Books, Europe, Norway, Religion & Culture, Theology, Theology: Scripture

(NPR) Why Being Stuck On A Tarmac With The Philly Orchestra Rocks

There are few things as annoying as being stuck on a tarmac ”” in a cramped, packed plane ”” for long periods of time. But when you have some of the members of the Philadelphia Orchestra on your flight, it could turn magical.

No, seriously.

It happened to passengers on a flight from Beijing to Macau, this week. They had been sitting on the tarmac for three hours when a quartet of musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra pulled out their instruments and provided…[a wonderful diversion].

Read it all and please do not miss the video of what happened.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Music, Travel

Pakistani bishop: Women's rights, not just democracy, key in Middle East

In his Zurich speech he warned against the rising threat of a “tyranny of the majority” in countries affected by the recent Arab revolutions, and called on all concerned to commit themselves to equal rights for religious minorities and women in these countries.

Noting that humanity lives in world-changing times, the bishop referred to a recent attack in London on a soldier who was hacked to death by two men and a similar attack in France by people who regard themselves as converts to Islam.

At first the media reported politicians saying the London attack was done by “lone wolves”, but the bishop said it emerged there is a connection with bigger groups and that the people were acting in connection with others.

Read it all (and please note the video for this talk was posted earlier this week)

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Foreign Relations, Inter-Faith Relations, Islam, Middle East, Muslim-Christian relations, Other Faiths, Politics in General, Religion & Culture, Women

Divisions rock Anglicans in the Church of the Province of Central Africa

Sharp differences are already emerging in the Anglican Diocese of Manicaland barely six months after the Supreme Court ruling declared the Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa as the rightful custodians of the diocese’s properties.

So sharp are the difference that some disgruntled members have since written a petition to the Archbishop of Central Africa and Bishop of Northern Zambia, the Most Reverend Albert Chama, tabling a number of issues, among them that the bishop of the Diocese, Bishop Julius Makoni is a “visiting bishop” who spends most of his time in London and does not know the diocese. The petition, which this paper has in possession is dated May 14, 2013.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of Central Africa