Daily Archives: October 5, 2013

PBS ' Religion and Ethics Newsweekly–A Georgetown University Panel Discussion: The Francis Factor

MARK SHIELDS: I cannot think of a single public figure””secular, religious, or any other kind””who has inspired, provoked the level of civil discourse and discussion and animated exchanges that this man has.

[BOB] ABERNETHY: But could all the adulation of Francis be too much?

[JOHN] CARR: One of my more cynical friends, someone skeptical about all this, said “this is just a big Vatican PR campaign.” And I said, “Name the last successful Vatican PR campaign.”

ABERNETHY: Alongside Francis’s popularity, Brooks saw a danger. He called it “mushiness.”

[DAVID] BROOKS: Francis’s core message is the person of Francis. The risk therein, it seems to me, is the Church is not only a feel-good institution about a humble guy. It is a doctrine and a creed, and it is a specific set of beliefs and convictions, and they are beliefs that are reasonably tough-minded, and if you lose contact with the doctrine, the stuff that actually makes outsiders a little uncomfortable, with a charming guy who washes people’s feet, then you are losing something elemental to the Church.

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Posted in * Religion News & Commentary, Other Churches, Pope Francis, Roman Catholic

(RNS) "Critics are now silent" – India's first woman bishop

A Christian nun who became the first woman bishop of South Asia’s Anglican community said that so far her appointment has silenced critics who believe only men can play leadership roles in the church.

Speaking on the phone from the Nandyal diocese in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, the Revd Eggoni Pushpalalitha, who was appointed a bishop of the Church of South India on Monday, said she faced bias against women in leadership roles “but only until my consecration.”

“Those who used to talk about it are now touching my feet,” said the 57-year-old bishop, who holds degrees in economics and divinity, referring to an Indian custom of showing respect.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Asia, India, Women

(Orlando Sentinel) Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke starts his crusade to save America in Orlando

Reinhard Bonnke might be the most famous evangelist you have never heard of.

For the past 35 years, the German-born, naturalized American pastor has been preaching the Gospel across the continent of Africa, converting an estimated 72 million people to Christianity and earning the title of the “Billy Graham of Africa.”

Now Bonnke is turning his crusading evangelism to America and starting in Orlando, Fla., where he has been headquartered since 1999…. [In late September]his first major effort in the United States – his “Good News” crusade – kicked off at the Amway Center.

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(CosmostheinLost) Artur Rosman–The Eviscerated Public Square

When you accumulate books there is always that one which you’ve meant to read for the longest time. For whatever reason, call it grace or luck, you pick it up one day and spend the rest of the week (month, year) kicking yourself for not reading it earlier.

I’m presently kicking myself for not picking up Albert Borgmann’s Crossing the Posmodern Divide before Monday….

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Books, Ethics / Moral Theology, History, Philosophy, Religion & Culture, Theology

(Anglican Ink) Zanzibar Cathedral awarded restoration grant

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Anglican Church of Tanzania, Anglican Provinces, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture, Tanzania

A Prayer to Begin the Day

O Lord our God, who didst send thy Holy Spirit to abide with thy Church for ever: Renew the same Spirit within us, that our hearts may be cleansed from evil things, and the fruits of love and goodness may abound in our lives; to the glory of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

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

(Meredith Gould) An Author's Life: Sanity? Insanity? Book Writing Involves Embracing Both

…Stations of the Book Writing Cross:

cycling through my ritualized insistence that I’ll never ever ever write another book. Years ago, I’d cling to this delusion for at least a year after a book was published. My manuscript for The Social Media Gospel was submitted to Liturgical Press on January 2, 2013 and by January 7, I was ruminating about the next book.

rearranging book shelves to reflect emerging realities. Books I’ve used during the previous book’s writing process are either moved to a distant shelf, shipped to friends who might want them, or schlepped to The Book Thing. I then re-populate the bookshelves in my sight line with whatever I’m diving into.

going to sleep and waking up with words, phrases, sentences demanding attention….

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Anthropology, Books, Ethics / Moral Theology, Health & Medicine, History, Pastoral Theology, Poetry & Literature, Psychology, Theology

Bishop David Hamid on the nature of the C of E Diocese in Europe–Much more than Brits Abroad

One of the myths about this Diocese in Europe that is very frustrating to put to rest is that we are a basically a religious club for English people living abroad.

While many of our over 300 congregations have many, or even in some cases mostly English members, particularly in areas of the Diocese where a number of British people have retired, it is simply not accurate to describe our Diocese as the “Brits Abroad”. We are a home for all who wish to worship with us, and that includes not just the English (and certainly not just Church of England folk) but English-speakers from a host of countries around the world. There are also some of our congregations which worship in languages other than English….

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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, Europe, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture

Wash. Episcopal bishop offers Natl. Cathedral garden for weddings postponed due to gov’t shutdown

The Episcopal bishop of Washington is inviting any couples who had to cancel their weddings on federal property due to the government shutdown to have their ceremonies in a garden at Washington National Cathedral.

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde said Thursday that the Bishop’s Garden at the cathedral would be offered free of charge to any couples who wanted to hold wedding ceremonies outdoors.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Budget, Economy, Episcopal Church (TEC), Ethics / Moral Theology, House of Representatives, Marriage & Family, Office of the President, Pastoral Theology, Politics in General, President Barack Obama, Religion & Culture, Senate, TEC Bishops, The National Deficit, The U.S. Government, Theology

(First Things On the Square) Wesley Smith–The Biological Colonialism of the Rich

Whenever I criticize the Wild West ethics of the in vitro fertilization industry, I hear from heartbroken people who tell me they would do “anything” to have a baby. I sympathize with the heartache of childlessness. But the willingness of many to do””and of the IVF industrial complex to sell””anything leads to a “me first” sense of reproductive entitlement.

We already know that IVF is no longer limited to infertile married couples””with women in their sixties even using the technique to get pregnant. Now, the universal condition of having two biological parents is about to be shattered.

The United Kindom’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has approved the use of “three-parent IVF” by which eggs from two women are combined and fertilized, creating an embryo with two biological mothers and one father. The point (for now) is to allow parents with mitochondrial disease to have a biologically related child without passing on their condition.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Anthropology, Children, Consumer/consumer spending, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Globalization, Health & Medicine, Law & Legal Issues, Life Ethics, Marriage & Family, Personal Finance, Religion & Culture, Science & Technology, Theology, Women