Daily Archives: December 21, 2013

(Reuters) Adnan Januzaj gives Manchester United another glimpse of a brighter future

The 18-year-old Belgian-born player was on the fringes of the first-team squad last term but an impressive pre-season led new United boss David Moyes to consider him as a starter.

He scored twice in his first start at Sunderland in October but since then has largely had to bide his time until Saturday’s well-taken 36th minute goal after evading the offside trap.

“Adnan Januzaj is doing really well. We are always hard on him, we always want more but he is doing remarkably well. He can score goals, he is a real talent,” Moyes told the BBC.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Belgium, England / UK, Europe, Sports

(Get Religion) Terry Mattingly–That oh-so-predictable CNN article on Ducks and Doctrine

….and among traditional Christians, precisely who doesn’t take that passage seriously when it comes to talking about the reality of sin in this fallen world? Catholics? The Eastern Orthodox? Most of the world’s Lutherans and Anglicans? Pentecostal believers (the fastest growing flock in worldwide Christianity)?

Pretty quickly, CNN sets this up as a rather typical battle between a country-fried preacher (or two) and a real biblical scholar. Yes, that is ONE biblical scholar, from one seminary.

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What Terry doesn’t say is that the MOST revealing thing about the article is that CNN believes their own statement about their own article (“best, fairest, article on Christians and homosexuality you’ll ever read. Fact.”) when it so clearly is at odds with the truth–KSH.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, --Civil Unions & Partnerships, Anthropology, Ethics / Moral Theology, Marriage & Family, Media, Men, Movies & Television, Religion & Culture, Sexuality, Theology, Theology: Scripture, Women

(ERLC) Denny Burk–What Phil Robertson got wrong ”¦ and right

…while we need to acknowledge the things Robertson got wrong, we do not need to pretend that his dismissal from A&E had mainly to do with any of those three things. The A&E network does not have a track record of concern about remarks that are sexually explicit or pastorally insensitive. And I suspect that A&E would not have pulled the plug if this were merely a matter of his remarks about growing up in Louisiana. None of these by themselves caused the offense that has led to the current uproar.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, --Civil Unions & Partnerships, Anthropology, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Marriage & Family, Media, Movies & Television, Psychology, Religion & Culture, Sexuality, Theology, Theology: Scripture

The Joy of the unexpected–a Scruffy Vancouver panhandler is not Who you think

Yogi Omar was so strapped for cash that he nearly didn’t stop to help a scruffy panhandler who asked him for change on a downtown street corner just after midnight Thursday.

But just as he was about to walk away, something compelled him to turn around and offer the man food and clothing.

“I wanted to give him food more than anything else, really,” Omar, 30 said.

He stopped in his tracks, though, when the man refused his offer of help ”” and instead asked Omar what he could do for him.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Advent, Anthropology, Charities/Non-Profit Organizations, Christmas, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons, Ethics / Moral Theology, Poverty, Theology, Urban/City Life and Issues

(BBC) Canada approves a faith-based law school which upholds Christian moral standards

Critics had specifically pointed to Trinity’s Community Covenant Agreement, which says students should abstain from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman”.

The university “reserves the right to discipline, dismiss or refuse a student’s re-admission” if the agreement is broken.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Canada, Law & Legal Issues, Religion & Culture

(Indepndt) Andreas Smith–Anglican and Catholic Churches finally realise–change to survive?

Have the Christian churches got it at last? Have they understood that it will soon be too late to halt the slow yet relentless decline they have experienced in this country, and on the continent of Europe, for many years? Yes, they are, finally, beginning to face up to reality. For example, the new Pope, Francis, has just published a truly remarkable document, “Evangelii Gaudium” or “The Joy of the Gospel”, in which he asks the Catholic Church to embark upon a fresh chapter of evangelization, and where he describes in great detail how this should be done. And more quietly, but no less insistently, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is engaged in the same task.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), England / UK, Other Churches, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic

(NYT) New Health Law Frustrates Many in Middle Class

The Chapmans acknowledge that they are better off than many people, but they represent a little-understood reality of the Affordable Care Act. While the act clearly benefits those at the low end of the income scale ”” and rich people can continue to afford even the most generous plans ”” people like the Chapmans are caught in the uncomfortable middle: not poor enough for help, but not rich enough to be indifferent to cost.

“We are just right over that line,” said Ms. Chapman, who is 54 and does administrative work for a small wealth management firm. Because their plan is being canceled, she is looking for new coverage for her family, which includes Mr. Chapman, 55, a retired fireman who works on a friend’s farm, and her two sons. “That’s an insane amount of money,” she said of their new premium. “How are you supposed to pay that?”

An analysis by The New York Times shows the cost of premiums for people who just miss qualifying for subsidies varies widely across the country and rises rapidly for people in their 50s and 60s. In some places, prices can quickly approach 20 percent of a person’s income.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, --The 2009 American Health Care Reform Debate, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Health & Medicine, Personal Finance, Politics in General, Theology

(W. Post) Methodist officials pull credentials of pastor who officiated son’s same-sex wedding

About half of Schaefer’s former church left since news of the wedding became public this spring, a combination of supporters struggling with the turmoil and critics.

“What should be a neutral setting right now ”” a church ”” is not, it’s a hostile place,” said Jon Boger, whose complaint about Schaefer set the case off. “But time heals everything, right?”

Liam Casey, a Zion member, said he had hoped Schaefer would find a way to stay.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Religion News & Commentary, --Civil Unions & Partnerships, Anthropology, Ethics / Moral Theology, Liturgy, Music, Worship, Marriage & Family, Methodist, Ministry of the Ordained, Other Churches, Parish Ministry, Sexuality, Sexuality Debate (Other denominations and faiths), Theology

A Prayer for the Feast Day of Saint Thomas

Almighty and everliving God, who didst strengthen thine apostle Thomas with sure and certain faith in thy Son’s resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in thy sight; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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

A Prayer to Begin the Day

O God, who didst send thy messengers and prophets to prepare the way of thy Son before him: Grant that our Lord when he cometh may find in us a dwelling prepared for himself; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who came to take our nature upon him that he might bring many sons unto glory, and now with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end.

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

From the Morning Bible Readings

But I call upon God; and the LORD will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he will hear my voice. He will deliver my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.

–Psalm 55:16-18

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

From Best Viral Videos of 2013–Bizarre Lip Synching; hilarious!

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, Blogging & the Internet, Humor / Trivia, Sports

NYT art. about Adolf Hitler's prison release Dec.20 1924: "No longer to be feared"

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Austria, Europe, Germany, History, Prison/Prison Ministry