Daily Archives: February 10, 2014

(Independent) Many British Children and parents don't recognise famous Bible stories

Almost three in 10 children do not know that the story of the birth of Jesus is a Biblical tale, research by the Bible Society found.

And many others are unable to identify Adam and Eve or Noah’s Ark as religious stories.

Although many parents believe it is important for their children to be aware of what is written in the Bible, large numbers of youngsters have never read, seen or heard some of its most well-known stories.

The Bible Society said that these findings point to a decrease in Bible literacy and show that while many people still place great importance on the book, little is being done to promote it.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Books, England / UK, Religion & Culture, Theology, Theology: Scripture

John Bingham – Telegraph: Final hurdle for women bishops to overcome

Hopes of an end to the Church of England’s 40-year battle over women bishops could face a last-minute challenge this week amid wrangling over ordination services and an argument about the definition of a single word….

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops

Anglican Unscripted Episode 91

Thanks to Kevin Kallsen and George Conger at Anglican TV
Story Index
00:00 The New Oxford Movement
15:44 Elephant Politics
21:42 AS Haley on South Carolina
31:00 The perfect answer for Immigration
39:35 Closing and Bloopers

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops

R. Catholic Bishops in Congo join Archbp Justin Welby in prayers for peace

The Catholic Vicar General of Goma, Mgr Louis Nzabanita, welcomed Archbishop Welby, saying that his visit sent an important message of commitment to work towards peace.

“It’s the first time that the Archbishop of Canterbury has visited our region and with our ongoing peace initiative, it has become clear that both the Anglican and the Catholic Churches have a vital role to play in spreading the message of protection for civilians and working towards a more sustainable peace process. Together we must be the instruments of change.”

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, --Justin Welby, Africa, Archbishop of Canterbury, Ecumenical Relations, Other Churches, Republic of Congo, Roman Catholic, Violence

Peter Rogers spends 6 months to recreate Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral in Lego bricks

Peter Rogers, 60, from Stoneycroft, spent six months recreating the famous landmark in a 2.5 metre model currently being showcased in the Cathedral itself.

The model, which weighs around 100 kilos, was finally completed on December 18 after threats from Peter’s wife to clear the dining table for Christmas dinner.

It was a case of second time lucky for Peter, who tried and failed in an attempt to build the iconic cathedral two years ago.

He estimates that his successful attempt has used around £5,000-worth of Lego bricks.

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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, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture

(BBC) Jersey Deanery split: 'Cooling-off period' needed says rector

Jersey’s longest-serving Anglican rector is warning that a split between the Deanery of Jersey and its mainland diocese could damage the Church of England in the island.

In January, it was announced the Channel Islands were to split with the Diocese of Winchester.

Now the Reverend Dr Anthony Swindell has called for a “cooling-off period” before any permanent changes are made.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops, Parish Ministry

Bishop-elect of Waikato is making a five-day pilgrimage through her diocese

The next Bishop of Waikato will travel the varied landscape of Waikato and Taranaki as part of a five-day pilgrimage beginning on Monday, February 10.

The Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley is making the pilgrimage to be alongside people in their places before her consecration and installation as the 7th Bishop of Waikato on February 22.

Her journey will begin and end with prayer at St Peter’s Cathedral in Hamilton. There are stops each day that will include St Mary’s Cathedral in New Plymouth, Katikati, Taumarunui, Okato, and Raglan Beach.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Anglican Provinces

(Tribune-Review) All Saints Anglican moves into former Cranberry church in the Pittsburgh Area

The congregation of about 100, led by the Rev. Paul Cooper, took up residence in the former Crossroads Community Church at the intersection of Rochester and Haine School roads in January, ending its three-and-a-half year journey to find a permanent home.

Formerly St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Marshall, the congregation was one of 41 to leave the Episcopal diocese in 2008 over theological differences. The congregation joined the more conservative, biblically oriented Anglican Diocese of North America, but legal differences with the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh over property left the parish without a house of worship in spring 2010.

“We just laid down our labors and said, ”˜OK we’re leaving,’” said Cooper, 41.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), Episcopal Church (TEC), Parish Ministry, TEC Conflicts, TEC Conflicts: Pittsburgh, TEC Departing Parishes

The Latest Edition of the Diocese of South Carolina Enewsletter

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * South Carolina, Media, Parish Ministry

Dawn Araujo–During the Olympics, Russian Christians Work for Reform and Revival

for all that has remained the same, much has changed in Russia””and so, too, have its Christians. Under communism, Russian Orthodox Churches were allowed to hold services, but no one under the age of 18 was allowed to attend, and any expression of faith outside the church walls””like Ogorodniknov’s Christian discussion group””was punished.

When communism fell in 1991, there was a rush of religious fervor in Russia known as bogoiskatelstvo, or “searching for God.” In a phone interview, Wally Kulakoff, vice president of ministries and church relations for Russian Ministries, said, “All of a sudden, the things that were taboo became very interesting to society. To have a Bible, to have a New Testament was very popular. To carry a cross was very popular.” Even non-Christians, he said, kept Bibles on their bookshelves as lucky charms.

Today, the Russian Orthodox Church is mainstream. In fact, it’s the unofficial official church of Russia. Putin often appears in the pews and, in 2012, Patriarch Kirill famously called Putin’s rule a “miracle of God.” The seemingly cozy relationship between the church and an administration accused of murdering its critics has not gone without criticism of its own, but Father Gregory Joyce, priest at St. Vladimir Orthodox Church in Ann Arbor, Mich., says what people fail to understand is the utter novelty of the Russian situation.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Europe, Orthodox Church, Other Churches, Religion & Culture, Russia, Sports

(W. Post) Afghan soldiers desperate for pact with U.S., criticize President Karzai for delay

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Afghanistan, America/U.S.A., Asia, Defense, National Security, Military, Ethics / Moral Theology, Foreign Relations, Politics in General, Theology, War in Afghanistan

(SHNS) Terry Mattingly: There are old dark secrets hiding in the modern pews

At some point before 35-year-old Jesse Ryan Loskarn hanged himself in his parents’ home outside Baltimore, he wrote a painful letter soaked in shame and self-loathing in which he attempted to explain the unexplainable.

The former chief of staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) had lived a secret life, hiding memories of child abuse and his addiction to child pornography. Even as U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents used a battering ram to enter his house, it appeared that he was trying to hide an external hard drive – containing hundreds of videos – on a ledge outside a window.

“Everyone wants to know why,” he wrote, in a Jan. 23 letter posted online by Gay Loskarn, his mother.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, --Social Networking, Anthropology, Blogging & the Internet, Children, Ethics / Moral Theology, Law & Legal Issues, Pastoral Theology, Pornography, Psychology, Science & Technology, Suicide, Theology

(Guardian) Russell Brand: my life without drugs

Some of the language here not the best, be advised, but the content really is solid–KSH.

What was so painful about Amy [Winehouse]’s death is that I know that there is something I could have done. I could have passed on to her the solution that was freely given to me. Don’t pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It sounds so simple. It actually is simple but it isn’t easy: it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring. Not to mention that the whole infrastructure of abstinence based recovery is shrouded in necessary secrecy. There are support fellowships that are easy to find and open to anyone who needs them but they eschew promotion of any kind in order to preserve the purity of their purpose, which is for people with alcoholism and addiction to help one another stay clean and sober.

Without these fellowships I would take drugs. Because, even now, the condition persists. Drugs and alcohol are not my problem, reality is my problem, drugs and alcohol are my solution.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Alcoholism, Anthropology, Drugs/Drug Addiction, Ethics / Moral Theology, Health & Medicine, Pastoral Theology, Psychology, Theology

A Prayer to Begin the Day

Deliver us, O God, from injustice, envy, hatred and malice; give us grace to pardon all who have offended us, and to bear with one another even as thou, Lord, dost bear with us, in thy patience and great loving-kindness.

–From the Rydal School Hymnal

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

From the Morning Scripture Readings

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou who leadest Joseph like a flock! Thou who art enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before E’phraim and Benjamin and Manas’seh! Stir up thy might, and come to save us!

–Psalm 80:1-2

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

Into the West – The Lord of the Rings – Peter Hollens .

Music made only using the human voice and mouth – h/t Mary Ailes

Posted in * General Interest

Bishop Alex Dickson–My First Great Lesson in Stewardship

In 1951, our four year old son was hit by a truck. Every bone in his body was broken, and he had multiple skull fractures. I prayed fervently for his healing. “Lord, I would do anything to save this little boy”, and then some words came out of my mouth that startled me.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Economics, Politics, Anthropology, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Parish Ministry, Personal Finance, Stewardship, Theology

(CNN Belief) More churches are holding Beer and Theology events

For much of the last century in the United States, Protestant Christianity’s relationship with beer was cold or even hostile at times. Protestant organizations such as the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and the Anti-Saloon League led the campaign to make alcohol illegal.

Even after Prohibition ended, many evangelicals defined themselves by their abstention from alcohol, called “the beloved enemy” by televangelist Jack Van Impe.

Drinking was, and in many cases still is, outlawed on Christian college campuses and among leadership of many churches and denominations.

But in recent years, change has been fermenting. Taverns and beer halls, once dismissed as the domain of the “worldly” in need of reform, are today the meeting places for churches

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Alcohol/Drinking, Anthropology, Christology, Evangelism and Church Growth, History, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture, Soteriology, Theology

U.S. bobsledder Johnny Quinn, trapped in bathroom, breaks through door to escape

Never question the power of a bobsled push athlete — especially U.S. bobsledder Johnny Quinn.

Trapped in his hotel bathroom in Sochi on Saturday, Quinn evidently turned to his training to launch his escape:

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Europe, Globalization, Men, Russia, Sports

(CNBC) More spouses are cheating (financially, anyway)

Surreptitious cash withdrawals and hidden credit card statements may be signs your significant other is cheating””but not necessarily in the bedroom.

Financial infidelity is on the rise, with more people deceiving (or being deceived by) their partner about purchases made, debts incurred, money earned or other issues related to their joint finances.

One-third of people who have combined accounts said they have committed a financial deception, while 35 percent said they have been the victim of one, according to a new study from the National Endowment for Financial Education conducted with Harris Interactive.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Anthropology, Economy, Ethics / Moral Theology, Marriage & Family, Personal Finance, Theology

(Fox Soccer) Fulham snatch a point from Manchester United

Darren Bent snatched a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer to give Fulham a 2-2- draw and a precious point at Old Trafford while deepening the sense of crisis enveloping Manchester United.

It was a wild end to what had been a tense game: Fulham had led for three quarters of the match only to see United score two quick-fire goals to seize the lead. But, at the death, Steve Sidwell collected a slack pass at midfield and fired it upfield to Kieran Richardson. Richardson forced David De Gea into a sprawling save, and the rebound fell to Bent at the far post. He calmly nodded it home. Old Trafford went silent ”“ until the whistle, when they booed their manager off the field.

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