Daily Archives: May 3, 2015

(Hartsville Messenger) Bill Oldland welcomed by St. Bartholomew’s, Hartsville, Sc, and the diocese

St. Bartholomew’s of Hartsville welcomed the Rev. William “Bill” Oldland as its 14th rector April 21 during a Celebration of New Ministry service.

The Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, 14th bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, which includes 53 churches in the eastern part of the state, officiated at the service. The Rev. John Foster III, a deacon at St. Bartholomew’s, who is also an associate professor of English at Coker College, assisted. A number of clergy from across the diocese participated in the service.

“It was a beautiful service,” Oldland said. “The choir had worked on a song, ”˜In This Very Room,’ which had been performed at both my ordination to the diaconate and my ordination to the priesthood. It was very special. And Marcus Kaiser did a beautiful job with the sermon.”

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

BBC-Why does PPE [a degree in politics, philosophy and economics at the U of Oxford] rule Britain?

In the corridors of power, at the very highest reaches of government, a form of educational freemasonry holds sway.

It has nothing to do with Eton College, nor even the Bullingdon Club – both far more commonly-cited lightning rods for resentments about class, privilege and the fast track to power.

Instead, the surest ticket to the top – for Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem politicians alike – is surely a degree in politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Anthropology, Children, Education, England / UK, Ethics / Moral Theology, Marriage & Family, Politics in General, Theology

Sunday May 3rd 2015 Resources

Some mainly UK Links to talks, services, prayers and articles

1. Why Should We Vote? – Vaughan Roberts – St Ebbes Audio [Genesis 1:26-31 & 1 Peter 2:11-17]

2. The Uniqueness of Christ – Andrew Wingfield Digby – St Andrew’s Oxford Audio [Acts 4:5-12 & John 10:11-18]

3. The Place of Unity – Dr Peter Walker – TSM Audio

4. My Lord and My God – Archbishop Glenn Davies


5. The Sunday Readings – Rev Stephen Trott

6. Preaching Ideas and Commentary – Rev Peter Carrell

7. The New Testament in a year with Rev Andrew Goddard

8. The bells of York Minster – BBC Radio 4

9. Choral Evensong from Exeter Cathedral

10. Sunday Worship from Methodist Central Hall, Westminster – BBC Radio 4

11. Choir of Clare College, Cambridge in Concert in December at the Library of Congress

12. Sunday Hour – BBC Radio 2

13. Choral services from the chapels of
King’s College Cambridge
St John’s College, Cambridge
Trinity College, Cambridge
New College, Oxford

Please pray for the Church of England, Christians and all facing persecution and crime in Syria and Iraq; for the persecuted church and in particular in Nigeria, China; for peace in Ukraine, Israel and Gaza; and for the Diocese of South Carolina.

14. Topical Prayers – Church of England
Prayers for the Church of England from Lent and Beyond
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom 2015 Report
Nepal: Update from the Diocese of Singapore
Nigeria: Emir of Kano orders Church Rebuilding – CSW
China: More Crosses Removed from Zhejiang churches – CSW
South Carolina: Prayers from Lent and Beyond

15. Sunday Programme – with Edward Stourton – BBC Radio 4

Food for thought
16. Towards the Day of His Shining Glory – Bishop Rennis Ponniah
50 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically – Bible History Daily
Why God’s Will Isn’t Always Clear – Jon Bloom

17. Islam and Christianity: Is it the same God?

18. In Christ Alone – St Michael’s Singers

19. Antarctica – Kalle Ljung Vimeo

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Liturgy, Music, Worship

(FT) White House no longer sees anything special in UK relations

Britain’s nail-biting election, and the fragile coalition government it seems likely to produce, are confirming many of Washington’s worst fears about the country’s dwindling influence in the world.

Once the US’ most reliable ally, the UK is now seen as a distant player in the crisis over the Ukraine and the euro, has introduced swingeing cuts to its military and recently rebuffed Washington by joining a China-led bank.

On top of that, the Obama administration is waking up to the prospect that the next government in London could be even more inward-looking as it grapples with Britain’s membership of the European Union and strong support for Scottish independence.

US officials say they still value close intelligence and military ties with the UK, but at times sound almost dismissive about the current British government’s reluctance to play a bigger role in the world.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Defense, National Security, Military, Economy, England / UK, Ethics / Moral Theology, Foreign Relations, Globalization, History, Politics in General, Theology

(CEN) Anglicans support Pentecostal church after Muslim attack

Malaysian Anglicans have rallied to the support of a Pentecostal church in Petaling Jaya after a Muslim mob disrupted worship services…[recently] and forced the congregation to take down a cross mounted on the church’s facade.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Asia, Islam, Liturgy, Music, Worship, Malaysia, Muslim-Christian relations, Other Churches, Other Faiths, Parish Ministry, Pentecostal, Religion & Culture, Violence

Edward James Deenihan Sr's Obituary in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Edward James Deenihan, Sr., Age 96, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2015. He was the husband of the late Irene (Shaffer) Deenihan; son of the late John and Rose Corey Deenihan; father of John of Chatsworth of California, Edward J. (Kathleen) of Pleasanton, CA, Patrick (Janice) of Reno, NV, Rosemary (Orval) Choate of Nevada City, CA, Elizabeth (Kendall) Harmon of Summerville, SC, Margaret (Mark) Caruso of Sun City West, AZ, and Timothy (Jennifer Paige) of Bridgeport, CT; brother of Margaret Morrison of Ellenton, FL; also 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Long ago, while playing a game with friends, Ed Deenihan was asked what should be the title of his biography. Affecting the Irish brogue he knew from his parents, he replied, “He Do And He Don’t.” When asked what the title meant, he simply grinned and said, “You’ll have to read the book!” Family was Ed’s first priority, though his history of service to his community and nation speaks of his commitment to serve one and all. Always quick with a story, he used humor to diffuse the pain of struggles and to celebrate life and its riches. Born February 11, 1919, the first son of Irish immigrants John and Rose (Corey) Deenihan, he grew up through the Great Depression, but when asked about that time would happily explain the concept of dance cards at club socials and tell how a family struggling through a hard time would often wake to find a basket on their stoop with bread or milk or some other necessary staples. He was drafted to the Army during the Second World War. During the time of his service, he was initially attached to a unit charged with breaking an internal black market smuggling ring. After his cover was blown, and he “got the stuffing beat out of me” in the hangar of a Calcutta air base, he was reassigned to the First Air Commando Group in the Chin Hills of what was then known as Burma. Again, his stories remembered the camaraderie and laughter of ‘showering’ in the water runoff under the fuselage of a bomber during the monsoons, or of beating the problem of oppressive heat and tightly rationed refrigeration by securing a few crates of beer in the bomb bay of a B-17 and flying it to a frigid altitude before diving back down to the runway and a base full of thirsty servicemen. Following the war, he returned to Wilmerding and was invited on a blind date where he met Irene Elizabeth Shaffer of Mount Lebanon, PA. They were married July 17, 1948, and were together 63 years until her passing in 2011. In that time, he went to work as a salesman for Goodyear Tire & Rubber and the couple raised seven children on his commission-based salary, even as there were at one point two children in college, two in Catholic high school, two in Catholic grade school, and a newborn. “We ate a lot ground meat and potatoes,” he would remember simply, with a grin. For Ed, hardship was never something worth complaining about, but simply a challenge to be dealt with. He was devout in his Catholic faith, and lived its principles of service to the community. He was an active member of his Catholic parish, involved in the practicalities of worship as well as assisting in the upkeep of the parish. He spent many years volunteering with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, even within months of his death, ministering to individuals and families who had found themselves in hard times. He helped serve the Disabled American Veterans and was a Lifetime Member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH). In 2004 he was named Irishman of the Year by its Pittsburgh Chapter. He was twice elected as a Wilmerding councilman. Edward was visiting his son in Pleasanton, California, where he died peacefully this past Friday morning due to complications surrounding pulmonary fibrosis. His life was one of quiet leadership by example, and his passing will be deeply felt by all who knew him. Friends received at JAMES F. FILIA FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 354 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding on Mon. 6-8 p.m. and Tues. from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Jude the Apostle Church on Wed. at 10 a.m.

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Posted in * By Kendall, * Christian Life / Church Life, Death / Burial / Funerals, Harmon Family, Parish Ministry

All Saints Parish Church in Churwell's sad end after 114 years

One of Morley’s most distinguished churches is set to close forever next month after serving the community for more than a century.

All Saints Parish Church in Churwell will celebrate its final service on May 10, bringing to an end 114 years worth of history.

The church is one of many being shut down by the Church of England across the country, as it grapples with the challenges of dwindling attendances to traditional Sunday services.

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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, History, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture

A Prayer to Begin the Day from Thomas Becon

O Lord, we most humbly beseech thee to give us grace not only to be hearers of the Word, but also doers of the same; not only to love, but also to live thy gospel; not only to profess, but also to practise thy blessed commandments, unto the honour of thy holy name.

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

From the Morning Scripture Readings

The earth is the LORD’s and the fulness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein; for he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers.

–Psalm 24:1

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

Happy Birthday to the King James Bible!

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Books, History, Religion & Culture, Theology, Theology: Scripture

(BBC) Royal baby: William and Kate present their daughter to the world

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have introduced their daughter to the world, as they left hospital to take her home to Kensington Palace.

The princess, whose name has yet to be announced, slept in her mother’s arms during her first public appearance outside St Mary’s Hospital, in London.

The princess – who is fourth in line to the throne – was delivered at 08:34 BST on Saturday after a short labour.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Children, England / UK, History, Marriage & Family, Politics in General

(Patheos) Samuel James–The New Puritan Shame Culture

Our progressive sensibilities have not, alas, resulted in a genuinely compassionate culture. We no longer have the kind cruel civic Christianity that The Scarlet Letter depicted, yet we still have the shaming scaffolds (they’re called social media now) and we still have ineffable moral codes that must not be trespassed. These codes may not be Levitical but they are indeed legalistic: laws about privilege, sexual autonomy, “trigger warnings,” and much, much more. Violation of these laws can and do result not only in public shame but legal prosecution.

It surely must befuddle those on the inside track of our transforming culture””just as we seem to be learning what true progress is, we rebuild the shaming scaffolds of our Puritan forefathers. Can we not have a culture that embraces the moral equivalence of all forms of sexual expression, the existential (read: non-transcendent) nature of love, and the casting off of ancient beliefs about God and the universe, while simultaneously widening the margins of civic life to include all kinds of beliefs, even those that discomfort us? Cannot we live out the promises of the Sexual Revolution while saving a place in our midst for those who opt out?

No, we cannot. The reason is simple: A broken American conscience cannot be trusted. Compassion is a class that secularism doesn’t offer. Exchanging the Puritanism of Arthur Dimmesdale for the Puritanism of Alfred Kinsey is not progress. Cultural elites may say we are becoming a better people because we break with human history on the meaning of marriage or the dignity of human life, but a glance outside suggests otherwise.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, --Social Networking, Anthropology, Blogging & the Internet, Ethics / Moral Theology, History, Marriage & Family, Psychology, Religion & Culture, Sexuality, Theology

Tufts Prof Daniel Dennett displays ignorance beyond belief, argues Philip Jenkins (II)

Such a pattern of religious Dualism did not last into modern times, but it used to be very commonplace to find some such dichotomy. Allegedly, Judaism was the faith of the wrathful, legalistic God of the Old Testament; Christians followed Jesus, and his words of love and mercy. Only a hundred years ago, the great Bible scholar Adolf von Harnack wanted to eject the Old Testament from the Christian Bible, an act he saw as the logical conclusion of the Reformation. Von Harnack himself was not anti-Semitic, although plenty of his sympathizers in such matters were. But the stereotypical dismissal of the Old Testament is certainly anti-Judaic, in the sense of stigmatizing the Hebrew Bible that is the foundation of Jewish faith and identity.

It is hard to know what is most incorrect about this cliché of “the wrathful, Old Testament Jehovah,” or most offensive. A century of Bible scholarship has made it absolutely clear that virtually everything Jesus preached can be found in the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament, including many sayings and pronouncements that seem most radical and innovative. Any attempt to separate Jesus from his Jewish roots ”“ or the New Testament from the Old ”“ is utterly misguided, and doomed to fail. The whole vision of God as loving and forgiving derives from the Old Testament, as is clear to anyone who has ever opened its pages. If you think of the Old Testament God as merely “wrathful,” your knowledge of the text is very slight.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Religion News & Commentary, History, Other Faiths, Religion & Culture, Theology, Theology: Scripture

(WSJ) Tufts Prof Daniel Dennett Argues the future of Religion is Bleak (I)

Religion has been waning in influence for several centuries, especially in Europe and North America. There have been a few brief and local revivals, but in recent years the pace of decline has accelerated.

Today one of the largest categories of religious affiliation in the world””with more than a billion people””is no religion at all, the “Nones.” One out of six Americans is already a None; by 2050, the figure will be one out of four, according to a new Pew Research Center study. Churches are being closed by the hundreds, deconsecrated and rehabilitated as housing, offices, restaurants and the like, or just abandoned.

If this trend continues, religion largely will evaporate, at least in the West. Pockets of intense religious activity may continue, made up of people who will be more sharply differentiated from most of society in attitudes and customs, a likely source of growing tension and conflict.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, History, Religion & Culture, Science & Technology, Sociology

(BBC) Ruth Rendell RIP

She wrote more than 60 novels in a career spanning 50 years, her best-known creation being Inspector Wexford, which was turned into a highly successful TV series.

Rendell, one of Britain’s best-selling contemporary authors, also wrote under the pen-name Barbara Vine.

Born in Essex, she is credited with bringing a social and psychological dimension to crime fiction.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Anthropology, Books, Death / Burial / Funerals, England / UK, Parish Ministry, Theology, Women