Worship and teaching for the week

May 24, 2015 by

SERMONS AND TALKS 1. Holy Spirit for the Local Church – Mike Pilavachi – St Albans Fulham Audio [Acts 2] http://tinyurl.com/oktln6j 2. The Nature of Christian Service – Bishop Rennis Ponniah http://tinyurl.com/qhcj6m8 3. Pentecost Sermon – Rev Steward Ruch – St Andrew’s Cathedral Singapore Audio [1 Corinthians 13:13 and 14:1] http://tinyurl.com/nwnnbq4 4. Cosmic Chemistry: Do Science and God Mix? John Lennox – Veritas Forum at U of Florida...

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‘By the Catching Force': Reflections on the Work of the Spirit for Pentecost Sunday

May 24, 2015 by

by Stanley Hauerwas, ABC Religion & Ethics: I am often criticized, or at least questions are raised, about what appears to be the absence of the Holy Spirit in my work. Even Samuel Wells, an otherwise sympathetic interpreter of my work, suggests that I need to clarify some of the more doctrinal features of my position by developing an account of the role of the Holy Spirit. Wells explains that one needs “the Holy Spirit if one is to hold together the twin notions that on the one hand...

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What I learnt from 46 consecutive days in church

May 24, 2015 by

By Adrian Chiles, BBC: Broadcaster Adrian Chiles recently set himself a challenge – to go to church every day for more than a month, and never the same one twice. Why? For the Lent just gone by, I resolved to go to church every day. I’m a Catholic, so it would be Mass every day for more than a month. It felt like it would be a real struggle – a penance. It turned out to be anything but. It was a rich and enriching experience – spiritually, obviously, but I was also...

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Our Sunday day of rest prefigures the eternal rest of heaven

May 24, 2015 by

By Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman: What is the best holiday you have ever been on? Our ideas of a great holiday, of course, may vary. Some people enjoy active holidays, perhaps shinning their way up a high mountain or abseiling off a sky-scraper; I personally prefer to potter about doing not very much and certainly try to avoid getting drawn into competitive games, especially croquet. But, whatever our personal taste, surely the defining characteristic of a holiday should be that it is a...

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Petition to Tesco: Keep selling products made by Ashers Bakery

May 24, 2015 by

If someone can be forced by law to say something he disagrees with, we are not a free country. (Peter Hitchens) In Northern Ireland a Christian owned company, Ashers, has been found guilty of discrimination after being hauled before the courts for refusing to bake a cake which was to be iced with the words Support Gay Marriage. Numerous media outlets across Northern Ireland, the UK and further afield have expressed grave concerns that this ruling has serious ramifications for freedom of...

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Support for same-sex marriage has leaps after change in law

May 24, 2015 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Support for same-sex marriage has leapt sharply since changes to the law allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed in mainland Britain, research shows. Analysis seen by The Sunday Telegraph of data gathered for the British Social Attitudes survey, the biggest and longest-running barometer of public opinion of its kind, shows that the proportion of the population that “strongly” supports same-sex marriage leapt by a fifth in a year after the law was changed. It...

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Asylum Seekers, Beheaders and Mega Mosques

May 24, 2015 by

By Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute: In Austria, a new report from the Federal Criminal Police (Bundeskriminalamt) revealed that 34,070 illegal immigrants arrived in Austria in 2014, a 24% jump over 2013. Most of the migrants came from Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Eritrea and Kosovo. More than half, roughly 20,750 of the migrants, hired smugglers to bring them to Austria; the remainder arrived on their own. More than two-thirds of the migrants arrived from Italy (51.6%) and Hungary (34.4%). On April...

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Time to stand up for marriage

May 24, 2015 by

by Steve Hilton (PM’s close friend and former guru), Mailonline: Since the late Sixties, increasingly vocal liberal thinking has held that families come in all shapes and sizes, so the state should avoid promoting any one model as the best structure for bringing up children. Any belief in the virtue of traditional, stable family life has come to be seen not only as an outdated prejudice, but even a form of stigmatisation against single or unmarried parents. This approach has been...

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Gay marriage will split the Catholic Church

May 24, 2015 by

By Damian Thompson, Spectator: Ireland, for so long the most overtly Catholic state in Western Europe, has voted for gay marriage by a stupendous margin – 62 per cent. Never before has a country legalised the practice by popular vote. It would be naive to ask: how could this happen? Hatred of the Church is one of the central features of modern Ireland, thanks not only to the paedophile scandals but also to the joyless quasi-Jansenist character of the Irish Church, which was handed complete...

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Chilean archbishop offers support to breakaway diocese

May 24, 2015 by

By George Conger, Anglican Ink: The Presiding Bishop of the Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de América, the Most Rev. Tito Zavala has assured the breakaway Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina that its secession from the national Episcopal Church in 2012 did not end its membership in the Anglican Communion.  “I am here with you with the consent of the Archbishop of Canterbury,” Bishop Zavala said on 20 May 2015 during a meeting with diocesan leaders and the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence at...

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