The nativity and the church’s witness

Dec 18, 2014 by

By Andrew Symes. Church of England Newspaper. “I don’t get Christmas”, a born again, Spirit-filled friend confided to me last week. And could that be a secret feeling among many evangelicals? How many sermons actually make fun of, or moan about, the festive season with its commercialism and false bonhomie; how many evangelistic addresses at Carol Services have told audiences to quickly shift their gaze from the stable to the cross? And yet perhaps more than ever, today we need to regain...

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Losing liberty in California and New Jersey: The Case of Minors with Unwanted Same-Sex Attractions

Dec 18, 2014 by

By Christopher H Rosik and David Pickup, Christian Post: With the Supreme Court’s June decision to not review the law this session, California Senate Bill 1172 has gone into effect. It joins a similar law in New Jersey that is currently working its way up the court system on appeal. The California law subjects every licensed mental health professional in California to disciplinary action and potential loss of licensure if they are found to have attempted to assist a minor client in the...

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World’s first ‘three-parent’ babies could be born in the UK

Dec 18, 2014 by

From The Guardian: A further step towards creating babies using DNA from three people has been taken by the UK government with the announcement of new regulations to be put before parliament. The move was hailed as a “milestone” by the head of one charity representing those affected by mitochondrial diseases, which thecontroversial fertility technique aims to prevent. MPs will be asked to vote on whether the UK should become the first country in the world to legalise the procedure,...

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Help a Chaplain Disciplined for His Faith

Dec 18, 2014 by

From FRC: This cannot stand. When a military chaplain cannot openly speak about his faith, military disarmament has reached a level that no budget cuts could ever produce. On November 20th, Capt. Joseph Lawhorn, U.S. Army Chaplain at Fort Benning, participated in a mandatory suicide awareness and prevention briefing in which he gave a presentation describing resources – both spiritual and secular – that were available for handling such grave mental health situations. He went further and...

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British Catholic monk expects prison for promoting Christian teaching on homosexuality

Dec 18, 2014 by

By Steve Weatherbe, LifeSite: A British hermit who only leaves his hermitage to distribute pamphlets promoting Christian teachings on homosexuality and abortion expects to be imprisoned for breaking the terms of his bail and continuing to confront his country’s “culture of death.” “At first I agreed to do no more leafleting,” Brother Damon Kelly, 53, told LifeSiteNews. “But I’ve wrestled with it, I’ve sought spiritual counsel. And I’ve decided I have to obey God’s law and not the State’s law....

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Advent Meditations: Thursday 18 December

Dec 18, 2014 by

Psalm:  am: 50, 59, 60.  pm: 33 OT:  Isaiah 9: 18 – 10: 4 Epistle:  2 Peter 2: 10b-16 Gospel:  Matthew 3: 1-12 Second O Antiphon: O Adonai LATIN:O Adonai et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in bracchio extento) ENGLISH: Come, Leader of Ancient Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: rescue us with your mighty power! SYMBOLISM: Today we mark Antiphon #2 O Adonai – O LORD OF ISRAEL, – Adonai is...

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15,000 Germans march against ‘demise of the West’ and radical Islam

Dec 17, 2014 by

By Oliver Lane, Breitbart: In their ninth weekly ‘evening stroll’, German anti-Islamification group PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West) have attracted a remarkable 15,000 supporters as mothers, children, and pensioners joined together under “for the future of our children” banners and marched through Dresden. Frustrated with the German government, a grand coalition of centrist parties that has engineered an explosion in asylum applications and refused to...

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First woman Bishop: C of E and BBC presentations.

Dec 17, 2014 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream The BBC’s coverage of the appointment of Libby Lane as Bishop of Stockport has been relatively fair, objective and without triumphalism. Religion correspondent Caroline Wyatt begins one of her reports  with the words: Many say that this moment for the Church is long overdue…For those who have campaigned for years on the issue of women priests, this is a day for celebration. But she is careful to observe that Nonetheless, opponents who believe that the Bible...

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Reform media statement on the appointment of Revd Libby Lane

Dec 17, 2014 by

Members of the Reform network will be praying for the Rev Libby Lane and for the Diocese of Chester in the light of the announcement. Whilst not surprised by this appointment we are very concerned about the strain it will put on local diocesan relationships. Rod Thomas, Chairman of Reform said, “We have known since July that the Church of England would seek to appoint women to the episcopate – against the biblical model of good church leadership. Though it grieves us, it comes as no surprise....

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Sleeping at Gethsemane

Dec 17, 2014 by

By Robert Gagnon, Theopolis Institute: Sadly, most Christians in the United States, when it comes to recognizing the dangers to their civil and religious liberties, sleep the sleep of ignorance that the disciples slept at Gethsemane before the arrest of Jesus. It ought to be obvious by now how “sexual orientation” laws and “gay marriage” are used to subvert the civil and religious liberties of those who rightly view homosexual practice as sinful, contrary-to-nature conduct. In terms of...

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Franklin Graham: ‘This Storm Is Coming’

Dec 17, 2014 by

From Charisma News: Christian persecution is growing, Franklin Graham says, and with Christmas approaching, he expects the level of hostility to increase. “The Christians are being slaughtered … this storm was coming,” he tells Fox News‘ Megyn Kelly. “The Christians are not only being targeted (by ISIS), they are being butchered.” Watch the video to see more of what he says about the growing animosity against themost persecuted minority. Watch here...

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Midwives lose fight for conscientious objection to abortion

Dec 17, 2014 by

The Supreme Court has rejected the opportunity to uphold the right of conscientious objection for senior midwives who refuse to supervise abortions performed on a labour ward. Today’s decision issued in the Supreme Court has been condemned by those who backed the Glasgow midwives’ fight for their right to work in the NHS without being involved in abortions. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) which paid the midwives’ legal expenses throughout the case has said...

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Seven things I wish my pastor knew about my homosexuality

Dec 17, 2014 by

By Jean Lloyd, LifeSite: Over thirty years have passed since same-sex attraction rushed up from deep within my twelve-year-old frame. This attraction was unbidden and unwanted, yet simultaneously forceful and compelling. As a Christian, the conflict between my sexuality and my faith would become the deepest and most intense of my life. Now in my forties, I’ve gone from being closeted to openly lesbian to celibate to heterosexually married. The fact that I need to qualify my marital union as a...

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The Book that Transformed Our Culture

Dec 17, 2014 by

From CAAP: Why the Bible has been so important to African Americans When I am in need of inspiration, help, motivation, or just need to spend a few minutes in quiet contemplation, I turn to the same place so many of you probably do … the family Bible. No matter what problems I may be facing, an hour spent with the Bible will always leave me with a new outlook. For that reason, I want to share with you a recent article Deborah wrote for the Washington Times about the important role that...

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The Revd Libby Lane Announced as Bishop of Stockport

Dec 17, 2014 by

Downing Street have today announced that the new Bishop of Stockport – and the first woman bishop in the Church of England – will be the Revd Libby Lane, currently Vicar of St Peter’s, Hale, and St Elizabeth’s, Ashley. As Bishop of Stockport she will serve as a suffragan (assistant) bishop in the Diocese of Chester. She will be consecrated as the 8th Bishop of Stockport at a ceremony at York Minster on Monday 26 January 2015. Libby Lane was ordained as a priest in 1994...

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