Lenten Meditations: Thursday 26 March

Mar 26, 2015 by

Psalm:   am: 131, 132, 133, pm: 140, 142 OT:  Jeremiah 26:1-16 Epistle: Romans 11:1-12 Gospel: John 10:19-42 FIFTH THURSDAY OF LENT – St. Macartin of Clogher, Bishop, 505 LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:  Saint Macartin was an early disciple and companion of Saint Patrick during the latter’s missions into pagan territory. He is said to have been consecrated bishop of Clogher in Tyrone by Patrick in 454. It is said the Saint Brigid, Macartin’s niece, was present at the founding...

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Surrogacy, making babies, ‘synthetic humans’, and the rising cost

Mar 25, 2015 by

by Sheila Liaugminas, MercatorNet: “Motherhood itself is now on trial.” A leading constitutional lawyer, and one of the leading attorneys (if not the leading one) involved in high profile surrogate parenting cases in the US, made that claim, and not lightly nor without deep knowledge of the issues involved. Harold Cassidy was chief counsel in the first contested surrogacy case in the United States that struck down surrogate mother contracts as unenforceable, the ‘Baby M’ case. Decades later,...

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Exciting new resource for SSA

Mar 25, 2015 by

Joel International: Our Mission: As a Christian community, we proactively engage and affirm men and women throughout the world who experience same-sex attraction, providing ongoing prayerful support that encourages relational healing, sexual sobriety, and spiritual growth. Our Vision: Our vision is to be an authentic Christian community that welcomes men and women from all nations and faiths who share common goals to grow in faith, hope, and love. We know from experience and proclaim without...

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The Best Reason I’m Wrong On Gay Marriage

Mar 25, 2015 by

From The Federalist: Several conservatives on both sides of the gay marriage debate reveal the argument for the other side that keeps them up at night. In advance of the Supreme Court’s consideration of the gay marriage issue, we asked five people on the Right with differing views on gay marriage to share doubts or misgivings they have about their own position. On an issue where so many people are sure of the rightness of their views, what’s the one thing that gives you pause? Here’s what they...

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Boko Haram headlines hide persecution of Christians in mid-Nigeria, too

Mar 25, 2015 by

By Christina Thomas, World Watch Monitor: The whole world has heard of the Chibok abduction: the 276 girls, predominantly Christians, kidnapped by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria in April 2014. There are 220 still missing. But the publicity surrounding this serves to hide a more widespread persecution of Christians in the Middle Belt Region of Nigeria. Nigeria lies on the Christian/Muslim fault-line across Africa; it passes through the middle of the country, meaning there are inherent tensions...

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Church of England creates second female bishop

Mar 25, 2015 by

By Caroline Davies, Guardian: The Church of England has appointed a second female bishop, naming the Rev Canon Alison White as the new bishop of Hull. The announcement on Wednesday follows the consecration of the Rev Libby Lane, 48, as the eighth bishop of Stockport in January. The archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, declared: “This is a joyous day.” White, 58, is married to the Right Rev Frank White, 65, who is assistant bishop of Newcastle – making the couple the UK’s first husband-and-wife...

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Judge censors Bible for public preaching

Mar 25, 2015 by

From Christian Concern: In an extraordinary judgment, Taunton street preacher Mike Overd has been convicted of a Public Order offence for using the wrong Bible verse in a public conversation with a man who identifies as homosexual. However, Mike was acquitted of two other Public Order charges relating to the critique of Muhammed. District Judge Shamim Ahmed Qureshi said that Mike shouldn’t have referred to Leviticus 20:13 to make his point about homosexual practice but indicated that he...

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Indaba is dead

Mar 25, 2015 by

By George Conger, Anglican Ink: The push by the Gafcon primates to bring wayward African provinces back into the fold appears to have worked, George Conger writes. While the Anglican Church in Southern Africa did not sign up for membership in Gafcon, the CAPA communiqué signed by its primate Archbishop Thabo Makgoba endorses the base position of the conservative fellowship – that homosexual relations are contrary to God’s word. What does this mean? The Indaba process of conversation has...

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France Declares War on Radical Islam

Mar 25, 2015 by

By Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute: The moves are part of a raft of new anti-terrorism measures aimed at preventing French citizens or residents from joining jihadist groups abroad. The new powers are controversial because they can be implemented without judicial approval. “These are legal tools, but not tools of exception, nor of generalized surveillance of citizens. There cannot be a lawless zone in the digital space. Often we cannot predict the threat, the services must have the...

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How discriminatory Sharia law principles affect Muslim women in Britain today

Mar 25, 2015 by

By Baroness Cox, Conservative Home: Yesterday Theresa May, the Home Secretary, set out a number of anti-extremism proposals which she hopes to bring in after the general election. Whatever we may think of her specific recommendations, I think it is fair to say that all of us – including those of different faith traditions – welcome the broader commitment to counter the threat of Islamist extremism. But somewhere in the middle of this ongoing (and necessary) debate about how best to enshrine...

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