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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THIS country took a stand for family at the UN!

Dec 17, 2014 by

From CitizenGO: Just a little over one week ago, CitizenGO achieved a great victory at the United Nations! And we could not have accomplished it without your help… On Friday, December 5, CitizenGO joined Hungary at the United Nations to sponsor the Political Network for Values’ Transatlantic Summit on the role of the family in sustainable global development! Mr. Zoltan Balog, the Hungarian Minister for Human Capacities, told participants that “family is the most important...

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Government partially backs down over promotion of gay rights in faith schools

Dec 17, 2014 by

By Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart: A small victory in the battle against the promotion of liberal values has been won, as the British government has backed away from Ofsted’s persecution of faith schools in the face of legal challenges and a letter writing campaign. According to new guidance issued, schools will be able to teach respect for people, rather than actively promoting alternative beliefs. Since September when new guidelines came in, dozens of faith schools have been downgraded by...

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Church of England poised to name first female bishop

Dec 17, 2014 by

From The Guardian: The Church of England will on Wednesday announce the appointment of its first female bishop, just four weeks after its General Synod voted for a historic law change. The candidate, set to be named at 10am, will become bishop of Stockport. It is a relatively junior role, which will make her an assistant bishop in the diocese of Chester. As a suffragan bishop, she will not be eligible to sit in the House of Lords – an honour reserved for only the most senior 26 of the church’s...

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Advent Meditations: Wednesday 17 December

Dec 17, 2014 by

Psalm: am: 24, 75.  pm: 25, 82 OT:  Isaiah 51: 1-8 Epistle:  2 Thess 1: 1-8 Gospel:  Matthew 17: 14-21 LITURGICAL CALENDAR TODAY:  St. Tetta of Wimborne, Abbess, 772. One of the earliest religious foundations in this county was the community built at Wimborne at the beginning of the eighth century. After the Reformation it was converted into a house of secular canons presided over by a dean, and subsequently known as the royal free chapel and college of Wimborne Minster. This house prepared...

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News on school standards

Dec 16, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: The ‘British values’ for schools agenda continues to hit the headlines. There have been some positive developments recently, but we must continue to pray about this issue. As you will know, there has now been a litany of cases of politically correct intrusions into schools. Back in July, before the new rules came into force, we were the first to raise the potential problems, but we were shocked at the harm they have done so quickly. However, the Department for...

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