Advent Meditations: Monday 29 November

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Mon Nov 29 am: 1, 2, 3 pm: 4, 7 Amos 2:6-16 2 Peter 1:1-11 Matt 21:1-11 MONDAY ADVENT I ABOUT THE LITURICAL CALENDAR – St. Paramon and Companions, Martyrs, 250-   On this day the church 375 martyrs who were put to death on the same day during the persecutions of the Church under Emperor Trajanus Decius, in the year 250 under the banner of St. Paramon and Companions. MEDITATION The words of the Prophet Amos states there have been three critical transgressions by Israel, They have...

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A conversion therapy ban threatens to leave unhappy children medicalised, sterilised and sexually impaired

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by Maya Forstater, Conservative Home: Why is talking therapy being conflated with torture? “Conversion therapy” is a term used for barbaric acts of abuse, such as electric shocks, starvation, chemical castration and corrective rape, intended to change or supress a person’s sexual orientation,. The UN Independent Expert on the topic has called for a global ban, citing “beatings, rape, electrocution, forced medication, isolation and confinement, forced nudity, verbal offense and humiliation.”...

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Jesus & Elton John

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by Rod Dreher, The American Conservative: What’s going on with the Anglican Church of Canada? Oh, this: What else is going on in the Anglican Church of Canada? Catastrophic decline: according to the church’s own figures, it will cease to exist by 2040.  As regular readers of my blog know, Christianity in the West is in trouble all over, but the liberal churches are declining the fastest. It is not generally the case that being theologically and morally conservative causes a church to grow, but...

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Attendance and giving significantly impacted by pandemic, study finds

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from Christian Today: Most churches have returned to weekly in-person services but not everyone has returned to the pews and even among those who have, many are not attending as frequently as they did before Covid-19, new research has found. The Evangelical Alliance’s Changing Church report, which surveyed 552 church leaders and 1,676 church members, reveals a significant shift in the habits of churchgoers since the start of the pandemic. Some 95% of church leaders say meeting in person...

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Why are schoolchildren selecting Church of England bishops?

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by Archbishop Cranmer: Caroline Boddington is barely out the door, and bishops are now being appointed by…  schoolchildren called Temisan, Keziah, Honey and Sophia. With the retirement of the Rt Rev’d Pete Broadbent as Bishop of Willesden, somebody (Caroline Boddington?) decided that children should have a say in who replaces him. The teenagers from Twyford CofE High School in Acton assessed CVs,  judged sermons, interviewed and discerned the spiritual leadership of all those who applied. And...

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Women are being sold down the river – by charities terrified of the trans mob

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by Julie Bindel, Mailonline: Imagine you are a woman who has suffered childhood sexual abuse and that you are subsequently raped in adulthood. All your life you have blamed yourself, felt you must somehow have been ‘asking for it’. Finally, you find group counselling sessions exclusively for women where you feel safe and supported. The professionals are compassionate, kind and helpful. They understand how you are feeling and you share a common ground with the other women seeking...

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