Lenten Meditations: Friday 13 March

Mar 13, 2020 by

Fri Mar 13 am: 69 pm: 73 Gen 43:1-15 1 Cor 7:1-9 Mark 4:35-41   SECOND FRIDAY IN LENT – St.  Gerald of Mayo, Bishop 731 LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: St. Gerald Bishop of Mayo, was an English monk who came to Ireland after the Synod of Whitby and settled in Innisboffin, in 668. Gerald’s circumstances remind us of today’s church as dissensions arose, after a time, between the Irish and the English monks, and St. Colman the Abbot decided to found a separate monastery for the thirty...

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REMEMBRANCE OF THE MARTYRS: Reflections from Uganda 2020

Mar 12, 2020 by

by Stephen Noll, Contending Anglican: On my way home back from Uganda last week, I stopped over at the Anglican Martyrs’ Shrine at Namugongo, the pagan execution ground, now a pilgrimage site. The new museum (2015) is very impressive – and (trigger warning) very gory. The first converts, who were elite pages of the king’s court, were not treated kindly for worshiping King Jesus. They were dragged, hacked, starved, and forced to gather kindling for their own funeral pyre. They are not...

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An Anglican Lament

Mar 12, 2020 by

by Matt Kennedy, Stand Firm: It seems that we are on the brink of another Lambeth Conference. I heard that it was coming up and vaguely noted to myself that I should mark the date and start paying attention. But it is all so deadly boring. What a difference a decade makes. For Lambeth 2008, I was on the scene in Canterbury, fresh from the first Gafcon meeting in Jerusalem. Hopes that the Communion might still rally, that orthodoxy might somehow still win the day were sinking but had not yet...

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Supreme Court will not hear appeal of pro-life campaigner about prayer outside abortion clinics

Mar 12, 2020 by

from Premier: The UK Supreme Court has turned down an appeal on London’s first ban on people standing near an abortion clinic, praying or protesting. The abortion clinic in Ealing was the first in the country to introduce a buffer zone around its building in April 2018. This was challenged by pro-life groups who said it criminalised prayer and the opportunity to offer women support when they felt a termination was their only option. Ealing council said it was implemented:...

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Finland: Christian MP faces 2 new investigations for comments on Jesus, homosexuality

Mar 12, 2020 by

By Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post: A Christian member of the Finnish Parliament is facing new police investigations for citing Bible verses on social media to object to the Lutheran church’s participation in an LGBT pride event, according to a U.S.-based international law firm. Päivi Räsänen, a Member of Parliament since 1995 and former chair of the Christian Democrat Party, wrote a tweet last year questioning the leadership of her church for sponsorship the LGBT event “Pride 2019,” accompanied...

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Are unscientific ideas about gender causing irreparable harm to children’s lives?

Mar 12, 2020 by

by Murdo Fraser, The Scotsman: The Scottish Government should call a halt to proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act in order to consider the evidence more carefully. The consultation on the Scottish Government’s proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 closes next week. This is an issue which has been the subject of a febrile public debate, lining up trans activists against supporters of women’s rights. It is a debate which, at times, has been hostile, aggressive, and even...

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