‘The value of life shouldn’t be based purely on pleasure’

Jan 13, 2021 by

from Christian Concern: The case of ‘RS’, a polish man recovering from a heart attack whom doctors want to allow to die, is still ongoing. The Christian Legal Centre’s Roger Kiska spoke to BBC Radio Devon about why we took on the case, and what his case represents. “We fought this case on the basis that the secular considerations of whether your life brings you pleasure shouldn’t be the basis on which you value whether life is worth living,” said Roger. “The doctors believed his life wasn’t...

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Physical gathering, online meeting and false dichotomies

Jan 11, 2021 by

by Stephen Kneale, Building Jerusalem: The discussion about whether meeting online is an adequate substitute for physical gathering rages on. Some insist that not meeting is a clear violation of God’s command to gather together. Others argue that meeting online represents a ‘temporarily deficient ecclesiology’ that is adequate. Are these the only two positions we might be able to take? I’ve argued before that, in my view, we cannot do online communion (see here). I do not think there is a...

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Dealing With Those Who Differ

Jan 11, 2021 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: This is a topic that comes up often, so it is something that I write about now and then. Here I want to discuss two sorts of differences that can arise (and I deal with Christians and their differences in this piece). The first concerns doctrinal differences and the like, where believers disagree with one another over how a passage is to be understood and interpreted. Let me discuss this matter before mentioning the second. In regards to this, I recently did...

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Epiphany reminds us that faith is not a prop for political power

Jan 8, 2021 by

In the story of the Magi, King Herod tries to use the wise men as pawns in his own quest to protect his power. He promises that he too is devout, that they can trust him, and then he asks his astronomer visitors where to find Jesus, so that he also “could worship him” (Matt. 2:8). Epiphany therefore reminds us that the very language of worship can be wielded as a weapon of earthly political power…… Like Herod, he (Trump)  is happy to use religious leaders as pawns….. The worst part...

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Divya Shanthi Christian Community Services selected as Covid Vaccination centre in Bangalore

Jan 8, 2021 by

Canon Vinay Samuel reports that “the Area Municipal Medical Officer came to see me yesterday (January 6) and requested that our health centre be the main centre for Covid vaccination facility for the area. We expect the vaccinations to start in 10 days. Both our facilities will be used and we need to cover about 59,000 individuals. Dr Venkatesh was himself hospitalized with Covid for nearly a month. Our team visited him and prayed with him regularly. He is very keen on partnership with...

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Nigeria: Christmas sorrow and hope

Jan 5, 2021 by

By Faith McDonnell, Juicy Ecumenism: Boko Haram and radicalized Fulani killed dozens of Christians in northern and central Nigeria this month. Christmas is just another time for jihadist slaughter. In jihad there is nothing like the iconic WWI British/German Christmas truce. Jihadists never halt persecution and slaughter so Christians can celebrate the birth of Jesus! What is amazing is the uncrushable faith of the persecuted. One woman declared in the wake of the Boko Haram attack, “The...

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