Guys, you know I love you all. May the next year be totally brilliant as we journey together toward the same goal…in different ships! The photo is the view from my balcony in Margharitaville!
An interesting oped in the Daily Telegraph on the way in which some groups use, or misuse, scripture to promote political aims in the name of activism. The morally superior all the way in a manger Roger Franklin IT is a good thing Jesus is the bringer of peace and forgiveness because every Christmas He must … More Bending scripture for political aims…
From an article in the Australian… RESEARCH showing Christianity is now the most widely persecuted religious group in the world should be an urgent wake-up call to all who value the principles of religious freedom and tolerance enshrined in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted 65 years ago this month. Indeed, Christianity could, … More Christians under threat…
Fox Carolina reports : By Cody Alcorn Source: Redemption World Outreach GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) –Pastors Ron and Hope Carpenter have been fixtures in the Upstate community for years since forming Redemption World Outreach, one of the first mega-churches in this area. On Sunday during his sermon, Carpenter said his wife is in isolation … More How many times can you fail at something before you realise that you shouldnt teach it?
“Do you believe in the virgin birth?” That was the question people asked one another when I was a boy growing up in that Southern Baptist dominated land called Texas. It was the question because how you answered would indicate who you were, what you believed, as well as where you stood in the world. If you expressed … More Mary, Mother of God – an Advent Sermon by Stanley Hauerwas
By HRH The Prince of Wales We will all be poorer if a tradition dating back 2,000 years is allowed to disappear I have for some time now been deeply troubled by the growing difficulties faced by Christian communities in various parts of the Middle East. It seems to me that we cannot ignore the … More The Prince of Wales: Say a prayer for Christians in the Middle East
Bones has requested we add this piece on the descent of Christ. Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: Christ the Conqueror of Hell The Descent of Christ into Hades in Eastern and Western Theological Traditions A lecture delivered at St Mary’s Cathedral, Minneapolis, USA, on 5 November 2002 The Byzantine and old Russian icons of the Resurrection of … More Descent of Christ…
Andrew Hamilton | 18 December 2013 Christmas is a chameleon. It adapts itself to different cultures, different situations and seasons. But it wears sufficient ancient trappings to suggest that it has always been celebrated like this. Many of the details of the traditional Australian celebration came into England only in the 19th century. Santa Claus in … More Who will people see when they turn to the church this Christmas? Herod or Christ?
December 13, 2013 By Peter Enns In church today, our rector handed out a card with an icon of St. Nicholas, similar to the one on the left. On the back of the card read the following: Nicholas was born in the 3rd century in Asia Minor. He used his entire inheritance to help the poor, sick, and children in … More St. Nicholas: what can I say, he was a beast.
If you don’t believe in prosperity over Christmas and the New Year, at least be happy, joyful and in good health! Steve