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week of May 16, 2010
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have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ
lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the
Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
cannot truly face life until we face the fact that it will be
taken away from us.”
TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED UNTRUTHS BY SEMINARY PRESIDENT
University will investigate reports that its seminary president
has misled the public in his testimony about converting from
militant Islam to Christianity, officials of the school in
Lynchburg, Va., announced May 10.
Provost Ron Godwin is reportedly forming a committee to conduct a
formal inquiry into questions surrounding Ergun Caner, president
of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, that have circulated on
blogs and more recently in media outlets including Christianity
Today and Associated Baptist Press.
does not initiate personnel evaluations based upon accusations
from Internet blogs," said Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr.,
breaking weeks of silence amid criticism from both Christian and
Muslim bloggers. "However, in light of the fact that several
newspapers have raised questions, we felt it necessary to initiate
a formal inquiry."
author of books including Unveiling Islam: An Insider's Look at
Muslim Life and Beliefs, which he co-wrote in 2002 with his
brother, Caner has been quoted in Baptist and secular media as an
expert on Islam.
discrepancies in biographical information he has provided in
sermons -- many recorded -- preached over the years have caused
some to question his credibility. Some are questioning even his
basic testimony of converting to Christianity from a devout Sunni
Muslim background -- which has been held out by many Southern
Baptist and other evangelical leaders in recent years as an
illustration of Christ's power to save anyone.... Read this in
2010 NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IN PHOTOS
'WILL BE' A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER NEXT YEAR, REGARDLESS OF
COURTS, SAYS ORGANIZER
of how the courts ultimately rule, organizers vow that there will
be a National Day of Prayer (NDP) event next year.
Task Force Executive Director John Bornschein told CNSNews.com
that his team is already beginning to plan for next
year’s event -- the 60th anniversary -- whether the courts
agree to its existence or not.
an interview Thursday at the Cannon House Office Building,
CNSNews.com asked Bornschein if the National Day of Prayer is in
at all,” he said. “This has been a national heritage.
Since 1775, Americans have been called to prayer. And right now
the momentum is such that Americans will continue to pray.”
.... Read this in full at
COURT WILL HAVE NO PROTESTANTS. DOES IT MATTER?
Solicitor General Elena Kagan prepares for confirmation hearings
to make her the newest member of the US Supreme Court, her
nomination changes the religious makeup of the nation’s
does it matter that the bench would include six Catholics and,
with her confirmation, three Jews and no Protestants?
say it’s a historic turning point for a court once comprised
of Protestant elites to have no Protestants following the
retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens. But the shift may say
more about how the country -- rather than the court -- has
think that this means that this is an extraordinarily tolerant
country religiously and I think we should stop for a moment and
appreciate that,” said Boston University professor Stephen
Prothero. “It wasn’t long ago that Protestants were
burning down Catholic monasteries, and it wasn’t long ago
that the Holocaust happened.”
times changed, presidents used the nomination process to determine
who should fill a “Catholic seat” or a “Jewish
seat” or even a “woman’s seat” on the
court. Now, even those limitations are archaic, Prothero said....
Read this in full at
went on a run in a mountainous area in Arizona recently and took
pictures with my phone camera at different intervals. At a
thousand feet up the mountain I had a reasonably good view. The
terrain was beautiful, and I could see a few of the homes
surrounding the area where I had begun my run. As I went another
five hundred feet, then another thousand, then another five
hundred, my perspective changed. At each turn of the mountain, I
could see more and more of the land I had traversed. I had a much
more spacious, higher altitude view as well. I could now see the
entire development of homes from where I had started, as well as
an expansive valley beyond the housing development on one side and
a whole new range of mountains that had just come into view on the
was covering two thousand feet of altitude change, and with those
shifts in altitude and the multiple turns and switchbacks, I could
see more and more landscape. The higher I got, the more I could
see of the shadow side and previously hidden aspects of the
mountain range. At the summit, I saw where I had come from, but I
could also see entirely different mountains and new housing
developments I hadn't even known existed. A higher altitude
doesn't make a place superior, but it does provide the setting for
a broader view. There is more available landscape to view, a
greater amount of complexity to behold -- more variety, more
beauty, more options.
we proceed through stages of faith, this is precisely what happens
to us. Stages of faith are like high-altitude vantage points.”
Ron Martoia, The Bible as Improv
GATHERING 2010: HERALDING THE ARRIVAL OF A POST-CHRISTIAN AMERICA
Christianity is beginning to look a whole lot different. Picture
hundreds of jeans-clad 20- and 30-somethings filling the floor of
a vintage opera hall in Chicago, armed with laptops, smart phones,
and iPads. Picture a stage backed by a large screen, dark but for
a large white image in the center -- not a cross, but an
upper-case "Q." Picture a guy with the shaggy blond
bangs of an indie-rock guitarist taking the stage to launch the
proceedings with the matter-of-fact acknowledgment that we have
entered a new "post-Christian context." Imagine three
days of quick-hit presentations on everything from emotionally
intelligent robots to nuclear weapons abolition, from
fatherlessness to coffee-growing for the common good -- and nary a
word about abortion or "reclaiming America for Christ."
the arrival of the "post-Christian age" is upsetting to
this emerging generation of (mostly) evangelicals, they did an
awfully good job of hiding it at the recent "Q"
gathering -- the signature annual event for these next-generation
Jesus followers. In fact, judging from the spirit and energy
reverberating through the hall, I get the sense that they find the
whole thing liberating.
can bemoan the end of Christian America," shrugs Q creator
and convener Gabe Lyons, "or we can be optimistic about it.
What's good is that it forces us to get back to the basics of
serving people and loving our neighbors. Through history,
Christianity has affected more people from that position than from
a position of dominance.".... Read this in full at
"Sunday's Coming" Movie Trailer
this 2-minute video satirizing ‘relevant’ worship
CHURCH OPTS FOR TELE-COMMUNION
new church was born May 9, but, like an increasing number of
congregations, it has no preaching pastor. In what has become one
of the most popular church growth methods across the country, a
large white screen unfurled in front of the stage with the
preacher's image projected on it, preempting the live sermon and
the pastor's physical presence.
to the satellite church, a 21st century phenomenon that owes its
success to advances in technology. These days, instead of starting
new congregations, churches are reproducing the successful ones,
franchise-style.... Read this in full at
our artist could make a triptych, three panels hinged together
with three different paintings on them -- one of the Jordan before
Jesus enters the water, looking like a normal river; one of the
Jordan with Jesus being baptized in it, the river dark to signify
his death and burial; the final a painting of the Jordan as Jesus
emerges from the water, the dove on his shoulder, the sky opened
up with the Father's voice -- this time the river is gold to
symbolize Christ's victory over death and therefore the believer's
victory also. For on the eve of the Feast of Theophany the priest
prays, ‘Thou hast descended into the waters and hast given
light to all things, that they may glorify Thee, O Savior, the
Enlightenment of our souls.’
Jordan is a God symbol and a Christ symbol, as potent in its own
way as the cross or the manger or the empty tomb. The Jordan is
also a symbol of new life from baptism, of healing, and also of
crossing over to a new land and a new commitment to God. In
baptism, the idea is one of passing from death to life through the
death and resurrection of Jesus. A healing or cleansing is like
coming back to life, and the life you have come back to live in
God is much different from the one you left. A crossing over is
moving from what was to what will be, from the past to the future,
with that future securely in the hands of God.
the Jordan is really a river of renewal and a river of life -- and
God life at that.”
Andrew Pura, Streams
CUP 2010 PLAYOFFS
WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA
11 – July 11
SWEARS IN NEW, CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT
acting president has officially been sworn in as the new head of
state. Goodluck Jonathan replaces elected president Umaru
Yar'Adua, who died May 5, 2010. With Jonathan, the president's
powerbase shifts to the mostly-Christian south, whereas Yar'Adua's
mandate came from the mostly-Muslim north. Open Doors USA says
this power shift could exacerbate tensions in the region. Hundreds
of people have died in religious violence between ethnic Muslims
and Christians in the country, including an incident in March when
three Christian villages were attacked and up to 500 people were
killed. Christians have carried out similar attacks on
Muslim-majority towns and villages.... Read this in full at
SCHOLARS TO STARS
who studied religion before becoming famous, including some celebs
who aspired to be priests: Martin Scorsese, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Al
Gore, .... Read this in full at
love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all,
and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live
should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them
and was raised again."
shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of
inspiration and survival.”
ONCE GAY, AIMS TO HEAL EVANGELICAL RIFT
Henson is used to skepticism in his mission to bring together gays
and evangelical Christians. He spent years in a gay relationship,
until he came to believe that hom*sexuality is a sin and married
the only woman he says he's ever been attracted to. The minister
founded Fish On The Other Side (FOTOS) because he believes the
church drives away gays with a narrow focus on sexual orientation,
compared to its own sins.
says the evangelical church should welcome gays without making it
conditional on a change in their sexual behavior or orientation.
He's given training sessions for clergy, radio broadcasts, and
talks at colleges, and last year he had a speaking slot at the
prominent national youth missions conference, Urbana.... Read this
in full at
analysts say the mainline charismatic renewal fizzled. It is more
accurate to describe it the way Jesus pictured the kingdom of God:
like yeast that spreads through bread dough. You can hardly
identify it as a movement anymore, but it has changed the way most
churches worship. Repetitive choruses and raised hands are now
common. Except in pockets of hardcore resistance, the fact that a
fellow Christian may praise God in a private prayer language
hardly elevates an eyebrow.
and the charismatic renewal have jointly given believers what
historian Chris Armstrong calls Pentecostalism's chief
contribution to Christianity: an awareness of "a deep well of
living water from which everything else flow[s] ... the personal,
relational presence of the living God."
tide of living water is precisely what New Testament scholar Luke
Timothy Johnson is worried might be receding. In a recent
Commonweal essay, Johnson lamented the clash between the external,
public dimension of religion -- doctrine, sacraments, church
structures (the "exoteric") -- and the private search
for a personal relationship with God (the "esoteric").
Johnson worries that the exoteric is whipping the esoteric. But
what of the tremendous spread of Pentecostal and charismatic
Christianity around the globe? Johnson's failure to mention it is
puzzling.... Read this in full at
LAMENTS PENTECOSTALS’ `EPIDEMIC OF MORAL FAILURE’
Ted Haggard confessed to a gay sex and drug scandal, he lost his
Colorado Spring pulpit, his job as head of the National
Association of Evangelicals and underwent a lengthy period of
counseling and discipline. For the most part, he hasn't been seen
fallen charismatic/Pentecostal superstars, however, have rapidly
reemerged into the spotlight with a new wife, a new church, new TV
ministry or a new message from God that seems to dismiss the
gravity of their sins.
Grady has seen it all, and he's had enough. Grady, a longtime
editor of the widely read Charisma magazine, says the miraculous
and transforming power of the Holy Spirit he and other
charismatic/Pentecostal have experienced is under assault by the
"epidemic of moral failure among our leaders."
can have the gifts of the Holy Spirit in operation without this
circus sideshow going on," Grady said in an interview. "I'm
waving my hands in the air because this is a huge problem, and we
are going to experience even more serious problems in our churches
if we don't know how to apply godly discipline to our wayward
leaders." .... Read this in full at
COMMUNITIES, MOMS SHAPE GIVING CHOICES
one in five Americans (17%) surveyed said their mothers had the
most impact on their giving tendencies, second only to faith
communities (22%), according to a poll commissioned by Thrivent
Financial-Kiplinger Survey of Family Finances.
it comes to shaping our giving attitudes, who better to provide
guidance than faith communities and moms?” said Thrivent
Financial Director Patrick Egan in a statement. “Our survey
suggests that both groups have opportunities to offer personal,
powerful examples of selfless giving that shape our lives.”
in 10 people cited their spouse as most influential, and mothers
were more than three times as likely as fathers (22% versus 6%) to
shape attitudes. Other factors included friends and extended
family, at 3% each. One in four Americans said they were unsure
about their giving influences.
was one clear factor in determining who influences personal
giving: 34 percent of adults ages 18-24, and 21% of those ages
25-34, picked mom. Almost a third of seniors, however, went with
poll of 1,000 U.S. adults had a margin of error of plus or minus 3
about the Lord is how the Ambassador earned his handle. It was his
wife's uncle who first encouraged him to take up the Ham radio.
Uncle Gene had been a Ham radio enthusiast since before World War
II. But the Ambassador didn't take it up until five years ago when
he had a little extra time to spare.
began chatting with another gentleman, a blind fellow from Panama
City. They spent a lot of time talking about the Lord and it was
from that friendship that the Ambassadors for Christ group formed.
They planned out an hour-long show and had seven folks check-in
during that first hour. Now they are up to 1300 hams. Most days
they hear from about 25 to 30 of those during the show. Each one
comes on and reads a scripture or gives a testimony.
been a handful of them over the years that have rung him up to
offer their thanks. They've recounted their despair, how they
thought there was no way out but to take their own lives. But then
they heard a word of encouragement or maybe conviction from the
Ambassador or one of his cohorts and picked up a Bible, instead of
a gun. ‘They might still be having a hard time with their
problems but now they are able to face them,’ the Ambassador
hear the Ambassador tell it, Christianity isn't about searching
for a way to get your palms greased. It's about looking for the
opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ. Even if that hand
is short a couple of fingers.”
Karen Spears Zacharias, Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?
CLOSURES SPELL HARD TIMES FOR CANDLE MAKER
of this city’s oldest candle makers is planning to slash its
work force in part because of decreased demand from a shrinking
number of Catholic churches to buy its products.
Candle told its 46 employees that as many as 38 of them will be
laid off in 90 days. That would leave just eight people to make
candles at the company, which has been making them at the same
location since its founding in 1925.
DeVore, Emkay’s general manager, said the actual number of
layoffs may wind up at less than 38, but not much less. “I
think maybe 15 will remain after the whole thing is done, but I
don’t know,” he said. “It all depends on what
the order input is going to be in the next two months.
way you look at it, it’s a significant reduction in
employment.” DeVore said the company is dropping all of its
unprofitable product lines and consolidating its manufacturing
space from five floors to one. He blamed a major consolidation
trend in the Roman Catholic Church for a drop in business. As
churches have closed, the company has lost customers for its
candles. “Once they take three churches and make them into
one, you lose two customers,” he said.... Read this in full
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL AT SIX MONTHS, STUDY
the age of six months babies can barely sit up -- let along take
their first tottering steps, crawl or talk. But, according to
psychologists, they have already developed a sense of moral code
-- and can tell the difference between good and evil.
astonishing series of experiments is challenging the views of many
psychologists and social scientists that human beings are born as
'blank slates' -- and that our morality is shaped by our parents
and experiences. Instead, they suggest that the difference between
good and bad may be hardwired into the brain at birth.
one experiment involving puppets, babies aged six months old
showed a strong preference to 'good' helpful characters -- and
rejected unhelpful, 'naughty' ones. In another, they even acted as
judge and jury. When asked to take away treats from a 'naughty'
puppet, some babies went further -- and dished out their own
punishment with a smack on its head.... Read this in full at
27, DRAGS AGE-OLD CHURCH INTO 21ST CENTURY
Palmo's life has been infused with four major blessings -- his
large Italian family, journalism, baseball and the Roman Catholic
four coalesced recently when the 27-year-old blogger, who lives in
and works from his parents' home in Philadelphia, received an
honorary doctorate from the Aquinas Institute of Theology -- and
saw his beloved Phillies take on the Cardinals.
has shown that someone with his background -- a Christian
commitment, but also his abilities and background in journalism --
can use the blogosphere in a very powerful way in terms of
communicating the message of the church," said the Rev.
Richard Peddicord, president of the Aquinas Institute.
has never awarded an honorary degree to a journalist, and the only
other journalist who has given Aquinas' commencement address was
Peter Steinfels of The New York Times in 1993.
awarding Palmo an honorary doctorate, the 84-year-old seminary is
making a statement about the changing relationship between
journalism and the Catholic church. The award for Palmo's work on
his Whispers in the Loggia blog is also an expression of how
American Catholic leaders hope to encourage a younger generation
to engage their faith through news.
has done something no mainstream journalist has ever done --
scooped announcements by the Vatican of new U.S. bishops or
archbishops," said Debra Mason, executive director of the
Religion Newswriters Association. "That's a formidable task
and one that requires serious reporting skills." .... Read
this in full at
BANNED ON THE SEA OF GALILEE
Sea of Galilee has for centuries provided a healthy living for
hundreds of fishermen - the disciple Peter among them, according
to the Bible. But now an unprecedented fishing ban is being
enforced on the Galilee because, says the Israeli government,
chronic over-fishing has severely depleted stocks.
Sea of Galilee is a mythical and historical place. It was here,
says the Bible, that Jesus walked on water and in the hills
overlooking where he fed the 5,000 with two fish and five loaves.
to the Gospels, when Jesus told Peter to cast his nets into deep
water, "they caught fish in such large numbers their nets
began to break".
Biblical times to the great travel writers of the 19th Century
people wrote about the abundant fish stocks of Lake Galilee.
Galilee, in reality a large freshwater lake, has supported
fishermen and their communities along its shores for hundreds of
years. As recently as 10 years ago there were more than 100 small
boats and eight trawlers working the lake.... Read this in full at
POLICE IN THE UK GET RIGHT TO TAKE FESTIVALS AS HOLIDAY
officers have been given the right to take days off to dance naked
on the solstices, celebrate fertility rituals, and burn Yule logs
if they profess pagan beliefs.
Pagan Police Association claimed May 10 that it had been
recognized by the British Home Office as a “diversity staff
support association” -- a status also enjoyed by groups
representing female, black, gay, Muslim, and disabled officers.
would mean that chief constables could not refuse a pagan
officer’s request to take feast days as part of his or her
annual leave. The eight pagan festivals include Imbolc (the feast
of lactating sheep), Lammas (the harvest festival) and the Summer
Solstice (when mead drinking and naked dancing are the order of
the pagan festivals also include Samhain (known to non-pagans as
Hallowe’en), a day when police leave is often cancelled
because of the high incidence of vandalism, violence and
antisocial behaviour.... Read this in full at
TURNS TO BIBLE IN TUSSLE OVER JERUSALEM
by questions about Jerusalem's future in talks with the
Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached
for the Bible on May 12 to stake out the Jewish state's contested
claim on the city.
told a parliamentary session commemorating Israel's capture of
East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war that "Jerusalem"
and its alternative Hebrew name "Zion" appear 850 times
in the Old Testament, Judaism's core canon. "As to how many
times Jerusalem is mentioned in the holy scriptures of other
faiths, I recommend you check," he said.
such ancestry, Israel calls all of Jerusalem its "eternal and
indivisible" capital -- a designation not recognized abroad,
where many powers support Arab claims to East Jerusalem as the
capital of a future Palestinian state.... Read this in full at
LAWS OF PARENTING
The later you stay up, the earlier your child will wake up the
The gooier the food, the more likely it is to end up on the
The longer it takes you to make a meal, the less your child will
A sure way to get something done is to tell a child not to do it.
For a child to become clean, something else must become dirty.
Toys multiply to fill any space available.
Yours is always the only child who doesn't behave.
If the shoe fits ... it's expensive.
Backing the car out of the driveway causes your child to have to
go to the bathroom.
see God in everything makes life the greatest adventure there is.”
[Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of
sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace."
WEEK'S HYMN: FATHER, GOD, WE GLORIFY
John and Charles Wesley, 1746
James Nares, 1742
God, we glorify
love to Adam’s seed;
that gave Thy Son to die,
raised Him from the dead:
for our offenses slain,
we all might pardon find,
hast brought to life again,
Savior of mankind.
Thy own right hand of power
hast exalted Him,
the mighty Conqueror
people to redeem:
of Saints, and Prince of Peace,
Thou hast for sinners giv’n,
from their sins to bless,
lift them up to Heav’n.
God, to us impart
in every waiting heart
glorious Son reveal:
with our living Lord,
us in Thy Spirit rise,
to all Thy life restored,
bless Thee in the skies.
learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no
diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack."
PRAY FOR PERSECUTED
the following list as your daily prayer guide. Think of a brother
or situation that applies and lift them up in prayer.
agreeing in prayer with you for God’s blessings to overtake
God and man
Be in God’s will
Raises or bonuses
Checks in the mail
Gifts & surprises
Bills decrease while blessings increase
all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou
shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God" (Deut.
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