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week of August 22, 2010
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to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and
I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for
your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we
aren't, we should behave as though we are -- cheerful, kind,
loving, courteous. Because you can be sure someone is watching and
taking deliberate and diligent notes.”
PINNOCK DIES AT 73
H. Pinnock's life journey is over. The influential and often
controversial evangelical theologian died unexpectedly August 15
of a heart attack. He was 73. In March, the long-time professor of
systematic theology at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton,
Ontario, had announced he was withdrawing from public life and
revealed that he was battling Alzheimer's disease.
was a difficult admission for a man whose mercurial mind and
openness to the Holy Spirit led him to stake out theological
positions that challenged evangelical orthodoxies. Renowned for
exploring the frontiers of biblical truth, he was reputed to study
carefully, think precisely, argue forcefully, and shift his
positions willingly if he discovered a more fruitful pathway of
understanding. He said he preferred to be known, "not as one
who has the courage of his convictions, but one who has the
courage to question them and to change old opinions which need
changing." .... Read this in full at
also: “Controversial theologian Clark Pinnock dies”
WILL TRY TO TWEET THE BIBLE OVER THREE YEARS
this under “people with good intentions, a whole lot of
commitment and an Internet connection.” A UK worship
director has planned to tweet the Christian Bible -- or summaries
of each chapter, at least -- from Genesis to Revelation, one
chapter each day. The project started August 8 and will end on
November 8, 2013. If you like, you can follow the account,
Read this in full at
INTERVIEW OF C. S. LEWIS
Sherwood Eliot Wirt
drove to Cambridge, England, on May 7  to interview Mr.
Clive Staples Lewis, author of The Screwtape Letters and one of
the world’s most brilliant and widely read Christian
authors. I hoped to learn from him how young men and women could
be encouraged to take up the defense of the faith through the
was quickly evident that this interview was going to be different
from any that I had ever been granted. I found Mr. Lewis in a wing
of the brick quadrangle at Magdalene College, Cambridge
University, where he is professor of Medieval and Renaissance
literature. I climbed a flight of narrow, incredibly worn wooden
steps, knocked at an ancient wooden door with the simple
designation, “Prof. Lewis,” and was shown in by the
In your book Surprised by Joy you remark that you were brought
into the faith kicking and struggling and resentful, with eyes
darting in every direction looking for an escape. You suggest that
you were compelled, as it were, to become a Christian. Do you feel
that you made a decision at the time of your conversion?
“I would not put it that way. What I wrote in Surprised by
Joy was that ‘before God closed in on me, I was offered what
now appears a moment of wholly free choice.’ But I feel my
decision was not so important. I was the object rather than the
subject in this affair. I was decided upon. I was glad afterwards
at the way it came out, but at the moment what I heard was God
saying, ‘Put down your gun and we’ll talk.’”
.... Read this in full at
us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deservest:
give and not to count the cost;
fight and not to heed the wounds;
toil and not to seek for rest;
labor and not ask for any reward,
that of knowing that we do Thy will.
St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491/5-1556), included in A Treasury of
Sermon Illustrations, Charles Langworthy Wallis, ed.,
Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1950,  p. 61
Q & A:
ANNE RICE ON FOLLOWING CHRIST WITHOUT CHRISTIANITY
Anne Rice made waves across the Internet when she posted a short
message on her Facebook page: “For those who care, and I
understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian. I'm out.
I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being
'Christian' or to being part of Christianity. It's simply
impossible for me to 'belong' to this quarrelsome, hostile,
disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I've
tried. I've failed. I'm an outsider. My conscience will allow
returned to the Roman Catholic Church in 1998, a decision she
began openly speaking about in 2005. She spoke with Christianity
Today about her recent decision, the enormous response, and how
she plans to follow Jesus outside the church.
It's been a few weeks since you made an announcement on Facebook.
How have you felt since your decision?
I feel good and relieved about my decision, and I've felt a new
spirit of energy creatively for my writing. I was so conflicted
and disillusioned about organized religion that I couldn't write.
Do you think your decision will explicitly affect your writing?
I think my writings will go on being the writings of a believer in
Christ. I think I'll be less frustrated and freer to write about
the full dimension of what that means. But I write metaphysical
thrillers, and how this works out in fiction is always mysterious:
characters confront dilemmas. The worldview of the novel is
certainly optimistic and that of a believer. What character will
say what, I don't know until I start writing.... Read this in full
was in the faces of our own children, floating crystal clear in my
mind at the moment when I most despaired, when I was ready to take
my own life. Grace was in my wife who wouldn't give me over to
self-destruction. Grace was even on the lips of my dying daughter,
lips that named her brother, lips that reminded us, as we wept
over her, that God says not to worry about tomorrow. Sometimes I
wish I had a more secular answer, something that would make sense
to every hurting person regardless of his religion or lack of it.
But I don't. I have only my own experience, a recognition that
many others have lived out as well, that in this ferocious love
for our children is the love of a God who calls us his own.
is in the small places, just as the despair was. It's in the way
you wake in the dark of night and find that this person to whom
you had become a stranger is clinging to you in her sleep, despite
everything you've done. It's finding that you can't get out of bed
for work until you have wrapped her in your arms, words not good
enough, only this tight embrace coming close to explaining that
she is life, that she is your one flesh. It's in the peace that
settles over the bed when she is close to you, and your children
are sprawled this way and that, and everyone is quiet, as if
listening to something far away, a hymn perhaps -- streams of
mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise -- and you
think: Here is my every blessing.”
Tony Woodlief, in his
book Somewhere More Holy
AMERICANS CHANGE FAITHS?
multi-year study conducted by the Barna Group explores the
percentage of Americans who report shifting to a different faith
or significantly changing their faith views during their life. In
the Barna study, the matter of faith switching was explored in
several ways. First, respondents identified their childhood faith,
if any, and then were asked to list their current faith
allegiance. A comparison of the two answers showed that nearly
one-quarter of adults (23%) had moved from one faith or faith
tradition to another. This definition of faith change included
those who switched from Catholic to Protestant and vice versa, but
did not include those who changed from one Protestant denomination
to another within the Protestant tradition. Overall, an additional
12% of adults had shifted affiliations but had not altered their
second survey approach mirrored the findings of major faith
change. Respondents to the same study were also asked if they had
ever “changed to a different faith or significantly changed
their faith views” or if they were “the same faith
today as they were as a child.” Once again, about
one-quarter of Americans (26%) said they had changed faith. Based
on the research profile, these types of individuals were more
likely than average to be women, divorced adults, residents of the
Western states, atheists or agnostics, unchurched, and political
independents.... Read this in full at
his book Directions, author James Hamilton shares this insight
about listening to God: "Before refrigerators, people used
icehouses to preserve their food. Icehouses had thick walls, no
windows and a tightly fitted door. In winter, when streams and
lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut, hauled to the
icehouses and covered with sawdust. Often the ice would last well
into the summer.
man lost a valuable watch while working in an icehouse. He
searched diligently for it, carefully raking through the sawdust,
but didn't find it. His fellow workers also looked, but their
efforts, too, proved futile. A small boy who heard about the
fruitless search slipped into the icehouse during the noon hour
and soon emerged with the watch.
the men asked him how he found it. I closed the door,'' the boy
replied, "lay down in the sawdust, and kept very still. Soon
I heard the watch ticking.''
the question is not whether God is speaking, but whether we are
being still enough and quiet enough to hear. Yes, Jesus assures us
that our heavenly Father always listens to us, but do we really
listen to God? Do we follow the instructions of Psalm 46, "Be
still, and know that I am God"?
S. Ritz, Sermons.com)
THE REAL JESUS CHANGES US, SCHOLAR SAYS
changed the lives of people in His day. And there is no reason to
suppose that He cannot do the same today, said a New Testament
professor. The problem, Rikk Watts highlighted, is that many
Christians have become too familiar and comfortable with the
who teaches at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, has been
conducting lectures on the Gospel of Mark as part of a seminar at
St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Singapore. August 12, he showed
some 200 pastors and Bible teachers just how outrageous Jesus’
claims and actions really were.
was a Jewish man in His 30s, the son of a carpenter, claiming to
be Almighty God Himself, Watts elaborated. When people brought a
paralyzed man before Him, He forgave the man’s sins. Jesus
even read the thoughts of orthodox Jewish leaders present who took
issue with His declaration.... Read this in full at
ARTIST TO DRAW 'THE ULTIMATE PORTRAIT OF JESUS’
artist who creates portraits made from dots is embarking on a work
to involve at least one million people. David Ilan is asking that
many people to sign up on his website by midnight Christmas Eve.
Then on Christmas Day he plans to begin drawing a portrait of
Jesus with each dot representing a person.... Read this in full at
THINK ABOUT THE REFORMATION AT 500
Sarah Hinlicky Wilson (http://www.hereiwalk.org/)
world-wide are already buzzing about 2017, the 500th anniversary
of Martin Luther's 95 Theses, commonly regarded as the starting
point of the Reformation. But no one's quite sure about the right
way to observe the occasion.
Lutherans celebrate the profound insights of a brilliant
theologian into the gospel? Or should they lament the splintering
of the Western church and the physical and spiritual
intra-Christian wars that followed? Should Lutherans lord it over
Catholics or should they apologize? Will Catholics ignore the
anniversary and its significance altogether, or condemn it; or
will they find a way to celebrate it too?
top of all this, many believe, Christians are and remain in the
grip of an "ecumenical winter." Despite the high hopes
for church reconciliation and even reunion through most of the
20th century, the past 25 years have seen waning interest in
ecumenism on the popular level, and scandal and schism consuming
the churches' attention at the institutional level.... Read this
in full at
THE PIZZA PARTIES,' TEENS TELL CHURCHES
church. We're busy." That's the message teens are giving
churches today. Only about one in four teens now participate in
church youth groups, considered the hallmark of involvement;
numbers have been flat since 1999. Other measures of religiosity
-- prayer, Bible reading and going to church — lag as well,
according to Barna Group, a Ventura, Calif., evangelical research
company. This all has churches canceling their summer teen camps
and youth pastors looking worriedly toward the fall, when
school-year youth groups kick in.
to God may be losing out to Facebook," says Barna president
16 is not a sweet spot for churches. It's the age teens typically
drop out," says Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian
Resources in Nashville, which found the turning point in a study
of church dropouts. "A decade ago teens were coming to church
youth group to play, coming for the entertainment, coming for the
pizza. They're not even coming for the pizza anymore. They say,
'We don't see the church as relevant, as meeting our needs or
where we need to be today.'"
blame the parents,"who didn't grow up in a church culture,
says Jeremy Johnston, executive pastor at First Family Church in
Overland Park, Kan.
megachurch would routinely take 600 teens to summer church camp,
he says, "and many would be forever changed by that
experience. But this summer we don't even have a camp.... Read
this in full at
KNOW TRUTH AND EVALUATE COMPETING WORLDVIEWS
we really have to say "This is true and that is false; this
is right and that is wrong?" Why can't everyone just be
right? Chris Daniel's article provides helpful insight and
answers.... Read this in full at
FOR THE NEW ATHEISTS?
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Dowd argues that Christians should thank God for the New Atheists.
A self-styled “evangelist” for evolution, Dowd
recently preached a sermon in Oklahoma City in which he called for
nothing less than a rejection of biblical Christianity and the
embrace of a spirituality rooted in an embrace of evolution and a
rejection of the supernatural.
few weeks ago, a reporter called me for comment after Dowd had
made a similar argument on his Web site,
“ThankGodforEvolution.com.” In more recent days, Dowd
has responded directly to my comments. Without doubt, his argument
deserves a closer look.... Read this in full at
AMERICANS SAY FAITH IS TOP PRIORITY
new study shows that the vast majority of Christians still
identify with Christianity, but only a fraction say their faith is
a "top priority" in their life. Almost 90% of Americans
identify as Christian, but just 12% call it their highest
priority, compared with 45% who say their family is most
gap is vast between self-described affiliation with Christianity
and ascribing highest priority to that faith," commented
David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, in a statement.
"When it comes to why so much of American religion seems
merely skin-deep, this gap between what people call themselves and
what they prioritize is perhaps most telling." Other popular
answers included health or a balanced lifestyle (20%) and
financial or career success (17%).... Read this in full at
PRAYER MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE?
is an immense difference between a worldview that is not able to
answer every question to complete satisfaction and one whose
answers are consistently contradictory. There is an even greater
difference between answers that contain paradoxes and those that
are systemically irreconcilable. Once again, the Christian faith
stands out as unique in this test, both as a system of thought and
in the answers it gives. Christianity does not promise that you
will have every question fully answered to your satisfaction
before you die, but the answers it gives are consistently
consistent. There may be paradoxes within Christian teaching and
belief, but they are not irreconcilable.
as a student I would read stories of revivals and their
foundations of prayer, and I would think, That's what I want to
build my life on -- the solid footing of prayer. My library is
full of books on prayer. One would think that with each passing
year the discipline of prayer would get easier, but in fact it
doesn't. Whether early in the morning or late at night, it is
always a challenge. But as God has proved himself, I have had
several different experiences in which I sensed God's very clear
answer within my spirit. There is no doubt in my heart that prayer
makes a difference in anyone's life.”
Ravi Zacharias, in
his book Has Christianity Failed You?
STUDY THE HALLMARKS OF HEALTHY CHURCHES
is the key to a healthy church? United Methodists have paid big
bucks to find out. As the sour economy and aging buildings wreak
havoc on church budgets, United Methodists are trying to get ahead
of the problem and assess the health of their congregations in a
bid to reverse declining fortunes.
church recently concluded a study of more than 32,000 Methodist
congregations across North America, seeking the "key factors
impacting vital congregations." The study surveyed everybody
from bishops to district superintendents to people in the pews.
with New York-based Towers Watson consultants, researchers
constructed a "vitality index" to measure each church
and concluded "that all kinds of UMC churches are vital --
small, large, across geographies, and church setting."
report identified four key areas that fuel vitality: small groups
and programs; worship services that mix traditional and
contemporary styles with an emphasis on relevant sermons; pastors
who work hard on mentorship and cultivation of the laity; and an
emphasis on effective lay leadership.... Read this in full at
REVAMP CHAPELS INTO MEDITATION ROOMS
Connie Johnstone saw relatives of Muslim patients praying in a
hospital parking lot, or laying out a plastic bag to create a
clean spot on the lobby floor, her visions of a meditation room
suddenly got a lot broader.
took note of that and said, `Hey, we need to have a place"
for them to pray, said Johnstone, the former manager of spiritual
care at Kaiser Permanente facilities in Sacramento and suburban
Roseville, who now holds a similar position in San Jose.
wanted to create a space "that calls up beauty, something
that is quiet to still the spirit" for patients, visitors and
staff. She also wanted to accommodate the region's diverse
religious and cultural rituals.
created three meditation rooms, the first of which opened this
month (July) in Sacramento. The other two, in Roseville 30 miles
to the northeast, are expected to open later this year.... Read
this in full at
have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.”
faith is the only key to the universe. The final meaning of human
existence, and the answers to the questions on which all our
happiness depends cannot be found in any other way.”
FINDS PRAYER AIDS RELATIONSHIPS
old adage "couples who pray together stay together" may
be true, especially for African-Americans, a new study shows. The
survey of religion, race and relationships found that
African-Americans attend church more as couples compared to
members of other racial and ethnic groups.
in 10 African-American respondents said they attended services
regularly as a couple, according to a study published in the
August issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family. In comparison,
31% of Mexicans or Mexican-Americans, and 29% of whites, said they
regularly shared a pew.
prayer, black couples would be doing significantly worse than
white couples," said W. Bradford Wilcox, a co-author of the
study and the director of the National Marriage Project at the
University of Virginia. "The vitality of African-Americans'
religious lives gives them an advantage over other Americans when
it comes to relationships. This advantage puts them on par with
other couples." In addition to worshipping together,
African-Americans were found to be more likely than non-Hispanic
whites to participate in prayer and Scripture studies at home.
general, researchers found that people in same-faith relationships
and partners who attended services regularly were more satisfied
with their relationship.... Read this in full at
START THEIR OWN HUMANITARIAN AID AGENCIES
years, projects like microfinance ventures were the provenance of
large faith-based aid agencies and de-nominations. But as American
Christians grow more skeptical and less dependent on traditional
institutions, individual churches are starting their own
humanitarian aid organizations, doing their own projects on their
of the emerging church environment is that everything is
re-examined,” said David Gushee, a professor of Christian
ethics at Mercer University.
30% of all American Christian teenagers participate in some form
of a short-term missions trip, according to recent estimates. By
the time those teenagers are old enough to lead churches, many are
“confident that they can navigate international arenas
without having to rely on somebody else,” Gushee said.
also are making their own spending decisions. The 1,250 or more
megachurches in the U.S. spend, on average, nearly $700,000 a year
on foreign missions and aid programs, said Robert Priest, a
foreign missions expert at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in
Deerfield, Ill.... Read this in full at
1,000 ACCEPT CHRIST DURING STURGIS BIKE RALLY
breezes and sun filter along the Black Hills near Custer, SD, to
fill a rustic camp at the edge of town. As evening settles, pastor
Jeff "Noose" Nuzziard performs a sound check for a band
from Nixa, Mo.
find a space in the grass to relax and listen after a long day of
riding and sightseeing in the region. More than 600,000 bikers
rolled into Sturgis, SD, Aug. 9-15 for the 70th Annual Sturgis
Rally, the biggest biker party in the country. But the clean and
sober Jazer Camp a few miles outside Custer offered a different
tenor from the free-for-all in other parts of the Black Hills.
$10 a night bikers get a place to park their ride and pitch their
tent, and they're provided two good meals a day and good bands
playing into the evening. Lodging is at a premium during the
rally, as are locations where drugs, sex and alcohol don't flow
freely. This makes the Set Free camp an ideal respite for weary
road warriors.... Read this in full at
MIRRORS CHURCH DISPUTE, SPLIT ON SLAVERY
group of Christians confidently proclaims that a plain reading of
the Bible is a slam dunk in their favor. The other side appeals to
Scripture’s grand narrative toward freedom and inclusive
argument boils over and ripples through the wider culture. The
search for middle ground proves futile. Denominations break apart.
familiar? It could be 2010 -- or the mid-19th century.
US churches and denominations slog through divisive and
long-running arguments over homosexuality, many Protestant
progressives have sought to claim the historical and moral high
ground by aligning their cause with abolitionism.... Read this in
IN THE REAL WORLD
Janzen's life is the stuff of a riveting, albeit unfortunate,
tale. She survived a car crash, realized her husband was gay and
sought refuge in her parents' Mennonite home for a string of
hilarious, healing weeks.
memoir, "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress," was
published last year, part of a string of "going home"
memoirs by women who left the Anabaptist faith of their childhood
for love, opportunities or because of tensions in the community.
-- the religious umbrella that includes the Amish, Mennonites and
Hutterites -- have captured media attention for shunning the
outside world, technology and modern clothing. But the recent
books are not tales of horse and buggy, of bonnets and broad
brims, or even a removed society.... Read this in full at
RE-ENACTOR'S FAITH NO ACT
his Old Testament beard down to his scuffed boots and battered
Bible, Alan Farley looks the perfect picture of a Civil War
a dusty field five miles from where the Battle of Gettysburg was
fought 147 years ago, Farley acts the part as well, thundering
sermons from his homemade pulpit, praying with bedraggled
soldiers, and handing out tracts with titles like "Everlasting
thousands of soldiers and spectators at the Gettysburg Civil War
Battle Re-enactment in early July could be forgiven for swallowing
the chaplain's performance - the tracts look aged, the religion
it is no act, says Farley, it is a divine calling. For 26 years,
Farley has driven thousands of miles, distributed millions of
pages of tracts and delivered hundreds of sermons - all for one
mission: bringing Civil War re-enactors to Jesus.... Read this in
BODY WILL BE FORMED FOR LUTHERANS IN NORTH AMERICA
than 1,000 Lutherans from throughout North America will gather
Aug. 26-27 to form a new church body for confessional Lutherans.
The annual Convocation of Lutheran CORE will adopt a constitution
to officially form the new North American Lutheran Church (NALC)
after splitting from its more liberal parent church, the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Lutheran CORE
leaders note that the problems in the ELCA are really not about
sexual behavior but rather about an ongoing movement away from the
authority and teaching of the Bible throughout the ELCA. "It
was not our choice to leave the ELCA, but the ELCA has chosen to
reject 'the faith once delivered to the saints,' so now we are
acting to maintain our position within the consensus of the Church
catholic," said Ryan Schwarz of Washington, D.C., chair of
Lutheran CORE's Vision and Planning Working Group.... Read this in
FRIENDS DISABILITY COURSES GAINING POPULARITY
in the area of disability and suffering have long been neglected
in academia, according to Joni and Friends Christian Institute on
Disability (CID). The group founded by Christian author and
disability advocate Joni Eareckson Tada, has set out to change
that, and is succeeding in creating a movement in this field.
just completed our largest course yet, called 'Beyond Suffering,'
and are looking at expanding to two summer sessions next year,"
said course instructor and CID Managing Director Steve Bundy. "Our
goal is to transform the view many Christians have about
disability ministry," Bundy continues. "We're finding a
hunger among the students, as well as leaders, to understand God's
plan for suffering, which is creating a grass-roots disability
ministry movement around the world. This year alone we've led
courses in seven countries."
Joni," says Mark Earley, on the daily radio program
BreakPoint with Chuck Colson, "helping create better access
and equal opportunities for the disabled was never about political
correctness or government expansion. It was about something that
goes much deeper than that: shaping a society that reflects and
embraces the God-given value of each human being. It's about
demonstrating in practical terms what it means to honor, respect,
and care for the ones Jesus might have called 'the least of these
my brethren'-the ones who need a little assistance from the rest
PUBERTY HAS SPIRITUAL IMPLICATIONS
girls are reaching the onset of puberty at an earlier age than in
the past, according to a new study; and parents and churches can
play key roles in helping such girls mature emotionally and
spiritually, Christian experts say.
study, which appears in the August issue of the journal
Pediatrics, examined 1,239 girls ages 6 to 8 and found that 10% of
whites, 23% of blacks, and 15% of Hispanic girls had breast
development by age 7.
development, the researchers said, puts girls at higher risk for
behavioral problems as adolescents and for breast cancer as
adults. The risk of cancer increases with a longer lifetime
exposure to the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Cutrer, professor of Christian ministry at Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary, says the study is credible and has
implications for ministry. "Some of the references cited in
this Pediatrics article found an association between earlier
maturation and lower self esteem, worse body image, eating
problems, suicide attempts, depression, influence by 'deviant
peers,' earlier sex and earlier norm breaking behaviors,"
Cutrer said. Churches can help girls appreciate themselves as made
in the image of God and help them view their bodies as gifts and
use them as temporary vessels for His glory, he said. It's also
important to have conversations with boys about how to interact
with girls.... Read this in full at
immigration crisis is tearing the social fabric of our nation in
ways that are far easier to rend than they are to mend. The furor
roused across the country by the passage of the Arizona law is
symptomatic of the passions raised and the mistrust sown by an
immigration crisis that has reached "critical mass".
of faith should join to work for fair, just, comprehensive federal
immigration reform that embodies the principles enunciated in the
National Association of Evangelical's 2009 resolution, which
proclaimed that any immigration reform legislation must:
Respect the God-given dignity of every person
Protect the unity of the immediate family
Respect the rule of law
Guarantee secure national borders
Ensure fairness to taxpayers
Establish a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those
who qualify and wish to become permanent residents.
would the contours and outline of comprehensive immigration
legislation based on these biblical principles look like? ....
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EUTHANASIA CASES UP 13% LAST YEAR
number of reported Dutch cases of euthanasia or assisted suicide
rose 13% last year, the government said on Wednesday, spurring
talk of a possible “euthanasia hospital” to help
people end their lives. The annual report of the regional
commissions that oversee the Netherlands’ euthanasia law
said there were 2,636 cases in 2009, the vast majority of them
euthanasia, or “mercy killing“, as opposed to assisted
suicide, or helping someone to die.
represented about 2% of all Dutch deaths last year, based on
figures from Statistics Netherlands. Of the cases, slightly over
80% were cancer patients and more than 80% of the deaths occurred
in the patient’s home.... Read this in full at
CAMPAIGN FOR 'RIGHT' TO BLASPHEME RELIGION
Blasphemy Day has been renamed the International Blasphemy Rights
Day in what organizers say is a bid to show they are not
interested in "mocking religion" for its own sake.
"There was a lot of controversy last year that we were doing
what we were doing simply in the interest of mocking religion,"
said Nathan Bupp, a spokesman for Center for Inquiry, the group
sponsoring the day. "That, indeed, is not the case."
Bupp says this name change better describes the purpose of the
event amidst criticism received after last year's inaugural
events. "Religious beliefs should be on the same level of
political beliefs," said Ronald Lindsay, president and CEO of
CFI. "Blasphemy is often, unfortunately, associated with
crude criticism of believers. But our focus is on looking at the
beliefs," he says. This year's events are scheduled for Sept.
30.... Read this in full at
can often do more for other men by correcting our own faults than
by trying to correct theirs.”
we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship
with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us
from all sin.”
1 John 1:7
WEEK'S HYMN: THERE WERE TWELVE DISCIPLES
Author unknown; the lyrics were apparently written to help
children memorize the disciples’ names.
George A. Minor, 1880
were twelve disciples Jesus called to help him:
Peter, Andrew, James, his brother John,
Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus,
Simon, Judas, and Bartholomew.
has called us, too. He has called us, too.
are His disciples, I am one and you!
has called us, too. He has called us, too.
are His disciples, I am one and you!
live in prayer together is to walk in love together.”
Margaret Moore Jacobs
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
Favor with God and man
Be in God’s
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.
[As you travel on business or vacation, let me know
if you'd like the church guys to pray for your safety and
spiritual effectiveness. I'll add your name to the list for the
time you'll be away.]
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Frank Coleman, Editor
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information helpful to men in our spiritual growth. Thanks for
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together. Large group, small group, and one-to-one events
encourage relationship building and spiritual strengthening that
result in maximizing the potential we all have in Christ.
Min. Frank Coleman, 773-410-1483, email@example.com
if you'd like to participate in a men's discipleship program.
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