Bishop Bruno rejected all efforts at mediation or conciliation under the Title IV disciplinary canons, and simply refused to recognize that he had violated any canons as to the remnant congregation of St. James the Great -- whom he eventually locked out of their church, and forced to hold open-air services in a nearby park. Meanwhile, his attempt to sell the property on which St.Read more
Two prominent Muslim clerics from Pakistan, Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman and his son Haseeb Ur Rehman, are currently undertaking a tour of UK mosques called "sacred journey" which lasts until 4th September. These are not ordinary clerics. They have a vast following in Pakistan where Muhammad Naqib is a leading supporter of Mumtaz Qadri, who was executed for assassinating Punjab governor Salman Taseer because he had stood up for Pakistan Christians in opposing the Islamic blasphemy law.Read more
My parents' unwavering commitment to the poor in Bangalore was deeply shaped by the life and work of Mother Teresa. Every day on my way home from school, I walked past Shishu Bhavan--Mother Teresa's home for abandoned children--and every day, I saw a steady stream of weary mothers pounding on the gates as they held listless babies draped over their shoulders.Read more
"7 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[g] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
and in 2. Corinthians 5.17.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come".Read more
Today's Evangelical revisionists should take sober note. Time and again I tremble when I hear or read their flimsy arguments. They may be lionized by the wider advocates of the sexual revolution for fifteen minutes, because they are siding with that wider culture in undermining the clear teaching of Jesus and the Bible that stands in their way. For their is no question that Jesus, the Scriptures and Christian tradition all stand resolutely in their way.Read more
The Rev'd Dr Peter Sanlon, Vicar of St Mark's Church in Tunbridge Wells, is the protagonist. He explains: "If senior leaders of the Church of England water down the teaching of the Church of England on key issues like homosexuality, then this synod could easily evolve in to a new Anglican jurisdiction in England. The Archbishop of Canterbury has signalled that he is aware of the possibility that a significant proportion of the church will not accept a change in the church's teaching.Read more
'Do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband?' the Imam solemnly intones. 'I do.' 'I do.' 'I do.' 'I do.' So reply the four blushing brides in the pecking order of matriarchal seniority. 'The bridegroom may now kiss the brides,' says the Imam. [Rubrics in the Book of Common Prayer: Bridesmaids may assist the brides in taking off their purdah or niqab, while the best man may help in combing the groom's beard after he has kissed the brides]Read more
The German philosopher Hegel, in writing about analytical thought, said that conversations should pose a thesis, engage an antithesis, and then resolve into synthesis. That approach works fine when dealing with matters of opinion or preference, but it is not effective in dealing with issues of truth.Read more
The reasoning of these experts brings to mind the concept of a panacea, something that has always fascinated me - the idea that there is a simple explanation and simple solution for a complex problem. Although history has proven that panaceas seldom live up to their expectations, politicians and activists often use them to hoodwink a trusting public. They imply that complex problems can be resolved with simplified solutions.Read more
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