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THOUGHTS ON THE JERUSALEM DECLARATION 3: Should Clause 13 Be Excised?

I was talking recently with a friend from the Church of England about why more Evangelicals there had not openly supported the Gafcon movement. He began by saying how positive he and his colleagues were about the Assemblies in 2008, 2013 and 2018 and also about the Jerusalem Declaration as a fine confession of biblical faith.

Koran read at Westminster Abbey as Royal Cathedral bows to Islam

Ashdown, who died on 22 December 2018, became a passionate advocate for the Muslims of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the wars that led to the break-up of Yugoslavia.

The Koranic reading was in Bosnian and preceded biblical readings from Isaiah 52: 7-12 and Paul's second epistle to Timothy 4:1-7.

Expressing his consternation, Islamic jurist Yasser Hussein who spoke to Rebel Priest media, said that such an act could imply that the deceased may have secretly converted to Islam.

WORCESTER, MASS: Former Episcopal priest charged with possessing child pornography

Lisby is married to the Rev. Timothy Burger, rector of the Episcopal church, according to court documents. Lisby is a former rector of All Saints Church in Worcester. From 2005 to 2010, he served in the Rhode Island Diocese as a curate, which is an assistant priest, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Providence; and as rector, or head priest, at Church of the Ascension in Cranston, according to a spokesman for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts.

Additional files of child pornography were subsequently found during the investigation, authorities said.

TEC's Numbers Down in ASA and Baptisms * Welby's Disastrous foray into India * ACNA opens 2,000 Member Church in Falls Church, VA * Church of Wales Declines * Australian Diocese Drops Same-Sex Marriage * CofE Bishops Resist Brexit * More

Some Muslims believe that the Houris mentioned in the Quran are buxom maidens to be enjoyed by martyrs in the afterlife. In a note to his fellow hijackers, September 11 ringleader Muhammad Atta reminded them of their impending "marriage in Paradise" to the 72 virgins. Islamic extremists refer to suicide bombing as a "wedding to the black-eyed in eternal Paradise." The German scholar Christoph Luxenberg says the "houris" with "swelling breasts" refers instead to "white raisins" and juicy fruits. (See Newsweek article "Challenging the Quran" on July 28, 2003.) Dr.

"It is quite nice to love bishops. Bishops like it. Actually, it makes the church grow better"- Archbishop Welby tells CSI and CNI Church leaders

We observed earlier that expectations of what the Archbishop might say or do are being swapped out for an anti-climax, as the visit to India was showing signs of moving towards a dull or disappointing ending or result. There were some perceptible changes as days went by. Welby was moving away from the jargon of climate change: but still he was seen as superfluous in addressing matters relating to the CSI and the Anglican Communion. Yet there are a number of observations to make.

THOUGHTS ON THE JERUSALEM DECLARATION 2: Proposing a Life-and-Death Amendment

The next clauses 8-13 address those issues of particular urgency in our day: marriage and sexuality; the mission imperative; stewardship of the earth and commitment to justice; and church unity and diversity and its limits (ecumenism and discipline). When our Statement group was considering these issues, we neglected to address one topic: life and death, which is equally rooted in Scripture and under attack in contemporary culture. I do not remember the topic coming up one way or the other. It should have. We just missed it.

I think we should remedy this omission.

Welby's India Trip Proves to be Major Miscalculation in Ecclesiastical Diplomacy

"Prostrating himself before a memorial to those shot in the Jallianwala Bagh walled garden in Amritsar, the Most Rev Justin Welby said that the shootings were a crime and a sin.

Canterbury Archbishop Caught Lying?

None of the 26 bishops who serve as voting members of the House of Lords were present during the debate on July 17 for the critical vote that resulted in the imposition of abortion on Northern Ireland.

Justin Welby has now defended the bishops' absenteeism, citing convention.

"The bishops in England, specifically those who sit in the House of Lords, by convention do not comment on issues specific to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland," a Lambeth Palace spokesperson told Church Militant, responding to a request for an explanation.

Welby should stand up for Christians persecuted by India

Justin Welby is an unlikely virtue-signaller, sharing a bloodline with luminaries of the Raj such as Sir Charles Napier, who famously punned "I have sinned" after the conquest of Sind. While maintaining that his trip to India was pastoral, not political, the archbishop lauded India's tolerance of diverse faiths. It did not occur to him how such plaudits might be exploited by India's Hindu chauvinist government of the BJP as it cracks down on the Muslims of Kashmir and suspends their democratic rights with force.

A Village vicar has resigned because he cannot agree with Oxford Diocese guidance on same-sex issues

The 53-year-old told residents living near Abingdon: "While many things in life are simply a matter of personal preference and taste, this kind of relativism does not apply to Christian doctrine.

"God himself has set controls and boundaries in place in order to keep his beloved people safe.

"Sadly this no longer seems to be the view of the bishops in our diocese.

"Over the last 10 months I have come to the conclusion (along with 100 clergy colleagues) that our bishops are no longer fully committed to the Bible's teaching, particularly in the realm of sexual ethics.

"Is Church History?" -- The Church of England Might Be

Greenbelt is a prominent liberal Christian event that began as a music festival in 1974 and has since morphed into an all-inclusive festival of faith, art, and music. Most of the talks at Greenbelt focus on the role of the church in modern society and how it should act.

The LGBT endgame is to destroy Christianity

Note that Brees did not say or do anything that could be even remotely construed as being anti-LGBT. In fact, he has previously appeared in anti-bullying ads supporting that community.

But his guilt was twofold: it is the guilt of association liberals love to use to attack what they hate and the even greater guilt of asking children to read the Bible, a book that many in this community despise. In his critics' view, arguing against bullying LGBT members is good, but so is actually bullying Christians.

Welby refuses to sign Jerusalem Declaration

The member for South Holland and The Deepings, the Rt. Hon. Sir John Hayes (Cons.) tabled six questions to Dame Caroline Spelman (Cons.) the Second Church Estates Commissioner in Parliament on the Anglican Communion, GAFCON, and the Church of England on 24 July 2019. Mrs. Spelman responded as follows:

To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church of England has plans to adopt the approach of the Global Anglican Future Conference as a model for the (a) growth and (b) development of the Anglican Communion.

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Archbishop of Canterbury apologizes for massacre in India

The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on April 13, 1919, when the British Indian Army opened fire at a crowd demonstrating for independence, killing more than 300 and injuring 1,200.

"I am so ashamed and sorry for the impact of this crime committed here. As a religious leader, I mourn the tragedy I see here," the Archbishop said.

He said he could not speak on the behalf of the British government, but he was "personally very sorry for this terrible atrocity."

A New Level of Cultural and Moral Insanity

This article tells us that a 12-year-old drag star named Desmond Napoles is one of a growing number of kids who, "Have embraced an LGBTQ identity at an early age. He, according to the article, has already come out as gay. Recent postings on his Instagram feed, which has 181,000 followers, feature him posing in a purple wig with red lips pursed or in a rainbow dress at Brooklyn Pride.

THOUGHTS ON THE JERUSALEM DECLARATION 1: Gafcon and the Church

In this piece Rowan Williams speaks positively of the "tenets of orthodoxy" expressed by "those who met for prayer and pilgrimage," noting that these tenets were "shared by the vast majority of Anglicans worldwide, even if there may be differences of emphasis and perspective on some issues." (Issues like whether God ordained marriage exclusively between a man and a woman? -- Archbishop Welby now assures us that the "Living in Love and Faith" consultative process will sort all that out.)

FALLS CHURCH,VA: Itinerant Anglicans & Consecration of a New Home

TFCA is one of the larger congregations within ACNA, reporting 2,194 members in 2018, with an average principle service attendance of 1,274 and operating income of $6.3 million. The church's daughter congregations reported a combined membership of 1,481 and an average attendance of 1,548 the same year. According to a 2015 congregational brochure, the existing property (which includes a multistory office building) cost $31 million, with an additional $23 million for new construction on the site. The new sanctuary seats between 900 and 1,000 people.

'This isn't f****** Disneyland': Furious drunk man storms cathedral after crazy golf course installed in nave

He shouted: "This isn't f***ing Disneyland, this is a f***ing cathedral, this is a f***ing disgrace."

Feeney pleaded guilty to riotous, violent or indecent behaviour in a churchyard and one count of common assault at Medway Magistrates' Court in Kent on Tuesday.

He said he was "extremely sorry" and "extremely ashamed" about the incident.

Approximately 40 visitors, including children, were enjoying the miniature golf course when Feeney began ranting at about midday on 3 August, one week after the course opened.

Media Put Positive Spin on 'Gay Gene' Study

Instead of reporting the limitations of this new study up front, the media deployed misleading headlines, knowing that few people read beyond them.

The New York Times headline was: "Many Genes Influence Same-Sex Sexuality, not a single 'gay gene.'"

The Washington Post entry was: "Study: No 'gay gene,' but genetics linked to same-sex behavior."

A Church Without Theology? A Parable of What Happens When Politics Replaces Christianity

What would be the story? Well, the headline would be, "A Congregation That Is United By Cause If Not Faith." Well, let's just think about that for a moment. Now in the headline, we're being told of a congregation that is united in political cause rather than in any kind of theological conviction. The story looks interesting. I guarantee you it is interesting.

The Curse of Unbridled Success:

We Boomers were the first generation who kept thinking that everything was about us and that we could do whatever we wished--even into our 30's. The Great Generation were made tough and wise by weathering the Great Depression and World War II, but every generation since theirs has become increasingly spoiled and entitled.

Indian scientist demolishes Archbishop Welby's climate alarmism as 'disastrous' for India's poor

Jayaraj, who worked on numerous international assignments, including the Climate Resilience plan for the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), called Welby a "brand ambassador of the climate crisis movement," observing that contrary's to the archbishop's claims, "India's agricultural output is at an all-time record high."

"There is no climate emergency," the scientist, who has been at the helm of environmental projects in Portugal, Japan, Norwich, London and Mumbai, said in response to Welby's climate apocalypticism.

The Decline and Fall of the Church in Wales

In Sept. 2014, I headlined a story, "The Washed-Up World of the Anglican Church of Wales." In it I quoted the Anglican Archbishop of Wales, the Most Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan, as saying that he would resist the founding of another province with every fiber of his body. He was, of course, alluding to the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). He made this statement at the 2009 Virginia Annual Council.

Archbishop Welby pontificates on climate change, but clams up on persecution of Christians in India

The petition accuses the Church of South India of secretly selling a biodiversity "sacred grove" belonging to All Saints Church, Bangalore, to allow dumping of construction equipment of the new Metro and the construction of a Metro station inside the church campus.

The archbishop, however, announced that the Anglican Consultative Council had declared a "climate emergency."

Church of India files legal challenge against Archbishop Justin Welby

The notice issued on behalf of the Most Reverend John Augustine, Bishop of Lucknow and Metropolitan of the Church of India (CIPBC) on Sunday, charges Welby with making a "factually incorrect declaration" at the Primates' meeting in 2018 by declaring the Church of South India (CSI) and Church of North India (CNI) to be the "only legitimate successors of the Church of England in India."

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