Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Lutherans & Methodists together
A working draft of a possible full-communion statement of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and United Methodist Church (UMC) is now
available. Read more ...
Big Bible Digs
1st Black Archbishop
The man answers, "I do Father."
"Then stand over there against the wall."
The priest then asks the second man, "Do you want to go to heaven?"
"Certainly, Father," was the man's reply.
"Then stand over there against the wall," says the priest.
Then Father Murphy walks up to O'Toole and says, "Do you want to go to heaven?"
O'Toole answers, "No, I don't Father."
"I don't believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don't want to go to heaven?"
Says O'Toole, "Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now."
Monday, November 28, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
1st Sunday in Advent '05
more from our hurricane pastor
Islam in Russia
Saturday, November 26, 2005
No more speaking in tongues
Wicca's World: Looking Into the Pagan Phenomenon
A Dutch court has ruled that the costs of witchcraft lessons can be tax-deductible.
In England, Portsmouth's Kingston Prison has hired a pagan priest to give spiritual advice to three inmates.
The practice of witchcraft is attracting ever-growing numbers, particularly among young women.
None entered it in order to use spells to harm people. Most choose Wicca because they are dissatisfied with churches and organized religion and are looking for a spiritual experience they are unable to find elsewhere.
Wiccan women feel as if Christian churches treat them like second-class citizens, limited to teaching Sunday school.
Far from being a revival of some ancient paganism or matriarchal society, Wicca is a modern, male invention.
Sanders affirms that her investigations made her more appreciative of the spiritual hunger leading people to experiment with Wicca. At the same time she argues that Christianity offers all of what neo-pagans seek: a message true 2,000 years ago and still valid today.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
The following is from bruderhof.com:
Once when I was in Victoria, I saw a very large house. They told me it was a bank, and that the white men place their money there to be taken care of, and that by and by they got it back, with interest. We are Indians, and we have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them away to other chiefs and people, and by and by they return them, and our hearts feel good. Our way of giving is our bank.
Maquinna, Nootka chief, early 19th Century
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Vatican's Instruction re gay priests
Reaction to Vatican's decree on gay priests
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Vatican's position on ordaining gay priests
Sunday, November 20, 2005
another sign that the apocalypse is nigh
ATTENTION CHRISTIANS!! Are you tired of your pastor translating the Word of
God (King James) into Greek and Hebrew?? Come to _____Church.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Seeing is believing?
"Person" of the year
I think the "Person" of the Year should be God. On the one hand, more people seem certain they know God's will on the social issues of the day. On the other, all of us feel the need to find answers as we confront the "acts of God" dominating the news, like diseases and global catastrophes.
-- Former FBI Agent Coleen Rowley
Communion without wine?
The threat of militant Islam
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Presbyterian Church schism?
Anglican Church schism?
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
The Christian Handbook
It offers a refresher course on a variety of subjects:
+ How to Stay Alert in Church;
+ What to Bring to a Church Potluck (By Region);
+ Ten Ways to Live Your Faith All Week Long;
+ How to Memorize a Bible Verse;
+ How to Survive an Old Testament Plague;
+ The Seven Funniest Bible Stories.
The Christian Handbook also contains maps, charts, and other resources in
three user-friendly sections: "Church Stuff," "Everyday Stuff" and "Bible Stuff."
All Things Lutheran
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
New Revised Standard Version
See stars being formed. Look & read ...
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Sunday morning St. Anthony Park Lutheran
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Thoughts on Living Wills
Living wills got a lot of attention as Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman, died a lingering death after her feeding tube was pulled.
One critic says those living wills are not always the answer to avoid a contentious end-of-life dilemma. Deborah Sturm, a registered nurse and member of National Association of Pro-Life Nurses, addressed the problems living wills pose.
A living will is a type of health-care advance directive: written instructions individuals establish regarding what they do or do not want for medical treatment in the event they cannot speak for themselves.
"The standard living-will documents that are advocated by those who support euthanasia have a general presumption for death," Sturm told ZENIT. "The language is often ambiguous and can be interpreted by a health-care provider in a variety of ways that a patient did not intend. Some living wills allow for the withdrawal of nutrition and hydration -- which, of course, includes food and water -- if a patient is comatose or vegetative," she said. "In other words, a living will can kill a person."
Sturm suggested seeking out living-will documents that have a "general presumption for life" from pro-life agencies such as National Right to Life, the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force and the American Life League.
"All of these documents involve designation of a health-care proxy who speaks for the patient when they cannot speak for themselves," Sturm said. "The proxy should be someone who is knowledgeable about the patient's pro-life worldview and who is solidly grounded in a pro-life worldview themselves."
Friday, November 11, 2005
Vatican's policy on gay priests
Any candidate with ''passing'' homosexual tendencies that were never acted on must have overcome them for at least three years for them to be ordained;the eight-page document from the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education will be made public Nov. 29. Read more ...
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Hebrew alphabet discovery
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
How much are we willing to do for our faith?
Xiaodong Li is Chinese. He is also a Christian, and that combination is dangerous. After he was arrested 10 years ago, Mr. Li said, he was tortured until he confessed to organizing an underground church. He was forced to clean public toilets 40 hours a week and given a date for a court hearing that was likely to end with two years in prison. With his hearing pending, Mr. Li fled to the United States.
Tragically, China considered Mr. Li a criminal for practicing his faith without official permission. Astonishingly, the United States government agreed.
Read more ...
Frequently Avoided Questions: An Uncensored Dialogue on Faith by Chuck Smith Jr. and Matt Whitlock. Baker Books, Nov. 2005, ISBN: 0-8010-6543-7, $14.99.
In each chapter, Smith and Whitlock discuss the history of the Christian response ("old school") versus how Christians might respond today ("new school"). Their focus is an examination of both perspectives. They have also launched a blog (www.godrisk.com) to ignite further discussion on questions addressed in FAQ:
1. Why the Bible?
2. Do I Have to Go to Church?
3. Do I Have to Sell God?
4. Can Christianity Be Reduced to Steps?
5. Does God Speak outside the Bible?
6. Is Forgiveness Real?
7. What Makes the Christian Experience Unique?
8. Are Christians the Morality Police?
9. Do Good People Go to Hell?
10. Does the Bible Contradict Evolution?
11. Am I Supposed to Hate the World?
12. Are There Gay Christians?
13. Is It Wrong to Take a Job in a Bar?
An Anglican priest, upon arriving at a party, reached for a glass of
whiskey-and-soda sitting on the mantel, and proceeded to drink.
"GASP!", went one gentleman, "How can you drink after someone else?!!?"
The priest replied, "Well, I drink after several hundred people every
Sunday, and it has not hurt me yet!"
Which authors affect our literary culture?
The Hurricane Pastor
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Soul Words: Praying With Poetry for people interested in expressions of God's mystery and majesty in poetic images, at St. Paul's Monastery, 2675 E. Larpenteur Ave., Maplewood, ($15) Nov. 10, 7-9 p.m.
How to make money representing Christians
Pope Urges Dialogue With Lutherans
Sunday, November 06, 2005
The end of fall
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Defrocked Pastor Turns The Other Cheek
-- Connie Schultz, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland
Will Methodists exclude gays from church membership?
Like other mainline denominations, the United Methodist Church, the country's third-largest denomination, has been struggling with the role of gay men and lesbians in the pews and in the pulpit. The church has traditionally welcomed gay people, though it does not ordain "self-avowed practicing homosexuals."
On Monday, the Church's Judicial Council, its equivalent of the Supreme Court, ruled that the Rev. Edward Johnson had rightfully used his pastoral discretion in refusing to accept an openly gay man as a member of his church in South Hill, Va. In response to the ruling, the Council of Bishops published a letter on Thursday to "the people of the United Methodist Church" stating that "homosexuality is not a barrier" to membership. Read more ...
Oldest Christian Church Discovered
The Pope With Style
Pope Benedict XVI is developing a reputation as a clotheshorse with his taste for Prada shoes and designer
sunglasses. The Tablet, a Roman Catholic newspaper in England, points to the new pope's expensive sunglasses,
which Vatican officials say were a present. He has also been spotted in baseball caps and red shoes from Prada.