Wednesday, November 30, 2005

First black Archbishop inaugurated

[icKent] November 30, 2005--The inauguration ceremony of Britain's first black archbishop was taking place at York Minster.

Southeast Asia elects new archbishop

[VirtueOnline] November 30, 2005--The Most Reverend Datuk Yong Ping Chung, the Primate of the Province of the Anglican Church in South East Asia since February 2000, announces today that the Extra-Ordinary meeting of the Synod of the Province of South Ease Asia, held in Kuala Lumpur 22 - 24 November 2005, has chosen the Right Reverend, Dr John Chew Hiang Chea, the Bishop of Singapore, to be the third Primate (Archbishop) of the Province.

The Gay Invention

[Touchstone Magazine] November 29, 2005--For thousands of years, until the late 1800s, our ancestors were completely oblivious to the existence of a fundamentally distinct class of human beings. Indeed, during the long period of Greco-Roman antiquity and more than a millennium and a half of Christian civilization, man did not even have a name for this class.

Brazilian Bishops to Canterbury: Don't Allow Reinvention of Communion

[The Living Church] November 29, 2005--The House of Bishops of the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil (IEAB) has written to Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams questioning his impartiality over the Recife crisis.

Ban on Homosexual Men From Priesthood Was Always in Place - Citation from AD810 Decision

[] November 30, 2005--A Vatican consultant, in an interview with the I Media news service, has observed that the Church has always taught that homosexuals should not become priests, since they suffer from a "structural incoherence" in their approach to human sexuality. The question of whether homosexual men should become priests has been raised repeatedly by Church leaders, and always answered negatively said Msgr. Tony Anatrella, a French Jesuit who is a consultant to the Pontifical Council on the Family. The French priest-psychologist cited decisions by the Council of Paris in 819, and the 3rd and 4th Lateran Councils in 1169 and 1215.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

New Provincial Secretary for Rwandan Anglicans

[Anglican Mission in America] November 29, 2005--In a special meeting led by Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini, leaders of the Province of the Episcopal Church of Rwanda (PEER) have selected a new Provincial Secretary. Pastor Emmanuel Gatera, a professor at Mukono University in Uganda, will take over the office that is charged with overseeing the operations of the Province, as well as leading important initiatives. Outgoing Secretary Bishop Josias Sendegeya, due to rotate out of office, was pleased with the selection. ""I hope and I believe that electing Pastor Emmanuel Gatera as the new Provincial secretary for PEER will help our church attain the apex of development."

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The Lord works in mysterious ways

[Sydney Morning Herald] November 26, 2005--Was Jesus a successful or a failed prophet? The answer depends on whether or not we believe in miracles, writes Peter Jensen.

The sin of the Archbishop

[OnlineOpinion] November 28, 2005-- hold Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in high esteem as a churchman, intellectual and compassionate person. I especially admire his commitment to think as a Christian, sometimes “outside the box”, and to push the boundaries of received orthodoxy where they encroach on truth and freedom.

But he surely goes too far in condemning the introduction of English hymns and carols to far-flung parts of the world as “sinful”.

Florida attorney responds to Bishop Howard's letter to Pascoe

[VirtueOnline] November 26, 2005--An attorney for the Rev. Dr. Samuel Pascoe, rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Orange Park, has written a letter to Florida Bishop John Howard, excoriating him over charges that the orthodox priest had violated an agreement he had with the liberal bishop.

'Extinct' Episcopal Parish Refuses to Hand Over Keys to Property

[Agape Press] November 28, 2005--Dague says the standard under New York law does not allow the parish to be declared "extinct," so he does not believe the diocese can seize the parish's property through civil recourse. And while the dispute may eventually be hashed out in court, the attorney says he hopes that never happens.

Narnia True to the Book, Says Hollywood Christian Exec

[Agape Press] November 28, 2005-- An official with an organization that trains Christians for Hollywood says parents need to take their children to see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when it is released in early December.

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Research says 'living in sin' damages love

[CathNews] November 29, 2005--Living "in sin" can damage future married life, according to a new study that also suggests devout Christians have better love lives.

Boston Archbishop to Homosexuals: "Because we love you, we cannot accept your behavior."

[] November 28, 2005--Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley wrote a pastoral letter last week calling on Catholics to show true love to persons with homosexual tendencies. This is done he said by telling them that homosexual acts are sinful, he said. Otherwise, the bishop continued, we are dangerously "deceiving people."

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Massachusetts Turns in Two Times the Necessary Signatures to Repeal Gay “Marriage” on 2008 Ballot

[] November 28, 2005--A family advocacy coalition has submitted double the required number of signatures necessary to ensure voters have an opportunity to overturn a 2003 activist court decision by voting on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex “marriage” during the 2008 general election.

Vatican renews ban on gay priests

[BBC News] November 29, 2005--The Vatican has published long-awaited guidelines which reaffirm that active homosexuals and "supporters of gay culture" may not become priests.

Swedish anti-gay pastor acquitted

[BBC News] November 29, 2005--In a sermon two years ago, Pastor Ake Green told his congregation that homosexuality was a "deep cancer tumour" on society.

He was convicted in 2004 under Sweden's hate crimes law.

But on Tuesday the court upheld an appeals court verdict that Pastor Green's remarks did not constitute incitement to hatred.

John Gibson Is Right About The War on Christmas

[The Conservative Voice] November 27, 2005--On the first Sunday after Thanksgiving 2005 I visited Manhattan to go to Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral and to see the displays in the front windows of two famous Fifth Avenue department stores, Lord & Taylor and Sax Fifth Avenue.

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Monday, November 28, 2005

Thoughts from the Writings of Bishop J. C. Ryle

Religious divisions of some kind there must always be, so long as false doctrine prevails, and men will cleave to it. What communion can there be between light and darkness? How can two walk together except they be agreed? What unity can there be where there is not the unity of the Spirit? Division and seperation from those who adhere to false and unscriptural doctrine is a duty, and not a sin. (Expository Thoughts on Luke - Volume 2, pp. 19-20).

PA diocese rejects 2006 budget mandatory assessments

[VirtueOnline] November 28, 2005--In an appeal for sympathy, in his opening address to the 222nd Diocesan Convention, Bishop Charles E. Bennison volunteered to resign from his position. While no one publicly took him up on his offer, all of the major initiatives he supported were completely defeated. It was, in essence, a vote of no confidence in the bishop.

Gay priest speaks out about Episcopal Church controversy

{WROC TV News 8] November 26, 2005--"I really don't give my sexuality a second thought here. I think for the most part my parishioners don't either. To them I' m a Priest, and I happen to be gay," said Rev. Michael Hopkins.

Believers must stay connected even amid discord

{Rochester Democrat & Chronicle] November 27, 2005--He chose his words carefully. There was pain and sorrow in his eyes. Two days before the "extinction" vote, the Rev. David Harnish, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Irondequoit, knew the odds were against the parish — which had refused to pay more than $16,000 in required contributions to the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester.

Episcopal church leader says retaliation is diocese's motive

[Press & Sun-Bulletin] November 28, 2005--An Episcopal parish in Owego has been without its long time rector for nearly six months while church leadership in Syracuse pursues an investigation into allegations of misuse of money at St. Paul's Church.

Maysville Episcopal church leaders resign

[Herald-Leader] November 24, 2005--The leadership of Maysville's Church of the Nativity resigned this week after sparring with Episcopal Bishop Stacy Sauls over ownership of Nativity's 150-year-old house of worship.

Battle rages, God winning

[VirtueOnline} November 27, 2005--There are several recent developments in the battle for the soul of the Anglican Church of Canada for which we can thank God whilst continuing to pray fervently.

Rome warning on women bishops

[The Church of England Newspaper] November 25, 2005--If the Church of England consecrates women bishops its relations with Roman Catholicism could suffer “irreparable damage”, according to a Catholic Bishops response to the Rochester report.

Women priests on world agenda

[The Church of England Newspaper] November 25, 2005--The Church “cannot remain as it always has been,” Archbishop Ellison Pogo told over 100 delegates to the 11th General Synod of the Church of Melanesia, and called for the Anglican Church in the Central Pacific to permit the ordination of women to the priesthood.

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'Signatories' of Akinola letter say they didn't sign

[Church Times] November 25, 2005--The Primate of the West Indies, the Most Revd Drexel Gomez, described the letter on Tuesday as "an act of impatience and a disrespect for process". He said: "Unfortunately we never had a discussion of the letter. It was just circulated along with other documents - we only had 40 minutes to meet and were only told about the background to it."

He and the Presiding Bishop of the Southern Cone, the Most Revd Gregory Venables, had agreed together after the meeting that they could not be associated with it, Archbishop Gomez said. "We were never told it would be made public. I am not at all happy with the present situation."

Bishop Venables confirmed that he had been in touch with Archbishop Akinola to express his objections. He said on Tuesday: "I went along to Egypt as part of it all because I wanted to affirm the positive nature of Christianity within Anglicanism, and to see if we can find a way forward together.

"I certainly didn't go to have a go at Rowan, who's a good friend and a man I respect enormously. I certainly don't see any point in setting up an alternative Anglican Communion because that in itself would be a contradiction. Anglicanism isn't like that. Even if one side here wins, it stops being Anglican. That isn't our way; it's what keeps us from being a sect."

Dr Williams hopes for 'Lambeth-lite'

[Church Times] November 25, 2005--The shape of the next Lambeth Conference could be decided at a key meeting in London on 6 December.

American Baptists Approve New Language Against Homosexuality

[The Christian Post] November 27, 2005--Amid the ongoing controversy over gay policies within the American Baptist Churches of USA, the denomination added a new phrase to its self-definition in favor of a stronger stance against homosexuality.

U.K. Churches See Evangelism Opportunities in Rising ''Narnia'' Mania

[The Christian POst] November 26, 2005--Churches in the United Kingdom are getting ready for an evangelistic outreach this Christmas amid the rising mania over the upcoming new Disney film "Narnia."

Christians Worldwide Mark First Day of Advent

[The Christian Post] November 27, 2005--Christians worldwide observed the first day of the season of Advent on Sunday, Nov. 27, marking the time for reflection, introspection and preparation leading up to Christmas.

Wicca's World: Looking Into the Pagan Phenomenon

[Zenit News Agency] November 26, 2005--Witchcraft is moving into the mainstream in the Netherlands. A Dutch court has ruled that the costs of witchcraft lessons can be tax-deductible, the Associated Press reported Oct. 31.

Late abortion followed 'honour killing'

[The Telegraph] November 27, 2005--A pregnant young woman at the centre of a Muslim "honour killing" underwent an illegally late abortion at a clinic exposed by the Sunday Telegraph.

C. S. Lewis Superstar

[] November 23, 2005--At first glance, C. S. Lewis and Elvis Presley seem like polar opposites. But a closer look will show that these two cultural icons have a lot in common.

Plot to burn Christians thwarted

[WorldNetDaily] November 24, 2005--Police in northern India thwarted a plot by Hindu extremists who threatened to burn to death more than 60 Christian converts if they refused to return to Hinduism by Sunday.

Catholic document strengthens ban on homosexual priests

[Baptist Press] November 23, 2005--A new Catholic document approved by Pope Benedict XVI would bar men from the priesthood "who are actively homosexual, have deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called 'gay culture.'"

Mass. amendment signature drive appears successful; Canadians still hope to reverse 'gay marriage' law

[Baptist Press] November 23, 2005--Supporters of a constitutional marriage amendment in Massachusetts say they have collected approximately twice the number of signatures required in their effort to place an amendment before voters in 2008.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Orthodox rector receives pastoral directive from Florida bishop

[VirtueOnline] November 22, 2005--The orthodox rector of Grace Church, Orange Park in the Diocese of Florida has received a Pastoral Directive from Bishop John Howard telling him to cease and desist fundraising for a new church he was planting as it had not received his blessing or encouragement.

Fired London cleric makes case to Archbishop of Canterbury

[VirtueOnline] November 18, 2005--By revoking my licence the Bishop of Southwark has followed the juridical and schismatical route of leaving us either "in communion" or "out of communion." He has written in his letter to the clergy of 8 November that "we do not do schism in the Diocese of Southwark". But that precisely is what he is doing. We - myself and the many sharing my views - have always talked about an "impairment of communion" and a "temporary" one at that. Is it right for the Bishop to formalize schism in this way?

List of all North American congregations affiliated with the Anglican primates

[VirtueOnline] November 22, 2005--Subject: 'Alphabet Soup' of affiliations - (North American Congregations Affiliated with Anglican Primates) Additions and/or corrections welcome.

Exploring the Faith Inside Narnia

[The Cyhristian Post] November 22, 2005--Churches have stepped into the Narnia scene to promote the upcoming film's Christian values to children and young adults and reach out to the public.

Declared 'Extinct,' But Still Worshiping

[The Living Church] November 22, 2005--It was relatively easy on Nov. 19 for the Rochester diocesan convention to declare a viable parish that claims 91 members “extinct.” But when the Rt. Rev. Jack McKelvey arrived two days later at All Saints’ Church in Irondequoit, N.Y., to collect the keys to the property, the parish’s lawyer informed Bishop McKelvey that he would not be turning over the keys that day “or at any time.”

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Church dissolved over homosexual issue - WorldNewsNet

ACC Chair Calls ECUSA Response to Windsor 'Exemplary'

[THe Living Church] November 22, 2005--The chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) has apologized to the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada for the treatment the two Churches received from the ACC at its June meeting in Nottingham. He also commended as “exemplary” the response of the Episcopal Church and the Church of Canada to the Windsor Report, the Anglican Journal reported.

So Rt. Rev. John Paterson, Bishop of Auckland, has thrown in his lot with the revisionists. Does he speak for his jurisdiction or just for himself?

Related article:
Churches unlikely to pass motion adding primates to ACC, says chair - Anglican Journal

Chronicling C.S. Lewis

[The Washington Times] November 8, 2005--C.S. Lewis was renowned during his lifetime as a scholar, literary critic and perhaps the most influential Christian apologist of the 20th century, and he still is. He wrote a volume of "The Oxford History of English Literature" and was also the author of a science-fiction series ("Space Trilogy") and "Till We Have Faces," a retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche.

House May Urge Ninth Circuit to Rehear Sex Survey Case

[] November 23, 2005--The House of Representatives is debating a resolution that urges the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case of Fields vs. Palmdale School District.

Mass. Gay Marriage Foes May Get on Ballot

[CBS News] November 22, 2005--Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to put a stop to gay marriage in Massachusetts said Tuesday they have gathered almost twice the number of signatures needed to put it on the ballot in 2008.

Indian Pastor Beaten, Arrested for 'Forcibly Converting' Hindus

[The Christian Post] November 21, 2005--An Indian pastor was beaten and arrested during a baptism ceremony by a Hindu fundamentalist group for allegedly forcing Hindus to convert, according to the head of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI).

Active Gays Unwanted As Priests

[CBS News] November 22, 2005--The Vatican is toughening its stand against gay candidates for the priesthood, specifying in a new document that even men with "transitory" homosexual tendencies must overcome their urges for at least three years before entering the clergy.

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Official Vatican Document on Homosexuality - VirtueOnline

Russia Considers Tighter Clampdown on Missionaries, Religious Groups

[The Christian Post] November 22, 2005--The Russian government said that within the coming weeks it may begin tightening control of foreign missionaries and religious organizations.

Conservatives Warn Against 'Third Way' Approach to Sexuality Debate

[The Christian Post] November 22, 2005--Conservative leaders from across denominational and geographic borders issued a joint letter warning against “third way” proposals that may change mainline church teachings on sexuality.

De-facto relationships damage future married life

[] November 23, 2005--Stephanie* is one of 70 per cent of young Australians who cohabit before marriage.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Virginia Parish Leaves ECUSA, Pastor Awaits Possible Reprisal

[Agape News] November 21, 2005--A Virginia congregation says it has left the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) -- and the pastor of that congregation fears his former bishop may take retaliatory action against the parish.

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Pro-gay Anglicans say Nigerian Church 'obsessed' with gays

[ekklesia] November 21, 2005--Archbishop Peter Akinola and leaders of the 25-million strong Anglican Church in Nigeria have been accused of being “obsessed” with homosexuality while ignoring other major issues of concern from the perspective of the Gospel.

Canadian church remains “important part of the Communion”

[The Anglican Church of Canada] November 22, 2005--The Anglican Church of Canada “remains an important part of the Anglican Communion,” Bishop John Paterson, of Auckland NZ, the chair of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), told members of the Council of General Synod (CoGs).

New Westminster bishop and diocesan leadership out to crush orthodox Anglicans

[VirtueOnline] November 19, 2005--The revisionist Bishop of New Westminster Michael Ingham, and his diocesan leadership, have embarked on a mission to crush and ultimately destroy all orthodox expression of historic Anglicanism in this morally and theologically conflicted diocese.

Multiculturalism has betrayed the English, Archbishop says

[VirtueOnline] November 22, 2005--St George's Day should be celebrated and the English should reclaim their national identity and culture, Dr John Sentamu says, a week before his enthronement in York.

St. Peter's Now a 'Full Member in the Anglican Communion'

[VirtueOnline] November 20, 2005--The lay missioner for Companions of St. Peter the Apostle, Robert England, told a Forward in Faith gathering this afternoon that the mission is now a 'full member' of the Anglican Communion.

APA Presiding Bishop comments on covenant with Nigeria

[VirtueOnline] November 21, 2005--This emerging relationship with the 18,000,000 member Nigerian Province of the Anglican Communion is without a doubt the most significant event in the life of the separated Anglican Church movement. It is a glorious occasion and one we should be rightfully pleased about. It is a mission minded document, which you will realize as you read it all, and I believe we must be active partners in this relationship if it is to grow. A number of our parishes have Nigerian families as members. This Concordat should serve as a real tangible indicator of our commitment to them and to the historic Faith we all share. The Archbishop wants us to reach out to Nigerian Anglicans in our areas who have founded new churches under the Primate's of the CANA initiative.

Middle East Bishop distances himself from Primates letter to Williams

[VirtueOnline] November 19, 2005--I was saddened to read in The Guardian newspaper of 17th November a front page article headed "Archbishops threaten split over gay clergy".

Would President Bishop Clive Handford distanced himself from the Primates' letter to Archbishop Williams if the liberal media had not distorted its content and raised a hue and cry?

The 39 Articles and Reformation Anglicanism

[VirtueOnline] November 22, 2005---Janani Memorial Lecture 2005

This 19-page lecture can be downloaded at the link below. An Acrobat Reader is required.

Ozarks group leaves U.S. Episcopalians

[News-Leader] November 22, 2005--A group of Springfield area Episcopalians upset over decisions by the U.S. church is breaking away to form their own congregation.

All Saints refuses to hand over keys

[Rochester Democrat and Chronicle] November 22, 2005--A delegation from Rochester's Episcopal diocese — including the bishop and an attorney — requested the keys and assets from All Saints Episcopal Church Monday but left empty handed.

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Bishop Salmon: Church Decisions Have Global Impact

[The Living Church] November 21, 2005--Though it concluded nearly three weeks ago, the South to South Encounter in Egypt continues to make headlines, most recently with a response by the Global South primates to the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon Jr., Bishop of South Carolina, one of two bishops from the Episcopal Church who attended, offers his insights on the conference.

Akinola denies rift over Primates' letter to Williams

[ekklesia] November 21, 2005--As the squabble continues over a controversial letter issued by some developing world primates after a recent South-South Encounter with the Archbishop of Canterbury on issues dividing the Anglican Communion, Dr Peter Akinola, the Archbishop of Nigeria has bluntly denied claims that it was published without consent.

Pro-Gay-Marriage Jewish Leader called Not Jewish

[] November 21, 2005--Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the president of the ultra-liberal Union for Reform Judaism, has lashed out at conservatives on the "religious right" who defend traditional morality and the family. He made his remarks in a speech Saturday, to about 5,000 during the movement's national assembly in Houston.

UK Churches Set to Join in Narnia Craze

[The Christian Post] November 21, 2005--Churches across the U.S. have already joined forces with Disney and Buena Vista, the film's distributors, in the run-up to the release of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Now it’s the UK’s turn, with churches across the country soon to be donning glossy Narnia posters.

Black magic, murder and madness in Satanist South Africa,5744,17308478%5E2703,00.html

[The Australian] November 21, 2005--A church custodian is murdered in the dead of night and his mutilated corpse, bearing vicious stab wounds to his head and side mimicking those of Jesus Christ on the cross, is left in front of the altar.

So the Gloves Come Off: The New Yorker and New York Times Tackle Narnia

[Further Up and Further In] November 19, 2005--No surprise here, but New York interlektuls (as Flannery O'Connor called them) don't like Lewis, but, what's more, they don't like anyone else liking him either. It is hard to tell which may be worse, Lewis or we, his too numerous admirers.

Wedded Bliss for All or None

[Washington Post] November 15, 2005--Clarendon Presbyterian Church Pastor David Ensign has an alternative air about him. He wears an earring and has been known to pick up his guitar to play a few hymns during Sunday services.

But he surprised even some of Arlington's die-hard progressives Nov. 3 at the county's annual human rights awards ceremony, where his church was honored. He used the occasion to announce the church's new wedding policy:

Traditional marriages are out. "Celebrations of commitment" are in.

Euthanasia Doctor Commits Suicide after Finding Patient He Killed Was Not Terminally Ill

[] November 21, 2005--A doctor acting for the Swiss euthanasia group, Dignitas, has committed suicide after learning that a German woman he euthanized was not terminally ill. Dignitas is under investigation after news of the woman's death.

Muslim fanatics terrorise a nation,5744,17308340%5E2703,00.html

[The Australian] November 21, 2005--Islamist murders and threats have transformed the once-tolerant Netherlands into a place of armed bodyguards and fear, writes Anthony Browne.

Police make Arrests in Illegal Gay "Pride" Parade

[] November 21, 2005--Police arrested more than 65 homosexual activists in Poland's south-western city of Poznan for participating in an illegal "Equality March" there Saturday.

Lambeth Palace Releases Official Response to Letter Attacking Archbishop Williams

[The Christian Post] November 19, 2005--Lambeth Palace has officially responded to the extreme criticism that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has received from Primates regarding his leadership of the Anglican Communion over the issue of homosexuality in the Church.

Narnia website at LifeWay to aid grasp of upcoming film

[Baptist Press] November 21, 2005--)--“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” began intriguing readers well before the era of spectacular multimillion-dollar Hollywood special effects or sophisticated websites available to anyone with Internet access.

Protecting Your Teen from Today's Wicca

[] November 22, 2005--Goth made the news again. The wife of high profile lawyer Daniel Horowitz was found murdered last month at their beautiful estate. The suspect? A 16-year old boy known for wearing dark clothing and who reportedly read the book of Satan. Although this is an extreme case – and the truth has yet to be fully sorted out – parents across America find themselves once again concerned about the occult and its influence on our kids.

Most Americans Feel Religion is 'Under Attack,' Poll Shows

[] November 22, 2005--A new survey shows the majority of Americans think religion is "under attack" and "losing its influence" in American life.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Winter Conference--Pressing on Toward the Goal

[Anglican Mission in America] November 19, 2005--The Anglican Mission's Winter Conference, as the AMiA's main event for the year, offers opportununities for encouragement, challenge and worship. Don't miss this year's conference in Birmingham, January 11-15....

All Saints, Rochester, on its possible “extinction”

[Anglican Communion Network] November 15, 2005--Bishop and Diocesan Leaders seek to declare our parish “extinct”

Americans breaking through boundaries of denominations

[The Daily News] November 19, 2005--The American church scene long has been defined by denominations. Individual believers and churches historically have identified themselves by whatever particular denomination they were a part of.

Episcopalians expected to accept critical report

[] November 19, 2005--... The report by the Anglican Communion's Lambeth Commission was released last year. Church leaders said it's intent was to bring about ...

Tensions Mount Over 'False Reports' on Anglican Schism
[The Christian Post] November 18, 2005--A sharp letter from Global South Anglicans leaders demanding action from the Archbishop of Canterbury over “unrepented sexual immorality” in the church, and a subsequent flurry of media reports alleging a “threatened split over gay clergy,” are straining already stretched relations between conservative and liberal Anglicans around the world.

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Seventeen orthodox lay persons blast Washington bishop

[VirtueOnline] November 19, 2005--Seventeen orthodox laypersons from seven parishes in the Diocese of Washington have sent a letter to Bishop John Chane criticizing him for the letter he wrote to his clergy and wardens following the installation of a deacon in the diocese ordained by Bishop Frank Lyons from the Diocese of Bolivia.

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[Global South Anglican] November 19, 2005--We elected a leadership team consisting of the Most Rev’d Peter J. Akinola, Primate of All Nigeria as President, the Rt. Rev’d John Chew, Bishop of Singapore as General Secretary, assisted by the Venerable Oluranti Odubogun and Canon Martyn Minns, and the Rt. Rev’d Mouneer Anis as Treasurer. We also established a Primates Advisory Group consisting of the Most Rev’d Emmanuel Kolini, Province of Rwanda, the Most Rev’d Bernard Malango, Province of Central Africa, the Most Rev’d Drexel Gomez, the Province of the West Indies the Most Rev’d Gregory Venables, the Province of the Southern Cone. We will also shortly be announcing the name of a Primate from Asia to complete the Group.

Virginia Congregation Votes to Leave

[The Living Church] November 18, 2005--In an afternoon meeting, Nov. 14, the Rev. Phil Ashey, informed the Diocese of Virginia that he had resigned as missioner of South Riding Church in Fairfax and that the congregation had voted to withdraw from the Episcopal Church and affiliate with the Rt. Rev. Benezeri Kisembo, Bishop of Rwenzori in the Anglican Church of Uganda.

Nigerian Primate Responds to Outcry

[The Living Church] November 18, 2005--In a release published earlier today, Archbishop Akinola described as “pitiable” the media “spin” that is “drawing attention away from the deep Biblical discussion contained in our response” and said their response was released “when it was fully ready,” not, as has been suggested in the British press, timed to cause maximum embarrassment to Archbishop Williams.

Related article:
Press Release on Global South Primates' Response to Archbishop Rowan Williams' Address - Church of Nigeria News

Conservative Catholics Ready to Rumble with Dissenters over Homosexual Priest Ban

[] November 18, 2005-- Less than two weeks away from the widely rumoured November 29 publication date of a new Vatican document dealing with homosexuality and the priesthood, dissenters from the church's stand against ordaining homosexuals - among them priests and bishops - have taken their claims public. As reported, Rochester, NY Bishop Matthew Clark, and a former international leader of the Dominican Order have publicly endorsed ordaining homosexuals despite long-standing Catholic discipline against the move. (see coverage: )

Homosexuality Triggering HIV Escalation

[] November 18, 2005-- While the rates for new cases of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, have been on the decline among heterosexuals and intravenous drug users, US health officials are expressing alarm at an eight percent increase in HIV rates in homosexual and bisexual men in one year.

Court decision on parental rights denounced by Mohler, Dobson

[Baptist Press] November 18, 2005--A recent decision by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowing public schools to provide information about sex to elementary school students without parental consent is “an outrage” and demonstrates “what an activist judiciary looks like,” R. Albert Mohler Jr. said on the Focus on the Family radio broadcast Nov. 16.

Hard men turn to Islam to cope with jail

[Sydney Morning Herald] November 19, 2005--In the Southern Tablelands, in the country's most secure jail, violent men with little to do and nothing to lose are turning to the Koran. Muhammad has come to monsters who may never go to a mosque.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Jensen urges Anglican communion to rethink gay clergy

[Sydney Morning Herald] November 19, 2005--The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, has joined leading church conservatives to urge the head of the worldwide Anglican communion to rethink his personal stand on gay clergy.

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REC theologian comments on Nigerian covenant with REC/APA

[VirtueOnline] November 17, 2005--We thank our God always for allowing us to walk together with our brothers and sisters in Christ from Nigeria to reclaim this land for our God. Please pray for us. To paraphrase one of the church fathers, "Our boat is so small and His sea is so great." Thanks be to God He's in the boat with us; He's not abandoned us in this lost world; and, with Him in our boat we can pass through any raging storm.

Women Bishops

[VirtueOnline] November 18, 2005--We remain convinced that the consecration of women as Bishops does not accord with the teaching of the Bible. Furthermore, we continue to assert that, in passing the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1992, the General Synod acted contrary to the will of God and Canon A5 of the Canons of the Church of England....

Statement from Lambeth Palace following publication of the Global South Primates' Letter

[Anglican Communion News Service] November 18, 2005--Lambeth Palace has issued the following statement following the publication of a letter from Primates of the Global South to the Archbishop of Canterbury...

Heaven on Earth

[Sydney Morning Herald] November 19, 2005--The message of Jesus lives today because he was a master moralist with the ability to touch people deeply, writes Peter Jensen.

Defiant Episcopal church may be closed

[Rochester Democrat & Chronicle] November 18, 2005--In a move that could cost them their church, parishioners at All Saints Episcopal in Irondequoit are withholding money from the Episcopal diocese because of a disagreement.

Anglican Primates deny attack on Archbishop of Canterbury

[ekklesia] November 18, 2005--The Global South Anglican website which published a letter from 14 primates responding to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s contribution at a recent church summit in Egypt has explicitly denied widespread press reports that the communique is an assault on Dr Rowan Williams.

Rowan Williams calls for active dialogue over gay conflict

[ekklesia] November 17, 2005--The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has challenged the acrimony of arguments within the Church of England and the Anglican Communion over sexuality and women bishops, proposing a bold new initiative to get the warring factions to listen to each other with respect.

Attack on archbishop rebounds on rebels

[Telegraph] November 18, 2005--An open letter attacking the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, yesterday rebounded on the conservative Anglican leaders.

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Fort Worth Via Media rip Anglo-Catholic bishop

[VirtueOnline] November 17, 2005--Via Media, a liberal pro-gay organization bent on eradicating the last vestiges of orthodoxy in The Episcopal Church, has written an Open Letter to the Bishop of Fort Worth, the Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker, telling him that there is no planned coup to overthrow orthodox bishops in The Episcopal Church, but they have a plan ready if the bishop plans to take the diocese out of the Episcopal Church.

Pakistani Christians Mourn Over Attacks, Declare Strike against Blasphemy Law

[The Christian Post] November 16, 2005--The violent burning of churches in a rural village in Pakistan last Saturday has provoked reaction of Christians from all of the country and the world.

Archbishop to visit Pakistan

[Church Times] November 18, 2005--The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to visit Pakistan next week.

Bridging the Ephesians 5 Divide

[] November 18, 2005--Marriage is a mystery: The Bible says that husband and wife become "one flesh," as head and body, in the likeness of Christ and the church. The husband is the head; the wife is the body. Together they project a spiritual image, a bizarre picture of a male-headed female body.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

[] November 17, 2005--Things get more emotional, and more intense, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This is the fourth and middle installment in J. K. Rowling's seven-part series, and it is, in a sense, the fulcrum on which the entire saga rests. Each of the previous stories concerned a mystery that took place over the course of an entire school year, but despite a few loose threads here or there, the mysteries were basically resolved in the end. This new story starts off as just another adventure, more or less, but by the end, the situation faced by its protagonists has become much darker, and much more dire. If the previous films were like the lull before World War II, when Hitler built his army and everyone hoped nothing would come of it and life could go on as before, this film marks the invasion of Poland, so to speak. There is tragedy, and death, and we know things will get only worse.

Weblog: Actors Play Down Narnia's Christianity

[] Novemeber 17, 2005--Plus: Conservative Christians gear up for '06 elections, Jeff Tweedy plays Messiah College, and more articles from online sources around the world.

Global South Primates’ Letter Draws Rebuke

[The Living Church] November 17, 2005--A letter sent to the Archbishop of Canterbury and bearing the signature of 17 primates in attendance at the recent South to South meeting in Egypt questioned whether the official relationship between the state and the Church of England is “obsolete and a hindrance to the Gospel” given that homosexuals will be able to register civil partnerships effective Dec. 5. The letter, which was released while General Synod was in session and not read by the Most Rev. Rowan Williams until after it was released to the public, drew a rebuke from Lambeth Palace.

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First Comes Gay Marriage then Comes Bestiality in Massachusetts

[] November 17, 2005--Four legislators in Massachusetts are quickly following up on their success at legalizing homosexual unions by pushing for softening laws against other forms of sexual deviance. They have introduced a bill that proposes to reduce the penalties associated with the state’s criminal prohibition on sex acts with animals.

Radicals threaten to burn Christians to death

[WorldNetDaily] November 17, 2005--More than 60 Christian converts in northern India will be burned to death if they refuse to return to Hinduism by Sunday, a group of extremists has warned.

The Presence of Christ in The Lord of the Rings | Peter J. Kreeft

[Ignatius Insight] November 18, 2005--J. R. R. Tolkien, like most Catholics, saw pagan myths not as wholly mistaken (as most Protestants do), but as confused precursors of Christianity....

Christmas is OK — Even in Public School

[CitizenLink] November 16, 2005--Pro-family groups are making a list and checking it twice, hoping to ensure that public school students and their parents are armed with all the facts — and support — they need to properly celebrate Christmas in the classroom.

From the Primates to Williams

[EV News] November 18, 2005--In a letter widely reported in the press a group of 17 Anglican Primates have directly criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury following his recent address at their meeting.

Covenant between Nigeria, REC and APA

[EV News] November 18, 2005--A Covenant has been entered into by the Archbishop of Nigeria and the leaders of two continuing Anglican churches in North America. The Reformed Episcopal Church was formed in the mid 1800s as a response to growing Anglo-Catholic influence in the Episcopal Church. The Anglican Province of America, a predominantly Anglo-Catholic body, is a relatively recent grouping formed principally in opposition to the ordination of women priests.

Website aimed at Australians attacks Christians, Jews

[The Age] November 18, 2005--A website aimed at young Australian Muslims promotes hatred of Jews and Christians, claiming the Jews in the US Government "are like a cockroach infestation — add some to your hit-list".

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Church of England evil, say archbishops,,2-1876059,00.html

[Times Online] November 17, 2005--The Anglican Church came closer to schism last night after 14 evangelical archbishops condemned the Church of England as evil and singled out the Archbishop of Canterbury for personal attack.

Archbishop attacked in gay debate

[BBC News] November 17, 2005--Seventeen archbishops signed a letter urging him to act against "unrepented sexual immorality" in the Church.

Anglican archbishops attack Williams over gays

[Reuters] November 17, 2005--Almost half the world's Anglican archbishops have mutinied over the divisive issue of gay clergy, demanding action from Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams over "unrepented sexual immorality" in the church.

Network bishops to discuss Nigerian Archbishop's call

[The Christian Challenge] November 16, 2005--Bishops of the Anglican Communion Network (ACN) are slated to discuss this week the implications of a leading archbishop's call Friday for conservative American Anglicans to declare whether they stand with the liberal U.S. Episcopal Church (ECUSA) or the Network, most of which is still within ECUSA though doctrinally at odds with it.

US conservatives told its time to decide

[The Church of England Newspaper] November 18, 2005--A Panel of Primates pledged their continued support to North American conservatives at a traditionalists’ rally in Pittsburgh last week, but stated the ‘moment of decision’ had come, challenging traditionalists to chose which master they would serve. Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda called on the leaders of the North American Churches to prove their mettle, “standing boldly and standing courageously for Christ”. “Yes, we will stay with you”, Archbishop Yong Ping Church of Southeast Asia responded to pleas of continued support for embattled American and Canadian traditionalists, “as long as you remain faithful, Biblical, evangelical and orthodox”.

Traditionalists prepared for period of suffering

[THe Church of England Newspaper] November 18, 2005--American and Canadian traditionalists must be prepared for a season of suffering, the Rt Rev Robert Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh, told a three-day rally of traditionalists called “Hope and a Future”, but the final result of the battle for the soul of Anglicanism was not in doubt, he said. The 2003 Dallas rally of traditionalists “was our Palm Sunday. The Pittsburgh Conference, ‘Hope and a Future,’ has been our Maundy Thursday. Next is Good Friday. Be watchful. Be ready,” he said. “But after that comes the resurrection and the release of mission in the power of the Holy Spirit.” Approximately 2,350 Anglicans from across the Communion gathered at the Pittsburgh Convention Center from Nov 10-12 for the traditionalists’ rally, held to bolster conservative morale in the run-up to the Episcopal Church’s 2006 General Convention to be held next summer. An eclectic series of speakers: Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda, Bishop Robinson Cavalcanti of Recife, Canon Michael Green of Wycliffe Hall, Baroness Caroline Cox, Rick Warren — pastor of California’s Saddleback Community Church and author of The Purpose-Driven Life, as well as bishops and leaders from the Episcopal Church’s traditionalist factions, addressed the crowd over three days.

More articles from The Church of England Newspaper can be found at

Anglicans were Blind but now they see," Bishop Robinson Cavilcanti

[VirtueOnline] November 16, 2005-- would like, from the deep of my heart, to than very much the organizers of this Congress for the invitation to be with you here, representing the Diocese of Recife, in this important and crucial moment for the life and for the future of the Anglican Communion, particularly in North-America. With this noble gesture from yours we feel loved and, we feel part of this expression as a family of God's people.

Primates challenge Williams over stance on homosexuals

[Telegraph] November 17, 2005--Conservative Anglican leaders last night launched a stinging attack on the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, accusing him of a failure of leadership over homosexuality.

Archbishops threaten split over gay clergy,2763,1644268,00.html

[Guardian Unlimited] November 17, 2005--Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, faced the gravest threat to his authority as leader of the worldwide Anglican communion last night, as nearly half the church's presiding archbishops launched an unprecedented attack on his leadership over the issue of gay clergy.

Letter from Global South Primates to Archbishop Rowan Williams

[Anglican Mainstream] November 15, 2005--Thank you, your Grace, for coming to join us at the Third South to South Encounter in Egypt and sharing your thoughts on the four "marks" of the Church as "one, holy, catholic and apostolic." Your attempt to take on this major topic in sweeping strokes was bold, and it was delivered with your usual scholarly eloquence. We agree with what you said. We were disappointed in what you left unsaid, in particular, the application of the Church's identity to the current situation that has left the fabric of our Communion torn at its deepest level....

Network Strengthens Resolve at Pittsburgh Conference

[The Living Church] November 16, 2005--The Anglican Communion Network promised to make the road to the 2008 Lambeth Conference of bishops an increasingly problematic one unless the Episcopal Church starts paying more attention to the recommendations contained in the Windsor Report.

Average Sunday Attendance Falls for Third Straight Year

[The Living Church] November 16, 2005--Average Sunday attendance at Episcopal churches declined for the third consecutive year, a situation which Kirk Hadaway, director of research in the mission program office at the Episcopal Church Center, described as “worrisome and troubling.”

Nigerian Ecumenical Agreement Snubs ECUSA

[The Living Church] November 16, 2005--The primates of the Church of Nigeria and two churches not in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury—the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) and the Anglican Province of America (APA)—have signed a concordat of intercommunion.

Anglicans Asked to Help Restore Historical Protestant Cathedral in China

[The Christian Post] November 16, 2005--The head of China’s official Protestant churches are requesting Anglicans worldwide to help restore a landmark cathedral in Shanghai that could tell the story of Protestantism in China.

Queen Elizabeth Attends Inauguration Service for New Church of England Synod

[The Christian Post] November 16, 2005--Queen Elizabeth II spoke on the challenges currently faced by the Church as she attended the inauguration service for the Church of England’s new General Synod on Tuesday.

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Hermeneutics, Anyone?

[] November 16, 2005--Rules can only take us so far in the game of biblical interpretation.

Human Rights Tribunal Rejects Complaint by B.C. Teacher Disciplined for Views on Homosexuality

[] November 16, 2005--"It seems to me that it's open season on Christians," states Kempling.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Williams calls for Church harmony

[BBC News] November 16, 2005--Dr Rowan Williams told members of the General Synod they should beware of "poisoning the wells" and ought to conduct debates without hostility.

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Washington Episcopalians blast each other over homosexuality

[VirtueOnline] November 16, 2005--Two groups of Episcopalians, including 20 liberal clergy and a large number of orthodox laity in the Diocese of Washington, have declared war on each other over sexuality issues, with each side blasting the other over the findings of the Windsor Report in their diocesan newspaper.

The miracle of CANA continues!

[VirtueOnline] November 16, 2005--Earlier this year we announced CANA - a mission of the Church of Nigeria, a Convocation for Anglicans in North America. We see this as a creative way to provide pastoral and episcopal care for those alienated by the actions of ECUSA.

"Hope and a Future" at Pittsburgh

[VirtueOnline] November 16, 2005--The "hope and a future" conference was like a political rally, that is a godly rally, where speakers encouraged those present to be faithful as Christians and as Episcopalians or Anglicans. The 2,500 present saw themselves as the "orthodox" standing against the "revisionists" of the Episcopal Church. Most of them were Episcopalians but a few were from jurisdictions outside the Episcopal Church, groups now referred to by the Network, rather patronizingly as the "diaspora"!

Covenant Between The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and the Reformed Episcopal Church and the Anglican Province of America

[American Anglican Council] November 16, 2005--In an historic moment, as part of the realignment of global Anglicanism, on November 12, 2005 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Most Rev. Peter J. Akinola, Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Rev. Leonard W. Riches, Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church, and the Most Rev. Walter H. Grundorf, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of America, entered on behalf of their three Churches a Covenant Union of Anglican Churches in Concordat.

Special Commission Named in Virginia

[The Living Church] November 15, 2005--The Bishop of Virginia, the Rt. Rev. Peter J. Lee, has created a special committee to facilitate the unity of the diocese in the wake of the divisions caused by the 74th General Convention and to follow up on the work of the diocese’s 2004 reconciliation commission.

Tensions Rise as Presbyterian Church Ordains Gay Minister

[The Christian Post] November 15, 2005--A Presbyterian congregation on Sunday ordained an open and practicing gay man despite a denominational ban on sexually active homosexual ministers.

Conservative Anglican Church in Virginia Leaves ECUSA

[The Christian Post] November 15, 2005--A conservative Anglican congregation announced today that it is leaving the Episcopal Church USA and transferring oversight to a bishop in Uganda.

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Maryland Won’t Recognize Ordination

[The Living Church] November 15, 2005--The “irregular” ordination of the Rev. Eliot Weeks in Pittsburgh on Nov. 12 to serve as an Anglican campus minister at Maryland’s Towson University has no connection with the Episcopal Church, according to the Bishop of Maryland, the Rt. Rev. Robert W. Ihloff, who wrote to the clergy of the diocese the following day.

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Weblog: Missions Agency Encourages (Gasp!) Evangelism

[] November 15, 2005--Plus: Pakistani Muslims attack churches, Saudi teacher to be lashed for discussing Bible, the Bible on abortion, Peter Drucker dies, deconstructing C.S. Lewis, and other stories from online sources around the world.

Evangelical scholars to tackle issues raised by ‘da Vinci Code’

[Baptist Press] November 15, 2005--How did Christianity begin?

For centuries, the answer to that question was taken for granted, but the popularity of revisionist history like Dan Brown’s novel, “The da Vinci Code,” is causing the world’s largest society of evangelical scholars to once again defend Scripture against attacks on its truthfulness.

Homosexual Hate Crime Trial of Swedish Pastor Used as an Opportunity for Evangelization

[] November 15, 2005--Swedish Pastor Ake Green, appearing before the Swedish Supreme Court Wednesday to answer to a “hate crimes” charge for preaching a sermon on homosexuality in 2003, capitalized on the occasion to evangelize the nation.

Norway’s Polygamy Problem a Sign of Things to Come

[] November 15, 2005--Norway’s Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has reported that despite its illegality, polygamy is becoming increasingly prevalent in the country.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

English priests barred from civil unions

[Science Daily] November 14, 2005--Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says homosexual English priests could be forced from the Church if they enter same-sex civil unions.

Co-mission ordinations - were they illegal?

[EV News] November 15, 2005--Since the ordinations last week in south London questions have been raised about the status and validity of the action, not least by the Bishop of Southwark in a letter addressed to clergy in the Diocese. The Bishop makes reference to the Overseas Clergy Measure and appears to argue from this that the ordinations were illegal.

Bishop Chane Condemns Ordination at Pittsburgh Conference

[VirtueOnline] November 14, 2005--As you may know, on November 12th at a conference sponsored by the Anglican Communion Network, the bishop of Bolivia ordained three deacons and a priest to work under his authority in the United States. One of the deacons was assigned to begin a church in northeast Washington, D. C.

OROMBI: "We have talked too much. The time for debates is over"

[Religion & Ethics NewsweeklyRadio Interview] November 11, 2005--More now on the growing divisions in the worldwide Anglican Communion over issues of homosexuality. Top Anglican Church leaders from Africa and Asia came to the U.S. this week and issued a joint pledge of support for conservatives in the U.S. Episcopal Church.

Rev. Pascoe responds to Bishop Howe and Dr. Sanders

[VirtueOnline] November 14, 2005--There is an old song that says, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." So, here I go.

The Peculiar Peculations of PECUSA

[VirtueOnline] November 14, 2005--In a meeting last week in Pittsburgh, an international panel of prominent Anglicans has called for an open break between members of the Anglican Communion and what they view as the wayward Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States. The meeting was hosted by the Bishop Duncan of Pittsburgh and presided over by seven archbishops from the West Indies, South East Asia, and Africa.

Questions to the Archbishop of Canterbury

[Global South Anglican] November 15, 2005--Questions to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Jesus, the Prophet at the End of the World

[VirtueOnline] November 14, 2005--Some imagine the future of Australia without much reference to Jesus. Even talk about values is conducted without explicit reference to him. It seems more and more difficult to bring Jesus and his teaching into the discussion. This is partly through ignorance and partly because of the association between Jesus and the institutional Church. It may be that, in a sense, Jesus is too well known, leaving us to assume that we understand what he says when in fact we don't.

The Narnia Skirmishes

[The New York Times] November 13, 2005--Disney's new feature film, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," spends a good deal more time than C.S. Lewis's beloved children's book on the climactic battle between the forces of the sinister White Witch and the army of Aslan, the supernatural lion. The movie of course has the benefit of studio bean counters and recognizes that this could be the mother of all screen battles - not just your basic struggle of good and evil but a $200 million smackdown between the religious right and godless Hollywood, between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and, for that matter, between Aslan and King Kong, a resurrected version of whom opens in a movie of his own a few days after "Narnia" does next month. The great philosophical debate of my childhood was: Who is stronger, King Kong or Mighty Joe Young? In the Kong-Aslan matchup, Aslan, a Christ figure, would seem to have the advantage of omnipotence, but that's not to say he will prevail at the box office.

ELCA Board Commends New Gender-Neutral Worship Resource despite Criticisms

[The Christian Post] November 15, 2005--The board members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are backing a new worship resource conservatives say counters the Word of God.

Redeeming Harry Potter

[] November 15, 2005--The initial Christian outcry against the boy wizard seems to be dying down. Maybe that's because more and more of us are discovering multiple redemptive themes in the series.

Catholic Schism Being Revealed as Homosexual Priest Document Readies for Release

[] November 14, 2005--As the publication of the new Vatican document on homosexuality and the Catholic priesthood is about to be published at the end of the month, several Catholic leaders including an American bishop have publicly stated their views against the long-standing Vatican position against ordaining men with homosexual inclinations to the priesthood. Rochester, NY, Bishop Matthew H. Clark, was the latest to come out in favour of homosexual priests in a column in his diocesan paper Saturday.

Ex-Gay Foe Bids to Head Psychiatric Group

[CitizenLink] November 14, 2005--An open homosexual who is an antagonist of ex-gay ministries is running for president of the American Psychiatric Association.

Saudi jailed for discussing the Bible

[The Wasdhington Times] November 14, 2005--A court sentenced a teacher to 40 months in prison and 750 lashes for "mocking religion" after he discussed the Bible and praised Jews, a Saudi newspaper reported yesterday.

The motive behind your Great Commission mission

[Baptist Press] November 14, 2005--God has given every believer, in every one of our churches, a mission -– to go into the world and share the Good News about Jesus. Why? Why should we care enough about the people around us to tell them about how to get to Heaven? This can be a difficult concept to teach our congregations. How do we motivate them to take the Good News and share it with others? Here is something that might help.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Anglican evangelist calls for action to rebuild church

[VirtueOnline] November 12, 2005--A leading Church of England evangelist, author and church planter urged 2400 orthodox Anglicans at "Hope and the Future Conference" to forge ahead and restore the church despite the constant erosion of biblical teaching in the Episcopal Church, the pressure against orthodoxy and the reality of lawsuits.

Anglicans of the Global South publish interactive Website

[Church of Nigeria News] November 14, 2005--Since many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as they were told by eyewitnesses or third party reports, it seemed good also to the secretariat of the Global South having all relevant documents and recordings of the activities of the fellowship to write an orderly account of the third encounter of the body. What better way to circulate it worldwide than by placing such relevant information on a website- accessible to all and making the site able to receive comments from all over the world.

Tutu calls on Anglicans to accept gay bishop

[Spero News] November 14, 2005--The worldwide Anglican Communion should support its first openly gay bishop, the Rt Rev Gene Robinson, Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu said this weekend during a visit to the University of North Florida.

Anglican Church Deny Gay Clergy “Birthright Blessing”

[The Purple Pew] November 14, 2005--If it can be established that a priest seeking to register a civil partnership is in fact active in a sexual union, then that priest is liable to the discipline of the Church,’ Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said. (Times Online UK)

Conservatives, Liberals Scorn Presbyterian Report on Sexuality

{The Christian Post] November 14, 2005--Both conservatives and liberals in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. are not satisfied with the denomination’s four-year report on maintaining unity despite differences in understanding homosexuality.

The Sexual Clash of Civilizations

[] November 14, 2005--This thesis of a sexual clash of civilizations points to realities far more complicated that the clash between the secular West and Islam. The furor over the consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson as the first openly-homosexual bishop in a major denomination [Episcopal Church, USA] reveals a sexual clash of civilizations within Christianity itself. The leaders of the opposition movement against the normalization of homosexuality in the Anglican Communion are from what is known as the "Global South", encompassing Africa, southern Asia, and much of South America.

Methodist Bishops are Wrong: Homo Practice

[News by Us] November 13, 2005--If a person joins the United Methodist Church, he is expected to live the Christian life according to the Bible. In the tradition of founder John Wesley, Methodists are expected to be Christian. That means living by the Bible. That means that one who is a Christian is not a practicing homosexual.

Episcopal Church's rift has asset edge

[The Washington Times] November 11, 2005--The unmentioned word here at "Hope and a Future," a gathering of 2,500 conservative Episcopalians, is "money."

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Into the Land of Imagination

[] November 13, 2005--Lewis defined reason as the natural organ of truth and imagination as the organ of meaning.

How C.S. Lewis Managed to Be All Things to All People

[] November 13, 2005--How does a Christian talk about faith with a seeker?

Narnia film preserves author's values, says stepson of C.S. Lewis

[Detroit News] November 13, 2005-- C.S. Lewis, who wrote of epic struggles between good and evil in the imaginary land of Narnia, once was thrust into the real-life role of hero protecting damsel in distress.

Or so he thought.

Pittsburgh bishop expects an effort to oust him

[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] November 13, 2005--Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh said he expects liberal activists in the Episcopal Church to attempt to depose him as bishop here.

Bolivian ordains Anglican clerics

[The Washington Times] November 13, 2005--Conservative Episcopalians brought in a South American bishop yesterday to ordain three deacons and a priest to establish four traditional Anglican churches, including one in Baltimore and one in the District.

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Conservative Episcopalians Urged to Split from ECUSA
[The Christian Post] November 12, 2005--An international panel of Anglican archbishops challenged a gathering of conservative Anglicans in the United States to split from the rest of the U.S. Episcopal Church.

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Split possible in U.S. Episcopal church

[United Press International] November 12, 2005-- Conservative Episcopalians say the U.S. church's decision to allow gay bishops and same-sex unions will force some congregations to split from it.

Williams recognizes Network says Duncan

[VirtueOnline] November 11, 2005--The Moderator of the Anglican Communion Network, the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan told 2400 delegates to a Hope and A Future Conference here that the Archbishop of Canterbury told him in Egypt that he now recognized the Network.

Conservative Episcopalians Warn Church That It Must Change Course or Face Split

[The New York Times] November 11, 2005--Conservative leaders of the Episcopal Church U.S.A. and their Anglican counterparts from overseas intensified their warnings Friday about the possibility of a schism in the Anglican Communion if the Episcopal Church did not renounce the consecration of gay bishops and the blessing of same-sex unions.

Bishop Duncan's opening remarks at Hope and a Future

[VirtueOnline] November 11, 2005--Welcome! Welcome to Pittsburgh! Welcome to the city as famous for God as it once was for steel. . . . Welcome to Hope and A Future!

"Hope stands on the word of God" says rector

[VirtueOnline] November 10, 2005--The Rev. John A. M. Guernsey preached the following sermon at "Hope and a Future" Conference at the Opening Eucharist.

Diocese of Ohio, four parishes announce formal split

[The Living Church] November 10, 2005--Four northeast Ohio parishes that last year declared themselves to be in impaired communion with the Diocese of Ohio and the Episcopal Church voted Sunday to formally disaffiliate with the diocese and national church. All four parishes will affiliate with the Diocese of Bolivia in the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone.

Dr Butler blasts irregular ordinations

[Church Times] November 11, 2005--The diocese of Southwark "does not do schism", and the three men involved in unauthorised ordinations in south London on 2 November have no legal claim to exercise ordained ministry in the Church of England in the diocese, said the Bishop of Southwark, Dr Tom Butler, on Tuesday.

'I can't be unmade a bishop,' says Robinson

[Church Times] November 11, 2005--The Anglican Communion is the window on the real world for a prosperous and too-powerful country that has lost its way, says Bishop Gene Robinson, of the Episcopal Church in the United States.

General Synod faces unpredictable future

[Church Times] November 11, 2005--When the newly elected General Synod assembles to listen to the Queen next Tuesday, at the start of its five-year term, no one will be able to predict how it will fulfil its responsibilities.