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Increasing injustice. The Old Testament recognizes that poverty is sometimes due to laziness, gluttony, or extravagance, but usually attributes it to the sins of others. Moreover, injustice tends to deteriorate because the poor are powerless to change it. --- John R.W. Stott

Early Christians in the first through third century understood marriage as a union between one man and one woman created by God and consummated through Him (Gen. 2). The Apostle Paul wrote that marriage is a "profound mystery." A man and woman become one flesh through marriage in union solely with God, and this represents more than a civil contract; it represents the sacrificial relationship between Jesus Christ and "his bride," the "Church" (Eph. 5:22-6:9; Col. 3:18-4:1). Marriage as a sacred union designed to reflect God's love was eternally outside of a social or financial contract. It could never be like the secular societal customs practiced for millennia. -- Bethany Blankley

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. 'He that will lose his life, the same shall save it,' is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book. This paradox is the whole principle of courage; even of quite earthly or brutal courage. A man cut off by the sea may save his life if we will risk it on the precipice." --- G.K. Chesterton

The principle of simplicity. Materialism is an obsession with material things. Asceticism is the denial of the good gifts of the Creator. Pharisaism is binding ourselves and other people with rules. Instead, we should stick to principles. The principle of simplicity is clear. Simplicity is the first cousin of contentment. Its motto is, 'We brought nothing into this world, and we can certainly carry nothing out.' It recognizes that we are pilgrims. It concentrates on what we need, and measures this by what we use. It rejoices in the good things of creation, but hates waste and greed and clutter. It knows how easily the seed of the Word is smothered by the 'cares and riches of this life'. It wants to be free of distractions, in order to love and serve God and others. --- John R.W. Stott

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May 8, 2015

Three events occurred this week, two of which showed manifest hope in the life of the Anglican Communion.

The first was the announcement by the Archbishop of Canterbury that he had appointed REFORM leader Prebendary Rod Thomas to be the Bishop of Maidstone in the Diocese of Canterbury under the jurisdiction of the ABC.

This is very significant as it fulfills a pledge made by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the CofE to appoint a "headship" Evangelical as bishop. Thomas's appointment fills the vacant see of Maidstone with a bishop who holds the conservative Evangelical view on headship, as had been approved by the Dioceses Commission in December 2014.

Archbishop Welby described him as "a tireless and effective contributor to the life of the Church, not only in his own parish but also through his work on the General Synod."

As a well-known leader of Evangelicals opposed to women bishops, Prebendary Thomas has engaged on the issue "very firmly and constructively and, invariably, extremely graciously", Archbishop Welby noted.

During the final negotiations before the vote on the women-bishops legislation last year, the Church of England committed itself to appointing a "headship Evangelical" to the College of Bishops, to minister to any parish that could not accept a woman bishop. This promise has now been kept, Archbishop Welby added. "Rod clearly emerged as by far and away the best candidate."

Prebendary Thomas remarked that it was a "privilege and a challenge" to be asked to become Bishop of Maidstone. He said that he would support conservative Evangelical parishes in both Provinces, and hoped to become an assistant bishop in some dioceses.

The second major event occurred on these shores when leaders from the Diocese of South Carolina and the Anglican Church in North America met for frank talks about the possibility of affiliation.

Leaders from the Diocese of South Carolina and the Anglican Church in North America, led respectively by Bishop Mark Lawrence and Archbishop Foley Beach, came together at the St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center in South Carolina on April 28-29, 2015 for prayer, fellowship, and conversation.

"Our conversations reflected the mutual respect and sincere affection that we share as fellow Anglicans, and we appreciated the opportunity to speak candidly together about topics that affect our common life," said a joint press release.

"We had frank exchanges that examined the possible compatibility of the ecclesiologies of the Anglican Church in North America and the Diocese of South Carolina.

"There is a wide spectrum of polities in the provinces of the Anglican Communion and these differences affect the ways in which dioceses relate to their respective provinces. Provinces such as Nigeria are more hierarchical, while provinces such as South America are more conciliar. Our conversations began exploring the practical dimensions of how a diocese and province relate in the structure of the Anglican Church in North America.

"Together we openly addressed the challenges posed by the overlapping jurisdictions in South Carolina. In some cases the reasons for this overlap extend from circumstances that are less than a couple decades old, and in other circumstances the reasons reach back over a hundred years. All expressed a desire to take steps towards addressing these relational barriers with the recognition that this work is a necessary precursor to ecclesial order.

"We committed to further prayer and conversation together as we seek to share the Gospel as fellow Anglicans in North America. We understand that this is only the beginning of a process, the full nature of which, and the full outcome of which, we do not know. We entrust ourselves to the mercy, protection, and guidance of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."

This is incredibly good news and indicates a depth and willingness to put genuine Anglican unity above party preferences and other affiliations. The Anglican Church in North America is now well established and the only serious player among all the Anglican vagante in North America capable of bringing genuine unity. It is already numerically larger than the Anglican Church of Canada and while it is still a long way off from catching The Episcopal Church USA, ACNA now has 30 dioceses in nearly every state in the country, and, in most areas, can offer a serious orthodox Anglican alternative to the Episcopal Church. The ACNA is growing because it is driven by a gospel imperative to bring God's redeeming love to all people...gay, straight, men, women and children offering repentance, faith and hope for eternal life to all who are willing to believe. We hope these talks will yield real ecclesiastical and spiritual fruit in the coming weeks and months. Both Archbishop Beach and Bishop Mark Lawrence are to be commended for their efforts.

On a sadder note, however, the old Anglican Mission in America (AMiA) now newly reconstructed as the Anglican Society for Mission and Apostolic Works (ASMAW) under its new leader Bishop Philip Jones tried to do an end run around Congo Archbishop Henri Isingoma in an attempt to consecrate three ASMAW bishops in three of the archbishop's dioceses.

This infuriated the Congolese Primate who wrote a letter, which VOL obtained, blasting the actions of Jones and his canon lawyer for these attempted "illegal consecrations." The Congolese leader together with GAFCON Chairman Eliud Wabukala call for a stop to the consecrations. He called on Bishop Philip Jones to withdraw them.

Isingoma went on to accuse Bishop Jones and his canon lawyer, Kevin Donlon, of using money to support these dioceses in exchange for the consecrations, which he described as an attempt to "infiltrate" his province. "We do not recognize them as legitimate bishops nor do we know their intentions/objectives in their mission among us," wrote the archbishop.

There is much irony here. It is The Episcopal Church that uses money to influence African dioceses away from orthodoxy to accepting Western pansexual views, but this time it is an orthodox branch doing it.

Isingoma also accused retired Archbishop of Rwanda, the Most Rev. Emmanuel Mbona Kolini, of involvement in the scheme. He said that Jones and the ASMAW have targeted three bishops of the 11 dioceses in his province for its mission in the Anglican Communion.

Isingoma said that Kolini and then AMIA leader Bishop Chuck Murphy were offered a "temporary welcome" when the AMIA churches were in conflict with the Province of the Episcopal Church of Rwanda. "We expected them to use that time to reconcile with the Episcopal Church of Rwanda for the sake of the love for the Communion or to join the non-liberal churches in America, but all this didn't yield any fruit until we abandoned them in less than a year time. Since then, we made several resolutions to part ways with AMiA during our Provincial Assembly and during the House of Bishops' meeting as well."

The actions of Jones and Donlon are devious and without Christian concern for the consequences of their actions.

Truth be told, the AMIA or ASMAW is now little more than a congregational operation with a creedal overlay. They can no longer be considered Anglican in any sense of the word. They have no existence apart from themselves and recognized by nobody.

Blame for all this truly rests with former Bishop Chuck Murphy whose narcissism has been well documented. Having lost 95% of his bishops and left with just a handful of small parishes, Bishop Jones, his successor, has been trying to pick up the pieces ever since, but with little success. This attempt to backdoor his small flailing group into something more has proven disastrous. If he had any sense or humility, he should go cap in hand to Archbishop Foley Beach and ask to be the 31st diocese of ACNA. We can only hold our breath and hope that repentance is forthcoming. As things now stand ASMAW has no future with anyone in the Anglican Communion. They are history.

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The Episcopal Church announced four nominees this week, one of which will be the next Presiding Bishop of TEC. The four are candidates are The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, 64, Diocese of Southern Ohio; The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, 62, Diocese of North Carolina; The Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, 56, Diocese of Connecticut; The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith, 61, Diocese of Southwest Florida. It should come as no surprise that all four candidates have approved rites for same sex blessings in their dioceses.

Of the four, VOL had correctly picked two -- bishops Douglas and Curry -- as likely contenders. In the end, we believe the top slot will go to Curry. He is black (a first for TEC), is moderate, a good preacher, and will not rock the boat. He is on record allowing rites for same -sex blessings (for over 10 years), but has not been coercive in applying it to parishes that disagree with him. As in most southern dioceses, the bishop and clergy are liberal, but the congregations are conservative which always puts "progressive" bishops in a bind. Parish priests have to go through channels to get approval in North Carolina and no one has been tossed out for not doing so. All the nominees are liberal in faith and morals. If Curry should win, it is unlikely he will exercise the metro-political powers that Jefferts Schori accumulated to herself and wielded during her tenure. It is possible he might draw to a close the endless litigation which has cost the Episcopal Church some $40 million in dog fights over properties, money that is badly needed for the Church's mission.

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It should come as no surprise that the Episcopal Bishop of Maryland Eugene Sutton should weigh in on the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old-black man who died after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody, and on Baltimore's problems of race, poverty, and violence.

The riots resulted in extensive property damage and more than 250 arrests. Clergy were among those leading peaceful demonstrations against police violence in Baltimore and several other cities. The National Council of Churches said "African-American men and women are dying at the hands of the policy, and the nation must correct this injustice immediately." Six policemen have been charged in the death of Gray, who died while [he was] in [their] custody.

In an interview, Sutton said that one of the most important messages is that eventually justice has to be done in order for there to be peace. He continued, "This past week in Baltimore has been very difficult for us. The city exploded in many of its parts with many of its neighborhoods burned, and looting was happening. We wept, we grieved over the loss. But then we picked ourselves up.

"We are so happy that the policemen were charged because this has been going on for many years, and that gave rise to a lot of the rage. Well over a hundred incidents have--of police abuse--have been recorded in the last couple of years, of persons dying and being injured in police custody. That has given rise to rage. So what needs to be done is exactly what has started to happen in Baltimore now: accountability for brutality. I might mention one other thing. We know that black-on-black crime is a big problem in the communities, and we expect the police officers to protect us from the criminals. But when the officers are themselves the abusers, then that gives rise to rage."

Question. Why has Sutton not asked all those "thugs" as they were described by several commentators to return all the loot they stole from more than 110 stores they pillaged and set on fire, including a landmark CVS store?

So apart from raging at whitey for all their sins, what has Sutton done for the poor in his city, apart from tokenism? Oh yea, I remember they elected a besotted, pot smoking, drunken white woman to be a bishop, who killed a white cyclist, who has now been deposed, and will likely go to jail for her crimes.

Sutton also failed to mention that Blacks make up 13% of the population and are 52.5% of all incarcerations in America. The worst statistic he conveniently overlooked is that the black family has totally broken down. Civil-rights elite largely ignore the role of issues within the black community, such as the calamitous breakdown of the black family since the 1960s, in framing its critique.

In mid-1960s America, the nation's out-of-wedlock birth rate (which stood at 7.7 percent at the time) began a rapid and relentless climb across all demographic lines, a climb that continued unabated until 1994, when the Welfare Reform Act put the brakes on that trend. Today the overall American illegitimacy rate is about 33 percent (26 percent for whites). For blacks, it hovers at near 70 percent --approximately three times the level of black illegitimacy that existed when the War on Poverty began in 1964.

Sutton says the church has a moral voice that it can use in saying to its members, "We need to create jobs and lack of jobs gives rise to more poverty, ill housing, no good schools, and [lower] life expectancy." True, but if black kids grow up without fathers to guide them, only mothers and grandmothers, then they haven't a prayer of making it. Furthermore, Islam is a magnet among blacks and propels an image of strong male leadership and marriages while Christian blacks fail to address these issues. Black Christians will continue to lose to a growing Islamic movement. Black churches need to step up to the plate and start talking about the black family. You can read Mike McManus's piece on this in today's digest.

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The Diocese of Connecticut is not sure it needs a cathedral anymore. For the past nine months, a six-member task force appointed by the Rt. Rev. Ian Douglas, Bishop of Connecticut, has been asking what type of cathedral, if any, is needed to serve this diocese of 168 parishes and other Episcopal institutions. At its annual convention in November, the panel will present its recommendations.
"Everything is on the table," said the Rev. Harlon Dalton, priest-in-charge at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford and convener of the task force.

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The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), the official body appointed by the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion to engage in theological dialogue in order that they may come into visible unity and full ecclesial communion, held its fifth meeting of its current phase (ARCIC III) in an atmosphere of shared prayer and friendship at Villa Palazzola, the summer residence of the Venerable English College in Rome, 28 April--4 May 2015.

The mandate for this third phase of ARCIC was both to promote the reception of the previous work of the Commission by presenting this as a corpus and to explore "The Church as Communion, local and universal, and how in communion the local and universal Church come to discern right ethical teaching".

One has to ask after more than 40 years of ARCIC talks, what exactly has been achieved; the answer is nothing. Even as talks continue, the Anglican Communion continues to drift away from its spiritual moorings. The rise of women to the priesthood and now to the bishopric, as well as gay/lesbian priests and bishops only further reduces any hope of eventual unity with Rome. The deeper question is why does Rome waste its time on these futile commissions.

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Canon Andrew White was back in the news this week. White, also known as the Vicar of Baghdad, recently called the Islamic State extremist group an "evil regime" which is "totally against reconciliation."

The minister, who is widely respected for his peacemaking efforts between Christians and Muslims, was ordered by Archbishop of Canterbury to leave his church in Baghdad last December as Christians in Iraq came under increasing threat from the Islamic State terrorists.

However, White revealed that during his time serving as head of St. George's Church-- the only Anglican Church in Iraq--he invited members of the extremist group into his home to share with them the love of Christ.

"I have a tradition. I always invite people, even bad people, to come have dinner with me. I invited some of the ISIS leaders," White told WLOX. "They said, 'If we come, we'll chop your head off.' I didn't invite them again. We can't work with ISIS. We can't discuss things with ISIS. There is no hope of discussion or moving forward. They are totally against reconciliation."

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The rats are beginning to jump off a sinking seminary ship. Dr. Deirdre Good informed the Board of Trustees of General Theological Seminary that she will resign as Professor of New Testament Studies effective May 25, 2015. Fr. Patrick Malloy, professor of homiletics, teaching and liturgy is also leaving the litigious fraught seminary in NYC even as it flails to stay alive. He is heading for the ultra-liberal Diocese of Colorado and its revisionist Bishop Rob O'Neill as the interim Dean at St. John's Cathedral in Denver, Colorado.

While TEC's seminaries are desperately looking for a reason to stay afloat, one seminary, the evangelically driven Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA, announced that it will offer more than thirty full tuition scholarships for students willing to move to the area and become residential students to study full time at Trinity in the coming year.

"At Trinity our purpose is to form Christian leaders for mission and send them out into the world to bear witness to Jesus Christ in this fractured world. Unfortunately, this training can be costly and too often students emerge from seminary with a crippling amount of student debt. Our hope is that these scholarships can change this, freeing our graduates to go wherever God leads them. We don't want tuition to be an obstacle for people wanting to attend seminary as full time residential students," said TSM President Justyn Terry.

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Two men, Rich and Eric, in a same-sex relationship and newly minted fathers of a baby boy, wanted to have their son Jack, baptized at St. Luke's Cathedral in Orlando, Florida. But the planned baptism went awry. Dean Anthony Clark agreed to Jack's baptism and recommended they opt for the later 6 p.m. service, since those who worship at that time tend to be the most "open" in the mixed conservative liberal congregation. Then something went wrong.

On Thursday, April 16, Dean Clark contacted them regarding "a development" concerning the baptism. The Dean shared that there were members of the congregation who opposed Jack's baptism and although he hoped to resolve the conflict, he had not yet able to do so.

The Bishop of Central Florida is the evangelical Rt. Rev. Greg Brewer. The original FACEBOOK post seemed to suggest that there was involvement on the part of the Diocesan Bishop. However, when contacted, the bishop responded, "Until I saw this FACEBOOK post this morning, I was not aware of some of the details mentioned in this post. Please know that I never forbade baptism to this child, nor did I instruct others to forbid his baptism. I am meeting with the parents this week to remedy this very sad situation."

The Dean also said that the family was meeting with the bishop this week which was confirmed by the family when Rich, the father posted an update, "Hi Everyone, the support from so many near and far in the past day and a half has been truly inspiring and we are very appreciative. Earlier today church leadership reached out to us and we will be talking with them about Jack's baptism. So at this point, it seems as though the family is still intent on getting their son baptized and the Cathedral and diocese are working to find a resolution."

The Bishop of Central Florida, The Rt. Rev Greg Brewer is an evangelical and a self-identified Communion Partner bishop who opposed the authorization of the liturgy for blessing same-sex marriages at the last General Convention, but in their Indianapolis Statement, they didn't go so far as to propose denial of baptism to LGBT persons or their families; what they did write was: "We are committed to the gay and lesbian Christians who are members of our dioceses. Our Baptismal Covenant pledges us to "respect the dignity of every human being" (BCP, p. 305), and we will continue to journey with them as together we seek to follow Jesus."

But is this the correct response to allow this baptism to go forward and can the two men, in good conscience say they will raise the child in the faith they have abandoned by their sinful relationship?

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An International Catholic Congress of Anglicans will hold a four day conference, "One Church, One Faith, One Lord, Restoring the Conciliar Church and Her Mission" July 13-July 17, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas at the Ft. Worth Hilton.

You are invited to attend; register here. http://www.fifna.org/news-events/international-catholic-congress-of-anglicans/congresshotel-registration/

This event will draw archbishops, bishops, and Anglican thinkers from across the globe with attendees including CofE Bishop Michael Nazir Ali, Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa of Tanzania, ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach, Frank Weston on the "Foundations for Revival", Edith Humphrey "The Nature of the Church: Apostolic, Conciliar and Concrete," and Bishop Keith Ackerman on "The Anglo Catholic Congresses and Restoring the Anglican Mind". Other speakers include Canon Jerry Kramer who will lecture on "The Catholic Faith and the Challenge of Islam."

The line-up is extraordinary. I will be there to cover this unique event and participate in a session with Kevin Kallsen of Anglican TV on the Media in the Church.

Canon Ed den Blaauwen Organizing Secretary writes, "Together we will explore how catholic tradition and ecclesiology have been received and understood, and how at this time we can again explore ways of promoting ecumenical catholicity within the Communion and with Christians who stand with us in this tradition. It is our desire and intention to ensure that Dioceses and Bishops who share this vision for a renewed Anglican ecclesiology participate in this extraordinary process." He describes it as a conciliar gathering of Catholic Anglicans rooted in the past. Ready for the future.

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The Diocese of Western Louisiana, once a bastion of orthodoxy under Bishop D. Bruce MacPherson (2002 -- 2012), has folded on same-sex blessings. Its new bishop, Jacob W. Owensby (Ph.D. DD) has delivered a pastoral response to same gender couples in Western Louisiana and has now approved of same-sex blessings in his diocese...in the name of a "generous pastoral response to gay and lesbian persons."

While admitting that most of his diocese is orthodox in faith and morals and he has their respect and support, two congregations, Holly Cross in Shreveport and St. Barnabas in Lafayette, requested permission to bless long-standing relationships between persons of the same gender. "I have granted permission to those two congregations to use the trial liturgies designed for this purpose with the understanding that this is not marriage." The laws in this state are clear. Marriage in Louisiana is reserved for opposite sex couples. A sad ending for a once orthodox diocese.

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NEWS FROM THE NORTH. The Anglican Church of Canada provides an endless source of fodder for Canadian Anglican writer Dave of Samizdat, who daily watches the antics of a dying post-modern, post Christian church.

Here are a few of his choicest observations:

On The Anglican Church of Canada's marriage canon report. In 2014, the Anglican Church of Canada set up a commission to consider whether the marriage canon should be changed to include marrying same sex couples. The chair of the commission announced that "everyone [in the commission] has an open mind". It's hard to believe, I know, but some were suspicious of this declaration of openness; after all, in Angli-speak, "openness" is code for "we've made up our minds but we want to lull the gullible into a false sense of security". "Openness" is just so much more succinct.

To bolster the façade, the commission invited Anglicans to submit their opinions and many have done just that.

Now the report is ready for at least internal consumption, it appears that the sceptics were right. Bishop Linda Nicholls has clearly stated that the commission did not try to determine whether there is any Biblical or theological warrant for marrying same-sex couples. Its task, she says, was to squeeze from the Biblical texts a justification for marrying same sex-couple whether one exists there or not: Anglican sophistry. Apparently, this revelation is "still not being heard." This can only mean that the level of deceit has reached such proportions that the few remaining members of the ACoC have turned off their hearing aids in disgust.

Another Diocese of Niagara church is on the brink of closing. The congregation of St. David and St. Patrick in Guelph will be worshipping in a Lutheran Church starting in June. The Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have been combining their office space and holding joint synods for some time now, so it's not surprising to see consolidation at the parish level; this is almost certainly the first of many. The ACoC and ELCIC, for all their spiritual posturing, are behaving in much the same way as secular businesses. Unlike secular businesses, though, while paying no tax themselves, the ACoC and ELCIC lobby the government to redistribute other people's wealth by increasing their taxes; this is called prophetic social justice making.

After the public relations debacle with the closing of St. Matthias in Guelph, the diocese is understandably leery about yet another church closure and probable sale of the property to developers. It seems that the parishioners are not "allowed to talk about the issue." What would happen to them if they do, I wonder? Shipped off to Justice Camp for re-education, I expect.

Why Michael Coren is no longer a Roman Catholic. Coren is a British-Canadian columnist, author, public speaker, radio host and television talk show host who recently converted to the Anglican Church of Canada. He said, "I could not remain in a church that effectively excluded gay people. That's only one of the reasons, but for someone who had taken the Catholic position on same-sex marriage for so long, I'd never been comfortable with that even though I suppose I was regarded as being a stalwart in that position. But I'd moved on, and I felt a hypocrite. I felt a hypocrite being part of a church that described homosexual relations as being disordered and sinful. I just couldn't be part of it anymore. I could not do that. I couldn't look people in the eye and make the argument that is still so central to the Catholic Church, that same-sex attraction is acceptable but to act on it is sinful. I felt that the circle of love had to be broadened, not reduced."

Wrote Samizdat, "I have a strong suspicion that he won't be particularly comfortable being an Anglican either; luckily there are about 21,000 other Christian denominations still to try."

Anglican priest denounces Christian Zionism as heresy. At a time when there are so many heresies to choose from in Western Anglicanism, it's tempting to think that selecting Christian Zionism -- which, whether you agree with it or not, can hardly be counted heretical since it does not deny any foundational doctrine -- is little more than yet another attempt to bash the only Middle Eastern country that bears any resemblance to a sane democracy - Israel.

Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek counsels the Anglican Church of Canada to "work to curb its political influence". This would be a first for the ACoC since almost all it does is seek to exert, not curb, political influence. Thankfully, it exhibits just as much impotence in this as in everything else.

The Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek is a Palestinian Anglican who heads the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre in Jerusalem. He told a conference in Vancouver on April 23 that Anglicans have been instrumental in developing the doctrine of Christian Zionism over hundreds of years, and should now work to curb its political influence.

British Anglicans as early as the 16th century promoted the belief that the Jewish people must be restored to the Promised Land of Palestine to fulfill a biblical prophecy before the Second Coming of Christ, said Ateek.

His speech began a three-day conference organized by the Canadian Friends of Sabeel at St. Mary's Kerrisdale in Vancouver. The conference, Seeking the Peace of Jerusalem, was co-sponsored by the Anglican Church of Canada, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the United Church of Canada and Friends of Sabeel North America.

Finally this. Pollinating in the Diocese of Huron. The Diocese of Huron, having given up on the idea of saving men, has turned its attention to saving bees. Unconcerned by the fact that those who have not received the salvation of Christ are eternally screwed or, as Jonathan Edwards put it, unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering, they are at least making sure that the rotten covering is well pollinated. The news blip read thus, "Doing their part to restore balance to the local ecosystem, Anglican churches throughout the Diocese of Huron have planted pollination gardens to feed area bees as part of the Garden4Bees project." There you have it. No souls saved but you can sweeten the living dead with honey.

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Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society, UK spoke to a conference of Anglican Evangelicals in The Episcopal Church, in New York last month. This YouTube video is the first of his talks from that conference, where he speaks a little about Church Society itself and, more importantly, about the true profession of the gospel--the history and theology of Reformation Christianity in the English-speaking world. It is titled, Lee Gatiss on the "True Profession of the Gospel" and you can watch it here:

http://churchsociety.org/blog/entry/word_on_wednesday_lee_gatiss_on_the_true_profession_of_the_gospel

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