Getting on the front foot

david-cook-on-galatians“Christians need never to be on the back foot in answering the attacks of atheists and secularists.

The bankruptcy of their position is readily revealed when one examines their empty explanations given to life’s four biggest questions.

What I appreciate most about being a Christian is the Faith’s realistic assessment of the human condition, and its sure diagnosis and assured prescription for humankind’s ills.

Here are life’s four biggest questions:

Where did I come from?
Where am I going?
Why am I here?
How do I live?…”

Another helpful post by David Cook, Moderator-General of the Presbyterian Church of Australia website. (Photo: St. Helen’s London.)

Is God a She?

bps-welby-treweek-chartres“As Christians, we cede power to God. We give up the claim to run our own life, and submit to him as our Lord. That is our basic relationship to him: we are creatures and disciples. …

I found it noteworthy that Mrs Treweek … asserts her right to be addressed as she wants to be addressed, so that Her Majesty the Queen herself has to comply in her writs. … Should we not extend the same courtesy to God as Bishop Rachel insists upon for herself?”

Church Society’s Dr Lee Gatiss responds to statements by Bishop Rachel Treweek, that Christians should use male and female pronouns when referring to God.

(Photo: Diocese of Gloucester.)

Herman Who?

David Cook“Much of the debate in the media about fundamentalism and radicalisation would be solved if all involved developed a commitment to responsible hermeneutics.

Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation.

When a solicitor reads a legal deed, words are to be understood literally. When I read the newspaper, I adopt different hermeneutical principles in reading the news items, the comment, the editorial and the comic strip.

All of the Bible is to be taken seriously and that means that not all will be taken literally…”

– David Cook writes about the importance of hermeneutics.
(Image: St. Helen’s London.)

Playboy opened the floodgates and now the culture is drowning

Albert Mohler“Scott Flanders, Playboy CEO, told the media that his product had been overtaken by the larger culture. ‘You’re just one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And it’s just passé at this juncture.’

That is one of the most morally revealing statements of recent times.”

Albert Mohler comments on the tragic results of the Playboy revolution.

Will revisionism save the C of E? We’re about to find out

The Rev Andrew Symes, Anglican MainstreamAnglican Mainstream’s Andrew Symes writes about elections to the Church of England’s General Synod, and the election of The Rev Andrew Foreshew-Cain as a representative for the Diocese of London –

“In February 2014 the Bishops’ post-Synod statement reiterated that the Church of England cannot bless same sex relationships nor change its doctrine of marriage.

Specifically an appeal was made to clergy in same sex relationships (which were supposed to be “celibate” anyway) not to take advantage of the forthcoming change in law (March 2014) to get married, because this would cause confusion about the Church’s teaching.

Two clergy who defied this ruling became focal points for media interest: Jeremy Pemberton and Andrew Cain. What are we to make of the fact that the latter has become part of the decision making and governing body of the organisation whose teaching and practice on a crucial matter he has rejected?”

Read it here.

The Land of the long weekend

David Cook“I am part of the pastoral team of an 800 member Christian Church, we are all being radicalised, every meeting, every week, to engage our society with the message of God’s love. We eschew bullets and bombs and take up a message of love, delivered as we are able with acts of kindness.

Here is the radical Christian message, God your Creator, who made you, loves you, He gave His Son to die for your sin, He raised that Son from the dead to prove to you He is Lord, lose control of your life to Him and you will find true abundant life!…”

– Another great post from Presbyterian Moderator-General David Cook.

Don’t hang all religions with Islam’s radicalisation problem

Dr Michael Jensen“Only two days after the appalling slaughter of Curtis Cheng as he peacefully went about his work, a commentator on ABC News 24 was heard to say:

‘We have to empower people in schools, people in mosques, people in churches to be able to see the beginnings of radicalisation.’

This, perhaps throwaway, comment was evidence of a more widespread response to the threat of religiously-motivated terrorism. In NSW, the government has moved to audit school prayer groups of whatever faith, in order to prevent extremism. Voluntary religious activities must be monitored, and parental permission obtained before high school students participate.

Can you see what has happened here?…”

– Michael Jensen writes at ABC’s The Drum.

Abortion-by-phone is ‘commerce, not care’

Bishop Chris Edwards“The Anglican Bishop of North Sydney, Chris Edwards, says the proposal that Australian women would be able to access abortions by phone and mail smacks of a program driven by commercial concerns rather than by genuine care for people…”

– see for more.

Discrimination and Opposition to Same Sex Marriage in Tasmania

Assoc Prof Neil Foster“There are press reports… that the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Hobart is being sued under s 17 of Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 for causing “offence” or “humiliation”.

This was alleged to have been done by the Archbishop causing to be sent to Roman Catholic schools in his diocese, a booklet outlining the church views on marriage, and in particular expressing the well-known opposition of the church to the introduction of same sex marriage…”

– Neil Foster writes at Law and Religion Australia with some context for what’s happening in Tasmania.

Archbishop Welby, What will you do about it?

Canon Phil Ashey, American Anglican Council“I’m not fond of litigation. I take our witness to the world very seriously, and the damage to that witness from Christians suing each other is serious. And even though my former profession as a criminal prosecutor put me in the position of litigating daily in the courts, I would much prefer followers of Jesus Christ being able to follow 1 Corinthians 6 and work out their disagreements within the Church, through church or secular sponsored arbitration services and negotiated settlements.

I cannot, however, let the injustice pass that occurred in the oral arguments before the South Carolina Supreme Court, between the Diocese of South Carolina (Bishop Mark Lawrence) and The Episcopal Church (TEC.)…”

– The American Anglican Council’s Canon Phil Ashey is disturbed by the latest legal action in South Carolina, and wonders what the Archbishop of Canterbury will say to the TEC Presiding Bishop at the Primates’ gathering in January.

The Pope’s speech to US Congress: ‘Nothing explicitly Christian’

pope-francis-congress-1“I just finished listening to the Pope’s speech to Congress from earlier today. There is no question that the occasion was historic – the first time ever that a Pope has delivered such an address. …

Nevertheless, even though the speech was historic, it was also a disappointment – not so much for what he did say but for what he didn’t say…”

– Denny Burk has some reflections.

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