Friday, March 24, 2006


A few Kingdom items from the headlines ...

I hope Jesus comes quickly ... otherwise we're going to have to watch the world-wide Anglican Communion self-destruct.

... THREE, TWO, ONE, Launch
The U.S. Episcopal Church is headed for another showdown over homosexuality in a rift that has already shaken the worldwide Anglican church family to which it belongs, and threatens even more division.

The next flashpoint will occur in an unlikely place -- Columbus, Ohio -- where the Episcopal Church's triennial general convention will have to confront the issue again, and may even have to decide whether a second openly gay person should be made a bishop. While the meeting does not take place until June, developments have already begun to play out.
This is what happens when you tell your sheep the Bible isn't really the word of God, but rather it contains the word of God. Like the Israelites under the judges, "every man [does] what was right in his own eyes." (Judges 21:25).

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The Law Lords get one right ...

School wins Muslim dress appeal
A British school has won its appeal against a ruling that had given a Muslim teenage girl the right to wear full Islamic dress in class.

Britain's highest court, the Law Lords, on Wednesday overturned a lower court decision that had cleared the way for Shabina Begum to wear a jilbab, which covers the body except for the hands and face.
A school's purpose deals with the uniform education of its students, not the uniforms of its students.

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American evangelicals warn Republicans
Prominent leaders from the Christian right have warned Republicans they must do more to advance conservative values ahead of the US mid-term elections.

Their message to Congress, controlled by Republicans, is "must do better".

Support from about a quarter of Americans who describe themselves as evangelicals was a factor in President George W Bush's two election victories.

The Republicans will need to keep them onboard if they are to retain control of Congress in November.
This should be done daily until they listen, and then repeated often until they get it!

Navy prayer rule ignites debate
A new Navy policy that encourages chaplains to use only "nonsectarian" language outside of divine services has prompted criticism that regulating prayer services violates the chaplains' First Amendment rights.

Under new rules signed by Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter, chaplains of all faiths in the Navy are asked to consider the views of their audience before invoking specific religious beliefs in prayer.
Navy Chaplain Threatens to Sue for Right to Pray in Jesus' Name
The Navy chaplain who fasted 18 days for the right to pray in Jesus' name is now threatening to file a federal lawsuit.

He wants President Bush to issue an executive order allowing military chaplains to pray according to their beliefs.
It is a sad day in the fine history of this great republic that we've come to this!

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Mrs. Bubba Says Bush's Immigration Plan Offends Scripture
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton invoked the Bible yesterday to criticize a stringent border security measure that, among other things, would make it a federal crime to offer aid to illegal immigrants.

"It is hard to believe that a Republican leadership that is constantly talking about values and about faith would put forth such a mean-spirited piece of legislation," she said of the measure, which was passed by the House of Representatives in December and mirrored a companion Senate bill introduced last week by Senator Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican and the majority leader.

"It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scripture because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself," she said. "We need to sound the alarm about what is being done in the Congress."
The lady ignores the fact that the beaten man had not committed a criminal act as "illegal" aliens do; and her use of Jesus' name is most likely understood by Him alone.

Frustration at the ignorant use of Scripture by those who belong to faith bodies that deny the inerrancy of Scripture is far to mild a term to use for what I feel. The disrespectfull and vain use of Scripture by politicians to promote their own agendas is an abomination.

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HT: Christian Headlines

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