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Archive for February, 2011

Monday’s Round-up

With Lent just around the corner, the blog Northern Plains Anglican has posted a Lenten reflection on the nature of spiritual discipline.

The blog Creedal Christian has reprinted N.T. Wright’s 30-second summary of the gospel. It’s important to keep such summaries in mind, lest we forget our faith and replace it with our own version.

The theologian Christopher B. Hays writes in Christianity Today that Christian intellectuals should stop engaging the culture war with perpetual outrage against those who despise the church, such as Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown.

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Mitch Horowitz writes about cults in America, asking the question “When does a religion become a cult?

A moving video testimony from Isa Elmazoski, a survivor of a saline abortion procedure in 1977, is making the rounds on the web.

Tim Harris provides a theodicy for the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. Compare his specific theodicy to the general principles laid out by Mark S. M. Scott in his essay “Redefining Theodicy” in the Winter edition of the Center for Theology.

A very interesting article is provided by the blog Science and Religion discussing “The Religion of the Future.”

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Archbishop of Tanzania Valentino Mokiwa is claiming that multi-national mining firms are despoiling the land and disrupting the culture of Africa–despite their claims about “corporate social responsibility.” This is an interesting case study in the relation between the church, the economy, and the state.

A reaction against the use of technology in church worship services is occurring in different parts of the church. Read about a reaction in the Presbyterian church on the blog Beyond the Ordinary.

Russell E. Saltzmann provides an entertaining reflection on the highs and lows of parish ministry, over at First Things.

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Thinking Anglicans, a leftward leaning blog, has posted links to articles describing a mild controversy in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) regarding the participation of Fr. Julian Linnell in an ACNA conference on evangelism in Malaysia. There is some confusion regarding Linnell’s allegiances–is he Episcopalian, or Anglican? A “controversy” like this rears up  only during times of tense divisiveness–God help us.

In other news, several different blogs are talking about U2 frontman Bono’s testimony of his faith in his interview with Michka Assayas. He makes a remarkable observation about the difference between the Old Testament God and the New Testament God:

…the God of the Old Testament is like the journey from stern father to friend. When you’re a child, you need clear directions and some strict rules. But with Christ, we have access in a one-to-one relationship, for, as in the Old Testament, it was more one of worship and awe, a vertical relationship. The New Testament, on the other hand, we look across at a Jesus who looks familiar, horizontal. The combination is what makes the Cross.

Representatives at the Third Annual Meeting of the Anglican-Methodist International Commission for Unity in Mission (AMICUM) have agreed that the Anglican and Methodist churches need to address dividing issues in order to achieve unity. Was a conference really needed to come to this conclusion?

An interview with Mark Regnerus, a sex sociologist who is claiming the West is facing a sexual crisis, is provided over at Christianity Today.

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Philip Turner reflects on the possibility that the Anglican Communion is on the verge of a breakdown in light of the conclusion of the Meeting of the Primates in Dublin.

The blog Creedal Christian discusses the relation between Koinonia (fellowship) and unity in faith and practice, and the importance of the latter to achieve the former.

Over at First Things, Elizabeth Scalia writes about open communion from a Catholic perspective.

Bernard Nathanson, the one-time abortionist (he claimed to be responsible for over 75,000 abortions) before becoming a pro-life activist and convert to Catholicism, died Monday.  Read about his Saul to Paul conversion story here.

Over at Christianity Today, Chuck Colson argues Christians need a doctrinal “boot camp” to get them up to speed with basic Christian beliefs.

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Sherif Girgis, Robert P. George, and Ryan T. Anderson have released a paper entitled “What is Marriage?” in which they present a non-religious argument for traditional marriage. Compare this paper with the articles on the Marriage & Sexuality page on the Center for Theology and we’ll have a well-rounded understanding of marriage!

The blog Catholic and Reformed discusses recent church settlements between reorganized Anglican churches in Pittsburgh and The Episcopal Church (TEC).

The website of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has posted a message from Mouneer Hanna Anis, the Anglican bishop of Egypt, requesting prayer for the church during the political unrest caused by the revolution.

The Wall Street Journal published an essay over the weekend that explored the reasons why so many men in their 20s are “losers” who live in an extended adolescence.

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Friday’s Round-up

The Anglican District of Virginia is considering joining the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). They have provided a nice timeline and summary of their decision making process over at the diocesan website.

In other ACNA news, the newly formed church has been formally recognized by the synod of the Church of England, with all three houses (bishops, clergy, laity) voting in approval.

Over at First Things, David G. Poecking writes about Anglican-Catholic ecumenical discussions.

British bishop Michael Nazir-Ali applauded prime minister David Cameron’s critique of multiculturalism, arguing that Great Britain needs to recover its Judeo-Christian past.

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