Thursday, June 29, 2017

California's Bully Federalism; Fictitious Forgiveness...more

California's Bully Federalism: Travel Ban Seeks To Impose Its Policies On Other States    ...Except that California, in its superior wisdom and with its superior power, has decided that its laboratories are right and other state laboratories and cultures are wrong in this matter. California’s travel ban smacks of the sort of elitism—we will not even visit your state with our money—that has soured the electorate. And indeed, if I lived in one of those eight states, as I once did, which kind of power would I rather be subject to: federal power, where I at least have a voice and a vote, or California power, where I have no say at all? Is it really California’s place to tell Kansas what kind of policies it should have?...

Fictitious Forgiveness: Why We Cannot Forgive Ourselves ...The person who says, “I just can’t forgive myself,” may have ascended to the throne of judgment and declared himself to be his own judge. In this case, the expression “I can’t forgive myself” is equivalent to saying, “I’m in the role of Judge and will dispense forgiveness as I decide.” Such a person has convened the court, rendered a verdict upon himself, and now believes that he must grant the needed pardon. That’s the source of the problem. But, this is akin to an individual who commits a murder serving as his own prosecutor, jury, and judge. He convenes the court. He adjudicates himself for himself. But it doesn’t work this way. This is all rooted in a high view of self.

And this tactic will not solve the problem. Man is hard-wired to know that he is not the Absolute. The Bible teaches that God alone is Judge (Ps. 7:11, 50:4-6). Moral violations are first and foremost against him (cf. Ps. 51:4). Thus, the self-forgiveness dilemma is one of fictitious forgiveness. The real problem is a failure to embrace God as Judge...

UK Jewish school risks closure for refusal to teach LGBT issues   An all-girls Ultra-Orthodox (haredi) school in London risks closure after failing a third inspection in the space of just over a year by the Office of Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (commonly referred to as Ofsted).

These failures stem in large part from the school’s refusal to teach about a range of LGBT-related issues including homosexuality and gender reassignment...


CNN’s Month-Long Nightmare
The last 30 days have been nothing short of a public relations nightmare for CNN.

The network is reeling after a brutal stretch that has seen two hosts taken off-air, one story retracted and another rewritten, accusations of staged protests, the resignations of three key employees and most recently, an ongoing series of undercover videos meant to portray CNN as misleading the public about the Trump-Russia stories that have dominated media coverage of the president so far.

Late on Tuesday, May 30, TMZ published images of CNN’s New Years Eve co-host, Kathy Griffin, taking part in a photoshoot with a mock severed head of President Trump. The story quickly blew up. Influential news aggregator Matt Drudge placed CNN’s ties to Griffin front and center on his site, the Drudge Report....

Activity at the sun set to 'change form' as solar minimum approaches   The sun is heading into a period known as solar minimum, during which activity at the surface will ‘change form.’
In this time, certain types of activity, such as sunspots and solar flares will drop – but, it’s also expected to bring the development of long-lived phenomena including coronal holes.

According to NASA, solar minimum could also enhance the effects of space weather, potentially disrupting communications and navigation systems, and even causing space junk to ‘hang around.’...

Arrest made after Ten Commandments monument at Arkansas Capitol toppled, shattered   A 6-foot-tall stone Ten Commandments monument installed Tuesday on the Arkansas Capitol grounds was toppled less than 24 hours later after a 32-year-old Arkansas man drove a vehicle into the statue, apparently while streaming the act live on Facebook, officials said.

Chris Powell, a spokesman with the secretary of state's office, said he was called early Wednesday and told a man drove a vehicle through the monument. That driver — identified in an arrest report as Michael Tate Reed of Van Buren — was arrested by Capitol police shortly after, Powell said. News reports indicate Reed was previously accused of destroying a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma...

The Millenial Missionaries


June 27, 2017
Quinn and Kylie, millennial missionaries to the scuba instructors of Aruba, are seeking your financial support.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Albert Mohler: Religious Freedom and Discrimination; Chastity, family life and the future of religious freedom...more

Albert Mohler: Religious Freedom and Discrimination: Why the Debate Continues    This is a first for me—writing a book review while flying over the northern reaches of the Atlantic Ocean. I’m returning to the United States after responsibilities in the United Kingdom, speaking mostly to pastors and other Christian leaders. Everywhere I went, from central London to rural Kent, the same urgent question was asked: “Can religious liberty survive the LGBTQ moral revolution?”

Winston Churchill famously believed in the basic cultural unity of those he called the “English-speaking peoples,” meaning, most specifically, Britain and the United States. We’ve historically shared a basic commitment to moral truths including human dignity and liberty, and these commitments have been enshrined in our laws and social life. But Christians in both countries now face the prospect of a disastrous collision between the new sexual liberty prized by the LGBTQ revolution and religious liberty—long recognized in the United States as the first and most foundational freedom.

Long before the Obergefell decision legalized same-sex marriage, the inevitability of the collision was anticipated by both sides in the debate. LGBTQ advocates had already made clear their intention to advance from the legalization of same-sex marriage to press for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in all relevant civil rights laws and regulations. Even then, the collision with religious liberty was inevitable. Even then, we were warned religious liberty would have to give way to newly constructed and judicially mandated sexual liberties...

Chastity, family life and the future of religious freedom   ...Chastity is now central to the public argument for religious freedom because such families need their freedom of association and freedom of action to raise the next generation to live the same strong family life. They need freedom to teach their own way of life: marriage till death do us part, and raising their children to do the same. Much as the Amish fought and won their freedom of association and way of life, so too other religious communities are now finding they too must fight and win a freedom which they had assumed was theirs without asking. It had been so. It is no longer.

If we want our religious freedom we have to be able to make the argument for teaching chastity as a way of life, not as a “risk reduction strategy”. Chaste family life is easy to defend in the public debate because it is far superior to all other ways, by any measure of human thriving. Teenagers (who have yet to experience life and learn its hard lessons by experience) need to understand that there are lifelong consequences for “sowing wild oats”, as the most important chart in all the social sciences makes clear...

111 terminally ill patients took their own lives in first 6 months of California right-to-die law ...A snapshot of the patients who took advantage of the law mirrors what’s been seen in Oregon, which was the first state to legalize the practice nearly two decades ago. Though California is far more diverse than Oregon, the majority of those who have died under aid-in-dying laws in both states were white, college-educated cancer patients older than 60...

Petya ransomware slams Windows PCs shut in massive attack   ...The malware forces an infected PC to reboot as soon as it finishes encrypting files, so you'll see the ransom demands as soon as possible. Researchers at Recorded Future said there's also a hidden Trojan on Petya that steals victims' usernames and passwords. 

This is the second global ransomware attack in the last two months. It follows the WannaCry outbreak that ensnared more than 200,000 computers, locking up hospitals, banks and universities. Like WannaCry, the GoldenEye and Petya attacks affect only computers running the Windows operating systems.

Microsoft released patches for all Windows operating systems after the global outbreak, but people who've updated their computers could still be affected, according to Anomali, a threat intelligence company. That's because Petya can also spread through Office documents, taking advantage of yet another vulnerability and combining it with similar wormholes a la WannaCry...

Obama’s cyber security expert: Russia didn’t hack elections  ...When we asked if Trump worked together with the Russians to influence the elections, Daniel said he doesn't think Trump did anything...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ACNA Assembly 2017 Livestream



The Livestream Schedule
Schedule is in local Central Time

Tuesday
8:30am - 4:30pm Provincial Council
The key moments of this meeting will come early in the day as the Council votes on accepting the Diocese of South Carolina into the Anglican Church in North America, and Archbishop Beach gives the opening address.

Wednesday
9:00am Opening Eucharist
Preacher: Archbishop Foley Beach
Musical Worship: Steve Williamson & the Chicago Deanery Team

11:00am Plenary Session 1: Local Mission
Speakers: Bishop Stewart E. Ruch, III & Canon William Beasley

7:00pm Global Family Worship Night
Preacher: Louie Giglio: Worship with the Global Family
Music: Pastor Ray Berryhill & the Resurrected Life Church International Choir

Thursday
8:30am Plenary Session 2: Five Visions of Mission on Our Doorstep
Preacher: Fr. Geoff Chapman, The Double Direction of the Gospel: To the Ends of the Earth and the Ends of our Hearts

9:00am Five Visions of Mission on our Doorstep
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali,
Lisa Espineli Chinn,
Pastor Ed Stetzer,
Dr. M. Daniel Carroll Rodas,
Pastor Dave Ferguson

2:00pm Pastor Ed Stetzer: Missional Church Planting

7:00pm Global Family Ministry Night
Preachers: Archbishops Tito Zavala & Ben Kwashi
Musical Worship: Sergio Villanueva & Team

Friday
8:30am Plenary 3: Shared Gospel & the Global GAFCON Story
Speakers: Baroness Caroline Cox & Global GAFCON Leaders

10:00am Consecration, Closing Eucharist, & Commissioning Service
Preacher: Archbishop & Primate Nicholas Okoh
Musical Worship: Steve Williamson & the Chicago Deanery Team

1:00pm Press Conference
Archbishop Foley Beach & Bishop Andy Lines

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