Handle with prayer!
News – ANiC and AEN
Plan to attend
Are you coming to ANiC’s synod and spiritual life
conference? Now might be a good time to find cheaper airfares! The dates are: November
2 for the clergy day and concurrent spiritual life conference for laity; while
synod is November 3-4. All events are in Victoria, BC. More information is on the ANiC website. Please
also remember to pray for synod preparations.
Ontario Court rules against St Aidan’s
Following the precedent set in the BC litigation
between the Diocese of New Westminster and four ANiC parishes, the Ontario Superior
Court ruled against St Aidan’s Windsor on 15 August 2011. Mr Justice T D Little ruled that the property and assets of St Aidan’s are held in trust for a St Aidan’s
“parish” within the Diocese of Huron of the Anglican Church of Canada and that
the terms “parish” and “congregation” were interchangeable and referred to “a “distinct
separate unit, rather than a compilation of its congregants at any one time”.
hours of the decision being released, the Diocese of Huron changed the locks on
the building and asked the ANiC clergy and parish leaders come to remove all
personal belongings. Both the rector of St Aidan’s, the Rev Tom Carman, as well
as their legal counsel, were away on holidays when the decision was handed down.
“We were astounded by this unnecessarily hasty and
harsh action,” said the Rev Carman, who also
serves as ANiC’s registrar, “especially since they have little need for the
building for their small congregation. Nevertheless, we have been blessed by
the outpouring of love from the Christian community here in Windsor. We have
had generous offers of assistance – including facilities for our
congregation of 165 people.”
news release will soon be posted on our website. A conversation
on the AEC blog provides further background on this situation. The
court decision should be
posted here at some point. And you can read two articles in the Windsor
Star here and here.
The Anglican Journal
article is here.
BC Interior Bible study begun
Under the leadership of the Rev Bruce Chamberlayne,
a small group is meeting for weekly Bible study in Kelowna. God willing, this Bible
study will grow into an ANiC project.
Dr J I Packer’s sermon at
John Stott’s Vancouver memorial service
Dr J I Packer’s sermon at the Vancouver memorial service for John Stott is posted on AnglicanTV.
The audio of the same sermon is on the Good Shepherd
Vancouver website. You also can see a video of the funeral service
from London’s All Soul’s Langham Place on AnglicanTV.
seminars to be held in BC
seminar gives a coherent overview of the Bible in one short day and helps attendees
grasp the “big picture” of Scripture – the breadth and depth and unifying
story of the 66 books of the Bible. The seminar will help you get more out of
sermons and Bible study and equip you to better explain the story of the Bible
This fall, the Bible-in-a-Day seminar will be held at:
||St John's Vancouver, September 17 – presented
by the Rev Sean Love and the Rev David McElrea. (See the brochure on
the St John’s Richmond website.)
||Christ's Church Oceanside (near Parksville), October
8 – presented by the Rev Sean Love and Jeremy Graham (Regent M Div
student and second-year Artizo intern.
||St John's Richmond, October 29 – presented by
the Rev Sean Love and Jeremy Graham.
If you can attend, DO!
Part-time priest needed for small congregation near Stayner,
a small ANiC Project in Sunnidale Corners – between Wasaga Beach and Stayner,
ON – requires a part-time ANiC priest for Sundays-only ministry once or
twice a month to preach and provide Holy Communion. The Way is a small congregation
of up to 12 people. Although not a necessity, a priest with musical ability
would be great. For further information please call The Way at 705-429-5931 or
Are you in Victoria? Please note our new phone number
We now have a local (toll-free) number that those in
Victoria can use to call ANiC: 778 747-0189. If you are in the Victoria local calling
area, please note this new number and use it when calling our office and personnel.
Vancouver Island residents outside the Victoria local calling area should
continue to use the 1-866-351-2642 toll-free calling number. ANiC now has local
phone number in which we are asking those living in these communities to use
when contacting us:
Toronto / Mississauga
St John’s, NL
on changes for Vancouver area churches
St Matthias and St Luke’s Church moves in style –
On Sunday August 14, the people of St Matthias
and St Luke’s Church (Vancouver) left their long-time building. Their
new home is in the facilities of Bethlehem Lutheran Church – 320 East 15th Avenue, Vancouver – where the
pastor and leadership have warmly and generously welcomed the ANiC congregation.
The parish’s new Sunday worship time is 11am, which will be a combined language
service – with translation for both English and Chinese-speaking
Bishop Don reports that it was “A great day here in Vancouver as this parish
made its journey to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.” The service began in the old
facility, then move in procession, following a car in which Bishops Don and Ron
rode, where “the sunroof was open and the crucifer held the cross proudly up
through it. It truly was a remarkable procession.” In a symbolic ceremony, the
congregation gathered outside their new building – Bethlehem Lutheran –
and were formally admitted and welcomed by Pastor Rink. Then St Matthias and St
Luke’s rector, the Rev Simon Chin, lead his people into their new home.
See photos on
DropBox – especially photo 278, which shows the process to the
new church with the crucifer leading the process, held high through a car’s
sunroof and the bus following, and photo #285 which shows Bishop Don using his crosier
(pastoral staff) to rap on the door of the new church symbolically requesting
In his sermon,
Bishop Ron Ferris’ challenged parishioners to continue the journey they’d begun:
“You have said yes to God! You have said yes, to an
impossible journey. You have made a great crossing. You bear authentic Christianity
to your community. But you bear it also to future generations, and to the world.
You have entered, at cost, the Resurrection life, and you join with the
apostles in bringing that Resurrection life to others… What privileged people
we are, to know a God that has the power to bring us through the impossible.
We know the touch of God's grace… Rely on the Lord. He
will bring you through. Be thankful. Tell the generations yet to come…. By
following Jesus we have come to a living faith and a breakthrough experience in
our own lives. Our gratitude and love compel us to share this sacred knowledge
with others!... We know that we have been brought to this moment for a divine
purpose. We have great expectations. Having come a long way, we know that the
journey is not over. But with Jesus beside us, we dare to cross the impossible.”
St John’s Vancouver plans a series of events
leading to their departure from the Nanton Avenue property. The St John’s
website lists a number of transition events leading up to the
congregation’s move to a nearby Seventh Day Adventist Church on September 25.
These include a prayer day, an open house to say “good bye” to the current
facility, participation in a block party with their new host Seventh Day
Adventist church congregation, and advance tours of the new facility.
Court costs – The Diocese of
New Westminster website states that a negotiated settlement of
$155,000 had been received from the Vancouver area ANiC parishes as payment for
legal costs awarded by the courts. This payment was also reported by the Abbotsford News.
minister Dave Kemp of ANiC’s Eternal Hope Anglican Church asks for prayer for
his wife Mary
Jane who in suffering severe complications from cancer surgery and is in hospital for
of the Messiah (Ottawa) has launched its new website.
of upcoming events – for your interest and prayer support
Aug 30 – Sept 1 - Youth
Leadership Conference at St John’s Vancouver
Sept 12-14 – Simeon Fellowship annual gathering in Dallas, TX (of ACNA clergy & church planters)
Sept 15-17 – ACiC national
conference in North Vancouver, BC
Sept 17 – Bible-in-a-Day seminar,
St John’s Vancouver, BC
Sept 18 – St John’s
Vancouver last service in old building
22-25 – A traditional silent retreat is planned for ANiC’s clergy in New
Sept 25 – St John’s
Vancouver first service in its new facility
Oct 8 – Bible-in-a-Day seminar,
Christ’s Church, Oceanside, near Parksville, BC
Oct 29 – Bible-in-a-Day seminar,
St John’s Richmond, BC
Nov 2 – ANiC Clergy Day, Victoria, BC
Nov 2 – ANiC lay conference, Victoria,
Nov 3-4 – ANiC synod, Victoria, BC
Nov 10-11 – Anglican1000’s Liturgy &
the Arts conference, Durham, NC
Mar 6-8 – Anglican 1000’s 2012 Church Planting Summit in Plano, TX.
June 7-10 – ACNA Provincial Assembly,
front lines: Growing and planting churches
ANiC parish profile: St
Luke’s (Pembroke, ON)
ANiC congregations have been able to purchase buildings and St Luke’s in
Pembroke Ontario – about a two hour drive northwest of Ottawa – is
one of them. Nine months after walking away from their old building in November
2008 when they joined ANiC, the people of St Luke’s purchased a large banquet
hall and renovated it to create both a sanctuary and a church hall. Now in
possession of a top-notch catering kitchen, the very active congregation has
been making good use of it for events and outreach, including last December’s
community Christmas dinner.
the blessings of the difficult time of transition was the generosity and
support they received from the ecumenical Christian community. Tim recounts how
the church was partially furnished thanks to pews from both Roman Catholic and
Salvation Army congregations, an altar and lectern from the Roman Catholics,
and liturgical “hardware” from a Lutheran congregation.
Luke’s holds two Sunday morning worship services – which Tim describes as
largely traditional with contemporary elements – with an average combined
attendance of 140. The congregation continues to grow as people join St Luke's
both from other churches (including Anglican) and unchurched backgrounds. Recently
however, they have also experienced the loss of a few key families who have
moved away from the community.
in small towns have some advantages, says St Luke’s rector, the Rev Tim Parent.
Becoming known in the community is easier. When the congregation held a “grand
opening” for the new facility in 2009, they invited the community and about 500
came. More recently, the parish picnic in June saw a number of neighbourhood
children join in the fun, having been invited through a mailing from the
church. A booth at the recent country fair allowed church members to give away
Bibles and Christian literature and engage fair-goers in meaningful
excited about several ministries especially a recently launched weekly youth
group, the development of active pastoral care and outreach teams, and expanded
small group Bible studies. The parish looks to form partnerships through
reaching out to the local community, Canada and beyond with the Gospel in word
and deed. Opportunities for ministry are many, but more “workers”, especially
ministry leaders are needed. Please pray for St Luke’s and its ministry in
– Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)
Updates on the
legal situation involving two ACNA dioceses
San Joaquin – Interviewed on the Anglican Unscripted weekly news
video, A S Haley, canon lawyer and counsel to the ACNA diocese, recounts the
history of the litigation between the ACNA Diocese of San Joaquin and the US
Episcopal Church (TEC). He explains that TEC’s primary interest appears to be
burying the ACNA diocese and individual trustees in litigation and legal costs,
rather than moving to trial. After three years of litigation there are still no
trial dates as TEC continually throws up challenges and files new complaints.
You can hear his explanation beginning at the 20 minute, 25 second mark of the online video.
Worth – Bishop Jack Iker of the ACNA Diocese of Fort Worth, also interviewed
on Anglican Unscripted beginning at the 29 minute mark, explains the
litigation in which his diocese is involved. He discusses how his diocese, like
the ACNA Diocese of San Joaquin, allowed congregations that chose to stay in
the Episcopal Church – at the time the rest of the diocese voted to leave
– keep their buildings. Nevertheless, the Episcopal Church went to court.
bishops to be consecrated
ACNA Primate Archbishop Robert
Duncan will preside at the consecrations of both the
newly elected bishop of the ACNA Diocese of San Joaquin, Eric Meenes, on
September 24 and Bishop-elect Kevin Bond of the recently formed Diocese of
Cascadia on September 30. Bishop John Guernsey – who had led the
scattered congregations of the Diocese of the Holy Spirit until its member
churches were transferred to geographically-based dioceses within ACNA –
will be installed as the first bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic on
Other ACNA news
Breeze (LA area) – August 10 2011 – Anglicans
find a home in Old Torrance
article – August 12 2011 – …Forth Worth
hosts first Spanish-language Faith Alive weekend
News – August 13 2011 – Anglican
Church assumes central role in new diocese
Telegraph – August 16 2011 – Church service livens up funeral home
Coalition in Canada (ACiC) conference
The ACiC, a ministry
partner of ANiC’s, is planning a national conference September 15-17 in BC.
Global Leadership Summit
September 29-30, the Canadian version of the Willow Creek Global Leadership
Summit will be held with remote locations across the country. For information
and to register, see the
website. The US version of this Summit, which attracted more than
100,000 church leaders, was held last week.
for tolerance based on selective Scripture
in the Anglican Journal, the Rev Dr Gary Nicolosi urges toleration of different
theological positions within the Church based on Jesus’ parable recorded in
Matthew 13:24−30. This parable tells of a farmer’s instruction to his workers to wait
until the harvest before pulling up the weeds – planted by an enemy
– found growing amongst the good seed.
“Bishop Paul Moore of New York told a story several
years ago about an incident that occurred in his junior year at General
Theological Seminary. Some of the students were upset by a headline in The New York Times stating that the
bishop of Birmingham (England) did not believe in the resurrection of Jesus.
The students rushed to their theology professor, Dr. Marshall Boyer Stewart.
“Dr. Stewart, Dr. Stewart,” said the students, “what are we going to do? The
bishop of Birmingham, a real English bishop, does not believe in the resurrection!”
Dr. Stewart put his face in his hands, sighed and said, “Well, the bishop of
Birmingham will die someday, and the next bishop of Birmingham probably will
believe in the resurrection.” That, Bishop Moore said, is how Anglicans deal
“In the weeds and wheat parable, Jesus wants us to
trust God to deal with the weeds. So, when you become exasperated at all the
“weeds” in the church that you perceive need to be gotten rid of, why not take
a deep breath, be patient and trust God that truth will prevail in God’s own
way and in God’s good time? Practising tolerance is not weakness— it
reflects our faith in a great God whose Spirit guides the church still.”
the article ignores Jesus’ explanation of this parable to his disciples found
just a few verses – in Matthew 13: 36-43 in which Christ explicitly
states that the field is the world – rather than the church as Dr
Nicolosi asserts – and the good seed, the “sons of the kingdom”, coexist
with the “sons of the evil one” until the time of the harvest at the “close of
the age” when “the weeds will be gathered and burned with fire” (ESV).
Looting in England due to
godlessness say church leaders
recent rioting, looting and anarchy in London and elsewhere has highlighted the
breakdown in values and family life. In a letter to the
Telegraph, senior church leaders including Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali
say it is the loss of a moral framework that has led to “the plunge into the
new barbarism”. They say, “We must take steps immediately to strengthen the
family as a place for moral and spiritual formation where our children first
learn about boundaries… What
we instil in children today will determine in the future how they govern a
nation, influence our policies and ultimately determine the quality of life in
our communities. We each make choices and decisions based on our value systems.
Godlessness has only produced selfishness and greed. The well-tried Christian
faith has given us hope in the past and can do so again now.”
Anglican Mainstream, Canons Chris Sugden and Vinay Samuel say that,
traditionally, policing in Britain was “based the notion of a self-ordering
population which is founded on a sense of right and wrong...” They point out
that, in recent times, British youth “have been told that any form of moral
order, any form of objective morality is purely an exercise of power by a
socially dominant group… The state and politicians have systematically
undermined the contribution of religion to public life and moral order,
stigmatizing religion as oppressive and exclusive and tolerable only in a very
limited personal space.” And “the church has been complicit in accepting the
undermining of the moral order…” They call for a return to teaching the law of God.
Vicar of St Marks Battersea Rise parish sees this moment as an opportunity for
the Church. Paul Perkin
writes, “…this is our kairos moment. ‘For such a time as this’ the
church should be seen to be the church in action, God’s people, ‘repairing the
Minister David Cameron said “the problem… is a complete lack of responsibility,
a lack of proper parenting, a lack of proper upbringing, a lack of proper
ethics, a lack of proper morals. That is what we need to change.” The Christian
Institute reports another leader saying, “We have developed into a ‘Gimme’
society stuffed full of rights without an understanding of responsibility.” Others
have pointed to the collapse of the family, absent fathers, the undermining of
institutional authority, consumerism, and a lack of moral education. Mike Ovey,
Principal of Oak Hill College in England, in a perceptive
article says the rioting is in fact violent looting and that it is
an indictment on our materialistic, consumer society where wealth is our god.
the Anglican Communion News Service, the Archbishop of Canterbury
told the House of Lords that the keys to ending this criminal behaviour were
education “that builds character, that builds virtue”, “rebuilding the skills
of parenting”, and “rebuilding education itself”.
The “listening process”
designed to undermine and mislead
In a fascinating
and revealing article, the vice-provost of the Cathedral in the
Diocese of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Dave Doveton, has written an important
scholarly analysis of the “dynamics and effect of
the ‘listening process’ as presently structured by the Lambeth bureaucracy” of
the Anglican Communion.
He notes that “those participating are expected
to suspend all critical faculties; the aim is to arrive at some understanding
of the other persons ‘world and thought’ and an empathy with the person.
Doctrinal convictions are excluded; they play no part in the process…”
Doveton cites the Apostle Paul’s letters to Timothy in which “he repeatedly and
expressly addresses the topic of doctrinal purity and the responsibility of a
church leader to be a steward of correct doctrine… warning about false teachers
and their teachings is repeated several times in both letters.” Based on Paul’s
instruction in 1Timothy 4:7 to have nothing to do with “silly myths”, but
rather pursue godliness, Mr Doveton demonstrates how the personal story telling
employed in the “listening process” serves as societal Myths – important
and socially significant stories which encapsulate a worldview and serve to “establish
and justify all human conduct and activity”. Specifically, he details how most
stories employed in the “listening process” fit the Hero Myth format – a
powerfully persuasive form of storytelling that conveys values, ideological
frames of reference and beliefs.
concludes: “It is clear that the metaphoric, non-rational dynamic of the
‘listening process’ abstracted from rational theological debate, exercises a
powerful and subversive influence on the doctrinal convictions of Christians…
Those with commitments to orthodox Anglican teaching who may take part in the
listening process need to be aware of its assumptions about the nature of truth
and the mythic power on which it draws as they make their own theologically
rooted contribution. Some may well think the process is so flawed and excluding
of serious theological contributions that they cannot themselves participate.”
“Sea changes in the
In a paper posted
on the American Anglican Council website, Professor Stephen Noll
provides an overview of last decade in the Anglican Communion and carefully
shows how and why so much of the Communion became estranged from the western
provinces – such as the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) and the
Episcopal Church of the US (TEC) – and even from the Archbishop of
Canterbury. He shows how the bureaucracy in the Anglican Communion have neutralized
the Instruments of Communion including the Primates Council and why one by one
the Primates are coming to realize the futility of continuing to work with the
hijacked official Communion bodies.
Professor Noll says that,
after a stormy past decade in the Communion, the sea is now calm, “but the topography of the Communion is permanently changed”. Many of the
Provinces have chosen to no longer participate in Communion bodies and “have
broken communion with the official Anglican Provinces in North America”, so
there are few voices representing the Biblically faithful global Anglican
majority to create waves in official Communion meetings. He says, “They judge that the breach of biblical faith and practice initiated by
the North Americans and condoned by the Lambeth establishment is intolerable
and irrevocable. Much as they may have looked to the Church of England as their
spiritual and missionary mother, they have concluded that she has broken faith
with her own heritage and fostered the current division.” According to
Professor Noll, the only remaining question is whether the GAFCon affiliated
Churches will form into a more formal Communion, leading to a “sea change in
Anglican Communion Liturgical
Consultation examines marriage rites
Communion News Service announced that 56 Anglicans – most from
western churches – met recently to continue work on marriage rites. They
looked at the theology of marriage, the cultural contexts, and the ritual of
marriage. At the request of the US Episcopal Church, they also looked at TEC’s “exploratory
theological rationale and liturgical principles for the development of rites
for the blessing of committed same gender relationships”. The Rev Dr Eileen
Scully of the Anglican Church of Canada will chair the steering committee for
the next year.
The Church of
England Newspaper notes that “A push by the Episcopal Church to
bring same-sex marriage into the theological mainstream was repulsed last week
by delegates attending the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation
(IALC) in Canterbury. The IALC was not persuaded by the theological or
liturgical arguments—including a mock same-sex blessing ceremony–offered
by the Episcopal Church delegation on the merits of same-sex blessings and
declined to include the US’s views in its final report on marriage.”
The article continues: “While some members of the IALC, including its new chairman,
Canadian-member the Rev. Dr. Eileen Scully, were generally supportive of the US
view, the majority were not. One participant told CEN the objections fell in
two general groups: those who believed the concept of same-sex blessings was
un-Biblical, and those who were perturbed by the “aggressive” push by the US
team to seize control of a study process on rites for traditional marriage to
include their own agenda.”
From around the Communion and the
The Catholic News
Agency reports that Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail, of Sudan's Episcopal
Diocese of Kadulgi, in testimony before a US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee
said, “The Nuba people fear that we will be forgotten, that the world will
stand idly by while mass killings continue without redress… Our hope is that the United States will lead
the international community in taking prompt, effective action to protect tens
of thousands of displaced people, including an untold number of civilians being
killed house-to-house and bombed by their own government.” South Kordofan, home
of the Nuba people, lies just north of the newly-established Republic of South
The Church of
England Newspaper quotes others accusing the Sudanese government in
Khartoum of “Arabizing” the region by killing or forcing out the black Nuba
tribes people from their ancestral home. It explains: “Lying along the border between North and South Sudan, the oil-rich
region of South Kordofan lost almost half its population, an estimated 500,000
people, during the second Sudan civil war of 1990-2005. Promises by the
Khartoum government to permit a referendum on whether the region would join
South Sudan or remain under the control of the Khartoum government have not
Others report that satellite images of what appear to be newly
dug mass graves, corroborates eyewitness reports of systematic killings. “This
is a state-sponsored ethnic cleansing campaign where the government of Sudan is
killing its own people through a campaign of artillery shelling, aerial
bombardment, and house-to-house killings,” says Jonathan Hutson of the Enough
Project’s Satellite Sentinel Project. Please pray that the UN and world powers
will intervene to bring peace.
Dispatches provides an excellent
overview of the atrocities in South Kordofan and the world’s
inaction and the Sudan Tribute
adds accounts from Sudanese refugees.
Africa drought & famine – A Church of
England article notes that Kenyan Archbishop Eliud Wabukala has
attributed much of the blame for the famine in northern and eastern Kenya to
government structural failures – a failure to plan for these cyclical
droughts, and a failure to store excess harvests for times and areas of famine.
According to the article, “The
United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization reports that over 11
million people, including 2.3 million children under the age of five, are in
urgent need of food and water in the horn of Africa: Somalia, Ethiopia,
Djibouti, Eritrea and Kenya following two years of drought that has left over
10,000 dead. The situation is particularly acute in Somalia, the UN’s refugee
agency reported, where 3.7 million people are facing food shortages.”
Canon Chris Sugden adds that “the Anglican Church of Kenya has a Board of Development and Social
Services which oversees a number of programmes including famine relief and
ensuring food security. They work in nine regions covering the whole country. It
is directed from the Archbishop’s office.” The Church currently is feeding 4000
families and plans to buy and transport more food to the famine areas. It
addition, the Church plans to drill for water in the regions devastated by
Communion News Service reports that the Council of Anglican
Provinces of Africa led a two day ecumenical meeting in Nairobi to rally
support for the famine relief work and instigate action to address underlying
systemic issues. According to an Anglican
Journal article, the Anglican Church of Kenya “says it has spent
since last year over 300 million Kenyan shillings (US$3.2 million) in famine
Korea – International Christian Concern is urging us to join an
International protest to save the North Korean Refugees” on September 22. “This
protest will call Chinese embassies and consulates throughout the world to stop
the repatriation of North Korean refugees” and “bring global awareness to
China's cruel policy that violates its international treaty commitments…” If
repatriated to North Korea, refugees often face death and atrocities. For
information on how you can become involved see their
Zealand – The Church of
England Newspaper reports that plans have been unveiled to build a
temporary cathedral – made largely of cardboard and recycled paper
– for use while the permanent cathedral is under construction.
Zimbabwe – Christianity
Today reports that “Pastors and advocates report that a new wave of
persecution is washing over the churches of Zimbabwe as the country prepares
for a new round of elections called by President Robert Mugabe and his ruling
ZANU PF party… Churches that have opposed the ZANU PF party line have met with
Communion News Service tells of clergy being evicted from their
rectories. It concludes: “The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe has been under attack
from the excommunicated bishop, Dr Nolbert Kunonga, since 2007. Kunonga, with
the support of police and henchmen, has seized CPCA church property and used
violence to break up church services. In a recent media interview Dr Kunonga
was quoted as saying he aimed to control the 3,000 Anglican churches, schools,
hospitals and other properties in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Malawi.”
Nigeria – Persecution.org
reports that radical Islamists have again killed Christians in the
city of Maiduguri in their ongoing campaign to rid northern Nigeria of
Christianity and impose Sharia law. Over the years, church buildings have been
burnt and many Christians have fled. The remaining Christians request our
Egypt – International
Christian Concern notes that recent hearings on Capitol Hill heard
reports of “the recent escalation of violence toward Coptic Christians in
Egypt, as well as reports of disappearances [kidnappings], forced conversion
and forced marriages of Coptic women and girls”.
Belize – The Church of
England Newspaper reports that “The Anglican Diocese of Belize has
joined the country’s other Churches in opposing reform of the Caribbean
nation’s sodomy laws.”
Pakistan – With Christians
facing death on trumped up charges based upon the country’s notorious blasphemy
laws, we are asked to sign an
online petition supporting Asia Bibi, a middle-aged mother of two
young girls sentenced to death in Pakistan for telling her coworkers that “Our Christ
sacrificed His life on the cross for our sins… Our Christ is alive.”
Just for fun
overweight man was put on a diet by his doctor.
doctor instructed: "I want you to eat regularly for two days then skip a
day. Then eat regularly again for two days, then skip a day. Repeat this
ocedure for two weeks. The next time I see you, you should have lost at least
the man returned, he shocked the doctor by having lost nearly 20 pounds!
that's amazing!" the doctor said. "Did you follow my
nodded. "I'll tell you though, I thought I was going to drop dead on the
the hunger, you mean?" asked the doctor.
“No,” the man replied emphatically. “From
Moral revolution testing
In a perceptive
article, Dr Albert Mohler, describes the moral revolution in which
taboos are not just falling but are being held up as good. He says, “…it is a
moral inversion that has left those holding the old morality now accused of
nothing less than ‘moral deficiency’.” He challenges the Church:
this most awkward cultural predicament, evangelicals must be excruciatingly
clear that we do not speak about the sinfulness of homosexuality as if we have
no sin. As a matter of fact, it is precisely because we have come to know
ourselves as sinners and of our need for a savior that we have come to faith in
Jesus Christ. Our greatest fear is not that homosexuality will be normalized
and accepted, but that homosexuals will not come to know of their own need for
Christ and the forgiveness of their sins.
“It is now abundantly clear that evangelicals have
failed in so many ways to meet this challenge… We have failed to see the
challenge of homosexuality as a Gospel issue. We are the ones, after all, who
are supposed to know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only remedy for
sin, starting with our own.
“We have demonstrated our own form of
homophobia—not in the way that activists have used that word, but in the
sense that we have been afraid to face this issue where it is most difficult .
. . face to face…
is no escaping the fact that we are living in the midst of a moral revolution.
And yet, it is not the world around us that is being tested, so much as the
believing church. We are about to find out just how much we believe the Gospel
we so eagerly preach.”
Marriage – The US Conference of Catholic
Bishops has compiled
materials to promote and defend the historic, Biblical understanding
of marriage – including some excellent videos.
Preaching – Dr Albert Mohler has reprinted a1987 interview with Dr John Stott on preaching.
Bible app – Bible.is – part of the Digital Bible Project –
now offers more that 542 languages on its free Bible app. Already, the app has
reached 5 million downloads.
your workplace – See a list of 30 ways Christians could bless their places of work and build relationships
with non-Christian co-workers.
Witness – The Sydney Anglicans website has a thought-provoking
article on sharing our faith called, “5 strangers a day”.
Perspectives – The August 10th
Anglican Perspective – a very short, inspiring three-minute
video – encourages us, when confronted with bad news, to remember that
God is in control. His resources are more than adequate for our circumstances. The August 18th
Anglican Perspective talks about Christians responsibility to be
salt – preserving society from further degeneration – and light
– proclaiming God’s Truth and showing His love.
Food for thought
God wants to turn your test into a testimony; your mess into a message.
on the American
Anglican Council Facebook page
For the leaders and people of St Aidan’s Windsor
who are considering their next steps in light of the recent court decision.
For ANiC churches involved in property disputes
with the Diocese of Niagara: St George’s (Burlington, ON), St Hilda’s
(Oakville, ON) and Good Shepherd (St Catharines, ON).
For ANiC congregations in transition, leaving
long-time church buildings and settling into new facilities. Praise God for His
provision and for the generosity and outpouring of love from other Christian
churches in their communities.
For ANiC synod planning and preparations.
For our bishops,
clergy and lay leaders, and their families – especially those in
need of healing.
projects, church plants and parishes, and for their proclamation of the
Good News to those in their communities who desperately need new life in
For ARDFC’s new Congo project which is helping
war-torn communities become reestablished and promoting peace-making. May God
use it to bless Congolese and
bring many to Christ.
For peace and an end to the killing in the Sudan.
For God’s hand of protection to cover His Church.
For persecuted Christians in Nigeria, Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Zimbabwe and China –
and especially for those suffering unimaginable abuse and atrocities in North
Korea, Eritrea & Somalia.
For the nation of Israel. Pray for the peace of
For those ministering in the famine areas in the Horn
of Africa. Pray that the Islamist militias in Somalia will relent and allow aid
to safely enter territories where people are starving.
For the GAFCon Primates & Fellowship of Confessing
Anglican leaders as they plan meetings of Biblically faithful Anglicans in 2012
& 2013. Pray also for the new Anglican Mission in England.
those in positions of leadership and influence in the Anglican Communion, that they would seek to honour and obey God
above all else.
For repentance and revival in our hearts and in our nation, for a
hunger for God and His Word.
a word from our sponsor
give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I
will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
…the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he
judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in
times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you,
O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
Tell among the peoples his deeds!
For he who avenges blood is mindful of them; he does not forget the cry of the
gracious to me, O Lord! See my affliction from
those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gates of death, that I may
recount all your praises, that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may
rejoice in your salvation…
O Lord! Let not man prevail; let the nations be
judged before you! Put them in fear, O Lord! Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah
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