Blogroll Category: Christian Resources

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Studying the Culicidae Cantuaria

Anglican Ink - Sun, 24/09/2017 - 21:56

Jules Gomes sees the Archbishop of Canterbury as a small biting insect spreading the disease of Keynesian economics

A crisis of character at the top of the Anglican Communion

Anglican Ink - Sun, 24/09/2017 - 02:30

Is Justin Welby incapable of thinking seriously about ethical problems in relation to the Bible during a live radio interview?

Episcopal Church bishops challenge Trump, Congress on DACA in NYTimes ad

Anglican Ink - Sat, 23/09/2017 - 14:09

[Episcopal News Service] Some 125 Episcopal Church bishops signed a full-page ad that ran Sept.

Pentecostal poaching behind Indian ecumenical crack up

Anglican Ink - Sat, 23/09/2017 - 03:53

The CSI has withdrawn from the Kerala Council of Churches after the Believers Church was admitted to the ranks of the ecumenical Protestant organization.

Toronto archbishop to retire

Anglican Ink - Sat, 23/09/2017 - 01:14

Archbishop Colin Johnson calls for the election of a coadjutor

Chancellor and three archbishops elected for Church of Nigeria

Anglican Ink - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 15:56

General Synod has elected three new archbishops to serve the ecclesiastical provinces of Jos, Kaduna and Kwara and a chancellor for the national church.

Nigerian General Synod underway

Anglican Ink - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 15:32

12th triennial synod meets this week in Port Harcourt

Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania to share bishop

Anglican Ink - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 15:08

Letter from the standing committees of WNY and NWPA

Schools failing British students by dropping religious education

Anglican Ink - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 14:57

A quarter of secondary schools in the UK are not teaching their pupils any religious education 

R.E. Lee Memorial Church changes name

Anglican Ink - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 14:49

Vestry at SW VIrginia parish votes to change name of historic church 

Waynick nominated provisional bishop of Eastern Michigan

Anglican Ink - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 14:43

Former Indianapolis bishop's appointment to be ratified at diocesan convention

Royal College to vote for abortion decriminalisation

Christian Concern - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 12:40
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) will shortly vote to relax the laws governing abortion. The motion that backs calls for decriminalisation, will not be known in its specific detail until after the decision has been made.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) will shortly vote to relax the laws governing abortion. The motion that backs calls for decriminalisation, will not be known in its specific detail until after the decision has been made.

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Bruno suspended again

Anglican Ink - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 02:52

Appellate court suspends disgraced LA bishop from exercise of ministry and authority during the appeal process

Episcopal Church Still Skidding Downhill

Anglican Ink - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 00:32

Episcopalians have yet to hit bottom in their downward membership spiral that began in the early 2000s.

Why Do We Sing?

The Good Book Company - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 12:28

There is something special about music. Something that’s hard to explain. It stirs our emotions; it lifts our hearts—but that is not all it does.

Words set to music have the unique ability to burrow deep into our hearts in a way that enables us to remember them. And that means that singing in church, for ourselves, with our children or even in the shower is not just an “optional extra” for the Christian life, but a practice that can profoundly strengthen our faith, and our ability to persevere in the hardest of times.

Remember, remember…

I have friends who seem to have a photographic memory for Bible verses. They can recite bible text, complete with chapter and verse reference, without a moment’s hesitation. But those friends are rare. I have many more friends who, like me, struggle to retain even those verses they’ve only recently read!

Unless that is, they are put to music. For some reason, that changes the whole equation. In the same way that I can still remember random pop lyrics from the ‘80s, Bible verses set to music seem to find a place in my brain that is altogether easier to access. I am sure that there must be a scientific explanation for this, but I have irrefutable anecdotal evidence that this is true.

I used to feel a bit embarrassed about this; it felt to me as though the godly people were the ones who could remember a Bible passage studied years ago as though they had only just read it that morning. Whereas I couldn’t even remember which order the minor prophets come in, let alone quote any verses from them! Then I started to notice some encouragement from God’s word. I noticed that people in the Bible sing rather a lot. They sing for joy (Isaiah 65:14). They sing their praises to the Lord (Psalm 9:11). But they also sing to remember.

In Deuteronomy 31:19, The LORD has Moses write down a song and teach it to the Israelites “because it will not be forgotten by their descendants” (Deut 31:21). In Judges, the singers at the watering places "recite the victories of the Lord” (Judges 5:11). The Psalmist writes that he will "sing of your strength, in the morning” during times of trouble (Psalm 59:16). And Paul encourages the Colossians to “teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the spirit" (Col 3:16).

Singing is not an “optional extra” for the Christian, but a practice that strengthens faith and helps us persevere 

For the young…

We’ve been singing memory verses with our kids since they were babies—Colin Buchanan and Randall Goodgame are our favourites—my wife and I are convinced that we’ve learned just as much as them, if not more, over the years! I trust that these verses will stand us in good stead in the years to come.

For the middle...

Singing not only prompts mindful remembrance of God’s character and promises, it also has a powerful effect in reassuring our wavering hearts of the same truths. Time and time again we return to song when words fail, when weariness overwhelms us and when gospel truths rendered in song are needed to soften our stony hearts.

The Sing Conference has been happening this week in Nashville, organised by Keith and Kristyn Getty and featuring a wonderful line-up of Bible teachers and musicians. I’m a huge fan of the Getty’s music—not only are the melodies so well crafted, but the words (often written by Stuart Townend) have a depth and richness to them which is unusual in modern praise music. These songs remind us of God’s promises, reassure us and move us to rejoice.

For the old…

We sing carols every year in a local retirement home. Many of the residents are unable to engage in conversation, and many of those who can are not able to remember much to talk about. Yet when the carols begin, they start to sing. The words seem to bubble upon from some secret place and smiles spread across their faces.

I can’t explain how it works, but my experience of song gives me hope that if I reach some ripe old age where my memory is fading daily, the songs that I’ve learned over the years will remind and reassure me of my Saviour and of the sure and certain hope that He has won for me. And that is worth singing about!

Categories: Christian Resources

UN Pressures Northern Ireland on Abortion | Regan King

Christian Concern - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 11:20
Last month, the United Nations released its Human Rights Council’s Periodic Review (UPR) of the UK and its territories. UN calls UK to further liberalise abortion law

Last month, the United Nations released its Human Rights Council’s Periodic Review (UPR) of the UK and its territories. Only 42% of the 227 proposals were agreed to be addressed by the government who published their response last week.

Among the rejected proposals were recommendations by four nations for the UK to amend Northern Ireland’s abortion restrictions.

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Archbishop Justin excited by prospect of “extraordinary” Primates’ Meeting

Anglican Ink - Thu, 21/09/2017 - 00:28

The Archbishop of Canterbury has been speaking of his excitement at the prospect of next month’s Primates’ Meeting.

Episcopal Church responds to the Diocese of South Carolina's motions for recusal and rehearing

Anglican Ink - Wed, 20/09/2017 - 14:51

Press statement from the Diocese of South Carolina

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