Here are the stories that Christians are talking about round the holy water dispenser this week…
Pray for President Obama, Ps 109:8 shows up on bumper stickers and t-shirts. What is Psalm 109:8? “May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.” And verse 9? “May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.” (both NIV) No, Christians, you cannot use prayer as an Obama sneak attack! We can do better than that. How about, well, praying an actual prayer for President Obama: Numbers 6:24-26, Romans 15:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Philippians 4:8-9, or Jude 1:2. Thanks Matthew Paul Turner. Heard about this first on his blog.
The Manhattan Declaration is published. Some Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical groups draft joint document on marriage & abortion. Read the document here. News articles: Catholic Culture, Washington Times, Christianity Today, Examiner, Crosswalk.
Lutheran Churches ask “Should I stay or should I go? Some Lutheran Churches have voted to leave ELCA; and some to stay. I believe this has been happening already, but there appears to be a great deal in the news this week, particularly stories about individual congregations. This is tearing churches apart. I do not think the church is ready to make this type of decision. Activists (on both sides) have steamrolled these decisions at a denominational level for a political agenda. It seems to me that groups on either side of the homosexuality question have already made up their minds and now are pushing agenda without open dialog within the church. The stories, mainly from small local papers: Cannon Falls, WD Times, JS Online, KSAX, The Lutheran, News Record, Times and Democrat, In Forum, Post Bulletin.
In the first article (Cannon Falls), the vote to leave was only 2/3 (and it took two attempts for it to pass). Of a church with 60 members, this was a church splitting decision down to the congregational level. And they are losing their pastor over it.
Mass: We Pray video game hoax. Turns out this YouTube video is a sneaky advertisement for EA Game’s Dante’s Inferno. I’ve been duped! I was kinda looking forward to earning prayer points toward heaven. (More: Escapist Magazine, GameSpy, Joystiq)
Further reading on my previous post about D.C. versus the Archdiocese: Washington Post, Washington Examiner, NY Times
Kennedy denied communion. This is actually an old letter by Kennedy’s bishop, written in 2007. Who knows why he is rehashing it now? Associated Content, The Boston Channel, In Light of the Law, MSNBC, BBC, Fox “News”.
The USCCB publishes pastoral letter on marriage [link]
Archbishop Williams meets with Pope Benedict XVI on Nov 21. CBS, In The News, UK; Bloomberg, Catholic News Agency.
The Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Pavle has died. UPI.
NY Pastor embezzled church funds to get plastic surgery. AP If you ask me this wasn’t embezzlement, plastic surgery is a business expense for pastors. Botox, a chiseled chin, and slim butt are essential in order to maintain credibility in the pulpit.
Russian priest killed in church. NY Times.
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