"I’ll tell you when I think the system is corrupt: when Christian people sign severance packages that require silence. Those in power are buying protection; those signing are compromising integrity. The following post grabs the main points in a longer post by Jennifer LeClaire, and her points are worthy of some conversation:"
Friday, August 22, 2014
I'm not a fan of gag orders: Spiritual Abuse in the Church’s System:
Posted by Andrew Vella at 12:19 PM
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I'm not sure this really needs any more comment from me: The bizarre – and costly – cult of Richard Dawkins » The Spectator:
"The website suggests that donations of up to $500,000 a year will be accepted for the privilege of eating with him once a year: at this level of contribution you become a member of something called ‘The Magic of Reality Circle’. I don’t think any irony is intended.
At this point it is obvious to everyone except the participants that what we have here is a religion without the good bits."
Posted by Andrew Vella at 5:12 PM
Monday, August 18, 2014
Yes, there is a difference: No High Like the Most High! |:
"“I value the Bible highly” does not have the same semantic range as “I read the Bible accurately.” Someone who believed that the book of Romans is actually a coded numerological message from aliens might have a very high view of the book, meaning that he did not think about anything else, but having this “high” view is not the same thing as knowing anything about it."
Posted by Andrew Vella at 1:31 PM
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Doug's first point is good: Like a Fist |:
"There truly are evil men in the world, and this is what imprecatory psalms were made for. This is why we have them. There are men who will grin for the camera over the prospect of beheading Christian children, and our response to them should be to pray the words of God back to Him.
“Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: Break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord” (Ps. 58:6).
“Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: Seek out his wickedness till thou find none” (Ps. 10:15)."
Posted by Andrew Vella at 1:12 PM
Monday, August 11, 2014
Its good to see our Bishop doing things like this: How you can help N. Iraq right now : Anglican Church League, Sydney, Australia:
"From Stuart Robinson, Bishop of Canberra & Goulburn:
Dear Friends and colleagues,
Having read my letter to the Prime Minister of Australia, a great many people are asking how they might take action."
Posted by Andrew Vella at 3:27 PM
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
Agreed: Not Our Problem: Why Collectively Ignoring Mark Driscoll Isn't an Option - Christ and Pop Culture:
"What must follow is accountability and general tough love, because Mark Driscoll isn’t the only human being in the picture here. His ministry affects the lives of several hundreds directly and millions only slightly less directly. Most importantly: as a pastor of our Lord Jesus Christ, he is held to a higher standard, a standard which he has managed to systematically lower over time."
Posted by Andrew Vella at 9:30 AM
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Posted by Andrew Vella at 7:50 PM
While Lewis did warn about the public apology and the meaning behind it, I think this is a good move: AN APOLOGY TO THOSE HURT BY THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF CANBERRA… · News · Canberra and Goulburn Anglican Community:
"These services will include a public apology by the Right Reverend Stuart Robinson, Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn. The public apology is as follows:"
Posted by Andrew Vella at 7:33 PM
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
A reminder about the practice of Church discipline: Church Discipline and Life |:
"A church that does not or cannot discipline errant members of the congregation is a church with AIDS. It has no means of fighting off infections—whether those infections are moral or doctrinal or both. The infections can be in the heart or the head, but the church has to be able to deal with them."
Posted by Andrew Vella at 11:32 AM