Archive for May, 2012

Address by Archbishop Dr Eliud Wabukala at the annual National Prayer Breakfast hosted by the President of Kenya

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

‘I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life that you and your offspring may live’ Deuteronomy 30:19

When we gather for the next Prayer Breakfast in twelve months time, I wonder what will be on our hearts. Will we be praising God for his mercy and enjoying the fruits of peace, or will we come grieving for a nation which is in turmoil and where the rule of law is breaking down? As we approach the General Election, the choice we face is not just between political leaders and parties. In fact I would say that is the less important choice. What really matters is the choice we make about how we will conduct ourselves and the attitudes that will control us.

In our reading from the Book of Deuteronomy, we heard the challenge given by Moses to the people of Israel as he nears the end of his life and they prepare to enter the Promised Land. He wants to impress on them that there is a choice to be made and it is matter of life and death. There is no middle ground between life and death and good and evil. We are going one way or the other. We have already had a warning of what death and evil looks like in our nation. After nearly fifty years of independence, there is much that we can thank God for, but these gains were nearly thrown away in the violence and savagery that erupted in our midst after the last General Election. Thousands of people were killed with impunity, severed heads were laid out along the roadside and great damage was done to our infrastructure.

 

I am sure we would all like to forget about these shameful and degrading things which happened in our beloved nation, but we need to face them without flinching or turning away. Denying the facts or blaming others may make us feel a bit better, but it will not heal the wound. Our Christian faith helps us to face these things because it also speaks to us of the reality of God’s power to save and restore and to give new life to those who know there need of him.

The shocking events of our recent past are a reminder that underneath the appearance of normality, there lurked deep hatreds and resentments. Longstanding tribal hostilities still smouldered and were ready to be fanned into flame by those who thought they could exploit them for their own ends. Have those attitudes of the heart been changed and dealt with? As I look at the way politics are being conducted in our nation, I fear they have not. We managed to negotiate a truce which has allowed life to get back to an appearance of normality, but we need more than a truce if Kenya is to be a stable and peaceful democracy. This is because there are two basic requirements for a democratic society.

Firstly, there must be respect for the rule of law. This law is grounded in the revealed nature of God himself and our laws owe much to the Christian tradition. The rule of law expresses the understanding that there are moral values and commitments which lie outside the democratic process because as creatures of the Creator we do not have a right simply to do as we please. Quite how that works out will vary in different times and places, but it is the basic understanding upon which democracy must work. Otherwise the democratic process will eventually degenerate into an electoral competition to see who will bury who.

Secondly, this respect for the rule of law must include the fundamental Christian belief that we are all created equally in the image of God. In this sense each human life is sacred from the womb to the grave irrespective of race, tribe, gender, socio-economic status and creed. No democratic mandate has the right to transgress this boundary.

How then can we strengthen our democracy as it faces the test of a General Election? Respect for the rule of law and for one another is a matter of the attitudes of the heart, not just self interest or habit. We need to look below the surface of things. Christians cannot call the truce we reached after the last General Election peace. True peace is much more than the absence of open conflict and the biblical understanding is found in the Hebrew word ‘shalom’ which means wholeness, things working as they should, as God intended. We are fallen creatures and the root of our problem is not to be found in education, social policies or development programmes, necessary though they are, but in the human heart. All our fighting and alienation from one another is ultimately because we are alienated from God. But God has made true peace, shalom, possible through repentance and faith in his Son Jesus Christ who died and rose again for our sins.

If we know peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, we must in turn be peacemakers and Jesus’ teaching in our second reading from the Sermon on the Mount takes us right to the heart of the matter. The peacemakers are the people Jesus calls blessed and sons of God. As God in Christ loves us, even though we are by nature his enemies, so we, like him, must love even our enemies.

Do you see how relevant this teaching of Jesus is to the practical matter of a strong democracy in Kenya? If a healthy democracy turns on respect for the law and for one another as created in God’s image, then loving our enemies is a radical way of showing both obedience to God and recognising his image in others, even those who may hate us.

So will you commit with me to take the lead in being peacemakers for our nation in this truly radical way? It is costly because it will mean walking the way of cross in repentance and loving those we find most unlovable, but think what a wonderful transformation it would bring to our beloved nation. Think for instance of how much more secure our democratic institutions would be if we learned to follow the way of Jesus’ radical peacemaking rather than using democracy just as a way of trying to keep the lid on our hostilities. Do you want to be known as those who had the moral courage and faith to change our nation’s story? We have a choice before us – between life and death, between blessing and cursing. Let us not harden our hearts. Choose life! Let us be obedient to the divine summons and show the world what a nation can become when it is blessed by the Lord our God.

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OTTAWA, ONT: Official Launch of Ottawa Theological College

Thursday, May 31st, 2012


We are pleased to announce the launch of Ottawa Theological College, which will take place on Wednesday, June 13th at 7 pm, at St. Peter & Paul’s Anglican Church (152 Metcalfe Street in downtown Ottawa). Ottawa Theological College will bring students and scholars together to equip Christian workers for confident gospel ministry in and around the capital region, and throughout the world.

Classes start September 2012. A mixture of regular semester-long evening classes, and week-long intensive modules, will be offered. Courses will follow a full seminary curriculum, and are open to full and part-time students. Our vision is to build strong local churches, one leader at a time. The College’s theological perspective is found in the historical formularies of Anglicanism – the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer 1662, and the Ordinal – under the authority of Scripture.

Bishop Charlie Masters (Anglican Network in Canada) said, “There is a great need for our future church leaders to be taught in a Biblically faithful way. What a joy it is to have Ottawa Theological College placed and planted in our nation’s capital. I have every expectation that it will be successful in its tasks, and encourage everyone to prayerfully consider attending classes this fall.”

Ottawa Theological College is also cross-denominational, seeking to build partnerships with those from various evangelical and orthodox denominations as we lift up the Good News of Jesus Christ. The College is committed to working with Christians across denominational lines in authentic, Biblical ways, celebrating the unity we share with fellow believers in essential matters of faith, while respecting freedom of conscience in secondary areas.

Ottawa Theological College is affiliated with a local congregation, Church of the Messiah (Anglican Network in Canada), located in downtown Ottawa, near Parliament Hill. For more information, please visit the College website at: http://ottawatheologicalcollege.ca.

Join us on June 13th for information and refreshments.

Despite two attempts to ban, marriage colloquium went ahead

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Christian Concern and the World Congress of Families hosted an inspiring marriage conference on Wednesday 23 May, despite extraordinary opposition to the event taking place.

The colloquium was cancelled by the Law Society for allegedly breaching its ‘diversity policy’. The event was then moved to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. Yet this Government owned venue also decided to ban the event for ‘diversity’ reasons, at 4.05pm, the afternoon before the conference was due to begin.

Concerns have been raised by many that supporting marriage between one man and one woman, which is still the current legal definition of marriage, is now considered ‘homophobic’ by those pursing the ‘equality and diversity’ agenda. This suggests that potential restrictions on religious liberty and freedom of speech are likely to be extremely severe if same-sex marriage is actually introduced as the law of the land.  Read here

Two PCUSA Presbyteries Shed 30% of Membership

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Two PCUSA presbyteries took big hits in the past week, according to the Layman Online. First, there was Tropical Florida:

One of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s largest Florida presbyteries will be losing almost a third of its membership after the 57-church Presbytery of Tropical Florida approved the dismissal requests of nine churches Tuesday.
The departure represents about 3,800 members of the 13,525 Presbyterians within Tropical Florida – a 28-percent loss.

This week, it’s Mississippi:

With five motions and five unanimous votes, a Presbyterian Church (USA) presbytery lost five congregations from its rolls—losing almost a third of its membership. But, according to its leaders, those that stay and those that leave will keep a common bond.
The Presbytery of Mississippi voted without dissent to approve the request of the congregations – representing about 1,400 members—to leave the PCUSA and join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), leaving 37 churches with a total of about 2,900 members.
The presbytery agreed to dismiss the First Presbyterian churches of Vicksburg, Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, Port Gibson and Yokena Presbyterian Church of Vicksburg.

Thanks be to God, in both instances the dismissals were gracious: the Florida churches will pay a combined total of $500,000 of support the presbytery would have received over the next three years; the Mississippi churches go without payment of any kind. In fact, in the latter case it was a matter of like-minded brethren simply deciding to live in different houses without breaking their relational ties:

“Everyone was trying to maintain a positive outlook. Parting is not easy, but the determination was expressed by many people that we want to stay in relationship with one another,” Mississippi Stated Clerk Michael Herrin said. Herrin is also the pastor of FPC-Port Gibson and stated supply of Yokena.
The presbytery made no claim on the churches’ property nor did it seek payment of per-capita funds or other offerings.
“We’ve already decided, we’re not going to fight over that,” Herrin said.
Indeed, Mississippi had little to fight over with its departing churches in terms of theology, either. The presbytery voted down Amendment 10A and nFOG overwhelmingly.
“It really was just a peaceful process,” [Pastor Scott] Castleman said. His church, Ocean Springs, even hosted the presbytery meeting.
“One of the consistent prayers we prayed [at FPC-Ocean Springs] was that the Lord would keep us of one mind…we’re blessed that there was such a unity of peace,” he said, adding that he felt “heartfelt appreciation” toward the presbytery.

Praise God for such gracious folks. May their tribe increase across the mainline churches.

 

Madagascar Bishop Pushes Evangelism, Education and Economic Development in New Diocese

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Thousands respond to Gospel proclamation as evil spirits are cast out and Christ enters changed lives

By David W. Virtue
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The newly formed Missionary area of Toliara on the Island of Madagascar might not sound very exotic to Anglican ears as there are none of the scandals over homosexuality, property ownership and how to handle declining parishes and dioceses that plague Western Anglican provinces.

For Bishop Todd McGregor and his wife, the Rev. Patsy McGregor, it is a joyful challenge on how to bring the gospel to people locked in animism, traditional religions, and poverty on the fourth largest island in the world. There are 21 million people divided among 19 ethnic groups and 80% of the people live on less than a $1 a day. Mostly African traditional religions dominate the landscape with 40% being Christian, mostly Roman Catholic. The Anglican Communion is small but growing fast.

The McGregor’s have toiled in this Southern Madagascar vineyard, one of the poorest and most unreached places on earth, since 2007 and they love it even as deeply burdened as they are to bring the Good News of the gospel to people who desperately need it. Their task involves serving and coordinating the Anglican Church in an area the size of Florida. Because the area is so large, one of their main focuses is raising and training leaders who can serve the churches over this vast region.

In their ministry they have seen people coming to faith that include the village drunk and powerful witch doctors. They believe that in order to marinate the spiritual soil prayer is the foundation to all evangelism. They practice what they call “lifestyle evangelism” having lived in a slum for nearly four years. Behind where they lived a Satanic cultic church could be found. It is still there.

“People are in bondage to Satan because the Shaman offers healing herbs and ordinary folk can’t afford medicine. They dedicate their children and have a curse put on them,” says Patsy.

She recalled a manifestation of evil spirits on Maundy Thursday when all the clergy were together to rededicate themselves through their vows. “Someone came into the meeting manifesting several demons. Several were cast out and they named themselves as they were cast out.

Asked what she saw as their call to mission, she said it was the Word of God and the Great Commission.

The McGregor’s have labored in East Africa for over 20 years, first in Madagascar, and then Kenya, bringing the gospel of Jesus to whomsoever. In 2007 they returned to Madagascar, focusing their efforts on the most remote and poorest southern territories focusing on the ministry of the 3E’s of Evangelism, Education and Economic Development. Fr. Todd was consecrated the first bishop of Toliara at St. Laurent’s Anglican Church in Antananarivo, Madagascar on December 10th, 2006 under the Province of the Indian Ocean and its archbishop the Most Rev. Ian Ernest.

They told their story to the 500-strong evangelical Episcopal congregation of the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, PA recently. Todd is originally from Vermont. Patsy is from Florida. The McGregor’s sending companions are mainly from the USA, specifically the Diocese of Southeast Florida under Bishop Leo Frade and several parishes from The Diocese of Chicago.

The McGregor’s felt called to God’s mission to preach the Good News from their earliest years after they met and married. They began as a pioneer missionary family, beginning their work in the city of Antananarivo, Madagascar in 1991.

With excitement and some expectation, they watched their newly approved diocese grow with three new churches recently completed and dedicated. Bishop Todd consecrated a new church building on November 29, 2008 in Sakarana. All Saints Church in Morondava was dedicated November 1, 2008. A packed congregation worshipped on Christmas Day in Ankilifaly, with 200-300 in attendance, including youth and children. Discipleship groups continue to flourish, with a 6 am Morning Prayer group, Wednesday evening worship in English as well as several discipleship and small group gatherings throughout the week.

In March, 2009, the McGregor’s began a new partnership with SAMS-USA (www.samsusa.org) as a missionary sending agency. SAMS (South American Mission Society) is one of the most established Anglican/Episcopal mission agencies, supporting missionary families for 150 years

In 2009, they focused on the three 3E’s in the Diocese of Toliara. During that year they experienced over 300 Baptisms, 70 Confirmations and the establishment of five new church plants.

“Our Educational efforts included the training of 7 clergy/evangelists for ministry service, offering the Alpha program (an introduction course to Christianity originally founded in the UK) in two parishes to over 47 students, ongoing weekly English classes with 30-40 students, hosting a Saturday worship service in English and sponsoring 47 children for primary and secondary school education. As we continue to partner and assist those in the area, our Economic Development allowed the purchase of 60 acres for microenterprise farming, the start-up of two women-managed farming businesses and the receipt of an 11-acre ocean front tract for future development.”

The McGregor’s founded the ministry of People Reaching People in 1991. Initially, as a first year missionary family, their work began in the city of Antananarivo, Madagascar and expanded into remote areas of the eastern rainforest. This led them to southern Madagascar.

The Early Years

While in Madagascar, Todd and Patsy served with the Archbishop of the Indian Ocean and the Diocese of Antananarivo in a variety of different capacities: teaching at St. Paul’s Theological College, implementing, developing and constructing 11 health clinics; founding, administrating and constructing the School for Lay Ministry, constructing eleven new churches including the Cathedral in Mahajanga and church-planting the Ravinala Community: an international, ecumenical, English speaking church.

Ministry in Kenya

In 2002, the McGregor’s moved from Madagascar to Kenya to continue their ministry to the poorest of the poor in Eastern Africa and to the many nomadic and ethnic groups residing there.

Todd became the Director of Mission and Evangelism in Northern Kenya and an adjunct instructor of Church Growth, Evangelism, and Leadership at St. Paul’s United Theological College in Limuru, Kenya. Patsy managed and expanded St. Julian’s Centre, a retreat and conference center offering a beautiful and serene environment for renewal and refreshment. Together, they lead Kenyan and international short-term mission teams to some of the “least-reached” people groups throughout the world, including the Borana, Gabbra, Rendille, Samburu and Sakuye tribes.

Patsy was ordained as a Deacon on November 27th, 2005 and ordained a priest on September 3rd, 2006 by Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi, Anglican Church of Kenya. Rev. Todd was consecrated as the Assistant Bishop of Antananarivo and the first Bishop of Toliara at St. Laurent’s Anglican Church in Antananarivo, Madagascar on December 10th, 2006.

“The diversity of the people is one of the challenges as well as one of the blessings of being here. Christ has been faithful and the McGregor’s ministry has grown in five years from only 1 church and 10 worshiping communities, to over 25 churches.”

This year the partners are hoping to raise $300,000 to establish three new churches, a primary school, clergy housing, and to start building a cathedral for $250,000 that will seat 1,000 people.

Patsy has written two books describing their experiences serving in Africa, A Guest in God’s World and The Detour.

Asked what they see as their legacy, the bishop said, “That people come to know Jesus, training the next generation of Malagasy leaders and ultimately winning their adopted country for Jesus Christ. We invite you to partner along with us as we serve God in His ministry, vision and purposes for Eastern Africa and Madagascar.”

Both are driven by the testimony of William Carey, “Attempt great things for God. Expect great things from God.”

For those wishing to support this dynamic and growing ministry you can help by sending a donation to SAMS-USA (www.samsusa.org) earmark it McGregor Ministry.

My Take: The Bible condemns a lot, but here’s why we focus on homosexuality

Sunday, May 27th, 2012
My Take: The Bible condemns a lot, but here's why we focus on homosexuality

The author writes that it’s fine for Christians to take certain biblical condemnations seriously while ignoring others.

Editor’s Note: R. Albert Mohler Jr. is president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.

By R. Albert Mohler Jr., Special to CNN

Are conservative Christians hypocritical and selective when it comes to the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality? With all that the Bible condemns, why the focus on gay sex and same-sex marriage?

Given the heated nature of our current debates, it’s a question conservative Christians have learned to expect. “Look,” we are told, “the Bible condemns eating shellfish, wearing mixed fabrics and any number of other things. Why do you ignore those things and insist that the Bible must be obeyed when it comes to sex?”

On its face, it’s a fair question. But it can be posed in two very different ways.

First, the question can be asked to suggest that the Bible’s clear condemnation of sexual sins can simply be set aside. The other way of posing the question represents a genuine attempt to understand how the Bible is to be rightly applied to life today.

In truth, those asking the question the first way really don’t want an answer.

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An honest consideration of the Bible reveals that most of the biblical laws people point to in asking this question, such as laws against eating shellfish or wearing mixed fabrics, are part of the holiness code assigned to Israel in the Old Testament. That code was to set Israel, God’s covenant people, apart from all other nations on everything from morality to diet.

As the Book of Acts makes clear, Christians are not obligated to follow this holiness code. This is made clear in Peter’s vision in Acts 10:15. Peter is told, “What God has made clean, do not call common.”

In other words, there is no kosher code for Christians. Christians are not concerned with eating kosher foods and avoiding all others. That part of the law is no longer binding, and Christians can enjoy shrimp and pork with no injury to conscience.

The Bible’s commands on sexual behavior, on the other hand, are continued in the New Testament. When it comes to homosexuality, the Bible’s teaching is consistent, pervasive, uniform and set within a larger context of law and Gospel.

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The Old Testament clearly condemns male homosexuality along with adultery, bestiality, incest and any sex outside the covenant of marriage. The New Testament does not lessen this concern but amplifies it.

The New Testament condemns both male and female homosexual behavior. The Apostle Paul, for example, points specifically to homosexuality as evidence of human sinfulness. His point is not merely that homosexuals are sinners but that all humanity has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

The New Testament condemns a full range of sexual sins, and homosexuality is specified among these sins. In Romans, Paul refers to homosexuality in terms of “dishonorable passions,” “contrary to nature” and “shameless.” As New Testament scholar Robert Gagnon has stated, the Bible’s indictment “encompasses every and any form of homosexual behavior.”

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Some people then ask, “What about slavery and polygamy?” In the first place, the New Testament never commands slavery, and it prizes freedom and human dignity. For this reason, the abolitionist movement was largely led by Christians, armed with Christian conviction.

The Old Testament did allow for polygamy, though it normalizes heterosexual monogamy. In the New Testament, Jesus made clear that marriage was always meant to be one man and one woman.

“Have you not read that He who created them made them male and female?” Jesus asked in Matthew. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” For this reason, Christians have opposed polygamy on biblical grounds.

Why are Christians so concerned with homosexuality? In the first place, that question is answered by the simple fact that it is the most pressing moral question of our times. Christians must be concerned about adultery, pornography, injustice, dishonesty and everything the Bible names as sin. But when my phone rings with a call from a reporter these days, the question I am asked is never adultery or pornography. It is about homosexuality.

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Christians who are seriously committed to the authority of the Bible have no choice but to affirm all that the Bible teaches, including its condemnation of homosexuality. At the same time, our confidence is that God condemns those things that will bring his human creatures harm and commands those things that will lead to true human happiness and flourishing.

In other words, we understand that the Bible condemns all forms of sin because our Creator knows what is best for us. The Bible names sins specifically so that each of us will recognize our own sinfulness and look to Christ for salvation and the forgiveness of our sins.

Christian love requires that we believe and teach what the Bible teaches and that we do so with both strong conviction and humble hearts. The Church must repent of our failures in both of these tasks, but we must not be silent where the Bible speaks.

Are Christians hypocrites in insisting that homosexual behavior is sin? We, too, are sinners, and hypocrisy and inconsistency are perpetual dangers.

The church failed miserably in the face of the challenge of divorce. This requires an honest admission and strong corrective.

At the same time, this painful failure must remind us that we must not fail to answer rightly when asked what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. Love requires us to tell the truth.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of R. Albert Mohler Jr.

Presiding Bishop Schori: A Study in Misunderstanding the Exercise of Dominion

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

The Creation Story beautifully expresses God’s power and majesty.  He speaks and the earth comes into being.  There is no doubt that God is Creator and Father of all.  He is indeed the Great I Am.

It is for this reason that it is hard to imagine anyone, especially the presiding bishop of the Episcopal church, turning it into a fairy tale of “earth creatures.” She leaves out the most important part of the narrative – God.  Rather than the hand that creates, He is relegated to a minor role mentioned almost in passing.  She takes pains to sterilize every passage to remove God as Creator, God as Father, God as the Great I AM.  Her version of God’s plan for man also falls short.

The first biblical creation story tells of the creation of earth, sky, waters, creatures, and gives human beings dominion over the rest.  God pronounces what has been created good.

Having already distinguished between creatures and humans, why would she refer to Adam and Eve as earth creatures?

The second creation story tells of what goes wrong – the first two earth creatures eat what they have been forbidden to eat, and are then expelled from the garden.

Her explanation of why Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of Eden is due to a “misunderstanding.”

They have misunderstood what it means to exercise dominion toward life in the garden.

Scripture makes clear there was no “misunderstanding.”  Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden because they rebelled against God.

She doesn’t leave much doubt about what she thinks about God’s covenant with Abraham either.

The prophets of ancient Israel cried out for justice when their ability to live in the land they saw as home was threatened.

Unfortunately, the presiding bishop’s history is as weak as her theology.  One is left to wonder if she learned it at The Good Samaritan School of Theology, the mythical school that existed only in her world of wishful thinking – well and in her resume.

These religious warrants led to the wholesale slaughter, rape, and enslavement of indigenous peoples in the Americas, as well as in Africa, Asia, and the islands of the Pacific, and the African slave trade was based on these same principles.  Death, dispossession, and enslavement were followed by rapid depopulation as a result of introduced and epidemic disease.  Yet death and dispossession of lands and resources were not a singular occurrence that can be laid up to the depredations of benighted medieval warriors.  They are not akin to Viking raids in the British Isles, or ancient struggles between neighboring tribes in Europe or Africa.  These acts of “Discovery” have had persistent effects on marginalized, transported, and disenfranchised peoples.

History when read without the rose colored glasses, reveals a different story:

As they expanded, the Norse were looking for three things: new victims to raid; new partners with which to trade; and new land on which to settle. In many cases, Norse voyages included all three activities.
The raids were usually opportunistic, against targets that could be attacked, plundered, and departed from quickly. Vikings stayed along the coast or on navigable rivers; overland marches were avoided. The goal was to grab as much valuable booty as possible before an effective defense could be raised. Typical booty included weapons, tools, clothing, jewelry, precious metals, and people who could be sold as slaves.

The presiding bishop fails to talk about the persecution throughout time of various peoples.  The Romans fed Christians to the lions, the spread of the Ottoman Empire was not a bloodless coup and the Vikings were not seeking to spread love and joy.  Where does this end?  Does Britain turn back the clock and give over her lands to the Celts?  Do we sort through the history of the world and dispossess any who cannot trace their lineage to those who we believe were the first peoples in that area?  And what happens when we find others with historical lineage more ancient than theirs?  Do we play a worldwide game of musical chairs dispossessing those whose long dead ancestors were not born where their descendants now reside?

Does anyone else see the deep irony in the Episcopal church’s stance on early immigration and current illegal immigration?  Why were the early settlers terrible people and the current wave illegal immigration comprises a good and healthy thing?  Why were impenetrable borders good for centuries past and deplorable today?  How can she hold such opposing positions?  She condemns slavery but advocates for abortion.  How can this be?  Let there be no doubt—Slavery is a horrid practice that has plagued us throughout the history of the world. Almost every culture, including the American Indians, practiced it.  It still exists today.  Deplorably, humans sell other humans for profit.  It also exists where governments seek to enslave its population by denying their freedoms.  And what is more enslaving than a mother who decides her child does not deserve the same chance at life that she had?  How can someone advocate for the disenfranchisement of generations of people to right what they consider an old wrong but fail to see the horror in murdering innocent children?  Who will advocate for the generations of people who will become disenfranchised in the attempt to undo history?

Possibly the most egregious part of her entire diatribe is filled with such hubris and arrogance to such a degree it should be criminal.

The blessings of creation are meant to be stewarded, in the way of husbanding and housekeeping, for the true meaning of dominion is tied to the constellation of meanings around house and household.  There have been strands of the biblical tradition which have kept this sacred understanding alive, but the unholy quest for domination has sought to quench it, in favor of wanton accumulation and exclusive possession of the goods of creation for an individual or a small part of the blessed family of God.

Sweet Jesus.  How much smaller a part can you find than the Episcopal organization that calls itself a church? (0.1%IF we are generous)  How can the leadership shout foul in the case of departing parishes and total denial of the first Anglicans taking of property from the Roman Catholic Church?  Why doesn’t her sense of fair play require a demand for the return of what was not originally owned in that case?  Why doesn’t the CoE have a claim to the property in the Americas, at least those that were started on their dime?

How did the words wanton accumulation and exclusive possession come from the same mouth that uttered these words?

“We can’t sell to an organization that wants to put us out of business,” said Bishop Jefferts Schori, who added that her job is to ensure that “no competing branch of the Anglican Communion impose on the mission strategy” of the Episcopal Church.

How are the lawsuits that have stolen millions from the coffers of the episocopal church membership not all about wanton accumulation and exclusive possession?  How are the demands that seek to deny parishioners the right to determine their own affiliation about anything but wanton accumulation and exclusive possession?  Now, THIS is a misunderstanding about exercising dominion.

In a church whose very name means bishop, how can those who wear the mitre and carry the staff sit back and allow this woman and the revisionist leadership to further erode the foundation of a once great church that sought to bring the Gospel to a hungry and needy world.

Hypocrisy, Schori is thy name.  How many bishops will add their name to that description by simply allowing the progressive movement to dine on the foundation of the Church?