A ond-day conference will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Chicago’s southwest side near Midway Airport, sponsored by Gottesdienst: The Journal of Lutheran Theology, edited by Rev. Fr. Burnell F. Eckardt Jr. (see his Touchstone article, Nursery Crimes, Jan/Feb 2013). Rumor has it that Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon is planning to attend this conference. See you there? The cost is $12.
Soldiers in the Roman army in ancient times ran afoul of the Imperial cult when they testified to their allegiance to Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lord, Caesar of caesars if you will. Today’s Pentagon is not threatening capital punishment but merely a court martial to any one sharing his faith in Christ with another soldier. There is some debate as to the intent of this–there have been some reported incidents of superior officers who are Christian forcing servicemen to attend religious services, for instance. But proselytization is a word that, in the view of a secularist judge, might include sharing one’s faith in the most natural way, in the midst of a conversation about life and death matters. One soldier says to another soldier about his demeanor after a harrowing experience, “How do you manage to take it?” He say, “I say the ‘Jesus Prayer.’” “What’s that?” Oh, no, don’t talk about it?
At CatholicVote.org, it is reported by Steve Skojec that clergy attempting to minister to the injured and dying at the Boston Marathon bombing scene were denied access, while other responders weren’t. The article quotes Jennifer Graham’s article in the Wall Street Journal:
…it is a poignant irony that Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who died on Boylston Street, was a Catholic who had received his first Communion just last year. As Martin lay dying, priests were only yards away, beyond the police tape, unable to reach him to administer last rites—a sacrament that, to Catholics, bears enormous significance.
Skojec writes, “Final judgment on this story should be reserved until the Boston Police Department clarifies their thinking on the matter, which I hope they will do very soon.”
ACT3 Network Special Events
With the recent election of Pope Francis there is renewed hope among many evangelicals for an unprecedented new day for Christian unity in evangelism and mission. Many ask, “How can this be when we do not preach the same gospel?” How do we overcome the “anathemas” of the past and the widespread evangelical belief that the Catholic Church preaches “a false gospel?” Is there a better way forward and if so how?
Because ACT3 Network shares the vision that we call missional-ecumenism we offer these two special events to the public on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
“Calvin & Aquinas: Friends or Foes in Understanding Paul’s Letter to the Romans?”
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Alberto’s Restaurant in the Holiday Inn, Carol Stream, Illinois
150 S Gary Ave Carol Stream, IL 60188
ACT3 Missional Forum
“Catholics and Evangelicals: Allies or Enemies?”
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Windsor Park Manor
124 Windsor Park Dr Carol Stream, IL 60188
The speaker at both events is Dr. Charles Raith II, assistant Professor of Religion & Philosophy at John Brown University. Dr. Raith received his Ph.D. from Ave Maria University, doing a doctoral dissertation on the theology of John Calvin and Thomas Aquinas in relationship to Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. He received an M.Th. from Regent College and an M.Div. from Beeson Divinity School.
You must also register for one, or both, of these events at www.act3network.com. Each event has a different registration and fee. Please visit the web site and sign up online.
Much like the United States and the majority of Western nations, Scotland is moving into deeper darkness, as reported here, with some bias and approbation. St. Columba of Iona would weep. Scotland, once a major source of missionaries, was Presbyterian, and it seems could use some of the Presbyterian missionaries of Korea to re-evanglize the country. The Koreans are sending missionaries in droves, as reported last summer from the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton:
The number of Korean missionaries in 169 countries has exceeded 20,000 – more than doubling in 10 years. At this rate of growth, Korea is expected to surpass the United States as the top missionary-sending country in the world by the year 2020.
Scotland, of course, is moving along a path that has been followed for decades. The U.S. is not far behind. The report above also inadvertently suggests the link between the darkness and the desire for sexual license and the church’s approval of the new sexuality. As I recently heard a preacher ask, How can people decide not to know the difference between a man and a woman? Korean Christians know.
This is a good reason to visit Australia: The 7th World Congress of Families is meeting in Sydney this year. Many pro-life pro-family organizations will be participating. The Fellowship is a partner with the Congress. You will have many opportunities to be encouraged by presentations, workshops, conversations, networking, and the positive energy of dynamic leaders who believe in the future of the family, or rather, that the best future of any society lies in healthy families.
The World Congress of Families is not like other Congresses. It has an ambitious and urgent task of shifting the debate in key areas to strengthen the natural family worldwide.
While the Congress will feature over 100 leaders from academia, business, law, politics, religion, media, health, education, entertainment, and activists, who will present data and reasoned arguments for strengthening the natural family, it is really those listening and learning, in other words, the delegates, that will determine the success of the Congress.
Why? Because delegates go away and become catalysts for change – at work, at home and in their affiliated organisations.
The evidence for the origin of life on Earth lies in our own skin, folks. Superbeings from somewhere else in the cosmos did it. Richard Dawkins will be glad to know. Now the date of this story from the Discovery Channel people is April 1, 2013….Coincidence?
You should know about an upcoming event this Friday sponsored by our good friends at The Family in America:
“The ‘War on Women’: Myth or Reality,” and speakers are our own Dr. Allan Carlson; Kay Hymowitz of The Manhattan Institute; Ross Douthat of the New York Times; Janice Shaw Crouse of Concerned Women for America; and Ryan MacPherson, our senior editor and professor of history at Bethany Lutheran College in Minnesota. The symposium will be held on Friday, April 12, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, in the Capitol Visitors Center, Room 201, Washington, DC. Lunch will be provided, and the event is free.
Any who wish to register should call Nicole King, at (815) 964-5819, call or text (815) 742-4387, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Online for Life is an organization that see the fact that internet searches are used to find abortion “services” as an opportunity to reach others for life. According to their informational page, 750 babies were born that would have otherwise been aborted. The short video gives a sketch of what they do. Does a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” really need to spend its money to kill children in the womb?