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Church of England Creating a ‘Pagan Church’

Simply to recruit members.

The Church of England is trying to recruit pagans and spiritual believers as part of a drive to retain congregation numbers.

Bound for epic failure!

The church is training ministers to create “a pagan church where Christianity [is] very much in the centre” to attract spiritual believers.

Ministers are being trained to create new forms of Anglicanism suitable for people of alternative beliefs as part of a Church of England drive to retain congregation numbers.

Reverend Steve Hollinghurst, a researcher and adviser in new religious movements told the BBC: “I would be looking to formulate an exploration of the Christian faith that would be at home in their culture.”

He said it would be “almost to create a pagan church where Christianity was very much in the centre”…

Syncretism.

The rest is here.

Lord have mercy on these poor deluded souls!

 

Bible Archaeology

Israeli Shot and Killed Near Western Wall

Reuters has the breaking news:

A security guard shot and  killed an Israeli man on Friday at one of Judaism’s holiest  sites in Jerusalem, the Western Wall, which was immediately shut  to visitors, police said.

The guard opened fire after the man, in an adjacent  restroom, was heard shouting “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is  greatest”, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Rosenfeld said the guard opened fire with his pistol because  he suspected the man was a Palestinian militant. “The fact he  shouted Allahu Akbar, that seems to be why the security guard  drew his weapon and fired a number of shots at him,” he said.

The incident occurred in one of Jerusalem’s most sensitive  areas. The Western Wall is one of Judaism’s holiest sites and a  place where thousands worship each week.

The plaza where the wall is located is next to the Temple  Mount, revered by Jews as the place where two biblical temples  stood, and the site of Islam’s third holiest mosque, al-Aqsa.

ynet news adds:

Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch expressed deep sorrow over the death of a Jewish man who was shot by a security guard in the Western Wall Plaza’s public toilet. The rabbi said he has confidence in the police and added, “regardless of the circumstances, such a case is a terrible tragedy.”

 

Church

The ‘I See You’ Experiment

Now for something different, yet so profound: ‘I See You’. Katherine Wakefield in a guest post on Susan Cain’s blog.

I am starting a social experiment. Me, a stranger-danger introvert; yes, me. It happened organically today and went well. As I was checking out at the grocery store, I felt warmth and happiness from the checkout girl. I looked at her nametag and felt compelled to call her by name and say thank you. I repeated her name over and over in my head as I swiped my card to pay. Our eyes did not meet when she handed me the receipt, but I still said, “Thank you, Maggie.”

I could tell a shy and embarrassed smile crossed her face as she turned to the next customer. Yet, that smile was there because I “saw” her, called her by name and acknowledged her personally.

As I drove home, I pondered my experience, thinking, “I bet I could really brighten someone’s day, catch them off-guard when they are tired and cranky.” You know, those employees that are desperate to go home, just having a bad day. I wonder what would happen, even in the face of their tiredness, if someone would only acknowledge them, see them and call them by name. Could the appreciation and compassion that comes from personalizing the experience help them get through their shift, day or even life?

The answer is YES — A resounding YES!

Perform the experiment to see for yourself. The next time you are in a store checkout line and your salesclerk appears to be having a humdrum day, do this:

1. Ask for their name (or learn it from their name tag).

2. With a smile on your face, look the person in the eyes.

3. Finally, say: “Thank you [name] for helping me today (or whatever interaction you had).”

That’s it — That’s all you have to do to brighten person’s day. Simply let them know you see them, and they will instantly remember that they areappreciated, and they are loved!

 

Church

The Sacred Heart and the Anglican Patrimony

Write Mr Charles Coulombe over at Anglican Patrimony:

For many of Anglican upbringing, the cultus of the Sacred Heart of Jesus seems a rather garlicky and ethnic sort of thing – fine for Italians, Frenchmen, Spaniards, or best Irishmen, but utterly unsuited for the more sophisticated. So many of the Sacred Heart pictures are effeminate, and things like the Auto League of the Sacred Heart merely tacky. In a word, it is so very Roman, and utterly un-Anglican!
While this this may be a not uncommon set of views, it is utterly incorrect. The key role of many Monarchs, presidents, and nobility in spreading the devotion through its history should end any worry about its social status; the Sacred Heart’s traditional popularity among soldiers and other occupations traditionally demanding self-sacrifice should dispel any fears regarding its masculinity. But, in truth, it actually has deep – if not immediately apparent – roots in British Christianity…

You simply must read on here.

One has to appreciate this celebration of Christ’s love and mercy for mankind… Behold the Heart that has so loved men …