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ISIS: Paris Attacks ‘First Of The Storm’

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In the NY Times:

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for the catastrophic attacks in the French capital, calling them “the first of the storm” and mocking France as a “capital of prostitution and obscenity,” according to statements released in multiple languages on one of the terror group’s encrypted messaging accounts.

The remarks came in a communiqué published in Arabic, English and French on the Islamic State’s Telegram account and then distributed via their supporters on Twitter, according to a transcript provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist propaganda…

Keep reading.

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November 14, 2015 at 20:54

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Please would you take a moment to remember and pray for those who have been caught up in the horrific coordinated terror attacks in #Paris last night.

With over 150 dead and scores more injured, this is the deadliest violence in Paris since World War II.

Now while I have my own opinions as to what is going on not only in France, but Europe on the whole, and why, let me just say that things are going to get worse before they get better. Secularism will be their complete undoing. So while the French borders have now been closed, ISIS is long inside the gates. And Western Civilisation is left teetering.

St Joan of Arc, pray for us!

Charles Martel, aid us!

Read also, if you will, The Paris Attacks: The Consequence of Goodness Without Truth.


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November 14, 2015 at 11:38

Former Historic Episcopal Parish Goes on Chopping Block

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Sad to read over at Virtue Online:

VOL sent an email to the bishop and asked him if he would consider selling it back to its original owners. We never got an answer. Based on past history and what the former Presiding Bishop ordered her bishops to do, Episcopal bishops have not been allowed to sell church buildings back to any Anglican congregation. Jefferts Schori has instead preferred to sell them to future saloon owners (her favorite) or for mosques…

More here.


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November 3, 2015 at 18:15

Confused About Syria? Who’s Fighting and Why

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Tens of thousands are still fleeing this ancient part of the world.


Syria is a country of mountains, deserts and fertile plains, bordering Lebanon, the Mediterranean Sea, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, and Israel. The country is largely populated by Sunni Muslims, but is also home to many other ethnic and religious groups: Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, and Circassians, Christians, Shiites, Alawites, Druze, Mandeans, Salafis, and Yazidis.

The war in Syria has killed over 250,000 people and displaced over 12 million. Just today, tens of thousands are reported to be fleeing Aleppo with just the clothes on their backs, due to a  government offensive on rebel-held areas south of the city.

Although it began as a civil war, it has become much more and divided much of the Middle East, drawing in the United States and Russia. To better understand how Syria arrived to where it is today, Vox put together this simple video.


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October 31, 2015 at 21:42

The Sin of Sodom

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Sodom’s sin from a Jewish perspective is discussed in the Jerusalem Post:

… It was not only Sodom’s evil that God could not tolerate.

It was also the silence in the face of that evil. And that silence ultimately excluded all of Sodom from the world to come.

Rest here.



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October 30, 2015 at 13:20

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From the Bahá’í Faith to Porn to Alpha to Jesus

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God has been faithful all during my winding journey to complete surrender.

Emily Armstrong’s powerful testimony is in Christianity Today.

From the Bahá’í Faith to Porn to Alpha to Jesus

Even though I don’t always like it, his grace is sufficient, and I would be foolish to disagree.

Read it here.


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October 30, 2015 at 12:57

On Dealing With Criticism

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From an e-mail over at The New Continuing Anglican Churchman blog:

… So, after ten years of full time parish ministry, I have learned that clergy should not bother responding to e-mails like this. Because no matter the response, people with this attitude are not going to change their ways, and have a spiritual revival, and start coming to church, and supporting the ministry, etc. I’ve heard of innumerable troubles that clergy invite on themselves by answering people like this… spiritually dead people with hardened hearts. It is best for clergy to focus their energy on the people in their church who are responding positively and build the church from there. When repeated efforts to teach people fail – because they are not around, and don’t read anything you send – the only thing that you can do is pray for them, as taking them seriously any other way could put them in spiritual danger.

You can read the whole mail here. Sound advice.

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October 29, 2015 at 17:24


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