Church

On Dealing With Criticism

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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Culture

China Ends One-Child Family Policy

 

The barbaric social engineering experiment has ended. The low birth rate has resulted in an ageing population.

The Catholic Herald:

China has ended its one-child policy after three decades.

The ruling Communist Party has said it will ease family planning restrictions, allowing couples to have two children.

It is thought the one-child policy has prevented about 400million births since it was introduced.

The controversial policy was introduced nationally three decades ago in 1978 with the aim of tackling China’s rapidly growing population.

It faced global criticism when it was brought in, as critics suggested it was an abuse of people’s human rights.

Those who violated the policy faced a range of punishments, from fines to loss of employment or forced abortions.

While the restrictions reduced the country’s birth rate, it has seen a rise in the relative number of elderly people.

Now, amid concerns over China’s ageing population, the party has bowed to activist’s call for change.

The policy had been relaxed in some areas, as sociologists began to raise concerns about rising social costs and falling worker numbers.

The rules were not formally relaxed by the Communist Party until two years ago, when it allowed couples in which at least one of the pair is an only child, and those who had a girl, to have a second.

 

Culture

The BBC: Writing Christianity Out of History

A few days ago I had the slimy experience of listening to a forty-minute discussion on BBC radio purporting to show the history of Britain through the medium of poetry. I describe the experience as slimy because I felt, having listened to it, that I had been slimed, finding myself covered spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally in a decaying, mendacious goo.

Let me explain…

Read on here.

 

Church

The Surprising Rise of Christianity in Russia

Mystic Post with an interesting read for a Sunday afternoon:

With America clearly in mind, Vladimir Putin recently declared: “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered. They’re now requiring not only the proper acknowledgment of freedom of conscience, political views and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgment of the equality of good and evil.” Putin believes in sin and that morality is not a relative moving target that is determined by the dominate culture of the time. In Putin’s world – his Christian world – there are consequences to moral behavior – there is a right and a wrong.

Putin’s words on faith have surprised the world…

Read on here.

 

Church

Churches Robbed in Germany: Stolen Chalices, Crosses and Other Items Sent to Syria to Fund ISIS

Eight men — led by a Moroccan — are on trial in Germany for stealing from churches and schools in order to fund the Islamic State (IS), the Christian Headlines website reports today (October 24, 2015).

The men aiding the Islamic State stole 19,000 Euros worth of goods from churches and schools in Cologne and Siegen.

In the court case, chief prosecutor Nadja Gudermann said that the men stole church offertory funds, collection boxes, crosses, chalices, and a number of other valuable objects “dedicated to church services and religious worship.”

In addition to pilfering from churches, the men are also accused of stealing money, laptop computers, and a cash card from schools. The men sent the stolen items to Syria to fund Islamic State fighters in their terrorist campaign.

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