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Tom Huff - Show and Tell - Lesson 2
Memorial Drive Church of Christ
Sunday, December 9, 2018
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1 hour ago by tdjones
Big Brother powers which would see children's activities from cadets to nativity plays regulated by watchdogs are being sneaked in by the Government, campaigners fear. A consultation on how to safeguard out-of-school activities was launched last week but campaigners say it could lead to a raft of new controls which could hit the Scouts, Sunday schools and sports teams. The suggestions mirror controversial plans outlined in 2015 but then ditched which would have seen Ofsted brought in to regulate activities.
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12 hours ago by seatrout
Faith groups to defy ‘gay cure’ therapy ban
Senior Church of England bishops are to begin an inquiry into “gay cure” therapy amid claims that it is still prevalent among religious groups despite a promised government ban.
The practice, otherwise known as conversion therapy, ranges from private prayer, fasting and counselling to deliverance ministry, hormone treatment and, according to the government, “corrective” rape. This entails forced sexual activity with someone of the opposite sex.
This weekend, the Ozanne Foundation, a Westminster-based charity that promotes equality and diversity in religious organisations worldwide, will launch a survey of Britons who have tried to change their sexual orientation.
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15 hours ago by seatrout
If May’s deal falls, there may be enough Labour MPs to gain a majority for ‘Norway plus’
Christ Church, Oxford, is a great seat of learning. Anyone who values independent institutional evolution over rationalist uniformity will prize dearly its unique character by which the Dean is, indivisibly, both the head of the college and the Dean of the cathedral. But if you run yourselves anomalously, you must take all the more care to run yourselves fairly. This Christ Church is quite clearly not doing in the case of the present Dean, Martyn Percy. The cause of the row remains obscure, but it seems to relate to Dean Percy’s efforts to make the college’s admissions and pastoral arrangements more professional and to improve the salaries of some of the college posts, including his own. This upset the small group of dons on the salaries board so much that, in June, they pushed the governing body into trying to dismiss Dr Percy, invoking a statute about ‘immoral, scandalous and disgraceful’ behaviour. That term, unproved and not publicly explained, is in effect a libel of Dr Percy. It will be falsely taken by modern ears to mean some appalling sex crime. He has not been given the chance to defend himself. It makes it impossible for him to get a clergy job elsewhere. Pending a tribunal, the Dean lives in suspension. He is not allowed to perform his duties in the cathedral or the college, or to speak about his plight. He can call on no grievance procedure and is allowed no advocate within the system.
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yesterday by seatrout
Isaiah 40 KJ21 - "Comfort ye, comfort ye My - Bible Gateway
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: “Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.

5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”

6 The voice said, “Cry!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field.

7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it; surely the people is grass.

8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”
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2 days ago by bradleyrturner
Is London more religious now than it was in the days of Margaret Thatcher?
He noted, for example, that while the increase in “no religion” identification among white British respondents had risen from 15.4 per cent to 28 per cent between 2001 and 2011, among black Africans it had risen from 2.3 per cent to 2.9 per cent.
“We can speak about London as being very secular and very religious…it just depends on who you are looking at,” he said. “Some of the most secular boroughs in the country are in London. . . but if you look at the entire population. . . you see some of the most religious country in the UK.”
Mr Cooper reported that fewer than 40 per cent of the capital’s churchgoers were white British. The “most prolific” denominations were Pentecostal and independent churches, he said, and Orthodox congregations had expanded quickly. New Frontiers was now larger than the United Reformed Church in the capital, and Methodists had “markedly declined” since 1980.
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2 days ago by seatrout
Virginia Blackburn
I am one of those C of E types who goes to church about once a year, if that, but I, like a good many others, want to treat Christmas as the Christian festival that it is.
There are still carol services, and midnight masses and plenty of other traditional types of celebration, so why not proper Christmas cards too?
In these times of national insecurity and anxiety, we need some types of reassurance and Christmas cards are a way of providing it. Bring them back.
If a card manufacturer made a point of creating only religious cards, I suspect they'd clean up.
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2 days ago by seatrout
Church promises to stop gagging abuse claimants
The Church of England has promised to cut down its use of non-disclosure agreements after claims that they are being used to force people to remain silent over issues such as abuse.
The church has used the “corrupt and destructive” agreements several times this year, the Bishop of Buckingham, the Right Rev Alan Wilson, said.
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2 days ago by seatrout
Shopping centre bans nativity scene to avoid upsetting non-religious shoppers
A shopping centre is refusing to stage a nativity scene this Christmas because it might offend customers who are not religious.
Bosses at Thistles in Stirling, Scotland, flatly declined a request for the traditional display saying customers did not want to be "subjected to individual organisation's beliefs".
Even when an MP urged them to reconsider the ban, the shopping centre refused to budge on its decision.
Now critics of the centre have accused them of double standards by promoting a Christmas Market this year.
And the Scottish Catholic Church has urged Thistles to abandon its "Grinch-like" stance and reconsider.
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2 days ago by seatrout
Now that’s what I call church music: which is the best hymn?
Welcome to Ecclesiastical Factor, in which churchgoers in Aylsham, Norfolk, have been asked to use an app to give real-time feedback on their Sunday hymns. Rev Canon Andrew Beane hopes it will make services more interactive, but perhaps he hasn’t considered the potential for democracy to go wrong (hello, Brexit, Matt Terry*, Boaty McBoatface). Also, most hymns are not bangers. All it will take is for one voice to rise up against Morning Has Broken and he could have a revolt on his hands. Our music critic’s entirely subjective ranking of the UK’s Top 5 hymns (as determined by a 2013 BBC poll), gives a taste of what Rev Beane can expect.
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3 days ago by seatrout

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