Day: August 8, 2007

Lavabo anyone?

“Though some explain it away as a utilitarian action to cleanse the hands before touching ‘thy creatures of bread and wine,’ which will in turn be consumed by priest and people, the weight of church tradition says that this is a moment of spiritual cleansing as the priest assumes the weighty responsibility of bearing the assembly’s prayers and oblations. In other words, the Lavabo isn’t about germiness.” Those are the words of Anglicans Online. But that was before Purell.

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Evangelicals see abstraction in Bible

“The very parched nature of evangelical visual culture is making people who have grown up in this culture thirsty for beauty,” says Andy Crouch, editorial director for Christianity Today’s Christian Vision Project.

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Church dropouts

USA Today reports,”Seven in 10 Protestants ages 18 to 30 — both evangelical and mainline — who went to church regularly in high school said they quit attending by age 23, according to the survey by LifeWay Research.”

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Virginia property cases in court on Friday

“On Friday, August 10, The Diocese of Virginia and The Episcopal Church will appear in Fairfax Circuit Court to defend our claim to Episcopal Church property against non-Episcopal groups that are trying to appropriate our churches for their own uses. Later, in November, the court will hear arguments on the lawsuits, styled as petitions, filed by the Nigerian congregations that started this dispute. The Diocese and The Episcopal Church are named as defendants in that action.”

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The new face of evangelicals

Mark I. Pinsky writing in USA Today, “This is more than what Freud called “the narcissism of small differences.” The emerging face and voice of American evangelicalism is that of a pragmatic, politically sophisticated, pastor of a middle class megachurch.”

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A system that excludes the poor

Politicians solicit donations from prospective donors by cultivating relationships through phone calls, meetings, and campaign events. The longer one is a politician, the more time one invariably and necessarily will spend with those moneyed interests. With time, conversations become more extensive and friendships develop; repeated exposure to the thoughts, prejudices, and worldview of the affluent begins to color the politician’s views and priorities.

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It is not unfair to suggest that the character of the two largest mendicant orders, the Dominicans and the Franciscans, reflected the personalities and backgrounds of their founders. St Dominic (1170-1221) was originally a Canon Regular of St Augustine at Osma in Castille. In 1203 he and his bishop were in southern France on diplomatic business when they came across the papal preaching mission confronting the dualist heretics known as Cathars or Albigensians.

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