Friday, July 25, 2008

Bishop Ackerman says...Put your money where your mouth is!


From Hans Zeiger in Canterbury for Virtue Online:

A leading orthodox bishop of The Episcopal Church has proposed canceling the 2009 Episcopal Church General Convention in order to fund the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Following the Thursday march on London by over 600 Anglican bishops and their spouses in support of the MDGs, the Rt. Rev. Keith Ackerman, Bishop of Quincy, said that "there should be no General Convention this year, and all the money for the convention should be sent to fund the goals."

Ackerman furthermore called for The Episcopal Church to "cancel all meetings that require face to face and conduct nothing but video conferencing." He said that the American wing of the Anglican Communion should "donate its money to churches that would be positively affected."

Though leaders of The Episcopal Church have stated their commitment to the MDGs and made their biggest stand yet in London on Thursday, Ackerman has doubts that The Episcopal Church has yet made a true commitment.

"If the church is absolutely, totally committed to these goals, there are three things it needs to do," Ackerman said.

"First, place the goals in the context of the Gospel itself.

"Second, leaders must make the necessary changes in their own personal lifestyle so that they can make their own commitment to model what God wants done.

"Third, the church must corporately find a way to fund this."

In response to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's invitation to African bishops to join her for drinks at a Canterbury reception (despite the Sudanese bishops' abstinence from alcohol), Ackerman offered a specific MDG funding proposal. "Do not invite the Sudanese to a reception. Cancel the reception and give the money to the Sudanese church."

And I say, "Way to go, Bishop Ackerman!!!"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Gene go away!

Bishop Jack Leo Iker, Bishop of Fort Worth

In an email statement sent to Stand Firm, Fort Worth Bishop Jack Iker describes what honesty and integrity should compel certain bishops to do:
"Those Bishops who stand in solidarity with Gene Robinson should withdraw themselves from further participation in the Lambeth Conference. Having failed in several attempts to include Gene in the Conference, his supporters should themselves feel a sense of rejection from the Conference itself.

"Integrity and honesty would dictate that they should stand with Gene - excluded from full participation in the Lambeth Conference. Is this all talk, or is it backed up by action?" --Greg Griffith

This statement was released following:
"The Bishop of New Hampshire must resign in order to save the Anglican Communion from chaos, the Archbishop of Juba and Primate of the Sudan, said today. 'If [Gene Robinson] were a real Christian he would resign,' Archbishop Daniel Deng said on July 22.
Lambeth rocked as Archbishop calls on Robinson to resign
"In a statement released on the second day of the Lambeth Conference, the Sudanese church called upon the American church to “respect the authority of the Bible,” refrain from ordaining gay priests or bishops, halt gay blessings, and “cease court actions” against traditionalists “with immediate effect.” The American Church’s experiments with gay blessings and bishops had led to the deaths of Sudanese Christians, Dr Daniel Deng said in an impromptu press conference in the Lambeth Conference media room." Religious Intelligence

This was just published by St. Michael's of the Valley Ligonier PA regarding the Diocese of Pittsburgh, but it touches on all our TEC churches that are going to leave: 30 Questions.

Friday, July 18, 2008

VBS 2008 is Done

St. Luke's Vacation Bible School is over. And a miracle happened! We have one child who attends regularly, but this outreach program brought in 17 children! Some new, and some who have attended previously. We also had 13 adults attending. It was wonderful. Here Raf is playing as the girls lead with the song, Jesus Loves the Little Children. This week has been such a blessing for Raf and me and for the entire parish. God is Good!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bishop Ackerman Gives his Views

Bishop Keith Ackerman, Bishop of Qunicy and President of Forward in Faith North America, was interviewed on the the eve of the Last Lambeth Conference. You can read the interview here and here.

Follow the conference here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pray for our Nation!


I have heard this several times, and I want to pass along what is the horror of Barack Obama's statement which was made with pride, "We are no longer a Christian nation; we are now a nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists".

As with so many other statements I've heard him, and his wife, make, I never thought I'd see the day that I'd hear something like that from a presidential candidate in this nation. To think our forefathers fought and died for the right for our nation to be a Christian nation--and to have this man say with pride that we are no longer that. How far this nation has come from what our founding fathers intended it to be.

I hope that each of you will do what I'm doing now--send your concerns, written simply and sincerely, to all the Christians in the United States of American, through whatever means you deem most appropriate, and with God's help, and He is still in control of this nation and all else, we can show this man and the world, in November, that we are, indeed, still a Christian nation!

Please pray for our nation!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Bishop Jack Leo Iker's Address to GAFCON

Here is Bishop Iker's address last Monday to GAFCON in Jerusalem.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Last Day at Camp Crucis for the Girls

Today is the girls' last day at church camp. Here are some more photos of the week.






Thursday, July 10, 2008

More Horse Camp Photos


Looks as though all the kids at Camp Crucis, our Fort Worth Diocese Camp, are having a ball. It's been fun to watch and see what the kids are doing each day. I think Beth and Jen are enjoying themselves.









Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Beth and Jen at Camp Crucis Church Camp

Our granddaughters, Bethy and Jennifer, are participating in the Camp Crucis Horse Camp this week. Here are their photos. The first 5 are of Jennifer. The second five are of Bethy. Looks like they are having a ball...learning more about the faith while learning about horses and how to care for them. The girls are both 12, going into junior high in the fall, and turning into teenagers read soon! Aren't they beautiful...and having fun, as well. Hope you enjoy!










Thursday, July 03, 2008

Sharing Photos

Tonight I went to Stephenville to meet with 4 others of the Stephenville Class of 1961. From left to right, Sue, Dianne, Toby, Mary, and Betty. Just got back.

As many of you know I've been pretty scattered of late. Don't know why, but there it is. Anyway, one of the things I've been doing is going through all the photos of my mother and my Aunt Marguerite, and putting them in acid-free boxes and labeling them for future generations. Below are 6 photos I found.

The first three are of me and my first cousin, Ron Johnson. He is a year and three months younger than me, and we are both only children.


These two I found will be part of a Power Point Presentation at my Mineral Wells High School reunion the end of September.

And this one is of me with Terry and Beth Scott. Their parents were my parents' closest friends. This was taken in Coleman, Texas, where Mr. Scott was the high school principal and Mrs. Scott was an elementary teacher. Terry is now back living in Coleman after a distinguished career in the U. S. Army, retiring as a Lt. General several years ago.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

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