Monday November 27
“Before you were born I set you apart.” Jer 1:5 NIV
Does a baby come into the world with a complex personality, or is that child a blank slate on which experience will write? In the past, behavioral scientists believed newborns had no temperamental or emotional characteristics upon arrival from the womb. Their little personalities were supposedly formed entirely by the experiences that came their way in ensuing years. But most parents knew better. Every mother of two or more children was convinced that each of her infants had a different personality—a different feel—from the very first time they were held. Now, after years of research, numerous authorities in child development acknowledge that those mothers were right. One important study identified nine characteristics that varied in babies—such as moodiness, level of activity, and responsiveness. They also found that the differences from child to child tended to persist into later life. Indeed, babies do differ in infinite ways that define our humanness and our individuality. If every snowflake that falls has its own design, and if every grain of sand at the seashore is unique, it makes no sense to suppose that children are assembly-line products stamped out by the same giant cookie cutter. There’s no denying the importance of environment and human experience in shaping who we are and how we think. But there can be no doubt that each person on earth is a one-of-a-kind creation from the earliest moments of life. As God told Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” You need to know that about your children.
By Bob Gass
The Church of England, like the Episcopal Church has entered heresy. The acceptance of homosexuality as a normal lifestyle choice is just of many issues which has seen the Church of Thomas Cranmer abandon the scriptures and the Lord.
And this is seen by Justin Welby’s recent comment that he is baffled why so many Christians voted for Donald Trump http://www.virtueonline.org/london-archbishop-canterbury-baffled-christians-who-back-trump
This is not just a problem Welby has but many in the UK show their ignorance of the US politics by asking this question. To nderstand what happened in November 2016 you have to understand two things about the American mindset to elections. 1. Voting is important to Americans. To NOT vote is not really an option. 2. For all their bluster Americans trust in their system – they trust in their constitution. And so the question should not be “How could Christians vote for Trump – the question is “There is no way they could have voted for a criminal like Hilary Clinton.” The fact that bOTH parties put forward terrible nominees was the problem. But, with that in mind, the electorate in the US believed that Trump was a better hope than Clinton.
Rt Rev Mark Lawrence and the Standing Committee of the Diocese of South Carolina have made known their intention to appeal to the US Supreme Court. They have lost all but 9 churches after the SC Supreme Court ruling and their appeal that Justice Hearn was biased has been rejected.
I think it’s time for South Carolina to let go of this court case. Buildings are not necessary for the proclamation of the gospel and the $ amount being spent on this case is not worth it. The churches in Virginia lost their properties and they have rebuilt, redefined and revisioned themselves.
It is time the Diocese of South Carolina embraces this and walks away. God’s faithfulness will not change whether one keeps their building or not and the Episcopal Church will have to give an account to God for their actions and use of resources….as will the Diocese of South Carolina.
Trust in God.