“And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins”.
Gospel of Matthew 1: 21 King James Version Easy Read
Please see also the context in Matthew 1: 18-25.
“18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20. But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take to you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21. And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins. 22. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23. Behold a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took to him his wife:25. And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn Son: and He called His name JESUS”. The Gospel of Matthew chapter 1, verses 18-25.
Events leading up to the commencement of the Games offered little comfort to the public in areas like security, with keys going missing, suspect allocation of jobs and general incompetence just about everywhere.
The opening ceremony was perceived by the politically astute as a party political broadcast for the Labour Party! The millions who watched it were given a Marxist take on British history without many realising it. Predictably there were no references to Christianity, a key component of our nation's heritage.
In the 350th year and anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer 1662, it can give us nothing but pleasure to review its immediate forerunner, upon which it was so very largely modelled: the Elizabethan Book of Common Prayer 1559.
The later Carolingian Book of Common Prayer 1662, or simply the Prayer Book, for short, is the current one which we all use, at least sometimes, and which is the official doctrinal and worshipful book for Church of Englanders wherever they are; and for many outside of the Church of England in the broader Anglican Communion. That Prayer Book 1662, as updated for the current reign, is still the standard by which all others are judged and frequently fall short. It is even loved, or at least great parts of it are, by many kinds of Non-Conformists.
The New Labour Freak Show
Today we have Diversity and Equality.
One lecturer at a Further Education college said “we” have our very own diversity and equality training where freaks are embraced, put on show and positively encouraged to think of themselves as ...eh... normal. Even the Victorians did not do that!
One such example included a film of a man who had morphed into a woman.
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Are the Media stirring up hatred of Muslims?
On Saturday morning 7th July 2012, I had a telephone call from, and short conversation with, Simon Derby, asking me if I would be happy to go on air for the BBC 1 Sunday Morning Live Show, the following morning, to discuss their question of whether the media were stirring-up hatred of Muslims. Knowing what these kinds of shows are like, I was more than happy to oblige. Apparently I had been especially asked for, by name, as one who seemed to know what he was talking about; I was somewhat surprised and gratified by that, especially coming as it did from the BBC!
You never have much time to prepare for things like this and when you do get on such shows, in this case by telephone-link rather than in person, you must never hog the show and you only get a short time to put your case. You cannot afford to get side-tracked by irrelevant issues or unimportant details. My job was to wait on the end of a telephone; listen attentively to how the debate, or argument in this case, was going; and then answer the questions put to me as briefly and as accurately as I could. I was not there to interact, as such, with the three members of the panel and the chairwoman, Samira Ahmed.
The General Synod of the Church of England - which is the partly-elected body which makes subordinate legislation (lesser laws and rules) for members and clergy of the Church of England - has, once again, entered the political fray to ban its clergy from being members of a certain political party; not that many are, or, if they are, that they would make it well known: the secrecy of the ballot box and the confidentiality of one’s political affiliations, being well respected, by most persons and parsons within that National Church (of England) by law established.
The move has been pushed by left-wing zealot and civilian worker for the police force, no less, Vasanatha Gnanadoss; something which may not bode well for the political impartiality of the police, who likewise stop their members from being part of that particular political party. The same is not true with the Armed Forces, however. The political party concerned is, you guessed it, the British National Party. So none of us should be concerned about it should we? Well, what happens to one, one day, will happen to someone else the next; so everyone does need to be very concerned about it. Here is a thin end of the wedge to short-circuit and curtail democracy for all and at least, for now, for members of the police and for clergy of the Church of England; important social institutions.
A calling to Christian ministry is one of the most costly but also one of the most glorious of callings particularly so in times which challenge us to carry the cross. As Jesus took the cross and bore it, so must we.
But how do we do this in modern Britain with all its challenges?
A year or two ago a friend of mine explained some of the difficulties that her son was having and going through. But she then said that "...that was the way the world had gone." I could understand both her agonising and her final explanation and giving-up, as it were, on him. But she was not a Christian. The non-Christian can be all too easily swept along by the way that the world has gone. They know that all is not right and that all is not as it should be, for their natural knowledge of the difference between good and evil makes a reckoning with them. But should such a position of despair and resignation be the stance of ordinary church members and especially of their leaders, teachers and pastors? Something tells me "No!"