CONNECTIONS – 12/05/2010

For week of December 5, 2010
Issue 333

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“‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Jeremiah 29:11

CONSIDER
“We must move away from asking God to take care of the things that are breaking our hearts to praying about the things that are breaking God’s heart.”
Margaret Gibb

THE GOSPEL IS FOR CHRISTIANS TOO.
by Mark Galli
When Christians share their faith with others — especially those of other faiths — our conversation sometimes begins with an unfortunate assumption: that we Christians have absorbed the message of Jesus and that non-Christians have not. That we are on the righteous side of God’s ledger, and that Muslims and Jews are the sinners’ side. We are near to God, and Buddhists and Hindus are far from God. Our conversation implicitly assumes that non-Christians need spiritual help and we do not so much. Non-Christians are lost, and we are not; people of other faiths need to hear the words of the gospel, and we do not.

We never say any of this in so many words — this is not the sort of thing that can be said at interfaith dialogues! But we Christians sometimes come across that way, and when we do, we are labeled arrogant and self-righteous. This puzzles us, because at such forums or in personal conversation with non-Christians, we usually work hard at being civil and kind. I suspect the problem in some cases is the above assumptions…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/decemberweb-only/57-31.0.html

STUDY: VERY LITTLE ACCOUNTABILITY AMONG CHRISTIANS IN THE UNITED STATES
Many of the exhortations in the Bible are not popular in today’s world. But a new study by the Barna Group indicates that one of the least favorite biblical principles might well be “Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow” (Hebrews 13:17, NLT).

Because the underlying theme of the Christian life is one of being transformed from a selfish and self-driven individual to one who lives for and surrenders control of one’s life to God, the practice of accountability for life choices and behavior is central to that process of transformation. Yet, a national survey by the Barna Group among people who describe themselves as Christian and involved in a church discovered that only 5% indicated that their church does anything to hold them accountable for integrating biblical beliefs and principles into their life.

Although there were a few subgroups that were more likely than average to experience church-based accountability, there was not a single segment for which even 1 out of every 5 people said their church does anything to hold them accountable. The segments that were most likely to have some form of church-centered accountability were evangelicals (15%), adults living in the western states (10%), people who say they are conservative on social and political matters (9%), and Baby Busters, who are known to be a highly relational generation (8%). Amazingly, while 7% of Protestants claimed to have such accountability there was not a single Catholic adult surveyed who claimed to be held accountable by his/her church…. Read this in full at
http://www.barna.org/congregations-articles/454-study-describes-christian-accountability-provided-by-churches

SHOULD CHURCHES BAN CAROLS WITH QUESTIONABLE THEOLOGY?
“Music leaders have a responsibility for the lyrical content of their selections, but they also recognize that music serves a different function than preaching. I tend to consider cases of questionable lyrics under a number of categories. … Some carols have odd or misleading lyrics, such as ‘no crying he makes’ from ‘Away in a Manger.’ This lyric misses a key aspect of the Incarnation: Jesus entered into our suffering. We don’t sing that carol, but have instrumental arrangements of the melody.” Tom Jennings, director of worship and arts, Redeemer Presbyterian Church…. Read more opinions at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/december/2.16.html

CHRISTIANBIBLESTUDIES.COM ADVENT & CHRISTMAS BIBLE STUDIES AVAILABLE NOW
With Christmas season in full swing, ChristianBibleStudies.com, a ministry of Christianity Today International, has developed over a dozen downloadable Bible studies to use during the season of Advent — including several free resources.

All Bible studies are downloadable for immediate access, with a variety of formats to choose from: one-session to multi-week studies, studies based on the gospel stories of Luke and Matthew, studies based on the spiritual themes of Christmas movies like It’s a Wonderful Life, and studies based on Christianity Today articles. Each Bible study can be used for personal study, or for group discussion in your Bible study groups, small groups, and Sunday school classes. Download a study once and make as many copies as you need.
http://biblestudies.stores.yahoo.net/christmas.html

REDISCOVERING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON – BIBLE READING PLAN
Start a new Christmas tradition with a non-traditional twist on the season of Advent. Includes reflection questions and action steps to center each day on Christ. Great for individuals, families, or small groups.
http://www.youversion.com/reading-plans/rediscovering-the-christmas-season

CHRISTIAN CHARITY WARNS ABOUT DANGER OF HOLIDAY DEBT
A Christian debt-counseling charity in the United Kingdom is calling on people to avoid using credit cards and loans to pay for their Christmas shopping this year.

Christians Against Poverty, a ministry that advocates poverty relief through debt counseling advice and practical help, warned Nov. 25 that poor Christmas shopping habits can burden families with significant debt.

Matt Barlow, the charity’s chief executive officer, said tough economic times can tempt shoppers to rationalize “at least we’ll have a great Christmas” and use that as an excuse to overspend.

“If you’ve already caught yourself saying this, we want your alarm bells to be ringing loud and clear,” Barlow said in a press release…. Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/5918/53/

ARTIST SCULPTS NATIVITY SCENE IN BUTTER
An Iowa artist finds divine inspiration as she sculpts a nativity scene from cow butter. See the video at
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/01/artist-sculpts-nativity-scene-in-butter/

MOST PREFER ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ TO ‘HAPPY HOLIDAYS’
As Americans crowd stores nationwide, most still prefer being greeted by signs that say “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays.” According to the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, just one-out-of-four Adults (24%) like “Happy Holidays” instead. Sixty-nine percent (69%) prefer that stores use signs that say “Merry Christmas.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/holidays/november_2010/most_prefer_merry_christmas_to_happy_holidays

THE SACREDNESS OF TIME: UNDERSTANDING THE CHRISTIAN CALENDAR
by John Shore
Since ancient times, Christians have used the Christian calendar (also called the liturgical year) to orient themselves to the two most significant seasons in the yearly Christian cycle of time: Christmas and Easter. Within such a calendar, every day has a vital and traditionally sacred place relative to the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Christ.

Because the Christian year is rooted in the liturgical observances of ancient Judaism, it should not surprise us that over time different strains of Christianity developed different variations on the Christian year. Typically, though, the Protestant church year runs as follows…. Read this in full at
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-shore/advent-easter-and-ordinar_b_786832.html

CHRISTMAS WITH CHURCHILL AND FDR
by Mark Tooley
Popular historian David McCullough has penned a delightful new, little holiday season book about Winston Churchill’s surprise Christmas 1941 visit to Washington, DC. In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story focuses particularly on the British premier’s first hearing of the hymn, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” sung at a Christmas service to which FDR took him. The carol partly echoed some words in Churchill’s first radio broadcast to the American people, referring to the “English-speaking world” at Christmas as a “brightly-lighted island of happiness and peace.”

Churchill had steamed the Nazi submarine–infested Atlantic to appear in Washington, DC on December 22, just two weeks after Pearl Harbor had made Britain and America war-time allies. FDR and Churchill had previously met on naval ships off Newfoundland to draft the Atlantic Charter earlier that year and had regularly talked on the phone during Britain’s lonely resistance to Nazi Germany, plus extensively corresponding. Though Churchill was politically right of center and FDR left of center, they were kindred spirits as champions of Anglo-Saxon democracy against the totalitarian Axis powers. They were also both Anglicans from genteel backgrounds and families of political note, both had served in administrative governance of their respective navies, and both were master communicators, with special appreciation for the literature of Anglo-American civilization…. Read this in full at
http://spectator.org/archives/2010/12/01/christmas-with-churchill-and-f

GOD PLAYS FAIR
“For whatever reason God chose to make man as he is — limited and suffering and subject to sorrows and death — He had the honesty and courage to take His own medicine. Whatever game He is playing with His creation, He has kept His own rules and played fair. He can exact nothing from man that He has not exacted from Himself. He has Himself gone through the whole of human experience, from the trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions of hard work and lack of money to the worst horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, despair, and death. When He was a man, He played the man. He was born in
poverty and died in disgrace and thought it was well worthwhile.”
Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893-1957), Christian Letters to a Post-Christian World, Eerdmans, 1969, p. 14

RELIGION. SEX. POWER.
by Michael Lindsay and Curtis Chang
It’s a scene so familiar it’s become cliché. Another national politician standing before a podium making another public confession of another scandalous sex affair, often while his wife stands rigidly beside him. It’s an awkward scene for everyone. But there’s another awkward aspect: that there’s a very good chance the politician in question has publicly identified himself as a devout Christian.

Today we’re riffing on the question: Why are so many Christian politicians caught in sex scandals? The issue is not just that Christian politicians are, when it comes to sexual indiscretions, like everyone else. They actually seem worse. In the past four years, of the nine major sex scandals involving congressmen, eight have involved a self-identified Christian — and most were evangelical, conservative Republicans who campaigned explicitly on faith and family values…. Read this in full at
http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Religion-Sex-Power.html#comment

PRESIDENT BUSH INTERVIEWED BY RICK WARREN ON THE SUBJECT OF LEADERSHIP
Former President George W. Bush revealed on Nov. 29 that during his eight-year term, he had in tow the same words of wisdom that Pastor Rick Warren may be famous for: It’s not about you. “A leader’s got to understand the culture that you develop is not about you,” Bush said at Saddleback Church in Southern California. “Organizations fail too often when the leader becomes the center of the whole organization. Your church succeeds because you recognize you’re serving something greater than yourself.”

Thousands of people packed the megachurch for the more than hour-long discussion between Bush and Warren. The interview was also broadcast live online and being shown in 164 nations to leaders that are part of Warren’s Purpose Driven Network…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101130/bush-warrenits-not-about-you/

Watch the video interview at
http://saddlebackcivilforum.com/leadership/

Also see “Bush gets rousing welcome at Saddleback forum”
http://www.ocregister.com/news/bush-278065-warren-people.html

and “President George W. Bush Shares about Leadership and Faith in the Oval Office during the Saddleback Civil Forum”
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2010/s10110209.htm

TRUE VALUE
“The world, as we live in it, is like a shop window into which some mischievous person has got overnight, and shifted all the price-labels so that the cheap things have the high price-labels on them, and the really precious things are priced low. We let ourselves be taken in. Repentance means getting those price-labels back in the right place.”
William Temple

CHOOSE WISELY: EXPERTS SAY FINANCIAL DECISIONS HAVE MORAL IMPLICATIONS
by Robert Marus
Even a financial decision as seemingly mundane as where to buy your morning coffee can have profound moral implications. Does the company that produces or sells the coffee collude with corrupt government institutions to exploit the farmers who grow it? Does that company treat its own workers well, with health-care coverage? Do their executives donate to political causes you find morally acceptable? Do their stores undercut community-supporting local merchants, driving them out of business?

And, on a broader level: Is investing one’s retirement funds in the stock of such a company advisable?

Experts in ethics and economics say Christians need to examine their own consciences and views of what practices they believe comport with their understanding of faith to build an ethical framework to factor those values into their economic decisions.

And while the complexities of the global marketplace can make understanding the implications of individual economic decisions a daunting task, resources are available to Christians who want to understand their world better…. Read this in full at
http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/5913/53/

IS THE HOLY SPIRIT A SHE?
by Bill Mounce
Heard a fascinating piece of bad exegesis the other day. The Holy Spirit is a she.

The basis of this claim was that the Hebrew word for “spirit” (ruach) is feminine. The short answer is that if this is true, then the Spirit is also an “it” since the Greek word for “spirit” is neuter.

The longer answer is that Hebrew and Greek words follow what is called “grammatical gender.” This means that the gender of the word is not determined by its meaning but by other things. The best illustration of this is the Greek words for “sin” and “sinner.” “Sin” is a feminine noun, but sin is not a feminine trait (as opposed to men). “Sinner” is a masculine noun, but that does not mean that men (not using the word generically) are sinners (as opposed to women)…. Read this in full at
http://www.koinoniablog.net/2010/11/the-spirit-a-she.html

HOW WILLOW CREEK IS LEADING EVANGELICALS BY LEARNING FROM THE BUSINESS WORLD
Jack Welch called the other day. He wanted to talk about his friend Bill. Forget the notion that the ex-GE chief is a curmudgeon — the guy just gushed. Bill “is a man with enormous capability, a man who can rally a team around a vision.” Bill runs a fast-growing organization based just outside Chicago that today has affiliates on every continent except Antarctica. “I have my four Es,” Welch says, referring to the four leadership qualities he looks for in executives: Someone who has energy; who energizes others; who has edge (“someone who can say yes or no decisively”); and who can execute. “Bill has them all, along with a strong P: passion. He’s a winner. He could be running a company — or a country.”

He could be, but he is not. Instead, Bill Hybels runs a church. Willow Creek, the congregation that he founded 35 years ago, has grown into one of America’s largest — on a typical Sunday, 23,000 people attend services. And each year since 1995, Hybels and his team have done something unprecedented: They run what amounts to a pop-up business school called the Global Leadership Summit, bringing a stellar faculty, including Jim Collins, Colin Powell, and Jack Welch, to the Willow Creek campus in South Barrington, Illinois, to teach pastors and laypeople leadership and management…. Read this in full at
http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/151/what-would-jack-do.html

UNDER-35s LARGELY UNAWARE OF KING JAMES BIBLE
Many people under 35 years of age have never heard of the King James Bible despite its being one of the biggest selling books in history. It has been praised by some as the most beautiful book ever written and is set to celebrate its 400th anniversary next year, but many young people have never even heard of it.

According to a new survey, 51% of under-35s have never heard of the King James Bible. Awareness was far greater among the over-55s, with only 28% saying they had never heard of it.

The poll was carried out for the King James Bible Trust, which is spearheading nationwide celebrations surrounding the translation’s anniversary.

A spokesman for the Trust was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “There has been a dramatic drop in knowledge in a generation. Yet this is a work which was far more influential than Shakespeare in the development and spread of English.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/under35s.largely.unaware.of.king.james.bible/27144.htm

INTERVIEW: TIM ELMORE ON SAVING GENERATION iY’S FUTURE
Generation iY, the younger Millennials born after 1990, is a troubled population that is not ready to lead the world. Tim Elmore, founding president of Growing Leaders, spoke to The Christian Post about his latest book, Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future, where he describes characteristics of the iY generation and how to change the current tide.

CP: If you had to boil the book down, what is the one message you want readers to take away?

Elmore: I want readers to understand that Generation Y is the largest generation in American history and the second half of this generation is different than the first half, measurably different. And that we adults – whether we are parents, coaches, teachers, youth workers, whatever – are going to have to rethink how we have led and coached and parented this generation if they are going to turn out ready for life…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101129/interviewtim-elmore-on-saving-generation-iys-future/

WHY BOTHER WITH C.S. LEWIS?
by Stanley J. Ward
Why bother with C. S. Lewis? Every year I attempt to answer this question for a lecture hall filled with high school seniors who are more interested in reading text messages than reading books. I don’t fault them for their lack of literary taste, as bloggers have taught us to expect three sentence paragraphs, and text messages contain sentences that are missing most of their vowels. In spite of these cultural trends, I still require my senior Bible students to spend an entire semester reading C. S. Lewis. Here’s why.

First, he is the best-known English speaking apologist of the 20th century. You may wonder how I know this — by some well-researched and statistically valid social science tool? No. I believe this to be true because everyone I meet at church, seminary, Christian camps, or Christian schools who know what an apologist is, also know about C. S. Lewis. And the vast majority of them love him. I tell my students that when they cite Lewis, they cite a recognizable source. And a recognizable source can be a helpful source when making an argument.

Still, simply being well-known does not make one a dependable source. So I next point out that Lewis was well-educated. Our school is a great books school, meaning we expect students to read Homer, Virgil, Dante, Milton, Shakespeare, Swift, and others. Lewis knew this material — he read the classics in their original languages. He was an Oxford graduate who earned top grades in three different degrees, and he also taught at Oxford and later became a full professor at Cambridge. Not bad for a kid whose formal education began under the tutelage of an insane headmaster (see his autobiography, Surprised by Joy, for more detail). He attempted to make foundational concepts clear through both philosophical argument and lively illustrations. In fact, part of what makes reading Lewis so enjoyable is that his illustrations often are his arguments…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianity.com/Home/Christian%20Living%20Features/11641616/

NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER
Movie in theaters Dec. 10
http://www.narnia.com/

THE WILL OF GOD
“A knowledge of the will of God is relative to one’s desire to do the will of God. God does not reveal His will to those who are not gladly committed to it. A commission from God is relative to our commitment to God. Commitment is prerequisite to commission. There is no substitute for the bent knee, the surrendered heart, the open Bible, the listening ear and the voice of the Spirit in discovering the will of God.”
Don Hillis

THE THIRD LAUSANNE CONGRESS DEMONSTRATED THAT GLOBAL EVANGELICALISM HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED
by Tim Stafford in Cape Town, South Africa

It began with crisis, and it ended in worship. The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, held October 17-25, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa, was the first gathering of evangelical Christians to attempt to accurately represent the reality of today’s church leadership. Though the West had a strong voice, its numbers were much smaller than the enthusiastic, unintimidated participants from Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Consequently, the congress had an atmosphere of continual discovery, as participants looked around and saw the teeming diversity of global faith. Ugandan Anglican Archbishop Henry Orombi told a news conference, “It is a joy to see heaven begin here.”

The Lausanne Movement used a highly decentralized process to select participants. A committee in each country chose delegates in numbers proportional to its nation’s evangelical population, based on Operation World statistics. Out of a total of 4,000 delegates, the United States got to send 400, Canada 50, the UK 80, and China 230. Selection committees were to include the full spectrum of churches and ethnicities, to assure that at least 60% of their choices were under 50 years old, 10% under 30, and 10% from the “marketplace.” Women were to compose at least 35%…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/december/6.34.html

VERSE TO PONDER
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:2

CONSIDER
“Live in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God will come to know God because they know you.”
Author Unknown

POLL: ‘VERY RELIGIOUS’ AMERICANS HAVE BETTER EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Depression and negative emotions are less common among “very religious” Americans than among the nonreligious, a poll reveals. Gallup’s new report shows that 15.6% of American adults who say religion is an important part of daily life and who attend a church, synagogue, or mosque at least every week or almost every week have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime.

Meanwhile, 18.7% nonreligious Americans have been diagnosed. Among “moderately religious” adults, 20.4% reported having been diagnosed with depression. Gallup noted in its report that the finding does not necessarily imply that the act of becoming religious will reduce or eliminate depression since Americans were asked whether they were diagnosed at any point in their life…. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101201/poll-very-religiousamericans-have-better-emotional-health/

FORMER ANGLICAN HEAD BEMOANS ATTEMPT TO AIR-BRUSH CHRISTIANITY
Former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has slammed attempts to “air-brush” Christianity out of society — a trend he said is gaining speed as Christmas nears. Carey claimed Britain’s “rich legacy” of Christian culture is “under attack” and that Christmas itself is being “re-branded” as a secular festival.

Lord Carey, who led the Church of England and the worldwide Anglican Communion from 1991 to 2002, made his remarks in a leaflet issued Dec. 1 by the group Christian Concern as part of its “Not-Ashamed Day” campaign to promote its faith.

“The Christian faith is in danger of being stealthily and subtly brushed aside,” he said. “This attempt to air-brush the Christian faith out of the picture is especially obvious as Christmas approaches.”

Carey cited the trend by town halls across Britain to switch on so-called “winter lights” in place of Christmas decorations. “Even Christmas has become something of which some are ashamed,” he said…. Read this in full at
http://ethicsdaily.com/former-anglican-head-bemoans-attempt-to-air-brush-christianity-cms-17097

EVANGELICAL PROTESTANTS: LOOKING FOR A LEADER
America’s evangelical Protestants have both too much and too little of a good thing. Plenty of young leaders are emerging, but none of them seems quite charismatic enough to replace Billy Graham, who has just turned a frail 92. Yet a new figurehead is sorely needed: the evangelical movement is in a time of rapid change.

When Rick Warren, the pastor of a megachurch in California, offered the invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration, many wondered whether he might fill Mr Graham’s shoes as the acknowledged leader of the evangelical movement. But Mr Warren has implied that he doesn’t want the position, and no one else—not even Franklin Graham, Billy’s eldest son—quite fits the bill…. Read this in full at
http://www.economist.com/node/17633593?story_id=17633593

FULL-SCALE NOAH’S ARK PARK PLANNED FOR KY
The same group behind the Creation Museum is partnering with another group to build a full-scale version of Noah’s Ark that will anchor a family oriented Bible-theme attraction costing an estimated $150 million.

The “Ark Encounter” is scheduled to be completed in spring 2014 and will be built in northern Kentucky at a site to be determined, according to a news release. The Creation Museum — which by comparison cost $27 million — also is located in northern Kentucky in Petersburg, near Cincinnati.

The Ark Encounter also will include live animal shows, an aviary, a replica of the Tower of Babel with exhibits, a children’s interactive play area, a 500-seat 5-D special effects theater, a lookalike first-century Middle Eastern village and a “Walled City much like was found in ancient times,” the release said…. Read this in full at
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=34184

APPLE URGED TO RESTORE MANHATTAN DECLARATION APP
Organizers behind the Manhattan Declaration, an ecumenical document that upholds the traditional understanding of marriage, among other things, are urging Apple to restore its iPhone app. The Manhattan Declaration app was reportedly pulled from the App Store some time over the Thanksgiving holiday after some denounced it as anti-gay.

“We are waiting on an explanation from Steve Jobs as to why our app was pulled,” the conservative group stated on their Facebook page Nov. 30. The group faxed a letter to Jobs on Nov. 29. The app was initially accepted by Apple and rated as a 4+, which indicated that it contained “no objectionable material.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101201/apple-urged-to-restore-manhattan-declaration-app/

ALL-AMERICAN GRACE
by Rod Dreher
There’s good news and bad news in American Grace, the indispensable new portrait of US religious life drawn by Harvard’s Robert D. Putnam and Notre Dame’s David E. Campbell, two of the nation’s leading social scientists. The good news is that we Americans of different faith traditions get along remarkably well, not by casting aside religion, but by learning how to be tolerant even as we remain religiously engaged.

The bad news is that achieving religious comity has come at the price of religious particularity and theological competence. That is, we may still consider ourselves devoted to our faith, but increasingly, we don’t know what our professed faith teaches, and we don’t appreciate why that sort of thing is important in the first place…. Read this in full at
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/points/stories/DN-dreher_28edi.ART.State.Edition1.4b80959.html

MONTANA SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS VALEDICTORIAN’S RIGHT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ‘GOD’ AND ‘CHRIST’ IN GRADUATION SPEECH
In a legal victory brought about by The Rutherford Institute, the Montana Supreme Court has held that Butte School District No. 1 violated the First Amendment when it forbade a high school valedictorian from acknowledging “God” and “Christ” in her commencement remarks in 2008. In a 5-1 ruling, the Court upheld the Institute’s arguments that Griffith had a constitutional right to free speech at graduation and that the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment would not have been violated by allowing her to include religious references in her remarks…. Read this in full at
http://www.rutherford.org/articles_db/press_release.asp?article_id=867

RELIGIOUS DO NOT HAVE MONOPOLY ON VIRTUE, QUEEN TELLS SYNOD
People of faith do not have a monopoly on virtue as British society was now “more diverse and secular”, the Queen told the Church of England in an address to its governing body. Speaking at Church House, central London, she told members of General Synod that believers and atheists were equally able to contribute to the prosperity and wellbeing of the country.

The Queen, who is supreme governor of the Church of England, said: “In our more diverse and secular society, the place of religion has come to be a matter of lively discussion. It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue and that the wellbeing and prosperity of the nation depend on the contribution of individuals and groups of all faiths and none.” …. Read this in full at
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/23/queen-synod-virtue

TESTIMONY FROM NORTH KOREA
Nearly everyone who attended the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, agreed that the testimony of the young North Korean woman was one of the emotional high points of the gathering. Her story of sacrifice, anger, salvation, and courage must be seen by every church leader. Not only is she inspiring, but her story reveals the undeniable fact that Jesus Christ is building his church even in the most repressive and hostile places on earth…. See this video at
http://www.outofur.com/archives/2010/11/ur_video_testim.html

STARRY, STARRY, STARRY NIGHT: STAR COUNT MAY TRIPLE
The universe may glitter with far more stars than even Carl Sagan imagined when he rhapsodized about billions upon billions. A new study suggests there are a mind-blowing 300 sextillion of them, or three times as many as scientists previously calculated. That is a 3 followed by 23 zeros. Or 3 trillion times 100 billion.

The estimate, contained in a study published online in the journal Nature, is based on findings that there are many more red dwarf stars — the most common star in the universe — than once thought.

But the research goes deeper than that. The study by Yale University astronomer Pieter van Dokkum and Harvard astrophysicist Charlie Conroy questions a key assumption that astronomers often use: that most galaxies have the same properties as our Milky Way. And that conclusion is deeply unsettling to astronomers who want a more orderly cosmos…. Read this in full at
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101202/ap_on_sc/us_sci_starry_night

CONSIDER
“Cold words freeze people and hot words scorch them, and bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful words make them wrathful. Kind words also produce their image on men’s souls; and a beautiful image it is. They smooth, and quiet, and comfort the hearer.”
Blaise Pascal

VERSE TO PONDER
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

THIS WEEK’S HYMN: ADVENT TELLS US, CHRIST IS NEAR
Words: A. Katherine Hankey (1834-1911)
Music: Johann Scheffler, 1657

Advent tells us, Christ is near:
Christmas tells us Christ is here!
In Epiphany we trace
All the glory of His grace.

Those three Sundays before Lent
Will prepare us to repent;
That in Lent we may begin
Earnestly to mourn for sin.

Holy Week and Easter, then,
Tell who died and rose again;
O that happy Easter day!
“Christ is risen indeed,” we say.

Yes, and Christ ascended, too,
To prepare a place for you;
So we give Him special praise,
After those great forty days.

Then, He sent the Holy Ghost,
On the day of Pentecost,
With us ever to abide:
Well may we keep Whitsuntide!

Last of all, we humbly sing
Glory to our God and King,
Glory to the One in three,
On the Feast of Trinity.

>from NetHymnal at
http://nethymnal.org/htm/a/d/v/adventel.htm

ON PRAYER
God’s ways are not like human ways,
He wears such strange disguises;
He tries us by His long delays
And then our faith surprises.

While we in unbelief deplore
And wonder at His staying,
He stands already at the door
And interrupts our praying.
J. E. Rankin

PRAY FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS TODAY
http://christiansincrisis.net/

DAILY BLESSING PACT
Use the following list as your daily prayer guide. Think of a brother or situation that applies and lift them up in prayer.

I am agreeing in prayer with you for God’s blessings to overtake you!

PERSONAL
Marital harmony
Family unity
Children saved
Faithful pastor
Spirit-filled church
Real friendships
Relatives redeemed
Educational benefits
Recreational time
Fulfilling career
Favor with God and man
Be in God’s will

FINANCIAL
Better Jobs
Raises or bonuses
Benefits
Sales & commissions
Business Growth
Settlements
Estates & inheritances
Investment increase
Rebates & returns
Checks in the mail
Gifts & surprises
Money to be found
Bills decrease while blessings increase

“And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God” (Deut. 28:2).

[As you travel on business or vacation, let me know if you’d like
us to add you to our prayer
chain
to pray for your safety and spiritual effectiveness. I’ll add your
name to the list for the time you’ll be
away.]

CLASSIFIEDS
Are you looking for something or do you have something to sell? Let me know and I’ll put it in this newsletter.

Book your next vacation with us!
http://www.ChristianConnectionTravel.com

Books, Music & More!
http://www.ChristianConnectionBooks.com

Get your domain name here!
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Let me show you how to earn money as you travel!
http://www.earnGlobalVacations.com/
It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

SHARE YOUR FAVORITE WEBSITES
Tell us what sites you find enjoyable and why.

Flash Mob singing Handel’s Messiah
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=SXh7JR9oKVE&vq=medium#t=49

Search engine to find almost any line from almost any movie
http://www.subzin.com/

Beautiful Autumn Photographs
http://daddu.net/this-damn-beautiful-autumn-fall-in-photographs/

All links to websites are provided as a service, and do not imply endorsement by this ministry.

(BTW: whenever the URLs in this newsletter are too long to turn into links on your e-mail program, just copy the entire URL (two lines or more) and paste it into a temporary email message. Then delete the return in the middle of it and copy it again. Then paste it into your web browser and hit enter.)

Beware of the letter ‘G’! It is the end of everything!
Min. Frank Coleman, Editor
Rev.frank

Thanks for welcoming CONNECTIONS into your in-box!

CONNECTIONS is a periodic newsletter of announcements, news, recommendations, articles, and other information helpful to men in our spiritual growth. Thanks for welcoming CONNECTIONS into your in-box!

The CONNECTIONS Team offers a variety of activities for men to interact with other men on our journey of faith in Christ together. Large group, small group, and one-to-one events encourage relationship building and spiritual strengthening that result in maximizing the potential we all have in Christ.
Contact Min. Frank Coleman, 773-410-1483, frank if you’d like to participate in a men’s discipleship program.
Path Of Life Ministries is located in Chicago, IL.
Visit our website at: http://www.pathoflifeministries.net/

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