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Sermon: What is Anglicanism?

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What is Anglicanism?

Felicity O’Brien  2013

Thank you for asking me to come and talk to the U3A group today. My name is Felicity O’Brien, and I am a deacon in the Tawa Anglican Parish. Today’s talk is on the topic “What is Anglicanism?” We will start by looking briefly at the history of the Anglican Church, both in the UK and here in NZ, then we will look at the doctrines and liturgy that underpin it, noting the way doctrine is treated. We will look at what holds it all together, and then consider the way Anglicanism accords authority to Scripture, tradition and reason, the three ‘pillars’ of Anglicanism. Finally we’ll have a brief look at some of the new ways Anglicanism is responding to our times.

What is Anglicanism?  To put it in context, we will have a quick lesson in English history -‘Anglican’ comes from the Latin word for English.[1] There had been Christians in Great Britain since Roman times[2] but after 1066 England was more integrated with Europe[3] and the church was ubiquitous[4] and powerful.[5] In the fourteenth century John Wyclif[6] started to distribute an English-language version of the Bible to his followers.[7] Many people had little respect for the church,[8] which required heavy taxes, and rulers throughout Europe resented the money going to Rome. King Henry VIII, a very devout man,[9] had a problem. His wife was not able to give him a son, and he wanted the Pope to allow a divorce so he could marry again.[10] He had an Act of Parliament[11] written severing all ties with Rome, setting up what was in effect a new church, with himself as head.[12] [13] Continue reading

Abducted children killed by al Qaeda?

Guest post by Kevin O’Brien

Evidence is strongly pointing to Al Qaeda having abducted the children and set them up as claimed gas attack victims of the Syrian Assad Alawite forces.

Ghouta chemic attackRead the rest of this here and here. The report to the UN is here (it’s a long PDF download, very graphic and distressing.)

ScreenShot242-cropThis appears to be video of the abduction and the children being put to sleep.

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God in climate change

Guest post by Kevin O’Brien

Christians worry too much, relying on their own understandings and accepting the misinformation barrage.God has a simple logical proof as well as his word that disproves the reality of the whole of the climate alarmism.

The latest leaked draft IPCC report AR5 attempts to cover over their previous failed scary projections by offering “trust me it will get worse”. Unfortunately science in the climate arena has largely abandoned truth for advocacy and PhD student models. This is no comfort to those who have come to believe their island homes will swamped or other speculative alarmist scenarios.

God has his answers:

Firstly for us to try to reduce the global temperature by only 1/20 of a degree would cost 4/5ths of the worlds productive output. What sort  of God do we have that would put us in that position? This chart is based on accepted science referred to on the 50 to 1 site:

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Secondly we don’t have the world-wide productive capacity or land to enable a switch to biofuels, nor are wind farms or solar panels sufficient. Renewable energy is more aspirational than real. Here it is described as a disaster: it should be described as totally impossible on a global scale. Can we trade topsoil for fuel oil? Where do we get scarce phosphorus for future food crops? God does not expect us to beggar ourselves or our neighbours to produce motor fuel.

Thirdly the switch to renewable energy brings great injustice. Who is to bear the rising food prices and resulting famines? Our God is a God of justice so this is against Gods’ will.

The solution that fits all this: we will adapt to the natural climate changes, the islands will not sink unless supporting water reservoirs are used up, coral will still grow up to sea level; the earth has an unmeasurable equilibrium which each of us will find different in our own lifetimes.

There is energy. God hasn’t abandoned His every growing people to a world without adequate agreeable energy. Nuclear fuel has got a bad reputation because the electric power industry preferred to use uranium to provide a by-product for atomic weapons.

Thorium is no use for bomb making nor popular with terrorists but does make good heat and hence electricity. While it is radioactive, you can hold it safely in your hand. It is now being used in low temperature reactors which cannot explode or do a Chernobyl. The reactors have the potential for factory assembly for neighbourhood use and the fuel is plentiful. Trust God to have provided even before we were aware of our needs.

Living with the climate is cheaper: 50 to 1

The 50 to 1 Project site for more –

I heartily recommend this short video to you – it tells us why climate change should not be financially crippling our planet.

You may recollect some of the same information in our previous blog about Lord Christopher Monckton.

Viscount Monckton – The triumph of the individual over the hive mind

Some earlier posts on this site:

Deprivation & no climate change

Salvation in traditional vs green theology

Global warming takes a vacation

Global cooling from UN

Warmist injustice

Syria – Scraping away at the truth – Global Research 2 Sep 2013

Here are the posts archived in PDF format on 2 Sep 2013 from the Canadian site http://www.globalresearch.ca/. Embodied links are included too.

Global Research has been on and off the internet in the past few days. It is a site which has a free expression of contrary views and seeks to reveal the hidden in world affairs.

What seems to be emerging  is Sunni v The Rest in the Middle East; a centuries old conflict with outsiders seeking to take advantage. It is highly doubtful the Syrian Government was involved in the recent atrocities, particularly as they appeared to have been winning and some tragedy may even have partly come about  by mischief or misadventure. A major gas attack does also seem to have been involved. Some long range military pre-planning by the rebels and their external allies seems evident too. In view of the Libyan and Iraq outcomes it is hard not to infer a false flag operation against Syria and a very bloody one at that. Accountability will come but not by gunfire first.

There is no way New Zealand should support active military operations against Syria without a great deal more substantiated real evidence and the full approval of the Security Council. Opinion expressed as fact is not transformed thereby. The Christian issue of pacifism in the face of violence is one for another time and place.

New Snowden Revelation details vast US Intelligence “Black Budget” _ Global Research

Obama Will Launch a Huge Propaganda Blitz — and May Attack Syria Even If He Loses the Vote in Congress _ Global Research

Plans for Redrawing the Middle East_ The Project for a “New Middle East” _ Global Research

Reported Syrian gas attack killing hundreds after first US-trained rebel incursion from Jordan

SAS hunting Syrian missiles as Allies prepare for bombing blitz – Mirror Online

Syria calls on UN, Security Council to shoulder responsibilities, prevent absurd use of force out of legitimacy – SANA, Syria

Syria crisis_ Britain will play active role in military action despite vote defeat – Telegraph

Syrie _ l’opération anti-Assad a commencé

The sarin shells fired on Damascus – by Syrian 4th Division’s 155th Brigade – were followed by rockets on Israel and car bombings in Lebanon

Turkey finds Sarin Gas in Homes of suspected Syrian Islamists – May Report _ Global Research

Turkey finds sarin gas in homes of suspected Syrian Islamists – reports — RT News

US Foreign Policy “Script” on Syria, Who Wrote It_ _ Global Research

US on Brink of Launching War against Syria based on Lies _ Global Research

US State Terror Targets Syria_ Air Power, Navy Deployed _ Global Research

US-Israeli false flag gas attack unravels By William Bowles _ William Bowles

“We Informed US of Chemical Weapons Transfer to Syria 9 Months Ago” _ Global Research

Chemical Hallucinations and Dodgy Intelligence _ Global Research

Cooked Up Evidence Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack_ _ Global Research

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Israel has granted oil exploration rights inside Syria, in the occupied Golan Heights _ Global Research

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Moral Obscenities in Syria _ The Nation

Truth war Syria – Global Research recent archives

The Canadian http://www.globalresearch.ca site is down again at 2300NZ 1 Sep 2013.

Here in PDF format are some contents with the accompanying references.

Did a Saudi Prince provide inexperienced rebels with chemical weapons and they blew up their own people from careless storage and handling? An own goal which others are trying to take advantage of?

An Appeal to General Dempsey on Syria _ Global Research

David_Swanson_Opposition to Iraq War May Save Syria _ War Is A Crime

EXCLUSIVE_ Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack Few reporters

Is The Western Media Promoting War on Syria_ _ Global Research

Israel has granted oil exploration rights inside Syria, in the occupied Golan Heights _ Global Research

Land Destroyer_ Syrians in Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack

Media Truth and Sabotage_ Online Threats Directed the Global Research Website _ Global Research

Obama Reveals His Dictatorship_ The Isolation of America _ Global Research

Report_ Police foil al-Nusra bomb attack planned for Adana – Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news

REPORT_ The Saudis Offered Mafia-Style ‘Protection’ Against Terrorist Attacks At Sochi Olympics _ Business Insider Australia

Revealed_ US spy operation that manipulates social media _ Technology _ The Guardian

Russian President, Saudi Spy Chief Discussed Syria, Egypt – Al-Monitor_ the Pulse of the Middle East

Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria – Telegraph

So-called Intelligence_ Debunking the “U

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Syria, the Saudi connection_ The Prince with close ties to Washington at the heart of the push for war – Middle East – World – The Independent

Syrian Rebels admit to being behind Chemical Weapons Attack _ Global Research

Syrians in Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack by Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh — Antiwar

The Lie of “Limited” War Against Syria _ Global Research

The rush to judgment on Syria is a catastrophic and deadly error – Telegraph

The Syrian Conflict_ The Lies of our Government and Corporate Media _ Global Research

Veteran Saudi Power Player Prince Bandar Works To Build Support to Topple Assad – WSJ

Washington_post _UN Inspectors

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