Essay: A New Zealand Prayer Book

CHC 2051 Anglican Studies Essay 3

Felicity O’Brien

 

What seem to you to be the most significant features of A New Zealand Prayer Book /He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa as an expression of Anglican worship, especially when compared with the Book of Common Prayer (1662)?

This essay seeks to discover the significant features of ANZPB/HKMOA, looking first at the BCP and the developing needs of the Anglican Communion to find appropriate ways to worship in a changing world. It notes the similarities of the two prayer books both in intention and in content, and some of the challenges of developing ANZPB/HKMOA. Major features of note are changing theology around initiation rites, changing use of gendered language both in regard to human beings and how to address God, and the very ‘New Zealand’ language, both in use of Maori and Pacific languages and in local imagery and poetry.

In many ways ANZPB/HKMOA stands in continuity with the BCP, 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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Sermon: Lost sheep

Sermon for Longview 19 September 2013

Luke 15:1-10

This is very well-known parable,- we can see a picture of a little lost lamb, bleating in the wilderness, away from the rest of the flock. Jesus, the shepherd, leaves the others all together – they like being together, because sheep follow a leader and huddle up together for safety. Then the shepherd goes away, in search of the lost one.

What can that mean for people? Continue reading

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

Sermon: What’s the Sabbath for?

Sermon for Longview 29 August 2013

Luke 13:10-17

Today’s reading is all about the Sabbath, and what it’s for. Some cultures have been very restrictive in the past about what you could and couldn’t do on a Sunday – I remember reading books like Little House on the Prairie, and being horrified that on a Sunday you couldn’t play, and just had to read sermons and other religious books.

Now, these days, that isn’t such a terrifying thought – in fact it’s quite relaxing. And that’s part of what the Sabbath is all about. Relaxing, refreshing, restoring. Continue reading

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

PRAY, PRAY, PRAY

Syria truth suppressed – Globalresearch down – some references

http://www.globalresearch.ca/ is off the air but truth will prevail.

 

First the article referred on the previous post (http://www.globalresearch.ca/dangerous-crossroads-a-war-on-syria-prelude-to-a-world-war-iii-scenario/5347411) was hidden now the whole site is unavailable. [BACK AGAIN 1300hrs NZ 1 Sep 2013, A bit on and off.]

Here is some of what has been saved direct or  indirect:

US backed plan-Mail_archived

Is the drive for war on Syria to cover up a war crime? By William Bowles

PDF Is the drive for war on Syria to cover up a war crime_ By William Bowles _ William Bowles

Talk_Alleged Chemical Attack, August 21, 2013 – A Closer Look On Syria

Arms Airlift to Syrian Rebels Expands, With C.I.A-p1

Contd…Arms Airlift to Syrian Rebels Expands, With C.I.A-p2     Arms Airlift to Syrian Rebels Expands, With C.I.A-p3

Where is the truth? After the wreck of Iraq and Libya through previous false flag operations and turning a blind eye when Iraq gassed the Kurds can we trust current reports? They also lack evidential detail, the context is missing: what we have seen looks staged murder and all.

Pray, pray, pray…

Healing at the cross?

I was watching television the other day, and an advertisement came on for throat lozenges, which contain healing as well as soothing ingredients. The image used to depict healing was a cross, a square one, like the Red Cross, but in green.

I got to thinking – if the wider world recognizes the cross as a symbol of healing, what are we in the church doing about it? Are we telling our communities that they can come to the cross for healing, that they can ask for healing prayer, and that this will be effective in many cases? I know in my own family of countless instances of healing when we pray.

( see the posts about Josiah’s healing when he couldn’t walk last year.)

If the world can recognize a cross as a symbol of healing, we need to re-claim that cross, the empty cross of the Risen Christ, and tell the world around us just why it is that God can heal.

And we also need to trust God ourselves to heal us. Sometimes healing can happen without medical intervention, sometimes it needs everything we can throw at it, but surely one of the first things we must do when we are sick is pray?