(alto, tenor, and bass follow)
|Bach's manuscript of Nun komm|
Why do the nations conspireLatin text and translation of Psalm 2
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
|Jonah mosaic at St. Anne Melkite Church|
“I don’t protest the court order, but the public should understand that someone is missing the point here… we actually honoured the order not to install the new bishop. What we did was to consecrate him as a new bishop… as of now he does not belong to any diocese,” said Dr Chilongani [Anglican Church of Tanzania Secretary General]. - The Citizen, " Police yet to arrest Mokiwa despite order"Notes from the ground make it sound as if there's a little drama to the story. An Episcopal Priest, the Rev. Dr. Douglas Richnow, reports that the police had been tracking Archbishop Mokiwa via his cellphone, and that he was advised to dispose of the SIM card. We shall see how this story unfolds.
"Christian fundamentalism believes a supernatural male God who lived above sent his sperm into the womb of the virgin Mary. Although there were a series of miraculous events surrounding Jesus’ birth – like wandering stars and angelic choirs – the real miracle was his death and literal resurrection 33 years later."
The conventional wisdom has held that such anti-female attitudes prevail in rural parts and are therefore linked to poverty. But the 2011 Census report smashed this myth.
It showed that the western states of Maharashtra – which hosts India’s financial capital Mumbai – and Gujarat, which is seen as a model state for economic growth, recorded lower sex ratios than the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, two of the country’s poorest states.
The snark-fest around one man's batty ideas regarding "the rapture" is showing that Christian culture is not immune to unhealthy irony
I find it unfortunate that the appearance of Rob Bell's book urging a more inclusive eschatology should be accompanied by mockery and marginalization by some fans of Bell's book of those who hold less enlightened views of the life to come (including those who anticipate a sudden, imminent "rapture" of believers from the Earth).