Saturday, December 10, 2011
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Mom no longer wants son named after Urban Meyer
University of Florida graduate Jen Wiley named her son for two of the most successful coaches in school history -- Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer.
"My husband and I got married in 1996, when Spurrier won the championships," Wiley told reporter Chris Hopper of Bay News 9. "And then we conceived in 2006 when Urban Meyer won the championship."
Wiley said "I felt sick" when Meyer took the job in Columbus and now she wants to change her 4-year-old son's middle name but only if her husband agrees.
The name up for grabs? Tim as in Tebow.
From USA Today, December 8, 2011, p. 3C. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2011/12/mom-no-longer-wants-son-named-after-urban-meyer/1
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Here's the story from ENI.
U.S. Fundamentalist University Maintains Stunning Catholic Art Collection
Greenville, South Carolina (ENInews)--Walking across the tidy campus of Bob Jones University (BJU) in Greenville, South Carolina, there's no obvious sign this bastion of Christian fundamentalism is also home to one of the nation's largest collections of Renaissance and Baroque religious art from the heart of Catholic Europe. It's all the more surprising since the school's old-time Protestant leaders have for years taught that Catholicism is a "cult" and even the "Mother of Harlots," Religion News Service reports. But the school has amassed the collection out of a sincere belief in the teaching mission of great religious art, according to school leaders and art curators. [812 words, ENI-11-0637]
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
"Tibetan protests spread to Nepal
Kathmandu (ENInews)--After growing protests in Tibet and India against China's rule of the formerly Buddhist kingdom of Tibet, demonstrations have now flared up in Nepal with police arresting nearly 100 people near the Samdupling Tibetan refugee camp in Kathmandu valley. Nepalese police said they acted on a tip that some people would attempt self-immolation in protest on 2 November, the second day of a three-day 'Global Action' campaign by Tibetans in Nepal. [300 words, ENI-11-0597]"
Here's a short video on the protest.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
But this video, which is making the rounds on trainwatching websites, is rather disturbing. It reminds us that when you're out train watching, you need to be aware of your circumstances!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Well, now the Pope agrees with them, so I guess it's settled. See the following:
- "Perhaps the most basic change will be when the priest says: 'The Lord be with you.' The congregation will no longer say 'And also with you.' The new response is 'And with your spirit.'"
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The ACNA’s website describes the church body as “the reuniting of orthodox Anglicans who have been squeezed out of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada by successive changes to historic Christian teaching and Anglican practice.”
Representatives of the LCMS to the dialogue are Dr. Matthew Harrison, president of the LCMS; Dr. Albert Collver III, director of Church Relations – assistant to the president; Dr. Joel Lehenbauer, executive director of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR); Dr. Lawrence Rast, CTCR chairman and president at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne; Rev. Larry Vogel, CTCR staff member; and Dr. Frederic Baue, pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Fairview Heights, Ill. Dr. John Stephenson has represented Lutheran Church—Canada.
Official representatives of the ACNA have included Archbishop Robert Duncan, primate of the ACNA; Bishop Wes Nolden of the Missionary Diocese of the Central States; and Dr. Jonathan Riches, associate professor of liturgics theology and assistant academic dean at Reformed Episcopal Seminary; and Bishop Ray Sutton of the Diocese of Mid-America. They will be joined at this dialogue by Dr. Grant LeMarquand, professor of biblical studies and mission, Trinity School for Ministry, Pittsburgh, Penn.
The first session of the dialogue was held at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis (November 10-11, 2010), and addressed the theme “The Background and Identity of Our Churches.” The second was on the campus of the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Blue Bell, Penn. (May 12-13, 2011), and considered “Authority in the Church.”Background on the dialogue may be found at the following links:
Recently, the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod offered the following rationale for such dialogues. I hope you find it of value.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
St. Paul's Cathedral closes, asks protesters to leave
London (ENInews)--Due to health, safety and fire concerns connected with an anti-corporate protest camp at its doors, St. Paul's Cathedral, London's 16th-century landmark, announced it is closing until further notice and asked the protesters to leave. "The decision to close ... is unprecedented in modern times," said the Rev. Graeme Knowles, the cathedral dean, in a statement on St. Paul's website (www.stpauls.co.uk). With hundreds of people and about 200 tents pitched around the huge building, "health, safety and fire officers have pointed out that access ... is seriously limited. With so many stoves and fires and lots of different types of fuel around, there is a clear fire hazard. Then there is the public health aspect which speaks for itself. The dangers relate not just to cathedral staff and visitors but are a potential hazard to those encamped themselves," Knowles said. [381 words, ENI-11-0572]
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Brazilian Lutherans prepare for Reformation anniversaryBy: Marcelo Schneider
This city is the location of the national headquarters of theEvangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil(IECLB) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil (IELB). The IECLB is a member of the Lutheran World Federation(LWF) and the IELB is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (USA).
At a launch event here, the churches also presented a commemorative stamp and shared their plans for common publications leading up to the anniversary. In 1517, German monk Martin Luther published his "95 Theses" in Wittenberg, Germany – criticisms of Catholic Church practices that inspired the growth of Protestantism, including establishment of the Lutheran Church.
IELB president, the Rev. Egon Kopereck, noted that the commemoration is a unique opportunity to emphasize the centrality of the word of God as the greatest legacy of Luther's movement.
The president of IECLB, the Rev. Nestor Friedrich, stressed that anniversary should be relevant to the life of churches today. "[It] allows an analysis of theological heritage and of our own history. We have the possibility to reaffirm, to rediscover and to contextualize Lutheran theology and its contribution, especially in Brazil," said Friedrich.
The event was attended by the mayor of Porto Alegre, Jose Fortunati, Roman Catholic Archbishop Dom Dadeus Grings and the moderator of the Central Committee of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches, the Rev. Walter Altmann, among other authorities.
(Marcelo Schneider is communications liaison for Latin America with the World Council of Churches)
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Warsaw, Poland (ENInews)--A Roman Catholic church leader in Kazakhstan has warned legislators they will be violating international commitments if they press ahead with legislation that would reimpose Soviet-style controls over churches and religious communities. "There's an international agreement between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Holy See, spelling out our rights to freedom of religion and worship," said Bishop Theophilus Howaniec, former secretary-general of the Roman Catholic Bishops Conference. The draft "Law on Religious Activity and Religious Associations," approved on 29 September by Kazakhstan's senate upper house, would ban unregistered religious activities, restrict religious literature and require government permission for "missionary activity." [485 words, ENI-11-0553]
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 07, 2011
Manado, Indonesia (ENI)--Scholars claim the biggest change in the history of Christianity is underway amid the religion's move to Africa, Latin America and Asia. "The story of Christianity as a worldwide faith is being written before our eyes," declared Dr. Dana Robert of Boston University School of Theology, as she addressed a group of world church leaders at the Global Christian Forum (GCF) in Manado, Indonesia. [344 words, ENI-11-0539]
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Metal thieves are damaging British churches Canterbury, England (ENInews)--As commodity prices soar, thieves are targeting British churches and other institutions, taking copper lightning rods, lead rain pipes, bronze statues, iron gates, even church bells and entire roofs. "Boom conditions in China, India and Brazil have created an incredible demand for lead and copper," Katri Link, senior press officer at Ecclesiastical Insurance, a private company that insures about 90 percent of churches in England and Wales) told ENInews. "Church roofs are often the target, threatening some churches with bankruptcy," she said. [520 words, ENI-11-0523]
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Ecumenical News International reports the following: In a historic move, the Anglican diocese of Rupert's Land appointed a Lutheran pastor, the Rev. Paul Johnson, as dean of the diocese and incumbent for St. John's Cathedral in Winnipeg, reports the Anglican Journal. This is the first time a Canadian Lutheran pastor has been appointed dean in an Anglican cathedral in Canada. A dean is the priest in charge of a cathedral ("mother church") and occupies a senior position in a diocese. [263 words, ENI-11-0519]
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
In Zimbabwe, renegade bishop's backers evict Anglican priest
Harare, Zimbabwe (ENInews)--Supporters of renegade Zimbabwean Anglican bishop Nolbert Kunonga have forced a priest and his family out of their home following a court ruling giving Kunonga control over church assets, a church spokesman said on 16 August. Kunonga recently was given control over church assets in a High Court ruling. [447 words, ENI-11-0430]
Then from the BBC...
Patrick SmithEditor Africa ConfidentialThe demise of Mujuru would appear to give some advantage to the Mnangagwa faction”
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
What did Jesus say to Saint Lawrence, who was grilled to death, when he got to heaven?
"Well done, good and faithful servant."
In response to such bad taste, I did a (very) little snooping, and found a nifty website connected with the cookbook, A Continual Feast. Here's it's stuff on Saint Lawrence. Enjoy!
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
I read somewhere that something like .5% of the German populace attend church on any given Sunday. The following statistics, from Ecumenical News International (www.eni.ch) would suggest the accuracy of such a claim.
More Catholic departures than baptisms for first time in Germany
Berlin (ENI). For the first time since membership records have been kept, more Germans departed the Roman Catholic Church than were baptized into it in 2010, according to new data from Germany's Catholic Conference of Bishops. The new statistics, which were released with little analysis or comment, showed 170,339 baptisms for the year, and 181,193 departures from the church. However, 3,576 new members, and more than 7,400 returning Catholics, joined the church last year. [114 words, ENI-11-0405]
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Dr. John Stephenson delivering his paper, “Löhe as an Ecumenical Lutheran,” at the International Loehe Conference III, being help on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary, July 27, 2011.
The conference is being held at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and the schedule of presenters is simply excellent. We hope to see many of the papers published ultimately through the efforts of the International Loehe Society.
Here is the schedule:
International Löhe Theological Conference III
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana USA
26-30 July 2011
Tuesday, July 26
2:00 p.m. Registration opens in the lobby of Sihler Auditorium
3:00 p.m. Campus Tour with Prof. Robert Roethemeyer (meet in the lobby of Sihler)
5:00 p.m. Dinner is available in the Katherine Luther Dining Hall*
6:30 p.m. Opening of Conference and Greetings
All sessions will be held in Luther Hall.
7:00 p.m. Paper I: “Löhe, Wyneken, and the Fort Wayne Seminary” –
Dr. Lawrence Rast (Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana)
8:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
8:45 p.m. Seminary Reception on the Plaza
Wednesday, July 27
7:30 a. m. Continental Breakfast available in the Katherine Luther Dinning Hall
8:30 a.m. Paper II: “Löhe’s Correspondence with Wedemann 1849-1850 on Theory and Practice in Church and Ministry”- Dr. Wolfhart Schlichting (Editor, Confessio Augustana, Augsburg, Germany)
9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer/Coffee
10:30 a.m. Paper III: “Löhe as an Ecumenical Lutheran”- Dr. John Stephenson (Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saint Catherine’s, Ontario)
11:30 a.m. Paper IV: “Löhe’s Missiological Perspective”- Dr. Klaus Detlev Schulz (Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana)
12:30 p.m. Lunch available in the Katherine Luther Dinning Hall
Concordia Publishing House will host a book signing for authors Geiger, Naumann, and Schulz in the Commons from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
2:00 p.m. Paper V: “Löhe and the Ministerium of Pennsylvania: Löhe’s Reception Among his Contemporaries in the Eastern United States” –Rev. Martin Lohrmann (Doctoral candidate, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and Pastor of Christ Ascension Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
3:00 p.m. Paper VI: “Confession as Mission-Retrieving Wilhelm Löhe ”
Dr. Paul Chung (Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota)
4:00 p.m. Paper VII: “Löhe as Religious Educator”- Dr. Thomas Kothmann (University of Regensburg, Germany)
5:00 p.m. Dinner available in the Katherine Luther Dinning Hall
6:30 p.m. We will carpool to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (1126 South Barr Street, Fort Wayne). Please meet at the flag pole in front of the Welcome Center.
7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer at St. Paul Lutheran Church with a tour of the church and refreshments after the Service.
Thursday, July 28
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast available at Katherine Luther Dinning Hall
8:30 a.m. Paper VIII: “Wilhelm Löhe in Deindoerfer’s History of the Iowa Synod ”- Dr. Craig Nessan (Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa)
9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer/Coffee
10:30 a.m. Paper X: “Löhe and Chiliasm in the Context of 19th Century Eschatology “ Mr. Jacob Corzine (Doctoral candidate, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)
11:30 a.m. International Löhe Society Meeting
12:30 p.m. Lunch available at the Katherine Luther Dinning Hall
2:00 p.m. Paper XI: “Lutheran Deaconesses in North America: Assessing Löhe’s Influence” - Deaconess Cheryl Naumann (President, Concordia Deaconess Conference and Deaconess, Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Oakmont, Pennsylvania)
3:00 p.m. Paper XII: “ Löhe’s 1844 Agenda”- Dr. Thomas Schattauer (Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa)
4:00 p.m. Paper XIII: “Löhe and Enlightenment Movements” – Dr. Dietrich Blaufuß (Co-President, International Löhe Society, Erlangen, Germany)
5:15 p.m. We will carpool to Trinity English Lutheran Church (405 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne). Please meet at the flag pole in front of the Welcome Center.
7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer at Trinity English Lutheran Church
Friday, July 29
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast available at Katherine Luther Dinning Hall.
8:30 a.m. Depart for Frankenmuth. The carpool will depart from the flag pole in front of the Welcome Center.
12:00 noon Lunch in Frankenmuth; tour the town and visit the museum.
5:30 p.m. Outdoor Dinner hosted by St. Lorenz Lutheran Church
7:00 p.m. Hymnfest at St. Lorenz with Dr. Scott Hyslop and Pastor Stephen Starke
Saturday, July 30
8:00 a.m. Depart the Bavarian Inn for Frankentrost
8:30 a.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church, Frankentrost with presentation by Rev. Mark Loest and by Mr. Matthias Honold (Archivist, Diakonie Neuendettelsau) on archival research on the Löhe colonies.
11:30 a,m, Conclusion of Conference
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Then, however, it was pulled off the Curve and restored to working condition in the 1980s. Here's a video of it at that time.
After mechanical problems surfaced, it was time for another overhaul. However, delays, moves, and other obstacles have kept the 1361 from completion. Indeed, there are some who doubt that it will ever be fully pieced back together.
That's why the article in the Altoona Mirror from July 3, 2011, is rather encouraging. You may read the full article at the following link: http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/551535/K-4-
The short version is that there is some hope and encouragement that the project is moving forward. I love steam, and the success of the Nickel Plate 765 and Pere Marquette 1225 Berkshires (http://youtu.be/eYKU4kgqe4o), and the prospect of seeing 1361 under its own power again is exciting--and not just for me.
"I can't wait to ride in that puppy," Salone said. "But let's make sure it doesn't blow up."