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December 06, 2004 News tha depresses
Japan has been hit withmass
suicide pacts facilitated by net communications. Prognosticators
predict that the US may be hit with occurrances of the same type of pact
that has hit Jpan over the past year. Charcoal stove induced carbon monoxide
poisoning is a chosen means of death in several cases
Appealing to "church shopping" worshippers
A growing number of people now shop for their church
as they do for a supermarket or fitness center. They could care less about
what denomination a church is, and instead look for one that most suits
their needs. see the story
There is evidence that the Internet can influence people
to take their own lives. The term coined is 'cybersuicide.' What is beng
seen in Japan may occur sporadically in other countries.
We enjoyed the annual christmas program of the
Masterworks chorales last night. Despite the rain and cold, the trip
was worth the trouble. We were treated witha beautifully orchestrated
and unique experience of christmas music and atmosphere at St. Peter's
Cathedral in Belleville. Did you know the sound has a 7 second echo there?
That would make anyone sound good.
The haunting sounds"O Come, O Come Emmanuel"
wasb accompanied by a candlelight procession in the darkened Cathedral,
followed by the purity and beauty of young voices in the Masterworks Childrens
Choruses. The Concert Choir also sang carols of the season, such as "Marys
Lullaby,""Carol of the Bells" and "I Saw Three Ships".
Audience carols accompanied by orchestra were also a part of the concert,
as well as a grand finale that brought all the singers together for a
December 7, 2004- Seventy-nine percent of Americans
that, as the Bible says, Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, without
a human father, according to a new NEWSWEEK
poll on beliefs about Jesus. advertisement Sixty-seven percent say
they believe that the entire story of Christmasthe Virgin Birth,
the angelic proclamation to the shepherds, the Star of Bethlehem and the
Wise Men from the Eastis historically accurate. Twenty-four percent
of Americans believe the story of Christmas is a theological invention
written to affirm faith in Jesus Christ, the poll shows. In general, say
55 percent of those polled, every word of the Bible is literally accurate.
Thirty-eight percent do not believe that about the Bible.
British baker Warburtons posed the question "What are your
top three cheesiest moments in film?" to 2,000 U.K. moviegoers
in celebration of the launch of their new cheese-flavored crumpets.
Apparitions of Jesus have appeared on walls and in chapels. Now,
in Arizona, a patient at a dentist's office says he sees one on an
x-ray. The dentist, and staff at a Phoenix dentist's office agree
that the x-ray contains an image resembling Jesus.
Anti-Christmas Crusade Well Under Way
This year's anti-Christmas crusade appears well under way, with the latest
example involving a parade this weekend in Denver, Colorado. WorldNetDaily
reports that the annual downtown Denver event known as the "AT&T
Parade of Lights" will include Hindu and Mestizo dance troupes, a
kung fu group, belly dancers, Santa Claus, and even a homosexual (GBLT)
American Indian society. But an area church has been told it is not welcome
because its members wanted to sing seasonal hymns and proclaim a "Merry
Christmas" message on their float. The parade website claims the
event organizers are "proud to present an International Procession
to celebrate the cultural and ethnic diversity of the region." However,
a parade spokesman declared that religious content such as the church
group's message is excluded because it might be offensive to some parade
attendees. Pastor George Morrison says this exclusion is all part of the
"anti-Christmas agenda" that has crept into the parade and which
is "robbing us." However, the Christian group has come up with
an alternate plan. Morrison says members of his church will be walking
the parade route an hour before the event begins, singing Christmas carols
to people on the street.
Denomination's Pro-Gay TV Ad Is 'Masterful Propaganda,'
Jeff Robinson, Baptist
A new TV advertisement promoting the United Church of Christ says that
God is now affirming homosexuality, but R. Albert Mohler Jr., appearing
on ABC's "Good Morning America," said the commercial misrepresents
biblical Christianity. "It is a piece of masterful propaganda but
it is a diabolical misrepresentation of Christianity," said Mohler,
president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on the national telecast
Dec. 2. "... Jesus Christ did indeed come to seek and to save the
lost but as He said to the woman caught in adultery, 'Go and sin no more,'"
Mohler said. Jesus "did not invite persons to stay in sinful lifestyles.
Rather, He came to save us from our sins and to make us what we otherwise
could not be -- and that is victorious over all the sins that entrap us.
Homosexuality is one of those." The 30-second spot began running
on several cable channels on Dec. 1 and is part of the United Church of
Christ's two-year campaign toward an inclusion that affirms "all
persons who feel rejected" by the church, said Robert Chase, UCC
director of communications, who appeared with Mohler on Good Morning America.