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Church

Why we use the Prayer Book

imagesY5SY0CSROn Sunday I led our church through some set prayers in our REACH SA Prayer Book.  Non-conformists, more independent types might want to deride me as being too clinical and stayed, not allowing “the Spirit to move”.   “We need to be led by the Spirit in our church services!”, they cry.

I understand the concern, but let me explain why we use the Prayer Book to help us with our liturgy.

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Sex

Fifty Shades of Porn

imagesFURPJ7UOThe release of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey has caused quite a stir.  Porn is now masqueraded as the sexual empowerment of women.  Has the world finally gone crazy?  A recent TIME magazine article reminded readers that while this movie ventures into the realms of bondage, sadomasochism and female degradation, more and more  newspaper headlines concern sexual violence directed towards young women.  “The Hunting Game”, a documentary about campus rape is soon to be released.  There is an ever-growing list of accusations against rich older men who take sexual advantage of women who are subordinates1.  Just watch the news.

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Christian living

Should old-fashioned Quiet Times make a comeback?

antique-233283_640When I was a teenager (many, many years ago), I was often told in our youth group how important and essential a regular “Quiet Time” was.  A QT was a time when you were quiet, by yourself and with a Bible.  You read the Bible, you thought about what you read and then you prayed.  You did that often.  It was a Christian habit, whether you felt like it or not.  Our youth leader often asked us, “How’s your QT going?”

Very seldom today do I hear the same note of urgency, value and importance of regular devotion times.

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Abortion

Abortion and magic fairy-dust

20 week old pre-born baby

It seems to me that “pro-choice”, pro-abortion people believe in a magic baby-fairy that sprinkles magic baby-dust on the “fetus” as it passes through the birth canal magically transforming it into a proper baby.