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August 2 - Dog's Anglican communion leaves tongues wagging
An Anglican priest has
apologized for offering communion to a dog,
but the act has repercussions for a Church already divided by
"Communion is a symbol of
the sacrifice of Jesus's body; he died for all of us," said Cheryl
Chang, director of the Anglican Network in Canada (ANIC).
"But I don't recall anything from the Scripture saying anything
about Jesus dying for the salvation of our pets.''
Marguerite Rea, the
interim priest at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Toronto,
offered Trapper -- a four-year-old German
shepherd-Rhodesian Ridgeback cross --communion during a
church service in late June. It quickly became symbolic of an
ever-widening theological rift between the conservative brand of
Anglicanism observed by ANIC congregations, which, for example,
reject same-sex marriage, and a more liberal-leaning Anglican Church
of Canada that condones the rite.
St. Peter's has long stood out as
church with a reputation for being open. Once a year, a
service is conducted to bless pets.
Meanwhile, the dog-loving interim priest, buffeted by the fallout
from Trapper's tale ever since the story became public last week,
delivered a mea culpa during her sermon on Sunday. Rev. Rea
apologized to those who may have been hurt or embarrassed by her
rationalized the initial gesture as a way of welcoming a
stranger -- and nothing more.
intention might be to make a visitor feel comfortable,
but the real message being sent is that the members of the church
don't take communion seriously--so newcomers shouldn't take it
seriously either," commentator Joe Carter wrote
on First Things, a magazine website dedicated to religious issues in
the wider culture. "But if nothing
is sacred, then you no longer have a church; you just have a
religious club that is going to the dogs."
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July 27 - The Next Big Privacy Concern: RFID "Spychips"
Article: Technology For Global Monetary System
Radio-frequency I.D. (RFID) tags
are a convenient way to track items and cut costs for companies. But
this technology is increasingly being used to track other things, like
security badges - or even people
- giving it the potential to cause a
horrific erosion of privacy. Tracking people with smart tags, their
shopping preferences, their activities, and their personal belongings
sounds like something from a sci-fi thriller. But If you got your
panties in a twist over
Walmart's decision to track your undies
via RFID smart tags, then you'll be doublely concerned at how
close we are to cradle-to-grave surveillance.
But the idea is far from dead.
How about if governments started using RFID to issue automated ticket
violations? As part of a project called ASSET-Road, VTT Technical
Research Center in Finland, has
developed RFID license plate tracking.
The project began in 2008 and will wrap in June, 2011. VTT attempts
to detect traffic congestion but it also achieved the goal of
"traffic violations detected in a flash." And then
Arizona-based camera vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) expanded
upon that RFID technology by developing automated tailgating
tickets as a feature that can soon be added to existing speed camera
programs. Now add in this bit of info: There are also
drivers licenses that "come equipped
with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags that can be read right
through a wallet, pocket or purse from as far away as 30 feet."
Along similar lines is a
company using RFID to track employees. An Indian company,
uses RFID employee tags to keep
track of so-called "ghost workers."
The only way an employee gets paid is by a combination of
RFID evidence and physical presence to collect daily payment.
new RFID product,
"guarantees that RFID will follow you straight to
your grave." The palm-size stone tablet has an RFID tag that talks with
mobile phones to direct users to an Internet memorial archive.
And such uses for RFID are only the tip of the iceberg. Thing Magic, a
company that builds embedded RFID readers,
100 Uses of RFID.
Location-aware apps are scary
enough, based on GPS with the broad range they offer. But for the most
part you still have to sign up for those. RFID is
being implemented all around you. It has slowly been moving to
mainstream. It can track infants to senior citizens with Alzheimer's. In
between it can track your clothes, your purchases, your car - even you.
RFID is on the verge of tracking us all, cradle to the grave.
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July 29 - Your smartphone is watching you
Article: Technology For Global Monetary System
Australian security experts,
consumer advocates and privacy campaigners have sounded the alarm over
the hundreds of thousands of free
smartphone applications that spy on their users.
Lookout, a smartphone security
firm based in San Francisco, scanned nearly 300,000 free applications
for Apple's iPhone and phones built around Google's Android software. It
found that many of them secretly pull sensitive
data off users' phones and ship them off to third parties
The data can include
full details about users' contacts,
their pictures, text messages and internet and search histories. The
third parties can include advertisers and companies that analyse data on
The information is used by
companies to target ads and learn more about their
users. The danger, though, is that the
data can become vulnerable to hacking and used in
identity theft if the third party isn't careful about securing the
Lookout found that nearly a
quarter of the iPhone apps and almost
half the Android apps contained software code that contained those
Australian online users' lobby
group Electronic Frontiers Australia spokesman Colin Jacobs said
the issue of applications spying on their users "was something that
everybody needs to be aware of". Jacobs said that many did not
think of their phone as a computer. "Mobiles
contain as much personal information as people's everyday computers do,"
August 6 News Alert - Russia bans grain exports because of fire and drought, sending prices soaring
Article: Signs Of The Last Times
Thursday that it will ban all grain exports for
the rest of the year, sending wheat prices soaring to a two-year high
and raising the possibility of inflated food prices that
could throw an already fitful global economy recovery off track.
A severe drought and wildfires have destroyed one-fifth of
Russia's crop and forced the country to draw from emergency
wheat prices have increased nearly 50 percent
since June, fueling worries about a repeat of the food
crisis in 2008 that triggered riots from Bangladesh to Haiti to
Mozambique. Wheat prices in the United States
are less likely to remain high, experts said, and a bumper crop
could put American farmers in a position to benefit from the low
analysts emphasized that there is no reason to fear another global
wheat shortage, governments and
companies worldwide are preparing for the worst.
In Egypt -- one
of the biggest importers of wheat and a nation
that experienced deadly violence in bread lines two years ago
-- the government assured the public that it has a four-month supply
of wheat and urged Russia to honor contracts it signed before the
Grain harvests around the world have been devastated by
unusual weather this year.
in western Russia, suffering from the nation's
hottest summer since recording began 130 years ago, is now battling
wildfires that have engulfed 196,000 hectares (about 484 acres) and
are continuing to spread.
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July 30 - In Mary, Humanity and Divinity Are at Home
Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Lasy Days
The Bible does not agree
with the statements made in the following article published by Zenit.
For Catholic Christians, the belief in the Assumption of Mary flows from our
belief in and understanding of Mary's Immaculate Conception.
We believe that if Mary was preserved from sin by the free
gift of God, she would not be bound to experience the consequences of sin and
death in the same way that we do. We believe that because of
the obedience and fidelity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the end of her earthly
life, she was assumed both body and soul into
Eastern Orthodox Christians believe that Mary died a natural death, that her
soul was received by Christ upon death, and
that her body was resurrected on the third day after her death and that she was
taken up into heaven bodily in anticipation of the general resurrection. Her
tomb was found empty on the third day. (One can visit the
Orthodox tomb of the Virgin Mary in Jerusalem. It is located near the Church of
All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane.)
In presenting the "great sign" of the "woman clothed with the sun," the first
reading from the Book of Revelation (11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10) says that she "was
with child and ... cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery"
(12:2). Just as the risen Christ who has ascended into heaven forever bears the
wounds of his redemptive death within his glorious body,
so his Mother brings to eternity "the pangs" and "anguish for delivery"
(12:2). We could say that Mary, as the new Eve,
continues from generation to generation to give birth to the new man, "created
after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness" (Ephesians 4:24).
This is the Church's eschatological image, which is present and active in the
In Mary's triumph, the Church contemplates her whom the Father chose as the true
Mother of his Only-begotten Son, closely
associating her with the saving plan of Redemption.
Taken up into heaven, Mary
shows us the way to God, the way to heaven, the way to life.
She shows it to her children baptized in Christ and to all
people of good will. She opens this way especially to the little ones and to the
poor, those who are open to divine mercy.
The Queen of the world reveals to individuals and to nations the power of the
love of God whose plan upsets that of the proud, pulls down the
mighty from their thrones and exalts the humble, fills the hungry with good
things and sends the rich empty away (Luke 1:51-53).
The Church celebrates Mary's final journey into the fullness of God's Kingdom
with the dogma of the Assumption promulgated by Pius XII in 1950. As with her
beginnings, so too, with the end of her life, God fulfilled in her all of the
promises that he has given to us. We, too, shall be raised up into heaven
as she was.
In Mary we have an image of humanity and divinity at home.
God is indeed comfortable in our presence and we in God's.
Through her Assumption, Mary was chosen to have a special
place of honor in the Godhead.
August 6 News Alert - Christ's apparition attracts thousands
Article: Signs And Wonders
from Understand The Times:
The following article which describes
an "apparition of Jesus" that supposedly took place in a Catholic
church in Nigeria recently, is exactly what authors Jim Tetlow and
Roger Oakland predicted would be taking place in the future in their
book Another Jesus: The Eucharistic and the New Evangelization.
Jesus warned that "false appearances" would be taking place as one
of the signs of the last days.
(Matthew 24:23-26).KJ - Then if any
man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it
not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and
shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were]
possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you
before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the
desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe
St Paul's Catholic Church along Airport
Road in Benin City, yesterday, turned into a mecca of sorts as
people from all walks of life thronged the
church to catch a glimpse of what has been literally described
as an apparition of Jesus Christ.
The uncommon but
holy phenomenon according to catholic faithful
and enthusiasts present at the church premises, came up early
Wednesday morning immediately after the offering of
adoration at the church. It has however
generated so much frenzy amongst
catholic faithful and non-Catholics who jostled through
the ever-busy Airport Road in the state capital to witness the rare
Rev. Fr. Edosomwan further stressed
that the appearance of Christ on
the Blessed Sacrament through the monstrance would help
re-direct the lives of Christians whose faith have been ebbing out
owning to varying challenges of life.
The "apparition of Christ"
according to the Priest," was to
remind Christians that through His presence they can draw support
and increase their faith in God."
Similarly, the spiritual significance
of the "apparition of Christ" at the St Paul's Catholic Church
was further described to connote the
signs of the end of time by Prince Ken Ebosele,
a committed catholic faithful who was present at the church to catch
a glimpse of the "apparition". Prince Ebosele revealed that
it was a reassurance of the fact that the
salvation in Christ which Christians profess was not in vain, adding
that the appearance of Christ was a
manifestation of the presence of Christ in our lives.
Others who pleaded anonymity
disclosed that the "apparition of
Christ" at this critical period of human's sinful existence
was clear indication that no matter how neck-deep we are involved in
sin, the Almighty God has special interest in the salvation of human
A member of the Edo State House of
Assembly representing Ikpoba Okha Constituency, Hon. Jude Ise-Idehen
who was also in the Church described the occurrence as
a re-affirmation that "Jesus Christ is real,"
adding that, "this is the belief of Catholics and other Christians.
It is our faith and belief."
She confirmed that she
saw Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament that
was placed on the altar, stressing that
"it is real and that with her coming to Jesus on the altar, all her
hearts desires have been received by faith".
Meanwhile, the miraculous appearance
of Jesus Christ in Benin City yesterday
have been described as a good Omen and an
indication that better things are coming to Edo State.
The Director, Edo State Poverty Alleviation Agency, Chief
(Mrs.) Evelyn Igbafe who stated this is a chat with The NIGERIAN
OBSERVER in Benin City yesterday, remarked that
the appearance of Jesus Christ in the state
was an affirmation that the present governor of the state, Comrade
Adams Oshiomhole was God -sent.
August 2 - Toronto Blessing Church 'Exports' Revival Through New Network
Article: Experience-Based Christianity
The church that housed the Toronto Blessing
revival hopes to "export" the values of the renewal through a new network of
churches. Dubbed Catch the Fire World, the
denomination officially launched in May when Toronto Airport Christian
Fellowship (TACF), the church that housed the revival services for 12 years,
changed its name to Catch the Fire Toronto. The new group already includes
congregations in Oslo, Norway; Rekjavik, Iceland; Montreal; London; and
Raleigh, N.C. Another church is expected to open in Switzerland later this
The new name reflects the
church's growing influence beyond Toronto as well as
its evolving mission to spread the revival's core message of knowing
God's love and deepening one's intimacy with the Father, said Steve Long,
senior pastor of the Toronto church and vice president of Catch the Fire
"Our initial focus wasn't .... on building a
church; it was to facilitate what the Holy
Spirit was doing-a revival," said Long, whose
2,000-member congregation meets in 11 locations across Toronto.
"We really feel the Lord's changed us to now giving it
away, hence the new name."
The Toronto Blessing began in January 1994 at
a small church led by John and Carol Arnott that was then known as the
Toronto Airport Vineyard. The revival drew hundreds of thousands of visitors
from around the world, but controversy over
unusual manifestations such as barking and uncontrolled shaking
led to a break with the Vineyard denomination in 1995.
That year, Arnott resigned as pastor of TACF
and founded Catch the Fire Ministries, which hosted leadership schools for
pastors and encouraged the founding of
"soaking centers," where people sit for hours in prayer and worship.
"Our ministry has always been fire, ready,
aim," Long said. "The Holy Spirit just kind
of does stuff, then we have to figure out how to facilitate what God is
Catch the Fire leaders plan to spend 2010
establishing the organization's base and preparing for future church plants.
Long said the new congregations are a sign that the
Toronto Blessing hasn't stopped.
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August 7 - Climate change sparks 'quickest evolution ever'
Article: Creation/Evolution - Evolutionary Assumptions Exposed
Comment from Understand The Times:
Evolution's claim that adaptation, for
example, to temperature change over time, is proof that evolution
can produce humans over time from single-celled creatures.
Creationists believe that adaptation to various environmental
changes is a genetic mechanism designed by a Creator so that life
can perpetuate through time in a fallen world. Adaptation is a fact
of life, but in no way shows how life has developed from simple to
complex over time.
At least one fish species can
adapt in just three generations to survive a sharp change in
temperature, researchers said in a study on the fastest rate
of evolution ever recorded in wild animals."Our
study is the first to experimentally show that
certain species in the wild could adapt to climate change very rapidly,"
said Friday lead researcher Rowan Barrett.
The findings suggest at least
some animals may be able to change quickly enough to survive predicted
Virtually all climate
research in peer-reviewed science journals
predicts global temperatures will gradually rise by several degrees in
coming decades, accompanied by swings of extreme cold and heat.
"But just because we've seen
a large evolutionary response, that doesn't mean a natural population
can adapt to climate change with no consequences," Barrett told
About 95 per cent
of the fish population died during the three-year
study, with only five per cent
developing a tolerance for cold," he said. "The
consequences of losing 95 per cent might be catastrophic, because the
remaining five per cent might not be able to sustain the population,"
said Barrett. He added: "We don't know
the genetic basis of this trait."
The rapid evolution by the marine fish in the
study mirrored the 10,000-year-long evolution of
freshwater stickleback in British Columbia - descendants of marine fish
trapped inland at the end of the last Ice Age, who evolved to live in
Barrett noted that
humans also evolved over some 10,000 generations,
since their first migration from Africa, raising the question
of how many generations it might take for northern peoples to evolve
genes that could cope with warmer climates experienced by their African
start to draw a parallel in evolutionary rates,"
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