Weekly Wrap Up – February 28, 2014


On Fridays, I post some of the more interesting articles I’ve come across throughout the week to highlight what’s happening in the world, the US, the church, in the world of religion, sports, and in culture in general.


  • World:  Ukraine Ousted President Yanukovych: ‘I am the legitimate president of Ukraine’.    A defiant Viktor Yanukovych, in his first public remarks since he fled Ukraine, declared Friday that he is still the legitimate president of Ukraine, but said he would not ask Russia for military intervention to back his claim.   more…..  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/02/28/crimea-ukraine-airport/5890691/


  • USA:  Perhaps this is an initiative that the Church (Christ Church) could partner in our communities?  (Common Grace ministry)

“My Brother’s Keeper”  Obama plan aims to improve odds for minority boys.  WASHINGTON –  President Obama on Thursday launched his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, calling on public and private entities to create more opportunities for young minority men, and break down social conditions that keep them impoverished and imprisoned in disproportionate numbers.  More….  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/27/obama-plan-aims-to-put-minority-boys-on-path-to-success/


  • Anglican News:  Archbiship Wabukala of Kenya releases the February Statement to the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (that’s us Christ Church!)    

26th February 2014  

‘What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.’ Philippians 4:9

My dear brothers and sisters,  Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

When we met for GAFCON 2013 here in Nairobi last October, we drew inspiration from the living tradition of the East African Revival, a movement of the Spirit that led the churches of this region back to a new love for the Lord Jesus and a new obedience to the Scriptures as the Word of God. The authenticity of the Revival was demonstrated in times of persecution, including Uganda under the regime of Idi Amin. Earlier this month my brother Primate of Uganda, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, gathered with thousands of people at Mucwini, Kitgum, for the 34th commemoration of the martyrdom of Archbishop Janani Luwum who was murdered at the hands of Idi Amin on 16th February 1977. During the service more than 250 people responded to Archbishop Stanley’s sermon as he invited people to come forward and surrender their lives to Jesus as Lord and Savior. This was a most fitting and wonderful commemoration!  read more…. http://gafcon.org/news/chairmans-february-pastoral-letter


  • Sports:  Spring Training Commences:  Jeter’s final year with the Yankees, Masterson looks for a contract extension with the Tribe, & the Spring Training Site Team Reviews @  http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/


Song of the Week  “Pompei”  Bastille

Weekly News Roundup – Friday Feb. 21st ’14

On Fridays, I post some of the more interesting articles I’ve come across throughout the week to highlight what’s happening in the world, the US, the church, in the world of religion, sports, and in culture in general.


World:  Ukraine opposition signs deal to end crisis  KIEV, Ukraine — A tentative deal that promises early elections has been reached to resolve Ukraine’s political crisis following all-night talks with leaders from the opposition and representatives from the European Union and Russia, the Ukrainian president’s office said Friday.  Read more…  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/02/21/ukraine-president-opposition-protesters-sanctions-eu/5671131/

USA:    Critics want FCC media study thrown on ‘trash heap,’ skeptical of changes

Critics of a proposed Federal Communications Commission study that would send researchers into newsrooms across America say the new chairman’s vow to tweak the plan doesn’t go far enough — with one leading media group calling on the agency to scrap the study entirely. Read more….http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/20/critics-want-fcc-media-study-thrown-on-trash-heap-skeptical-changes/?intcmp=latestnews


It is hard to believe it, but tonight, Feb. 21st has arrived and is the Concert of Prayer for Egypt. Fr. Drew Schmotzer, the Chaplain to the Archbishop of…http://frtempleton.com

Sports:  USA leads medal count!  http://www.nbcolympics.com/medals

Song of the Week:  Our Great God by Fernando Ortega, featuring Mac Powell of 3rd Day!

“Laying aside every weight” Hebrews 12:1

Today at Christ Church in our Disciple’s Battle series we learned about “Looking to Jesus” so that we can have victory in our lives and grow in our love for the Lord and one another.  As a young believer I remember thinking to myself, as Rev. John Howe of Truro preached on this passage and challenged us regarding the “weights” in our lives that we needed to “lay aside”.  These weights, in and of themselves may not be sinful, but to you, may be idolatrous and hindering your walk with the Lord.  For me, as a 21 year old believer, I felt that some of the music that I had been listening to was one of the weights, and that I needed to lay them aside for a period of time.  I walked into the book store at Truro and purchased an album by a band named Petra – a mix at that time of REO Speedwagon & Journey.  The song that became my “fight song” for the next 10 years on that “Not of this World” album was Godpleaser.  I still was ( and am) a ZZ Top, Van Halen, and Aerosmith rocker (though several songs of these groups I can no longer in conscience sing), but this “cheesy” 80’s Rock band mightily encouraged me in the Lord when I needed it most and I am thankful for their body of work!  Take a listen, and have a blast from the past, and,  ” let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith!”  (Hebrews 12:1)

Weekly News wrap-up : Friday February 14th 2014 Special Olympic / Valentine’s Day version !

On Fridays, I report on the events of this past week to that are interesting and important to us citizens and Christians. 

U-S- A!  U-S-A!


World:  Belgian lawmakers extend euthanasia to children.  

BRUSSELS –  Belgian lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to extend the country’s euthanasia law to children under 18.  The 86-44 vote Thursday in the House of Representatives, with 12 abstentions, followed approval by the Senate last December.  For more…http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/02/13/belgian-lawmakers-extend-euthanasia-to-children/

USA:  Freeze pushes Great Lakes ice cover to ’79 record.    DETROIT — If this winter needed a theme song, it might be Ice Ice Baby.  The Great Lakes are on the cusp of a record for ice cover.  “In the last one to two weeks, we’ve seen rapid accumulations on Lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan,” said Jeff Andresen, an associate professor in Michigan State University’s geography department who also is the state climatologist.  Read more…http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/02/14/icy-great-lakes/5478697/

Christian news:  Young believers in Pakistan killed.   Sometimes children are able to see truth in unencumbered, refreshing ways. Jesus loved children, and even challenged his followers to “receive the kingdom of God as a little child.”

At VOM, we acknowledge the mandate of James 1:27 and have a unique interest in serving the underserved, especially children and widows living in areas that experience intense persecution. Pakistan is one of those places.  For more…..https://www.persecution.com/public/newsroom.aspx?story_ID=NjU1&featuredstory_ID=NDIx

Anglican News:  What’s next for the Archbishop of Canterbury?   Well it’s been a fun week for Lambeth Palace hasn’t it?  Last Friday the story broke of a rather egregious press statement that the Archbishop authorised, praising Katherine Jefferts Schori to the hilt on the news she had been awarded an honourary doctorate from Oxford University. As Phil Ashey of the American Anglican Council rightly pointed out, the use of the word “Compassion” was particularly offensive.  For more…. http://www.peter-ould.net/2014/02/13/what-next-for-justin/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+peter-ould%2FSwEf+%28An+Exercise+in+the+Fundamentals+of+Orthodoxy%29


Olympic Update!  USA Men’s Hockey routs Slovakia 7 -1

SOCHI, Russia — If U.S. head coach Dan Bylsma had written down a list of things he hoped in his wildest dreams might take place during his team’s first Olympic game against Slovakia, let’s put it this way: He’d be fresh out of check marks.

Balanced scoring? Check.

Youthful defense showing no jitters? Check.

Solid goaltending? Check.

Dominating work in the faceoff circle? Check.


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AP Photo/Matt SlocumJohn Carlson was the first of six goal scorers for the Americans.

Staying out of the penalty box? Check.

Up-tempo pace that kept the Slovaks on their heels from the get-go? Check.

A six-goal second period en route to a 7-1 thrashing to start the tournament? Check.

Or should that be CHECK?  for more….   http://espn.go.com/olympics/winter/2014/icehockey/story/_/id/10449802/2014-sochi-olympics-perfect-start-team-usa-slovakia

Song of the Week:  Nat King Cole  “Happy Valentine’s Day”  




Making Sunday Special – True Discipleship: The Disciple’s Battle


Take the next three days and reflect on this Sunday’s text that will greatly encourage us in the Battle which Christians are all participants in! 

Hebrews 12:1 – 3  1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Christ Church Question of the Week: “What does the Law of God Require”

Answer (bold is for children):  Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/46832392″>NCC Q7: What does the law of God require?</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/gospelcoalition”>The Gospel Coalition</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

Weekly News Wrapup – Friday, Feb. 7, 2014


On Fridays, I (attempt to) bring the events of this past week to us in that are interesting and important to us citizens and Christians.  Enjoy!  

World:  Ready or not, Sochi is now the World’s Stage.  SOCHI, Russia — Already stringent security measured appeared to tighten even further Friday in the run-up to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

For the first time since spectators and media members began arriving in Sochi, entrances to Olympic Park were staffed with volunteers requiring both credentials and opening ceremony tickets to get in. Even credentialed media members were not allowed to walk through the park, where all the competition venues were built in a circle, without a ticket .http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/sochi/2014/02/06/opening-ceremony-sochi-russia-olympics-overview-united-states/5267619/

USA:    Lawmakers push to protect electric grid after report on attack

Lawmakers are pushing to impose federal standards for protecting the country’s electric grid from attack in the wake of a new report about a sniper assault on a California electrical substation last year that has raised fears the power grid is vulnerable to terrorism.  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/07/lawmakers-push-to-protect-electric-grid-after-report-on-attack/

Christian: Who won the Creation Debate

I’m not inclined to say too much about last night’s “Creation Debate” between Six-Day Creationist Ken Ham and Bill Nye the Science Guy. I’m not a big fan of Ken Ham but from what I can tell – on points – he held his own which probably surprised not a few observers (who will, no doubt, never admit it). I am a “Creationist” and increasingly moving from the old-earth and toward the young-earth position so I naturally agreed with the bulk of Ham’s arguments. But I think Al Mohler’s analysis this morning nailed the real problem. The debate was really an argument between two men with irreconcilable world-views.    Read morehttp://standfirminfaith.com/?/sf/page/31113

Anglican News:  Archbiship of Uganda issues statement on Church of England’s “Pilling Report”.  

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali Comments on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, the Church of England’s “Pilling Report,” and the Open Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

Sports:  Seattle Seahawks bring a barrel of Whoop A—– upon the Denver Broncos!  No major moves planned

SEATTLE — Fresh off spending more than two hours winding his way in front of a parade crowd that surpassed the population of Seattle, Pete Carroll was ready for the postseason to finally arrive.

Read more:  http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2013/story/_/id/10410543/pete-carroll-see-seattle-seahawks-needing-major-offseason-moves

Song of the Week:  “Let it Go” from Frozen

Question of the Week – Question 6:

Rev. Josh Harris  Sr. Pastor of Covenant Life Church Gaithersburg MD

How do we Glorify God?  (Bold answers are for children)

We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/46832391″>NCC Q6: How can we glorify God?</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/gospelcoalition”>The Gospel Coalition</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

Standing Firm, putting on the Armor – Weds. Feb. 5th, 2014



Coming off of Sunday’s sermon – reflecting on how God spoke to us at Christ Church, ask yourself the following questions based on Ephesians 6:10 – 20 (from John Stott’s commentary on Ephesians)

1.  Who are our real enemies?  What does Paul tell us about them?

2.  How does Paul express the proper combination of divine enabling and human cooperation in the area of spiritual warfare?

3.  How would you answer someone who doubted the existence of the devil?

4.  What is the purpose of the Armor of God?

4.  List the six pieces of armor.  What does each one signify?  What weapons of the devil do they protect us against?

5.  Can you identify any chinks in your armor?  What changes do you need to make in your life in order to become fully equipped?

6.  Prayer… is to pervade all of our spiritual warfare.  Why?

7.  How does your prayer life look in light of Paul’s guidelines in vs. 18?

8.  What does Paul ask for himself?  Why?