Originally posted on @NewDayStarts:

Newcastle United will pay tribute at their first game of the season to fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney who died in the flight MH17 crash.

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Originally posted on Mercia Rising:

Again, Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live for ever, and this must be either true or false.  . . .  And immortality makes this other difference, which, by the by, has a connection with the difference between totalitarianism and democracy.  If individuals live only seventy years, then a state, or a nation, or a civilisation, which may last for a thousand years, is more important than an individual.  But if Christianity is true, then the individual is not only more important but incomparably more important, for he is everlasting and the life of the state or civilisation, compared with his, is only a moment.

— C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 74-75

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Originally posted on Prydain:

This weekend I came across yet another text on the Thirty-Nine Articles, and this one, Elements of Christian Theology, is different in that it is Volume 2 of a larger theological work by George Pretyman Tomline, who was Bishop of Lincoln and then Bishop of Winchester.  He is also High Church and Laudian in his approach to doctrine, and it is striking to me that in this work, first published in 1799 (though this edition is a version published in 1843 with annotations by Henry Stebbing), the author is quite consistent with more reformed expositors of the Articles in how he views Article XXII.  For example, this is what he says about “invocation of the saints”:

A very little inquiry will convince us that there is no foundation whatever for this doctrine in Scripture. We are commanded to offer our prayers to God through Christ alone. ‘There is…

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Originally posted on The XX Committee:

One of the major themes of my work is how Russia, drawing on decades of rich experience with espionage, aggressively employs intelligence in what I term Special War to defeat, dissuade, and deter its enemies without fighting. As I’ve reported many times, Russian espionage against the West has been rising since the mid-2000’s and has returned to Cold War levels of effort and intensity — and in some cases, more so. In recent years, the Kremlin has endorsed aggressive espionage against a wide range of Western countries, members of NATO and the European Union (often both), to learn secrets and gain political advantage. This is simply what the Russians do, as Vladimir Putin, the former KGB officer, understands perfectly. Such things are well known to counterintelligence hands the world over, but are seldom discussed in public.

What this looks like up close has recently been exposed by the Parisian newsmagazine

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http://www.jp-newsgate.net/en/2014/07/26/8256

ISIS burns 1,800-year-old church in Mosul – Al Arabiya News.

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Pray for Ukraine

Posted: August 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

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♫ Qntal – Palästinalied ♫

(Orginal text: Walter von der Vogelweide)

Nu allerst lebe ich mir werde
sit min suendic ouge siht
daz reine lant und ouch die erde
den man so vil eren gibt
mirst geschehen des ich ie bat
ich bin komen an die stat
da got mennischlichen trat
____
Schoenu lant rich unde here
swaz ich der noch han gesehen,
so bist duz ir aller ere:
waz ist wunders hie geschehen!
daz ein magt ein kint gebar
here ueber aller engel schar
war daz niht ein wunder gar?
____
Hie liez er sich reine toufen
daz der mensche reine si.
do liez er sich herre verkoufen
daz wir eigen wurden fri
anders waeren wir verlorn:
wol dir, sper, kriuz unde dorn!
we dir, heiden! deist dir zorn.
____
Hinnen fuor der sun zer helle
von dem grabe, da er inne lac.
des was ie der vater geselle
und der geist, den niemen mac
sunder scheinen: est al ein,
sieht und ebener danne ein zein,
als er Abrahame erschein.
____
In diz lant hat er gesprochen
einen angeslichen tac.
da diu witwe wirt gerochen
und der weise klagen mac
und der arme den gewalt
der da wirt an ime gestalt.
wol im dort, der hie vergalt!

Übersetzung:

Jetzt erst erhält mein Leben einen tieferen Sinn
da meine sündigen Augen die heilige Erde schauen
und das Land, das man so sehr verehrt und preist.
Ich darf nun erleben, worum ich immer bat,
ich bin an die Stätte gekommen
wo Gott bei uns war in menschlicher Gestalt.
____
Viele Länder, schön und reich und herrlich,
habe ich gesehen.
Du überstrahlst sie alle.
Wieviel Wunderbares ist hier geschehen!
Dass eine Jungfrau ein Kind gebar,
heiliger als alle Engelheere,
was das kein grossen Wunder?
____
Hier liess sich der Reine taufen
und machte die Menschen rein
Der Herr wurde zum Knecht
und machte uns Knechte frei
Sonst wären wir verloren
Dank sei Lanze, Kreuz und Dornen!
Weh euch, ihr Heiden, dass ihr darüber zürnt.
____
Aus dem Grab, in dem er lag,
fuhr der Sohn in die Hölle
Immer war der Vater bei ihm
und der Geist, den vom Vater und Sohn
niemand trennen kann: Alle sind eins
glatt und gerade, wie ein Pfeil
wie der dreieinige Gott Abraham erschien.
____
In diesem Land, so hat er verkündet,
wird er einen furchtbaren Gerichtstag halten
Da werden die Witwe und die Waisen gerächt
Und Arme dürfen klagen gegen die Gewalt
die man ihnen angetan hat.
Wer hier seine Schuld bezahlte, wird dort froh sein.

English:
Now my life has gained some meaning
since these sinful eyes behold
the sacred land with meadows greening
whose renown is often told.
This was granted me from God:
to see the land, the holy sod,
which in human form He trod.
___
Splendid lands of wealth and power,
Ive seen many, far and near,
yet of all are you the flower.
What a wonder happened here!
That a maid a child should bear,
Lord of all the angels fair,
was not this a wonder rare?
____
Here was He baptized, the Holy,
that all people might be pure.
Here He died, betrayed and lowly,
that our bonds should not endure.
Else our fate had been severe.
Hail, O cross, thorns and spear!
Heathens, woe! Your rage is clear.
___
Then to hell the Son descended
from the grave in which He lay,
by the Father still attended,
and the Spirit whom none may give a name:
in one are three,
an arrowshaft in unity.
This did Abraham once see.
___
When He there defeated Satan,
ne er has kaiser battled so,
He returned, our ways to straighten.
Then the Jews had fear and woe:
watch and stone were both in vain,
He appeared in life again,
whom their hands had struck and slain.
___
To this land, so He has spoken,
shall a fearful judgment come.
Widows bonds shall then be broken
and the orphans foe be dumb,
and the poor no longer cower
under sad misuse of power.
Woe to sinners in that hour!
___
Christians, heathen, Jews, contending,
claim it as a legacy.
May God judge with grace unending
through his blessed Trinity.
Strife is heard on every hand:
ours the only just demand,
He will have us rule the land.