Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I cannot believe this...

In June of 2002, the synod of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster (in Vancouver, Canada) voted to authorize a service to bless same-sex unions. J. I. Packer was among the synod members who walked out in protest, and he explained why in an article for Christianity Today. The lede summarized his rationale: "Why did I walk out with the others? Because this decision, taken in its context, falsifies the gospel of Christ, abandons the authority of Scripture, jeopardizes the salvation of fellow human beings, and betrays the church in its God-appointed role as the bastion and bulwark of divine truth."

On Feb. 13, 2008, Packer's church, St. John’s Shaughnessy in Vancouver (at 760 members, the largest church in the Anglican Church of Canada), voted to leave the ACC and to align with a more orthodox branch in Argentina: the Province of the Southern Cone.
On Feb. 22, 2008, Michael Ingham, Bishop of the New Westminster Diocese, sent a letter to Packer (who has been an honorary assistant at St. John's for over 20 years) and other clergy serving a Notice of Presumption of Abandonment of the Exercise of the Ministry under Canon XIX, based on (1) publicly renouncing the doctrine and discipline of the Anglican Church of Canada; and (2) having sought or intending to seek admission into another religious body outside the Anglican Church of Canada.

If they do not dispute these facts by April 21, 2008, their authority as ministers of the Word and Sacrament (conferred at their ordinations) will be revoked.

Please pray for Dr. Packer, all of the staff of St. John's, and all the members as well.

-Chris
(Taken from Justin Taylor's Blog: Between Two Worlds

Monday, March 3, 2008

Emo vs. Heavy

One thing that drives me absolutely insane about southern California is all of the stereotypes that are thrown around. (I do it just as much as everyone, so I know this is hypocritical, but only to a point but you will see why.) I.E. "That guy is a bro" or "That dude is a beach bum" or "That homie is gangsta" etc. I guess what bothers me is not the fact that stereotypes are there, but the fact that when something is stereotyped a certain way and thus makes people dislike that band/person/activity simply because thats "emo" "bro" or "hardcore" or whatever. Perfect example is music. People will simply not a certain band because they sing. Simply because they sing. And according to them if it has any singing in it at all its emo. It doesn't matter that they are not singing about cutting themselves, or even breaking up with their girlfriend. They could be singing about vital issues that are important to that the listener, but because they sing they are emo. But then there are bands like Emmure. (Please do not misinterpret what I am saying I can appreciate Emmure's talent for being heavy.) Emmure is one of those really heavy bands. Lots of breakdowns, no singing, de-tuned guitars you know the deal. But he literally is screaming lyrics about crying to the bayside CD (10 Signs You Should Leave), Killing himself because of regret of a love lost (It's Not Just a Party, It's a Funeral & When Everything Goes Wrong, Take the Easy Way Out), and every song is about an ending romantic relationship; not to mention that the artwork is animations of the lead singer hanging himself. I mean it is very obvious that the man has very serious emotional and psychological problems. If anything I feel that this is one of the most emo records I have heard since I bought Hawthorne Heights CD (without hearing it. It had a sticker that said "For fans of Finch" so I got sucked in) and hearing about cutting his wrists, and giving himself black eyes because his love left him. Meanwhile all the hardcore kids love Emmure because there are breakdowns, and screaming, but won't even bother listening to very talented bands like Haste the Day, or As Cities Burn simply because they have some singing parts. It honestly strikes a chord, and some people realize the stupidity of not doing things/listening to things simply because they SEEM to fit in with a certain stereotype.