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Easter — It’s About Politics April 7, 2007

Posted by Michael in Religion.
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The resurrection of Christ should inspire us to resolve political conflicts, according to the leader of the Anglican Communion.

Dr Rowan Williams will tell the congregation at Canterbury Cathedral that the story of Easter should provide encouragement during times of conflict.

He will highlight progress towards reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

Um, how about the salvation of mankind from death?

Progress in Northern Ireland had allowed people to start hearing about each other’s histories, according to the archbishop. The Easter story provides comfort and encouragement, he will say.

So, Easter is about caring and sharing, and everybody getting along. I guess holding hands and singing Kum Ba Yah should become an Easter ritual.

I’m thinking Dr. Williams should concentrate on a personal reconciliation with his eyebrows.

 

Archbishop Rowan

He will add: “When in our world we are faced with the terrible deadlocks of mutual hatred and suspicion, with rival stories of suffering and atrocity, we have to pray for this resurrection message to be heard.”

Our world is faced with the curse of sin, which is an internal issue for each of us. Christ offers us an escape from our sin, but no respite from the political conflicts that will plague us until the Second Coming.

Sorry if I sound snarky, but I just despise it when the Gospel message gets watered down by pap like this.

Tell you what, Dr. Williams, I’ll make you a deal. If you change your mind and preach a real  Easter sermon, I’ll buy you a shave and a haircut. They’ll trim your eyebrows as part of the service. Heck, I’ll throw in a manicure and paraffin wax treatment for your hands.  I don’t care — get the deluxe treatment.  Just preach a real  Easter sermon about the reconciliation of God and man.

If you know how.

BBC — Archbishop calls for forgiveness

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1. Mr Minority - April 7, 2007

I’d like to hear what Mr Spock Eyebrows has to say about one of his priests denying that Jesus dies for our sins.

2. kevlarchick - April 7, 2007

Now Michael. I agree in principle, but don’t reject his sidebar messages out of hand. Protestants and Catholics DO have some things in common. Lord knows the Anglican Church and Northern Ireland need this reminder.

Gospel applications are inexhaustible thru time. The naysayers and heretics can’t touch that perfection.

If the Baptists would just get back into the beer drinking groove, I’d say that was a sure sign of the Second Coming.

3. Dave in Texas - April 7, 2007

so I’m like, doing my part on that there thing.

4. Dave in Texas - April 7, 2007

Oh, and incidentally, it’s still snowing hard here.

Weird.

5. Michael - April 7, 2007

don’t reject his sidebar messages

If it’s really just a sidebar message, I’m OK with it. The article presented that message as his primary theme which, frankly, I would expect from him. If the reporter misrepresented the text, then I owe him an apology. (Not about the eyebrows, but about the sermon.)

6. Mr Minority - April 7, 2007

Dave,
It’s snowing down here in Central Texas too. By the way I heard on the news that it has been 69 years since it snowed in April for Dallas. Congrats!

7. Retired Geezer - April 7, 2007

Looks like we have an alleged serial killer that killed 2 guys in Idaho and went to Tucson and tried to kill another one.
He covered 7 states but they caught him in Reno, driving one of the victim’s cars.

8. thelamp - April 7, 2007
9. BrewFan - April 7, 2007

Isn’t an Anglican an Episcopalian with bad teeth?

10. Sobek - April 7, 2007

“…that the story of Easter should provide encouragement during times of conflict.”

I’m not sure how I ended up on the less cynical side of this one from you, Michael. I embrace the above sentence whole-heartedly. You’re right to note that we’re not going to achieve political nirvana before Christ comes, but (a) that doesn’t mean individual nations can’t see reconciliation or degrees thereof in the meantime (consider the history of England and America), and (b) that doesn’t mean individual believers can’t apply the gospel message of spiritual reconciliation between God and man to impel political reconciliation between Irish and Briton. And if only a few people who hear his sermon are so touched and resolve to abandon some past animus, won’t it be worth it?

Granted, that’s far more likely if the listeners aren’t too distracted thinking “dude, seriously, do something about the eyebrows…”

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12. Frankly - April 7, 2007

Don’t mean to hijack, but isn’t that what made you guys famous & you got your own blog?
I just tried to comment at Aces with a Youtube clip of the Ricky Bobby baby Jesus prayer & now I’m banned… did I offend someone? Think Jesus or prayer a filtered words that would ban me?
Without AOS, I’ll have to bug the snot out of everyone here at all hours of the day, & I’m sure you don’t want that.

13. dr4 - April 7, 2007

it must be some kind of glitch in Pixys fantasticly Craptacular new comments. I dont think anybody is even at aces who could ban you right now. And even if they were there Jackm isnt smart enough to figure out how to do it and laura is a godless pagan.

write an email to ace if the problem doesnt straighten itself out soon

aceofspadeshq@gmail.com

Pattyann and Rosetta both had the same problem i think.

14. Frankly - April 8, 2007

Email’s already sent, but thanks. Laura is there now, so maybe she’ll stop by here & see this.
If she does – Laura, ever notice how the comment counter doesn’t update until Ace posts or comments? That is probably why your new posts don’t show up IMO.

If anyone is up for a laugh, I was trying to send this as an Easter prayer:

(I need to learn tags, I guess to post links here, huh?)

15. Sobek - April 8, 2007

“(I need to learn tags, I guess to post links here, huh?)”

You are seriously overestimating our standards around here, Frankly.

16. Michael - April 8, 2007

I just tried to comment at Aces with a Youtube clip of the Ricky Bobby baby Jesus prayer & now I’m banned… did I offend someone?

You probably would have, but that’s not the problem today. I tried commenting at AOSHQ earlier and failed also. Pixy is dealing with another spam attack. Too bad, because my brilliant analysis of environmental regulation is lost forever.

17. Frankly - April 8, 2007

You are seriously overestimating our standards around here, Frankly.

After a quick perusal of the archives, I realize that there are no standards, here, thank you very much.

Next question – As an earnest hetero male, do I have to get a parafin manicure & pedicure to post here? If so, EH? Maybe I’ll keep looking.

18. Michael - April 8, 2007

Don’t mean to hijack, but isn’t that what made you guys famous & you got your own blog?

FYI, we’re not really famous and this is definitely not a “blog.” Do I sound like a blogger? No, I do not. I am a commenter.

Also, Frank, it’s silly to apologize for threadjacking around here.

19. Michael - April 8, 2007

Next question – As an earnest hetero male, do I have to get a parafin manicure & pedicure to post here?

No. You also do not have to castrate yourself. However, you could do all of those things and still be accepted, like Dave.

20. Frankly - April 8, 2007

FYI, we’re not really famous and this is definitely not a “blog.”
Yeah, sure… you guys just say this isn’t a blog so you can say you’re not geeks with a blog. I’ve been lurking for a while, & I see the power of your Bloginess – don’t try to deny it. DiT & Mesa don’t. Embrace the blog, Michael.

Oh, and of course you’re famous. I’ve read all about you all over Al Gore’s Intertubes – why, you’re practically LEGENDS!
Really, you’ve got a great thing going here – I forget how I found it, but I’ve been lurking for quite a while. I guess if anyone minds my intrusion, I’ll soon learn.

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22. Retired Geezer - April 8, 2007

Too bad, because my brilliant analysis of environmental regulation is lost forever.

That’s why I always copy my comments *before* I post them. Sometimes you can hit the back button and it will still be there.

23. Retired Geezer - April 8, 2007

Also, Frank, it’s silly to apologize for threadjacking around here.

I never apologize, mostly because I never threadja… Hey did anybody see the tribute to BSU at the Fiesta Bowl?

24. Retired Geezer - April 8, 2007

Crap.

25. lauraw - April 8, 2007

Hi Frankly, I don’t know how you got banned or unbanned. Maybe Ace got your message and did that.

Ace’s site has been under such a concerted attack for so long that I kind of suspect he’s a target. Maybe that sounds paranoid, but, hey, it happened to Aaron, remember?

http://aarons.cc/

26. PattyAnn - April 8, 2007

“Pattyann and Rosetta both had the same problem i think.”

You best be talking about being banned.

27. Mr Minority - April 8, 2007

Pattyann and Rosetta both had the same problem i think

What you are both guys pretending to be girls? Be honest with us, are you guys or are you girls?

28. Retired Geezer - April 8, 2007

Most of the gang’s right here.

If you ain’t representin’ represented you can send your picture to Slublog.

29. Mr Minority - April 8, 2007

RG, I knew Pattyann was female and Rosetta is male, I was just pulling her chain, and you took me seriously.

30. PattyAnn - April 8, 2007

Mr. Minority, I am definitely a girl. I’m not a woman yet, but I think that’s a country song.

31. Retired Geezer - April 8, 2007

I was just pulling her chain, and you took me seriously.

I shoulda known, since your picture is right in there too.

32. Sobek - April 8, 2007

Holy crap, TusharD is really Carlos Mencia?

33. trevinwax - April 8, 2007

Well said. The Resurrection of course has implications for politics, but that is only because of what Jesus’ death and resurrection accomplishes for mankind’s reconciliation to God and to one another.

34. geoff - April 8, 2007

If she does – Laura, ever notice how the comment counter doesn’t update until Ace posts or comments?

I think Pixy explained all the source and hopeful resolution of all those problems the week before last. Of course, he was talking about having them fixed by last week.

AoSHQ is basically unusable until the hosting system gets fixed.

35. Barry in CO - April 9, 2007

I know I can’t sign my AoS comments with my bloglink cuz Ace’s software bans wordpress sites. I guess a lot of spammers use wordpress, apparently.

And I don’t care much for these Anglican churchmen. They’d make good Commies.

36. pistolpete - April 9, 2007

Excellent piece. Describes the dilemma facing not just Anglicans, but many Christian churches today – liberal and conservative. It never ceases to amaze me that such an a-political Savior might inspire such political zeal. Do you suppose maybe we aren’t following the example of Christ? Heaven forbid.

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