AFRICA: CATHOLIC LEADER CRITICISES HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic (CAR) has written a letter to the former rebel leader and new president, Michel Djotodia, raising concerns about his past and asking him to speak out against the suffering inflicted on civilians by his Séléka guerrillas.
Several rebel groups joined forces in December under the banner of Séléka and within weeks had taken control of much of the country’s north, northeast and central regions, forcing President Francois Bozizé to flee the country on 24th March.
In the letter, titled ‘No more things like that...Standing up against impunity’, the church implores Djotodia to break his silence against Séléka’s members for acts of violence including rape, looting, extortion and robbery, and to explain the existence of a letter that appears to show Djotodia’s desire to turn the Central African Republic into an Islamic republic.
“Why shouldn’t you condemn (Séléka’s members)? Until when would you keep silent?” the Catholic Church writes, in
a letter signed by Mgr Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the Archbishop of Bangui - the CAR capital, and fellow senior bishops.
ILLIA DJADI, of the World Watch Monitor, reports...|
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CHILDREN OF TWO PARENT FAMILIES HAVE AN EDUCATIONAL ADVANTAGE, SAYS GLOBAL STUDY
17th May, 2013
Children of two parent families have an educational advantage, according to the findings of a global study.
Dr Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and co-author of the inaugural 2013 World Family Map Report, said the study showed that in "the vast majority of the developed world, children are more likely to thrive academically when they have two parents in the home".
This includes Australia, where he said children from two parent homes "are more likely to excel in reading, and to avoid being held back in school, compared to children raised in single parent families".
WORLDVIEW: IRAQI CHRISTIANS SUFFER AS VIOLENCE KILLS 140
Minority Christians were among those suffering after at least 140 people died during four consecutive days of violence in Iraq, raising fears that sectarian conflicts could lead the troubled Middle East nation into civil war.
"It is difficult to tell of the intensity of violence here over the past week," said Canon Andrew White, who leads the St George's Anglican Church in Baghdad, the capital. "The slaughters and massacres have intensified so much that the sound of explosions has almost become the norm," he added in a statement monitored by BosNewsLife.
"At first the attacks were all against the Shia by the Sunni (Muslims), but on Friday we saw a major Shia response against the Sunni with over one hundred Sunnis being killed as they left their mosques."
More than 70 people were reportedly killed in bombings on Friday, 17th May, in majority Sunni districts in Baghdad and surrounding areas, in what media called "the deadliest day in Iraq" in more than eight months.
A report from BosNewsLife (with STEFAN J BOS) on the recent escalation of violence in Iraq... | more... |
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Renée Rutherfurd's first full length release FOUND is a self-produced concept album that takes the listener through an ambient vocal and instrumental offering, inviting them to journey through the musical landscape in one sitting."We were made to worship God," Renée says. "In worship, the simple act of thanking God for who He is and what He has done, opens heaven." www.reneerutherfurd.com.au/store.html
IRAN: CHRISTIANS FACE "SYSTEMATIC PERSECUTION AND PROSECUTION"
Iran’s treatment of its Christian minority has come under fresh scrutiny in recent months with some damning verdicts on the country’s human rights record.
Reports from the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and New York-based International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) cite evidence of “systematic persecution and prosecution” of Protestants and Christian converts, as part of a widespread violation of international laws.
As national elections draw near (voters go to the polls on 14th June), Iran is under increasing international pressure to improve its human rights record or face continued sanctions - sanctions ICHRI says are impacting the welfare of the Iranian people.
In its April report, A Growing Crisis: The Impact of Sanctions and Regime Policies on Iranians' Economic and Social Rights, ICHRI says that, rather than damaging the Iranian regime, sanctions resulting from Iran’s nuclear program have “brought about a severe deterioration in the ability of the Iranian people to pursue their economic and social rights”.
STEVE DEW-JONES, of the World Watch Monitor, reports...|
ESSAY: OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM - ENDING PREVENTABLE CHILD DEATHS
Australians love to rise to a challenge. World Vision has benefited from the generosity of Australians, especially Australian churches, for many years now. Churches are invaluable partners with us as we work together with God to help bring His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
A major challenge facing the world at the moment is the fact that every year 6.9 million children die before their fifth birthday from preventable causes like pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria.
LEIGH CAMERON, general manager of advocacy and church at World Vision Australia, writes about how in the lead-up to this year's World Health Assembly, Australians can help make a real difference in tackling the issue of child mortality...|
NIGERIA: MILITANTS KILL CHRISTIAN LEADER AFTER STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION
Suspected Islamic militants have killed a Christian leader in north-eastern Nigeria shortly after the president declared a state of emergency in the region to tackle "insurgents and terrorists" threatening Africa's most populous nation.
The secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno State, Faye Pama Musa, a Pentecostal pastor, was shot dead in his Maiduguri home by two suspected members of the Islamic 'Boko Haram' group, officials confirmed on Wednesday, 15th May.
"The Borno CAN secretary has been killed. We've got the report and the national president received it with heavy heart. It is very sad," said Kenny Asaka, a CAN spokesman.
A police source reportedly said that the deceased official of the Christian umbrella group "attempted to run away but his assailants were closed on him" shooting him "at close range" late Tuesday.
BosNewsLife reports on ongoing violence against Christians in Nigeria...|
ESSAY: BEYOND BOKO HARAM - THE LETHAL PERSECUTION OF NIGERIA'S CHRISTIANS
In an article published by Morning Star News, ANN BUWALDA - executive director of Jubilee Campaign, and human rights attorney EMMANUEL OGEBE - Nigeria expert for the organisation, argue that the focus on terrorist group Boko Haram has overshadowed "a pattern of systemic religious violence in Nigeria"... |
CONCERNS OVER ESCALATING VIOLENCE AS AT LEAST 185 KILLED
BosNewsLife reports on concerns over the escalating violence in Nigeria... |
ESSAY: GROUNDHOG WEEK - GOVERNMENT DEFERS AID COMMITMENT AGAIN
I must confess, it feels a bit like groundhog week to me!
Every year since this current Government was elected, we’ve heard assurances that they are committed to a generous and effective aid program, and firmly committed to a very achievable timetable of increasing life-saving and hope-giving foreign aid to 0.5 per cent of our Gross National Income (GNI).
Yet every year we at Micah Challenge, along with our coalition partners, find ourselves campaigning for the Government to fulfil these commitments.
And yesterday Senator Bob Carr, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, has been in the press announcing that they once again plan to defer their commitment to reaching 0.5 per cent of GNI going to aid by another year. This takes the timetable out from the original 2015 target to 2017. We estimate this represents a cut somewhere in the order of $4 billion from projected funding, at the expense of the world’s poorest people. Mr Carr also confirmed they will once again divert almost $400 million from the aid budget next year to pay for the rising costs of onshore asylum seekers, making Australia the third largest recipient of our own overseas aid (after Indonesia and Papua New Guinea).
With the Federal Budget to be handed down today, JOHN BECKETT, national coordinator of Micah Challenge Australia, reflects on the latest delays to Australia's foreign aid commitments...|
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On the Sight bookshelf this week - Fascinating Times: A Social Commentary, Dead Sea: A Novel, The Unsolved Mystery of Noah's Ark, The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger, and Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine...
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OPEN BOOK SPECIAL - HUNCHES ABOUT JESUS: GETTING THE WORD OUT AND ABOUT
Opposition to the work of Jesus was spurred on by the jealousy of the religious leaders. And now, just as it was starting to get more difficult for people to come to Him, Jesus initiated a fresh approach. Those living in the towns throughout the Galilean region would have the opportunity to respond by welcoming His closest disciples. It was time for the 12 to get involved by spreading God's Word.
The Kingdom of God has always required workers. Then it was the 12; later it would be 70; still later all of us have become involved. By sending out the 12 to cast out evil spirits, Jesus also continued the work begun by John the Baptist. As Jesus had taught, repentance prepared the soil so that the seed can bring forth a good harvest.
So out they went. It was no fashion parade; no door-to-door selling. This was work the Rabbi had planned for His students. They were to spend time with people, live with them in their homes, get to know them and their problems, share their worries and fears. They would have to rely on the people they visited. Jesus sent His disciples out expecting that such people would be generous and hospitable - God's Kingdom is about God's generosity and hospitality.
In his series on Hunches about Jesus, BRUCE C WEARNE examines the passage in Mark chapter six in which Jesus sends out His disciples...|
LIFE'S TOUGH QUESTIONS: DOES THE BIBLE CONDONE SLAVERY?
A common objection to the Bible is that it portrays a God who condones slavery. Considering there about 27 million slaves in the world today, it is a major issue that many Christians are involved in try to abolish. The abolitionist movement made famous by William Wilberforce was almost overwhelmingly Christian. So why would Christians fight so hard to abolish slavery if the Bible condones it?
With any issue like this, when we want to look at what the Bible says, context is everything. To paraphrase real estate agents: context, context, context. It can’t be emphasised enough. We can’t just take an issue that we can do things about now and transport it back 2000 years into a completely different culture and context.
The main thing that I see when I read the Bible, particularly the New Testament, is that it is written in a context of suffering. Jesus was a suffering Messiah, and the epistles were generally written to communities which were experiencing some sort of oppression and persecution.
NILS VON KALM takes a look at what the Bible says about slavery... |
SIGHT-SEEING: THE DEBATE THAT CONTINUES TO HIT OUR SHORES
The recent announcement by the Federal Government that it will be diverting even more of its overseas aid to deal with asylum seekers is more than a disappointing development. It will ironically mean asylum seekers will be coming here in bigger numbers and for longer.
Let’s be straight - the asylum issue is more complex than the ‘tow the boats back’ or ‘humanely accept everybody’ sound bites would have us believe. Indeed a pessimistic outlook would say that Australia has little control over the issue at all. That push factors are much more important than pull factors when there are close to 10 million refugees in the world, and we take less than 15,000.
The only ‘solution’ Australian governments can hope for is respite when the issue fades into the background for a while because boat numbers decrease or other issues steal the front page.
The reality is we have a wonderful place to live, filled with peace and prosperity, despite what the politicians say. While there is inequality, poverty, corruption and war across the globe, people - average everyday people like you and me - will take intolerable risks to find ‘life!’
PAUL CLARK looks at the vexed issue of asylum seekers in Australia...|
LIFESTORY TRIBUTE: ON MEETING DALLAS WILLARD
The Christian church has lost one of its most articulate spokesman and thinkers. Dr Dallas Willard, 77, received his award in the early hours of today (Thursday, May 8th, 2013), after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
His death came as a surprise to many as it was only on 6th May, 2013, that he revealed on his Twitter page that he was suffering from stage four cancer.
Willard will be remembered for his many books (Spirit of the Disciplines, Renovation of the Heart, Divine Conspiracy, etc), but also for his kind soul and penetrating mind. As department chair of philosophy at University of Southern California, Willard encouraged the pursuit of truth with a clear intellect and open heart.
A friend of mine, Christine Scheller, was able to interview Dallas for Christianity Today magazine in 2006. During a brief conversation with Christine after her interview, she told me that Dallas was an amazing human being, honest, spiritual, and very humble. Christine mentioned his deep love for his wife, Jane, and family. I was pleased to hear this; a man who lives what he teaches, I thought.
In an article first published on ASSIST News Service, BRIAN NIXON recalls an encounter with Dallas Willard who died this week at the age of 77...|
WOW! BELLA - AN INSPIRING MAGAZINE FOR YOUNG WOMEN
Bella is a fantastic Australian magazine written for young women, created to focus on issues untouched or over-emphasised by other magazines.
Aiming to improve girls’ self-esteem, body image as well as promoting their general wellbeing, Bella works to replace the sort of “sexed-up” magazines that proliferate today.
Regularly introducing us to inspiring young women as well as asking and answering the crucial questions, readers are taken back to their roots to consider who they are as people instead of as a dress size.
In place of detailing the latest seven-day miracle detox, Bella presents today’s generation of young women with a healthy alternative to the photo-shopped supermodels readers are used to seeing daily.
LAUREN MUSCAT is impressed with Bella - a magazine for young women...|
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GRAVITY - LECRAE
American hip-hop/rap artist Lecrae is one of a handful of Christian musicians generating mainstream success. What’s unusual is that Lecrae is doing this with overt Christian lyrics. He’s not holding back just for popularity. On Walk With Me he raps: "Ah, I'm on a mission, they probably think I'm missing some screws, but it's these three nails that keep me driven. If God ain't with me I know that I'm gonna fail..."
ABRAMS' STAR TREK REMAKE (PART II) CONTINUES TO PLEASE
After director JJ Abrams revived Star Trek with the 2009 reboot, new life was given to the franchise that has been around in various films, TV series as well as numerous novels, comics and videogames.
With so much rich material to draw from, Abrams could’ve taken the film anywhere. It was always going to be a difficult task, with the previous 10 films that ran from 1979 to 2002 fondly remembered (well, most of them), and fans of the series being both loyal and vocal. However, Abrams and his talented team managed to inject a renewed sense of zeal to the adventures of the starship Enterprise.
Now, four years later, comes the sequel with the original cast. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the usual team have to match wits and fists with John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), a former Starfleet officer now turned rogue with talk of vengeance on his mind, and impressive fighting skills at his command.
KRIS BATHER takes a look at the latest Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Darkness... |
ISAIAH'S MESSAGE FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH TODAY
Economic distress. Rapid population urbanisation. Declining religious freedom and ongoing religious persecution. In the introduction to her new book Turn Back the Battle, Elizabeth Kendal - an experienced religious freedom analyst and advocate of prayer for the persecuted church who formerly worked for the World Evangelical Alliance's Religious Liberty Commission - paints a bleak picture of today’s world. A picture which, in many ways, is similar to that faced by the Israelites in the days of the prophet Isaiah.
But, drawing on the lessons of Isaiah, Kendal goes on to look at how today’s world can be changed and how, just as God intervened almost 3,000 years ago when Judah was under threat, He can do so again.
In her detailed and insightful study of the Book of Isaiah, Kendal explains how the message of the Biblical prophet is as relevant today as it was on the day it was written. Key to this message is the question of who the church – and Christians as individuals - will trust: God or the world?
DAVID ADAMS looks at Elizabeth Kendal's Turn Back the Battle: Isaiah Speaks to Christians Today... |
FREE BIBLE PRONUNCIATION GUIDES
So you're reading some Scripture in church this coming Sunday but have no idea how to pronounce some of the names in the passage you're reading? Don't worry, help is at hand. Today we're taking a look at a couple of websites you can turn to for help. First up is Net Ministries' 'Biblical Words Pronunciation Guide'. Easy to navigate, just select the first letter of the word you want to pronounce and then pick the word from the list. You'll see a phonetic representation and will hear the pronunication through your speakers.
DAVID ADAMS looks at some free resources to help you with pronouncing Biblical names... |
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TRENDSPOTTER: 3D PRINTING TO CHANGE THE FACE OF MANUFACTURING
Described as a development which is potentially "bigger than the internet", the emerging field of 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) potentially promises the creation of everything from food to car components, all at the touch of a button. Unlike traditional manufacturing processes which strip away material to create an object, 3D printers - or 'fabricators' - use an additive process in which material is progressively added to the object being constructed, building it from the ground up, so to speak. The technology is already used in a range of industries for both building prototypes and manufacturing some components but experts say the uses so far are only scratching the surface of what could be built (one project currently on the drawing board is the building of an entire house using a 3D fabricator; another the printing of moon bases).
DAVID ADAMS takes a quick look at the emerging technology of 3D printing...|
ORIGINS: THE NATION'S CAPITAL TURNS 100
Australia's capital city, Canberra, this month celebrated 100 years since its official founding. But what are its origins?
Canberra was born out of the need for the new Federation of Australia - created in 1901 when six separate British colonies on the continent of Australia united in the formation of a new nation - to have an official capital city.
While eyes initially turned to the existing state capitals of Sydney and Melbourne, it was soon realised that neither would be acceptable to the inhabitants of the other. And so a compromise was reached - Melbourne would serve as the temporary capital until a new city was built, located between Melbourne and its northern neighbour Sydney.
DAVID ADAMS gives a brief overview of the founding of Australia's capital city, Canberra... |
SIGHT HELPDESK: "HAVE YOU RESTARTED YOUR COMPUTER?"
"Have you restarted your computer?”
The phrase can make the most patient of computer users cringe, but it is the one that is used the most. In fact, a British sitcom called The IT Crowd was created in which one of the lines frequently used was "Have you tried turning it off and back on again?"
It added comedic value to the series, however, while working on a busy service desk, I heard it being used like clockwork; usually around one minute into the call. The caller had just explained their problem and with the regularity of a Swiss timepiece, the question would be asked: “Have you restarted your computer?”
And the conversation would continue: “No, no I haven’t.”
“Well if you could do that and call us back if the problem persists,” the call taker would say. For the inexperienced staff, you could hear the desperation in their voices that the caller would do exactly that. They’d hope the caller got someone else next time.
Despite being the butt of many jokes, ALAN TAYLOR says advice relating to restarting the computer is often a good place to start when addressing problems...|
This wordcloud represents the words contained in a chapter of a book of a Bible (with the more frequently used words shown in larger type and one giveaway word removed). The challenge for you is to identify which book it comes from (and if you're really good, which chapter)?... | more... |
THE BIG PICTURE: SOME REASONS WHY I BELIEVE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS IS TRUE
Hi, my name is Ross McKenzie and I’m a Christian. I’m also a Professor of physics and I have a lot of fun doing research on condensed matter.
There are two ideas that the media often promote. One is that science can explain everything and the second is that science has done away with God. As a scientist I’m troubled by both. Because of this I’ve agreed to explain ‘why I believe’ through this Outreach Media poster and web campaign. The Gospel
So what do I believe? I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That He lived on earth, taught and died for our sins, reconciling us to God. I believe Jesus rose from the dead, and that He is coming again to judge the world.
I’m convinced there are good, rational reasons to believe in this Gospel.
Below are some of the main reasons. Each of these reasons may not be particularly persuasive to you on its own. However, when combined, I find them particularly compelling.
To see Outreach Media's May poster and read the full text, follow the link... | more... |
POETRY: SILENT FLIGHT
In the silence
The clarity of your voice,
Upon the eagle's wings.
The chains of doubt
That imprison my soul,
Fall away beneath my feet.
Roman Civilisation (Pont du Gard), France, by BOB ZANKER
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WORDPLAY: GENESIS 50
It's always interesting to look at something from another angle and the Bible, with its layers and depths of meaning, always has more to reveal. This is part of a project to illustrate the books of the Bible, chapter-by-chapter, as a 'wordle', highlighting the most often used words to give another angle into what it's all about. Follow the link to see a larger version of the word cloud and let us know what insights it brings you... | more... |
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THEY SAID IT
"This is a long journey and there is still much more to be done. The displacement of people, the violence directed towards them, needs to stop."
- US President Barack Obama speaking to Burma's President Thein Sein during the latter's visit to the White House this week - the first such visit in almost 50 years (as quoted on www.washingtonpost.com on 21st May, 2013). For more of They Said It, follow the link... | more... |
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16th May, 2013
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23rd May, 2013
Haven’t times changed since we were young? These days our young people face relentless pressure to abuse alcohol, drugs, sex; you name it!
We are seeing a generation grow up in a vacuum of values where violence is all too common.
This is no time to sit on your hands. If we want our children to grow up as healthy, responsible adults, we must give them safe, healthy communities to be a part of; where they can develop the internal strength of character to see them through.
Musings is a regularly updated, column featuring short snippets reflecting on daily life from a Christian perspective...|
INSECTS ON THE MENU?; A 'SPACE ODDITY'; BACK FROM THE DEAD; AND, A FOUR-YEAR-OLD MAYOR...
Insects already form part of the diet of an estimated two billion people but they may well be on even more menus in the future as experts look to alternative means of feeding people. The Food and Agriculture Organisation says that insects (and there are about a million known species) could provide a "readily available source of nutritious and protein-rich food".
ADAMS writes about the odder side of life...|
THOUSANDS OF EASTERN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS JAM STREETS FOR 'HOLY FIRE' CEREMONY... While Roman Catholics and Protestants in Israel and across the world celebrated Easter Sunday on 31st March this year, for hundreds of millions of Eastern Orthodox in Russia, Ukraine, Greece, the Holy Land and elsewhere the highlight of Easter 2013 came on Saturday, 4th May, when tens of thousands of the faithful packed Jerusalemâ€™s Church of the Holy Sepulcher to witness the Holy Fire ceremony marking the resurrection of the Christian messiah.
MEMORIAL TO QUAKER SERVICE INAUGURATED AT UK'S NATIONAL ARBORETUM...
A memorial to Quaker service opened at the National Arboretum at Alrewas near Lichfield on 20th April. It commemorates the work of the Friends Ambulance Unit and Friends Relief Service during World War II.
The Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) was an independent body led by Quakers but open to all. During the Second World War over 1,300 men and women served in 25 countries, building a record of goodwill and positive service.
It's Easter week and I'm watching that delicious softness in the autumn atmosphere start to blur the sharpness of summer down here in southern Victoria. The dry grass in the paddocks has the colour and look of a grommie's* surf-bleached hair - all oaten white and fly away, the sunrises pastel soft and the shadows at the end of the day are long in the golden light before slow sunset. Summer crowds recede and Easter tides increase.
It's back! ANN
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EVERYTHING IS RELATIONAL...
Over the last year or so I've been realising how everything in life is related to our relationships, whether we realise it or not. All of our interactions are either constructive or destructive for our relating. That's why life is so difficult. I thought of saying during a sermon once that life is easy until you have to relate to someone! It is for this reason that doing our best to get our relationships to work is the most important thing we can do with our lives.
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OUT OF AFRICA: TAKING YOUR BLESSINGS FOR GRANTED...
I have been thinking a lot lately about how blessed I was living in Australia. Sadly much of that blessing was in a sense ‘lost on me’ because I didn’t see it for what it was. The longer I live here the more I realise the day-to-day difficulties people face in the majority of the world. I am amazed that people are able to keep their hope when so many things seem so difficult.
Things I have always taken for granted - access to water, nutritious food and good medical assistance - are, at times, just not available here. I am horrified at the number of times people come back from our local medical clinic saying that there is no medicine or even occasionally no doctor.
LENA JOHNSTONE's blog about life in Malawi, Africa, where she works with the Mphatso Children's Foundation...|
THE STOREROOM: HOW TO ABOLISH SLAVERY? GUEST POST BY THE APOSTLE PAUL... From Paul a servant of Christ Jesus, and Richard his brother.
So, as I wrote, my hope was that in the homes of the Church in Ephesus the relationships between slaves and masters would be transformed.
Also, I left Timothy in Ephesus and wrote this to him: “We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers – and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which He entrusted to me.”
Emphasis is mine. Well, actually, the whole thing is mine.
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