Saturday, 26 April 2008

Temptation of Jesus

Temptation of Jesus
Matt 4:1-11; Mk 1:12, 13; Lk 4:1-13

A summary of exegetical insights into this familiar passage on the 3 temptations of Jesus.

Temptation to be (from Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus)
1. Relevant (stones)
2. Spectacular (throw from temple)
3. Powerful (kingdoms)

3 temptations correspond 3 worldly sins (1 Jn 2:12-17)
1. Lust of the flesh (stones)
2. Lust of the eyes (kingdoms)
3. Pride of life (throw from temple)

3 Ps of temptation
1. Pleasure (stones)
2. Possessions (kingdoms)
3. Power/Pride (throw from temple)

See also
21st century temptation and the 1st Sunday of Lent

3 Temptations of Leadership - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Nouwen's understanding of Leadership
A first eleven: leadership

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Saturday, 19 April 2008

Pope champions human rights, multilateralism in UN speech
AFP - Sat, 19 Apr 2008

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - - Pope Benedict XVI Friday launched a spirited defense of human rights and multilateralism, and called for greater dialogue between cultures in a landmark address to the UN General Assembly.

Dressed in his white robes, the 81-year-old pontiff reminded all 192 UN member states of their duty to protect their people from human rights abuses.

"Every state has the primary duty to protect its own population from grave and sustained violations of human rights," he told a packed assembly on his first visit to UN headquarters since becoming pope three years ago.

"If states are unable to guarantee such protection, the international community must intervene with the juridical means provided in the United Nations Charter," he said.

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Saturday, 12 April 2008

Blogs of Note

Old Testament Passion - Anthony Loke

The Homilia of a budding NT Scholar - Kar Yong

Revelation is Real - Tony Siew

Musings of a Christian Psychologist - Phil Monroe

Reforming My Mind: MP3s - Paul Shafer (discontinued)
He now works for Monergism and updates their Multimedia site here.

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Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Shout to the Lord - American Idol Gives Back

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Saturday, 5 April 2008

Song - Oceans will Part by Hillsong United

1. If my heart has grown cold
There Your love will unfold
As You open my eyes to the work of Your hand
When I’m blind to my way
There Your Spirit will pray
As You open my eyes to the work of Your hand
As You open my eyes to the work of Your hand

Oceans will part nations come
At the whisper of Your call
Hope will rise glory shown
In my life Your will be done

2. Present suffering may pass
Lord Your mercy will last
As You open my eyes to the work of Your hand
And my heart will find praise
I’ll delight in Your way
As You open my eyes to the work of Your hand
As You open my eyes to the work of Your hand

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Friday, 4 April 2008

52 girls removed from polygamous compound in Texas
ST, 5 Apr 2008

WASHINGTON - US AUTHORITIES removed 52 girls from a polygamous sect's compound in western Texas on Friday, and questioned the remaining members of the breakaway Mormon church, officials said.

Those removed were aged from six months to 17 years old, according to the Child Protective Services in Schleicher County.

The girls were being held at an undisclosed location in San Angelo, north of the compound, officials said.

'The caseworkers need to have an opportunity to assess their needs and try to find out what the appropriate action will be,' said CPS spokesman Patrick Crimmins.

The girls lived at the YFZ Ranch in Eldorado, owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) led by Warren Jeffs, an avowed polygamist who is now serving time in jail.

Jeffs, who was considered to be their prophet, was arrested near Las Vegas in 2006 and sentenced to life in jail for being an accomplice to rape. He also faces federal charges in Arizona and Utah.

(read more)

Agents at polygamist ranch checking 'safety of children' (CNN, 4 Apr 2008)

Additional children removed at polygamist ranch in Texas (NY Times, 6 Apr 2008)

219 children, women taken from sect's ranch (CNN, 7 Apr 2008)

Polygamist compound raid nets 401 children, 133 women (CNA, 8 Apr 2008)

Children groomed for sex by US polygamist sect (ST, 9 Apr 2008)

Affidavit: Teen bride identifies suspect as 'spiritual' husband (CNN, 10 Apr 2008)

Polygamous sect encouraged fear (, 11 Apr 2008)\Top%20Headlines\20080412\Polygamist_Retreat_20080412.xml&cat=topheadlines&subcat=&pageid=1

Texax polygamist sect is accused of indoctrinating girls (, 18 Apr 2008)\Top%20Headlines\20080419\Polygamist_Retreat_20080419.xml&cat=topheadlines&subcat=&pageid=1

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