Two men stormed a parish church in northern France on Tuesday morning and took several hostages, fatally stabbing an 85-year-old priest and critically injuring another person, before the attackers were shot dead by the police, officials said. President François Hollande said that the Islamic State was behind the attack, the latest in a series of assaults that have left Europe stunned, fearful and angry.
“We are facing a group, Daesh, that has declared war on us,” Mr. Hollande said, using an Arabic name for the Islamic State. “We must realize that the terrorists will not give up until we stop them. It is our will. The French must know that they are threatened, that we are not the only country — Germany is, as well as others — and that their strength lies in their unity.”
He spoke after traveling with Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray, the town in Normandy where the attack occurred, after meeting with the priest’s family and with the town’s mayor, Hubert Wulfranc. The Rev. Jacques Hamel, the church’s auxiliary priest, was stabbed to death around 9:45 a.m., either as or just after Mass was celebrated, according to officials in the town. Two nuns and three worshipers were held hostage. Two people were injured, one of them severely.
We are all under siege by barbarians bent only on our destruction. They can’t be loved enough or prayed for enough or hugged enough to be changed or to wish to change and that’s the horrifying unpleasant truth.
They may choose to kill us- but we, for our part, refuse to kill them. We are called upon by Christ to turn the other cheek. As clerics, there is no other course open to us. If we die, we die. But we will not stoop to their animalistic barbaric level and become what they are: ruthless godless pagan murderers.
It had been a nasty June and a worse July in Zurich in the year of our Lord, 1531. The heat was oppressive and the populace was restless. Zwingli’s reforms were well entrenched but there was an air of misgiving lingering in the air. Something bad was afoot and Zwingli was already experiencing a bout of depression (though rare, they were profound and severe when they did occur). The firmly Catholic Cantons were still refusing to ‘see the light’ and it was more than he could bear.
So when he appeared before the Council at the end of July he had tears in his eyes and told the Council that he was set and prepared to resign on the spot if they felt another could better serve the cause of Christ. For 11 years he had preached the Gospel to the city and its environs and though sure it would triumph in every corner of the land, distressed that it had not yet.
Afterwards, a delegation of the most important leaders of the City persuaded him to withdraw his resignation. None of them could know, of course, that Zwingli would be dead within 3 months and a week. He wanted to resign and wasn’t allowed to. Divine Providence had other plans for him.
Yet certainly any and every Pastor who has felt the sting of ministerial impotence knows exactly the sense which overwhelmed Zwingli. We’ve all been overwhelmed that way and desired to resign rather than endure. But Divine Providence has other plans for us as well.
And in fact I woke up in a house built by blue collar workers because I’m not a member of the oligarchy and have no political ambitions or connections…
You’ll want to be aware of this: Accordance is having a sale – Göttingen LXX: Update & Price Reduction!
People talk about books being indispensable all the time. Every book NT Wright pushes out is called indispensable by his marketing squad and army of toadies and yet all of them are quite dispensable.
“The church is not a store, where everyone can obtain supply for all his needs at will.” –Abraham Kuyper
Oh Kentucky… Are you striving to be the Texas of the midlands?
Panic struck a Paducah, Kentucky movie theater on Saturday after a man in the audience pulled a gun during a fight caused by a child kicking the back of his seat. According to the local TV news station KFVS 12, police were called to Paducah’s Cinemark Theater on Saturday morning, responding to calls that a gun was drawn inside the cinema. A man told one of the officers on the scene that another man sitting in front of him and his son grew irritated that the child was repeatedly kicking the back of the other man’s seat.
I guess it’s easier to pull a gun than it is to move if annoyed… America, you have so much to be proud of these days…