The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales is worried that when Benedict XVI visits England in September, he will be greeted with the constant cacophony of vuvuzelas (you know, the plastic trumpets that require you watch the World Cup with the sound muted). Pope's upcoming trip to England
With the whole trumpet blast theme and all, John Knox came to mind--I know that the Pope is not a queen with a vendetta, but he does at times dress like one--A Fashion Statement.
In case you hadn't heard, Ted Haggard is starting a new church. He states, "I think we're qualified to hold people's hands" in times of trouble. I didn't realize that holding people's hands in times of trouble was a biblical qualification for pastoral ministry. Admitting that he's neither qualified nor entitled to serve as a pastor again, Haggard is not one to let something as trivial as biblical qualifications to stop him from starting a new church. People need their hands held! I guess none of the existing evangelical churches in Colorado Springs can do that as well as Haggard can. Not sure I would want Ted Haggard to hold my hand. Haggard's back
Beware of the Caliphate. A prominent Iranian cleric wants to see Iran rule over "the entire Middle East and Central Asia." He believes this will prepare the way for the Islamic messiah. No question, Islamic eschatology will be a factor in the geo-politics of the Middle East for some time to come. Some might say the same thing of dispensationalists here, regarding US foreign policy towards Israel and the Palestinians. But dispensationalists don't have the desire nor the power to coax a client army (Hezbollah) to actually provoke a war with Israel. Iranian apocalyptists do. Calls for a Caliphate