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By Prayer Than This World Dreams Of

'The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfils himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world. Comfort thyself: what comfort is in me? I have lived my life, and that which I have done May He within himself make pure! but thou, If thou shouldst never see my face again, Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice Rise like a fountain for me night and day. For what are men better than sheep or goats That nourish a blind life within the brain, If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer Both for themselves and those who call them friend? For so the whole round earth is every way Bound by gold chains about the feet of God. "Morte D'Arthur", by Lord Alfred Tennyson(1809-1892)

US Evangelical Slips: Lesson for Ethiopian Evangelicals?

US Evangelical Slips: Lesson for Ethiopian Evangelicals? Over 100,000 are feared dead and three times that number virtually left homeless in the aftermath of the massive earthquake in Haiti. World reaction has been fast and firm. Yet another tragedy is the reaction of US evangelicals. Pat Robertson’s remarks were dubbed “heartless” – a sorry indictment by any standards. Mr. Robertson’s timing for his interpretation of events is simply unconscionable. Pastor Rick Warren’s offer to mud wrestle a Hollywood actor to raise funds may point to Yankee ingenuity but somehow is not the kind of thing one associated with a minister of the Gospel. Frank Schaeffer, son of the late-Francis Schaeffer who was the architect, so to speak, for the emergence of evangelical political action groups, goes even further to use the occasion to settle old scores. It is obvious that US evangelicals are not a cohesive group. Political ideologies, theologies of society - race, gender, and wealth - play a great deal