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End of the World?

  End of the World? By Mitiku Adisu "The Last Judgement" by Afewerk Tekle, 1958, 3 x 2.5 meters Prophets, priests, and politicians have all speculated when the world will end. By prophets, we mean the type that can't even cheat the lie detector. We need not waste time on politicians [and some in the "climate" camp]. Many have come and gone, including sincere but misguided Christians, warning us to prepare for a Doomsday that never came.What this does is spread cynicism to the point of making the idea indistinguishable from the characters proclaiming it. As we write this, the news that has been twirling for over two years is that Maya priests have finally figured out 12-21-12 as the real  end of the world! Let me go ahead and predict that the end of the world will not happen tomorrow! How can I say that? Well, first, the date is too  specific ; secondly, to mark such a momentous matter with such specificity is not what humans are made for. I will admit, h

Twelve, Twelve, and Twelve

  Twelve, Twelve, and Twelve By Mitiku Adisu   Today is the 12th day of the 12th month in the Year of our Lord 2012. Let me say this; Every day of the month and every month of the year is the Lord’s. In other words, there is no day, month or year that is not the Lord’s. It was God who instituted time in six days of Creation, reserving the Seventh for rest and established weekly, monthly, yearly observances, etc. So what makes today unique other than that it has arrived with three 12s in tow? Well, according to this retired professor of mathematics those who are on the Gregorian calendar and want to see a repeat of a similar event will have to prolong their earthly life by one hundred years! I am sorry but the likelihood of any reading this post not reaching that mark is 100 per cent. But should that stop us from making a statement of the Century and, per chance, launching few choice words for storage in The Cloud, if only someone would show us how? But first we want to distanc

Love Reconciles

Love Reconciles Bishop Festo Kivengere, 1919-1988    In our community, after Christians were liberated by the power of the risen Lord, people of all sorts were shaken by contact with them.    Take, for instance, a Muslim shopkeeper. One day a customer came into his shop and said, "Here, these 200 shillings are yours. I cheated you out of this money and you didn't find out." He explained how it happened.    "Well! Why do you bring it now?"    "Jesus has changed my life and has told me to pay my debt to you. I felt poor with 200 shillings in my pocket, but I am a rich man now that you have them. Please forgive me." In those days that was a lot of money, and so when the man left, the shopkeeper's mouth was gaping.     Some British officials were jarred. At times there were so many people waiting outside to return or pay things that the district commissioner complained that it was hard to get his work done.    A man would say, &qu

Give Thanks

Give Thanks It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands. How great are your works, O LORD, how profound your thoughts!  My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. "His love endures forever." Give thanks to the God of gods. "His love endures forever." Give thanks to the Lord of lords: "His love endures forever." to him who alone d

Battling Cancer Together

Battling Cancer Together Cancer in recent years has overtaken HIV/AIDS and malaria as a growing national concern in Ethiopia . Lack of public awareness and deep poverty is partly to blame. Another issue has to do with poorly equipped medical facility. There is only one cancer center staffed by four overworked specialists using one cobalt machine to serve a population of 83 million. The center currently attends to needs of 6,000 patients with 2,000 more newly diagnosed each year. Wait time to receive even a modicum of help is six months during which 14 per cent of patients die before seeing a physician. Two cancer survivor-mothers and their friends are now trying to change all that. And they are up against a host of challenges. Do you know you could be part of their team? Do you realize your efforts could mean saving mothers so children are not orphaned? And widowers left to raise children all alone? Please read full details in BCE . For those who read Amharic click Ethiopianchurch.o

Proof of Heaven

No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man [even the Lord Jesus Christ]. …I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? …"The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all… For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me… They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"… What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! [Gospel of John 3:13 , 31; 6: 12 , 38, 42, 62] “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for

You Shall Circumcise

You Shall Circumcise  By Mitiku Adisu Debates over infant male circumcision are raging once again. A recent Johns Hopkins report warns and suggests that "state governments need to start recognizing" the medical benefits and costs of not circumcising infants. Top pediatricians now agree that the benefits of circumcision far outweigh the risks. Some scientists and parents do not agree, obviously. Others decry any "cutting" as tampering with a beautiful thing evolution has allowed to survive. Yet others are quick to point out that parents [adults] have no business deciding for a helpless infant and that the infant should decide for itself at a later date. As in all public debates, finding resolution to such an intimate and emotionally charged matter is not easy. Shall we then leave it at that? By all means, no. First, the suggestion that adults should not make decisions for infants is simply absurd. What is the purpose of parents if not to make the best decisions the

The Fifth Patriarch

The Fifth Patriarch  By Mitiku Adisu The Fifth Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abuna Paulos, died late last night at a local hospital of undisclosed ailment. He was 76. Abuna Paulos was enthroned in 1992, some say, by the current regime while the presiding Father was still living. The Church was split in two, as a result, [the one group going into exile]. Attempts to bridge the chasm, however, could not succeed. His tenure was further marred by controversies and corruption. Especially controversial was the erecting of a life-size statue of himself in front of Medhane-Alem [the Savior of the World] Cathedral at a cost of about $30,000. Among his achievements are the return of stolen ancient church artifacts from British Museum , the reopening of Holy Trinity Theological Seminary shut down by the previous government, and establishment of similar study centers. His plan to reform the hierarchy was, however, met with stiff resistance. Who his successor will be i

We Brought Nothing into the World, We Can Take Nothing Out of It

We Brought Nothing into the World... But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without

Be Quick to Hear, Be Slow to Speak

She’s Innocent. We’re Guilty. By JULIA BAIRD [ NYT ] ULURU, the large red rock in the Australian outback, is a sacred site for aboriginal people. Photographs do not convey how dramatically it looms: an enormous crimson heart in the middle of thousands of miles of flat, muted desert. It was here, on Aug. 17, 1980 , that a dingo — an Australian wild dog — dragged a baby called Azaria Chamberlain from a tent as her parents sat by the campfire. Her body was never found. Azaria’s desperate mother, Lindy, was accused of lying, convicted of murder and sent to prison. The film about her, “A Cry in the Dark,” starring Meryl Streep, spawned a thousand jokes: “A dingo’s got my baby!” It was not until this week that Lindy and her ex-husband, Michael, were finally given the   vindication   they longed for: a death certificate that stated that the cause of Azaria’s death was a dingo attack. Why did it take three decades, tens of millions of dollars, a criminal case appealed in Australia


"And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years;  and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years.  Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month;  on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land.  And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants.  It shall be a Jubilee for you;  and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family.  That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you . . .  For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat its produce from the field. "In this Year of Jubilee, each of you shall return to his possession.  And if you sell anything to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor’s hand, you shall not oppress one another . . . If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among y

Penalty Paid, Death Defeated, Life Offered

Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,   and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,   and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God . But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worke

He Approached Damascus, Syria

Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus , and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him.   And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"   And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting;   but rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do."   The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.   Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes were opened, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus .   And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.   Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Anani'as. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Anani'as." And he said, "Here I am, Lord."   And the Lord said to him, "Rise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus named Saul; f