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Christian Observer Bicentennial Edition

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Presbyterians Week Headlines

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[1] Christian Observer Celebrates 200th Anniversary

[2] Christian Observer Highlights for September 2013

[3] Norwich (England) Reformed Church Pastor Under Investigation after Calling Homosexual Pride Fest ‘Carnival of Perverted Carnality’

[4] Headlines from Christian Concern

[5] Headlines from The Christian Institute

[6] Articles from LifesiteNews.com

[7] The Religion of Peace

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[1] Christian Observer Celebrates 200th Anniversary

Today marks the 200th anniversary of publisher John W. Scott’s September 4, 1813 initial issue of The Religious Remembrancer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the oldest publication in the Christian Observer family of periodicals. The Religious Remembrancer was later renamed the Philadelphia Observer.

In Richmond, Virginia, in 1827, Dr. Amasa Converse became editor of the Visitor and Telegraph, later renamed the Southern Religious Telegraph, which in 1839 was merged with the Philadelphia Observer in Philadelphia.  Dr. Converse in 1840 renamed the merged publication the Christian Observer.

Dr. Converse moved the Christian Observer to Richmond, Virginia, in 1861 where it remained until 1869 when it moved to Louisville, Kentucky. The Christian Observer continued publication in Louisville under succeeding generations of the Converse family until the 1970’s, when it ceased publication and placed into the hands of a nonprofit Kentucky corporation that held it in trust for later revival.

In 1987, the Christian Observer moved to Manassas, Virginia, where it was revived under Managing Editor and later Publisher the Rev. Dr. Edwin P. Elliott Jr. The Christian Observer continued publication in Manassas for almost twenty years before ceasing printed publication in mid-2007 due to the rising costs of printing and postage. The Christian Observer publication Presbyterians Week continued to be published by email as it had been since it was begun by Dr. Elliott in the early 1990’s.

In 2008, Dr. Elliott, Managing Editor Bob Williams, and Associate Editors the Rev. Chuck Huckaby and Eric Pastorek began the process to revive the Christian Observer on the World Wide Web, and this new version was launched on Reformation Day, October 31, 2008. The Christian Observer completed its move to Lexington, Virginia after Dr. Elliott’s death in October 2009.

The purpose of the Christian Observer continues to be the same as was that of Dr. Amasa Converse: To advance the cause of Christ in the world and promote the work of the church. The Christian Observer continues as the journal of record for the worldwide Presbyterian and Reformed community. The mission of the Christian Observer is defined by the masthead Scripture of Matthew 28:20a “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:”

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+ Christian Observer, Post Office Box 1371, Lexington, Virginia 24450, christianobserver@christianobserver.org

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[2] Christian Observer Highlights for September 2013

New articles in the Christian Observer for July 2013 include:

Death of the Rev. Dr. Amasa Converse – 9 December 1872 -Obituaries for publisher the Rev. Dr. Amasa Converse from the 11 and 18 December 1872 issues of the Christian Observer, which provide a detailed history of the publisher and much about the Presbyterian church and the culture of 19th century America. Many thanks to Wayne Sparkman, Th.M., C.A., Director, PCA Historical Center, for providing this information.]

The Syrophoenician Analogy “Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” – Romans 3:3 Geneva Bible – by Christian Observer Contributing Editor David Brand – Part 19 in a continuing series examining the effects upon the church of the change in meaning of the Greek word pistis from faith to faithfulness by the English Revised Version Committee that began meeting in February 1870;

We Need Discrimination in Education – – by Christian Observer Contributing Editor Dr. Joe Renfro – how the word “discrimination” has been twisted and narrowed in meaning by the educational establishment to the point where constructive discrimination – a key to real education and wisdom – has been cast aside;

God’s Law, Church Government in Spotlight as Pro-Gay Family Judged – – by Christian Observer Contributing Editor David Tulis – the culture’s reaction to the Ridgedale Church of Christ in Chattanooga, Tennessee exercising church discipline towards a family with two homosexual women who had been “married” in Maryland;

Plus, regular features including weekly Sabbath School Lessons by Christian Observer Assistant Editor Dr. Robert LaMay, and Daily Devotionals by T.M. Moore, dean of the Centurions Program of the Wilberforce Forum and principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe

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Christian Observer, Post Office Box 1371, Lexington, Virginia 24450, christianobserver@christianobserver.org

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[3] Norwich (England) Reformed Church Pastor Under Investigation after Calling Homosexual Pride Fest ‘Carnival of Perverted Carnality’

A 31 August 2013 Christian News Network article by Heather Clark titled “UK Pastor Under Investigation after Calling Homosexual Pride Fest ‘Carnival of Perverted Carnality’” reports that the Rev. Alan Clifford of Norwich Reformed Church in Norwich, England received a visit by police at his home and is now under criminal investigation for sending an email to organizers of a homosexual pride event expressing his concern over what he called an “unashamed carnival of perverted carnality.”

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+ Christian News Network, Post Office Box 30000, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103, Contact Page

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[4] Headlines from Christian Concern

Headlines of the past week from Christian Concern:

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Backs Largest gay Festival in Wales

U.S. Judge Orders Christian Photographers to Shoot Same Sex Ceremonies

Christian Girl Guide Leaders Agree to Use Non-Religious Oath amid Pressure from Secularists

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+ Christian Concern, 70 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AX, England, 020 7935 1488, Contact Page

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[5] Headlines from The Christian Institute

Headlines of the past week from The Christian Institute:

Two Men and One Woman Sign ‘Marriage’ Contract in Kenya

Police Scotland Investigate Edinburgh Security Guard for Hate Crime for Barring Transsexual Man from Female Toilets

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+ The Christian Institute, Wilberforce House, 4 Park Road, Gosforth Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 8DG, England, 44-0-191-281-5664, Fax: 44-0-191-281-4272, info@christian.org.uk

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[6] Articles from LifesiteNews.com

Articles from the past week from LifesiteNews.com:

Troy, Ohio Police Threaten To Arrest Pro-Lifers for Writing Chalk Messages in Front of Their Own Property

Pub Owner to Be Charged for Assaulting Young Woman over Pro-Life Sidewalk Chalk Messages

Clear Channel Bows to Pressure to Air Ads for Former Tiller Abortion Facility

Nigerian Imo State Legalizes Abortion in ‘Anti-Violence’ Bill

University of Alberta Creates ‘All-Gender’ Restrooms For Transgender Students

‘A Lawless State’: Gay ‘Marriage’ Comes to Some New Mexico Counties by Judicial Fiat

California on Brink of Allowing Non-Physicians to Perform Abortions

Fun with Infanticide! Videogame Has Players Overcome Obstacles to Abort Their Babies in Texas

Belgian Doctors Looking For Disabled Patients to Be Euthanized, Donate Organs

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+ LifeSiteNews.com, Incorporated, 4 Family Life Lane, Front Royal, Virginia 22630, 888-678-6008, Contact Page

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[7] The Religion of Peace

Articles from the past week about the religion of peace:

— “Egyptian Media Says Obama Is a Muslim Brotherhood Member

Obama Armed and Funded Syrian Rebel Savages Behead Twenty-Four Bus Passengers, including Mother and Baby

Did the U.S. Help Coordinate Gas Attacks in Syria as a Pretext for War?

Bombshell: Britain Sold Chemicals to Syria to Produce Sarin Gas

Obama Planning To Bring Thousands of Islamic Muslim Refugees to America

All New U.S. Air Force Recruits Forced to Attend Muselmanic Da’awa Sessions on Lackland Air Force Base

Reports: Saudi Prince Bandar Using US to Topple Syria’s Assad

Obama’s Brother, Malik Obama, Directly Tied to Muslim Brotherhood and Lois Lerner Helped Provide Him Tax Exempt Status

Growing Evidence Supports Syrian Rebels Launched Chemical Attacks

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+ Atlas Shrugs, writeatlas@aol.com

+ Freedom Outpost, 1116 North Market Street, Paris, Tennessee 38242, 73-644-2220, Contact Page

+ Last Resistance, Contact Page

+ Now the End Begins, Contact Page

+ Winds of Jihad

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