Archive for September, 2010

Bishop Allison wrestles 12 foot Alligator and wins…

Posted: September 29, 2010 by limabean03 in Uncategorized

Bishop Fitz Allison wrestled twelve foot alligator and won.  Alligator cried “uncle” and promptly confessed to orthodox Christianity.  All kidding aside Bishop Allison will be visiting Trinity Church this Saturday from 9-12.  Don’t forget to call the church offices to register!  For more info on Bishop Allison’s visit click here.

Allison and Fenters have been keeping their eyes on the big gator for a while.

For the most part, this alligator and others on the plantation tend to their own business. Recently, however, algae has gotten into the “reserve” ponds at Rosemont. What looks like a scum on top of the water is hurting aquatic life.

Allison bought some sterile, grass-eating carp to help control the algal blooms and algae.

However, the big gator was a possible threat to working the ponds and to the expensive carp that are used in an effort to control the algae without chemicals.

Fenters uses a 15-foot canoe to get around the reserve. Of course, a 12-foot alligator weighing almost 750 pounds is a lot bigger than a lightweight canoe.

Close up

He was checking the area last Monday for the gator when he saw it “right at the bank” of the pond.

Fenters managed to get a line on the alligator, but “He broke the line. He started rolling.

“We had to start throwing grapples in him.”

The 83-year-old Allison was helping Fenters, but had to go to Charleston for a meeting. He was dressed in a suit, and in its thrashing and rolling the gator’s tail hit the water with a resounding thwack. Allison’s clothes got wet, of course.

He had to leave Fenters to handle the gator.

It took about two hours to secure the gator where it could be finished off. State regulations require a gator to be secured with a line and finished with a pistol or other weapon that will ensure the animal can be harvested.

Once the alligator was dead, Fenters said, “We could pull his tail up [onto the bank of the pond], but we couldn’t move him.”

He had to bring over a backhoe to lift the alligator up so he could be put in a truck to take to Brad Moore in McClellanville.

Moore, a game processor and gator guide, cleaned the animal and opened up its stomach so he could log information into a database for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

“He was full of bird feathers and blue crabs,” Fenters said Thursday afternoon.

read the rest of the article here

The Power and Weakness of Words (Proverbs Series)

Posted: September 29, 2010 by limabean03 in Uncategorized
preached by Iain Boyd on 9-19-10

A truth that humbles (Luke 15.4)

Posted: September 27, 2010 by limabean03 in Uncategorized
preached by Rob Sturdy on Sept 9, 2010

New York Times: “We haven’t hit bottom yet”

Posted: September 27, 2010 by limabean03 in Current Issues

I’m seeing more and more pieces of this nature.  Make sure to read through the whole thing as it does a good job painting a picture of the human cost of the recession.  We’re seeing more and more of this at Trinity.

“Once you start losing the income and you’ve run through your savings, then your car is up for repossession, or you’re looking at foreclosure or eviction. We’re a food pantry, but hunger is only the tip of the iceberg. Life becomes a constant juggling act when the money starts running out. Are you going to pay for your medication? Or are you going to put gas in the car so you can go to work?

“Kids are going back to school now, so they need clothes and school supplies. Where is the money for that to come from? The people we’re seeing never expected things to turn out like this — not at this stage of their lives. Not in the United States. The middle class is quickly slipping into a lower class.”

Similar stories — and worse — are unfolding throughout the country. There are more people in poverty now — 43.6 million — than at any time since the government began keeping accurate records. Nearly 15 million Americans are out of work and home foreclosures are expected to surpass one million this year. The Times had a chilling front-page article this week about the increasing fear among jobless workers over 50 that they will never be employed again.

The politicians seem unable to grasp the immensity of the problem, which is why the policy solutions are so woefully inadequate. During my conversations with Ms. Bedore, she dismissed the very thought that the recession might be over. “Whoever said that was sadly mistaken,” she said. “We haven’t even bottomed-out yet.”

read the whole thing here

A Message from Bishop Lawrence

Dear Members and Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina,

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all mercies and the God of all encouragement, who encourages us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.”

(2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Yesterday a group within the Diocese known as the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina wrote to the House of Bishops and the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church urging them to investigate my actions as Bishop and the actions of our Standing Committee.  They have cited seven concerns as the foundation for their request.  While these are trying times for Episcopalians and there is much need for listening carefully to one another, I do not want to let these accusations stand or go without response.  Perhaps in their anxiety they have done us all a favor—indeed, presenting me with a teachable moment for this diocese and, dare I hope to believe, for others as well who may have read their letter.  I will strive to refrain from using ecclesiastical language (Episcopalianese) or unduly difficult theology.  Unfortunately, due to the accusations, a certain amount of each is necessary.  Nevertheless, I will tune my writing as well as I can for the person in the pew.  I will proceed by first putting forth in italics the accusation.  In most cases I will just use their language, then, give my response.  This could be much longer, but there is little need to try your patience. (more…)

Great little piece by Paul Tripp. Link at bottom to read the whole thing. It’s worth the time.

“Deep beneath every struggle of doubt and confusion is a collision of kingdoms. The theology of God’s unshakable sovereignty is easier to verbalize than it is to live. The truth that a God of relentless grace is after the total transformation of our hearts, is easier to conceptualize than it is to rest in at street level.

Require yourself to be brutally honest in this moment. What is it that you really want out of life? What is it that you want from God’s hand? What is the true dream for which you have been working? What are the joys that captivate your eyes and control your heart? What is your, “If I only had , then I would be happy?”

How much have your dreams been personal, earthbound, physical, and here-and-now? Have you been motivated by your kingdom more than God’s Kingdom? How is your present discouragement, disappointment, confusion or grief a window on what has actually captured your heart? Have you really wanted God to be your wise and loving Father who brings into your life what he considers best, or have you wanted him to be a divine waiter, the all-powerful deliverer of your dreams?

Could it be that you have prayed for grace, but that you don’t really like the grace that you have been given? Divine grace doesn’t always make your life simple or your pathway clear. God’s grace doesn’t always provide you with release or relief. God’s grace often brings you hardship, confusion, and surprises. These things are sent to you, not by a God who is messing with you because he’s more powerful than you, but from the hand of a God a glorious grace, who is exercising his power for the purpose of your transformation.”

read the whole thing here

We must feed on Christ crucified

Posted: September 21, 2010 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity

“Let us never doubt for a moment, that the preaching of Christ crucified – the old story of His blood, righteousness, and substitution – is enough for all the spiritual necessities of all mankind. It is not worn out. It is not obsolete. It has not lost its power. We need nothing new – nothing more broad and kind – nothing more intellectual – nothing more effectual.

We need nothing but the true bread of life, distributed faithfully among starving souls. Let men sneer or ridicule as they will. Nothing else can do good in this sinful world. No other teaching can fill hungry consciences, and give them peace. We are all in a wilderness. We must feed on Christ crucified, and the atonement made by His death, or we shall die in our sins.”

– J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: John, volume 1 (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1987), 329.

(HT: J.C. Ryle Quotes)