(Telegraph) Parents boycott church after Parish curate says Santa is not real

Parents have spoken of their disgust after a clergywoman told children that Father Christmas is not real.

Rev Margaret McPhee made the mistake during a choir concert for primary school children from Stalham Academy, in Norfolk.

During the service at St Mary's Church in the town, the curate asked pupils what they thought Christmas was about.

When one child said "Father Christmas", she replied that he was make-believe and not real.


(V Sun) Univ of BC scientists may have accidentally discovered the secret to wrinkle-free skin

Scientists at the University of British Columbia searching for ways to slow the deterioration of blood vessels may have stumbled on to the key to youthful skin.

While exploring the effects of the protein-degrading enzyme Granzyme B on blood vessels during heart attacks, professor David Granville couldn’t help but notice that mice engineered to lack the enzyme had beautiful skin at the end of the experiment, while normal mice showed signs of age.


(Spectator) Meet Libby Lane – the first interview with the first woman bishop

When we meet in the Crewe YMCA, she has just been touring the building surrounded by a small cloud of cameras and journalists and is preparing to say goodbye to her congregation at a party this evening. They only found out this morning that she would be leaving them to become a bishop. When we talk about the church at St Peter’s Hale, Lane seems a little emotional as she is clearly sad to be leaving them behind, but for the rest of the interview, she is as polished as any politician I’ve ever interviewed.


([London] Times) Britain’s first female bishop is greeted by a Yippee!

The Rev Libby Lane supports Manchester United and does a mean line in solving cryptic crosswords. And, as of January, she will be consecrated to the highest office in the Church of England yet held by a woman.

Yesterday Mrs Lane, 48, was named as the first female bishop only weeks after the church voted to clear the way with one of the most significant reforms in its history.


(Bloomberg) Boko Haram Leader Threatens Nigeria’s Kano Emir Sanusi in Video

Nigeria’s Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II, the second highest Muslim leader in the country, was threatened by Boko Haram after he called on people to defend themselves against the Islamist militant group.

“You Sanusi I am talking to you, it is too late for you the Emir of Kano and the Emir of bank,” a man dressed in combat fatigues and claiming to be the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in an unverified 19 minute video posted on YouTube Inc. Sanusi, the former central bank governor, told Nigerians last month to fight back against Boko Haram.


A Prayer to Begin the Day

O Eternal Light, illuminate us; O eternal Power, strengthen us; O eternal Wisdom, instruct us; O eternal Mercy, have pity upon us; and grant us with all our hearts and minds to seek thy face, and to love thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

--William Bright


From the Morning Scripture Readings

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High; and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.

--Psalm 50:14-15


The Response To North Korea’s Attack On Hollywood Is Disastrous And Cowardly

While Wired says the evidence linking North Korea to the Sony hacking and terrorism threats against Americans is thin, anonymous U.S. government officials have said it was North Korea.


It’s Not Just Obamacare: Health Insurance Is Completely Screwed Up

I am among the lucky millions of Americans whose health insurance plan was cancelled by Obamacare, a distinction I never asked for but received nonetheless: I liked my plan, but I cannot keep it. My $55-per-month coverage is dropping on January 1, and I am not renewing with them—so imagine my surprise when I got home last week and found a bill in the mail from my insurance company for a $202 premium for January.


Knee-Jerk Rejection Of Pop Culture Like Video Games Isolates Conservatives

I’m deeply skeptical of conservative reviewers of culture genres like music, film, television, video games and sports because the default mode seems to be: if it’s popular, we hate it and we hate its makers. The latest installment of this phenomena is on display at Breitbart.com, where Milo Yiannopoulos reviews “Dragon Age: Inquisition.”