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  • Abortion protest in SLO ruffles feathers

    12/18/2014 3:25:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    New Times ^ | December 17th, 2014 | RHYS HEYDEN
    heated dispute between a pro-life protester and parishioners of First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo ended with police involvement and multiple citations issued on Dec. 14. However, after initially citing protester and Paso Robles resident Danny Ehinger for two municipal code violations on Dec. 14 and sticking by the decision in a conversation with New Times on Dec. 15, SLOPD Capt. Chris Staley said on Dec. 17 that the department has decided to dismiss both citations. “We reviewed the case with [SLO City Attorney Christine Dietrick], and we decided to dismiss both of the citations,” Staley said. “She didn’t...
  • The Presbyterian Church USA’s Terrorist Ties

    12/09/2014 7:24:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/09/2014 | Ari Lieberman
    On April 18, 1983, an explosive laden truck driven by a Hezbollah terrorist slammed into the U.S. embassy in Beirut killing 63 people, including 17 Americans, some of whom were CIA operatives. According to the CIA, it was the most lethal attack ever against the Agency. Just six months later, Hezbollah terrorists struck again, this time hitting the U.S. Marine compound in Beirut. In a repeat of the embassy bombing, a Hezbollah homicide bomber crashed his explosive laden truck into the barracks killing 220 marines and another 21 U.S. service personnel. It was the largest single-day loss of life sustained...
  • Deputy discharged from hospital after testing negative for Ebola

    10/09/2014 5:29:54 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 15 replies
    MyFoxDFW ^ | Oct 09, 2014 6:00 PM CDT | myfoxdfw.com staff
    A Dallas County Sheriff's deputy is back at home after officials with the Texas Department of State Health Services said Thursday that he tested negative for Ebola.
  • Jason Stellman’s Unmitigated Disaster

    10/08/2014 7:27:34 AM PDT · by fishtank · 33 replies
    AOMin.org ^ | 10-8-14 | James White
    Jason Stellman’s Unmitigated Disaster Rome never satisfies. It can’t. All the pomp and circumstance, all the liturgical fanfare, can never truly answer to the true needs of man. Since Rome has abandoned the gospel of grace and replaced it with a synergistic man-centered sacramentalism, she will never be able to offer to men anything but distractions, never true answers, to his real need. I feel for those who, in their wandering through the various man-made religions, find themselves trudging over the Tiber. I know so many who have found their way out of Rome, some because they have been enlightened...
  • Why the Fourth of July Is a Presbyterian Holiday

    07/05/2014 8:05:48 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    Reformation 21 ^ | 7-4-14 | Rick Phillips
    While Americans today are roasting hot dogs and setting off fireworks, few will be thinking deeply about the significance of the event we remember, the issuing of The Declaration of Independence by our courageous Founding Fathers. Christians should realize, however, that the ideas enshrined in the founding of our nation and in the Declaration are biblical ideas that are just as important today. Reformed Christians, especially, should see in the language of our Founders the ideas of covenant theology that are essential for us to recover and defend today. With this in mind, let me offer three reasons why the...
  • Music teacher at area church charged with child sex abuse

    07/05/2014 7:35:53 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    KCTV NEWS 5 ^ | Janice Broach
    SHELBY COUNTY, TN - A once trusted Hope Presbyterian Church music teacher is now at the center of a child sex investigation. Officials are releasing very few details about the investigation, but they do say that it involves multiple agencies. On Wednesday, Matthew Williams was charged with child sex abuse involving a family member. On Saturday, Hope Presbyterian Church found out and terminated Williams' contract immediately. Collierville Police Department confirmed there is an investigation, but that is all it would say. Williams taught piano lessons at Hope Music Academy at the church for almost a year. A spokesperson for Hope...
  • Those Blasted Presbyterians: Reflections on Independence Day

    07/04/2014 10:22:04 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    The Chief End of Man ^ | 7-4-14 | Don Sweeting
    “We are subject to the men who rule over us, but subject only in the Lord. If they command anything against him, let us not pay the least regard to it.” Book Four, Calvin’s Institutes “I fix all the blame of these extraordinary proceedings upon the Presbyterians.” So one colonist loyal to King George wrote to friends in England. Around the same time, Horace Walpole spoke from the English House of Commons to report on these “extraordinary proceedings” in the colonies of the new world. “There is no good crying about the matter,” he said. “Cousin America has run off...
  • Disappearing Act: Presbyterians Embrace Leftist Politics, Shun Reformed Roots

    07/03/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 7-3-14 | Stan Guthrie
    Over the last two decades, more than three-fourths of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country, driven out by a combination of Muslim fanaticism and economic and social collapse. Iraq, however, isn’t the only place to experience a mass Christian exodus in recent years. Look at the Presbyterian Church (USA), the 10th largest denomination in this country. But you’d better look fast. The PC(USA), which is the nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination (at least for now), is driving out members through its own brand of leftist fanaticism. From a high of more than 4 million members back in 1965, the Louisville-based PC(USA)...
  • Presbyterian Church Votes 'No' on Protecting Babies Born Alive During Botched Abortions

    06/26/2014 5:12:26 AM PDT · by blueyon · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/25/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination has been busy these days. It has voted to approve same-sex marriages, to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, and now has approved allowing babies to die who are born alive during botched abortions. As Wesley J. Smith at National Review Online observes, the motion that failed to win approval states: 1. Call for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and member congregations to enter a two-year season of reflection upon the plight of children unwanted by human society, both born and not-yet born
  • Presbyterians OK with Killing Born Babies

    06/25/2014 6:49:05 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 24, 2014 | By Wesley J. Smith
    The Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly has been making a lot of news on the same sex marriage issue. But this vote has my eyebrows raised. The convention voted no on protecting babies born alive after a failed abortion. From the failed motion: 1. Call for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and member congregations to enter a two-year season of reflection upon the plight of children unwanted by human society, both born and not-yet born, and to purposefully seek to enter the pure worship of God by offering aid, comfort, and the Gospel to those responsible for the care of our...
  • Presbyterian Church USA Defeats Motion to Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortion

    06/24/2014 1:57:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life News ^ | June 23, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The Presbyterian Church USA has voted to endorse Kermit Gosnell. Delegates meeting in Detroit at the 221st General Assembly of the 1.8 million–member Presbyterian Church (USA) voted down a measure that would have the church endorse care for babies born alive after abortions.From World Magazine: Also Thursday, 78 percent of the PCUSA General Assembly struck down a resolution condemning the killing of babies born alive during abortions, as occurred with notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Initiated by the South Alabama presbytery, it called for inclusion of pro-life Presbyterians and an investigation into doctrinal and financial support of abortion. Dissenters cited pro-abortion...
  • How To Tell The Difference Between The PCA And PCUSA

    06/24/2014 12:29:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 06/24/2014 | Joe Carter
    Last week NBC news reported that the “top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church in America” voted to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in their church constitution. The news report, which was quickly corrected, was confusing the Presbyterian Church of the USA—whose general assembly was meeting in Detroit, Michigan—for the Presbyterian Church in America—whose general assembly was meeting in Houston, Texas. With two Presbyterian denominations with similar names meeting on the same dates it’s easy to understand how a reporter could get them mixed up. So what exactly are the differences between the two? Here are several key differences between...
  • The Houston PCA General Assembly: A Pastor’s Reflections

    06/23/2014 8:17:51 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-04 | David W. Hall
    Some Assemblies chart a new course or make history. The 40-year anniversary celebration of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) founding (at the 42nd GA) probably will not bend the lines of history very much. It was a par-for-the-course General Assembly, which pronounces another resounding “Meh,” to the idealist reformers. As is becoming customary, most of the interesting things took place off the floor as this court of the church has become largely irrelevant for the year-round functioning of the church. Perhaps it is a sign of growth and stability that churches no longer depend much on annual four-day meetings[1]...
  • Actions of the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA

    06/23/2014 4:25:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-23-14 | Staff
    Actions of the 42nd General Assembly of the PCA Overtures dealing with homosexuality, pro-life, child abuse, Insider Movement, theistic evolution, and others discussed and voted on Written by Staff | Monday, June 23, 2014 The 42nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has adjourned in Houston, Texas. There were many issues considered including Insider Movements, child abuse, and prayer for Christians facing penalties for their stance on abortion and homosexuality. What follows is an overview of some of the main actions of this year’s GA. Unlike previous years, there was very little discussion or debate over the...
  • Presbyterians [PC(USA)] Become the Silly Church; A dying mainline church speeds its decline.

    06/23/2014 6:39:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6.21.14 | Mark Tooley
    At one point during this this week’s General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the hundreds of delegates, known as commissioners, gleefully bounced scores of red balloons in the air. At another point, they collectively broke into dance, confirming that most Protestants, especially if they’re old, white and Anglo, don’t look so great wiggling around. (Here’s a video, for mature viewers only.) Mainline Protestantism, at least in its official curia, has been liberal for nearly 100 years. But for most of that century it was a thoughtful, dignified liberalism that still roughly adhered to historic Christianity’s moral architecture, even if...
  • U.S. Presbyterian Church to shed investments in Israel protest

    06/21/2014 6:02:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 13 replies
    courant.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Eric M. Johnson
    A deeply-divided gathering of U.S. Presbyterian Church elders and ministers narrowly voted on Friday to divest the religious group's holdings in three American companies it says have ties to Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian Territories. As a result of the vote the church will divest holdings worth roughly $21 million in Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola Solutions. "We as a church cannot profit from the destruction of homes and lives," said Reverend Gradye Parsons in a statement about the decision at its meeting in Detroit. "We continue to invest in many businesses involved in peaceful pursuits in Israel." Members of...
  • The PCUSA On Guns

    06/23/2014 7:54:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 6/22/2014 | Herschel Smith
    Presbyterian Church (USA) on guns: Among other things, the Assembly’s action calls for: formation of support, healing and advocacy groups for those who have experienced gun violence in their families; opposition to legislation that exempts gun manufacturers and marketers from legal liability and/or financial accountability for the medical and security costs of predictable gun misuse and availability to criminals, the unstable, and the self-destructive; opposition to “stand your ground” and other legislation that may entitle gun owners to shoot before taking alternative measures (such as relying on law enforcement and/or other de-escalation techniques) in perceived defense of persons or property;...
  • The Coming Collapse of the PC(USA)

    06/22/2014 1:42:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-14 | Jeff Gising
    In terms of giving insight into the current battles raging within the PC (USA) and the exodus of evangelical churches, the report is quite helpful. Consider the following statement: “only followers of Jesus Christ can be saved.” Among pastors, 45% disagreed or strongly disagreed. 41% agreed or strongly agreed. Among our clergy, there is a clearly demonstrable variance about a fundamental tenet of Christian belief that is central to the mission of the church—the proclamation of the Gospel. The Presbyterian Church (USA) recently released the findings of its “Religious and Demographic Profile of Presbyterians 2011” (the report). More than 6,000...
  • PCA General Assembly Adopts Expression of Support for Sanctity of Life and Marriage

    06/22/2014 3:35:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-22-14 | Staff
    Be it resolved that the Presbyterian Church in America expresses its gratitude to the Lord for sustaining by His grace ministers of the gospel, chaplains, and Christians serving in the public sphere who are experiencing ostracism, penalties, and persecution for taking a Biblically faithful sand for the sanctity of human life and declining to participate in the cultural redefinition of marriage.
  • Pastor Says “Jesus Is The Only Way” Will Become Hate Speech

    06/21/2014 1:18:59 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    Jim Bakker Show ^ | 6-19-14 | Jason Wert
    Mark 13:13 “You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.” One of the opening speakers at the 42nd PCA General Assembly told those in attendance that America is rapidly progressing to the point where declaring Jesus the only way to eternal life will be considered spreading hate. “It will be difficult to say in this culture ‘Jesus is the only way’,” Pastor Bryan Chapell warned. “That will be interpreted as hate speech.” Chapell said that sticking to truth will be a point of contention with the...
  • An OPC Pastor Enters the Catholic Church

    06/21/2014 1:28:22 AM PDT · by Al Hitan · 128 replies
    Called to Communion ^ | Feb 7th, 2012 | Jason Stewart
    Let me begin this conclusion by ending at the beginning: My wife Cindy and I entered into full communion with the Catholic Church because we came to see that this Church is the Church established by Jesus Christ. We came to this realization in large measure by spending time in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, reading other positive presentations of Catholic teaching, and speaking with flesh and blood Catholics in all walks of life and vocations. The many misconceptions we had about what Catholics believed were cleared away as we dug deeply into the teaching resources of the Catholic...
  • Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage

    06/20/2014 2:02:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 20, 2014
    The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), one of the United States’ leading Protestant denominations, has voted to allow its pastors to perform “any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform, where legal by state law.” The motion, which passed by a 61%-39% margin, takes effect immediately. By a 71%-29% margin, the assembly also recommended that the church’s Book of Order be amended to describe marriage as a “unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” This change will go into effect when it approved by the majority of the church’s presbyteries....
  • PCUSA Votes to Allow Clergy to Marry Same-Sex Couples; Approves Redefining Marriage

    06/20/2014 10:11:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/20/2014 | Lillian Kwon
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s highest governing body voted Thursday to allow ministers to perform same-sex marriages. Presbyterian clergy can now marry gay and lesbian couples wherever same-sex marriage is legal. The Presbyterian Lay Committee released a statement repudiating the action of the PCUSA General Assembly. "The Presbyterian Lay Committee mourns these actions and calls on all Presbyterians to resist and protest them ... God will not be mocked and those who substitute their own felt desires for God's unchangeable Truth will not be found guiltless before a holy God." The PCUSA's 221st General Assembly, which is meeting in Detroit this...
  • Presbyterian Assembly (PCUSA): Gay Marriage Is Christian (Ministers Can Do Homosexual Weddings)

    06/19/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by xzins · 50 replies
    ABC ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | KAROUB AND RACHEL ZOLL
    The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to redefine Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people" instead of only "a man and a woman." The amendment requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, which will vote on the change over the next year. But in a separate vote that will take effect immediately, the Presbyterian General Assembly allowed ministers to preside at gay weddings in states where gay marriage is legal. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage. Alex McNeill, executive director of More Light...
  • Presbyterian Pastors Can Preside at Gay Marriages

    06/19/2014 1:18:33 PM PDT · by alancarp · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2014 | Uncredited AP
    The largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S. will allow pastors to preside at gay weddings in states that recognize same-sex marriage. The Presbyterian General Assembly voted 61 percent to 39 percent in favor of allowing ministers to decide whether to perform the ceremonies. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize gay marriage.
  • As Presbyterian Church (USA) Meeting Begins, Simon Wiesenthal Center Severs All Relations

    06/15/2014 4:52:09 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 22 replies
    algemeiner ^ | June 15, 2014 | Joshua Levitt
    As the biannual general meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA) begins this week in Detroit, Jewish human rights group The Simon Wiesenthal Center said they have severed all relations with the controversial church. The group also called on PC (USA) members to vote down the anti-Israel agenda that has been praised by David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and Press TV, a semi-official Iranian government news channel.
  • Preacher at Ian Paisley’s former church denounces Islam as a ‘wicked religion’

    06/02/2014 7:19:27 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | June 2nd, 2014 | Rebecca Black
    Just a week after a scandal was sparked by a preacher slating Islam as "satanic", a second preacher has launched a broadside against the faith. The minister at Lord Bannside's former church, Martyr's Memorial Free Presbyterian in east Belfast, has blasted Islam as a "violent intolerant wicked religion". The Rev Ian Brown was speaking at a recent Sunday evening service in defence of Pastor James McConnell, whom he described as a "prophet". The Free Presbyterian minister told his flock last Sunday evening he felt the situation had become "thoroughly ridiculous". In an sermon posted on the Martyr's Memorial website, Rev...
  • University Reformed Church Votes To Leave The RCA

    05/29/2014 2:51:33 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    TGC ^ | April 27, 2014 | Kevin DeYoung
    On April 27, 2014, University Reformed Church (URC) voted 282-9 in favor of leaving the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and affiliating with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The following Wednesday, the consistory of URC voted unanimously (14-0) to file a petition with the Classis of South Grand Rapids that we might leave the RCA with all our real and personal property and join the Presbytery of the Great Lakes in the PCA.For the past three years, our church has wrestled with our place in the Reformed Church in America. We have prayed, studied, strategized, spoke, listened, prayed, asked...
  • Why I Don’t Observe Lent; The practice of self-denial is to be the daily experience of the believer.

    03/03/2014 6:03:58 AM PST · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 3 March 2014 | Roland Barnes
    Several years ago I was encouraged to consider the practice of observing Lent as a preparation for the Easter celebration of the resurrection. Honestly, I did not give it much serious thought, one way or the other. I had other things occupying my mind and it seemed harmless enough. However, sometime later I had the opportunity to study with Dr. Hughes Old. His writings as well as his lectures, compelled me to think more carefully about the observance of Lent. As a result of my study I have come to the settled conviction not to observe Lent or to promote...
  • Moses or Christ? Paul’s Reply To Dispensational Error

    02/22/2014 10:53:16 AM PST · by PhilipFreneau · 345 replies
    He who would understand the prophets had better begin with Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, where he will find that the Church is one in the Old Testament and New, and the New Testament Church is the fulfillment of all prophecy, the very last phase of God’s redemptive work on earth. He will discover in Galatians who the true Israel is, to whom the promises are made and that there is no other Israel, and no further fulfillment of prophecy. The problem of the Galatian believers was the conspiracy to impose upon them Jewish interpretations of prophecy, and to claim...
  • Why is US church sending Jews to the trash-heap of history?

    02/19/2014 5:13:38 AM PST · by SJackson · 22 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein
    Presbyterian churches are teaching that their Jewish neighbors are inherently racist and prone to abusing the rights of others. That’s the key message of PCUSA’s new congregational study guide, “Zionism Unsettled.” Released by its Israel-Palestine Mission Network, the guide “explores the theological and ethical exceptionalism of Jewish and Christian Zionism, which have been sheltered from open debate despite the intolerable human rights abuses rooted in their core beliefs.” To be clear, this is no mere attack on Israeli policies, but rather on the very legitimacy of the Zionist enterprise. PCUSA has theologically resurrected the UN’s infamous 1975 “Zionism is Racism”...
  • 13 Differences Between the PCA and the PCUSA.

    01/23/2014 2:18:07 PM PST · by Gamecock · 56 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | Thursday, January 23, 2014 | Andrew Webb
    I was recently asked to outline some of the major differences between the Presbyterian Church in the USA (PCUSA) and my own denomination the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and I came up with the following 13 point list: 1) The PCA does not ordain women to either of the offices in the church (Teaching/Ruling Elder, Deacon). The PCUSA by contrast ordains women to both offices. 2) The PCA affirms that the Bible is inerrant and infallible in all that it teaches. The PCUSA does not. 3) The PCA repudiates abortion and considers it a violation of the sixth commandment....
  • Losing Privileges

    01/14/2014 7:47:13 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 29 replies
    R.C. Sproul Jr. ^ | 1-14-14 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    Is this a Christian country? There are likely as many ways to answer the question as there are stripes on our flag. Yes, the country was populated at its beginning with Christians looking for a place to worship freely. But that was before we became a country. Yes, many of our founding fathers were sincere professing Christians. But many of them were not. Yes, we are Christian in the same sense as all of Europe is Christian — it is the faith tradition of the majority in our country. But no, we have rejected the faith of our fathers. Yes,...
  • Making Sense of Scripture's 'Inconsistency'

    01/07/2014 1:55:56 PM PST · by Gamecock · 60 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 7 January 2014 | Tim Keller
    I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because "they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey." Most often I hear, "Christians ignore lots of Old Testament texts---about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material and so on. Then they condemn homosexuality. Aren't you just picking and choosing what you want to believe from the Bible?" I don't expect everyone to understand that the whole Bible is about Jesus...
  • The Cool Pastor: An Oxymoron or Just a Regular Moron?

    11/24/2013 12:07:29 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 11-24-13 | Matthew Everhard
    The unbelieving world will always do “cool” better than the Church. When the Church adopts coolness and relevance as its corporate values, it slavishly agrees to follow, lagging always one step behind the world. (This is why Christian music always ends up ripping off the sounds and styles of their secular counterparts, while Christian film always has a cheesy “cringe factor”).
  • Machen’s Enemies Then And Now And The Myth Of Influence

    11/21/2013 7:19:47 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 11-19-13 | R. Scott Clark
    Wally was a sweet fellow and very graciously lent me volume one of the Battles edition of Calvin’s Institutes. A while later I visited him in his luxurious office at the local “tall-steeple” PCUSA congregation in order to return the book. I was full of questions. In conversation, Wally mentioned that he was a graduate of Princeton Seminary. I had heard about this fellow “Machen” so I asked Wally about him and about Westminster Seminary. His jovial face quickly turned red with anger at the very mention of the traitor Machen and the rebel seminary. Mind you, this was about...
  • Machen’s Enemies Then And Now And The Myth Of Influence

    11/19/2013 6:21:38 AM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Heidelblog.net ^ | November 17, 2013 | R. Scott Clark
    Almost thirty years ago, when I first started to become interested in Reformed Christianity I happened to mention it to the Rev Wally Easter, pastor for evangelism at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in my hometown. Wally was a sweet fellow and very graciously lent me volume one of the Battles edition of Calvin’s Institutes. A while later I visited him in his luxurious office at the local “tall-steeple” PCUSA congregation in order to return the book. I was full of questions. In conversation, Wally mentioned that he was a graduate of Princeton Seminary. I had heard about this fellow “Machen” so...
  • Is the Eucharist Truly Jesus' Body and Blood?

    11/18/2013 3:07:47 PM PST · by NYer · 487 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | June 30, 2013 | Tim Staples
    In my 2011 debate with Dr. Peter Barnes, a Presbyterian minister and apologist in Australia, the topic was the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and it centered on Jesus’ famous words in John 6:53: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” After about three hours of debate, I could sum up Barnes’s central objection in one sentence—a sentence which just happens to be found in the New Testament:How can this man give us his flesh to eat? (John 6:53)Dr. Barnes could not, and would...
  • Texas' Largest Presbyterian Church (USA) Congregation Votes to Leave Denomination

    10/30/2013 5:34:57 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 56 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10-30-2013 | Michael Gryboski
    The largest Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in Texas has voted to leave the mainline denomination over theological differences. Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas, which has approximately 4,000 members, overwhelmingly approved a resolution recently that would involve the congregation seeking dismissal from PC (USA). Eighty-nine percent of the members present at the Congregational and Corporate Meeting held at the church voted in favor of leaving PC (USA). Last month, Highland Park Presbyterian leadership unanimously approved a resolution to begin the process of dismissal from PC (USA). The Session recommended dismissal from the mainline denomination and membership into the newer more...
  • How the Scandal of Preaching Will Reach Our Postmodern World

    10/29/2013 9:03:50 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 10-28-13 | Michael J. Kruger
    So, how do we break into the lives of people who are immersed in this postmodern reality? How do we reach them for the gospel? Do we find ways to show them how the gospel is existentially satisfying? Do we offer therapeutic entertainment to draw them in? Nope. Instead, we do the unthinkable in our modern age. We preach.
  • Johnny Hart to Appear B.C. [a liberal analysis of "Religion among the Funnies"]

    10/29/2013 10:06:13 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 26 replies
    The Comics Journal ^ | Mar 22, 2012 | R.C. Harvey
    Dying of a stroke on April 7, 2007, Johnny Hart, creator of the caveman comic strip B.C., could not have arranged a departure with more evocative symbolism. He died with his boots on, so to speak—at his drawing board, like the dedicated brandisher of pencil and pen he was. But he wasn’t at his drawing board because he was chained to it, like most of his brethren, by the perpetual deadlines of the syndicated cartoonist. [SNIP] Hart was in his studio by choice, not servitude. The studio’s atrium—30 feet high, the walls richly paneled—is filled with incidental amusements, two pool...
  • Highland Park Presbyterian Church Votes to Change to New Presbyterian Denomination

    10/29/2013 8:31:15 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 10/28/2013
    DALLAS, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of Highland Park Presbyterian Church voted Sunday to end the church's voluntary relationship with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), PC(USA), and begin steps to join a new Presbyterian denomination, ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. More than 1,500 members of the congregation voted, endorsing a plan proposed by church elders and the board of trustees by an 89 percent margin. In September, the church's Session unanimously agreed to begin a discernment and discussion process that culminated in Sunday's congregational vote. "By joining ECO, we are not walking away from our Presbyterian values; we are...
  • Believers in Unbelieving Churches

    10/26/2013 8:39:24 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 16 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 10-21-1935 | J. Greshem Machen
    Believers in Unbelieving Churches What Should Be Done by Christian People Who are in a Modernist Church? What is the duty of Christian congregations or Christian individuals who find themselves in a church that is dominated by unbelief? Shall they remain in such a church, or shall they withdraw from it and become members of a consistently Christian Church? That is certainly the question of the hour for the orthodox part of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Various attempts are being made to answer the question. Various considerations are being urged on one side or the other. If we...
  • Report on Rosaria Butterfield at RUF Event at University of South Florida

    10/10/2013 6:39:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | October 10, 2013 | Jeff Lee
    Rosaria spoke for 35 minutes and then fielded questions from the audience for another hour and a half. While she received many challenging questions from opposing viewpoints, the audience was mostly very respectful of her and her time. In short, the Gospel was clearly proclaimed both in her lecture and during Q&A. Even several from USF’s administration told how thankful they were for her lecture and for how smoothly the whole event ran. As I reflect on the events of the past week, especially the past 48 hours, it is difficult to express all that the Lord has done through...
  • J. Gresham Machen's Response to Modernism

    09/20/2013 12:55:04 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 6 replies
    Desiring God ^ | January 26, 1993 | John Piper
    On New Year’s Eve, 1936, in a Roman Catholic hospital in Bismarck, North Dakota, J. Gresham Machen was one day away from death at the age of 55. It was Christmas break at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia, where he taught New Testament. His colleagues said he looked “deadly tired.” But instead of resting, he took the train from Philadelphia to the 20-below-zero winds of North Dakota to preach in a few Presbyterian churches at the request of Pastor Samuel Allen. ... He had pneumonia and could scarcely breath. Pastor Allen came to pray for him that last day of 1936,...
  • Schaeffer Sunday: the role that Francis Schaeffer played in the rise of the pro-life movement

    09/19/2013 1:51:00 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    Editor note: This essay below is worth the read. [The following essay explores the role that Francis Schaeffer played in the rise of the pro-life movement.  It examines the place of How Should We Then Live?, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?, and A Christian Manifesto in that process.]One of the most enigmatic, controversial, and influential figures in the growth of the “pro-life” movement was Francis August Schaeffer.  It was the issue of abortion in particular that drove Schaeffer to shift his later work in the direction of political involvement and mobilization.(1)  Yet, despite the enormous impact of his books...
  • "White power" group plans takeover of town with the last church where OPC founder Machen preached

    08/31/2013 7:51:32 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 40 replies
    (Vanity) | 8/31/2013 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    The town where J. Gresham Machen, the founder of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, last preached before his death has shown up again in the news, this time in a horrible way. While Machen's direct denominational influence was fairly narrow, as the key leader of the secession from the Northern Presbyterians and founder of Westminster Theological Seminary, Machen has a lasting role in American Calvinism that is far larger than the Orthodox Presbyterian Church which he founded. In his own lifetime, however, Machen's role was even more important and went well beyond Reformed circles. As a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary,...
  • The Church of England in Early America

    08/30/2013 1:22:33 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | August 2013 | Christine Leigh Heyrman
    Christine Leigh Heyrman http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/eighteen/ekeyinfo/chureng.htm TEACHER SERVE August 2013 Although the Church of England (also known as the Anglican Church, and, today, as the Protestant Episcopal Church) commanded the loyalties of a great many churchgoers in early America, its history has received relatively little treatment from historians-especially compared with the attention lavished on the Puritans. True, the Church of England in the colonies suffered from a sluggish rate of growth and a shortage of clergymen throughout much of the seventeenth century. But in the century before the American Revolution, that communion's fortunes prospered: Anglican churches spread along the length of the...
  • Does The Orthodox Presbyterian Church use the Crucifix?

    08/05/2013 10:31:02 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 961 replies
    Question: Does the OPC use the crucifix in the church? If not, are they opposed to it? Answer: Thank you for your question. The answer is, so far as I know, the crucifix is not used in OPC churches, and here is why: 1.The Second Commandment (Ex. 20:4-6 and Deut. 5:8-10) forbids any picture or image of God, and that would include the Son of God, even as man. At any rate we do not know what Jesus looked like as there is no physical description of him. 2.The crucifix will always end up being an object of worship—regarded as...
  • Boca Raton Pastor Investigated by Church for Alleged Past Inappropriate Relationship With Teen

    08/02/2013 2:05:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Palmbeach ^ | Kyle Swenson
    For the past year, a pastor at a Boca Raton church has been serving up the good word from the pulpit while higher-ups in the faith look into allegations that he was sexually involved with a teenager in the 1980s. Kirk A. McCormick has been a pastor for the past 18 years at Grace Community Church, a Presbyterian congregation on West Camino Real. But in early June, the pastor abruptly "renounced the jurisdiction" of the congregation's parent body, the Presbyterian Church (USA). McCormick's decision came just as testimony was to begin in an inner-church trial over the accusations. By bailing...