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  • Trinity Presbyterian Church catches fire Saturday in Opelika

    07/14/2013 8:31:11 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Opelika-Auburn News ^ | 07/14/2013 | Tamiko Lowery
    Editor's note: On Sunday morning, officials with the fire department confirmed that the sanctuary was actually spared.The bells at Trinity Presbyterian Church will not toll this morning as flames engulfed the historic church Saturday night after a fire spread from the attic and brought the roof down. Capt. Scott McBurney of the Opelika Fire Department said he believed the church was struck by lightning. McBurney, who lives near Trinity, said he heard thunder and then a pop an hour before the station received a call at approximately 6:46 p.m. "We were on the scene in three minutes," McBurney said. "Smoke...
  • How a Dog Called Obi Changed a Pennsylvania Church and Its Community

    07/07/2013 12:20:00 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | July 5, 2013 | Leonardo Blair
    Just under two years ago, the Rev. Marion Haynes-Weller of Kreutz Creek Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania was struggling to connect with the Hellam Township community. When she took her dog Obi to church one day in the summer of 2011 however, everything began to change. "We knew we had children in the neighborhood and we would see them and wave to them but most of them are unchurched and they were a little uncomfortable approaching me," Haynes-Weller told The Christian Post in a recent interview about the wary relationship she once had with the small community. "They would be here...
  • NJ Presbyterian Churches Call America 'the Hardest Mission Field'

    07/06/2013 7:44:00 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | June 28, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    Four Presbyterian churches in New Jersey will be holding a lecture series about how the United States has become the "hardest mission field." The Delaware Valley Summer Institute will sponsor the four-night event, titled "America After Christendom: The Hardest Mission Field", from August 11-14. Dr. Darrell Guder, professor of missional and ecumenical theology at Princeton Seminary, will lead the events' presentations. The churches organizing the event are Lambertville Presbyterian, Titusville Presbyterian, Stockton Presbyterian, and Mt. Airy Presbyterian. Rev. Kenneth Good, pastor at Stockton Presbyterian, told The Christian Post that the event was the fourth time the churches have come together...
  • Reclaim America (lyrics) [Happy Presbyterian Rebellion Day!]

    07/04/2013 9:40:44 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    "To Extremes" CD, Benson Records | 1994 | Degarmo and Key
    The doomsday sayers are crowding in the streets They say it’s over it’s too late Our land is crying We’ve sown, and now we reap But there’s a difference we can make As helpless as it seems our Lord can still redeem So don’t lose hope and don’t lose faith [Chorus] Stake your claim and reclaim America Stand your ground Stand up for the Lord Stake your claim and reclaim America I still feel it’s worth fighting for We all can see it the lights are dimming fast Our troubles just won’t seem to leave Our God in Heaven loves...
  • Preachers under fire: politics from the pulpit breaks the law, some say [Presbyterian Rebellion Day]

    07/04/2013 4:53:56 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 33 replies
    San Bernandino Sun ^ | 12/23/2012 | Josh Dulaney
    God created government. So preached Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in the days leading up to the presidential election. Hibbs has joined with nearly 1,600 pastors across the country and about 140 in California in the Pulpit Initiative, a legal effort aimed at protecting the free-speech rights of pastors in the pulpit. Hibbs' sermons in a series called "Politics and Faith" may have been enough to let the church know which candidate he supported. Or at least who he didn't. He preached about politics and Israel. And politics and defending the pre-born. Hibbs was emphatic during an...
  • Calvin and American Exceptionalism (Happy Presbyterian Rebellion Day!)

    07/04/2013 3:51:04 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    New ^ | JULY 9, 2009 | Damon Linker
    Once an idea is unleashed upon the world, there's no telling where it will lead. That is one lesson to be drawn from studying the astonishing influence of John Calvin's theology on the subsequent history of the world. Born five hundred years ago today, Calvin deepened the Protestant Reformation by building on Martin Luther's break from Rome, formulating a sternly ascetic version of Christian piety that, as Max Weber powerfully argued more than a century ago, inadvertently laid the psychological groundwork for the development of capitalism. Others have noted the surprising ways that Calvinist ideas helped to legitimize representative political...
  • Presbyterianism and the American Revolution in the Middle Colonies [Presbyterian Rebellion Day]

    07/04/2013 9:56:41 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    High Beam Research ^ | June 1, 2005 | Joseph S.Tiedemann
    After the Revolution, Thomas Jones, an embittered loyalist exile, identified the culprits he deemed responsible for the rebellion in New York: the Whig "triumvirate" of Presbyterians--William Livingston, William Smith, and John Morin Scott. Jones averred that in the Independent Reflector (1752-53) and Watch Tower (1754-55), which they authored, "the established Church was abused, Monarchy derided, Episcopacy reprobated, and republicanism held up, as the best existing form of government." The three wrote "with a rancor, a malevolence, and an acrimony, not to be equaled but by the descendants of those presbyterian and republican fanatics, whose ancestors had in the preceding century...
  • "A Scotch-Irish Presbyterian Rebellion"

    07/04/2013 8:40:22 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    Arctic Pilgrim ^ | April 2, 2013 | Justin
    When the American Revolution broke out, at least in the Scotch-Irish version of the story, the Ulster natives leaped at the opportunity to attack the British crown. "Call this war by whatever name you may. . . ," observed one Hessian officer, "it is nothing more or less than a Scotch Irish Presbyterian rebellion." King George allegedly called the conflict "a Presbyterian war," and another official stated that cousin "America has run off with the Presbyterian parson." The more I read on the history of America and the Scottish/English reformations, the more I am convinced that American liberty has...

    07/04/2013 7:43:13 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Coming predominantly from former homes in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, the first permanent European settlers began arriving in the area west of the Catawba River during the 1750s. These settlers were overwhelmingly Scots-Irish Presbyterians who traveled here by way of the "Great Wagon Road." Allied by both blood and religious affiliations, the Scots-Irish pioneers moved through the Shenandoah Valley and the present-day towns of Winchester, Lexington, and Roanoke in Virginia, and eventually pushed south to Salisbury, North Carolina. From here they drifted southward along the Catawba into South Carolina. In order to set the stage for the 1780 Presbyterian Rebellion,...
  • John Calvin and the American Founding

    07/04/2013 6:28:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    Worldview Times ^ | Reed R. Heustis, Jr., Esq.
    The commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of the great Geneva Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, took place this past July 10, 2009. Without question, Calvin was a giant among men used by God to rediscover and expound on biblical truth that long had been forgotten and rejected by Rome. His influence on all spheres of life is immeasurable, and today, his understanding of theology is making a huge comeback within certain quarters of the Christian community. However, what Americans do not realize immediately is that the birth of the American republic is steeped in Calvinist presuppositions, and perhaps...
  • Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian Churches Tied to Late-Term Abortion Doc

    06/28/2013 3:34:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | June 27, 2013 | Susan Michelle Tyrrell
    There’s been a lot of talk lately about the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), a “faith-based” group that claims that Jesus would support abortion and has manipulated many in the church to follow suit and promote abortion as a God-given right that allows women to be in control over their own lives.Recently we’ve written extensively about the connection of the United Methodist Church to this abhorrent group. My disgust at this group is less about them promoting abortion, as it is about promoting abortion as if they are doing the work of Jesus. As I have been reading some...
  • Journey of grace - From lesbianism to the parking lot to church: An interview with author...

    06/27/2013 12:08:33 PM PDT · by scripter · 55 replies
    World Magazine ^ | March 8, 2013 | Marvin Olasky
    Rosaria Butterfield was a tenured professor at Syracuse University, until God used her desire to write a book on the religious right, and the friendship of a biblically orthodox pastor, to draw her to Christ. She became a voracious Bible reader, gradually saw that her new beliefs required her to upend her former life, and has now described what happened in The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. I interviewed her on Jan. 11 in front of students at Patrick Henry College. By Feb. 20 about 30,000 people had viewed the interview on YouTube. Here are edited excerpts.  Let’s start...
  • Evangelical Presbyterian Church's General Assembly to Have Record Attendance

    06/24/2013 7:30:32 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | June 17, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    The Evangelical Presbyterian Church is set to have the record number for their 33rd General Assembly, which will be held at Cherry Hills Community Church in Colorado.Dana Cadman, director of communications and information services with the growing conservative Presbyterian denomination, told The Christian Post that 1,180 people, more than 620 of whom are voting commissioners, will be attending."This year's attendance is 50 percent greater than last year's; we have 35 percent more voting commissioners than last year," said Cadman. "I think that it is wonderful to have so many people worshiping and serving together."The 33rd General Assembly will be a...
  • American Church [Who best understands the American experiment - Catholics or Protestants?]

    05/29/2013 11:28:22 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 54 replies
    The Catholic Sun ^ | George Weigel
    With his new book, “American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America” (Ignatius Press), mild-mannered Russell Shaw has become the bull in the china shop of U.S. Catholic history, knocking heroes off pedestals and overturning conventional story-lines—all in aid of trying to understand why the Church in America is in precarious position today vis-ŕ-vis the ambient public culture and the government. Shaw’s answer: we’re in deep trouble because of a longstanding U.S. Catholic determination to be more-American-than-thou—to disprove ancient charges of Catholicism’s incompatibility with American democracy by assimilating so dramatically that there’s no discernible...
  • Gresham Machen, Friend to Catholics

    05/26/2013 9:08:28 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | 05/25/2013 | David Mills
    Mistakenly thinking the great Presbyterian theologian J. Gresham Machen had written a book on Catholicism and wanting to give it as an example of Protestant apologetics in yesterday’s item, I googled the subject and found that he didn’t, but he did say this in his book Christianity and Liberalism: Far more serious still is the division between the Church of Rome and evangelical Protestantism in all its forms. Yet how great is the common heritage which unites the Roman Catholic Church, with its maintenance of the authority of Holy Scripture and with its acceptance of the great early creeds, to...
  • To the Boy Scouts and Others – Warning: Reality is Not Politically Correct

    05/26/2013 8:43:35 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 80 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 5-26-13 | Jason A. Van Bemmel
    All teens need to be taught by their parents, teachers, pastors and mentors that their sexual desires are not their identity, nor do they need to be controlled by them. Who we are is so much greater than our appetites, sexual or otherwise. And all of us can learn, by God’s grace, to master and subdue our desires.
  • R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions eBooks Now Free Forever [Kindle & Itunes]

    05/21/2013 6:06:10 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies ^ | 5/21/13 | Nathan Bingham
    To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, from today the eBook editions of R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions series will be free forever. Can I Be Sure I’m Saved? (Kindle) (iTunes)Can I Have Joy in My Life? (Kindle)Can I Know God’s Will? (Kindle) (iTunes)Can I Trust the Bible? (Kindle) (iTunes)Does God Control Everything? (Kindle)Does Prayer Change Things? (Kindle) (iTunes)How Should I Live in this World? (Kindle) (iTunes)What Can I Do with My Guilt? (Kindle) (iTunes)What Does It Mean to be Born Again? (Kindle) (iTunes)What Is Baptism? (Kindle) (iTunes)What Is Faith? (Kindle) (iTunes)What Is the Trinity? (Kindle) (iTunes)Who Is Jesus? (Kindle)...
  • Why We Sing Old Testament Psalms

    05/19/2013 7:24:57 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 5-19-13 | Daniel R. Hyde
    We sing the Psalms because the people of God have been doing so since as early as Moses (Ps. 90) and especially during the days of David, when the Psalter became the “hymnal” of Israel. When we sing them, we identify with our most ancient forefathers and offer transcendent praise, applicable in all times and in all places.
  • PC(USA) Extorting Money from Local Churches

    05/08/2013 6:42:36 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 35 replies
    Self ^ | May 8, 2013 | Timber Rattler
    This is a request for information assistance. Last night, I received a disturbing email from a longtime friend and pastor from my hometown church, which is breaking from the corrupt, mainline Presbyterian Church (USA), like many others are doing. Apparently PC (USA) has asked the congregation for an exorbitant sum of money, and is threatening the church manse and other property in an effort to force the congregation back into the corrupted fold. I've been out of the Presbyterian loop for a while but want to help, and so I'm wondering if anyone has any specific information about what is...
  • Resolution of Reformed Presbyterian Church Concerning Same Sex "Marriage"

    04/27/2013 8:59:52 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    The Reformed Presbyterian Church in the U.S., at it meeting on April 19, 2013, adopted a statement concerning Homosexuality and Same Sex marriage. They intentionally included positions from the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church with the hope that they would once again join in making a prophetic statement to those in civil authority that the fear and judgment of God may at least move enough legislators and judges not to approve of or support legalizing “same sex marriage.” Their desire is that the whole Christian, and especially the Reformed church, should protest this matter. Resolution Adopted...
  • Orthodox Presbyterian breakaway group kicked out of hotel for opposing ‘gay marriage’

    03/27/2013 7:11:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lifesitenews ^ | Hillary White
    ABERDEEN, Scotland, March 26, 2013 ( – A small breakaway church group has been banned from using a meeting room at a hotel in Aberdeen over their opposition to same-sex “marriage” and homosexual activity. The Gilcomston church were turned away from the Copthorne Hotel, where they were to hold their first communion service on March 10th , the Christian Institute reports. The hotel said they banned the group after they received complaints from clients and members of the public that their views on marriage were “offensive”. The group has been temporarily allowed to move back into their church building, owned...
  • National Catholic Reporter columnist calls unborn child 'a bundle of cells'

    03/22/2013 6:15:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    LSN ^ | John Jalsevac
    The National Catholic Reporter has once again proved that its nickname, the National Catholic “Fishwrap,” is well deserved. On Wednesday, NCR printed a column in which columnist Bill Tammeus (who, oddly enough, isn’t Catholic, but a Presbyterian elder) referred to the unborn child as a “bundle of cells” and questioned why the Roman Catholic Church has exerted so much energy trying to stop abortion, as opposed to the death penalty. After all, says, Bill Tammeus, “in the matter of abortion, we have a bundle of cells that one day may be born.” On the other hand, in the case of...
  • Gay militant Jean Wyllys at Brazilian Presbyterian University

    03/05/2013 7:49:10 AM PST · by juliosevero · 2 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Gay militant Jean Wyllys at Brazilian Presbyterian University Has Mackenzie Presbyterian University given in to politically correct trends? By Julio Severo In its debate entitled “Sexual Diversity and Religious Freedom: A Possible Marriage?” on February 28, 2013, Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Brazil, in partnership with its chancellery, invited congressman Jean Wyllys, a gay supremacist, to address sexual diversity. In its presentation featuring Wyllys, the university said of him: “A militant for civil freedoms, he worked in the base ecclesial communities in the Catholic Church. Partner in LGBT, black and women movements. He is involved in activism to fight homophobia,...
  • My Train Wreck Conversion..., I despised Christians. Then I somehow became one.

    02/08/2013 6:58:50 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 148 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/7/2013 9:26AM | Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
    The word Jesus stuck in my throat like an elephant tusk; no matter how hard I choked, I couldn't hack it out. Those who professed the name commanded my pity and wrath. I began researching the Religious Right.. Ken Smith encouraged me to explore the kind of questions I admire: Ken and his wife, Floy, and I became friends. I started reading the Bible. I read the way a glutton devours. I counted the costs. And I did not like the math on the other side.. Then, one ordinary day, I came to Jesus, openhanded..
  • U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Springs into Action

    11/21/2012 5:24:37 PM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 20, 2012 | Ryan Mauro
    The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and its non-Muslim allies have sprung into action. They are demanding that President Obama make Israel end its offensive against Hamas which, in characteristic Islamist fashion, they are falsely depicting as a genocidal crusade. Obama blames Hamas, but the pressure from Islamists, the anti-Israel left and other countries like Britain and France, may be taking a toll. He signaled possible opposition to an Israeli ground operation, saying it’d be “preferable” to end the Hamas rocket threat without sending in troops. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood entity whose executive director was fundraising for...
  • Request for Calvinists to help "Freep" a "Two Kingdoms" blog opposing Christian pastors in politics

    10/11/2012 11:27:52 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 19 replies
    Presbyterian Blues ^ | 10/11/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Fellow Calvinists on the Great Reformed Ping List, I need some help. Go to this website, run by a lawyer who is also an Orthodox Presbyterian elder, and you'll see what is being advocated by prominent people in Calvinist circles today who are seriously arguing not only that the church ought to steer clear from political positions but also that Christians ought not to use their Bibles when they enter the civil realm.
  • America’s first mega-church was in Congress

    10/09/2012 12:47:10 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Standard-Examiner ^ | 10/09/2012 | Chris Crowder
    America’s first mega-church, defined as a congregation of 2,000 attendees or more, held services in the capitol building inside the House of Representatives. It remained there until 1868 as the congregation raised money for building a new sanctuary they could call their own. According to the diary of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, church services were also held in the Treasury building and the Supreme Court Building. He describes the Reverend James Laurie, pastor of a Presbyterian Church, that had settled into the Treasury Building, preaching to an overflow audience in the Supreme Court Chamber,...
  • Poll: PCUSA Church Members Increasingly Favoring Same-Sex Marriage

    10/06/2012 1:15:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/05/2012 | By Michael Gryboski
    According to a recently released survey, support for same-sex marriage among Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members and pastors has considerably increased since 2005. In research conducted by Presbyterian Research Services and published in October, the number of PC(USA) members and pastors supporting the denomination redefining marriage grew. In 2005, 23 percent of PC(USA) members supported same-sex marriage; in 2012, the number had increased to 34 percent. Among pastors, support for same-sex marriage in 2005 was at 35 percent; in 2012, it is at 49 percent. Jack Marcum, coordinator of Research Services at Presbyterian Mission Agency and author of the published findings,...
  • Todd Akin is a PCA member and Covenant Seminary graduate (vanity)

    08/21/2012 2:52:24 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 45 replies
    Puritan Board ^ | 8/21/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    By now probably everybody who cares anything about politics or about right-to-life issues knows about the U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri who made really dumb statements about female biology in rape cases. What may not be widely known is that U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America, is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, and apparently was a ruling elder at Twin Oaks PCA in Ballwin, a St. Louis suburb, though he's no longer listed as being a member of that church's session (i.e., board of elders or consistory). Most of...
  • Shocking: Reports Indicate Suspect of ‘Dark Knight’ Shootings Was a Camp Counselor

    07/21/2012 7:24:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 79 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 21, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    Bill Dedman, an investigative reporter for, is reporting that the suspect in the horrifying shooting in Aurora, Colorado was a camp counselor in the summer of 2008 for underprivileged children in Glendale, California. NBC News has more information: Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles confirmed that [James] Holmes was a cabin counselor, responsible for 10 children at its Camp Max Straus for children ages 7 to 14 from Los Angeles. Holmes was then a 20-year-old student at the University of California, Riverside, and neighbors have said he was active in the Presbyterian church that the family attended....
  • Presbyterian Church in US considers Israel divestment

    07/05/2012 8:12:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/5/12 | staff
    The largest Presbyterian group in the US is considering divesting from three major global companies over the Israeli military’s use of their products in the Palestinian territories. The proposal before the Presbyterian Church (USA) has outraged many Jewish groups, who sent representatives to the church’s national assembly in Pittsburgh this week to lobby against the measure. Divestment supporters say the targeted companies — Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Motorola — are profiting from Palestinian suffering. The American Jewish Committee, a public policy group, has said the proposal demonizes Israel and threatens Christian-Jewish relations. Debate and vote were scheduled for late
  • Calvinism In America [July 4th -- Happy "Presbyterian Rebellion" Day, everyone!]

    07/04/2012 2:46:42 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    Reformed ^ | 1932 | Loraine Boettner
    When we come to study the influence of Calvinism as a political force in the history of the United States we come to one of the brightest pages of all Calvinistic history. Calvinism came to America in the Mayflower, and Bancroft, the greatest of American historians, pronounces the Pilgrim Fathers "Calvinists in their faith according to the straightest system."1 John Endicott, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; John Winthrop, the second governor of that Colony; Thomas Hooker, the founder of Connecticut; John Davenport, the founder of the New Haven Colony; and Roger Williams, the founder of the Rhode...
  • The Presbyterian Rebellion [Happy Presbyterian Rebellion Day, everyone!]

    07/04/2012 9:04:56 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 32 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | July 6, 2011 | Steve Salyards
    American Presbyterians frequently circulate the claim that King George III of England referred to the American Revolution as a “Presbyterian War.” Several years ago I set out to find the original source from which the quote is taken since I was curious about the context in which the king made this statement — if indeed he even did. The first time I discussed this quest with my dissertation director (who happens to be an elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)), he suspected I may discover it is a fiction manufactured by proud Presbyterian myth-makers, for indeed many such writers have...
  • The Presbyterian Rebellion: An analysis of the perception [Happy Presbyterian Rebellion Day!]

    07/04/2012 7:20:58 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    Raynor Memorial Libraries at Marquette University ^ | January 1, 2005 | Richard Gardiner
    Abstract During the era of the American Revolution, King George III and his supporters perceived that the war was a "Presbyterian Rebellion." Why? The label "Presbyterian" was a much more ambiguous designation than it is at present. Employed broadly as a synonym for a Calvinist, a dissenter, or a republican, the term was used with considerable imprecision in the eighteenth century. Furthermore, it was used as a demagogic tool to inflame popular passions. The term Presbyterian carried with it the connotation of a fanatical, anti-monarchical rebel. Those who designated the war a Presbyterian Rebellion could be considered biased, partisan, and...
  • Presbyterians still divided on same-sex unions

    07/04/2012 8:08:29 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 19 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 4 July 2012 | Jason Cato & Bob Kerlik
    Same-sex marriage continues to be a major dividing point among members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) as the issue moves closer to a vote this week by the denomination’s governing body. The 220th General Assembly is expected to address the subject of gay marriage and the church before its biennial conference wraps up on Saturday in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Groups on opposing sides of the debate met separately on Tuesday as the church’s committee on Civil Union and Marriage Issues considered proposals both for and against gay marriage. A church survey released in February showed that...
  • Same-gender unions on Presbyterian, Episcopal agendas

    07/04/2012 5:02:06 AM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies
    GoErie ^ | 4 July 2012 | Dana Messing
    As the Episcopal Church's governing body gathers this week, members are preparing to discuss church recognition of same-sex couples living in committed relationships. "We anticipate that the church will approve a rite for blessing same-gender relationships," the Right Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, said. .. "I do plan to authorize same-gender blessings in this diocese," Rowe said in a letter to members before the convention. The Episcopalians aren't alone in considering same-gender issues this month. At the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly, commissioners are considering whether marriage is between "a woman and a man"...
  • California presbytery defies church, backs minister in gay weddings

    05/19/2012 6:36:34 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    La Times ^ | 16 May 2012 | Maria La Ganga
    Days after President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, the Presbyterian Church's Northern California governing body refused to rebuke a retired minister for marrying gays and lesbians when it was legal in California. The Presbytery of the Redwoods, which governs churches from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border, voted 74 to 18 Tuesday to reject the church's official denunciation and instead support the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr, who had been found guilty by an ecclesiastical court of violating the Presbyterian Constitution and her ordination vows for marrying 16 same-sex couples
  • Presbyterian church representatives refuse to rebuke former San Rafael pastor...

    05/15/2012 10:32:07 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/15/12 | Jessica Bernstein-Wax, Marin Independent Journal
    Presbyterian church representatives refuse to rebuke former San Rafael pastor in gay marriage dispute In an unprecedented defiance of a church judicial commission, representatives of Northern California Presbyterian churches Tuesday refused to rebuke a retired pastor for marrying 16 same-sex couples when gay marriage was legal in California in 2008.The 74-18 vote on a motion opposing the censure of the Rev. Jane Spahr came at a meeting of the Presbytery of the Redwoods at the First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo."Love and justice have come together here," Spahr, 69, said after the vote. "I think this is going to help...
  • Presbyterian Church USA Seminary Commends Planned Parenthood Leadership

    05/11/2012 11:32:29 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Live Action ^ | 5/11/2012 | Joy Miladin
    Imagine reading a headline that stated, “Animal Rights Organization PETA Presents Meat Processing Company Tyson with Award.” Absurd, right? Why would an organization that denounces pet owners as selfish captors who subject animals to a cruel life of bondage publicly commend one of the largest slaughterhouses in America? The headline screams of hypocrisy. But our society has so boldly embraced abortion that even Christian organizations are honoring the largest abortion chain in America as a promoter of “women’s health.” Just last week, a seminary with the Presbyterian Church-USA publicly commemorated two Planned Parenthood officials. At Auburn Seminary’s annual benefit breakfast,...
  • First Presbyterian Congregation Votes To Leave Denomination {PCUSA}

    04/23/2012 4:17:58 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    KRDO ^ | 22 April 2012 | KRDO
    he congregation as First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs has officially voted to leave the Presbyterian USA denomination. The church plans to switch to a more conservative denomination called the Evangelical Covenant Order Of Presbyterians. Leaders say its because of scriptural conflicts and the decision to allow openly gay ministers to be ordained. 95.5% of those who voted said First Pres.should leave Presbyterian USA. There is also a financial aspect to the split. The congregation must pay $650,000 to keep worshiping in their church. It will be paid over a five-year period to their regional governing body Pueblo Presbytery. The...
  • Green Baggins, 2K, Westminster-West, gay marriage, and Calvinist politics

    03/22/2012 7:58:02 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 31 replies · 1+ views
    (vanity) | 3/22/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    If you're a Free Republic participant, I already know you're a political conservative. If you're a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America, or United Reformed Churches, and if you don't know what "two kingdoms" theology is, you need to read this post. What follows is the CO-URC version of posts I made today on the United Reformed and Orthodox Presbyterian listserves run by Christian Observer magazine. It responds to this thread on the Green Baggins blog owned by Rev. Lane Keister: You can find the OPC and URC versions of my posts here:
  • EWTN - The Journey Home - February 6 @ 8pm - Roy Schoeman, Mark Shea, Dr. Scott Hahn

    02/06/2012 1:38:46 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    EWTN ^ | February 6, 2012 | Marcus Grodi
    February 6 Roy Schoeman- Jewish ConvertMark Shea- Former Baptist, Dr. Scott Hahn- Former Presbyterian, Fr. Ray Ryland- Former Episcopalian
  • Sausalito Presbyterian Church welcomes first openly gay pastor

    02/04/2012 12:10:32 AM PST · by Cronos · 10 replies ^ | 29 Jan 2012 | Rob Rogers
    When he was 18 years old, Paul Mowry came out as a gay man. "She said, 'I love you and support you — but two things pain me," Mowry said. "One is that I think you would make a great dad, and I'd hate to have you not have that experience. The other is that Presbyterians don't ordain gay people."Mowry's mother mentioned ordination because Mowry — whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all served as Presbyterian ministers — had felt called to the cloth "ever since I was a really small child," he said.On Sunday, Mowry's long-held dream came true,...
  • Sausalito Presbyterian Church welcomes first openly gay pastor

    02/04/2012 12:07:17 AM PST · by Cronos · 13 replies ^ | 29 Jan 2012 | Rob Rogers
    When he was 18 years old, Paul Mowry came out as a gay man. "She said, 'I love you and support you — but two things pain me," Mowry said. "One is that I think you would make a great dad, and I'd hate to have you not have that experience. The other is that Presbyterians don't ordain gay people."Mowry's mother mentioned ordination because Mowry — whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all served as Presbyterian ministers — had felt called to the cloth "ever since I was a really small child," he said.On Sunday, Mowry's long-held dream came true,...
  • {Presbyterian} Pastor Seeks Spiritual Renewal from Celts, {Native} American

    01/04/2012 10:40:45 PM PST · by Cronos · 13 replies
    Dunedin Times ^ | 4 Jan 2012 | Katie Dolac
    A Dunedin pastor recently won a sabbatical grant so she can learn from the ancient Celts and American Indians, according to media reports The Rev. Victoria “Vicki” ByRoade, of the First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, received a $49,470 grant from The Lilly Endowment Inc. for spiritual learning and renewal that it believes will better her congregation. ByRoade and her congregation are among 158 religious groups across 40 states that learned in October they would win awards through the Lilly Endowment's National Clergy Renewal Program
  • First Presbyterian Pastor to Start Own Church

    01/04/2012 10:38:37 PM PST · by Cronos · 7 replies
    Petaluma ^ | 2 Jan 2012 | Kanna Ioffee
    The pastor of First Presbyterian Church on B Street is breaking away from the congregation to start his own non-denominational house of worship that will focus on helping people connect with God through a music-filled service, Bible teachings that apply to contemporary life and community meals. Dave Weidlich, 56, spent seven years leading First Presbyterian, but says he encountered a vision of church elders that was different from the one he had. Now the backpacking and blogging pastor is launching his own church, called The Vine, that will meet in an office building near Auto Row.“The Vine will be different...
  • Fremont Presbyterian split -- and land holdings -- challenged

    12/30/2011 11:10:19 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/30/11 | Jennifer Garza
    Most Fremont Presbyterian church members thought the turmoil in their congregation would end after they voted 427-164 to leave the national denomination in October.Now that vote – and the future of the church – is being challenged.Local Presbyterian leaders have called for an investigation of Fremont to determine if there is a schism, or significant opposition to the vote, within the church. Members voted to leave the Presbyterian Church USA to join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. If Sacramento-area Presbyterian leaders find there is a schism at Fremont, they would also decide which faction is entitled to the valuable church property.This...
  • Presbyterian Church closes its doors, new ministry to open them

    12/20/2011 11:46:40 PM PST · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Cochrane Times news ^ | 8 Dec 2011 | Mark Prior
    Cochrane's Knox Presbyterian Church held its last service Sunday.The membership of the Church has declined over the years to now only being a handful, most of which commute from out of town.The lack of members resulted in difficulties with maintaining the building regularly, which lead to the collective decision to relocate.Although a snowstorm lefts road conditions difficult to drive, over a dozen people were present for the emotional and historical time.Members of different churches were present for the service in support of their fellow Christians.Speaker Clint Sheehan gave a sermon about 'Great and Sovereign Grace', sharing personal memories and related...
  • 4 area Presbyterian churches leave national denomination

    12/16/2011 8:12:42 AM PST · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Dayton Daily ^ | Dec 8, 2011 | Brandon Smith-Hebson
    Four of 60 Presbyterian churches in the Miami Valley recently left their national denomination. Their ministers pointed to changes in the denomination’s constitution that paved the way for openly gay people to become ministers or church leaders, as well as changes to the way the church is governed that could provide for a more top-down leadership in the future. ..“We were concerned,” said Peter Larson, head pastor at Lebanon Presbyterian Church, “that some might see this move as creating a church that’s anti-gay people, or homophobic.” Larson’s church voted to leave the denomination. “That’s just not true. Every person is...
  • How Calvinists Spread Holiday Cheer

    11/18/2011 6:13:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 262 replies
    WSJ ^ | November 18, 2011 | Aaron Belz
    Next Thursday, as the rest of us tuck into our turkey feasts, hundreds of needy families in Southern California will open "Boxes of Love." Delivered by several churches led by Pacific Crossroads in Santa Monica, Calif., the boxes contain ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal for six. They allow impoverished families to skip food lines and neighborhood pantries and enjoy the holiday in their own homes. What's unusual about the Pacific Crossroads congregation—and what underpins efforts such as Boxes of Love—is its theologically conservative raison d'ętre. A member church of the Presbyterian Church in America, Pacific Crossroads is committed to Reformation...