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  • 'Please Leave': Why the Sydney Archbishop's Same-Sex Marriage Message has Anglicans Rattled

    10/22/2019 5:55:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10/19/19 | Andrew West
    Glenn Davies’ blunt words come at a critical moment for Australian churches amid demands for religious freedomFor a man renowned for his civility, the language was blunt. During his annual speech to the Anglican Church’s Sydney synod, Archbishop Glenn Davies told supporters of same-sex marriage to “please leave us”. “My own view is that if people wish to change the doctrine of our church, they should start a new church or join a church more aligned to their views,” he said. “But do not ruin the Anglican Church by abandoning the plain teaching of scripture.” In a report published on...
  • Are You Wearing Spectacles? Objectivity and the Interpretation of Scripture

    10/22/2019 2:10:32 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 6 replies
    The Master Seminary ^ | Oct 1, 2019 | Brad Klassen
    Confirmation bias. The Oxford Dictionary of Psychology defines it as “the tendency to test one’s beliefs or conjectures by seeking evidence that might confirm or verify them and to ignore evidence that might disconfirm or refute them.”[1] It manifests itself in all fields of human knowledge, from scientific experimentation to criminal investigation to medical diagnosis. It is that internal “yes man” that stands ready to manipulate information to make it confirm what one already assumes is true. It is that subjective “lens” which is donned to interpret the facts. At its root, confirmation bias is the consequence of the Fall....
  • United Methodists to unUnite. . .

    10/19/2019 3:53:33 PM PDT · by NRx · 47 replies
    Pastoral Meanderings ^ | 10-18-2019 | Pastor Peters (LCMS)
    According to reports, the 2020 General Conference of the United Methodist Church meeting in  Minneapolis will consider how to structure what is hoped to be an amicable and orderly breakup of the second largest Protestant church in America.  But of course, the breakup is not news since the Methodists have been anything but united when it comes to how to deal with the LBGTQ+ issues.  of what church leaders hope can be an amicable, and orderly, breakup of a worldwide church that is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. When the conference earlier this year failed...
  • Homosexuality and the Bible study set Oct. 26

    10/12/2019 12:58:01 AM PDT · by lightman · 80 replies
    Cape Gazette ^ | 11 October A.D. 2019
    Metropolitan Community Church of Rehoboth will host a program entitled Homosexuality and the Bible, an In-Depth Study, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. This seminar will show that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. For better understanding of scripture, participants will look at writings of ancient scrolls though the influences of Middle Eastern traditions, Hebrew traditions, Greek and Roman traditions and early Christian situations. Attendees also will look at the difference between translation and interpretation, the difference between historical-critical reading and literal reading, defining sexuality and spirituality, the danger of picking and choosing scripture passages and the...
  • Pro-Abortion Candidate Elizabeth Warren Sings "Jesus Loves the Little Children" At Event

    10/11/2019 11:17:11 PM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 49 replies
    Pulpit & Pen ^ | 10/11/2019 | News Division
    The front-running Democratic Presidential candidate who is pro-abortion up until the first breath sang a rendition of "Jesus Loves the Little Children" at CNN's LGBTQ Town Hall in Los Angeles on Thursday. Elizabeth Warren sang the song in defense of gay marriage. She did not apply the song or its lyrics to unborn children who are slaughtered relentlessly by Democrat-protected abortuaries and whose blood money fuels her campaign. The church I grew up in, the first song I remember singing, "Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus Loves the little children of the world."...
  • Liberal Congregations in Five States Move towards Leaving UMC

    10/11/2019 5:11:24 PM PDT · by lightman · 35 replies
    The Institute on Religion & Democracy ^ | 9 October A.D. 2019 | John Lomperis
    Recently at least eleven liberal United Methodist congregations in five different states, from the Deep South to the far North, have publicly announced that they are taking at least initial steps towards leaving the United Methodist Church. These moves are all being made directly in protest over our denomination’s continued official traditionalist policies on marriage and sexual morality. Eight of these eleven congregations are formally affiliated with the LGBTQ-liberationist Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). On September 8, members of Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church in Savannah, Georgia, voted by a whopping 309-7 to disaffiliate from the UMC. Then on September 17,...
  • The First Sexual Revolution: The Triumph of Christian Morality in the Roman Empire

    10/06/2019 1:55:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 9-24-19 | Kevin DeYoung
    Kyle Harper’s From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity (Harvard, 2013) is an impressively learned and important book. Still a youngish man (which means younger than me), Harper is already a professor of classics and letters and senior vice president and provost at the University of Oklahoma. As an expert in the history of the late Roman world, Harper explores in this volume how the Christian sexual ethic, so despised and seemingly inconsequential in the first century, came to be codified in law by the sixth century. Harper does not take sides in this...
  • Calls Growing to Shutter Scotland’s Catholic Schools

    10/06/2019 8:01:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/2/19 | Stephen Wynne
    Commentators portray closure as solution to sectarian strifeGLASGOW, Scotland ( - Following a flare-up of sectarian tensions in Glasgow earlier this month, calls are growing in the Scottish press to close the country's Catholic schools. In an interview published Sunday, former sports commentator Archie Macpherson called for a national debate on the future of parochial education. Contemplating the possibility of phasing out Catholic schools, Macpherson argued: "I think the discussion of it should be open and bold. It should be discussed. One of the aspects of our society is we acquiesce. We don't question enough. What sort of education system...
  • Controversy in Cornwall Town as Vicar Starts New Church Accused of Extremism and Homophobia [UK]

    10/04/2019 5:36:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Cornwall Live ^ | 9/25/19 | Lee Trewhela
    Philip de Grey-Warter has resigned from the Church of EnglandThere are concerns in a Cornish town that a new church, which meets for the first time next week, is “extremist” and “homophobic”. The Vicar of Fowey has resigned in order to start a new Anglican church in the town, under the auspices of an organisation which has been dubbed right wing. The Rev Philip de Grey-Warter has resigned as Vicar of Fowey and Priest-in-Charge of Golant after 17 years to “plant” a new church community, Anchor, under the auspices of GAFCON, a controversial global movement of conservative Anglican clergy. Mr...
  • Lesbian Bishop Asserts Support of “People in the pews”

    10/02/2019 6:24:19 PM PDT · by lightman · 21 replies
    The Institute for Religion & Democracy ^ | 1 October A.D. 2019 | Benjamine Saine
    Contested United Methodist Church (UMC) Bishop Karen Oliveto recently spoke on transformational leadership at Yale Divinity School. The primary thrust of this talk was the need for a community focus in the UMC. She also took questions about the current state of the denomination. Oliveto attempted to avoid controversy in her comments, though her personal views were visible. When asked about the decline of the UMC in recent years, she obliquely blamed, “All the infighting we’ve been doing” as well as, “an erosion of the grace that’s foundational to who we are.” This idea of an “erosion” of what Methodism...
  • Greta Thunberg is Christ's successor, Church of Sweden proclaims..

    10/01/2019 6:57:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/01/2019 | Monica Showalter
    If there's anything out there that explains why the Church of Sweden boasts the lowest church attendence in all Europe, against some tough continental competition, it's because of claptrap like this, as the Washington Examiner reports: The Church of Sweden declared teen star climate activist Greta Thunberg to be an appointed successor to Jesus Christ in a 2018 tweet that resurfaced in the wake of her speech before the United Nations. "Announcement! Jesus of Nazareth has now appointed one of his successors, Greta Thunberg," the tweet said on Dec. 1, 2018. The account, operated by the Limhamns Church, had previously...
  • Church [of England] Leaders Urge Government to Ban Pointed Kitchen Knives

    09/29/2019 4:45:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies ^ | 9/22/19 | Tola Mbakwe
    Church leaders in the Diocese of Rochester have called for the government to enforce stricter rules on the sale of domestic knives. They’ve written an open letter asking for a ban on the sale of pointed kitchen knives. The letter was also signed by leading crime experts, as well as MPs, and community leaders. It comes after a conference called The Point in Chatham last week raised awareness of the issue, as statistics show that there has been an 80 per cent rise in knife crime in the UK since 2014. The signatories have urged Government to "take urgent measures...
  • Request for recommendations for home Sunday School lessons

    09/24/2019 6:57:16 PM PDT · by jocon307 · 66 replies
    Myself | 09/24/19 | jocon307
    I'm looking to find a syllabus that I could use to do Sunday School via teleconference with my grandson(s). File under: 21st Century Headlines. I have 2 grandsons, the older one is almost 7, so I'd be starting with him. The little one is only 2, so maybe just get him to do an art project or something for now. I'd be willing to spend some money to get a quality product I googled this and there were SO MANY ads that came up! Of course that made me happy, but I feel a little overwhelmed. So I figured I'd...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Speaks on Decline, Lambeth Conference and Brexit

    09/20/2019 3:58:09 PM PDT · by lightman · 6 replies
    The Institute on Religion & Democracy ^ | 20 September A.D. 2019 | Benjamin Saine
    The Church of England faces serious issues: membership and attendance have continued to drop with no end in sight, theologically conservative bishops threaten a massive boycott of the upcoming 2020 Lambeth Conference, and the Brexit question continues to divide British society. Amidst this, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was interviewed before the attendees of Greenbelt, a liberal Christian conference and festival held annually since 1974. While the festival offers music and art, the conference elements focus upon the role of the church in modern society. During this interview the Archbishop fielded questions from presenters and from an audience. Welby was...
  • New theological trend of confessing sins to plants leaves vegetarians with much to answer for

    09/20/2019 7:33:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/20/2019 | Monica Showalter
    Do leftists ever think through the implications of their bright lightbulb poppings?One of their latest stupidities, via Glen Reynolds of Instapundit (who has a fine curation), came a couple days ago from the Presbyterian side of things, with seminarians at New York's Union Theological Seminary offering up their 'confessions' to plants, an act than makes even less sense than trying to talk to a goat. According to the Washington Examiner, they tweeted: "Today in chapel, we confessed to plants," the nation's oldest independent seminary declared Tuesday on Twitter. "Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow...
  • Prince of Wales to Attend Newman Canonisation

    09/18/2019 6:25:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 9/13/19 | Christopher Lamb
    The Prince of Wales is the highest-ranking royal who could have attended the occasion The Prince of Wales will travel to Rome to attend the ceremony where John Henry Newman is to be declared a saint. Clarence House confirmed today that Prince Charles is going to be present in St Peter’s Square on 13 October 2019 when Pope Francis canonises Cardinal Newman, making him the first English non-martyr saint since the reformation. As the Queen no longer travels abroad, the Prince of Wales is the highest-ranking royal who could have attended the occasion. Following the canonisation ceremony, the prince will...
  • The overcomer[charismatic Caucus]

    09/18/2019 5:50:06 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Overcomer I've pushed through the wings and stepped onto the Throne, I AM now with The LORD never alone, Vanquished the flesh across the Threshing Floor, Now Heaven is open as never before, The Eyes of Understanding now cover me, For now it is through His eyes I see, The wings represent the rest I now know, For now as Enoch it is with The LORD that I go . . .
  • Uprooted: Union Seminary Chapel Hosts Plant Confessional

    09/18/2019 4:40:30 PM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    The Institute for Religion & Democracy ^ | 18 September A.D. 2019 | Jeffrey Walton
    These aren’t the church plants you were thinking of, but students at New York’s Union Theological Seminary held a chapel service on Tuesday during which participants confessed to plants. “Today in chapel, we confessed to plants. Together, we held our grief, joy, regret, hope, guilt and sorrow in prayer; offering them to the beings who sustain us but whose gift we too often fail to honor,” Union tweeted on its official account. “What do you confess to the plants in your life?” Rather than confess transgressions against an endangered grove or old growth forest, the student-led September 17 service featured...
  • Presbyterian: The Church Where Believing in God Isn’t Strictly Necessary

    09/18/2019 1:50:12 AM PDT · by Cronos · 41 replies
    All USA News Hub ^ | 16 September 2019 | a
    Observant Presbyterians are always part of gatherings at Rutgers Presbyterian Church. But much of the time, so are Roman Catholics and Jews, as well as a smattering of people who consider themselves vaguely spiritual. Valerie Oltarsh-McCarthy, who sat among the congregation listening to a Sunday sermon on the perils of genetically modified vegetables, is, in fact, an atheist. “It’s something I never thought would happen,” she said of the bond she has forged with the church’s community, if not the tenets of its faith. She was drawn to the church, she said, by “something in the spirit of Rutgers...
  • Episcopal Church in U.S. shrinking over same-sex marriage

    09/18/2019 1:42:46 AM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies
    NE news now ^ | 9/11/2019 | Steve jordahl
    Attendance at Episcopal churches continues its downward spiral.At the height of its popularity in the United States, the Episcopal Church had more than 3.5 million members. By 2010, that number dropped to less than 2 million, and the decline is still underway, according to numbers from the denomination's Office of the General Convention.Institute of Religion and Democracy Communications Manager and Anglican Program Director Jeff Walton says the decline actually started in the back in the 1960s, but picked up steam again in the 80s and 90s with the writings of Episcopal theologian John Shelby Spong.“He said in order for Christianity...