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  • Vandals target Charlotte church that welcomes LGBTQ community

    02/21/2017 10:58:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    wsoctv ^ | Feb. 18, 2017 | DaShawn Brown
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thieves broke into Caldwell Presbyterian Church on East Fifth Street in Charlotte late Wednesday and vandalized a painting with Scripture that targets homosexuality. Church members called it a personal attack on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The church embraces its call to be a diverse, progressive and mission-oriented congregation centered on justice and advocacy, according to its website.
  • Local Jesus statue decapitated twice in two weeks

    02/21/2017 10:44:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    fox59 ^ | Feb. 21, 2017 | Zach Myers
    NDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- For the second time in two weeks, members of a church on the south side of Indianapolis have found their Jesus statue vandalized, giving it the appearance of being beheaded. “It makes me sad that somebody would do something like that,” said Pastor Brad Flaskamp. “I was hoping it was just a random act to destroy it in the first place.”
  • Ecumenism is everybody’s responsibility . . . Christian Unity . . . service

    02/21/2017 1:10:02 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 4 replies
    The Catholic Sun ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | Tony Gutiérrez
    Ecumenism is everybody’s responsibility. That was the message shared by two nationally-renown speakers at the annual Prayer for Christian Unity, held Jan. 23 this year at St. Mary’s Basilica. Fr. John Crossin, OSFS, and the Rev. Lowell Almen from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, both members of the U.S. Catholic-Lutheran dialogue, each reflected on the ecumenical progress that has been made. The presentations served as the homily for the annual prayer service which is sponsored by the Arizona Faith Network. The theme this year was “Toward Greater Communion: Reflecting on the Reformation after 500 years,” ahead of the 500th...
  • The River of Life flows from Grace not works[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/20/2017 2:28:16 PM PST · by Jedediah · 12 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles, Bible ^ | 2-17-17 | Jedediah
    My River flows for you my children and not by any works of your hands but it is by my Grace , if nothing else was done by you " Behold I AM complete in my sacrifice for all " ,therefore die to self and just allow Me to be your first fruit in and through all for I AM your very breath and spirit ! Now just abide in Me " The Vine" and allow Me to love on you where you are right now by just releasing your yoke of works to Me for I AM your Glory...
  • Bishop Schneider: Martin Luther is Not a Witness to the Gospel (on Vatican Document)

    02/18/2017 6:28:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 141 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 2/17/17 | John Vennari
    CFN Intro: On February 16 Rorate Caeli and Adelante la Fe posted a comprehensive video interview with the well-known conservative Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakistan that runs about 48 minutes. The interview covered a myriad of topics, but CFN is spotlighting Bishop Schneider’s magnificent response regarding a recent Vatican document that names the heresiarch Martin Luther as a witness to the Gospel. We know you will benefit from Bishop Schneider’s forthright commentary (JV). Question: A controversial document from the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity equates Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Saint Francis of Borgia with Martin Luther, calling him a...
  • The Water, The Spirit and The Blood !

    02/17/2017 8:12:12 AM PST · by Jedediah
    Holy Spirit,Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-17-17 | Bible , jedediah
    Your soreness is a sign of spirit loss , so come drinking my Spirit "For I AM refreshing", and renewal "IS" yours for the taking when you learn to just receive ! So Take on Me through receiving deep within My Blood as your water and My bread as your food for as you truly fast the Earth I shall "restore' all that has been lost and stolen from you for I and The Father work "As One" . "So just agree with Me and all shall be restored to you " as I ( (( Rise Up )) )...
  • Church of England votes to reject controversial gay marriage report which said...

    02/15/2017 1:04:17 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2-15-17 | Olivia Rudgard
    The Church of England's General Synod has voted to reject a controversial report on homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The report by the House of Bishops, which was presented to the Synod on Wednesday, called for the Church to adopt a "fresh tone and culture of welcome and support" for gay people - but not to change its opposition to same-sex marriage.
  • Episcopal Church Issues Veiled Threat to Move GC Over Proposed Texas Bathroom Law

    02/11/2017 6:10:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 2/9/17 | Mary Ann Mueller
    The Episcopal General Convention is scheduled to meet next summer in Austin, the Lone Star State's capitol city, where July temperatures easily soar into the triple digits beneath a blazing Texas sun suspended in a cloudless azure sky. However, as the Episcopal Executive Council prepared to meet in Lithicum Heights, Maryland, the two presiding officers of General Convention -- Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings -- penned a joint letter to the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) protesting Texas' latest privacy bill which, if passed, would "require Texas...
  • Catholics and Lutherans Celebrate Reformation with New Bible Translations

    02/10/2017 5:59:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 2/10/17 | CNS
    The two Christian churches came together in a demonstration of unity ahead of the 500th anniversary of the ReformationCatholics and Lutherans celebrate Reformation with new Bible translations Five centuries after the start of the Protestant Reformation, leaders of the Catholic and Lutheran churches came together in a demonstration of unity to release new Bible translations. At an ecumenical service at St Eberhard's Catholic Cathedral, in Stuttgart, Germany, clergy from both churches gathered to release revised German translations of the Catholic and Lutheran Bibles. The release came as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation neared. It began in 1517 when theologian...
  • St Peter’s Basilica to Host Anglican Evensong for the First Time

    02/08/2017 12:53:58 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 7, 2017 | Staff Reporter
    On March 13, Anglican choral Evensong will be celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican for the first time. Permission was granted by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of St Peter’s Basilica, during a recent meeting with Archbishop David Moxon, the director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.Archbishop Moxon will preside at the 3pm service, while the preacher will be Archbishop Arthur Roche, the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican. The music will be sung by the Choir of Merton College, Oxford.In a statement, the Anglican Centre in Rome said...
  • Former Archbishop blasts hysteria surrounding Trump

    02/07/2017 8:08:01 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Westmonster ^ | February 5, 2017 | by Westmonster
    Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has shown faith in Donald Trump by claiming “he has the strength of personality to be an outstanding President”. Lord Carey condemned the “hysterical overreaction” by anti-Trump protesters to date, describing their behaviour as “reprehensible” and warned continuous demonstrations would “damage the fabric of democracy.”
  • German Catholics and Lutherans Take New Steps Towards Unity

    02/06/2017 6:44:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    (Vatican Radio) The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation offers Catholics and Lutherans an opportunity to take further steps towards reconciliation and full Christian unity. That was Pope Francis’ message on Monday to an ecumenical delegation from Germany, led by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops conference, and top Protestant Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, chairman of the Evangelical Churches in Germany (EKD). Welcoming the delegation to the Vatican, Pope Francis praised the positive relationship between Catholics and Lutherans in Germany, urging them to be courageous and determined in their continuing journey together. “We share the same baptism”, he said,...
  • Jesus forcast for you[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/06/2017 9:42:32 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-6-17 | Jesus the author of our faith
    You are my children so come spend time with me for now as you enter into worship welcoming in My Spirit of Grace truly Heaven shall open and my angelic army abound around you for you are My holy place as I live in and with you as one abiding together . Allow me to show, yes reveal to you that which are mysteries to others yet make I it known to you for you are my Gideons and we are about to take on a great victory over darkness and this is why my presence in you is expanding...
  • [Female] Lutheran Bishop Thinks Pope Bergoglio is a Hidden Protestant

    02/06/2017 7:56:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    kath.net via Eponymous Flower ^ | February 6, 2107 | Kath.net
    Bizarre message from Protestantism by the Protestant bishop of Hamburg (kath.net) For Hamburg's evangelical bishop, Kirsten Fehr, Pope Francis is a "hidden Protestant". Fehrs ventured this at the "Long Night of World Religions" at the Hamburg Thalia Theater, as evangelisch.de reports. "He seems to me a hidden Protestant." The reason for this bold statement is evidently the letter "Amoris laetitia" and the interpretation of some bishops who believe that remarried divorced Catholics now only have to appeal to their consciences to receive the Holy Eucharist.
  • Muslims Outnumber Christians at Over 30 Church Schools [UK]

    02/05/2017 6:08:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Premier Christian Radio ^ | 2/5/17 | Marcus Jones
    It's reported Muslim children outnumber Christian children at over thirty church schools in England. A study by the Sunday Times found that one Church of England school had a 100 per cent Muslim population. St Thomas in Werneth is reported by its diocese to have no Christian pupils while another school in West Yorkshire had 98% of pupils from a Muslim background. The Church of England says around 20 of its schools have more Muslim pupils than any other while the Catholic Education Service has 15. Many schools now include Islamic prayers in services while teacher training days are often...
  • Let Go of The World run to JESUS THE CHRIST[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/04/2017 9:41:30 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    bible, The Joshuachronicles ^ | 2-4-17 | Bible, Holy Spirit
    There are many of my children that have given up on the world so now I can enter in as their True God and not the things of flesh or calves of gold. Truly as Mt. Sinai I am about to roar and you shall see I AM in control enthroned above all but this is not temporal but eternal and so now as the unholy and unrighteous slaves to rebellion and not servants to The one True God resist and turn away from My Salvation I shall throw the goats out of the city gates and close off Zion...
  • C of E College Apologises for Students' Attempt to 'Queer Evening Prayer'

    02/03/2017 7:18:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2/3/17 | Harriet Sherwood
    Westcott House in Cambridge says LGBT service liturgy that referred to God as ‘the Duchess’ was hugely regrettableA leading theological college that trains priests for the Church of England has apologised after it hosted a service to mark LGBT history month that referred to God as “the Duchess”. Student priests at Westcott House in Cambridge organised the evensong service on Tuesday in the college chapel. Advertised as a “Polari evening prayer in anticipation of LGBT+ history month”, it was described as a “liturgical experiment”. Polari is slang used by some gay people. A prayer referred to the “Fantabulosa fairy” and...
  • On Earth as it is in Heaven[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/03/2017 9:02:42 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    bible,The joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-3-17 | Holy Spirit
    My orchestra is about to perform its final symphony for as My kingdom has arrived in you now it is time to place My presence upon you My Bride as I did upon Adam and Eve in the garden for truly now you are more than just a garden for you bear the fruit of My Spirit as My Tree of Life for others and so now through you they shall drink in My Living Waters as the woman at the well. Prepare yourself for now My Presence upon you shall be Heaven on Earth . Matthew 6:10 10 Thy...
  • BY MY SPIRIT[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/02/2017 12:36:23 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Bible , The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-2-17 | Holy Spirit
    My corpuscles are the youth of your future endeavors in me therefore as you receive communion by My Spirit and declare it in tongues truly I shall overcome the arsenals and attempts of the enemy to thwart My Will in you for you do not work for flesh and blood or a church Made out of Stone nor a shepherd born into sin but it is My Righteousness that saves you in an eternal manner not mankind or a shepherd’s staff and your True charity is to merely do My Will for in these footprints of obedience is where we...
  • Episcopalian Priest: Christians Should Promote the Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

    02/01/2017 5:39:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb 1, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Teen Vogue is doing its best to push its pro-abortion agenda on young, impressionable minds. This week, the magazine ran a column by the Rev. Broderick L. Greer, an Episcopal priest who advocates for abortion. Greer argued that Christians should support women in their decisions to have abortion, rather than judge them. “And that is where the Church can find its point of entry: in offering people making these decisions every measure of mercy they need to live wise and whole lives,” Greer wrote. “It is the act of looking people in the eye and saying, ‘I trust you. I...
  • On Maltese Guidelines' Troubling Similarity to Lambeth Decision

    01/31/2017 2:04:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Pewsitter ^ | January 30, 2017 | Andrew Parrish
    One thing about the Maltese bishops’ document on Amoris Laetitia that does not seem, as yet, to have been sufficiently emphasized by anyone is the similarity of its argument to that put forward in the infamous Lambeth Decision of 1930 on contraception. In fact, the two statements, in justifying themselves, use almost identical phrases:
  • Norway's Lutheran Church embraces same-sex marriage

    01/30/2017 5:20:11 PM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/30/17 | Gladys Fouche
    Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of new ceremonial language that will allow its pastors to conduct same-sex marriages, bringing it into line with several other mainstream Protestant denominations abroad. Last April the annual conference of the Church - to which nearly three quarters of Norwegians said in 2015 they belonged - backed the principle of same-sex marriages, but did not agree on a wording.. Monday's decision involved modifying the marriage text to make it gender-neutral, removing the words "bride" and "groom". The new liturgy will come into effect on Wednesday. In 2015 the French Protestant Church allowed...
  • Church of England Bishops Reject Lifting Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage

    01/28/2017 5:54:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/27/17 | Henry Bodkin
    The Church of England should not change its opposition to same-sex marriage, a new report has recommended, despite saying it needs to "repent on the homophobic attitudes" it has previously had. A document from the House of Bishops says the Church should adopt a "fresh tone and culture of welcome and support" for gay people. It says guidance in marriage should be interpreted in a way that provides "maximum freedom" for homosexuals. New teachings on marriage and relationships should also be drawn up to replace those introduced in the 1990s, it suggests. There was also "some support" in the House...
  • Church of England Considers Turning Blind Eye to Gay Clergy

    01/24/2017 8:24:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 1/24/17 | CBN News
    The Church of England is coming under scrutiny for considering a system that would allow clergy members to practice homosexuality while they serve in the church. Currently, gay members of the clergy who have been ordained are asked to be celibate, change jobs or seek a promotion to become a bishop, The Daily Mail reports. However, the House of Bishops will discuss proposals Tuesday to see if they can avoid asking clergy members about their private lives and sexual orientation. The church's parliament of lay members, also known as the Synod, had discussed the issue of homosexuality in July, and...
  • Outrage as Islamic Call to Prayer Held Inside Historic British Cathedral

    01/19/2017 8:31:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    A ROW has broken out after an Islamic call to prayer was held inside one of Britain's most historic cathedrals. The traditional Muslim invocation to worship was performed in front of 1,000 people at the launch of a multi-cultural Faith Exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral. Imam Hassan of the local Masjid-e-Noor mosque was invited by church leaders to carry it out in the cathedral's 11th century Chapter House. Many worshippers welcomed the "inclusive" act but some traditionalists questioned why a "different God" should be worshipped in such an iconic Christian house. A clip of the call to prayer was initially shared...
  • Welby on the Reformation: Past Violence Must Not be Forgotten

    01/18/2017 5:59:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 1/18/17 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    The Archbishops of Canterbury and York in Britain, have sent a message to Anglican communities on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Luther’s “Theses”The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is an event to be celebrated but also a memory that requires purification and a request for forgiveness. This is the spirit in which the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby – together with John Sentamu the Archbishop of York, the Church of England’s second most important see – invite Anglican communities to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s Reformation, in a letter sent on the occasion of the Week of...
  • (NOVEMBER 1, 2016:) BIBLE CODES PREDICT TRUMP WIN [WATCH]

    01/16/2017 10:06:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS ^ | NOVEMBER 1, 2016 | DR. RIVKAH LAMBERT ADLER
    “And I will surely hide My face in that day for all the evil which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.” Deuteronomy 31:18 (The Israel Bible™) In two separate sets of Bible Codes, published three months apart, international Bible Codes expert Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson found evidence that Donald J. Trump will win the upcoming US presidential election. What’s more, Trump’s predicted win appears to be connected to his support for Israel. The first table was published on July 6, 2016. In this table, which comes from the Book of Deuteronomy, Rabbi Glazerson pointed to...
  • Top Divinity Schools: Use Gender-Neutral Language to Refer to God

    01/16/2017 5:20:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/15/17 | Katherine Timpf
    The divinity schools at Duke and Vanderbilt Universities have instructed their professors to start using more “inclusive” language when referring to God because the masculine pronouns “have served as a cornerstone of the patriarchy.” For example: This year’s divinity course catalogue at Vanderbilt tells professors to give “consistent attention to the use of inclusive language, especially in relation to the Divine,” because the school “commits continuously and explicitly to include gender as an analyzed category and to mitigate sexism. “It is up to the individual professor’s interpretation for their classes and is suggestive rather than mandatory,” the associate dean for...
  • Archbishop Welby 'to Express Remorse' Over Reformation Rifts

    01/15/2017 5:42:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    It's being reported the Archbishop of Canterbury is to express regret over the Reformation period, where thousands were murdered for their religious beliefs. According to the Mail on Sunday, Most Rev Justin Welby is due to issue a joint statement with the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, expressing remorse over the time when various people challenged and abandoned Catholic Church teachings. Significant moments of the period include German priest Martin Luther's nailing of an academic paper to a a church in Wittenberg, outlining his opposition to certain Catholic theology, and King Henry VIII's formation of the Church of England....
  • Religious leaders celebrate abortion clinic's 'sacred work' [Obama Effect]

    01/14/2017 10:54:52 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 21 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/13/2017 | Art Moore
    More than 20 religious leaders participated in a ceremony to "bless" a new Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington, D.C., calling the abortion facility a "sacred work." "In almost every message to our staff, I talk about our doing sacred work," Dr. Laura Meyers, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, told DCist.com. "This confirms the sacredness of the work we do." LifeNews.com, commenting that blessing an abortion clinic seems "antithetical to religious beliefs about the sanctity of life," noted the new abortion facility is located next to a popular charter elementary school, much to the outrage of pro-lifers...
  • Abuse After Cathedral's Quran Reading Prompts Police Investigation

    01/13/2017 6:05:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 1/13/17 | Harry Farley
    Offensive comments directed at clergy at St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, have prompted a police investigation after the Quran was read at a service last week. Police Scotland confirmed it is investigating remarks after the Epiphany service contained a recitation from the Islamic holy book denying Jesus was the son of God – a key Christian doctrine. "Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of hate crime and encourages all communities to continue working together to ensure no one feels threatened or marginalised," a spokesman told Christian Today. Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth invited the reading from Madinah Javed, a law student...
  • Koran Verse Denying Jesus Was Son of God Sung in Scottish Cathedral

    01/11/2017 5:47:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/11/17 | Nick Hallet
    A passage from the Koran that denies one of the central tenets of the Christian faith was sung aloud at a cathedral service in Scotland. The passage from Surah 19, which specifically denies that Jesus was the Son of God and says He should not be worshipped, was sung during a Eucharist service at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow to mark the feast of the Epiphany. A video of the recital was posted on YouTube showing a girl singing the passage in a typical Islamic style. It narrates the Islamic account of the birth of Jesus, which includes the...
  • He is headed to the UN ![Charismatic Caucus]

    01/11/2017 8:11:48 AM PST · by Jedediah · 7 replies
    A voice in the distance a wave in the air, But bearing no fruit except despair, A leader once of a country beloved, But now he attacks the messenger from above, The Dove of freedom he claims to hold, But truly in his hand is a hammer not gold, Denying The " T " ruth of "I AM "(JESUS), Causing grief to sacred land ! Soon he shall be revealed as that angel of old, That fell to the earth being vane and bold, His heart is black as his soul, But soon every one shall know, The Abomination about...
  • German Bishop Claims Catholic Church Could Start Giving Communion to Some Protestants Imminently

    01/10/2017 7:35:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/9/17 | Jan Bentz
    January 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A German bishop is claiming that Communion for non-Catholics in mixed marriages is a very real possibility that could happen soon. Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrück said in an interview with Evangelical Press Service (Evangelischer Pressedienst, EPD) that it is “not utopian” to think that there could be shared Communion between Catholics and Protestants in 2017. Within the framework of the “ecumenical jubilee of the Reformation” of Martin Luther, who published his 95 theses against the Church in 1517, Bishop Bode is an advocate of a “solution on our side for marriages with partners from...
  • The widow's mite a Pence to you[Charismatic Caucus]

    01/05/2017 9:19:06 AM PST · by Jedediah · 12 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles, bible ^ | 1-5-17 | Jedediah,Holy Spirit
    The widows mite a Pence to you, But soon shall rise from where now it is viewed, Humility about to rise, Where wisdom lives and no demise, So watch My choice begin to show, When "others" preach a Trump to grow, Truly this Pence shall be my choice , A man of God that speaks only My voice, Luke 21:1-4Tree of Life Version Teaching in the Temple 21 Then Yeshua looked up and saw the rich dropping their gifts into the treasury box. 2 He also saw a poor widow dropping in two small copper coins. [a] 3 And He...
  • Shaker Group Founded in 1783 Has Just Two Members After Maine Woman Dies

    01/04/2017 5:37:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1/3/17 | AP
    One of the last members of a nearly extinct religious society at Sabbathday Lake has died, a loss for a group that’s dwindled because members are celibateSister Frances Carr, one of the last remaining members of the nearly extinct religious society called the Shakers, has died. She was 89. Carr died Monday surrounded by family and friends in the dwelling house at the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester, Maine after a brief battle with cancer, said Brother Arnold Hadd, one of the group’s two remaining members. “She had a death with dignity and love,” Hadd said Tuesday....
  • Word for the Bride by Bev Palmer(Charismatic Caucus)

    01/03/2017 4:01:44 AM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Bev Palmer | bible
    Lord says, Run this race that has been set before you! Go for the Gold!! "My Beloved " I have already declared you spotless and blameless, crowned you with "Sapphires and Rubies." The Spirit and the Bride say come. I have paassed onn the baton
  • Christians In Europe: Norway Divorces Protestant Church As Muslims Blamed For 'Parallel Societies'

    12/29/2016 6:05:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 12/28/16 | Cristina Silva
    Norway is asking for a divorce from its biggest, most important church. The Church of Norway and the Norwegian government will formally become separated on Jan. 1 after nearly 500 years. Norway seeks to formalize a separation of church and state ordered by parliament eight years ago. Under the new law, Norway's 1,250 priests and bishops will no longer serve as government officials appointed by the king. That means the Church of Norway will become an independent business, and it's a big deal in a nation that has been grappling with an influx of Muslims and how to ensure other...
  • Johann von Staupitz (c. 1460-1524) on God’s eternal predestination

    12/27/2016 1:56:11 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 29 replies
    OCTOBER 30, 2013 Johann von Staupitz (c. 1460-1524) on God’s eternal predestination Towards the end of the Middle Ages there was what one may describe as a Neo-Augustinian renaissance which included a number of outstanding theologians such as Gregory of Rimini. This increased interest in Augustine’s writings to a large extent set the table for the Protestant Reformation, specifically with regard to the doctrine of predestination. Johann von Staupitz (c. 1460-1524) was Vicar-General of the Augustinian Order in Germany and a very influential mentor of the young monk Martin Luther. Von Staupitz, however, later had to release Luther from the...
  • Methodist Women’s Group Attacks Pregnancy Centers Offering Women Abortion Alternatives

    12/23/2016 12:19:48 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | December 22, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    It’s interesting to see groups that describe themselves as “pro-choice” attack organizations that offer pregnant women choices that don’t involve abortion. Planned Parenthood and NARAL, two of the largest abortion advocacy groups in the United States, have a history of fighting pro-life pregnancy centers that offer women and their babies life-affirming choices and support. But the latest group to launch a similar attack is a west coast United Methodist group. The Western Methodist Justice Movement recently urged its members to “put CPCs [Crisis Pregnancy Centers] on the defense” by supporting a California law that forces pregnancy centers to promote abortion,...
  • Pushback: 2,500 Churches Respond to John Kasich's Abortion Bill Veto

    12/21/2016 12:01:17 AM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    charismanews.com ^ | December 19, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    It's very likely Ohio Gov. John Kasich didn't see this kind of reaction coming when he decided to veto a legislative bill that would have outlawed abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. At a press conference held at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday, a group of pastors urged Republicans to override the governor's veto. They said they represent "no less than 2,500 churches in the state of Ohio," and tens of thousands of registered voters who "care deeply about this issue." "We would like to make a declaration and to challenge our legislators that we're going to stand with...
  • Could Non-Catholics Share Communion With Catholic Spouses At Last? This Cardinal Thinks So

    12/15/2016 5:36:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 12/15/16 | Mark Woods
    A senior Catholic cardinal has said he hopes the next encyclical from Pope Francis allows "shared eucharistic communion in special cases". At present only Catholics are allowed to take communion in Catholic churches and this presents difficulties for couples where one is Catholic and the other not. However, conservatives have fiercely resisted any relaxation of the rule because they see it as compromising the position that communion expresses unity with the Catholic Church, the only body to have preserved in its entirety the faith of the apostles. However, in an interview with Italian newspaper Avvenire, senior ecumenical statesman Cardinal Walter...
  • Liberal Churches in Decline While Orthodox Ones Grow, Says Study of Protestants in Canada

    12/14/2016 3:50:52 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 20 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 14, 2016 | N/A
    Researchers looked at 22 Protestant churches in CanadaA study of Protestant churches in Canada has found that growing churches tend to be more orthodox, while shrinking ones are theologically liberal.Terry Mattingly, author of the Get Religion blog, covered the findings of the study, which appeared in the peer-reviewed journal, Review of Religion Research.The researchers, David Millard Haskell, Kevin N Flatt and Stephanie Burgoyne, looked at 22 mainline Protestant churches in Canada. Nine of the churches were growing in attendance, while 13 were declining. The researchers found that when other factors were controlled for, ”the theological conservatism of both attendees...
  • Update On East-Tennessee Churches After Fires

    12/12/2016 10:46:49 AM PST · by rhett october · 1 replies
    Grace Centered Magazine ^ | 12-12-2016 | Grace Centered
    Here’s a partial update on churches in the east-Tennessee area near Gatlinburn, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge where the wildfire has damaged so much of the area. We encourage you to please pray for the people there. Several of their buildings have been damaged or completely destroyed and, of course, members of the churches have had property and homes destroyed as well. Some churches whose buildings have not been burned down or damaged are offering shelter, food, and first aid to those in need in the area. Please share this post to spread the word on their situation so that people...
  • Mother of an 11-year-old boy finds naked pictures of his pastor, 30, on his phone

    12/09/2016 7:40:41 PM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | December 9, 2016 | Giulia Crouch For Mailonline
    The mother of an 11-year-old boy found naked pictures of his pastor on his mobile phone. The Florida woman recognized the man in the indecent photos and typed his phone number into Facebook. It led her to Harbor United Methodist Church pastor Tyler Sinkus Smither. The 30-year-old youth pastor from Wilmington, North Carolina was arrested and is charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child. An affidavit, written by a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Detective Christina Starman, says that Smither first contacted the boy using a chat website, Omegle.
  • Pope Francis names new bishop, John O. Barres, for Long Island

    12/09/2016 7:04:42 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 9, 2016 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From the Long Island Catholic, some happy news for my neighbors to the east: Pope Francis today appointed Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, Pennsylvania, to serve as the fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre. He succeeds Bishop William Murphy, 76, who has led the Diocese of Rockville Centre since 2001.The appointment was made public in Washington, December 9, 2016 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.Bishop-designate Barres will assume leadership of the Diocese during a Mass of Installation at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes on January 31, 2017 at 2 p.m. Until that time,...
  • Do not fear the future[CharismaticCaucus]

    12/09/2016 6:35:48 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Do not fear the future my children for I am your Redeemer(past brought forward) to condemn darkness so that you may walk in the light therefore I am the alpha and omega of your life's existence for you abide in me alone. Romans 8:1-2 Escape from Bondage 8 Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from...
  • Could Pope Francis Be a Secret Protestant?

    12/04/2016 7:15:49 AM PST · by pinochet · 156 replies
    Pope Francis put up a statue of Martin Luther in a prominent place in the Vatican. He then received a delegation of Lutherans, who presented him with a copy of Luther's 95 Thesis. He then put on a blue scarf, representing the Lutheran tradition, at his meeting with the Lutherans. See: http://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A700-Luther.htm Luther, who was historically considered a Catholic heretic and apostate, has received more honor from Pope Francis than most Catholic saints. On the other hand, conservative Catholic cardinals like Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Sarah, are treated like dirt. What more evidence do we need, to prove that Francis...
  • Scans give 3D look at Coughton Court’s priest hole

    12/01/2016 2:00:42 PM PST · by fishtank · 22 replies
    Stratford-upon-Avon Herald ^ | 30th November 2016 | Chris Smith
    Scans give 3D look at Coughton Court’s priest hole By Chris Smith - 30th November 2016 1 1694 One of the 3D images of the priest hole at Coughton Court which have been produced by researchers at the University of Nottingham. THE first 3D images of a hiding-hole at Coughton Court that was used by 17th-century Catholic priests escaping religious persecution have been created by university researchers. The priest hole was first discovered in the 1850s in Coughton – a key building in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 – hidden in a turret of the main gatehouse, concealed between the...
  • Christian University Openly Promotes Abortion Clinic Partnership

    11/30/2016 7:38:33 AM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    charismanews.com ^ | November 29, 2016 | Jessilyn Justice
    Presbyterian-affiliated Whitworth University openly partners with the area's Planned Parenthood, according to several reports. The same students who are encouraged to be dedicated Christian scholars are also given the opportunity to work with the local abortion clinic. "They are not equipping their graduates to be Christians and follow Christ," Katie Lodjic of Students for Life of America tells One News Now.