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  • ASIA/LAOS - "Year of Faith" amid the persecutions of Christians forced to become "animists"

    10/22/2012 4:10:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Fides ^ | 10/22/12
    Savannakhet (Agenzia Fides) - Some loatian civilian officials of the province of Savannakhet threaten to destroy the homes of Christians in the village of Seekaew if they refuse to perform animist religious rituals. According to information received from local sources of Fides Agency, the local authorities of the province in any way wish to discourage Christian citizens from professing their faith and practicing their religion freely. As reported to Fides by the NGO "Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom" (HRWLRF), more than 50 Christians (of 13 families) of the village of Seekaew were strongly recommended by the village elders...
  • Head Anglican archbishop makes final push to ordain women bishops

    10/21/2012 5:00:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    CNA ^ | 10/21/12
    The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is trying to persuade members of the Church of England’s upcoming General Synod to back the ordination of women as Anglican bishops, putting further strain on the theologically divided Anglican Communion. In an article published in the Anglican newspaper The Church Times, Archbishop Williams said the church legislation “will shape the future of the Church of England for generations.” He contended that a vote against the proposal “risks committing us to a period of continued and perhaps intensified internal conflict with no clearly guaranteed outcome.” The archbishop is trying to push through the...
  • “Flight into Egypt” Forever Stamp and the Holy Spirit

    10/21/2012 2:16:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    The Anchoress ^ | October 19, 2012 | Elizabeth Scalia
    So, I’m taking a quick flip through my Facebook timeline and I see that Patrick Madrid has posted this image.It stopped me in my tracks.The stamp had blipped through my awareness earlier this week when both Kathy Schiffer and our human news aggregator, Deacon Greg had mentioned it, but this morning the simple silhouettes against the fiery sky, and the inviting brilliance of the Light, just seemed to pull me in, and it brought on a renewed bout of astonished appreciation for the workings of the Holy Spirit, who often uses the most confounding means and methods — this time...
  • Providence - God Governs This World

    10/21/2012 10:26:07 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 8 replies
    Concise Theology ^ | Unknown | J.I. Packer
    "The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD" (Pro. 16:33). "God's works of providence are his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions" (Westminster Shorter Catechism Q.11). If Creation was a unique exercise of divine energy causing the world to be, providence is a continued exercise of that same energy whereby the Creator, according to his own will, (a) keeps all creatures in being, (b) involves himself in all events, and (c) directs all things to their appointed end. The model is of purposive personal...
  • Ipswich: Priest admits sex assaults on two youths

    10/19/2012 1:27:35 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 3 replies
    East Anglian Daily Times ^ | 10/17/2012 | Colin Adwent
    A 71-year-old retired priest has admitted six indecent assaults on two youths dating back to the 1990s.Father John Haley Dossor, of Kirton, near Felixstowe, denied a further eight indecent assaults – including one on a third male, and another charge of sexual assault by touching.Three of the assaults Dossor pleaded guilty to were on a victim aged between 13 and 15.
  • Reformation Day: celebrate a Halloween alternative Oct 31st

    10/19/2012 6:08:32 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2012 | Ruth Hill
    This year, I’ve found a new way to celebrate October 31st – popularly known as All Hallows Eve or Halloween. I’m heading to Germany to celebrate Reformation Day, Martin Luther, and my Christian heritage. Martin Luther, who was a law student turned Augustinian monk, committed an act on October 31, 1517 that forever changed the church and western civilization. [SNIP] I will be in what is now called Lutherstadt Wittenberg for its Reformation Day Festival. And I’ll be doing a tour of towns and cities that were a part of Martin’s life. More to come in my column about that...
  • ELCA presiding bishop says church is 'always being made new'

    10/18/2012 8:30:52 PM PDT · by lightman · 17 replies
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 18 October AD 2012 | Melissa Ramirez Cooper
    ELCA presiding bishop says church is 'always being made new' 12-66-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) -- As the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013 under the theme "Always being made new," ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson said the theme embodies far more than the anniversary in his report to the ELCA Conference of Bishops, which met here Oct. 4-9. The ELCA Conference of Bishops is an advisory body of this church that includes 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and secretary. The Rev. Jessica R. Crist, bishop of the ELCA Montana Synod, chairs...
  • Episcopal Church Takes Action Against the Bishop and Diocese of South Carolina

    10/18/2012 10:02:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Titus Online ^ | 10/17/12 | Kendall Harmon
    On Monday, October 15, 2012, Bishop Mark J. Lawrence, the 14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina was notified by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, that on September 18, 2012 the Disciplinary Board for Bishops had certified his abandonment of The Episcopal Church. This action by The Episcopal Church triggered two pre-existing corporate resolutions of the Diocese, which simultaneously disaffiliated the Diocese from The Episcopal Church and called a Special Convention. That Convention will be held at St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, on Saturday, November 17, 2012. Read it all . Other Documents: Certificate of...
  • Jewish groups pull out of interfaith dialogue over Protestants’ letter to Congress

    10/18/2012 10:00:34 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    St Louis Jewish Light ^ | October 17, 2012
    Jewish groups pulled out of an upcoming meeting with Protestant colleagues over a letter from Christian leaders to congressmen calling for a possible suspension of U.S. aid to Israel. “While we remain committed to continuing our dialogue and our collaboration on the many issues of common concern, the letter represents an escalation in activity that the Jewish participants feel precludes a business-as-usual approach,” stated a letter sent by seven Jewish groups to their Christian counterparts in canceling their participation in the Oct. 22 -23 meeting in New York. The event, an annual gathering, is known as the Christian-Jewish Roundtable and...
  • Bishop vs. Bishop: Lutheran Calls Out Catholic Over Marriage

    10/18/2012 7:22:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 10/16/12 | Joel Connolly
    The retired presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Rt. Rev. Herbert Chilstrom, has delivered a stinging, public critique of his former Roman Catholic counterpart in Minnesota for aggressively campaigning for an anti-same sex marriage amendment on the November ballot. “I recognize your authority in formulating positions for your own flock in Minnesota: That is one thing,” Chilstrom said in a letter to Roman Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “But for you and others to campaign for an amendment that imposes your stance on all citizens in Minnesota — including other Christians,...
  • The ELCA and Abortion: THE FACTS

    10/17/2012 9:29:19 PM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 10/16/12 | Dan Skogen
    FACT! Through its health benefits plan, the ELCA will pay for any and all surgical abortion procedures through the first five months of the unborn child’s life, no questions asked. FACT! The ELCA's health benefits plan, which covers fifty thousand individuals, is self-funded. This means that instead of buying a policy created and financed by an insurance company, the ELCA has created its own policy and uses only its own financial resources to fund the plan. FACT! Self-funding gives the ELCA maximum freedom to design and administer its plan. The ELCA has used this freedom to create an extremely unrestricted...
  • God is Not a Torturer: Debunking the Doctrine of Eternal Torment

    10/17/2012 5:32:20 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 79 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 10/17/2012 | Michael Peabody
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 [caption id="attachment_5052" align="alignright" width="215" caption=""The Water Torture.— Facsimile of a Woodcut in J. Damhoudčre's Praxis Rerum Criminalium: in 4to, Antwerp, 1556.""][/caption] Pouring water over the covered face of an immobilized person is a brutal thing to do. The captive experiences severe pain and an overwhelming sensation of drowning. Some victims have even been known to break their bones as they struggle against the restraints. But waterboarding is nothing compared with what American theologian...
  • Churches and chapels in Wales 'may unite'

    10/17/2012 12:20:12 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | October 13, 2012
    Churches and chapels in Wales are being asked to discuss radical proposals which could result in closer unity. Five denominations - including the Church in Wales, Presbyterians and Methodists - could ultimately share bishops, ministers and buildings. The proposed Church Uniting in Wales would also include Presbyterians and some Baptists. A conference in Aberystwyth will discuss the plans in response to declining funds and congregations. The event on Saturday, called The Gathering, brings together five denominations known as the five Covenanted Churches in Wales. The group - which together have 2,500 churches - was set up in the 1970s with...
  • On the decline in Protestant numbers

    10/17/2012 10:06:23 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    JournalNow.com ^ | October 17, 2012 | Terry Mattingly
    After decades of sobering statistics about rising intermarriage rates, falling birthrates and their declining flocks, eventually Jewish clergy began talking about a future in which there would be “fewer Jews, but better Jews.” Faced with sobering evidence that the number of priests was falling, along with statistics for Confession and weekly Mass, many Catholic leaders started talking about a future in which there would be “fewer Catholics, but better Catholics.” Now, according to a new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Protestant leaders should start preparing for a future in which there will be “fewer Protestants,...
  • Protestant Pastors Prefer Romney By 3-1 Margin

    10/15/2012 6:58:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    KWTX-TV ^ | October 15, 2012
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 15, 2012)--A poll of 1,000 Protestant pastors fond that the pastors favor Republican candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama by a more than 3-1 margin, even though Romney is a Mormon and Mr. Obama has attended Protestant churches. The Southern Baptist Convention's Lifeway Research found that 57 percent of the Protestant pastors surveyed said they'll vote for Romney compared to only 17 percent who plan to vote for Mr. Obama and 22 percent who were undecided. Among those who don't support Romney, 82 percent said their decision was not because of his Mormon faith. Lifeway Research...
  • Farewell to the American Protestant Majority

    10/15/2012 4:41:39 PM PDT · by rhema · 19 replies
    Moore to the Point ^ | 10/9/12 | Russell Moore
    According to a new study by the Pew Forum, Protestants are, for the first time in history, not a majority in the United States of America. I don’t think that’s anything for evangelical Protestants, or anyone else, to panic about. Several years ago, I pointed out here that studies were showing a declining Protestant majority, and projections were being made for this very reality. Now, the surveys says we have a 48 percent plurality of Protestants. I wasn’t frantic about that several years ago, and I’m still not. When working toward our “God and country” badges, my childhood Boy Scout...
  • Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: Forgery Confirmed? [Contains Online Typo]

    10/14/2012 5:56:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    First Things ^ | Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Anna Williams
    Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: Forgery Confirmed? Thursday, October 11, 2012 Anna Williams In the weeks since Harvard historian Karen King unveiled the papyrus fragment dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” evidence rapidly mounted that the scrap could be a forgery. The latest discovery: The fragment, which contains snippets from the Coptic text of the Gospel of Thomas, replicates a small error found in an online version of that text.Andrew Bernhard was, from what I understand, the first to suggest that the fragment was based on that version; he explains his findings in some detail on his website (PDF). Here’s the quick overview from Duke professor...
  • A day of judgment for liberal bishops

    10/13/2012 1:20:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Telegraph ^ | October 12, 2012 | Damian Thompson
    The strangest thing happened last week, though few people noticed it. America officially ceased to be a Protestant country. According to the Pew Forum, the percentage of Protestants has dropped to 48 per cent, down from 53 per cent in 2007. That’s a huge shift. But, before Catholics start punching the air, let me point out that the percentage of Catholics has been flatlining for years at 22 per cent. The big jump is in unaffiliated Americans, including atheists – up from 15 to 20 per cent. These “Nones”, as pollsters call them, are laying waste to the religious landscape...
  • Archbishop Panel Split Over Church's Future [C of E]

    10/10/2012 7:16:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/6/12 | Cole Moreton, and Edward Malnick
    The panel meeting to appoint the successor to Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is split over the future of the Church.It is the decision that 77 million Anglicans around the world are waiting for: who will become the next Archbishop of Canterbury. But nine days after the successor to Dr Rowan Williams was expected to have been named, the Crown Nominations Commission remains silent. Its work is shrouded in secrecy, but a Sunday Telegraph investigation can reveal that its 16 members are split, not over women bishops or same sex marriages, but the future of the Church itself....
  • ELCA Trying to Stop U.S. Military Aid to Israel

    10/10/2012 5:12:26 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 10/9/12 | Dan Skogen
    It comes as a surprise to many when anti-Semitism is propagated by people and denominations operating under the banner of Christianity. The latest incident comes from a letter sent to the United States Congress by the head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Mark S. Hanson, and his liberal church cohorts telling the Congress to investigate Israel and consider halting military aid to them. That letter was broadcast far and wide by the ELCA News Service, with the subtitle “ELCA, other churches call for investigation of military aid to Israel.” So make no mistake, this is a call...