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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 Englandís 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 ďwill shape the future of the Church of England for generations.Ē He contended that a vote against the proposal ďrisks committing us to a period of continued and perhaps intensified internal conflict with no clearly guaranteed outcome.Ē The archbishop is trying to push through the...
  • ďFlight into EgyptĒ 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‚Äôm 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 ‚ÄĒ 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 Ė 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, Iíve found a new way to celebrate October 31st Ė popularly known as All Hallows Eve or Halloween. Iím 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 Iíll be doing a tour of towns and cities that were a part of Martinís 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. Philipís Church, Charleston, on Saturday, November 17, 2012. Read it all . Other Documents: Certificate of...
  • Jewish groups pull out of interfaith dialogue over Protestantsí 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. ďWhile 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,Ē 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. ďI recognize your authority in formulating positions for your own flock in Minnesota: That is one thing,Ē Chilstrom said in a letter to Roman Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. ďBut for you and others to campaign for an amendment that imposes your stance on all citizens in Minnesota ó 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 childís 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
    ďFor God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.Ē John 3:16 [caption id="attachment_5052" align="alignright" width="215" caption=""The Water Torture.ó Facsimile of a Woodcut in J. DamhoudŤre'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 ^ | 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 ďfewer Jews, but better Jews.Ē 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 ďfewer Catholics, but better Catholics.Ē 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 ďfewer 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 donít think thatís 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 wasnít frantic about that several years ago, and Iím still not. When working toward our ďGod and countryĒ badges, my childhood Boy Scout...
  • Gospel of Jesusí 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‚Äô Wife: Forgery Confirmed? Thursday, October 11, 2012 Anna Williams In the weeks since Harvard historian Karen King unveiled the papyrus fragment¬†dubbed ‚ÄúThe Gospel of Jesus‚Äô Wife,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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. Thatís 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 Ė up from 15 to 20 per cent. These ďNonesĒ, 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 ďELCA, other churches call for investigation of military aid to Israel.Ē So make no mistake, this is a call...
  • Episcopal bishop says he was denied entrance to Catholic archbishop's installation Mass

    10/09/2012 7:56:10 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    Christian Century ^ | Oct 7 2012 | Kevin Eckstrom
    What started off as a rocky relationship between the Episcopal and Roman Catholic bishops of San Francisco got even worse on Thursday (Oct. 4) when Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus said he was denied entrance to the installation Mass of the new Roman Catholic archbishop. Andrus said he arrived at St. Mary's Cathedral 30 minutes before the installation Mass of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was scheduled to start, but was kept in a holding area with an employee of the Catholic archdiocese until after the service started. After other local clergy had processed in for the 2 p.m. Mass, Andrus said the...
  • Omaha's St. Barnabas [Episcopal] Parish Weighs Order to Surrender its Church

    10/09/2012 7:46:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 10/9/12 | Christopher Burbach
    An Omaha congregation that left the Episcopal Church over issues of doctrine and homosexuality now faces a tough decision about its midtown church: Should congregants stay or should they go? A judge ruled last week that the people of St. Barnabas Church must surrender the 97-year-old church building, with all its artwork and other trappings, plus its rectory and other property to the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska. The ruling by Douglas County District Court Judge Joseph Troia came more than three years after the diocese sued St. Barnabas' priest and leaders for the church and rectory at 129 N. 40th...
  • Americaís 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
    Americaís 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,...
  • Uganda: Museveni Dedicates Uganda to God

    10/09/2012 11:51:33 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies
    New Vision ^ | 9 October 2012 | Moses Mulondo
    President Yoweri Museveni has repented his sins and the sins of Uganda as a nation in a move aimed at establishing Uganda as a God-fearing nation. The President made this historic move at Mandela National stadium Namboole in the early morning of today (Tuesday) at 2:00am during national prayers for dedicating Uganda to God. "I denounce witchcraft and satanic practices. I repent on behalf of Uganda. We confess our sins. We repent of the sins of shedding innocent blood, corruption, bribery, sexual immorality, drunkenness, rebellion, insubordination, tribalism and sectarianism," Museveni repented amidst ululations from the Christians. The president dedicated Uganda...
  • Graphic signs anger pro-abortion pastors, parishioners

    10/09/2012 10:47:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | 10.9.2012 | Jill Stanek
    Iím always intrigued by the responses pro-lifers get for showing graphic photos of aborted babies in front of pro-abortion churches on Sunday mornings. I hope these protests continue and expand. Parishioners may not understand, but pro-lifers are trying to help them. Their worship services are repugnant to God. Just read Isaiah 1:10-17. In September World Life Organizationís Todd Bullis and Andy Moore and their team stood for the 11th and 12th time in front of the Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. Iím always impressed by the wise, Godly words they have ready to offer. Church members walking...
  • Protestants no longer the majority in U.S.

    10/09/2012 3:08:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 246 replies
    AP ^ | 10/9/2012
    For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise. The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have their first presidential...
  • 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,...
  • Leading Church Historian to be Received into Personal Ordinariate

    10/04/2012 6:49:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/4/12 | Madeleine Teahan
    Dr Edward Norman, the historian and former Canon Chancellor of York Minister, will be received into the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Sunday. In an article for this newspaper, Dr Norman explains the reasons for his decision to become a Catholic. He argues that Anglicanism has ¬ďno basis for its authority¬Ē‚Äąas its confession ¬ďvaries from place to place and person to person¬Ē. He says:‚Äą¬ďAt the centre of‚ÄąAnglicanism is a great void.¬Ē He adds: ¬ďThe Church of England provides a masterclass in equivocation; it also, however, is the residence of very many good and faithful Christian people who...
  • The Episcopal Bishop of San Francisco 'Welcomes' the Catholic Archbishop

    10/03/2012 7:35:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/2/12 | Mark Brumley
    The Bishop of the Episcopal Church in San Francisco, Marc Andrus, has issued an outrageous statement "welcoming" the new Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, who will be installed on Thursday, October 4. In the process of saying "how do you do", the Episcopalian church leader insults Cordileone over his stance in support of marriage. Imagine that. The Episcopal leader also extends the hand of welcome to Catholics who may not like Cordileone to come home from Rome. It wouldn't exactly be charitable to reply, "Don't let the church door hit you on the way out", so I don't...
  • Tea With Honey But Not in Jerusalem: Abp of Canterbury Makes His Peace With Post-Christian England

    10/02/2012 8:48:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | Tracey Rowland
    Dr Rowan Williams is retiring as the Archbishop of Canterbury to take up the post of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. His ďvaledictoryĒ book, Faith in the Public Square, is attracting considerable media interest. I was prompted to buy it after reading Dr William Oddieís particularly colorful review in the London Catholic Herald. Oddie concluded that the ideas promoted in the book are the sort of impractical nonsense one only hears on Oxbridge high tables and in senior common rooms. I have never met Dr Williams but I once quoted him in a paper I delivered in Italy, a short...
  • Crown Nominations Commission Deadlocked [new Archbishop of Canterbury]

    09/28/2012 7:25:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 9/28/12 | George Conger
    Selection of a new Archbishop of Canterbury delayed until the "Autumn"The Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) has been unable to agree upon a candidate for the post of Archbishop of Canterbury. This weekís third and final meeting of the CNC was to have provided two names to Prime Minister David Cameron Ė a first choice and an alternate. However, on 28 Sept 2012 the Church of England press office released a statement at the close of the three day meeting of the Commission that indicated it had not been able to agree upon a candidate. The statement read: ďThis week's meeting...
  • Former Oil Executive Still Bookies' Favourite as Final Decision Due on Archbishop of Canterbury

    09/28/2012 6:37:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/26/12 | John Bingham
    Speculation is mounting that a former oil executive who has become a prominent critic of corporate excesses could become Archbishop of Canterbury as the selection committee meets in secret.The Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, was confirmed as the bookmakersí favourite to succeed Rowan Williams, as the Crown Nominations Commission began a two-day meeting to make its final decision. The 16-person body is not expected to announce its decision officially until next week after receiving approval from the Queen. It is understood that the main candidates are still being interviewed. The 56-year-old bishop has strong backing among traditional evangelicals and a...
  • The Anglican Use Mass

    09/28/2012 6:32:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Held by His Pierced Hands ^ | 9/20/12 | Meg Hunter-Kilmer
    **Note: this is a long one and probably only exciting if youíre kind of a nerd and want to know about rites and ordinariates and such. I find all this fascinating!**My last post on the Church of England was, I know, not the usual for this blog. But the new ordinariates are just so complicated that I thought youíd want some background explaining the context from which this all arose. Now we all know that the Church of England came from the Catholic Church (didnít they all?), that there is great beauty in their traditions and liturgies, that there have...
  • Cops: Priest in sex flap ODs in parking garage (Episcopal)

    09/27/2012 7:02:13 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/27/2012 | O'Ryan Johnson
    An Episcopal priest who was accused of sex crimes against a young parishioner died of an apparent drug overdose last night on the sixth floor of the Government Center parking garage, police and his lawyer said. Police said they were called to the garage about 7:40 p.m. and found a man inside a gray 2006 Saturn. Police attempted to perform CPR on the man, but were unsuccessful. Boston EMS declared the patient dead at 8:05 p.m., and the call was referred to the Medical Examiner, police said.
  • As Anglican Church Picks New Leader, Gay Marriage Weighs Heavily

    09/26/2012 12:07:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9/25/12 | Ben Quinn
    The Anglican Church makes its final recommendation to government for a new Archbishop of Canterbury this week. Whoever gets the nod will have to resolve the church's split on gay marriage.Looking back recently on a 10-year tenure marked by bitter conflicts between liberals and traditionalists, the leader of the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion suggested that his job might really call for two people. The remarks by Rowan Williams, who steps down in December as the Archbishop of Canterbury, were interpreted as signaling that the church was planning to appoint a Ďglobal presidentí to relieve his successor...
  • More to the Ulster Covenant than concern for Protestantism

    09/24/2012 11:25:10 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 24 September 2012 | Dr Timothy Bowman
    The Covenant of 1912 drew on the concept of the Scottish Covenants of 1638, 1642 and 1648. Supposedly, James Craig, M.P. for East Down, future Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1920-1940) and Carsonís principal lieutenant during the Third Home Rule Crisis, came up with the idea of the Covenant. Working in the library of the Constitutional Club in London, Craig was trying to work out the basis of a Ďpledgeí which Ulster Unionists could sign up to. A friend suggested that the Scottish Solemn League and Covenant of 1643 might serve as a model and the Club librarian was quickly...
  • Americans underestimate Protestant population

    09/23/2012 1:11:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 56 replies
    Get Religion ^ | 9/23/2012
    A few months ago we looked at a survey that showed that the vast majority of Americans have no idea whatsoever what percentage of the population is gay.Mainstream studies indicate that percentage is somewhere in the low single digits, but Americans believed ó on average ó that 25 percent of the population is gay. Yes, 25 percent. This includes data showing that 35 percent of Americans think that more than 25 percent of the population is gay.Iíve long wondered why it is that Americans are so wrong on this, but I canít help but think that the mainstream media plays...
  • Pakistani Church Burned By Islamic extremists

    09/23/2012 12:41:32 PM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    Continental News ^ | Sep 23, 2012
    Islamic extremists have attacked an Anglican Church in Mardan Pakistan and an adjoining school. Some believe the stimulus was the government announced day of protest against an anti-Islam film. The attack occurred on Sept. 21. According to a news release from the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), protesters set the church and school on fire and looted the premises, taking everything from computers to chairs and whatever else seemed valuable from the school. The BPCA said that Muslims desecrated Bibles and religious artefacts, especially many of which were used in ceremonies within the Anglican church. Many were brought out into...
  • Top ELCA Leader Confirms Homosexual Marriages Allowed in Denomination

    09/22/2012 2:58:56 AM PDT · by rhema · 22 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 9/21/12 | Dan Skogen
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially allows homosexual marriages, so says the ďnumber two manĒ in the denomination, David Swartling. At the 2012 Southwestern Washington Synod Assembly it has been reported that, ď(I)n response to a query from the floor of the assembly, Secretary of the ELCA David Swartling, at the assembly as the representative of the national church, said that the marriage of same-gender couples in states where that was legal was neither endorsed nor precluded by ELCA policy. Marriage in those circumstances was at the discretion of pastors and congregations.Ē (read here) One of the duties of...
  • Violence in Egypt, Libya, elsewhere condemned by ELCA presiding bishop

    09/21/2012 8:28:06 PM PDT · by lightman · 4 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 21 September AD 2012 | Melissa Ramirez-Cooper
    Violence in Egypt, Libya, elsewhere condemned by ELCA presiding bishop 12-62-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In letters to Coptic Orthodox, Islamic and Muslim leaders across the United States, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), denounced the hate video "Innocence of Muslims" and shared his commitment to speak against the violence and hate demonstrations that have erupted in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere. In his Sept. 19 letters, Hanson expressed sadness about what has unfolded in recent days, especially the tragic deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and others. He lifted up the importance of...
  • The evangelical-mainline shell-game

    09/21/2012 11:00:07 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    Patheos ^ | September 19, 2012 | Fred Clark
    Ellen Painter Dollar extends an invitation to young evangelicals exhausted and frustrated by their community: While I am sympathetic to those who wish to bring reforms, of feminist and other natures, to the evangelical movement, I also want to remind those who are fed up with how women and their voices are welcomed (or not) in evangelical churches, publications, and conversations that there are many churches (that is, movements, denominations, and congregations) where women and other marginalized groups (such as LGBT Christians) don’t have to fight for respect, equality, and a voice. I think many frustrated evangelicals would be amazed...
  • Fundamentalism by another name

    09/19/2012 7:02:49 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    WORLD magazine ^ | Sept. 17, 2012 | Janie B. Cheaney
    According to some people, the state of Missouri last week began a determined slide back to the ďDark Ages.Ē The Dark Ages of 2011, that is. The legislature overrode a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon of Senate Bill 749, which exempts employers from providing reproductive services to their employees on the basis of religious scruples. The vote was decisive: 109-45 in the House and 26-6 in the Senate. Hereís the key paragraph of the summary of the bill: ďNo employer, health plan provider, health plan sponsor, health care provider, or any other person or entity shall be compelled to provide...
  • Churches continue to disband, merge

    09/19/2012 5:57:03 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    Springfield News-Sun ^ | September 18, 2012 | Mark Fahey
    A local church will close its doors after a final worship service on Sept. 30, less than two years away from its 100th anniversary. Oakland Presbyterian will join at least 28 other mainline protestant churches that have been disbanded or consolidated in Clark County since 1980, according to data from the Association of Religious Data Archives. The loss of mainline protestant congregations in Clark County mirrors trends at the national level, where rolls dropped by more than 7 million members between 1980 and 2010. Gloria Sesslar has been a member of the Oakland congregation since 1980. She said many current...
  • Learning from Ďredemptive momentsí

    09/18/2012 8:25:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    The Cortez Journal ^ | September 14, 2012
    TOWAOC ó Itís been 19 years since Bud Rousset began ministering to members of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe. But the ministering goes both ways, as Rousset (pronounced Roo-say) would say. He conducts services at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays at the Ute Mountain Presbyterian Church in Towaoc. Rousset, 62, is actually a United Methodist pastor. He was invited to minister on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation by the tribe and his church organizationís regional presbytery back in 1993. ďI believe in eternal glory, but Iíve also learned about Ďredemptive moments,íĒ he said. Once a young girl came to...
  • The 25 Most Influential Preachers of the Past 25 Years

    09/18/2012 7:34:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Sermon Central ^ | Michael Duduit, Preaching Magazine
    Preaching magazine editor Michael Duduit takes on the challenging task of naming the most important preachers from the recent past. When Preaching magazine was launched in 1985, a look at our list of contributing editors gave you a sense of who would be listed among the most influential preachers in America. That original group included Stuart Briscoe, Maxie Dunnam, Jim Henry, David Allan Hubbard, John Huffman, D.E. King, James Earl Massey, Calvin Miller, Lloyd John Ogilvie, Stephen F. Olford, Haddon Robinson, J. Alfred Smith, John Wesley White and William Willimon, along with several more.Thankfully, many of those preachers are still...
  • The myth of Mitt Romneyís evangelical problem

    09/18/2012 7:13:26 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jonathan Merritt
    Mitt Romney has an evangelical problem. Or so weíve been told by everyone from The New Yorker to The Huffington Post to The Daily Beast. The national media have perpetuated this narrative throughout the election season, and political pundits aplenty have assumed its reliability in their columns and commentary. But thereís one glaring problem with the storyline: Itís not true. [SNIP] There are at least two explanations for why Romneyís Mormonism matters so little among this powerful voting bloc. First, evangelicals seem to care more about political ideology than orthodox theology as far as voting is concerned. Polls show that...
  • Martin Luther Weeps

    09/17/2012 7:42:06 PM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Patriot Mash ^ | 9/17/12 | Rick Adams
    On a small so-called Lutheran college campus in northern Minnesota, a national battle for the soul of America is being played out in microcosm. In response to the leftís cancer that has plagued Americaís institutions, where fealty to leftist Pagan values is now a virtue, and the hostile intolerance of all other values a requirement, a courageous young lady has decided to lay down her own very small gauntlet against the oppressive and Orwellian indoctrination of the left. In her world, that indoctrination starts early, via the insidious and not-so-subtle ďComing OutĒ week, where Pagan propaganda is not only celebrated,...
  • Are Conservatives Abandoning Romney? [Say What?!? 7-10% of Tea Party Evangelicals support Obama??]

    09/17/2012 7:31:00 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 186 replies
    The Right Sphere ^ | September 16, 2012 | Tom Dougherty
    There have been 16 public polls conducted in swing states within the last week and there is an alarming statistic, consistent in all the polls regardless of the pollster party bias, that should have the Romney camp more than a little worried and possibly perplexed. The numbers are clear that self-described conservatives are not supporting Governor Romney in sufficient numbers to win the election. Additionally there is anecdotal evidence that Evangelicals and Tea Party supporters are not embracing the Romney-Ryan ticket at levels that would be expected. Looking at the crosstabs of the polls conducted in Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire,...
  • Update: Obama vs. Romney by Religious Groups [Monday morning Gallup poll]

    09/17/2012 5:13:12 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 42 replies
    Gallup ^ | September 17, 2012
    This tablebelow is based on interviewing conducted Aug. 1-Sept. 16 among registered voters. I‚Äôm using this large sample period in order to get adequate sample size of some of the smaller religious groups. Jewish and Mormon voters, for example, are just about 2% of the population each, with ‚Äúother non-Christian‚ÄĚ identifiers coming in at about 3%. This expanded period of interviewing means, of course, that any shifts as a result of recent news events -- such as those in the Middle East -- would only be minimally reflected in these data. [SNIP] Protestants (basically those who identify with a Christian...
  • There Are Less of Us Than You Think [Pagans discuss the amount(s) of religious influence in the USA]

    09/17/2012 1:46:45 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies
    Patheos ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jason Pitzl-Waters
    According to Grey Matter Research, Americans think our country is far more religiously diverse than it actually is. In a survey of 747 adults the research and consulting firm found that most underestimated the size of Christianity and over-estimated the size of atheists, Muslims, and other religious minorities. “The typical American adult pegs religious affiliation in the U.S. as follows:  24% Catholic, 20% Protestant, 19% unaffiliated, 9% Jewish, 9% atheist or agnostic, 7% Muslim, 7% Mormon, and 5% from all other religious groups. In reality, according to the 2008 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Americans...