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  • + The Reformation’s Evangelical “Sola Scriptura” + [Today is Reformation Day] [Reformed Caucus]

    10/31/2012 11:55:17 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    Steadfast Lutherans ^ | October 31st, 2012 | Robert Paul
    Below is a set of theses from the late Dr. Marquart, posted here in honor of the Reformation. Originally written for class and perhaps a conference, they speak of what exactly Sola Scriptura means and what it means for the church. Blessed Festival of the Reformation! Verbum domini manet in aeternum. The two focal points of the Reformation conflict were the Gospel’s core content (justification) and the Gospel’s authority (Scripture alone—sola scriptura).“Sola scriptura” means to assert the sole authority of Christ over His church, to the exclusion of all other powers and authorities. IESOUS KYRIOS (Jesus is Lord, I Cor....
  • Happy Reformation Day!

    10/31/2012 10:48:21 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Let Christ Lead ^ | October 31, 2012
    I’m just going to come right out with this – I do not like Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, if you have your kids out there dressed up as little Jedis and Harry Potters visiting your neighbors and enjoying some extra treats, there’s not anything wrong with that. The fact that Halloween has become the holiday second only to Christmas in spending in the United States is a little disconcerting though. I do generally take my kids trick or treating at an event before Halloween, or as I prefer to call it Reformation Day. We usually participate in a campground...
  • Reformation Day: 31 October 2012

    10/31/2012 9:25:51 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Hagiographies ^ | October 31, 2012
    October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the castle church door of Wittenberg. This was a common way of making announcements at the time, and since November 1st is All Saints day, a day of special observance, crowds were guaranteed to see the announcements. At the heart of the 95 theses was a custom of the day, selling indulgences in order to raise money for the church. The general idea was that one could buy more rapid exit from purgatory for one’s self or a relative. In the famous words of Johann Tetzel, “Sobald der Gülden im...
  • Slovenia Celebrating Reformation Day [Reformed Caucus]

    10/31/2012 7:11:52 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy
    Slovenia Times ^ | 1 Oct 2012
    Slovenia is on Wednesday celebrating Reformation Day dedicated to the Reformation and Protestant movement, which brought Slovenians their first books in own language. The government decided in March that Reformation Day would not be marked with a high-profile national ceremony this year, due to cost cutting. However, the Slovenian Protestant Association Primož Trubar held a ceremony in Ljubljana's arts centre Cankarjev dom on the eve of the bank holiday, with President Danilo Türk as the keynote speaker. The Reformation movement in Slovenia brought the country Protestant reforms, following the example of Martin Luther in Germany. The most prominent Slovenian Reformist...
  • Reformation Day: What the Original Protestant Actually Taught

    10/31/2012 7:09:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Catholic Sistas ^ | 10/30/12 | Tiffany P
    Today marks one day shy of 495 years since Martin Luther first initiated what would become known as the Protestant Reformation, by nailing his ninety-five theses—protests against the Catholic Church—to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenburg, Germany. Many Protestants around the world celebrate or publicly acknowledge today, October 30th, as Reformation Day. I have witnessed many evangelical Protestants elevate today as a joyous day in Church history, claiming that Martin Luther was led by God in his disputes. But what did Martin Luther stand for, exactly? Indeed, most Catholics and Protestants alike associate him with his “five solas”...
  • Always Reforming, Without Tarrying [Today is Reformation Day][Reformed Caucus]

    10/31/2012 6:32:24 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | October 31, 2012 | Jordan J. Ballor
    Today is Reformation Day, and I wanted to pass along a quote that I have found to embody a valuable perspective about the imperative to always be seeking reform of one’s own life and manners, without needing to tarry for broader social or political change. The quote appears in the newly-published translation of a work by the Dutch Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck, The Christian Family, which originally appeared in 1908. The point of departure is his exploration of the institution of the family and its social significance, but Bavinck’s words apply equally as well to efforts for improving other spheres...
  • Martin Luther's other theses, Heidelberg Theses of 1518, propelled Reformation forward

    10/30/2012 1:58:22 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies ^ | Rev. Donald Jordan
    On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted 95 Theses at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. These theses were never debated following their posting, so they never gained much influence. Many have a basic understanding of Luther's theology and the 95 Theses. The theology and history of the Reformation is beneficial in order to understand that this was not a rebellion or de-formation of the church catholic, but a purifying of doctrine to conform it to scripture. In fact, tomorrow is known as Reformation Sunday, when attention is drawn to the great changes in the church that occurred after 1517....
  • Martin Luther’s Revolution: A Reformation Day Lesson on Democracy

    10/30/2012 10:22:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    Last weekend many protestent churches celebrated the Reformation of the Catholic Church. But I believe people of all faiths should stop and pause, because Martin Luther’s actions have a much larger, ripple affect – extending far beyond church doctrine. In Europe during the 16th Century, several key events inspired Martin Luther’s revolutionary action: Pope Leo X wanted to reconstruct Saint Peter’s Basilica – the crown jewel of the Vatican. But there was one small problem: The Church was broke.When the Pope approached Venetian bankers to finance his vision, they balked at the Church’s credit.The Papacy devised a plan to satisfy...
  • Vatican Cardinal Opens Door to Lutheran Ordinariates

    10/30/2012 10:18:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said in an interview that the Vatican would entertain a hypothetical proposal by Lutherans to establish ecclesial structures modeled on the ordinariates developed for Anglican communities that wish to enter into full communion with the Holy See. “Anglicanorum coetibus was not an initiative of Rome, but came from the Anglican church,” said Cardinal Kurt Koch, referring to the 2009 papal document that established the ordinariates. “The Holy Father then sought a solution and, in my opinion, found a very broad solution, in which the Anglicans’ ecclesial and liturgical traditions were...
  • A mighty fortress is our God: that other holiday on Oct. 31

    10/30/2012 8:34:45 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    MJ Times-Herald ^ | October 30, 2012 | Joel van der Veen
    When I was growing up, there was one event we looked forward to every fall, right at the end of October. For us, it was an annual tradition, an evening of mischief and treats, a celebration to share with our friends. Of course, I’m talking about Oct. 31 — Reformation Day. I realize this might require some explanation for those of you who didn’t hang out with the cool crowd, so bear with me. For Protestant Christians, especially members of the Lutheran and Reformed churches, Oct. 31, or the closest Sunday to it, is celebrated as Reformation Day each year...
  • 2 DAYS OF DARKNESS SOON [Charistmastic Caucus]

    10/28/2012 5:33:28 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 10-28-12 | Jedediah
    There will be 2 days of darkness soon for often it is in the times of darkness your true hope is revealed ! So "WATCH CAREFULLY" for "I AM about to Reveal The Truth in ALL Things that have been hidden in the Darkness ! " For My Light Of Truth is about to Cleanse, Reveal and Bring ALL that is of ME into balance and place . And My Lampstand shall be found in this TRUTH . Hebrews 4:12-16 12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Contender Criticizes Banks [Call Banks "Exponents of Anarchy"!]

    10/27/2012 2:27:27 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 07, 2012 | Graham Ruddick
    Archbishop of Canterbury Contender Criticizes Banks The frontrunner to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury has accused banks of having “no socially useful purpose” and being “exponents of anarchy” in a speech warning that the battered financial services industry cannot be repaired. Bishop Welby is a former oil executive who has been a prominent critic of corporate excesses By Graham Ruddick 7 Oct 2012 The Rt Rev Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, says the sector must be rebuilt “from the ruins” of the financial crisis to become something that “helps people rather than being there for people to help it”....
  • Church Panel Under Pressure to Name New Anglican Leader

    10/27/2012 9:50:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/25/12 | Alessandra Prentice and Peter Griffiths
    (Reuters) - A secretive group choosing the next Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans, is under pressure to break a deadlock in their talks and reach a decision, nearly a month after an announcement was expected. The choice of the next head of the worldwide Anglican Communion comes at critical time for a church threatened by a rise in secularism and long-running divisions over senior women clergy and homosexuality. The 105th Archbishop of Canterbury will have to contend with the risk of a schism over sex and sexuality. Liberal church leaders in the United States...
  • The Ordinariate's Customary Printed

    10/23/2012 9:03:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Hermeneutic of Continuity ^ | 10/22/12 | Fr. Tim Finigan
    The new Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham has been published, and a fine book it looks, too. It contains the office for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the psalms in the Coverdale translation, and the office arranged according to the calendar for the Ordinariate. I'm rather hoping to have choral evensong at Blackfen during the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. There are more photos of the new book at the Ordinariate's Flickr set and there is a report by Mgr Andrew Burnham at the Ordinariate website. You can buy a copy from Amazon.
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • 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...
  • America’s first mega-church was in Congress

    10/09/2012 12:47:10 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Standard-Examiner ^ | 10/09/2012 | Chris Crowder
    America’s first mega-church, defined as a congregation of 2,000 attendees or more, held services in the capitol building inside the House of Representatives. It remained there until 1868 as the congregation raised money for building a new sanctuary they could call their own. According to the diary of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, church services were also held in the Treasury building and the Supreme Court Building. He describes the Reverend James Laurie, pastor of a Presbyterian Church, that had settled into the Treasury Building, preaching to an overflow audience in the Supreme Court Chamber,...
  • 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
    I’m 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 Organization’s 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. I’m 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 “no basis for its authority” as its confession “varies from place to place and person to person”. He says: “At the centre of Anglicanism is a great void.” He adds: “The 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 “valedictory” book, Faith in the Public Square, is attracting considerable media interest. I was prompted to buy it after reading Dr William Oddie’s 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 week’s third and final meeting of the CNC was to have provided two names to Prime Minister David Cameron – 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: “This 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 bookmakers’ 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 you’re 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 you’d 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 (didn’t 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 ‘global president’ 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 Carson’s 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 ‘pledge’ 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...