Mainline Protestant (Religion)

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  • The Bible tells us those in heaven are alive. (Ecumenical)

    12/30/2012 9:28:32 AM PST · by narses · 63 replies
    Catholic Answers | 1/15/2007 | Gamera
    "And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living," Matt 22:32. At the Transfiguration, the souls of long-dead Moses and Elijah appeared alongside Jesus. "And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him." Matt 17:3. How could Moses and Elijah "talk" with Jesus if they were "asleep"? Their souls were alive and awake. The fact that the Bible shows...
  • Queen Elizabeth II Christmas address

    12/27/2012 11:10:13 AM PST · by Vanders9 · 1 replies
    Royal channel ^ | 25/12/2012 | HM the Queen!
    The annual rite of the Queen's Christmas address to Britain and the Commonwealth. Pretty good one this year - Liz excelled herself. The band at the start is the paraorchestra - disabled musicians.
  • Christians Besieged

    12/27/2012 7:14:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 12/23/12 | Benny Avni
    Islamists on the attack in AfricaThe Christmas season’s become a time to reflect on the fate of Christians around the world, from the besieged ancient communities of the Middle East to the tyrannized worshippers in China. But let us not ignore the violent threats to Christians in Africa. Men belonging to Boko Haram murdered at least 10 people in the Nigerian village of Chibok earlier this month. Armed with guns and knives, they slit the throats of victims before burning their houses down. Eleven others were killed the month before in the town of Jaji when a car loaded with...
  • Anglican Head Rowan Williams Backs Gun Control in US

    12/26/2012 4:26:34 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 12-23-12 | Anugrah Kumar
    The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, talked about the recent Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn., discounting the argument put forward, including by many Christians in the United States, that "it's not guns that kill, it's people." "People use guns. But in a sense guns use people, too. When we have the technology for violence easily to hand, our choices are skewed and we are more vulnerable to being manipulated into violent action," the leader of the world's 80 million-strong Anglican Communion said, delivering BBC Radio 4's "Thought for the Day" on Saturday.
  • Counting Catholics: ‘Church of immigrants’ poised for growth

    12/26/2012 3:52:56 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 17 replies
    There is only one U.S. religious group, propelled in part by an enthusiastic group of young followers, that is expected to grow to 100 million adherents by the middle of the century. Yet to hear some critics focus on generational shifts showing declining Mass attendance and doctrinal commitment among white Catholics, one might think the Catholic Church is slowly sinking in the U.S. religious landscape. So which is it for the nation’s largest religious group, growth or decline? The answer is some of both in a church that, as it has through much of its history, reflects the changing face...
  • The Scandal of Jesus’ Birth

    12/26/2012 12:21:18 PM PST · by HarleyD · 34 replies
    Gutenberg College ^ | Dec 22, 2006 | Jack Crabtree
    At Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ birth because no more important human being has ever been born. Jesus is the first-born of all creation, the one individual for whom everything else exists. Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords, who will rule the coming age as our sovereign ruler. Jesus is more than just a man; he is the translation of the very nature and sovereignty of God Himself into human form—the image of the invisible God, the fullness of God dwelling in human form. Jesus is the supreme prophet, the one whom God sent into the world to...
  • Ordinariate Priest Appointed to South London Parish [Anglican Ordinariate Gets Own Parish]

    12/26/2012 7:29:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    An announcement was made yesterday (Sunday) that the Parish of the Most Precious Blood, Borough, is to be cared for by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. By the kind invitation of the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend Peter Smith, the diocesan parish of the Precious Blood near London Bridge station will be cared for by Fr Christopher Pearson - a priest of the Personal Ordinariate - with the permission of the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate, Mgr Keith Newton. Replacing the Religious Community of the Society of the Divine Saviour (Salvatorians), who currently care for the...
  • Christ-mas is transcended by some truly marvelous golden nuggets

    12/25/2012 6:40:49 PM PST · by AmbassadorForChrist · 1 replies
    Bible | 2012 | AmbassadorForChrist
    Christ-mas is transcended by some truly marvelous golden nuggets from the book of Luke regarding this Christ-mas event which occurred approximately 2,012 years ago.
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Says Anglican Church Wounded, Not Dead

    12/25/2012 3:21:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/25/12
    LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of the Church of England on Tuesday said a vote last month that struck down proposals to allow women to become bishops had been "deeply painful", but that Christianity was still relevant in Britain despite falling numbers of believers. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who leads the global 80-million-strong Anglican Communion, said in his Christmas day sermon that the answer to the question of whether Christianity had "had its day" was a "resounding no". The Church of England narrowly voted against allowing women bishops last month - to the dismay of Williams and Prime Minister...
  • A (Borrowed) Christmas Reflection [Francis A. Schaeffer's "What Difference Has Looking Made?"]

    12/24/2012 9:37:43 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Every Square Inch ^ | December 23, 2007 | Nathan Tiemeyer
    Take a moment to consider this short excerpt from Francis Schaeffer's sermon, "What Difference Has Looking Made?" The sermon is an extended reflection on the experience of the shepherds to whom the angels appeared at the birth of Jesus, as well as what that experience has to teach us: Doctrinal clarity matters a great deal; but Luke does not allow his Gospelto end merely with a proper emphasis on the necessity of the great doctrinaltruths, and our study should not end there either. Before his ascension Jesustold the disciples "that repentance and remission of sins should be preached inhis name...
  • Update: Friend Kevin Is Cancer Free!

    12/24/2012 10:52:16 AM PST · by poobear · 22 replies
    12-24-2012
    My friend is cancer free!
  • What will American Christianity look like in 50 years? (Predictions for various denominations)

    12/21/2012 3:31:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    SILOUAN ^ | 12/21/2012 | Silouan Philip Thompson
    I was asked this in an online forum, and my answer got too long to manage. Here’s my infallible prediction. How did I do? Orthodoxy: Little visible change, zero substantive change. Increasing numbers and cultural impact. Progress toward a single American Archdiocese, but still not there yet.Catholicism: Neither women priests nor married priests will happen. Increasing disaffection among liberal American Catholics leading to a significant decrease in attendance. Identification as Catholic will be increasingly cultural rather than creedal. This trend, combined with decreasing numbers of men seeking the priesthood, will force additional parish churches to close. This will be...
  • Night by Elie Wiesel

    12/21/2012 12:53:41 PM PST · by ConservativeDude · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 19 2009 | Phil Mongredien
    Elie Wiesel was 15 when the Nazis came for the 15,000 Jews of his hometown of Sighet, Transylvania, in May 1944. Upon arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau, his mother and sister were murdered within hours, while he was put to work as a slave labourer. Eight months later, the Germans evacuated the camp and forced the survivors on a death march that ended at Buchenwald. Wiesel was one of the few still alive when the Americans arrived in April 1945.
  • The “Justification” of Christmas

    12/19/2012 5:50:07 PM PST · by HarleyD
    Word of Encouragement ^ | 2003 | Charles R. Biggs
    Christmas Since it is the Advent season and the time we remember the significance and importance of Jesus' birth, I will send out what I like to refer to as the 'JUSTIFICATION of Christmas'. Using the letters from the word 'Christmas', we can reflect and be reminded of Christ's birth, but also his accomplished work that he merited on our behalf. We rejoice that the "LORD has come" at Christmas, but we should also rejoice and be reminded of what the "LORD has done" for those who love him! The first letter of the word 'Christmas' is C... C: CHOSEN...
  • Anglican vicars threaten to defy gay marriage ban

    12/18/2012 7:57:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 15 Dec 2012 | Edward Malnick
    Leading Anglican campaigners have warned that Government plans to exempt the Church from the new legislation will lead to hundreds of homosexual clergy and worshippers marrying in Quaker and Unitarian services and then returning to the Church. In a letter to The Sunday Telegraph, dozens of clergy, including Lord Harries, the former Bishop of Oxford, today urge homosexual Anglicans to follow this course of action.“Until the Church of England allows us to solemnise same-sex marriages in our churches, as a matter of pastoral expediency we will counsel lesbian and gay members of our congregations to marry in those churches willing...
  • Conversion of Members of One of First Anglican Religious Orders Heralds End of Anglo-Catholicism

    12/18/2012 7:12:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/18/12 | William Oddie
    It was announced last week that at 10am on January 1, eleven Anglican Sisters, members of the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, one of the first post-Reformation Anglican religious communities to be established in England in the wake of the Tractarian movement, will be received into the Catholic Church. They will be received into the ordinariate by Mgr Keith Newton, leader of the ordinariate in England and Wales, at St Aloysius, Oxford, the Church of the Oxford Oratory (which, as it happens, is my own parish church). This will, of course, be a wonderful and joyful occasion....
  • Should Church Boards Be Able To Decide Which Pastor A Particular Church Gets To Vote On

    12/17/2012 7:10:15 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 43 replies
    12/17/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A vacancy occurs within a church (as in the pastoral position), and let's say an interim pastor steps in for a certain amount of time until a replacement pastor is voted in. Let's say 4-5/6 licensed/ordained ministers within that denomination apply for the open position and thus for a chance to preach before the church - and the church members who will later hear those ministers will pray about which one they desire to be their pastor and eventually vote one in. Should the board get to toss any of those names from consideration, if those licensed/ordained ministers are in...
  • QUAERITUR: Catholic funeral for a Lutheran?

    12/16/2012 3:24:55 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 15, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    My grandmother recently died. She was a Lutheran, but we, her descendents, are Catholic. Who, then, should do the burial? A Lutheran minister, or our Catholic priest? Thank you, and please pray for her soul. Canon 1183.3 states, “In the prudent judgment of the local ordinary, ecclesiastical funerals can be granted to baptized persons who are enrolled in a non-Catholic Church or ecclesial community unless their intention is evidently to the contrary and provided that their own minister is not available.” In this situation, it seems the grandmother’s minister is available.Since grandma did not convert prior to her death,...
  • Prayer for the innocents

    12/14/2012 11:53:33 AM PST · by redgolum · 17 replies
    Vanity
    I would like to post some sort of prayer that is elegant and thoughtful, but at this time I can not. Dear Lord, be with the inoocents and their family. Please pray for them.
  • Presbyterian leaders in Pittsburgh reeling from latest exodus from denomination

    12/12/2012 10:31:59 PM PST · by Cronos · 44 replies
    Post Gazette ^ | 7 Dec 2012 | Ann Rodgers
    Members of Pittsburgh Presbytery expressed grief and frustration with three churches that recently voted to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) without going through the constitutional process for doing so, while the church's national moderator, who coincidentally was at their regular meeting Thursday, said he had offered to meet with leaders of those churches and two others that are pursuing the formal process for leaving. Representatives from only one of the five, later identified as Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Oakland, agreed to meet with the Rev. Neal Presa. About 140 churches are in the countywide presbytery. Recently, Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian...