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  • Apostate Church of England has mutated into a Gnostic "Sex" Sect

    07/20/2017 8:20:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 7-20-17 | Jules Gomes
    A queer thing happened to the Church of England. In the 500th year of the Reformation it crossed the thin red line from apostolic to apostate. Future seminary students will be grateful for this mnemonic device when mugging up important dates for a Church History exam. Easy peasy! How can one forget? In 1517, the Reformers decided to yank a recalcitrant Church of Rome back to the Bible. In 2017, the Reformers booed the Bible and booted it out of the Church of England. The flashpoint for the Reformation of 1517 was indulgences. The flashpoint for the Reformation of 2017...
  • The Church of England’s Nietzschean Proposal

    07/18/2017 7:59:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    First Things ^ | 7/17/17 | Carl R. Trueman
    In a world of change and flux, it is reassuring to know that some things remain the same. Take, for example, the motion passed by the Church of England General Synod, calling for a liturgy to help transgender people celebrate their transitions. This motion is consistent with liberal Protestantism’s age-old calling, that of baptizing the moral norms du jour of the respectable chattering classes, presumably in hopes of enhancing the appeal of religion to its cultured despisers. Transgenderism was bound for liturgical acceptance. By now, experience should have taught even the moderately self-aware that, where religion is concerned, cultural relevance...
  • The Church of Modern Lunacy

    07/14/2017 10:44:56 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Z Blog ^ | 07-13-2017 | Zman
    I have a passing interest in the Church of England and its American variation, the Episcopal Church. An old friend is in the church so I get some first hand descriptions of what it is like to be in a dying institution. That’s the only way to describe the Episcopal Church. Attendance declines every year as old members die off and new members never materialize. Go into an Episcopal service and you can’t help but notice that most everyone is a senior. The actuarial tables are the church’s greatest enemy.Of course, church attendance has always skewed a little older. Young...
  • Further thoughts on Luther, the Reformation—and G. K. Chesterton

    07/14/2017 10:07:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 201 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 13, 2017 | Dale Ahlquist
    @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderControls.css"); catholicworldreport.com Further thoughts on Luther, the Reformation—and G. K. Chesterton – Catholic World Report 6-8 minutes @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderContent.css"); Left: Martin Luther in 1532 portrait; right: G.K. Chesterton in his study, date unknown (Wikipedia) So, I took some heat from my previous article on the Reformation—“The Bible, the Reformation, and G.K. Chesterton”—because I implied that the Reformation was started by Protestants. Apparently I did not spend enough time attacking the Catholic Church, which, as everyone knows, was responsible for the creation of Martin Luther and company.But since we are still in the midst of our year long observance...
  • "Message Bible" Author Eugene Peterson backtracks on same-sex marriage

    07/14/2017 9:27:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Religion News ^ | 07/14/2017 | By Jonathan Merritt
    “The Message” author Eugene Peterson says he regrets telling me he would officiate a same-sex wedding if asked to do so today by a gay couple who were “Christians of good faith.” “On further reflection and prayer, I would like to retract that,” the evangelical author said in a statement. Since we published the interview at RNS on Wednesday (July 12), the internet has caught fire. The article was the last of a three-part interview series that addressed a range of topics: why Peterson was stepping away from public life, what he thinks of Donald Trump, his view of megachurches,...
  • Reformed Church Body Signs Declaration on Justification to 'Overcome Divisions' With Catholic Church

    07/13/2017 11:05:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/13/2017 | Michael Gryboski
    A worldwide coalition of Reformed churches representing approximately 80 million Christians has signed onto an ecumenical statement with the Roman Catholic Church to "overcome divisions" from the time of the Protestant Reformation.The World Communion of Reformed Churches signed a "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification" with Catholic, Lutheran, and Methodist leaders last week at a church in Wittenberg, Germany. According to a WCRC press release, "The declaration stated that mutual condemnations pronounced by the two sides during the Reformation do not apply to their current teaching on justification." (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)Portrait of Martin Luther, the founder of the Protestant Reformation,...
  • Message Bible Author Eugene Peterson: Homosexuality Not Wrong, Megachurches Aren't Real Churches

    07/13/2017 11:00:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/12/2017 | Brandon Showalter
    (Photo: Q via The Christian Post)Eugene Peterson concludes his discussions with Q Ideas Gabe Lyons today with a conversation on Being Immersed In Scripture.Eugene Peterson, the Presbyterian pastor who wrote the The Message, has come out in support of gay marriage, saying that he would officiate a same-sex wedding if asked.In an interview with Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service Wednesday, the author of more than 30 books said that he knows many gays and lesbians who "seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do," noting that he would not have said that 20 years ago. He...
  • How to Think About Luther?

    07/12/2017 4:52:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 417 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 12, 2017 | James Kalb
    How to Think About Luther?James Kalb Traditionally, Catholics have viewed Luther as a heresiarch, and the Lutheran break from Rome as a religious and civilizational catastrophe. More recently, in line with current ecumenical and pastoral initiatives, that view has softened.The softening has been quite noticeable during the current pontificate. The pope recently took part in a joint liturgy with the Church of Sweden to commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of Luther’s rebellion. He has also suggested informally that a Lutheran married to a Catholic might legitimately decide to receive communion from a Catholic priest, and that disputes between Catholics and...
  • Why is the Episcopal Church Near Collapse?

    07/11/2017 9:09:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    Beliefnet ^ | 7/11/17
    Prominent bishops are pulling out. Convention-goers were told headquarters had spent $18 million suing local congregations. Members are leaving at a record rate. This is no longer George Washington’s church – once the largest denomination in the colonies.The headlines coming out of the Episcopal Church’s annual U.S. convention are stunning — endorsement of cross-dressing clergy, blessing same-sex marriage, the sale of their headquarters since they can’t afford to maintain it. The American branch of the Church of England, founded when the Vatican balked at permitting King Henry VIII to continue annulling marriages to any wife who failed to bear him...
  • [Church of England] Clergy Can Dress Down After Church Votes to Let Them Ditch Vestments

    07/11/2017 9:05:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7/10/17 | Olivia Rudgard
    Clergy have been given the go-ahead to ditch their robes and dress down for services following a vote by the church's General Synod. Priests should be allowed flexibility to wear what they want to make the church more accessible and relevant to the modern world, members said. This means that clergy are now officially allowed to lead services in casual clothing such as jeans and trainers. The changes would help the church by "reflecting the way society has gone in the way of informality", said Leyland vicar Alistair McHaffie. He also pointed out that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby,...
  • Church of England Votes to Affirm Transgender People; Top Bishop Says LGBT 'Not a Sin'

    07/10/2017 11:51:54 AM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Jul 10, 2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The General Synod of the Church of England has officially passed a motion welcoming and affirming transgender people to the church. A top bishop also declared that being LGBT is "not a sin." "That this Synod, recognizing the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person's gender transition," the motion that passed on Sunday reads. As the official CofE website points out, the vote went overwhelmingly in favor of welcoming transgender people, with 30 for the...
  • The Surprising Discovery About Those Colonialist, Proselytizing Missionaries

    07/09/2017 8:19:44 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 132 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | January 8, 2014 | Andrea Palpant Dilley
    The legacy of Protestant missionaries a century later is higher literacy rates, better public health and stronger institutions than places where Catholic missionaries were or state sanctioned Protestants worked.
  • Church of England Demands Ban on Conversion Therapy

    07/09/2017 5:35:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7/8/17 | Harriet Sherwood
    Synod calls for government to ban practice aiming to change sexual orientation after hearing experiences of ‘spiritual abuse’ in emotional debateThe Church of England has called on the government to ban conversion therapy and has condemned the practice, which aims to change sexual orientation, as unethical and potentially harmful. At the end of an emotional debate in which two members of the C of E synod described their experiences as spiritual abuse, the church’s governing body overwhelmingly backed a motion saying the practice had “no place in the modern world”. Conversion therapy is usually described as an attempt to change...
  • Steve McQueen: The salvation of an American icon

    07/09/2017 5:55:57 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 08, 2017 | Pastor Greg Laurie
    At the time, Steve McQueen was the number-one movie star in the world, and he is still used as a point of reference for masculinity and “coolness” to this day. He was (and is) the definition of an American icon. ... But notwithstanding all his fame and fortune, a colossal vacuum lived rent-free in Steve McQueen’s heart, a yawning chasm, a lack of purpose rooted in the absence of functional, involved parents. He spent his whole life avoiding his mother and searching for his father—searching for someone or something to stand in for him, someone to love him. He had...
  • Church of England Could Ditch Mitres Over Claims 'They Look Silly'

    07/08/2017 7:56:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7/8/17 | Olivia Rudgard
    A senior Church of England figure is calling for bishops to ditch their mitres because they symbolise a "culture of deference". Revd Ian Paul, a member of the Archbishops' Council, said the traditional hats were part of a "world of the past" and meant the bishops appeared elevated above the rest of the church. "The mitre has become a sign that 'this person is a bishop'. It's not a very good one because it looks daft and it doesn't signify anything in the Church of England. "It makes them distant and it makes them look silly," he told the Telegraph,...
  • Workshop Opportunities [ELCA Clergy Gathering]

    07/07/2017 5:22:05 PM PDT · by lightman · 12 replies
    Workshop Opportunities On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, one of the activity choices you will have to make is to delve into a variety of topics offered in our workshop sessions. Download the workshop descriptions here. Each day there will be 2 opportunities: 2:15-3:30 p.m. and 3:45-5:00 p.m. As you read through these offerings, please note that some workshops are offered more than once. Tuesday, Aug. 8 2:15-3:30 p.m. 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Advocacy as Public Witness Another Century of Faithful Proclamation: Toward a Lutheran Lay Preaching Movement. Being a grounded leader in the midst of the storm. Biblical Storytelling...
  • STATEMENT: Impact of availability of 'sexbots' on the demand for victims of sexual exploitation

    07/07/2017 3:43:39 PM PDT · by Morgana · 37 replies
    news.salvationarmy.org.uk ^ | July 6, 2015 | Joss
    In light of the recent report by Responsible Robotics The Salvation Army has released the following statement on the possible impact of the availability of ‘sexbots’ on the demand for victims of sexual exploitation. Kathryn Taylor, of The Salvation Army’s Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery Unit, said: “The Salvation Army’s work with victims of sexual exploitation and modern slavery means we hear and see the impact on people first hand of the dreadful realities of sexual exploitation. The Salvation Army is concerned that by offering another option for purchasing sex though ‘a sexbot’ (sex robot) it could fuel demand for...
  • Reformed Churches Accept Joint Catholic-Lutheran Statement on Justification

    07/04/2017 5:45:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The World Communion of Reformed Churches has accepted that Joint Declaration on Justification that was originally signed by the Catholic Church and the World Lutheran Federation in 1999, and later by the World Methodist Council in 2016. The World Communion of Reformed Churches will formalize its assent to the statement at an ecumenical prayer service to be held in Wittenberg, Germany, on July 5. The Pontifical Council for Christian Unity welcomed the acceptance of the statement by the Reformed Churches as an “important milestone” in ecumenical affairs. The Vatican body said: One of the crucial issues of dissent between the...
  • Supernatural Experience[Charismatic Caucus]

    06/30/2017 9:55:35 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Supernatural experience is you saturated by my Presence in and through you for as Ezekiel was swept up into my presence "Behold" this IS where I desire you to be always and forever in the arms of the One that loves you is where you belong ! A Psalm of David. Psalm 23 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through...
  • Anglicans, Methodists in UK Consider Sharing Ministers

    06/29/2017 7:37:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    London, England, Jun 29, 2017 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Methodist Church in Britain and the Church of England announced Sunday that each ecclesial community is considering a proposal that would enable the sharing of clergy between them. Jonathan Baker, the Anglican bishop of Fulham, said that “(t)he separation between Anglicans and Methodists in Great Britain is a tear in the fabric of the Body of Christ. The proposals made in this report are offered as a means of helping to repair that tear.” The proposal, Mission and Ministry in Covenant, would in effect largely end the approximately 200-year-old...