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  • The Conservative Episcopalian Mess

    06/24/2016 11:05:35 AM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    Touchstone ^ | 06-19-2016 | S. M. Hutchens
    For more than thirty years now I have been an observer and sometime participant in what I will here call the conservative Episcopalian mess. The departure of more orthodox Episcopalians from an apostatizing mainstream headed by weak and clownish English archbishops and astoundingly aggressive heretics in North America, contained no real surprises, for this is the predictable fruit of religious liberalism hatched upon an ignorant, passive, and venal laity, that we have seen in other major Protestant churches, and from which modern Roman Catholicism, especially under a Nice Pope, is unlikely to be much of a refuge. What I have...
  • You have come through the eye of the needle into Kingdom Come [Charismatic Caucus]

    06/21/2016 10:33:39 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    You have come through the eye of the needle into Kingdom Come , Zion lays before you blessed daughters and sons, So now the "real awakening begins", Truly you ARE worthy free from all sins, Look you are dressed in righteousness for you wear my gown, I have bestowed on you and a clean turban as your crown, Your feet shine at the mention of My WORD, For Now they Know it IS the Path of Righteousness they have heard, Holy ! Holy ! Holy ! Is the sound, That you hear now echoing all around, Voices that sound like...
  • 49 Souls (Blog on the Orlando Massacre)

    06/18/2016 10:34:02 AM PDT · by pcottraux · 25 replies
    Depths Of Pentecost ^ | 6-18-16 | Philip Cottraux
    By Philip Cottraux Two tragic events occurred last weekend. I am not into pop culture and had never really seen “The Voice.” The first time I had ever heard of Christina Grimmie was learning of her death on the news. And yet something was heart-wrenching about it. The media has been claiming they can find no motivation for the attack, that her killer was an obsessed lunatic. While that may be true, I have also seen reports that have been largely ignored by the press claiming this beautiful young girl was shot for being a Christian.* Upon further research, I...
  • Student Newspaper Defends Using Aborted Baby Parts in Research: “America is Not a Christian Nation”

    06/07/2016 2:25:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | June 6, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    When all else fails, abortion activists often resort to the old “pro-lifers are forcing their religion on us” argument to push their agenda. That is what a group of Indiana University student editors used to attack a new state law that protects the dignity of unborn babies by requiring that aborted babies’ bodies be buried or cremated. The new law will help stop the kind of sale of aborted babies’ body parts that Planned Parenthood facilities in other states have been caught arranging. Although Roe v. Wade prohibits states from completely banning abortions, pro-life advocates in Indiana believe the aborted...
  • Cracks in Deal to Avert Anglican Schism Over Homosexuality

    06/07/2016 3:52:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6/6/16 | John Bingham
    A deal to avert the break-up of the worldwide Anglican Communion risks collapse amid signals that African churches are reassessing ties with the Church of England over the issue of same-sex marriage. The new leader of a powerful bloc of traditionalist bishops and archbishops - seen as representing the majority of the world’s estimated 80 million Anglicans - said the Church of England had recently crossed a “line” with a series of decisions seen as endorsing a more liberal stance on homosexuality. The Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, the Archbishop of Nigeria, said many traditionalists now view the British branches of...
  • Opening Our Ears to Hear (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus/Devotional

    06/06/2016 6:03:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 6/6/2016
    God said to Isaiah: “Go and tell this people: ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed” (Isa. 6:9–10, NIV). This type of judgment is articulated by Paul in Romans 1: “Since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done” (v....
  • The Gospel Part 5: Reconciling Faith And Works

    05/19/2016 5:25:46 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 125 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/19/16 | Gary
    Faith vs. works.  Christians have debated this topic for two thousand years and still do.  At the heart of the debate you have two (seemingly) opposing sides: Team Faith says works are not required for salvation.  Salvation is received by grace through faith alone (John 6:28-29, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 4:5, Romans 11:6, Galatians 2:21).  They believe that making works a requirement for salvation ignores the very message of the Gospel that Jesus died for our sins and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), which the Apostle Paul calls "of first importance."  This is Christianity 101.  If Jesus died for your...
  • Jews and Atheists Say Abortion is Morally Acceptable, Protestants, Catholics and Mormons Say No

    06/05/2016 11:45:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 123 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | May 31, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Gallup released a new poll this week that examines people’s positions on abortion based on their religious affiliation. The poll asked people about a series of moral issues, including abortion and doctor-assisted suicide, and then examined their answers based on their religious affiliation. Researchers found major differences among religious groups, with Protestants, Catholics and Mormons taking a pro-life stance and Jews and the non-religious taking a more liberal stance. Gallup reports: Jews and those with no religious preferences have virtually identical views on the morality of abortion, doctor-assisted suicide, gay-lesbian relations and cloning animals. Jews are somewhat less likely than...
  • Pope Francis v. St. Thomas More: Pope to Express Gifts of Protetant Revolt and Ask Forgiveness

    06/03/2016 4:50:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 76 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | June 3, 2016 | Michael Matt
    This just in from NCR: "Pope Francis’ visit to Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will comprise “two parts” beginning with a “common prayer” service in Lund's Lutheran cathedral and continuing with a public event at Malmö Arena that will be open to wider participation, Vatican and Lutheran leaders have announced. "In a joint statement issued today by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, they reiterated that the Oct. 31 event will be centered on the themes of “thanksgiving, repentance and commitment to common witness". It also said the...
  • Details Released of Reformation Commemoration in Lund, Sweden

    Pope Francis’ visit to Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will comprise “two parts” and will begin with a “common prayer” service in Lund's Lutheran cathedral and continue with a public event at Malmö Arena that will be open to wider participation, Vatican and Lutheran leaders have announced. In a joint statement issued today by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, they reiterated that the Oct. 31 event will be centered on the themes of “thanksgiving, repentance and commitment to common witness". It also said the overall aim of...
  • Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

    05/24/2016 6:49:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1,071 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 23, 2016 • Many of you know that I write the Question and Answer column for Our Sunday Visitor. Given the celebration of Trinity Sunday this past Sunday, I thought I might reproduce here on the blog a question/answer regarding the Trinity. It is a fairly common question; perhaps you have it, too. Remember that my answers in the column are required to be brief.We read in a recent Sunday Gospel (May 1, 2016) that Jesus...
  • Outrage As Church Holds Muslim Funeral for Islamic State Fighter

    05/27/2016 4:55:04 AM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 May 2016 | Oliver Lane and Chris Tomlinson
    A German pastor has decided to hold a Muslim funeral for a 17-year-old who died fighting for Islamic State in Syria, leaving many outraged. Pastor Sieghard Wilm of the protestant St. Pauli Church in Hamburg is stirring strong emotions after he made the choice to hold a Muslim funeral in his church for 17-year-old ‘Florent’, who died fighting for the Islamic state in Syria in July. The funeral will take place today.
  • United Methodists Step Back from Child Sacrifice… and That’s Not Good

    05/26/2016 3:22:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    pulpitandpen.org ^ | May 26, 2016 | Alan Maricle
    It’s instinctive for us to look favorably upon a situation where a markedly messed up and apostate group such as the United Methodist Church takes a step ostensibly in the direction of a better position than what they held before. But let’s check out some reasons why this is not necessarily a great reason to celebrate. First, let’s note that 310 delegates voted against the resolution to stop supporting Roe v Wade. Let that sink in. I’m no mathematician, but it sure looks like 40% of the people that United Methodist churches across the USA selected to represent them at...
  • The Truth in The Matter Reigns Supreme[Charismatic Caucus]

    05/26/2016 10:32:25 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Circumstantial evidence is when The enemy would have you believe in a lie instead of The Truth in the matter(substance) for truly as you are obedient to follow My Son "THE WORD" it is then My Spirit maintains your walk on the Highway of Holiness free from guile and the lies that distract you from My SON for I am not a man that should sway you from The Truth of My ~ Eternal Kingdom ~ and Glory forever, as you "ARE" My Children. Numbers 23:19 19 God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie,...
  • PJC Ruling: One Woman and One Man Marriage Polices are Discriminatory (PCUSA)

    05/25/2016 5:14:07 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 7 replies
    The Layman ^ | May 16, 2016 | Paula R. Kincaid
    A presbytery’s Permanent Judicial Commission (PJC) has ruled that a church’s session cannot adopt a policy requiring all weddings performed on church property be only between one man and one woman. In the case of Thomas E. Morgan, complainant vs. Session, First Presbyterian Church, Asheboro, N.C., respondent, the PJC of Salem Presbytery ruled that “A categorical decision by the session not to permit any marriage by a couple of the same-sex on church property without consideration of their commitment to each other, their understanding of the nature of the marriage covenant and their commitment to living their lives together according...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Criticizes Protestant Churches that Support Modern Secular Values

    05/21/2016 11:50:27 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 05-19-2016 | ROC
    In his address at the grand meeting on the occasion of the DECR 70th anniversary, Metropolitan Hilarion said that the relations of the Russian Church with the Catholic Church and with the Ancient Oriental Churches could be characterized by positive dynamics, but, regrettably, we cannot say the same about relations with the Protestant world. ‘The contradictions between the Orthodox Church and the Protestant communities that consistently distort the Church’s teaching to accommodate modern secular standards are intensifying,’ he said and added that the Moscow Patriarchate was still open to cooperation with representatives of the conservative circles of the Protestant world...
  • Diocese of Maryland takes up reparations

    05/20/2016 6:02:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | May 17, 2016 | M. Dion Thompson
    Young protesters from the Baltimore uprising share their experience and hope to the Diocese of Maryland convention. Delegates began the work of what reparations for the sin of racism and slavery to determine what that might look like. At its recent convention, the Diocese of Maryland took the first of what could be many small steps to engage the issue of reparations and set aside money to help heal the centuries-old wounds of slavery. Though the resolution that anchored the conversation, known as “Reparations Investment,” was referred to Diocesan Council for further review, its appearance marked a beginning for the...
  • There is movement in God's rest[charismatic Caucus]

    05/20/2016 10:20:20 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-20-16 | Holy Spirit,
    There "IS" movement in My rest, Though you are at peace you wear My Best, The fullness of My Spirit moving in you, Accomplishing The Father's will in all you say and do, Step by step each jot and tittle performed, For in "My rest" you are Re-born, Into My peace bearing the fruit of Tranquility, For each step you now take is an image of Me in the shape of My Kingdom and Majesty, So all others see is me in you , For no other shape has the ability of My will to say and do, The form...
  • Methodists trying to avoid church split over gay rights

    05/18/2016 4:08:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 18, 2016 7:01 PM EDT
    The top policy body for the United Methodist Church is struggling to avert a split over gay rights. The Methodist General Conference voted 428-405 to delay all discussion of church policy related to LGBT people during a meeting in Portland, Oregon. Delegates created a commission Wednesday to review all relevant church law on the subject over a period of at least two years, then hold a special meeting to discuss the way forward. …
  • Anglicans, Catholics to Publish First ARCIC III Volume

    05/18/2016 6:28:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 5/17/16
    (Vatican Radio) Anglican and Catholic theologians, meeting in Toronto, Canada this week, have agreed on the publication of their first ARCIC III document on the theme “Towards a Church fully reconciled”. The volume, which is likely to be published in the autumn, uses the ‘Receptive Ecumenism’ approach to look at the limitations within each communion and see how one Church can help the other grow towards the fullness of faith. The third Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) is holding its sixth annual meeting from May 11th to 19th, hosted by the Anglican sisters of St John the Divine in...
  • The Testimony of Jesus Christ [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/17/2016 7:22:47 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-17-16 | bible ,Holy Spirit
    Supernatural experiences are happening now with in my Body and Bride but do not let this distract you for though you walk on the waters with me it is My Testimony that keeps you afloat for I AM in and through all things and it is as you cause others to understand My love for them that I elevate you to walk in the heavenlies for you are not earthly bound and it is "My Spirit IN YOU" that performs what seems impossible to others for as Stephen did now you shall do ! Acts 6 Seven Chosen to Serve...
  • Anglican-Catholic dialogue hammering out the ‘tough difficulties’

    05/16/2016 5:14:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | May 16, 2016 | Michael Swan
    After nearly 50 years of discourse between the Catholic and Anglican communions, the official dialogue body wants to fine-tune how it studies the differences and similarities between two churches which both call themselves Catholic. “ARCIC III hasn’t proved itself yet,” Sir David Moxon, Anglican co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, told The Catholic Register following an ecumenical evensong on Pentecost Sunday. This third stage of the dialogue has been meeting since 2011, but has yet to publish a major document. It is currently studying how the Church arrives at moral teaching. The official dialogue sponsored by the Vatican and...
  • Pope To Commission Study To Find More Ways He Can Confuse People

    05/14/2016 9:17:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Eye of the Tiber ^ | May 12, 2016 | Admin
    Pope Francis said today that he would set up a commission to study whether or not he can find more ways to confuse and frustrate the living crap out of people, revealing an openness to re-examining the church’s long-held insistence on not speaking off-the-cuff. His move was hailed as a breakthrough by those in the media who have clamored for years to be given more stuff to speculate on, and who cite research showing that a pope whose speeches were scripted and thought out produced nothing for the media to report on, and therefore, pointless. But the idea will face...
  • Defying church ban, dozens of Methodist clergy come out as gay and lesbian

    05/09/2016 3:59:08 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/9/2016 | Daniel Burke
    Dozens of United Methodist clergy members came out as lesbian, gay or bisexual on Monday, defying their church's ban on "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" serving in ministry and essentially daring their supervisors to discipline them. In a public letter posted online, 111 pastors, deacons, elders and candidates for ministry said church rules require "that we not bring our full selves to ministry, that we hide from view our sexual orientations and gender identities." "While some of us have been lucky to serve in places where we could serve honestly and openly, there are others in places far more hostile, who continue...
  • "How do you decide a church is NOT pro-life?" Let's see.....

    05/05/2016 8:19:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    SLO Abolish Human Abortion ^ | Published on Dec 9, 2014 | SLO Abolish Human Abortion
    Today in America abortion on demand rages on with hundreds of millions of Christian Church-goers surrounding abortion clinics. What do the churches think? I went to First Pres here in San Luis Obispo, CA to ask them if they knew the abortion clinic was just 5 blocks from their church. Surprisingly not onlt did they know, they said they supported Planned Parenthood and Abortion! (Watch "Peace Peace" to see this exchange: http://youtu.be/pxLiAMExLz0?list=UUt5...) After doing a little research I found out that First Pres SLO is a member of the PCUSA and that they support abortion in almost any case. So...
  • A Response to Adam Hamilton’s Recent Post on the Bible and Homosexuality

    05/05/2016 7:35:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 34 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 28, 2016 | Ben Witherington
    Adam Hamilton has once more entered into the fray of making pronouncements about what the Bible does and does not advocate when it comes to same sex sexual activity and same sex marriage, and you can read his post here, http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/6876/the-bible-homosexuality-and-the-umc-part-one only the first of four such posts leading up to the General Conference in a couple of weeks. My concern is with the misinterpretation of the Bible in this post as well as the misrepresentation of Methodist cultural trends at various points and so once you’ve read what Adam says, then consider the following response. In the first place,...
  • Peace! Peace! (PSUSA and Abortion)

    05/05/2016 7:41:30 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    SLO Abolish Human Abortion ^ | Published on Aug 18, 2014 | SLO Abolish Human Abortion
    A few months ago while standing in front of the abortion clinic pleading with folks not to kill there children I looked up and down the street trying to see what those who were entering the clinic could see. To my surprise just above the trees was a red steeple with a white cross on the top. How sad I thought, you can actually see a church from the front of the abortion clinic. Trying not to be cynical and deciding to put the best construction on things I thought, Maybe they don't know there are children being killed here,...
  • Examining the Clues (Evangelical & Protestant Caucus+Devotional)

    05/05/2016 5:34:59 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 5/5/2016
    John’s vision in Revelation gives us some clues about what heaven is like. Heaven is charged with the absence of things that are conspicuously present in our earthly environment. What is absent? Some of the missing things include tears, death, sorrow, and pain: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21:4, NIV). Certain types of people will also be absent. No unbelievers, abominable and sexually immoral people, murderers, sorcerers, idolaters, or liars will live in that place....
  • Pope Francis to Muslims: "We Are Brothers"

    05/04/2016 4:33:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 91 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | May 4, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    The Catholic Church leader called for "building" the Christian-Islamic dialogue with patience: "The work that they do, is a work of building." The Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies, was the initiator of the letter of 138 Muslim representatives in 2007. It was written in response to the famous Regensburg speech of Benedict XVI. Pope Francis: "In a meeting like this dialogue is the operative word. And dialogue means to come out - with the word and with yourself. To say his word and hear the word of the other. Two words come together there, two thoughts. This is the first...
  • The Latter glory of this house will be greater[charismatic CAUCUS]

    05/03/2016 11:06:38 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-3-16 | bible,HolySpirit
    My train of Glory is about to shine, All over my children for through my blood they are divine, Now I shall come down and rest, Upon my treasure chest, For this is where ever they are gathered in My Name, Shouting out My Fame, "To the ones that have overcome and pushed through", " I AM Chasing after you ", MY Glory is about to reveal, The Fullness of My Kingdom's Seal, The Father's Heart now fully revealed, Not just a sector but as a whole, Not just a faith or trust "now you shall know", The Fullness of...
  • Texas youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting at least three kids gets beaten up by good....

    05/01/2016 1:22:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 100 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | April 1, 2016 | David Boroff
    FULL TITLE: Texas youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting at least three kids gets beaten up by good Samaritans as he molests child A Texas youth pastor who has been accused of sexually assaulting at least three kids was beaten up by good Samaritans as he molested a child last week. Willie Bell, 29, was caught in the act attacking a 6-year-old kindergarten student behind an apartment building in Dallas on March 31. "If it wasn't for them, he probably would have done more to my child,” the child's mother told Fox 4. "It's painful. It's devastating. It's a nightmare."
  • There is Healing in the arms of Jesus

    04/28/2016 9:54:59 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Disappear My children so that I may manifest freely for there is healing within the Wings of My fullness. Do you "Truly" desire to feel My healing Touch ? For as My Wings envelope you is when "TRUE REST " Begins and saturates your ( ( (( Heart and Soul )) ) ) "FIND ME" AT ~ ~ SURRENDER ~ ~ for I AM there EVEN NOW with outstretched arms with your healing in the ( ( (( Wings of My ARMS )) ) ) outstretched for I AM YOUR CROSS ! ! ! Deuteronomy 33:12 The Lord’s beloved rests...
  • Anglicans and Catholics Discuss Recognition of Ministry

    04/27/2016 6:24:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 4/26/16
    (Vatican Radio) Catholic and Anglican theologians have been meeting together near Rome to discuss ordination rites within the two communions, as well as the significant ecumenical implications of Pope Francis’ recent document ‘Amoris Laetitia’. A meeting of the Malines Conversation group took place from April 17th to 22nd at Rocca di Papa, south of Rome, culminating in an ecumenical evensong celebrated by Archbishop Arthur Roche of the Congregation for Divine Worship. A communique issued after the encounter said the theologians from seven different countries discussed “contemporary and historic ordination rites” and the developments that have taken place in both communions...
  • Arch of the Triumph of Palmyra

    04/26/2016 4:55:38 PM PDT · by Celerity · 2 replies
    Christian Today ^ | April 15, 2016 | Jonah Hicap
    The plan to build a replica of the arch of the Temple of Baal in New York City and London has been abandoned and instead, the Arch of Triumph of Palmyra will rise. This was announced by the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA), which promotes the use of digital imaging and 3D printing in archaeology and conservation. A report in the New York Times last month said the Temple of Baal's entrance would be installed in New York and London as a tribute to the 2,000 year-old structure that was destroyed by the Islamic State last year in Palmyra, Syria....
  • People leaving Church of Norway in droves over blessing of same-sex couples

    04/26/2016 5:31:16 AM PDT · by NRx · 41 replies
    RIA-Novosti ^ | 04-26-2016 | RIA-Novosti
    Oslo, April 23, 2016 People are leaving the Lutheran Church of Norway in droves after its Synod voted in favor of allowing gay people to be married in Church, reports RIA-Novosti. Nidaros Cathedral of the Church of Norway in Trondheim, Norway    The majority decision came in early April with 88 of 115 Synod members voting for the blessing of same-sex couples. In the resulting document it is noted that the Church should work out a special service which could be used for gay couples. Such a service could be approved already in early 2017. Representatives of the Church of...
  • Presbyterian Pastor: “I Love Planned Parenthood.” Calls Abortion Business a “Ministry"

    04/24/2016 6:25:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 61 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 24, 2016 | Carole Novielli
    The president of the largest chain of abortion clinics in the United States is thanking “Faith Leaders” for standing with them. In a tweet by Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards, recently released she states, “So grateful to the many faith leaders who stand with Planned Parenthood and our patients. http://ppact.io/1IIU4QF Thank you, @awkukla!” Cecile Richards Planned Parenthood Faith Leaders @awkukla is Andrew Kukla, who describes himself as a , “Presby minister, love philosophy and Kierkegaard in particular, dad of four young kids, and I live in Boise, ID,” on his twitter page. The link takes you to a post written...
  • Atheist pastor sparks debate by 'irritating the church into the 21st century

    04/24/2016 8:03:58 AM PDT · by NRx · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04-24-2016 | Ashifa Kassam
    There is not one mention of God during the 70-minute service at Toronto’s West Hill United church. Bibles are nowhere to be seen. The large, steel cross – one of the few remaining religious symbols in this church – is hidden behind a cascade of rainbow streamers. But that is perhaps to be expected in a church led by an avowed atheist. “I do not believe in a theistic, supernatural being called God,” says Gretta Vosper, the United Church of Canada minister who has led West Hill since 1997. “I don’t believe in what I think 99.99% of the world...
  • Austin pastor claims Whole Foods cake had homophobic slur

    04/20/2016 6:33:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    keyetv.com ^ | April 20, 2016 | KEYE TV
    AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) — An Austin pastor says a cake he ordered from Whole Foods last Thursday had a homophobic slur written on the top when he received it. The attorney for Pastor Jordan Brown says he ordered a cake from the Whole Foods store on Lamar Boulevard with the personalized message "Love Wins," but when he received it said "Love Wins F--." "As a 30-year-old openly gay pastor, I have had to face years of discrimination and judgement for something that I had no control over," Brown says. He explains, that trauma resurfaced Thursday with the incident involving the...
  • Presbyterian Church Minister Backs Abortion: Says Abortions Are a “Matter of Compassion”

    04/18/2016 7:12:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 18, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    A Northern Ireland Presbyterian minister is creating waves after she began advocating for abortion against the church’s teachings. The Rev. Lesley Carroll, who is running for election in the Irish Assembly, recently waded into the abortion debate when she gave a public statement to the pro-abortion Belfast Feminist Network, according to the News Letter. Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland, but abortion activists are pushing to change that. The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has vocally opposed changes to the law, saying it “protect[s] both the life of the mother and the unborn child,” according to the news outlet. However, Carroll...
  • Former church youth volunteer pleads guilty to sexual abuse, facing 171-489 years in prison...Forme

    04/18/2016 1:32:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    bdtonline.com ^ | April 18, 2016 | Samantha Perry
    FULL TITLE: UPDATED: Former church youth volunteer pleads guilty to sexual abuse, facing 171-489 years in prison PRINCETON — A former Bluefield church youth volunteer pleaded guilty Monday morning to charges he sexually abused teen boys. Timothy Probert, 57, of Princeton, pleaded guilty to 37 charges, including first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual assault, sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian and one count of delivery of a controlled substance. Probert, a former youth volunteer at Westminster Presbyterian Church and mentor for the Working to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect (WE CAN) program, entered...
  • China pressed down shaken and flowing over ! Rejoice[charismatic Caucus]

    04/18/2016 12:52:39 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    China's fame will soon be delivered, A shot from My quiver, For where there has been scorn against My Word, A standard shall be heard, Revival , restoration My kingdom taking hold, Destroying this kingdom of old, Soon a new leader will show His face, The Lord Almighty in battle filled with Grace ! No longer will man stand where I have placed my throne, I am threshing this floor for my very own, The cries of the righteous have come unto me, Now watch beauty come from the ashes that must be, A joy in my children from under...
  • United Methodist Church Among First to Join LGBT Reconciling Ministries Network Is Closing Its Doors

    04/15/2016 6:39:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    One of the first United Methodist Church congregations to join the LGBT lobbying group, Reconciling Ministries Network, will close next month. St. Paul United Methodist Church of Denver, Colorado, a theologically liberal congregation that became the third church to become a Reconciling congregation, will soon close its doors. The Rev. Jessica Rooks, head of St. Paul UMC, told The Christian Post the final worship service will be held on Sunday, May 22. "St. Paul has opened its doors and built relationships with the LGBTQ community, the homeless and hungry in Denver, those struggling with addition, and individuals who struggle to...
  • Norway's Lutheran Church Votes in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

    04/14/2016 7:30:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/16
    Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the latest of a small but growing number of churches worldwide to do so. Last year the French Protestant Church allowed gay marriage blessings, while the U.S. Presbyterian Church approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage. In a vote at the annual conference of the Norwegian Lutheran Church on Monday 88 delegates out of 115 in total backed same-sex marriage. "Finally we can celebrate love independently of whom one falls in love with," said Gard Sandaker-Nilsen, leader of the Open Public...
  • A Word For The Leaders and Body of Christ Jesus[Charismatic Caucus]

    04/11/2016 2:13:27 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles, Bible ^ | 4-11-16 | Bible, Holy Spirit
    I AM looking for unity, I AM looking for my love working in you in such a way that you see your brother and sisters’ needs above your own.Let there be great charity among you, yes, but this love comes from me through you and as you see others as part of your body without paper or pen. It is then they become part of you and you come to abide in Me. There is no room for arrogance and vanity, just my love and the fruit thereof,For it is only in oneness you then have gained the access “as...
  • Why I Have Decided to Leave the Catholic Church

    04/01/2016 12:41:08 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 873 replies
    timstaples.com ^ | April 1, 2016 | Tim Staples
    I am letting you be among the first to know. It is true. I am leaving the Catholic Church. I want you to know that this has not been a decision made in haste or without serious and intense research and consideration. But I can no longer remain in a church that I no longer believe in. Let me explain. I will be writing more about this soon, but for now let me just say there are five main reasons why I am leaving the Catholic Church: 1. I believe the sole rule of faith for Christians has to be...
  • The “Bigger Problems” of Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal

    04/10/2016 7:11:30 PM PDT · by DWW1990 · 13 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 4/10/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    The Governor of my home state of Georgia, Nathan Deal, has been soundly, and frequently, taken to task for his recent “Craven Capitulation” on religious liberty. I don’t wish to rehash the merits of the very weak bill Deal rejected (it only protected churches, religious schools, and “integrated auxiliaries”), nor do I wish to highlight again the rampant ignorance and hypocrisy of those who lobbied Deal to veto religious liberty in Georgia. What I would like to do here is give some explanation as to why I believe Deal caved on the defining moral issue of his governorship.
  • More Theological Confusion Follows Pope's Meeting With Methodists

    04/09/2016 7:49:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 8, 2016 | Michael J. Matt
    "Catholics and Methodists have much to learn from one another in how we understand holiness and how it can be lived out. We both must do what we can to ensure that members of our respective congregations meet regularly, come to know one another, and encourage one another to seek the Lord and his grace." Pope Francis Address to Methodists, April 7, 2016 "This being so, it is clear that the Apostolic See cannot on any terms take part in their [Protestant] assemblies, nor is it anyway lawful for Catholics either to support or to work for such enterprises; for...
  • True or False? The Divisive Subject of Abortion Should Never be Addressed at Sunday Worship Services

    04/07/2016 5:10:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 85 replies
    priestsforlife.org ^ | January 27, 2015 | Kevin Burke
    I was recently at a party where the topic of religion and abortion came up. A Christian minister overheard the discussion and abruptly interjected: “Abortion is a private and sensitive issue. Whatever your position on abortion, Sunday services are not the place to talk about the subject. We can’t let politics get in the way of preaching the Gospel.” Maybe you agree with this minister. The Shockwaves of Abortion There have been nearly 60 million abortions since 1973. Does the silence of the church communicate compassion to those who experienced an abortion? Is it sensitive and respectful to avoid addressing...
  • [Anglican] Archbishop of Wales Apologises for Gay Prejudice

    04/06/2016 8:44:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/6/16
    The head of the Church in Wales has apologised "unreservedly" to gay couples for prejudice in the church. Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan spoke at a meeting of the governing body in Llandudno on Wednesday. The church tweeted "Archbishop of Wales offers a pastoral letter on same-sex relationships apologising unreservedly for prejudice within the church." Last year, Dr Morgan said it would be "foolish" to bring forward a bill for same-sex marriages in church. A statement released by the church said although it was not ready to allow or bless same-sex marriages, "the debate is not over". It went...
  • Unshakable Truth [Charismatic Caucus]

    04/05/2016 10:14:48 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles, Bible ^ | 4-5-16 | bible, Holy Spirit
    You are my children of choice for you chose to serve me and to love me and in this same manner I AM The Shepherd of your lives and your path, and your way upon it is of my design. . . So when this world hates you and scorns you remember this path I have already laid out for you is eternally before you for I have seated you in heavenly places with me for I AM your inheritance as the Levites . So remain in my peace for nothing I have given you can ever be taken away...