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  • China Shuts Down Some 100 Protestant Churches

    12/15/2020 5:29:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    UCA News ^ | 12/11/20 | Staff
    Officials rejected the registration certificates saying the government can revoke them anytime Government officials in eastern China have raided and shut down close to 100 protestant churches as part of the escalating crackdown on Christians in the communist nation. Officials in four cities of Anhui province have closed down 99 churches and prayer venues this year, exploiting a range of pretexts including poverty eradication and prevention of Covid-19 epidemic, reported Bitter Winter, a magazine that covers human rights and liberty in China. At least 43 churches were closed in Suzhou, while 24 in Huaibei, 20 in Fuyang, and 16 in...
  • Why Luther?

    10/31/2020 5:28:58 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 149 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 10/30/2020 | Gene Edward Veith
    istory is the account of vast social movements and cultural changes. To be sure, individuals play their part. But they are usually understood to be products of their times. The Reformation, though, whose five-hundredth anniversary we observe this year and whose impact on not only the church but the world has been monumental, was largely precipitated by one man: Martin Luther. Yes, vast social movements and cultural changes were at work in sixteenth-century Europe. But Luther caused many of them, such as the educational explosion that would lead to universal literacy, the rise of the middle class, and eventually democratic...
  • History of Contraception in the Protestant Church: How Protestants Learned to Love 'The Pill'

    08/26/2020 3:20:25 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    Bound 4 Life ^ | Allan Carlson
    In constructing his evangelical family ethic, [Martin] Luther placed emphasis on Genesis 1:28: “Be fruitful and multiply.” This living-together of husband and wife—that they occupy the same home, that they take care of the household, that together they produce and bring up children—is a kind of faint image and a remnant, as it were, of that blessed living together [in Eden]. Luther knew that the contraceptive mentality was alive and well in his own time. He noted that this “inhuman attitude, which is worse than barbarous,” was found chiefly among the well born, “the nobility and princes.” Elsewhere, he linked...
  • Germany: Lutheran and Catholic Honored for Their Contributions to Ecumenism

    08/13/2020 6:14:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Augsburg Peace Prize awarded to Bishop Bedford-Strohm and Cardinal MarxLWI) - A strong sign for Christian ecumenism: the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, and the Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx were awarded the 2020 Augsburg Peace Prize for their “unconditional will to live together in peace”. On 11 March 2017, the then President of the German Bishops’ Conference, Reinhard Cardinal Marx, and the Chairperson of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD), Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, jointly presided over a service of repentance and reconciliation in Hildesheim, Germany. The painful divisions between the two separated...
  • 1600: The Pappenheimer Family

    07/29/2020 3:01:47 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 8 replies
    ExecutedToday.com ^ | July 29, 2009 | Headsman
    On this date in 1600, Bavarians thronged to a half-mile-long procession in Munich for the horrific execution of the Pappenheimer family. They were marginal, itinerant types: the father, Paulus Pappenheimer, cleaned privies (“Pappenheimer” would remain as Nuremberg slang for a garbageman into the 20th century, according to Robert Butts); the mother, Anna, was the daughter of a gravedigger. They wandered, begged, did odd jobs. They were Lutherans in a Catholic duchy. So they were vulnerable to their extreme turn of bad luck. Fresh to the throne of Bavaria, young Catholic zealot Duke Maximilian I wanted a crackdown on the infernal...
  • Good News: Crisis has Closed Churches, but Americans Feeling more Religious Anyway

    05/05/2020 6:11:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    mrcNewsbusters ^ | May 5, 2020 | Matt Philbin
    The left is salivating about using the pandemic crisis to force massive changes to American society. Average Americans, of course, just want to go back to work or to the mall or to … church. And those desires -- in particular the last one -- could present a formidable stumbling block in the sprint to the new progressive future. Despite years of eager predictions to the contrary, “the opiate of the masses” is not dead. In fact, it’s feeling better. Since the pandemic began, secular progressives in the media have been spewing venom at Evangelical Christians, blaming their purportedly anti-science...
  • United Methodist Church is expected to split over gay marriage, fracturing the nation’s third-largest denomination

    01/03/2020 11:18:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 3, 2020 | Julie Zauzmer
    The United Methodist Church is expected to split into more than one denomination in an attempt to bring to a close a years-long and contentious fight over same-sex marriage. The historic schism would divide the third-largest religious denomination in the United States. Leaders of the church announced Friday they had agreed to spin off a “traditionalist Methodist” denomination, which would continue to oppose same-sex marriage and to refuse ordination to LGBT clergy, while allowing the remaining portion of the United Methodist Church to permit same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy for the first time in its history.
  • Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History

    01/01/2020 1:05:44 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 65 replies
    Dr. Rodney Stark has written nearly 40 books on a wide range of topics, including a number of recent books on the history of Christianity, monotheism, Christianity in China, and the roots of modernity...His most recent book is Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History (Templeton Press, 2016), which addresses ten prevalent myths about Church history... CWR: You begin the book by first noting your upbringing as an American Protestant and then discussing “distinguished bigots”. What is a “distinguished bigot”? ... Dr. Rodney Stark: By distinguished bigots I mean prominent scholars and intellectuals who clearly are antagonistic to the...
  • How Abortion unified Catholics and Evangelicals to become a power on the right

    11/24/2019 1:51:24 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Religion News ^ | May 2019 | Stephen Waldman
    Back then, many abortion opponents were Catholic Democrats, while many conservative Republican Protestants wanted nothing to do with the issue, viewing it as the province of Catholics, their theological adversaries. In 1967, California State Senator Anthony Beilenson rose to speak to his fellow legislators, making a simple plea to those who opposed the abortion bill he had introduced for debate. “This bill is a request that they respect the sincerity, the religious beliefs, and the convictions of the majority of their fellow Californians.” The religious beliefs that Beilenson was defending were those of the state’s Protestants and Jews. Despite Beilenson’s...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Saturday Night Version Its Cliven Bundy Versus Karl Marx Not...

    11/24/2019 3:47:11 AM PST · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/23/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    There;s a lot of America's heartland that's been gutted out by the forces of Big Government and Big Business but some Americans still have that good vision for the farmlands and ranch lands of our country under federal government control. The Republicans moving the Bureau of Land Management office to Grand Junction, Colorado doesn't change the principle of federal control that strangles the use of the land and put people like Dwight and Steven Hammond in jail. When Ammon Bundy brought his peaceful protest..... In our world today much rage obviously in the spirit of anarchy and Marxism-Leninism manifesting itself...
  • Swim the Mississippi: Why Conservative Lutheranism is the Faith Tradition Many Evangelicals Seek

    11/02/2019 6:58:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    RCR ^ | 11/02/2019 | Tom Raabe
    A lot of evangelicals are swimming these days. They’re slipping on their metaphorical fins and masks and churning their way across bodies of water to emerge on the other shore as members of a different faith community. Those that move from evangelicalism to Roman Catholicism are said to swim the Tiber; those that become Orthodox swim the Bosporus. Reasons for their aquatic activities vary. Some like the art and architecture associated with the ancient faiths. Some like the ceremonial aspects–the liturgies, the veneration of icons, the Eucharist. Some like the history that oozes from Catholicism and Orthodoxy, a history that...
  • What are the 95 Theses of Martin Luther?

    10/18/2019 3:39:19 AM PDT · by ealgeone · 87 replies
    Gotquestions.org ^ | unknown | unknown
    In case no one has ever actually read what Luther wrote. Some additional background is available at the link provided.****** Out of love for the truth and from desire to elucidate it, the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology, and ordinary lecturer therein at Wittenberg, intends to defend the following statements and to dispute on them in that place. Therefore he asks that those who cannot be present and dispute with him orally shall do so in their absence by letter. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen. 1. Our Lord and Master Jesus...
  • Disciples of Christ Claim Distinction of Fastest Declining Church

    08/21/2019 1:01:13 PM PDT · by lightman · 55 replies
    The Institute on Religion & Democracy ^ | 20 August A.D. 2019 | Jeffrey Walton
    Oldline Protestant denominations make for a competitive peer group, but the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is on track to claim the top spot for fastest declining major U.S.-based church last year. Total membership declined from 411,140 in 2017 to 382,248 (-7%) while average worship attendance declined from 139,936 to 124,437 (-11%) according to numbers reported for 2018. Baptisms dropped from 4,344 to 3,782 (-13%) while the number of other additions (including transfers in) declined from 7,441 to 6,969 (-6.4%). At the current rate, the denomination will shrink by another 50 percent within a decade. This annual rate of decline...
  • The Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God [2007]

    08/18/2019 7:05:12 PM PDT · by Al Hitan · 599 replies
    Sword-In-Hat Blogspot ^ | 15 August 2007 | Rick Stuckwisch
    Today the Church remembers with thanksgiving the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Historically, this day was understood to mark her dormition, or "falling asleep," which was most anciently regarded as her natural death and burial. From early on, however, the Church considered that she who conceived and gave birth to the very God of very God, by His Word and Holy Spirit, was also resurrected and ascended into heaven, in both body and soul, soon after her death. There is no word of Holy Scripture to teach these traditions as doctrine, but we should not be too...
  • How IVF Can be Morally Right

    08/17/2019 5:36:09 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | Apr 2019 | Wayne Grudem
    In vitro fertilization is the process of joining a woman’s egg (ovum) and a husband’s sperm in a lab rather than inside a woman’s body... When the egg is fertilized by the sperm, the result is a living embryo, which is then implanted in the woman’s womb so that it can develop like any other baby. Evangelical Christians differ on the moral acceptability of this procedure. My own position is that, in principle, the teachings of Scripture present no moral objection to a married couple using IVF (as long as no human embryos are destroyed in the process), because it...
  • Newly Consecrated Gay Bishop Declares God Is A Woman

    06/28/2019 11:32:03 AM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 93 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/28/2019 | Ellie Gardey
    Rev. Thomas Brown, who is married to a fellow priest, was ordained as a bishop of the diocese of Maine in the Episcopal Church June 22. Immediately following his ordination, Brown referred to God as a "she" twice in the Nicene Creed. "She is worshipped and glorified. She has spoken through the prophets," the just-ordained Bishop Brown said, referring to the Holy Spirit. ...
  • Far-right US pastor becomes first person banned from Ireland under exclusion powers

    05/13/2019 2:42:51 AM PDT · by Galatians328 · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/12/19 08:17 PM EDT | Zack Budryk
    An Arizona pastor who has said he prayed for the death of former President Obama and praised the 2016 mass shooting at Florida’s Pulse nightclub has become the first person banned from entering Ireland,
  • Becoming Catholic

    03/30/2019 8:12:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1,419 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 03-28-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Becoming Catholic Question: I had reason to hope my niece was going to convert to the Catholic faith. But there were so many obstacles the Church set up that discouraged her. She was asked to go to classes, and they told her that her marriage was not valid and she would need an annulment. Further, it was necessary to wait until Easter, etc. The nearby evangelical church set up no such obstacles, and she was able to join at once and be considered a member. I hear so much talk of evangelization today, but I share my niece’s frustration....
  • These hilarious church signs in N.J. will have you praying for more

    03/07/2019 10:37:43 AM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    The Star Ledger of Newark ^ | 01.28.19 | Tim Hawk
    praying for more By Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com and Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Posted January 27, 2019 at 07:00 AM | Updated January 28, 2019 at 10:22 AM 0 shares 19 Comments Mullica Hill Baptist Church, Mullica Hill. (Tim Hawk | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com) I was looking for a sign from God. Not a literal sign from the Almighty, though if He happened to enlighten me with something I wouldn't mind. No, I was looking for an actual sign -- in front of a church. Most church signs...
  • The Decline and Fall of the Protestant Sermon

    02/12/2019 8:27:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/12/2019 | Neal Freeman
    The Episcopal Church of my youth, in a memory now fading around the edge but still vivid at the core, was a place of binary judgments. In those days now long gone, there was right and there was wrong and never were the twain to be conflated. GodÂ’s Commandments, which concretized Christian principles, were not offhandedly suggestive. They were starkly dispositive. Old-school sermons pushed home the point that there was His way and the dark way and, pace the triangulators, not much at all in the way of a via media. When it came to moral conundra, as some of...