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  • Joel Osteen Rebukes Apostles Paul, Peter, and John

    08/28/2013 12:22:54 PM PDT · by Sopater · 150 replies
    United for Awakening ^ | 8/27/13 | Peter Michael Martinez
    According to Joel Osteen – Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, these first century apostles are wrong and outdated and he has come out boldly to infer indirectly that Apostles Paul, Peter, and John whom wrote much of the New Testament were wrong and need to be corrected and rebuked.When asked directly if people whom are openly practicing homosexuals are accepted into the Kingdom, Joel Osteen responded with “Absolutely, anybody is.”We all need to listen carefully to the words that this “man of God” speaks as he goes on interviews so we too can find the errors in the...
  • Augsburg College joins coalition opposing marriage amendment

    08/22/2012 12:08:23 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    minns post ^ | 8-22-12 | joey kimball
    Augsburg College, the Lutheran liberal arts college in Minneapolis, has joined the coalition working to defeat the proposed marriage amendment. The college, with 4,000 students, is now part of Minnesotans United for All Families, which opposes the proposed constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to one man and one woman. State law already prohibits gay marriage, but supporters of the amendment want it put in the state Constitution, so the Legislature or courts cannot make a change. Pastor Grant Stevensen, Minnesotans United for All Families faith director, said in a statement: "Five of the six Minnesota synods of the ELCA...
  • GC2012: HOD Vote came Silently on Same-Sex Blessings

    07/10/2012 5:44:14 PM PDT · by lightman · 24 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | 10 Julyh AD 2012 | Mary Ann Mueller
    GC2012: HOD Vote came Silently on Same-Sex Blessings By Mary Ann Mueller Special Correspondent July 10, 2012 INDIANAPOLIS - The House of Deputies' afternoon vote on A-049 came in silence, the result of modern technology. When the House of Bishops voted to approve same-gender blessings each bishop was called by name and with their own voice they were required to vocalize their vote - yea or nay. Electronic voting was the rule of the day in the House of Deputies. Each Order - lay and clergy, were called to vote using their hand-held electronic voting devise. The laity was called...
  • GC2012: HOB Passes Provisional Blessings for Same-Sex Unions

    07/10/2012 10:47:19 AM PDT · by lightman · 14 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | 10 July AD 2012 | David Virtue
    GC2012: HOB Passes Provisional Blessings for Same-Sex Unions By David W. Virtue in Indianapolis July 9, 2012 To no one's surprise the House of Bishops passed a provisional rite for the blessing of same sex unions. By a vote of 111 to 41 with three abstentions the HOB changed the definition of marriage, approving a liturgy to bless homosexual couples of both sexes, something that has never been done in 2,000 years of church history. Resolution A049 was passed by the bishops on the 5th legislative day of the 77th General Convention. The text of the resolution states that the...
  • GC2012: Transgender, Homosexual Activists Hail Victories at Episcopal Convention

    07/10/2012 7:20:08 AM PDT · by lightman · 19 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | 9 July Ad 2012 | Jeffrey Walton
    GC2012: Transgender, Homosexual Activists Hail Victories at Episcopal Convention By Jeffrey Walton July 9, 2012 Officials in the U.S.-based Episcopal Church have given homosexual and transgender activists two victories on the fifth day of their triennial denominational convention. The House of Deputies passed legislation stating that "gender identity and expression" would not be barriers to ordained ministry, while also altering the church's canons to include the transsexual categories alongside gender, race and sexual orientation as specially protected status. Later the same afternoon, the House of Bishops voted 111-41 to authorize rites for same-sex blessings. The bishops had already signed off...
  • The Mainline Protestant Churches and Israel: (More evidence of Chrislam?)

    03/22/2012 2:58:01 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Front Page Mag,.com ^ | March 22, 2012 | Joseph Puder
    - FrontPage Magazine - - The Mainline Protestant Churches and Israel Posted By Joseph Puder On March 22, 2012 @ 12:01 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | During the upcoming General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) scheduled for April 25-May 4, 2012 in Tampa, FL, and the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), June 30-July 7, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA, anti-Israel actions in the form of petitions and overtures calling for some form of boycott, divestment or sanctions against the Jewish State and those who do business with the state are expected to be brought...
  • Kings God: The Unknown Faith of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    01/16/2012 10:47:21 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 17 replies
    Tikkun ^ | Nov./Dec. 2009 | Robert James Be Scofield
    You undoubtedly know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a progressive Christian and champion of civil rights and the social gospel. You may also know that he spoke out against the Vietnam War, harshly criticized U.S. foreign policy, and questioned the capitalist system that produced poverty. But do you know his theology? Right up until Dr. King's assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had traveled to support striking sanitation workers, the civil rights leader workednot as a secular activist but as a Baptist ministerto awaken the conscience of the nation. What was the meaning of Jesus for Dr. King?...
  • Can a Christian be a capitalist?

    05/02/2011 7:03:06 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 39 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 29 April | Woodliff
    A recent survey claims that a plurality of Americans believe Christian values are at odds with capitalism. That left me wondering whether we first ought to ask whether Americans even know what Christianity and capitalism are. When one learns that ones accountant espies a deep conflict between Newtonian physics and Jungian psychology, one is right to ask what he knows of velocity and synchronicity, and whether he ought not busy himself doing ones taxes rather than spouting off to someone taking a survey. The two ideas seem simple enough. Christians follow Jesus and capitalists make trades. Except that we all...
  • 'A Massive Shift Coming in What it Means to Be a Christian?'

    04/19/2011 3:05:48 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 99 replies ^ | April 16, 2011 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The edition of TIME magazine timed for Easter Week features a cover story on the controversy over Rob Bell and his new book, Love Wins. Interestingly, the essay is written by none other than Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former editor of Newsweek TIMEs historic competitor. Meacham, who studied theology as an undergraduate at the University of the South, helpfully places Rob Bell in the larger context of modern theology, even as he offers a basically sympathetic analysis. Meacham explains: "The standard Christian view of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is summed up...
  • Historic Lesbian Marriage in Boston Cathedral Unites Top Clergy of Episcopal Church

    01/02/2011 7:58:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 69 replies
    PR Web ^ | 1/2/11
    The historic marriage of Episcopal Divinity School, dean and president, the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and Mally Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary, took place today at the Cathedral Church of St Paul in Boston.The Episcopalian bishop of Massachusetts began 2011 by solemnizing the first lesbian marriage - of two senior Episcopalian clergy - at Boston's St Paul's Cathedral Saturday (January 1). The marriage of Episcopal Divinity School, dean and president, the Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and Mally Lloyd, Canon to the Ordinary, was the first lesbian marriage solemnized by the Right Reverend M Thomas Shaw SSJE, Bishop Diocesan...
  • Archbishop Burke's Epic Speech

    10/19/2010 4:45:12 PM PDT · by schmootman · 6 replies ^ | 10/19/10 | Michael Voris
    The recent speech given by Archbishop Raymond Burke continues to send shockwaves through the Catholic world. More than a few bishops must be feeling very uncomfortable.

    09/12/2010 10:23:32 AM PDT · by lightman · 12 replies
    St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church ^ | 12 September AD 2010 | Staff
    YOURE INVITED TO AN HISTORIC WORSHIP SERVICE AND CELEBRATION! All are welcome to join the Celebration! ELCA Rite of Reception to the clergy roster of the ELCA for Pastors Anita Hill, Ruth Frost, Phyllis Zillhart will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2:00 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 N Dale St., St Paul, Minnesota. Party after the service at the church. The Reverend Peter Rogness, Bishop, Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA, presiding. The Reverend Barbara Lundblad, Union Theological Seminary, New York, preaching. Clergy and rostered leaders are welcome to vest and process. Green is the...
  • The Apostasy of the Religious Right - The Manhattan Declaration

    08/29/2010 11:29:46 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 17 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 8/29/10 | DJP I.F.
    In a day of ever-growing moral collapse and turmoil in Washington D.C. and our nation, the American Religious Right have been linking up together more and more on current social and moral issues called pro-natural laws. Many of the American Religious Right have even put aside sound Biblical teaching and eternal spiritual absolutes of time and eternity in favor of a greater "social unity with those who do not hold to such doctrines (Deut. 22:10; 2 Cor. 6:14; Eph. 5:6-8). Such godless and decadent social squeezing by the Left in America has been the very catalyst for an apostate ecumenical...
  • ELCA seeing decrease in income since decision on homosexuals

    08/16/2010 4:04:44 AM PDT · by rhema · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The News-Gazette ^ | 08/15/2010 | Lynda Zimmer
    Individual Lutherans may be informally "voting" against their current denomination with their checkbooks. Last November, the national Evangelical Lutheran Church in America church council, or board of directors, had to cut spending by nearly $7.7 million and eliminate the equivalent of 40 full-time jobs. That was just three months after the controversial vote to allow homosexuals in committed relationships in the pulpit. The organization reported a decrease in income of $2.9 million, or 15.6 percent, in the three-month period ending in April, compared to the same period in 2009. "The ELCA will endure but with smaller numbers and less money,"...
  • Question: "Who were the early church fathers?" (Chronology of events unfolding)

    07/24/2010 7:48:22 AM PDT · by restornu · 85 replies
    <p>3 and post-Nicene church fathers.</p> <p>The apostolic church fathers were the ones like Clement of Rome who were contemporaries of the apostles and were probably taught by them, carrying on the tradition and teaching of the apostles themselves.</p> <p>Linus, mentioned in 2 Timothy 4:21, became the bishop of Rome after Peter was martyred, and Clement took over from Linus.</p>
  • PA's Moderate Muslims Face Threats

    05/31/2010 10:58:49 AM PDT · by bsaunders · 4 replies · 136+ views
    Arutz Sheva/INN ^ | Monday, May 31 2010 | Maayana Miskin
    The teachings of the moderate Ahmadiyya sect of Islam have been labeled apostasy by Palestinian Authority clerics, leaving its members open to persecution and even threats of murder. PA leaders have refused to step in, saying the status of the Ahmadiyya community is a matter for the courts to decide. Arutz Sheva's Hebrew news service spoke to Mohammed Sharif Ouda, head of the Ahmadi community in Israel, who discussed the problems facing Ahmadi Muslims in the PA and worldwide.
  • 'Leaving Islam' Bus Ads Run in NYC (Ad directs people to site that provides a refuge from Islam)

    05/30/2010 7:56:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 357+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 05/29/2010 | Michelle A. Vu
    Move aside pro-atheist and Christian bus ads. A new ad targeting former Muslims has joined the religious bus ad campaigns in New York City. Some 30 city buses began in mid-May to display an ad that reads: Leaving Islam? Fatwa on your head? Is your family threatening you? The ad directs people to the website Opponents of the ad say it promotes an anti-Muslim message and seeks to draw people away from the faith. But supporters of the campaign say it is meeting a real need to provide resources for Muslims who want to leave the faith. As an...

    01/04/2010 11:27:50 AM PST · by rae4palin · 27 replies · 1,935+ views
    Jamal Jivanjee Facebook ^ | 1/4/10 | rae4palin
    I'll paste Jamal's Facebook post below for those without access to Facebook
  • "The plan for Rifqa and her parents sets a goal of reuniting the family"

    12/04/2009 9:49:02 AM PST · by rae4palin · 17 replies · 473+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 12/04/09 | rae4palin
    How did the hijabed Heagney get a copy of this latest case report? Why don't Rifqa's supporters have the same access? Why doesn't the hijabed one talk about the fingerprinting of any of Rifqa's visitors? It seems to me they are fingerprinting the one or two who visit Rifqa to criminalize them. In the event that Rifqa goes on the run again (rather than meet persecution at home if she is returned), anyone who had contact with her will be a suspect. Hence the fingerprints. If they exact Islamic justice and harm Rifqa, the Christians will be blamed (they'll say...
  • Clueless Court Plan for Rifqa Bary: "Talk to your Parents About Religion"

    12/01/2009 10:05:07 PM PST · by rae4palin · 10 replies · 610+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 12/01/09 | rae4palin
    Why won't the court listen to expert testimony on Islamic law? There is no discussion of apostasy in Islam. Seriously. Mediation between Islam and Christianity? Tell it to Mecca. I am not sure what this means. They talk about her going home but also leave open the possibility of her not going home. Get it? Me neither.
  • Ohio Judge Rules for Teenage Apostate...No, not Rifqa

    11/28/2009 1:11:02 PM PST · by rae4palin · 4 replies · 467+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 11/28/09 | rae4palin
    I only pray Rifqa gets this judge or fair minded, rational peer.. It does show that are good, decent people that understand the terrible threat and are willing to stand for American rule of law, freedom of religion and against sharia and against the pressure of the unremitting Islamic supremacists. This case gives me hope.
  • Best Video Summary of The Rally For Rifqa Bary

    11/21/2009 2:50:15 PM PST · by rae4palin · 1 replies · 295+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | 11/21/09 | rae4palin
    Ace videographer Dave Miles kindly sent along these superb videos from the Rifqa Rally for human rights and religious freedom, Columbus, Ohio, November 16.
  • The Apostasy Of The Episcopal Church

    07/26/2009 5:45:52 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 6 replies · 353+ views ^ | 07/26/2009 | Terry L. Brown
    Apostasy is a strong word. It is a word with a direct correlation with the Anti-Christ. Hence, it should not be used lightly in connection with a person, church, or denomination. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 says: Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come (the second coming of Christ) unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God (NASU). The...
  • 'Principle, not property' [Court: Congregations who protest perversion must forfeit facilities]

    01/06/2009 10:28:30 PM PST · by XR7 · 12 replies · 892+ views
    WORLD ^ | 1/6/09 | Lynn Vincent
    Bad news travels fast. Though tucked away at a clerical retreat in Nigeria, it took only a flash of electrons for Anglican Bishop Martyn Minns to receive news of the California Supreme Courts property dispute ruling against St. James parish in the city of Newport Beach, Calif. The court on Monday ruled that the congregation, whose facility overlooks luxury yachts afloat on Lido Channel, must surrender that property to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. St. James is one of about 100 U.S. Episcopal congregations that in recent years have split with the national church hierarchy, first over the ordination...
  • Gay Marriage And Collective Lie (Harold Fickett Answers Andrew Sullivan Alert)

    11/26/2008 4:27:06 PM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies · 1,266+ views ^ | 11/25/2008 | Harold Fickett
    The writer Andrew Sullivan sits across the table from you on Chris Matthews' Hardball praising gay-marriage as a symbol of the homosexual community's desire to join the mainstream. He is a Catholic, conservative in many things, and a highly articulate spokesman for his point-of-view. What do you say? The requisite conservative on pundit panels usually falls back on citing heterosexual marriage's 5,000 year history as society's basic building block. Marriage has always been between a man and a woman. 65% of the American people are against homosexual unions. Etc. That's not going to get it. It's a way of brushing...
  • Imminent terror attack will 'outdo 9/11'

    11/09/2008 6:51:33 PM PST · by Perdogg · 142 replies · 1,711+ views ^ | Updated Nov 10, 2008 9:18am AEST
    Al-Qaeda is reportedly planning a terrorist attack against the United States which will "outdo by far" the attacks of September 11 in 2001. Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi in London reports a senior Yemen official close to Al-Qaeda as warning of a new wave of terror attacks against the western nation.
  • Anglicans: United we fall

    08/08/2008 2:03:39 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 15 replies · 209+ views
    The Economist ^ | August 7, 2008
    The writhings of worldwide Anglicanism are another reason to disestablish the Church of England IN THE end it held together, but only just. The 650-odd bishops who attended the once-a-decade Lambeth conference went home with open schism between the liberal and conservative wings of the worldwide Anglican Communion averted. A split may prove no more than postponed, as the agreed mechanisms for making minds meet are oh-so-slowly put in place (see article). But at least the unedifying spectacle of comrades in Christ tearing strips off each other over gay sex will vanish from the headlines for a bit. Does it...
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Addresses Climate Change, Other Global Concerns

    06/26/2008 4:07:20 PM PDT · by lightman · 19 replies · 81+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 26 June AD 2008 | John Brooks
    ARUSHA, Tanzania (ELCA) -- The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) can help create a global movement to limit or halt environmental degradation, but it must have many partners and large numbers of people to be effective, said the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Hanson made the comment at a June 25 news conference following his report to the LWF Council, which is meeting here through June 30. The LWF is a global communion of 140 churches in 78 countries, representing 68.6 million of the...
  • ELCA Bishop Calls for Prayer, Action Concerning Domestic Disasters

    06/20/2008 4:22:26 PM PDT · by lightman · 16 replies · 325+ views
    ELCA New Service ^ | 20 June AD 2008 | John Brooks
    June 20, 2008 ELCA Bishop Calls for Prayer, Action Concerning Domestic Disasters 08-095-MRC CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), asked the 4.8 million-member church to join him in "prayer and action" for people facing adversity this spring after tornadoes and floods struck the central United States and the humanitarian crisis following an immigration raid in Postville, Iowa. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested about 390 workers May 12 at a meat processing plant in Postville, making the raid the largest at a single location in U.S. history....
  • Hardline archbishops declare Anglican split

    06/18/2008 5:52:49 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 51 replies · 158+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:33AM BST 19/06/2008 | By Tim Butcher in Jordan and Martin Beckford
    Hardline Church leaders have formally declared the end of the worldwide Anglican Communion, saying they can no longer be associated with liberals who tolerate homosexual clergy. The traditionalists dealt a serious blow to Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, by claiming that he can no longer hold the Church together. They warned that the Church was gripped by its most serious crisis since the Reformation. It could only be saved by the repentance of the Americans who triggered the row by ordaining a homosexual bishop, the Rt Rev Gene Robinson, five years ago. The formal pronouncement of the schism...
  • Bishop of London (Anglican) writes to the Rev. Martin Dudley ("Gay wedding")

    06/18/2008 12:45:11 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 5 replies · 184+ views
    Chelmsford Anglican Mainstream ^ | 18th June 2008 | The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres
    18th June 2008 The Reverend Dr Martin Dudley, St Bartholomew the Great Parish Office, 6 Kinghorn Street, London, EC1A 7HW. Dear Martin, You have sought to justify your actions to the BBC and in various newspapers but have failed more than two weeks after the service to communicate with me. I read in the press that you had been planning this event since November. I find it astonishing that you did not take the opportunity to consult your Bishop. You describe the result as familiar words reordered and reconfigured carrying new meanings. I note that the order of service, which...
  • Obama's Pastor: 9/11 Was Wake Up Call From People Of Color

    03/09/2007 2:37:37 AM PST · by Sam Hill · 52 replies · 2,869+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | March 9, 2007 | Steve Gilbert
    The following is from a pdf file of sermon from Barack Hussein Obama's "spiritual mentor" as published in Trinity Church's publication, "The Trumpet." (Published by the Reverend's daughter.)The following quote is from a wide-ranging diatribe, which includes among other things, calls for US divestiture in Israel. But even amidst the Reverend's other crackpot and racist statements, this one jumped out: Maybe I Missed Something! A Message From our PASTOR, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Senior PastorIn the 21st century, white America got a wake-up call after 9/11/01. White America and the Western world came to realize that people of...
  • President Apostate?

    05/12/2008 7:40:30 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 34 replies · 278+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 12, 2008 | Edward N. Luttwak
    -- snip --As the son of the Muslim father, Senator Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood. It makes no difference that, as Senator Obama has written, his father said he renounced his religion. Likewise, under Muslim law based on the Koran his mothers Christian background is irrelevant. Of course, as most Americans understand it, Senator Obama is not a Muslim. He chose to become a Christian, and indeed has written convincingly to explain how he arrived at his choice and how important his Christian faith is to him. His conversion, however, was a...
  • Gene Robinson: It is a sin to treat me this way

    04/29/2008 7:35:23 PM PDT · by Huber · 25 replies · 121+ views
    Stand Firm in Faith ^ | Jackie Bruchi
    I can't decide if Gene Robinson should be made an honorary member of Herman's Hermits (second verse same as the first) or just be named Crybaby of the Decade. Sure does a lot of book tours for someone who wants to just be a simple country bishop. Can't you just hear the heavy sigh? Robinson is in London to promote his new book, In The Eye of the Storm. It is a spiritual memoir aimed, he says, at showing that he is more than "a one issue guy". The last of its five sections, however, sets a course for the...
  • Islam intrinsically violent - convert

    03/29/2008 9:10:08 PM PDT · by G8 Diplomat · 54 replies · 935+ views ^ | 3/23/2008
    ITALIAN editor and critic of Islamic extremism Magdi Allam, who converted to Catholicism from Islam and was baptised by Pope Benedict XVI, today branded his former faith as intrinsically violent. "I had to do this (abandon Islam)", Allam wrote in a long letter to the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. "Beyond ... the phenomenon of extremists and Islamist terrorism at the global level, the root of evil is inherent to a physiologically violent and historically conflictual Islam," wrote the Egyptian-born journalist, who says he has received death threats and is under police protection. One of seven adults baptised during an...
  • Canadian Anglican Bishop to Priests: Approve Homosexual Blessings or Resign

    01/22/2008 4:57:53 PM PST · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 50+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/22/08 | Hilary White
    ST. JOHN'S Newfoundland, January 22, 2008 ( - The deep fissures in the Anglican Communion are increasing as the sides line up in the fight over the "blessings" of homosexual partnerings. A diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada in Newfoundland has announced it will attempt to force its clergy to assent to the blessings, even as the rest of the Worldwide Anglican Communion continues to fracture over the issue. Clergy were called to a mandatory meeting in the cathedral of St. John's and told that if they supported a breakaway movement that objects to the formal blessing of...
  • Christless Christianity

    01/07/2008 7:24:53 PM PST · by Ottofire · 32 replies · 57+ views
    Modern Reformation Magazine ^ | May/June 2007 | Michael Horton
    What would things look like if Satan actually took over a city? The first frames in our imaginative slide show probably depict mayhem on a massive scale: Widespread violence, deviant sexualities, pornography in every vending machine, churches closed down and worshipers dragged off to City Hall. Over a half-century ago, Donald Grey Barnhouse, pastor of Philadelphia's Tenth Presbyterian Church, gave his CBS radio audience a different picture of what it would look like if Satan took control of a town in America. He said that all of the bars and pool halls would be closed, pornography banished, pristine streets and...
  • Archbishop of Cantebury: Anglicans need not believe in virgin birth

    12/19/2007 10:13:23 PM PST · by iowamark · 80 replies · 700+ views
    The Australian ^ | 12/20/2007 | correspondents in London
    THE leader of the world's Anglicans has described the Christmas story of the three wise men as nothing but a "legend" and has said not all followers must believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has picked apart elements of the Christmas story, including how a star rose high in the sky and stood still to guide the wise men to Jesus's birth place. Stars simply don't behave like that, he told the BBC during an interview. Dr Williams said there was little evidence that the three wise men had existed at all....
  • Archbishop says nativity 'a legend'

    12/20/2007 5:43:47 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 136 replies · 640+ views ^ | 12/20/07 | Sophie Borland
    The Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday that the Christmas story of the Three Wise Men was nothing but a 'legend'. Dr Rowan Williams has claimed there was little evidence that the Magi even existed and there was certainly nothing to prove there were three of them or that they were kings. Dr Williams argued that the traditional Christmas story was nothing but a 'legend' He said the only reference to the wise men from the East was in Matthew's gospel and the details were very vague. Dr Williams said: "Matthew's gospel says they are astrologers, wise men, priests from somewhere...
  • Lesbian ordained despite refusal to take vow of celibacy

    11/18/2007 12:08:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 77 replies · 76+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/18/7 | Azam Ahmed and Manya A. Brachear
    Sitting in sight of her father and grandfather, both Lutheran ministers, Jen Rude on Saturday became the first ordained lesbian pastor since the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America urged bishops to not penalize congregations who violate the celibacy requirement for gay clergy. Several of the more than 100 congregants present wept as the 27-year-old stood before them, a beaming smile drawn across her face. Under church policy, homosexual ministers are required to make a vow of celibacy before they can be ordained. But heterosexual ministers are not, and Rude, who is not in a relationship, refused to make that vow...
  • {ELCA} Congregation won't be punished over gay celibacy rule

    11/08/2007 8:12:52 AM PST · by SmithL · 43 replies · 65+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11/8/7 | Susan Hogan/Albach
    Bishop Wayne Miller said Wednesday he won't discipline a congregation that's challenging the celibacy requirement for gay clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Resurrection Lutheran Church in Lake View plans to ordain a lesbian as associate pastor. Jen Rude says she won't pledge lifelong celibacy because she considers the rule discriminatory. In the ELCA, heterosexual pastors can marry. Miller, head of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, said he wants to "stay in conversation" with the congregation rather than censure or drive it out of the denomination.
  • Cheering crowd attends disputed ordination of two women as priests

    11/12/2007 6:53:23 AM PST · by OriginalChristian · 112 replies · 289+ views
    ST. LOUIS To the Roman Catholic Church, the ceremony was not an ordination. In fact, it wasn't even Roman Catholic. But to two women and the approximately 600 people who came to cheer them on, history was made Sunday in St. Louis as the two became the first women ever in the city to be ordained as Catholic priests. And the first ever, perhaps in the world, to be ordained in a synagogue. Rose Marie Hudson, 67, of Festus, and Elsie Hainz McGrath, 69, of St. Louis, were ordained as priests by an organization called Roman Catholic Womenpriests, which...
  • ELCA Bishops Hear Concluding Report from ELCA Secretary Almen

    10/17/2007 8:07:13 PM PDT · by lightman · 31 replies · 350+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 17 October AD 2007 | John Brooks
    CHICAGO (ELCA) -- In his final report to the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Rev. Lowell G. Almen, ELCA secretary, shared some reflections about the strengths of the ELCA and specific concerns for its future. Almen also commented on how he has changed his mind about the size and role of the ELCA Church Council, the church's board of directors. Almen made the comments Oct. 6 to the Conference, an advisory body of the ELCA consisting of the 65 synod bishops, presiding bishop and secretary. The conference met here Oct. 4-9. Almen, 66,...
  • What is Robert Schuller 'rethinking'?

    10/30/2007 5:19:20 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 44 replies · 146+ views
    WND ^ | October 30, 2007
    What is Robert Schuller 'rethinking'? Crystal Cathedral conference accused of twisting biblical Christianity Posted: October 30, 2007 1:00 a.m. Eastern 2007 Crystal Cathedral It's an all-star conference set for the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., Jan. 17-19. Former President George H.W. Bush will speak. Chuck Colson will make a presentation. Larry King will be there. Rupert Murdoch will address attendees. Ben Stein will appear. And Kay Warren, wife of Saddleback Church mega-pastor Rick Warren, will join Robert Schuller, the white-haired, bespectacled purveyor of "possibility thinking." What could such a diverse group have in common? What's the topic?...
  • Blessed Are the Shack-Ups

    10/09/2007 7:38:12 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 3 replies · 275+ views
    The New Oxford Review ^ | September 2007 | By James F. Csank
    Blessed Are the Shack-Ups September 2007By James F. Csank James F. Csank is a retired attorney living in Seven Hills, Ohio. His writings have appeared in The St. Croix Review and The Human Life Review. The June 2007 issue of U.S. Catholic magazine contains an article titled "A Betrothal Proposal." It is written by Michael J. Lawler and Gail S. Risch, who are described as "two respected family ministry researchers" at the "Center for Marriage and Family at Creighton University, Nebraska, where they also teach theology." The article's headline asks, "Are cohabiting Catholics always living in sin'?" Lawler and Risch's...
  • UK Clerics Refuse to Denounce Killing of Apostates (Religion of Peace Alert)

    09/16/2007 9:32:28 AM PDT · by camerakid400 · 12 replies · 529+ views
    The Gaurdian ^ | Jamie Doward
    One of the Church of England's most senior bishops is warning that people will die unless Muslim leaders in Britain speak out in defence of the right to change faith. Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, whose father converted from Islam to Christianity in Pakistan, says he is looking to Muslim leaders in Britain to 'uphold basic civil liberties, including the right for people to believe what they wish to believe and to even change their beliefs if they wish to do so'. Some Islamic texts brand Muslims who convert to other faiths as 'apostates' and call for them to...
  • Muslims Get "Prayer Room" at Catholic University

    09/12/2007 6:41:37 AM PDT · by LS · 111 replies · 3,127+ views
    self | 9/12/07 | LS
    Perhaps it was appropriate this was announced on 9/11 through a campus-wide e-mail, but we were informed that the University of Dayton (OH), a Catholic University established by the Society of Mary, has now set up a "prayer room" for Muslim students and staff, including Korans and "prayer rugs." I do not know if the university felt this was mandated by government regulations (unfortunately, we take government money) or simply an bent knee toward "diversity," but I imagine the Fathers are rolling over in the cemetary.
  • Woman leaves Lutheran church, National adoption of resolution prompts action

    09/08/2007 10:18:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 111 replies · 789+ views
    Vicki Curtis has been a member of St. Benjamin's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Westminster since 1981, but when her denomination appeared to be softening its stance on homosexuality, she didn't hesitate to act. She left her church. Now she's doing what she calls "search the church Sundays" by visiting congregations with convictions closer to her own."The Bible says in Leviticus 18:22 that homosexuality is a sin and its penalty is death. My faith is built on what the Bible teaches, and I will not go where it isn't being followed," she wrote in an e-mail. She was responding to the...
  • Lesbian priest makes list for Chicago bishop

    08/29/2007 1:47:28 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 40 replies · 889+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 29, 2007 | Manya A. Brachear
    Though global Anglican leaders have urged the U.S. church to unequivocally exclude gay bishops by next month, an openly lesbian Episcopal priest is among the five nominees for bishop of the Chicago diocese announced Tuesday. Rev. Tracey Lind, who followed Chicago Bishop William Persell as dean of Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, is one of three women named as finalists to replace Persell, who plans to resign after his successor is installed. It is the first slate of candidates in the diocese to include women. "Since the day last winter when I was asked to make myself available to this nominating...
  • New York Catholics visit mosque, learn about Islam

    08/13/2007 4:37:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 186 replies · 2,065+ views
    CNS ^ | August 9, 2007 | Beth Griffin
    WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. (CNS) -- In late July, carloads of curious Catholics caravanned north from their church to a mosque in the next county. Three dozen Catholics who regularly attend Mass at the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement's Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrison accepted a Muslim visitor's invitation to attend services at Masjid Al-Noor, his mosque in Wappingers Falls. Entering the two-story white frame building, the visitors placed their shoes alongside their host's on wire racks lining one wall of the foyer. The women, already modestly covered from chin to ankle, pulled on scarves to cover their hair. The...